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This week we are breaking down the topic of, when is something wrong to do? When is it okay? When is it in a grey area?

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We talk about:

  • We break down the grey areas based on who you are and who you are training with
  • We set some Goals about safety, learning BJJ, and enjoyment
  • The rear naked tooth smash or cross face
  • Knee on belly
  • Twisting or grabbing fingers
  • Smashing someone with pressure
  • Cross face
  • Using your head to push on someone
  • Twisting someones head
  • Smothering someone with a hand over the mouth and nose, or other torso
  • Pulling on forehead or nose to get a choke from the back
  • Talking your way out of a submission
  • The too tired tap or quitting in a bad spot
  • The not clean grappler
  • Rolling with ringworm
  • Rolling with the flu
  • When to let go of the submission
  • Getting mad when you get tapped
  • Talking while rolling

Links

  • The Triple Lindy

Quote of the week: "To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe" Marilyn vos Savant

Article of the week: 9 Things I Learned in my First Year of Jiu Jitsu

Mat Tales 7 The Triple Lindy

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This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt & referee David Karchmer. Over the last eight years David has officiated more than 3,000 gi and no-gi matches. It is great to share with you this conversation with such an experienced Referee.david-karchmer

We talk about:

  • What got him started as a referee in 2008
  • How some of the rules have changed over the years
  • Video instant replay in BJJ
  • Using digital score boards in BJJ
  • The idea of using a body cam on a referee
  • Evaluating footage from a spectator
  • Trends in BJJ techniques
  • Being a referee with different rules
  • Improving as a referee
  • Having unified rules for BJJ or submission wrestling
  • What referee is in charge of the match
  • Is competitive BJJ being true to the roots of the martial art
  • The idea of a hidden score card
  • What motivated him to become a referee
  • What happens when a referee raises the wrong hand
  • Deciding who wins a tied match
  • How the knowledge and experience of the referee can effect the match
  • How someone can learn to become a referee
  • Why the best referee teams work an hour then take an hour break
  • His thoughts on AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha
  • Outlawing jumping closed guard
  • Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

Links:

Quote of the week: "It annoys me when people who don't know what they're talking about boo the referee." Jonah Lomu

Article of the week: Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

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Gary talks about his audio book "Red Card and Red Crotch- How I Got Kicked Out of Professional Sports"

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Direct download: Epi2015820David20Karchmer20Referee.mp3
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This week we are joined by the Jiu-Jitsu Medic Peter Daniel. Peter is third year medical student at University of Singapore. When he is not studying for school he is a blue belt training at Impact MMA.epi-157-peter-daniel-jiujitsu-medic

We talk about:

  • Causes of cauliflower ear
  • Going to the doctor for cauliflower ear
  • Signs of cauliflower ear
  • The treatment process for cauliflower ear
  • Who is likely to get cauliflower ear
  • Draining your ear at home
  • What happens to your brain when you are choked out
  • Cerebral Hypoxia
  • Getting dizzy during a choke
  • Skin infections
  • Identifying bacterial, fungal, and viral infections
  • Common infections in BJJ
  • Ring worm
  • Staph infections
  • A story about an knee injury
  • Training and having a busy schedule

Links:

Quote of the week: "I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." Joyce Meyer

Article of the week: Journal Your Training and Journey

Details for our coach of the year contest

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Gary's audio book this week is called "Tapping out jock itch, how my life long battle has played out."

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Direct download: Epi2015720Peter20Daniel20Jiujitsu20Medic.mp3
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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Andy Pi. Andy is a pioneer in bringing jiu-jitsu to China. He also won the first televised MMA fight in China. There is a lot of ground covered in this interview as we talk about jiu-jtisu in China.andy-pi

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in 1994
  • His MMA that was the first fight on broadcast TV in China
  • Early Jiu-Jitsu in USA and China
  • Jiu-jitsu in Beijing
  • A critical look at Jiu-Jitsu in China
  • MMA compared to self-defense
  • ADCC in China
  • People doing Jiu-Jitsu for fun
  • Kids doing Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why instructors are a big factor in determining if students stick with grappling
  • New students avoiding injuries
  • The idea of "go hard or go home"
  • A lesson on checking your ego

Links:

Quote of the week: "Friendship.. is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: On the Meaning of a Belt

Gary tells us about his book he is working on called "The Jiu-Jitsu Guide to Halloween"

We are also looking for submissions for coach of the year. Send your essay about what makes your coach great to BjjBrick@gmail.com

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This week we bring you a special interview with one of our most popular past guests Matt Thornton. This interview has a central focus on self-defense and real world violence. Not only is Matt a BJJ black belt and a world class coach, he also has extensive knowledge about what BJJ can do for you in a life and death struggle.1212_matt_thornton

We talk about:

