Epi 140 Ricardo Tubbs DFKC

The week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Ricardo Tubbs. Ricardo is a black belt under Master Ricardo Cavalcanti, he is also the owner of Da Firma Kimono Company.

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We talk about:

  • What makes Da Firma Kimono Company different
  • Why they have 49 different sizes of kimonos
  • Some challenges with starting a gi company
  • Tips for caring for your gi
  • Keeping the color in your gi
  • BJJ and the navy
  • BJJ in schools
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • The importance of basics
  • Advice for doing no-gi from a mostly bjj background

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Quote of the week: “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” Muhammad Ali

Article of the week: Purple Belt a.k.a. “The Rolling Belt” 

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This episode also has a movie breakdown of Napoleon Dynamite on a bike ramp and Gary talks about his book “Rolling In The Living Room: The Futon submission”

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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight

This week we bring you an interview with Jimmy Fortunato. Jimmy started a tournament company called “The Good Fight” in 2008. Jimmy started training jiu-jitsu in 1997, and his experiences competing ultimately lead him to make some improvements to BJJ tournaments. A couple of years ago The Good Fight switched from a point based tournament to a submission only tournament.

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We talk about:

  • Why he started The Good Fight
  • A little bit of history behind The Good Fight
  • Making the change to sub only
  • The basic rules
  • The goals of the tournament
  • Jiu-Jitsu Theatre
  • Advice for kids doing a tournament
  • Advice for parents
  • Some of the most popular submission in competition

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Quote of the week: This quote was presented by Ken Blackburn “Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 5 Reasons You Should Say “Hello” to the New Student in Your BJJ Class From Jerry Tsui 

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Gary shares the concept of his audio book “5 Min Into My Cardo- My First Roll”

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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn

This week we bring you an interview with Ken Blackburn. Ken is a coach and athlete. Ken is a life long martial artist and he holds an american Kettlebell record in the Chair Press. Ken has been doing BJJ for about 17 years, and he is happy to help introduce the BJJ community to the benefits of Kettlebell and other training methods. In 2008 Ken along with his partner Steve Cotter founded the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF).Ken Blackburn

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ and Kettlebells
  • Kettlebell sport
  • Some benefits that Kettlebells bring to BJJ
  • Work capacity
  • Developing mental toughness
  • Grip endurance and strength
  • The Bulgarian Bag
  • Mace and clubs
  • Animal movements
  • Why you should warm-up and cool down
  • How to do a proper warm-up and cool down
  • How to keep motivated
  • Training movements vs training muscles
  • Mapping out your goals
  • The culture of the Kettlebell community
  • Common mistakes with strength and conditioning
  • A schedule for doing strength and conditioning

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Quote of the week: Our quote this week is the Oath of Kings and Champions by Travis Stevens. It will motivate you.

Article of the week: 10 Habits of Successful BJJ Competitors

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Byron is working on a new audio book about kennel cough and BJJ

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Epi 137 USA Judo Olympian Travis Stevens Part 2

This week we bring you part 2 of our 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 Stevens BJJ 2

We talk about:

  • The lack of money in USA Judo
  • What it will take to grow Judo in the United States
  • The possibility of BJJ being in the Olympics
  • Matches ending in a gentleman’s agreement
  • Going from white belt to purple belt and skipping blue belt
  • How he learned techniques as a white belt
  • Why he recommends that new students do not watch YouTube

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Quote of the week: “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” Nina Dobrev

Article of the week: “Tap or Nap! BJJ Chokes From a Doctor’s Perspective” Doctor Warren Wang

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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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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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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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