Epi 76 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 1

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Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda is a purple belt that runs the website Jiu-Jitology.com.  He has a unique perspective about BJJ and training that we are sure you will find interesting and beneficial.  You can find Ricardo training at Gracie Barra South Austin.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • How BJJ has helped him off of the mat
  • How he uses his psychology background to benefit his BJJ
  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Mental health and BJJ the good and the bad
  • The mindset of a new student
  • Controlling your heart rate and breathing rate to learn better
  • The John Wayne Sweep and how he learned it
  • How to start basic meditation
  • Training while injured

Ricardo’s Links:

 

Quote of the week: “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” Unknown

Article of the week: The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with ‘sitting-rising test’ means you’re 5 times more likely to die early” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Byron’s Grilled cheese cooking fail

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Epi 75 Interview with Danny Dring

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Danny Dring

Master Danny Dring has 5 different black belts including a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He got his BJJ black belt in 2001.  You can find Danny training in Sherwood, Arkansas at Dring LDMA.

We talk about:

  • The striking arts that he is involved in
  • Training law enforcement
  • A cool concept of hardware and software of your martial arts
  • Early MMA
  • How learning BJJ has changed over the years
  • Why he like to play a top game
  • Getting over having his hip resurfaced
  • Training in Brazil
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • What is was like for him as a blue belt

Links:

Quote of the week:  “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself” presented by: Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

Article of the week:“The Almost-Blue Belt Mistake – Don’t Be in a Hurry!”

Check out Byron’s cooking for BJJ video!!

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Episode 74 An Interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

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Draculino

Draculino

This week we are very excited to bring you an interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. Draculino is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has been training since around 1984.  Find out more about Draculino at BjjHeroes.com.

We talk about:

  • His school in Houston Texas
  • Being a lawyer and how it has helped him with BJJ
  • His history with the spider guard
  • Why he has a well balanced game
  • Doing moves both on the right and left side of your body
  • Why the lighter weight classes like to play the guard
  • Why it is important to learn BJJ, No-gi, and Self-defense
  • Doing MMA and still training with the Gi
  • The future of BJJ
  • How the internet is changing the way we learn BJJ
  • Advice for a student doing their first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: “The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.” Douglas MacArthur

Article of the week: “Appreciating the BJJ Journey on Your Own Terms” learningbjj.com

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Epi 73 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 2

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Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell

This is part 2 of our interview with Steve Maxwell, part 1 can be found here. Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.

We talk about:

  • When people hit their physical peak
  • Not getting injured with your off the mat training
  • Training BJJ into your 70’s, 80’s and 90’s
  • Over training and the point of diminishing returns
  • Explosive training and BJJ
  • Strength training for any sport
  • The myth of Cardio training
  • Sport specific training
  • His traveling minimalist lifestyle (every thing he owns fits in this 45L backpack)
  • Some great life advice for everybody

Links:

Quote of the week: “Don’t measure the work, measure the change, and use that to evaluate your work” The BjjBrick Podcast, Episode 73

Article of the week: “4 Jiu JItsu Lessons From Bruce Lee” by jiujitsubrotherhood.com

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Epi 72 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 1

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Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.Steve Maxwell bjj

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts as a kid
  • Getting his blue belt fast and getting stuck at purple belt
  • How he learned how to teach Jiu-Jitsu
  • History of early BJJ in the United States
  • The combat aspect of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why the age 45 seems to be a road block for people that do BJJ
  • Setting intrinsic goals and not extrinsic goals
  • How age effects you ability to do BJJ
  • How his game has changed over the years
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • A method of training to force you use better breathing

Links:

Quote of the week: “no victory without sacrifice” Robson Moura

Article of the week: “7 REASONS WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS” breakingmuscle.com

Steve Maxwell interview

Steve Maxwell walking around during this interview

 

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Epi 71 Interview With Robson Moura

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This week we are happy to bring you an interview with Robson Moura.  In the Black belt Super Featherweight division Robson won gold in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and then again in 2007.  He credits much of his competition success in going for a fast submission.