  • A brief bio of Matt Thornton
  • The goals of his book that he is working on
  • Why violence is natural
  • Why it is so important to have resisting opponents
  • Law enforcement and self-defense training
  • What all SBG coaches have in common (a search for the truth)
  • Statistics on violence
  • Why some young men are attracted to violence
  • Bullying in school
  • Teach kids how to talk to strangers and how to be assertive
  • Things criminals look for in a victim
  • Keeping self-defense a topic in training BJJ
  • Police doing BJJ
  • Adding a striking martial art (without getting damage to your brain)
  • His thoughts on Krav Maga
  • MMA and self-defense
  • Dealing with multiple attackers

Links:

Quote of the week: "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn for a wise answer." Bruce lee

Article of the week: How I progressed at BJJ going to class 6 or 7 times a month

We also have Mat Tales Epi 6- Oscar the Cat, and we are looking for essay submissions for coach of the year.

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This week we are talking about scrambling. We want to give some tips and help bring order to this potentially chaotic situation.scrambling

We talk about:

  • Defining a scramble
  • Finding order in a scramble
  • Who benefits in a scramble
  • Common positions to create a scramble
  • Ways to end the scramble
  • Tips to win a scramble

Links:

Quote of the week: "Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos." Stephen Soundheim

Article of the week: Something You Need to Know About the BJJ Gauntlet

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Gary's audio book this week is "The Scramble, What Fighters Eat For Breakfast"

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Direct download: Epi2015420Scrambling.mp3
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This week we bring you an interview with rising no-gi star Nicky Ryan. You will find 15 year old Ryan training with John Danaher, Eddie Cummings, Garry Tonon, and his brother Gordon Ryan.

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We talk about:

  • What got him started
  • Home schooling this year 
  • Having John Danaher as a home school teacher
  • The home school laws for New Jersey
  • His daily routine
  • The game he plays the most and how it is changing
  • Working on his top game
  • Competing with adults 
  • Quickly developing skill
  • Training leg locks safely
  • Passing the guard and attacking the legs
  • Training wrestling for take downs
  • Losing weight
  • The benefits of submission grappling for kids
  • Having a complete game
  • Competing for money

Links:

Quote of the week: "Fall down 7 times get up 8" Japanese Proverb Presented by Dainis Nguyen

Article of the week: The Ultimate Micro Game

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This week we bring you an interview with double Black Belt Dainis Nguyen. Dainis started judo as a kid and eventually moved to BJJ. He is an active competitor in BJJ both gi and no-gi, with many exciting matches under his belt.

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We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with judo
  • Blending judo and BJJ
  • His new gym Team DNA BJJ
  • The social atmosphere in his gym
  • The process of opening a BJJ gym
  • His competition goals
  • Nutrition advice
  • Developing healthy eating habits
  • Why it is important to be persistent in BJJ
  • The 3 different type of training partners you need (+=-)
  • First tournament advice

Links:

Quote of the week: "There is little success where there is little laughter" Andrew Carnegie

Article of the week: 10 Ways to Improve Your BJJ While Off the Mats

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This week Byron is working on an audio book called "How I Submit People On The Mat With Laughter"

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Direct download: Epi2015220Dainis20Nguyen.mp3
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This week we bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Steven Patterson. Steven is training under Comprido, and he is a 14X Chicago Open Champion and he took 2nd at no-gi Worlds. We have a great conversation about training, competing, and teaching.

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We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • His first tournament
  • His odd experience training BJJ with his first instructor
  • Being asked to try Ayahuasca
  • Evaluating an opponents stance
  • What to do if you have a tournament you are not happy with
  • His match in fight to win on Sept 24 vs Chris Hartwig
  • His experience as being a IBJJF referee
  • University of Ground Fighting
  • Starting his gym as a brown belt
  • His gym in New Lenox, Illinois
  • Developing a kids program
  • How teaching kids changed the way he teaches adults
  • Why people start BJJ
  • How BJJ is like skateboarding

Links:

Quote of the week: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Sharpening the Ax

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Gary's audio book this week is called "story time with Gary, time to sleep"

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This week we have a important topic about bringing a friend to BJJ class. When you bring a friend you want them to have a good exposure to the martial art. This episode we have lots of tips about bringing a friend to their first BJJ class.

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We talk about:

  • The benefits of bringing your friend to class
  • The goal of safety and fun for your friend
  • Taking away the initial stress of going to their first class
  • Why you should be at the class for their first day
  • Tricks for remembering names
  • How to get them to have fun on the mat
  • Telling them about the format of the class
  • What to do after the class is over
  • Why people may want to try a class
  • The follow up phone call the next day

Quote of the week: "Death is certain life is not" presented by Brent Lillard

Article of the week: How Do You Measure Progress?

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Gary's audio book this week is called "measuring up your submissions, Subs for people who are over 7 ft tall"

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