BjjBrick Podcast- BJJ, no-gi and good times! (general)
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In this Episode of the BjjBrick Podcast we learn about Masahiko Kimura. Otherwise known as Kimura. Kimura changed the history of martial arts and had a fascinating life. I hope you enjoy this episode as we try to discover the rarely told truth about Masahiko Kimura; a person, a move, a Legend.

 

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This episode we talk about using stratagem in your BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What to do in a hemmed in situation
  • Different ways to disrupt someone's plan
  • Stratagem vs Strategy
  • Different forms of Generalship
  • Avoid dulling your blade
  • How a coach can bring misfortune upon the students
  • The start of a short bjjbrick podcast that is more frequent
 
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This episode we talk about The Art of War by Sun Tzu. We cover how BJJ relates to chapter 2 waging war. We talk about the cost and benefits of doing BJJ.

We talk about: The art of war chapter to and Jiu-jitsu The art of war chapter 2 can be found here https://suntzusaid.com/book/2

Paragraph 1 Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers

Paragraph 2 When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.

Paragraph 5 Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

Paragraph 17 Therefore in chariot fighting, when ten or more chariots have been taken, those should be rewarded who took the first.

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This episode we talk about The Art of War by Sun Tzu. We cover how BJJ relates to chapter 1 of the art of war.

We talk about:

  • The idea of BJJ and human chess
  • Your strategy starts with your training, your instructors, your study
  • Choose your pathway, do you want to be a guard player, leg lock specialist (with a specialty in straight ankle), a scrambler, control fighter.  This is like choosing your weapons (sword, spear, archery, shield, horses)
  • Are you able to gain access to your game?
  • Are you able to gain an advantage with your game plan?
  • What instructor has the most ability? Paragraph 13 ch 1
  • Things to look for in an instructor
  • Having Discipline enforced on the mats
  • Changing Plans Paragraph 17 ch 1
  • Tournament match ups are hard to predict. You may be required to be an aggressive guard player, elite wrestler, point fighter, and tricky new guard system all in the same day.
  • All warfare is based on deception. Paragraph 18 ch 1
  • We conclude by taling about laying plans off the mat. And asking for you to let us know how this chapter can be applied to your life.

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Quotes

  • “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King
  • ”I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
  • “Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand”
  • “According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.”
  • “when able to attack, we mush seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

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This episode we learn from the best to help our growth and performance in BJJ.

The 10 Rules

  1. Keep working hard
  2. Ignite the fire
  3. Be different
  4. Fail your way to success
  5. Have high expectations
  6. Be positive
  7. Be who you were born to be
  8. Have a vision
  9. Stop making excuses
  10. Practice

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Quote of the show: “Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.” Tim Howard

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This episode we will help you if your game is not living up to your expectations.

We talk about:

  • Having no long term focus
  • Playing the wrong game
  • Playing parts of games that don't fit together
  • No ownership in your own development
  • You are not training with someone who is worse, same and better than you
  • No funnel to get to your system
  • Trying to learn too much stuff
  • BJJ is working fine it is just a difficult activity
  • Byron's deer hunting experiences
  • Gang fights in Gary's neighborhood
  • Gary and Joe washing blood off their driveways

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Quote of the episode: "Working hard for something we don't care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion." -Simon Sinek

 
 
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This episode we talk about getting back on the mats after some time off. I could be an injury or life situation has kept you away. We want to help your return to the mats be smooth.

We talk about:

  • Start prepping your body for your return
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Don't go past your limits
  • Going to 2-3 classes a week
  • Expect it to be challenging
  • Expect to hear "what happened to you"

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Quote of the week: “There is a difference between something catastrophic and something that is uncomfortable. If something is catastrophic you tap. If something is uncomfortable, you have to find a way out” John Danaher

Article of the week: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments, 2008-2015

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This month we talk about popular ideas in BJJ what at least one of us will disagree with.

