How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey

Jiu Jitsu is one of those rare sports, which is a mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It is a sport which works on the concept that a weaker, smaller person can defend himself from the attacker using proper techniques, grip and applying joint-locks and choke-holds in self–defense. Jiu Jitsu is not only a martial art, but a sport, a road to maintain physical fitness and a strong character which ultimately leads to a good way of living. In any sport, there are a few things you have to focus on in order to stay polished throughout the whole journey. Here are some tips:Stay Consistent bjj

1. Health is Wealth

The number one priority is health when we discuss about Brazilian sport Jiu Jitsu. Proper nutrition is one of the most important things you need to maintain, as under – nourished person is not able to perform anywhere. Eating too much and eating less, both can lead you into some trouble. Balance of diet has to be maintained. Special emphasis is made on the intake of sugar, carbohydrates as excluding them completely from your diet will be troublesome, and excess of them will end up as an obese form of you.

2. Sound Sleep

Sleep is one of those factors, which is always ignored, but proper rest of 9-10 hours is very important to keep yourself on track of this sport. Sleep plays a key role in maintaining good health. It is an inexpensive way of proper nutrition and thus, needs to be prioritized. Sound sleep helps in relaxing your mind, muscles and body.

3. Distraction – A Major Obstacle

Manage your distractions in order to maintain a balance in life. It is a major hindrance, which keeps us away from achieving your goals. Positive mental attitude will keep you motivated and always push you in making more efforts to improve yourself in the sport. Healthy aura helps you indirectly by cutting down the negative energies within you and boost up your abilities and as a result, you grow faster.

4. Practice Equals Consistency

The famous saying, “Practice makes a man perfect” never goes wrong. Practice ultimately leads to consistency. The more you practice, the more you will master it. Drill more, exercise more, it is a secret ingredient, which takes your Jiu Jitsu to the next level.Consistency bjj

5. Hygiene – Above all

Hygiene plays a key role in keeping you healthy. Special attention must be paid to hygiene as it will help you in keeping yourself away from various skin infections such as ringworm, staph, scabies etc. Skin-to-skin contact and dust are the major opportunities for bacteria and fungus to jump into your skin and make good friends with it. Keeping the body clean can help you in staying away from the various skin infections. Clipping nails regularly and taking shower after the training session proves to be very helpful in maintaining proper hygiene. A soap bar having essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil must be preferred as natural soap bar treat skin infection effectively and helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin. Wash your genital tract regularly and wear some good deodorant, as it will leave a good impression on your partner.

6. Over Training is Harmful

All of us are very careless about our nutrition and sleep. We work vigorously and exploit our body to its limits. You have to keep your eyes open while keeping a track of your training volume. If you exercise excessively, then you are more prone to falling sick. Excessive training results into stressing up your body and hence a decline in performance. Regular exercise is the key rule, but overdoing it will drag you into an ocean full of anxiety, dizziness, and muscle loss.

7. Be Passionate and Stay Focused

Fighting is not easy. It is very important to stay focused and attentive during all of your training sessions. Follow your instructor’s instructions religiously. Injuries are very common and the level of discomfort is very high. Take them as a stepping stone in the way of learning. Your passion about the sport will lead to a road map of your success.

8. Being Flexible Helps you Stay Consistent in the Sport

Being flexible is very crucial for the sport. Consistency implies doing exercise and taking rest at right intervals of time. Being flexible means knowing the ways and motions which suit you the most. Flexibility and mobility helps you in improving your performance.

9. Exercise but in the Right Direction

Regular exercise in the right direction is very important for being consistent in the sport. Posture plays a vital role while doing exercise. Any wrong position can result into pain in the neck and shoulders. However, performing exercise under proper supervision and right position helps you in improving your body’s flexibility and mobility. If you sweat more, then hydrate your body along with the exercise otherwise it will prove as bothersome for the health and may lead to severe headache, nausea and wooziness.

10. Listen and Learnlisten

This is the foremost step you have to follow. First, listen to your instructor and then learn. Take your criticisms in a positive direction and practice the exercise patiently. The more you will fall, the more you will learn to do it in the right way. Take a deep breath and start slowly. All these easy tips help you stay consistent in learning this art of life, your journey in Jiu Jitsu.

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

Epi 103 Mission 22 and BJJ With Chris Papandria

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mission22Mission 22 is a organization that raises awareness for Veteran suicide. It is a sad fact that 22 veterans take their lives due to PTSD every day.  Chris Papandria joins us this week to talk about Mission 22 and BJJ.

