Mon, 14 July 2014
This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan. We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work. You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen. To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.
1) Define the objective- Make a realistic objective that is attainable but not too easy. Your objective can be a new move or you can try to change your style. You might decide to make one of your best moves (a brick) even better, or you could make a week area of your game stronger. Your objective could also be to drop a few pounds or become more flexible. It is up to you what you want to work on, make sure it is something that will pay off in the long run. Try to avoid picking a fad.
2) Get help- Tell your coach what you are working on, that way you two are on the same page. Get a small group of training partners together that will be able to help you. Find someone who is good at the area you are working on. Find a book that covers what you are working on, or watch YouTube videos(if you have not seen this YouTube thing, it's pretty sweet).
3) Do the work- No one can do the work for you, and no one knows if you are working as hard as you can. The bottom line is you gotta work hard to make changes happen. At first making changes will be difficult, it will feel like you took a step backwards.
Toward the end of the show Byron explains how he is doing this 3 step process. He will be working on his back defense. He then goes through the 3 step process with his objective.
Quote of the week:“Do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?” Pulp Fiction
Article of the week: "Beware The Belt Chaser" Grapplearts.com
Mon, 7 July 2014
This week we talk to Nick Albin otherwise known as “Chewy”. He teaches and trains BJJ full time and is the head instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts in Louisville, KY. Chewy is a Black Belt under Renato Tavares. He also has a website with lots of great information about BJJ here http://chewjitsu.net/
We talk about
Quote of the week: "Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain." William Faulkner
Article of the week: 10 Reasons you’re still a white belt
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Category:bjj -- posted at: 10:00am CDT
Mon, 30 June 2014
Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years. He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.
We talk about
Vegas July 4 weekend 2014 Martial Arts SuperShow
Summer camp in Dallas Tx, starting July 7th for 4 days, and a second week starting on July 14th also for 4 days.
Thanks to our friend Jake Burroughs from The Ground Never Misses for setting up this interview with Carlos Machado.
Quote of the week: “The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest” Haratio Nelson. This Quote was presented by Nick Albin (Chewy) check out a full explanation about this quote from Chewy here. Chewjitsu.net
Mon, 23 June 2014
This week we have more stories from our listeners. These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends. Tommy- Our friend Tommy shares his story of his battle with testicular cancer. He was diagnosed in 2010 with cancer after he found a lump on his testicle (Symptoms and Signs of Testicular cancer). He had surgery and then went through chemotherapy. The chemo was more difficult than the surgery. We talk about getting back on the mats and getting life back to normal.
Adam Sachnoff (Big Red)-
Check out some of Adam's accomplishments here. Adam tore his ACL about five years ago doing judo and did not get it fixed He did physical therapy and continued training and competing without an ACL. He re-injured his knee while training for ADCC years later. After his ACL surgery he had very bad nerve pain in his foot. He gives a strong warning about the misuse of prescription pain killers. Adam has his own school, if you are in San Mateo be sure to check it out.
Jon Haskew- He is only 32 years old and has had 9 surgeries. The surgeries include 2 ACL and a MCL. He also has a bulging L5 disk, and 2 major staph infections. His knee injuries have contributed to his bulging disk. Jon got a staph infection with each ACL surgery. The infection was bad enough for the doctor to put in a picc line in his arm. Jon is now a big advocate of using Defense Soap to prevent getting staph infections. Check out Jon's gym here.
Quote of the week: “What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” Dean Smith Article of the week: "4 Keys to Better BJJ" from scienceofskill.com by: Willie Laney FujiSports.com is giving a listener a free rash guard. There are two rash guard to choose from. The Robo and the Moko.
Mon, 16 June 2014
This week we have stories from our listeners. These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.
Devin was in his junior year of high school wrestling when he sustained what he thought was a shoulder injury. The injury came back in to play years later when he was a blue belt at a hard training camp. He experienced intense pain in his right arm and shoulder. Devin soon lost a lot of muscle mass due to atrophy. He found that he had a complete herniation of c5 and c6 and was told by his doctor that he would never train BJJ again. After neck surgery he was able start training in three months and has since regained the muscle he had lost from the atrophy. Devin occasionally has a stiff neck, but he has no major lasting effects. Devin also gives some great advice for anyone who is going through a similar situation.
Michael Green- (34m40s) Michael suffered a torn labrum from a keylock submission while drilling. This is a very rare situation in BJJ that someone gets injured during the drilling portion of the class. About a month later Michael went to his doctor, he was told that he would need surgery to get better. Michael credits his full recovery to taking his time in getting back on the mat and doing the proper rehab.
Given enough time most of us doing BJJ will get ringworm. Normally it is no big deal and can be treated with an over the counter ointment like Lamisil. Mike got ringworm on his scalp. He was given a topical treatment which actually made things worse. It drove it deeper into his skin. It then appeared to go away and come back even stronger, with a resistance to the medicine. He was eventually able to get rid of it with tea tree oil. Mike also talks about how this gave him a condition where he was very sensitive to ringworm and would get it even if he was not on the mat.