We talk about:

  • Leg locks are too dangerous
  • Takedowns are not safe for old guys
  • You need to train 3 times a week to get better
  • You can’t get better without competing
  • Get in shape before you start BJJ
  • Pulling guard is not good BJJ
  • Coaches not rolling or coaches that get tapped out
  • All cops should be purple belts
  • Athletes are great to learn from
  • When I get ____ I will be good at BJJ
  • You can’t teach heart
  • 10,000 hour rule
  • Pressure is a good submission
  • Kicking someone’s butt in BJJ is a good way to vent frustrations

Links:

Quote of the week: “When you realize you are no longer made of glass, you lose the desire to demonstrate that fragility in others.” Chris Matakas

Article of the week: https://bjjtribes.com/can-anyone-become-a-bjj-black-belt/

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This week we talk about the conventional wisdom you often hear in BJJ.

Here are some things we cover

  • don't chase the next belt
  • don't chase gym wins,
  • there's no substitute for mat time,
  • position before submission,
  • always win the grip fight
  • technique beats size and strength
  • a black belt is a white belt that did not quit
  • iron sharpens iron
  • (ABC) Always Be Choking
  • I am a shark and the mat is my water
  • guard pulling is for wimps
  • not tapping from pressure
  • no base no case

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Quote of the week: “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” Bonnie Blair Speed Skater. Gary can't get enough of Bonnie

 

Article of the week: https://bjjtribes.com/when-you-should-switch-your-bjj-gym/

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This episode we talk about the basics, fundamentals and principles of Jiu-Jitsu.

Joe after getting his Brown Belt

 

Jits Fundamentals

5 Basic BJJ Movements Beginners Need To Perfect

Jiu Jitsu Principles: The Complete List [51 BJJ Concepts]

Check out Byron’s appearance on The Chasen Life Podcast

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Quote of the week: “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” Michael Jordan

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This week episode we will talk about scientifically methods to improve your BJJ.

Here are the links we reference

Warm up with “RAMP” Raise, Activate & Mobilise, Potentiate https://www.scienceforsport.com/warm-ups/

Nutrient info Pre Training, During Training, After Training https://www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com/blogs/blog/nutrient-timing-for-grapplers

Develop Explosive Power https://www.trainheroic.com/blog/4-scientifically-proven-ways-to-develop-explosive-power-and-how-to-program-each/

Improve skill https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/6-sports-science-studies-to-help-you-improve-athletic-skills

Learn better https://www.thebestcolleges.org/17-scientifically-proven-ways-to-study-better-this-year/ #7 and #13

Attain Self-confidence https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/11/30/eight-scientifically-proven-ways-to-attain-self-confidence.html

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Quote of the week: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle

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This week we cover a bunch of stuff including BJJ and the streets.

We talk about:

  • BJJ for the streets
  • Being aware of your surroundings
  • How BJJ can help you in a fight
  • How BJJ can keep you from fighting
  • So famous BJJ fighters that have been in a street fight
  • MMA and BJJ
  • Being street smart on the mats

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Quote of the week: “Hire character. Train skill.” -Peter Schutz

Article of the week: Learn To Skateboard At 40 Or 50: You Can Do It Too

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This episode we bring you an interview with Alvin Tillman. Alvin is the BTT coach in Sugar Land Tx and a coach of Warriors for Christ BJJ.

We talk about:

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Quote of the week: Playing the hand you have

Article of the week: How to Deal with Your Stress During the Pandemic When You Cannot Grapple?

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This week we talk about some common and simple combinations we have been using in BJJ. Systems are a bit more involved and require a bit more development for your game. If you are not using combinations and systems you should strive to get them in your game.

We talk about:

  • We define combinations and systems as they relate to BJJ
  • Our first combinations that worked for us
  • What we are currently doing

Links:

Quote of the week:"The best way to predict your future is to create it." Abraham Lincon

Article of the week: 6 Most Common Reasons People Quit BJJ

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This week we have an interview with Alec Baulding. Alec is a ADCC East Coast trials winner, and also preforms at a high level in the gi.

