BjjBrick Podcast- BJJ, no-gi and good times!

This episode was only the second time we have been able to record with all three of us together. It is coming at the back end of the BjjBrick Camp. The big news coming out of the camp is that Gary Hull received his black belt on 6-15-2019. We have been trying to interview Gary for years but he always passes, to this episode we both just direct a lot of questions in his direction to create an interview he did not see coming.

We talk about:

  • Why we started BJJ
  • Changes to our games
  • Some of the lessons we learned on the mat at the camp
  • Our first bricks for BJJ
  • What we look for in a training partner
  • Changes we are wanting to make to our game
  • Our friend Josh makes an appearance to chat about the camp

Quote of the week: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” – Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: Giving perspective on both sides of the equation

Direct download: Epi2030720Gary20Gets20His20Black20Belt.mp3
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This week we have an interview with Matt Thornton. We cover topics from running a successful gym to proven training methods that get results.

We talk about:

  • Matt’s background in martial arts
  • Leading BJJ gym owners
  • Teaching how to coach
  • He shares some best business practices
  • Building a BJJ gym you really enjoy
  • Why people start BJJ
  • Having a good kids program
  • What it means to have a strong women’s program
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Learning with base, posture, and connection
  • Different training methods


Quote of the week: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Article of the week: Biggest Jiu-Jitsu Myths

Direct download: Epi2030620Matt20Thornton.mp3
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We talk about:

  • Getting injured
  • Talking to your coach for advice
  • Getting bored with BJJ
  • Doing BJJ at a slower pace
  • Using open mats as a bridge to keep some BJJ
  • Staying connect to the community
  • What are you replacing BJJ with?
  • Putting balance in your life
  • Changing your goals for being on the mat
  • Helping friends get back on the mat

Quote of the week: “It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” Rollo May

Article of the week: Understand Your Learning Style and Get the Most Out of Your BJJ Training
Direct download: Epi2030520Taking20time20off.mp3
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We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and BJJ
  • His background in statistics
  • Watching 100 white belt matches
  • Tips for white belt and blue belts that do tournaments
  • When you should not go for a submission
  • Using closed guard as a white belt
  • Using game theory to look at BJJ
  • Advice for blue belts and it is much different than the white belt tips
  • Learning from watching hundreds of street fights
  • How to guard against negative gym management techniques


Quote of the week: “If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy; if your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult.” Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: 5 Things No One Talks About When You Start Jiu-Jitsu
Direct download: Epi2030420Louis20Martin.mp3
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