Jim- (59m50s) Jim's back was injured as a young man. About 25 years later his doctor told him that he had a major problem with his back from his old injury and it required surgery. He found the best surgeon he could to do his spinal fusion. Jim gives us a valuable warning about researching surgery online and the people who tell horror stories. BJJ has actually helped him get back into shape and strengthen his back. Jim recommends being in the best shape that you can be in and finding the best surgeon for the job. We then talk about breaking the addiction to the prescription pain killers.
Arielle- (1h23m55s) Arielle shares a recovery story of when she injured her knee. She had a full thickness tear in her ACL, MCL and a partial tear of her meniscus. Her teammates did the drawer test to her leg and they knew that she had torn her ACL. She was on crutches for two months and slowly got back on the mat after about 5 months. Arielle did yoga to help get her knee back to health. After almost a full year she feels that her knee is 85-90% back to normal. Arielle also gives some really good advice about overcoming the mental side of the injury. Check out Arielle's gym here.
Dusty Grant- (1h42m26s)Our friend Dusty tore his ACL and medial meniscus during his first BJJ competition. The drive home was over 2 hours and his knee got very sore sitting in the car. Dusty got some bad advice from his first doctor and then he went to a specialist and his injury was confirmed. Dusty was off the mat for a little over a year. Today his knee usually feels great, but it is a little stiff sometimes. He credits his recovery to doing the rehab that was prescribed. Dusty is in a great 5-piece metal/hard-rock band called Empire Falling. He also let us play the song "Guilty" for the closing music. Check out Empire Falling here!!
FujiSports.com is giving a listener a free rash guard. There are two rash guard to choose from. The Robo and the Moko.
Quote of the week: "There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs."
Mon, 9 June 2014
This week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.
In this episode we talk about:
We are giving away a Fuji Sports rash guard (Moko or Robo). We are doing a contest over the next four episodes. We will pick one of the four episodes at random and then choose a random winner from that episodes pool of people. You will have 24 hours to respond, then I will try someone else. Ways to enter the contest:
The quote of the week: "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own
Article of the week: 3-star Army general earns his black belt armytimes.com
Mon, 2 June 2014
Ostap Manastryski is a brown belt under Elliott Bayev, he trains and teaches at OpenMat Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Toronto Canada. Ostap breaks down BJJ videos on his YouTube channel, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to better understand BJJ.
We talk about
Article of the week- "3 Ways to Deal With Injuries in BJJ" Grapplearts.com
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Direct download: Epi_33_Breaking_things_down_with_Ostap_Manastyrski.mp3
Category:bjj -- posted at: 11:51am CDT
Mon, 26 May 2014
This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas. Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.
This interview we talk about:
Quote of the week- "Fail, fail again, fail better" Samuel Beckett. This quote was presented by New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code Daniel Coyle. Check out our interview with Daniel Coyle here
Article of the week- "5 Things to Focus on When Teaching BJJ to Children" from blog.gameness.com
Direct download: Epi_32_Interview_with_Alliance_black_belt_Jonathan_Macarrao_Thomas.mp3
Category:bjj -- posted at: 1:41pm CDT
Mon, 19 May 2014
Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent. He is one of the leading authorities on developing talent. He may not be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his ideas about how to practice can help you understand how you learn. The methods he has found could help catapult your game to the next level and beyond.
We start off with these basic definitions:
Talent Hotbed- A place that has an unusual amount of extraordinary performers. These places can be studied and we can learn about their different training techniques.
Muscle Memory- This is a not a real thing, all your muscle is controlled from your brain. Muscle has no memory.
Myelin- When you build new skills they are insulated by a myelin sheath. This sheath gets thicker as you practice and push yourself. The thicker it becomes the faster and easier your connections become.
Deep Practice- This is the sweet spot when you are putting a lot of myelin between your connections. People who continually put their selves in a deep practice learn quickly. An example of this would be sparring with someone who is a little better than you.
We talk about:
Quote of the week- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle. This quote was presented by Ryan Hall. If you missed Ryan’s interview with us it can be found here. Episode 30. In an amazing coincidence this quote is in the first few pages of Daniel Coyle’s book The Little Book of Talent.
Article of the week- “Starting BJJ: What to Expect on your First Class”. From Grapplearts.com
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Mon, 12 May 2014
In Episode 30 of the BjjBrick podcast we talk with Ryan Hall. Ryan is widely considered one of the best lightweight submission grapplers in the world. Ryan owns 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Falls Church, Virginia. He is a Black Belt under Felipe Costa and a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter representing Tristar Gym. Check out a more detailed bio of Ryan Hall here.
In this interview we talk about:
Quote of the week: This quote was presented and broken down by Stephen Whittier, “Just when you think you have all the answers, I will change all the questions”. I was unable to find who said this originally. If you missed it be sure to check out our full interview with Stephen Whittier here.
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Article of the week: “Losing is Good for You” NYTimes.com
Direct download: Epi_30_Ryan_Hall_Interview_BJJ_MMA_and_Self-defense.mp3
Category:bjj -- posted at: 10:00am CDT