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. 

Here is a link to Byron’s full review of this gi, and here is a link to our gi guide.

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

If you are interested in supporting The BjjBrick Podcast find out how here

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The Fuji Sekai Gi Review

You can check out the sekai gi here.

I was looking for a great travel gi. I wanted something white, light weight, and easy to care for. I found the Sekai gi from Fuji to be a great fit for a travel gi or a everyday use gi. I really like the globe inside for the idea of a travel gi.

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

Links:

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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BjjBrick Q&A 2 Lower Back Pain and BJJ

I’m am a fresh blue belt age 40,
started Jits late, but it has changed
my life.
Question:
Is lower back pain normal when
starting this? I’m assuming it’s due
to posture from guard ect.
Injuries seem to slow my progress. Don’t
want to blame age but just a question.
Thanks and love ur vids.
Kamran
parkandroll.org

BjjBrick Q&A 1 Unpassable Open Guard

Today I answer a question about developing an unpassable open guard. What are your thoughts on this topic?

Q: What are your tips for developing an unpassable
open guard, beyond the typical “mat hours”
response? What can I conscientiously do, drill,
practice etc. to better use those mat hours?
My guard retention is slowly but surely improving,
though I know I am lacking a lot of intentioned
practice.

Epi 128 Innovative Teaching With Bruce Hoyer

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Bruce Hoyer has a unique way of running a BJJ class using Evernote.  He shares his innovative method and much more during this interview. Bruce is a black belt under Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros.

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We talk about:

  • The benefits of coaching
  • Some of his competition history
  • Individualized lesson plans
  • What he does when a guest comes in to train
  • Advantages to the student and teacher with this class format
  • He gives an example of the first few classes
  • How he does belt test and stripes
  • How he has made changes to this program
  • Getting people to show up for their first day of BJJ
  • Why he does not coach during rolling
  • Being a self reliant learner

Links:

Quote of the week:”Today is tomorrow’s yesterday so make it count” Presented by  Shawn Williams

Article of the week: “We Don’t Have Time For Jiu Jitsu” Big Jiu-Jitsu

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We start a new segment this week Learning Basic Portuguese with Claudio Pt 1. We learn a couple of simple greetings. Here is a link for find the 9 parts on youtube.

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