Epi 136 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 1

This week we bring you an interview with Travis Stevens. Travis competed on the USA Olympic Judo team in 2008 and 2012. Travis also has a black belt in BJJ. Travis shares some of his story and gives advice during this interview.Travis Stevens bjj

We talk about:

  • Doing sports as a kid
  • Getting a serious injury as a kid
  • What got him into BJJ
  • Drilling for Judo
  • Some reasons why BJJ and Judo do not mix well
  • We look at the rules of BJJ and no-gi
  • Grip fighting in BJJ and Judo
  • What it is like being an Olympic athlete
  • The Judo culture vs the BJJ culture

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Quote of the week: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” Dennis P. Kimbro

Article of the week: “Your Promoiton Is Not Your Report Card” from Show The Art

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This week Claudio teaches us how to tell time and the days of the week Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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BjjBrick Q&A 4 Long Distance Running and BJJ

In BjjBrick Q&A question 4 we have a question from Jay. Jay wants a little help combining running with BJJ. Currently he is feeling very fatigued by his exercise schedule. Jay has a goal of running a half marathon and he is fairly new to BJJ.

This is the article about my marathon that Jay referenced in his question. 

Keep sending in questions and I will do my best with my answers my friends.

 

Epi 135 The Science of Submission With Michael Jen

This week we bring you an interview with black belt Michael Jen. Michael started Jiu-Jitsu in 1991 and earned his black belt from Joe Moreira. Michael is well known for his scientific approach to Jiu-JItsu and he has a new BJJ book out called The Science of Submission: A Principle-Based Approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Michael Jen bjj

We talk about:

  • His personal history on the mats
  • Approaching BJJ with science
  • The goals of his book The Science of Submission
  • Some of the basic ideas in the book
  • How the ideas in the book can be used off the mat
  • Advice for beginners
  • Dealing with nerves when competing

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Quote of the week: “One day I was shopping I went into a store that had cool swords. I told the guy do you have any Katana’s, as I always wanted one. He said of course, sold me one, and told me be very careful, it can cut a car. As soon as I got home I took the sword out and hit a tree, the sword broke. I got super upset, went back to the store and said man, you sold me a faulty sword, it couldn’t even cut a plant. The guy said, the sword is good, it was your technique that was faulty.” A story shared from Yuri Simoes FB Page

Article of the week: “How To Tap Out The Competition Jitters

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This week Claudio teaches us how to saysSorry and basic count in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 134 Australian Star Grappler Jess Fraser

This week we bring an interview with brown belt Jess Fraser. Jess is the founder behind Australian Girls in Gi (AGIG), AGIG is over 1,000 members strong. Jess is also an active competitor meddling twice at ADCC and bringing home a silver from Worlds. Check out this link for a more detailed bio of Jess.

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We talk about:

  • The start of Australian Girls in Gi
  • The goals of AGIG
  • A summary of her competition history
  • The different focus points for competing and running an organization
  • Advice to new grapplers
  • Some of the key benefits of BJJ
  • How to beat someone that is better than you
  • Goals as a brown belt
  • Common questions that most people ask her

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Links:

Quote of the week: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: “Principle: ‘Forcing’ Positions aka Directing

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say “Ambulance, Police, Doctor, Taxi, Hotel, Restaurant, Restroom,  in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 133 Multi Black Belt Tim Cartmell

This week we bring you an interview with life long martial artist and BJJ black belt Tim Cartmell. Along with his BJJ black belt Tim is an eighth degree black belt in Kung-Fu San Soo.tim cartmell

We talk about:

  • Started studding Chinese martial arts in 1972
  • Moving to China in the 70’s
  • What it was like doing martial arts in China
  • What martial arts are like in China now
  • Working as a stunt man in movies
  • How to gain sensitivity to BJJ
  • Tips for people starting BJJ
  • His goals as an instructor
  • how he likes to run a class
  • Adding self defense to your BJJ
  • Learning some striking
  • The idea of being able to access your jiu-jitsu
  • Recommendations for learning striking
  • Tips for someone doing their first tournament
  • Having a limited schedule and still getting good at BJJ