We talk about:

  • How he can do both gi and no-gi at a high level
  • His DVD on keeping your guard
  • Playing to your body type
  • His teaching style

Around 1h 17 min we talk about the future of the BjjBrick Podcast and some changes we will be making.

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Quote of the week: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” Charles R Swindoll

Article of the week: Why are you paying so much for your kid to train jiu jitsu?

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

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This week we have an interview with Keith Krikorian. Keith is known for having a dynamic game. He shares some great insights into BJJ in this interview.

We talk about:

  • Being mentally tough during a match
  • Being a fulltime student and ADCC competitor
  • Doing the absolute division
  • Dealing with a loss
  • Making a 50 Technique Tutorial
  • Tips for new students

Links:

Quote of the week: “Taking care of yourself makes you stronger for everyone in your life … including you.” Kelly Rudolph

Article of the week: Rolling Vs Drilling

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

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This week we talk about BJJ belts and the meaning they have. We share some stories, and offer a bit of advice.

We talk about:

  • Joe plays a little guitar
  • Getting our blue belts
  • Giving black belts to people under 18
  • The age and size factor
  • Someone under the age of 18 getting their black belt
  • Should you be able to teach BJJ
  • Being able to hang with the same belts
  • Why some instructors do belt tests

Links:

Quote of the week: “Beware of the man with one gun, for surely he will know how to use it.” Attributed to Clint Smith

Article of the week: The Top 5 Reasons Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is So Popular

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

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This week we have rising star Nick Salles. Nick is the number one ranked brown belt in north America.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • Doing BJJ and going to school full time
  • Deciding to do BJJ full time
  • His goals for competing as a black belt
  • How he likes to learn BJJ
  • How he likes to teach BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.” Gordon R Dickson

Article of the week: Wrestling Strength and Conditioning: Key Elements of an Off-Season Program

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

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This week we have in interview with one of the top brown belts Daniel Maira. Daniel is training under Marcelo Garcia. Daniel has only been training for about six years.

We talk about:

  • The decision to do BJJ full time and only training for three months
  • Enjoying the learning process of jiu-jitsu
  • Playing chess as a kid
  • His soccer career
  • The study of BJJ
  • Training during covid-19

Links:

Article of the week: https://blog.gtmsportswear.com/5-off-season-training-tips-for-wrestlers/?fbclid=IwAR0xMiOc4J1NLJry2PfntSZcesOg7TUUYFQLWpcncEtWM8t4ymEjfQ4f6ME

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This week we have listener favorite Justin Rader back on the show for a great conversation. We cover a wide range of topics this interview has something for everyone.

We talk about:

  • His Martial Arts school in Edmond Oklahoma
  • His start to sports and martial arts
  • Why he did not wrestle in college
  • Importance of mindset and believing in yourself
  • Using his wrestling for submission wrestling and mma
  • Running the school
  • The difference of competitor, coach, and instructor
  • Training with Ryan Hall
  • Rules for BJJ or nogi
  • His mission with Legacy Martial Arts
  • The mindset of a great teammate
  • How martial arts develops leadership
  • Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

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This week we relate some off the mat experiences to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Gary talks about getting feedback at work and how that can help us be better teammates. Joe shares some behind the scenes examples for the BjjBrick Podcast, and how our communication could be better. Byron talks about driving fire trucks to emergencies and how lessons he has learned relate to learning BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with feedback or a review off the mat
  • Getting feedback from teammates
  • Giving your gym feedback to improve
  • How to help people get better with feedback
  • How we schedule recording this podcast
  • Driving fire trucks to emergencies

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Join us for another BjjBrick on Zoom. We are joined by listener Drew. We talk about; Training at home, running, getting people we live with to train, training bjj in small groups.

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This week we bring back a listener favorite Jonathan Thomas. We cover a wide range of topics from off the mat training to developing your own techniques. We had a fun conversation you will enjoy. Check out our other interviews with Jonathan Thomas here.

We talk about:

  • Teaching positions instead of concepts
  • Why specific sparing is the bedrock of improvement for BJJ
  • Why it is important to borrow the ladder for established techniques
  • Development of new techniques
  • BJJ during Covid-19
  • Having a cerebral approach to BJJ
  • Using solo drills
  • Flexibility and strength training
  • Steroid use in bjj
  • Indicators that someone may be using performancing enhancing drugs

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Quote of the week: “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young.” Mark Twain

Article of the week: https://www.runtothefinish.com/18-things-i-wish-id-known-before-my-first-race/

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This week we have a combined podcast with Bjj Campaign. We have a great discussion about BJJ blue belts and our personal stories.

We talk about:

  • What it was like for us a white belts
  • What it was like for us a blue belts
  • Getting our blue belts
  • Advice for competing
  • Advice for blue belts

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Quote of the week: “Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” Franklin P. Jones

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This week we have an interview with Grappling Industries CEO David Aguzzi. We talk BJJ, tournaments, business, & covid-19. Grappling Industries is the second biggest tournament company for BJJ in the world.

We talk about:

  • Getting his Black Belt
  • Starting Grappling Industries
  • Shutting tournaments down due to Covid-19
  • Having events with no fans
  • BJJ tournaments in the future
  • How long it will take for BJJ tournaments to come back
  • 1 out of 5 gyms might close

 

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Quote of the week: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun

Article of the week: The Basics of Photography – Introduction to Photography (Tutorials)

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Join Joe, Byron, and guest Eric as we hang out on zoom and talk about off the mat training, yoga, and chiropractors.

Check it out on the normal podcast feed or on youtube. https://youtu.be/DiGZ8KXQPNU

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In this episode we bring you Jason Neef of Kicksite. Jason has a great background in helping BJJ schools run effectively as a business. During this time of covid19 Jason offers advice for owners of BJJ gyms.

We talk about:

  • What to do and not do if you are low or out of money
  • Closing the gym
  • What to do with your employees
  • How to treat your students
  • Bringing value to your students
  • Video content

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This week we discuss off the mat training. Sometimes life throws us a curveball and we spend some time off the mats, we need to make the most of this time.

We talk about:

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Quote of the week: “The secret of happiness is something to do” John Burroughs

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This week we have a interview with competitor, coach, and cancer survivor Joshua Bacallao. This interview was recorded 3-12-2020.

We talk about:

  • His start to marital arts
  • BJJ in Kirkland Washington
  • Being diagnosed with a leiomyosarcoma
  • Noticing signs of something being wrong after hard training sessions
  • Training with wrestlers
  • Teaching compared with competing
  • Jiu-jitsu for everyone
  • Learning a simple take down

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Quote of the week: "Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation" Michael Jordan

Article of the week: Start Running 8 extremely useful running tips for beginners

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In this short podcast I want to share some thoughts about not training BJJ due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). I give my thought to students, teammates and coaches. In this time we need to be safe and support each other.

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This week veteran police officer and defensive tactics instructor Richard Holt talks with us about training BJJ and being a police officer.

We talk about:

  • Being a police officer for 25 years (since 1994)
  • Being a blue belt and a law enforcement officer
  • Why he became a police officer
  • Police officers not training martial arts
  • Being a defensive tactics instructor
  • Dealing with someone that want to fight or just get away
  • Officers saying they cant afford training
  • BJJ taking up too much time
  • Some advice to help officers start training defensive tactics
  • Training on a regular basis
  • Training for competition

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Quote of the week: “no one can figure out your worth but you.” Pearl Bailey

Article of the week: 12 Study Tips

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This week we have one of our favorite grapplers and UFC veteran Karo Parisyan.

 

We talk about:

 
  • His start with martial arts in Judo
  • Training with Gokor
  • His early UFC career
  • Competing as a kid in Judo
  • Starting MMA at 14 years old
  • His mindset during a fight
  • https://www.karoparisyan.com/
 

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Quote of the week:  "The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want." Ben Stein

 

Article of the week:  https://fastjiujitsu.com/why-jiu-jitsu-hard/

 

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