Epi 48 Interview with BJJ heavyweight Yuri Simões

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio Yuri Simões is one of the top competitors at the heavyweight division in BJJ.  He is competing for the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.  He has been doing BJJ for 13 years, compeating for most of it.Yuri Simoes In this interview Yuri Simões talks about:

  • His main goal of becoming a black belt world champion
  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 7
  • Overcoming his rough start at competition as a kid
  • His training habits
  • Competing with an injury
  • His last competition at worlds
  • His two wins over Rafael Lovato Jr
  • A Metamoris Match between Simões and Lovato Jr
  • His dreams to compete in ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro
  • The possibilities of doing MMA in the future
  • How he will change his focus when transitioning to MMA
  • His first year in the black belt division facing many guys he looked up to
  • He has learned more about Jiu-jitsu since he has got his black belt than before the black belt
  • Why he is always learning and expanding his Jiu-jitsu

Contact Yuri Simões

Quote of the week: “ABC always be choking” Brian Marvin

Article of the week:  “7 people you meet training bjj”

Epi 47 Learn the A.B.C. of BJJ with Brian Marvin

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio Brian Marvin BJJ 2Brian Marvin is a 1st Degree Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr.  This interview is packed full of great advice for the new grappler and the experienced competitor alike.  Professor Brian Marvin has recently opened a Gracie Barra School in Sugar Land Tx. This interview we talk about:

  • His early days of training (BJJ and MMA)
  • His smashing and attacking style
  • ABC (Always Be Choking)
  • How he developed his style of BJJ
  • Teaching the BJJ kids program
  • His new academy in Sugar Land Tx, a suburb of Huston
  • His goal to be a BJJ World Champion
  • Why he learned so much when he started teaching BJJ
  • Why you should be keeping a note book
  • Why he will mentally review his game plan before a competition
  • How to get better when you are only training with lower ranked students
  • How he has been doing the same basic techniques since he was a white and blue belt
  • A common mistake made by new students
  • How to improve your specific game
  • Why new students should set small goals for BJJ
  • Tips for doing the omoplata

Brian Marvin BJJQuote of the week: In boxing, I had a lot of fear. Fear was good. But, for the first time, in the bout with Muhammad Ali, I didn’t have any fear. I thought, ‘This is easy. This is what I’ve been waiting for’. No fear at all. No nervousness. And I lost.

Article of the week: When did the student became capable of deciding the right moment to change belts? By Felipe Costa


Train or contact Brian Marvin

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a free BjjBrick Podcast gi patch. Sorry USA only

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a free BjjBrick Podcast gi patch. Sorry USA only

Epi 46 Roy Marsh May Change The Way You Think Of Other Martial Arts

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This week we have our first repeat guest Roy Marsh from Sandhills Jiu-JitsuRoy is a Black Belt under Royce Gracie. He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2001.  In this episode we talk about learning other martial arts and training Jiu-Jitsu.  He gives lots of great advice and he may just change the way you thing about the martial arts.  Many of the topics we talk about are brought up in the article “Wristlocks and Guillotines Part 1″


Some of the martial arts we talk about in this episode

  • Hapkido
  • Judo
  • Muay Thai
  • Taekwondo
  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Karate
  • Kung Fu
  • Fencing
  • MMA
  • and more

Quote of the week: “Iron sharpens iron. So that one man sharpens another. I think that it is very true. If you are not in a training environment where you are getting smacked in the head, you are getting tapped out, you are getting challenged on a daily basis, then you are not getting any better. You’re not improving. Your workout partners are a very important piece of your progression as an athlete and the character that you are building as a person as well. Those are key components and finding that right place is a piece of it.”
Randy Couture “Wrestling For Fighting”

Article of the week: How to Accelerate Your Brazilian Jiujitsu (BJJ) Game By  From appliedmma.com

Lots of great BJJ and MMA information at http://www.roymarshjiujitsu.com/  Email Roy at roymarshjiujitsu@gmail.com

Epi 17 Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh

Epi 16 Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 Spinal Cord Injury

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a free BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a free BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

Epi 45 Three Important Analogies to Better Understand BJJ

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BjjBrick (metaphor) it’s important to have a few key techniques that you can perform at a high level. You need to have a well-rounded game, but having some great techniques will help you excel at BJJ.  To your opponents it will feel like they got hit with a brick.  It takes a lot of blood and sweat to make a BjjBrick, but if you are making the correct bricks the effort will be well worth it.

Big strong tree-

The Bjj Tree, Click to enlarge, feel free to share!

The Bjj Tree, Click to enlarge, feel free to share!