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Quote of the week: “…look he carry all of my weight. That’s another theory of jiu-jitsu. When I rest I should put him to work so I don’t get tired and he get tired. He spend energy.” Demian Maia

Article of the week: The dangers of “I’ll Do Jiu Jitsu When…”

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say “do you speek english?” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary’s audio book this week is called “The Spam Sweep”

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Epi 132 The Man Behind The Popular Choke Joe D’arce

This week we bring you an interview with Joe D’arce. Joe shares his name with the famous BJJ and MMA choke the “Darce Choke”. This interview covers a wide range of topics including how the choke got it’s name, and advice for newer grapplers.

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We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How the Darce choke got it’s name
  • Tips on how to teach the Darce choke
  • Tips on finishing the Darce choke
  • The history of the Darce choke
  • Running his school
  • First tournament advice
  • How to deal with frustrations on the mat
  • How important it is to have a good mindset

Links:

Quote of the week: “I get up before the sun comes up and get shit done” Adam Wheeler

Article of the week: “Foot Beats Face: Mat Awareness and Safety in BJJ” Valerie Worthington on Breakingmuscle.com

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say “Yes, No, Good, and Bad” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Byron is working on a new audio book called “Why Do I Wear My Gi When I Mow My Lawn?”

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Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler is a BJJ black belt that also has a bronze medal from wrestling in the 2008 Olympics. We are thrilled to cover a huge range of topics with such a motivating person.

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

We talk about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Having the lable of a chubby kid
  • Wrestling both Greco-Roman and Freestyle
  • How important his wrestling coach was to him as a kid
  • Transitioning from wrestling to BJJ
  • Winning gold in no-gi black belt open division masters 1 in 2014
  • Learning from competing
  • Competing as an underdog
  • Getting coaching advice from Rulon Gardner
  • He shares some stories from the Olympics
  • What he does off of the mat
  • What he wants his kids to get out of sports
  • What he tells his kids after a competition
  • Getting his black belt quickly
  • Adamwheelerfitness.com

Links:

Quote of the week: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confusiuos

Article of the week:  50 Killer Tips For BJJ White Belts

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out. 

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This week Claudio teaches us how to say “You’re Welcome” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary’s audio book this week is called “The Tortoise and the Hare the Untold BJJ story”

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Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media

Marshal Carper bjjThis week we have an interview with Marshal Carper. Marshal is a busy guy writing the books “The Cauliflower Chronicles”, “Marcelo Garcia Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques”, and the game “Dojo Storm”.  These things are just a short sample of the work that he has done and will continue to do.

We talk about:

  • Training with injuries
  • His books
  • The app Dojo Storm
  • Preventing injuries
  • Training with BJ Penn
  • Training with big name people in BJJ
  • Making adjustments to your game
  • Dealing with fake black belts
  • 3D Jiu-Jitsu
  • Teaching classes
  • Getting tapped by lower belts
  • The 10,000 hour rule
  • Advice for new students that want to compete

Links:

Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Quote of the week: Presented by Dan Covel “Success isn’t owned it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” J.J. Watt

Article of the week: berwickleader.com.au Medals piling up for US bound ‘Killer B’ Cuskelly.

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This week Claudio teaches us how to say “Please” and “Thank You” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice

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This week we bring you an interview with Dan Covel. Dan is a BJJ black belt training under Marcelo Garcia. You can find him on the mats in Hoboken, New Jersey and in Manhattan, New York.Dan Covel BJJ black belt

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with Judo
  • Doing MMA at age 17
  • Using the closed guard
  • What makes the closed guard such a strong position
  • How to pass the closed guard
  • Getting the most out of kids BJJ
  • Why he stores his tournament medals in a drawer
  • The benefits of competing
  • The use of BJJ in a street fight
  • What he does to get ready to compete
  • Good goals for new students

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Quote of the week: “Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.” Heraclitus

Article of the week: Character building from Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Helping kids deal with bullies.

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This week we learn how to say “good bye” in Portuguese with part two of our language learning segment.

Gary’s future book is called “defensive driving, offensive driving, and driving over the neighbor’s fensive”

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