Some Highlights from the interview:

We also talk about:

  • How BJJ helps him off of the mat
  • Starting BJJ as a kid in the adult class
  • Why he likes to have a fun environment in his school
  • How the mind of the Jiu-Jitsu competitor has changed over time
  • What he is looking for in a super fight
  • The possibility of doing Metamoris
  • Advice for first time competitors
  • Why most people are joining  BJJ schools today
  • Why survival is a good goal for a 1st year student

links for Robson Moura

Quote of the week: “every champion was once a contender that refused to give up” Presented by Isaac Doederlein

Article of the week: “Jiu Jitsu And The Mature Athlete” jjgf.com

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Epi 70 Interview with the Featherweight Giant Killer Isaac Doederlein

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Isaac Doederlein

Isaac Doederlein

Isaac Doederlein is a 22 year old brown belt under Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles.  He recently went to IBJJF European and won featherweight gold and then he stepped up for the absolute and got silver.

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts as a kid
  • Moving as an 18 year old to California to train
  • The different guards he likes to play
  • His goal of getting absolute titles
  • His goal for remaining undefeated in his weight class
  • How to train for competing in the absolute division
  • How to watch your tournament footage to get better
  • What he does for off-the-mat training
  • Dealing with his injuries (neck and wrist)
  • The benefits of competing
  • Gaining confidence on the mat
  • Advice for students in their first tournament
  • His first tournament as a kid
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Tips for doing an omoplata
  • Advice for developing your game plan
  • Why it is important for new students to focus on understanding Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Connect with Isaac Doederlein: Instagram and Facebook

Breast Cancer Charity BJJ Seminar: Their Facebook Page, Donate online here.

Quote of the week: “What we do in this life echoes in eternity” Presented by Henry Akins

Article of the week: “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & the Internet, Part 1” by learningbjj.com

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast, we will have an interview with Robson Moura

Epi 69 Interview with Henry Akins

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Henry Akins

Henry Akins

In 1995 Henry Akins started training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Rickson Gracie Academy. He received his black belt from Rickson in 2004.  He now has his own school called Dynamix MMA located in west LA.

Some of the Highlights:

“Making sure that the Jiu-Jitsu you learn is effective whether you have a gi on or not, and if you need to use it on the streets to protect yourself or someone that you care about.”

“My focus has always been how to use Jiu-Jitsu as a martial art, as a way to instill confidence in a person… and if there is ever a confrontation they feel prepared to deal with it.”

“It’s not about speed, a lot of people think you need to be fast…. it is about timing”

“The focus for a competitor is the complete opposite from the focus of a teacher.  If you are competing the focus is on yourself…. as a teacher your focus is on others.”

We also talk about:

  • Training with Rickson Gracie
  • Having a style that doesn’t rely on grips
  • BJJ and confidence
  • The main reasons why students join Dynamix MMA
  • The importance of getting good at the basics
  • How BJJ has changed and remained the same since he started
  • Teaching versus competing
  • What he does to help his teachers learn how to teach
  • How BJJ can affect the larger community
  • Training BJJ specifically for self defense
  • What happens to students that use strength or speed over technique
  • Different types of pressure you can put on your opponent
  • How the BJJ community is one big group regardless of affiliation

Links:

Quote of the week: “Learn how to learn” Billy Robinson. This quote was presented by Roli Delgado.  Roli suggests- Learn how your body works and apply that to what you are trying to do.

Article of the week: “Stepping off the Mats: Top Ten” by jiujitsutimes.com

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Epi 68 Interview with Roli Delgado

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This week we have an interview with Rolando Delgado often called Roli.  Roli is a 2nd degree black belt that trains in Little Rock Arkansas at West Side MMA. Roli has fought in the UFC and Bellator, but he is most widely known in the BJJ community for his ability to teach and preform leg locks.

Some highlights from this interview:

“The most dangerous moves in Jiu-Jitsu are take-downs and kimuras”

“Reaping the knee is a risk that is way overstated and blown out of proportion”

“With the Gi on I am okay with no heal hooks…. we need a sport that we can all do and grow old with.”

We also talk about:

  • His start to the martial arts
  • What he does off of the mat (hunting deer and owning a pawn shop)
  • His recent trip to Brazil
  • How he started focusing on leg locks
  • His app “Legal Leg Locks for BJJ
  • Why some people don’t like leg locks
  • Using legs locks to be used for a Bjj Brick
  • The rules for BJJ and leg locks
  • Why mid level blue belt is a good time to start working on leg locks
  • Finding confidence in your game from hard work
  • Advice for students that are competing for the first time
  • Why you should be trying to funnel your match into your strong areas
  • The concept of defend than attack
  • His match with Jason Bircher in Respect 1 on Feb 28

Connect with Roli:

Quote of the week: “Therefore, those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.” Sun Tzu

Article of the week: “Drill To Kill: Science Backs Up Effectiveness of Drilling for Jiu-Jitsu” 

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

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