  •                 Trunk- Fundamentals, Posture, and Game plan
  •                 Big branches- Positions, some branches will be stronger than others
  •                 Smaller branches- Techniques, from the positions
  •                 Leaves- Owning the techniques
  •                 Big roots- The pioneers of BJJ, and/or your instructor’s instructor
  •                 Medium sized roots- Your instructors and training partners
  •                 Small roots- Other methods of training and learning
  •                 Pile of leaves and branches on the ground- We all discard some techniques and positions when we are searching for what works best for us, this is normal.  You should avoid having a giant pile of leaves and branches under your tree.  Focusing on key things will help keep you from having this problem.

How important is it to have really good fundamentals? Having poor fundamentals is like a tree trying to grow branches without having a strong trunk.  Strong fundamentals are the foundation of your game, like a strong trunk supports a large tree.

The Building Burns-

The building burns.  Important concept for someone learning BJJ and making the transition to MMA.

The building burns. Important concept for someone learning BJJ and making the transition to MMA.

This analogy helps someone who has been training BJJ and now they are going to be doing MMA.

Quote of the week: “I fear no the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week:“10 Reasons Why I Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” By Peggy Nolan


At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

Epi 44 Developing A Culture of Learning and Leadership at Your BJJ Gym

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Ways to help develop a culture of learning at your BJJ school

  • Recognize improvement and accomplishments
  • Keep trying new things (everyone, the teacher and student)
  • Have a system of teaching and order to the class
  • Don’t teach, help students learn
  • Experience vs being taught- we learn more from experience (people learn more in the field than at school)
  • Enjoyment- improves performance, and learning
  • Promoting positive peer relationships
  • Get on the mat with your students- you might feel things that you cannot see
  • Have students figure out answers to their own questions (with your help) positional spar. Give them to tools to learn on their own.
  • Trial and error
  • Answer and encourage “Why” questions. “why do you grab his leg like that?”
  • Mistakes and Failure are ok, this is how people learn

Making leaders at your BJJ School

Funny but, not a way to be a leader

Funny but, not a way to be a leader

  • How can everyone have a leadership role?
  • Answer your student’s questions- This will encourage other students to help lower belts. Be an example of a good student/instructor
  • Help build people’s confidence with real and honest feedback
  • Positive attitude- Toward the training, and about the people
  • Be Passionate (don’t just show up and go through the motions)
  • Care about your training partners, (Learn names of new people, Get to know their life off the mat)
  • Have students show techniques they are performing well
  • The Meme about the birds crapping on each other Sucks!
  • It’s about PEOPLE!- Dr Carol A. Johnson example “I know that I am no more well educated, no smarter, no richer, no braver than any of you. You have everything you need. Everything you need to go and to serve and to help those who are poor, ill, injured, hurting, forgotten. You just need to do it. And you will find that the rewards that you receive are far greater than the things you sacrifice to do so. You are already so blessed, and you can be further blessed. I have been around the block a few times and I think I know what really matters in this world.”   1. Relationships, not things.   2. What we do for others, not for ourselves.   3. What we do for eternity, for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”-Carol A. Johnson, MD 2012 Kansas Humanitarian Award recipient

Quote of the week: “If you are tired, don’t show me” Ken Primola

Article of the week: “It Takes A Very Steady Hand, Or Foot” Dirty White Belt

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

Epi 43 Ken Primola Crosses the Line

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Ken Primola.  With 15 years of BJJ experience find out why Ken Primola crosses the line.  Ken Primola bjj

We talk about:

  • How BJJ builds friendships
  • What Ken does off the mat
  • His daily routine
  • How BJJ and wrestling has effected Ken off the mat
  • Ken describes his BJJ game and how he rolls
  • Ken shares some great concepts about how to learn anything
  • The ILoveBJJ facebook page
  • Some of the biggest lessons he has realized as a black belt he learned them first as a white belt (rolling smooth, calm, safe, and smart)
  • A huge key to getting better at competing
  • Some mental tips to competition
  • Pushing yourself to train harder
  • Some must hear advice to anyone competing for the first time
  • The importance of being an athlete.
  • What Ken was like as a Blue belt
  • Check out some of Ken’s Ebooks here
  • The process of learning both on and off the mat
  • The process of developing a game plan
  • What Ken looks for in an ideal student
  • The benefits of planning out your practice
  • Advice for first year BJJ students

    Ken has been working hard

    Ken has been working hard

Contact Ken Primola at Facebook.com/Ilovebjj

Quote of the week: “It Ain’t How Hard You Hit…It’s How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward” Rocky. Presented by Samir Chantre.

