Your First Year Of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Audio Book

Your First Year Of BJJ artwork

 

Welcome to the amazing experience that is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). Byron helps to get you through your first and often most difficult year of training. His goal is to help you simplify and find joy in BJJ. Many people start BJJ only to quit after their first few months. This book will help you start off right and avoid common mistakes, reducing the odds of quitting and help you adapt quickly to this new lifestyle. Download it here Price $11.99

Epi 78 Learn How BJJ Purple Belt Vic Torres Uses BJJ and His Diet to Control His MS Symptoms

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, Stitcher radio, and RSS link for Andriod

This episode we talk with Vic Torres of “Torres MMA and Fitness at The Jungle” in Wantagh, New York.  He is a purple belt under Matt Serra.  Vic uses Jiu-Jitsu and his diet to help control his symptoms from Multiple sclerosis (MS).  He was diagnosed with MS in 2010.Vic Torres

We talk about:

  • How he discovered that he had MS
  • What his symptoms are like
  • How BJJ helps reduce his symptoms
  • Doing MMA before he was diagnosed and after
  • Advice for new students
  • Training with someone that is not as good as you, about the same as you, and better than you
  • Training with lower belts

Quote of the week: “Fighting is the best thing a man can do for his sole” Renzo Gracie

Article of the week: “Review- Banana” http://grapplergourmet.com/

Links:

Help Amber Oxford Choke Cancer Out!!

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 77 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 2

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, Stitcher radio, and RSS link for Andriod

Ricardo CastanedaThis is the second half of our interview with Ricardo Castaneda. Ricardo is a purple belt that runs the website Jiu-Jitology.com.  He has a unique perspective about BJJ and training that we are sure you will find interesting and beneficial.  You can find Ricardo training at Gracie Barra South Austin.

We talk about:

  • Training while not completely fatigued
  • Taking time off after an injury
  • Why he does not train on Wednesdays
  • Basic meditation methods
  • Meditation on the mats
  • Why he does not drink water between changing rolling partners
  • Advice for a first time competitor
  • Why he likes to compete
  • A goal for a 1st year student- just keep showing up
  • Why it is important to be receptive to coaching
  • Teaching concepts over specific techniques

Ricardo’s Links:

Quote of the week:”Following the path of least resistance makes rivers and men crooked.” Ralph Parlette

Article of the week:This week we have a listener question instead of an article. The question is about coaching from the sidelines. Check out the interview with Ostap for more on Remote Control Coaching.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 76 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 1

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, Stitcher radio, and RSS link for Andriod

Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda is a purple belt that runs the website Jiu-Jitology.com.  He has a unique perspective about BJJ and training that we are sure you will find interesting and beneficial.  You can find Ricardo training at Gracie Barra South Austin.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • How BJJ has helped him off of the mat
  • How he uses his psychology background to benefit his BJJ
  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Mental health and BJJ the good and the bad
  • The mindset of a new student
  • Controlling your heart rate and breathing rate to learn better
  • The John Wayne Sweep and how he learned it
  • How to start basic meditation
  • Training while injured

Ricardo’s Links:

 

Quote of the week: “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” Unknown

Article of the week: The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with ‘sitting-rising test’ means you’re 5 times more likely to die early” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Byron’s Grilled cheese cooking fail

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 75 Interview with Danny Dring

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunes, Stitcher radio, and RSS link for Andriod

Danny Dring bjj

Danny Dring

Master Danny Dring has 5 different black belts including a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He got his BJJ black belt in 2001.  You can find Danny training in Sherwood, Arkansas at Dring LDMA.

We talk about:

  • The striking arts that he is involved in
  • Training law enforcement
  • A cool concept of hardware and software of your martial arts
  • Early MMA
  • How learning BJJ has changed over the years
  • Why he like to play a top game
  • Getting over having his hip resurfaced
  • Training in Brazil
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • What is was like for him as a blue belt

Links:

Quote of the week:  “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself” presented by: Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

Article of the week:“The Almost-Blue Belt Mistake – Don’t Be in a Hurry!”

Check out Byron’s cooking for BJJ video!!

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Episode 74 An Interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesStitcher radio, and RSS link for Andriod

Draculino

Draculino

This week we are very excited to bring you an interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. Draculino is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has been training since around 1984.  Find out more about Draculino at BjjHeroes.com.

We talk about:

  • His school in Houston Texas
  • Being a lawyer and how it has helped him with BJJ
  • His history with the spider guard
  • Why he has a well balanced game
  • Doing moves both on the right and left side of your body
  • Why the lighter weight classes like to play the guard
  • Why it is important to learn BJJ, No-gi, and Self-defense
  • Doing MMA and still training with the Gi
  • The future of BJJ
  • How the internet is changing the way we learn BJJ
  • Advice for a student doing their first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: “The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.” Douglas MacArthur

Article of the week: “Appreciating the BJJ Journey on Your Own Terms” learningbjj.com

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 73 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 2

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio

Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell

This is part 2 of our interview with Steve Maxwell, part 1 can be found here. Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.

We talk about:

  • When people hit their physical peak
  • Not getting injured with your off the mat training
  • Training BJJ into your 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
  • Over training and the point of diminishing returns
  • Explosive training and BJJ
  • Strength training for any sport
  • The myth of Cardio training
  • Sport specific training
  • His traveling minimalist lifestyle (every thing he owns fits in this 45L backpack)
  • Some great life advice for everybody

Links:

Quote of the week: “Don’t measure the work, measure the change, and use that to evaluate your work” The BjjBrick Podcast, Episode 73

Article of the week: “4 Jiu JItsu Lessons From Bruce Lee” by jiujitsubrotherhood.com

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 72 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 1

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio

Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.Steve Maxwell bjj

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts as a kid
  • Getting his blue belt fast and getting stuck at purple belt
  • How he learned how to teach Jiu-Jitsu
  • History of early BJJ in the United States
  • The combat aspect of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why the age 45 seems to be a road block for people that do BJJ
  • Setting intrinsic goals and not extrinsic goals
  • How age effects you ability to do BJJ
  • How his game has changed over the years
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • A method of training to force you use better breathing

Links:

Quote of the week: “no victory without sacrifice” Robson Moura

Article of the week: “7 REASONS WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS” breakingmuscle.com

Steve Maxwell interview

Steve Maxwell walking around during this interview

 

Catch us next week for part 2 of this interview on The BjjBrick Podcast

Epi 71 Interview With Robson Moura

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radioRobson Moura bjj

This week we are happy to bring you an interview with Robson Moura.  In the Black belt Super Featherweight division Robson won gold in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and then again in 2007.  He credits much of his competition success in going for a fast submission.

Some Highlights from the interview:

We also talk about:

  • How BJJ helps him off of the mat
  • Starting BJJ as a kid in the adult class
  • Why he likes to have a fun environment in his school
  • How the mind of the Jiu-Jitsu competitor has changed over time
  • What he is looking for in a super fight
  • The possibility of doing Metamoris
  • Advice for first time competitors
  • Why most people are joining  BJJ schools today
  • Why survival is a good goal for a 1st year student

links for Robson Moura

Quote of the week: “every champion was once a contender that refused to give up” Presented by Isaac Doederlein

Article of the week: “Jiu Jitsu And The Mature Athlete” jjgf.com

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast