Epi 209 Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec

This week we have an interview with Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. Karel is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Renzo Gracie.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with younger and stronger opponents
  • Training BJJ in the water
  • Getting better timing on the mat
  • Getting your opponent to stay in your terms and play in your game
  • Avoiding injuries
  • The role of strength in BJJ
  • Why some wrestlers do well in BJJ and others struggle around the purple belt rank
  • How to have a speed advantage on the mat
  • Getting past slumps on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill

Article of the week: 5 sweet sour reasons to keep training

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BjjBrick Q&A 19 Am I Too Passive?

Question: I’m 3 months in and I have a question for you. I’m 38 years old and most of the guys at the school are in their 20’s. they have high energy, they’re fit, they move quickly. I just don’t seem to have an intense killer instinct to win a roll, I’m a very passive personality, very submissive, I was never into sports. I recognize Jiu Jitsu as an effective FOR of self defense that I may need one day and I’m sure if needed I could operate at 110% in an emergency, but in a roll I just don’t seem to have an intensity that I see others have. Do you think that’s something I could develop over time or something that can be taught?

BjjBrick Q&A Q18 Bjj cardio at 45 years old

Question: I train two times a week. I’m 45. The one barrier I have is cardio. I get tired after a few rounds while others who are younger don’t. Will I eventually get better cardio going two times a week or do I need to supplement my bjj workouts with additional cardio workouts? Thanks so much

Epi 208 Norwegian BJJ Black Belt Espen Mathiesen

This week we have an interview with one of Europe’s top competitors Espen Mathiesen. In this interview Espen shares many training tips he has developed training in Norway.

We talk about:

  • What is like competing against black belts
  • Why it is important to have a passion for jiu-jitsu
  • The state of jiu-jitsu in Norway
  • His training schedules
  • Dealing with injuries and avoiding injuries
  • Why resistance is vital to his training
  • Sparing less and active drilling more
  • Advice for blue belts do develop a game plan
  • Why it is important for him to be flexible
  • The advantages of training with a small team
  • The importance of visualizing your performance

Links:

Quote of the week: “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Article of the week: New Study Proves BJJ’s Effectiveness Against Stress

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This is the second time we share a off the mat story this one is about Byron’s dog with 3 legs.

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BJJ Gi Review Elite Sports Gray and Green

This is a BJJ Gi review of a gray and green Elite Sports 100% cotton gi. A white belt is included with this gi. The pants are a 400 gsm ripstop and have a stretchy rope drawstring. The gi top is a light-weight 400 gsm pearl weave and has been preshrunk. There is contrasting green stitching on much of the gi. The gi has also been treated with anti-odor & antimicrobial chemical to help you fight off microscopic threats to your skin.

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Epi 207 Rising BJJ & MMA Star Crystal Demopoulos “Lil Monster”

This week we interview BJJ purple belt Crystal Venessa “Little Monster” Demopoulos.

 

We talk about:

  • How she found the world of martial arts
  • Her competitive pole dancing career
  • What BJJ and pole dancing have in common
  • Getting past the hurtles at the beginning of training
  • Winning worlds at white and blue belt
  • Why she likes to compeat
  • What she does to relax before a competition
  • Her experience at worlds as a white belt
  • Why she has been training like a pro since day one of BJJ
  • Her goal of being a 115 lbs Champion in the UFC
  • Her struggles with school and why she likes to read now
  • Advice for new BJJ players to stick to the basics
  • The difference in game plan for BJJ and MMA

Links:

Quote of the week:  “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Expanding your Jiu-Jitsu in a logical manner

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Epi 206 Turning your Jiu-Jisu into an Art

Is Brazilian Jiu-JItsu an art? This week on The BjjBrick Podcast we discuss if BJJ is an art. How can you add an element of art to your game? Is your game a paint by numbers style of jiu-jitsu or are you a ninja turtle level of artist?

And a happy little choke here

Quote of the week: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso

Article of the week: Can a Coach roll too much with the Students??

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Epi 205 Chelsah’ Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories

Chelsah’ is a brown belt under Rob Ables at Marcelo Garcia of Dallas. She shares some amazing stories in this interview. She also enjoys competing as much as she can and balancing her busy schedule.

We talk about:

  • Her starting MMA before BJJ
  • Being held up at gun point…… Twice
  • Getting discipline from martial arts
  • How Jiu-Jitsu changed her life
  • Working four jobs and training to compete
  • Some of her favorite techniques
  • Learning to do wrist locks
  • Helping other students
  • Her future in martial arts
  • How she keeps the women’s class fun and effective
  • Advice for running a class for women
  • The growth of women in BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” E. Joseph Cossman

Article of the week: Defend the Primary Threat

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BjjBrick Q&A Q17 Help with lacking a BJJ curriculum

Here is the question:

I started BBJ 3 weeks ago and love it. The only thing is there isn’t a curriculum, starting course, or even drills…. I just go, learn some moves and roll. As a white belt, I’m trying to breath, be safe, and learn the fundamentals… but I am not taught them exactly so I have started using youtube Gracie videos… I want to keep showing up and putting in work to show my coach how motivated I am to learn this art… but I’m not sure if I should bring up my problems now or later…

Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts

Weston is 18 years old, he has lost 100lbs and it is fair to say BJJ has changed his life. He has been training for around three years in Jasper Alabama.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at 280 lbs and getting down to 180 lbs
  • Trading video games for BJJ
  • Getting into a flow state while rolling
  • Tips for learning BJJ
  • Advice for someone starting jiu-jitsu for weight loss
  • Talking to your training partners while you roll
  • Tips for rolling with higher level people
  • Teaching BJJ as a lower belt
  • Making changes to your diet
  • Performing better with a improved diet
  • How BJJ could benefit kids in school

Quote of the week: “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” John Glenn

Article of the week: I think I suck at BJJ

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