We talk about:

  • What got Chris started in BJJ
  • How Mission 22 was named
  • BJJ seminars that benefit Mission 22
  • How you can help your teammates that have PTSD
  • The importance of a team
  • The mental escape that BJJ provides
  • Having a gym that is supportive to Veterans
  • Supporting Mission 22
Chris Papandria in the middle

Chris Papandria in the middle


Quote of the week: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

Article of the week: “Having A Good Drill Partner Is Crucial”

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How Has BJJ Benefited You? Story 1

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This story was sent in by an anonymous listener.

6 months ago I was told I was told that the odds of me walking again were slim. I was only in my 20’s but a life of abusing my body had taken its toll on me.

I was an addict, a bad addict, to any number of things. I was in a horrible depression and I weighed damn near 280 pounds, and for a guy like me who is only 6 foot tall that is dangerous. I’d been drawn to MMA for ages and wanted to get closer to the sport, its what I would spend most Saturday nights watching. I was told by doctors that there is a chance I would never be able to walk again, the joints I had in my feet and knees had given up on me, standing up was difficult,

Walking was agony, and I was still in my 20’s.

I went to rehab to detox and spent a month in bed sick, but I wanted to train.

I made what I believe to be a wrong decision, the notion to need to get in shape before trying out for class, but I did it anyway, and dropped 30 pounds in about 3 months. I’d say to anyone wanting to get involved, just try a class, and focus on your conditioning of course, but don’t feel like you ever need to “get in shape” to attend a proper class at a BJJ gym.

It’s been difficult being an out of shape, but what BJJ taught me more than anything else is how to respect your body. One of the things I’ve learned is that the gyms are far more accepting than the ideas we form in our heads about what kind of judgment they are going to pass on us.bjj Benefit01

As someone who has attempted suicide on multiple occasions, my concern was the judgement in the change room, there was no judgement.

As someone who was overweight, my concern was that I would be judged on the mats, there was no judgement.

As someone who was an addict, my concern was that my addiction would interfere with my training, and for the first time in my life I actually have something to invest myself into that means more and has benefited me in ways I can not possibly describe.

So as to how has BJJ benefited me? It saved my life, because I was on a dark path to an early death and the desire to train, quite literally, saved me.

To anyone out there who is in pain, or who is seeking something – just do it, and don’t give up, be consistent, and disciplined. If it could save me, it could, at the very least, be positive to you.

-Anonymous listener of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 102 Multi Black Belt Lee Mein

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Lee Mein BJJLee Mein is from Lethbridge, Alberta Ca. He teaches Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing to kids and adults.  He has a black belt in American Kenpo Karate, a black belt in Bas Rutten’s MMA system, and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Roy Harris.

We talk about:

  • His background in martial arts
  • His MMA promotion Rumble in the Cage
  • The importance of confidence for law enforcement
  • Dealing with bullies
  • Training as you get older
  • Why he enjoys competing
  • His son Jordan Mein that is fighting in the UFC
  • What they teach in the kids class
  • Keeping training fun
  • Conditioning
  • Doing BJJ and MMA
  • Hockey
  • How he warms up his body before competing
  • The mental aspect of fighting and training
  • Training on a limited schedule and setting goals


Quote of the week: 1) “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.” 2) “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” Yogi Berra

Article of the week: The Four “D’s” of Success, My Experience At Polaris 2 By  The Bjj Mental Coach

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Epi 101 Interview With Chris Haueter

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Chris Hauter bjjThis week we bring you an interview with one of the Dirty Dozen of BJJ Chris Haueter.  This a fun interview that covers a large range of topics, but mostly Jiu-Jitsu.

We talk about:

  • What got him involved in martial arts so early
  • Early BJJ in the United States
  • His first thoughts of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning moves on Youtube
  • MMA fans
  • Trying to see things from a different perspective
  • Being a “coach” vs a “master”
  • Getting a good balance with your training
  • Kids BJJ and Kids MMA
  • Violence in MMA
  • First tournament advice
  • Training on a tight schedule
  • His art work

Links: Email instagram Chrishaueterart

Quote of the week: My mind’s never gone very far away from what I wanted to accomplish. Dan Gable

Article of the week: The Biggest Delusion in BJJ by John Connors

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First year of BJJ

Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?

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Episode 100We wanted to make episode 100 of The BjjBrick Podcast a special episode that included both listeners and past guests.  This episode is full of people sharing the ways that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has benefited their lives. You will hear stories about weight loss, friendships, healthy lifestyles, drug addiction, confidence, intellectual stimulation, stress relief, and more.