Article of the week: “Slow Your Roll, Avoid This Detrimental Training Mistake” From Bjj Hacker

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

Epi 42 interview with Samir Chantre

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This week we bring you top black belt competitor Samir Chantre. Samir is a No-gi Worlds, Gracie Worlds and 6X American Nationals champion.  Listen to find out what technique he has been doing since he was a blue belt and now he does it as a high level black belt.  Samir is training and teaching full time with the Caio Terra Association. He has been training BJJ for 17 years (since he was 8 years old).  This interview is packed full of great tips and advice to help you in your BJJ journey.  Samir is also doing a BJJ Vacation Camp from August 29th to September 1st, full details in the interview.Samir Chantre jiujitsu

We talk about:

  • Doing BJJ full time
  • Old style of BJJ and the new style of BJJ
  • Doing some of the same techniques since blue belt
  • The first BJJ Vacation Camp, August 29th to September 1st 2014, in San Diego.
  • What you can expect to do at the BJJ Vacation Camp
  • His busy tournament schedule
  • What he does before and after every match
  • Why BJJ can be so frustrating your first year
  • How BJJ has helped him with his scoliosis
  • The development of the Berimbolo
  • Advice for a first year BJJ student
  • He competed every weekend as a blue belt
  • Dealing with and overcoming losses as a blue belt
  • Tips to figure out your own game plan
  • Why focus and commitment is so important for students

Check out the Bjj Vacation Camp Facebook page

Email him at SamirChantrebjj@gmail.combjj vacation camp

Quote of the week: We have 2 quotes from Felipe Costa “Don’t let what you want now, take away what you want in the future”. “Don’t let the fear of loosing take away your desire to win”.

Article of the week: The Triangle from Bjjheros.com

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can win a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can win a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

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Epi 41 Felipe Costa World Champion Competitor and Teacher

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Felipe Costa

Felipe Costa

This week we bring you an interview with Black belt world champion Felipe Costa.  Not every world champion is relatable to the common grappler. Felipe shares his story, and I can guarantee that you will find many themes and feelings that you can relate to. With students being able to relate to him this has giving him a powerful teaching tool.

We talk about:

  • He has been training since he was 12 years old
  • He never won a major tournament until he became a black belt
  • It took him 10 years to get to his black belt
  • Being a black belt means much more than rolling like a black belt
  • His favorite techniques and positions
  • His early competition career
  • Overcoming being nervous and self doubt
  • Beating a competitor that is better than you
  • BJJ camp 2014 Sept 5- Sept 15. in Cancun
  • His current neck injury that has kept him off the mat for over 2 months
  • He describes the level of pain he has with his injury

    Felipe Costa giving Ryan Hall his black belt

    Felipe Costa giving Ryan Hall his black belt

  • Goals for a bjj student for their 1st year
  • History of some of the rules in the IBJJF
  • His current goals
  • Advice for a BJJ students first tournament
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • How the internet has changed BJJ training
  • Learning basic techniques vs the fancy techniques
  • Advice for making your own strategy
  • What he does before he competes

Connect with Felipe Costa:

Quote of the week: The Man in The Arena by Theodore Roosevelt “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Thank you Wil Horneff, from Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA for presenting the quote.

Article of the week: Have You Ever Seen Someone Humiliated Like This in Jiu Jitsu… By Coach John Connors.  Check out John Connors interview here

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Episodes 31-40 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle -Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author ofThe 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. 

Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” -Thomas 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.

Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap Manastyrski -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.

Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ game -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.
Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2 -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.
Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2 -More amazing injury and recovery stories from the listeners.
Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado -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.
Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy -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/
Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ -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.
Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff -This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, and also teach Kids Martial Arts in Bergen County, NJ.

Review of Moko Rashguard from Fuji Sports

I have had this rashguard for over 2 months and have been pretty happy with it.  It’s comfortable and fits me well (I am 5’11” 170lbs and ordered a medium).  It shows no sign of wear or any defects.  The Moko is a high quality rashguard.

My experience with it- I have worn it as much as I can this month to put it to the test.  It works great as a no-gi rashguard.  It’s comfortable and does not distract me as I train.  I also have been wearing the Moko under my Gi.  I do not usually wear anything under my gi but I have enjoyed it and will probably continue to do so.

Recommendation- If you like the looks of the Moko you will be happy with the performance and durability. At a price of $64, it is a stylish premium rashguard.  If you are just looking for a basic rashguard Fuji has more basic options with the same great quality. This rash guard was provided by Fuji Sports to BjjBrick for the this review.

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