The goals we had in mind with this episode.

  • If you are already training, you keep training for the long run. Hopefully you can relate to some of the off the mat benefits that BJJ is giving you and stay motivated.
  • If you do not train BJJ we want you to recognize some of the many benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After recognizing these benefits you do what is often one of the hardest things in BJJ, you start BJJ.

Budo Jake (7min)- Our interview with Jake is here.  Keep up with Jake on Facebook.

Stephen Whittier (13min)- Our interview with Stephen is here. Grapplers over 40 should check Stephen’s website.

Mike Bowser (17min)- Shares his story of incredible life saving weight loss.  You can find Mike training at Pacific Top Team of Corona.

Brian Marvin (21min)- Our interview with Brian is here. Train with Brian in Sugar Land, Tx.

Roli Delgado (22min)- Our interview with Roli is here. Train with Roli in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Blake (27min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

PJ Waicus (28min)- Our interview with PJ is here. Train with PJ at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Samir Chantre (33min)- Our interview with Samir is here. Learn more about Samir on his website.

Mike (39min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Matt Thornton (41min)- Our interview with Matt is here. Train with Matt at SBG.

Dewaine (43 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy San Francisco.

Andrew Nerlich (51 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Langes MMA in Sydney, Australia.

Jim (56 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Tim Sledd (58 min)- Our interview with Tim is here. Train with Tim at Small Ax BJJ.

Jason Goldstein (1h 6min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He is from Charleston South Carolina.

Brian Freeman (1h 11min)- Our interview with Brian is here.  Connect with Brian on his Facebook page.

John Connors (1h 13min)- Our interview with John is here. Connect with John on his Facebook page.

Nick Albin (1h 17min)- Our interview with Nick is here.Train with Nick at Derby City MMA.

Eli (1h 22min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Byron Jabara (1h 24min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Gary Hull (1h 28min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

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Epi 99 Interview with Alexander Trans

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This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Alexander Trans. Alexander is on the top of the competition scene.  He has been recently sidelined by a knee injury while competing at the worlds. Check out Alexanders Bio here.Alexander Trans

We talk about:

  • Teaching BJJ in the public schools of Abu Dhabi
  • Teaching regular classes in Abu Dhabi
  • His upcoming knee surgery
  • His plans on moving to Brazil
  • How he injured his knee during Worlds
  • His focus while he is training
  • Why he gets so many leg locks
  • What he eats before a tournament
  • Advice for dealing with nerves and adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for new students
  • Watching competition videos


Quote of the week: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” Calvin Coolidge

Article of the week: “How to get the most out of a BJJ class

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The BjjBrick Podcast is quickly approaching episode 100

We would like to invite you to be part of this special episode by sharing your story about how BJJ has benefited your life off of the mat. We are hoping to make a very positive and motivating show.

We are asking for 5 minutes or less testimonial audio clips from the BJJ community.

There are two ways we are collecting these audio clips.
1) use your smart phone to record a mp3 and email it to us at
2) email us your contact info at and tell us a few good times to call and we will call you and record it over the phone.

1) reflect on the off the mat benefits BJJ has given you
2) make an outline
3) go to a quiet place to record
4) give examples or a story not just a list of items
5) feel free to include your name full or just first name, where you are from, your school.
6) have fun

We are looking forward to hearing your stories.


Epi 98 Roy Harris A Man of Many Skills

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This week we are excited to bring you Roy Harris, he is one of the first non Brazilian Black Belts (Dirty Dozen).  Roy shares many of his countless stories and great advice about BJJ. 

 We talk about:

  • The early days of training BJJ in the United States
  • Developing skills outside of class with a partner
  • What you should be doing for the first 2 or 3 years of training
  • His first BJJ Brick was a footlock
  • Why some leglocks can be more dangerous
  • The 4 mindsets he teaches to students that are over 40
  • How to train safely
  • How to evaluate your progress
  • Differences between gi and no gi
  • How to train if you can only train twice a week


Quote of the week: “I always got nervous the nights we played in the World Series. First pitch, I was nervous. Then after that, forget it; I’d start playing.” Yogi Berra

Article of the week: “BJJ Biomechanics – Rib Injuries

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Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2

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Sam Spiegelman bjjThis week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • What supplements do you recommend?
  • How do you deal with cramps during training?
  • What should I ear before a competition?
  • How do I improve my flexibility?
  • What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
  • What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
  • If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
  • Does the training mask work?
  • What tips do you have for recovery after training?
  • What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?


Quote of the week: “Drillers make killers” presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: “What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl

First year of BJJ

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