Epi 265 Alliance Founder Romero Jacare Cavalcanti

This week we have Romero Jacare Cavalcanti. Jacare is well known in the Jiu-Jitsu community for being the founder of the Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Team. Alliance is thought of as being the most successful BJJ team. He is also one of only six people to be promoted to black belt by Rolls Gracie.

We talk about:

  • Becoming a black belt in 1982
  • Starting the team Alliance Jiu-Jitsu
  • Some of the reasons why Alliance has been so succesful
  • Only a small amount of students compete
  • Information about the Alliance affiliation
  • Running different classes for different students
  • Why it is important to have a beginner class
  • What the students do in the advance class
  • Keys to doing BJJ for a long time
  • Promoting over 200 black belts
  • His plans for moving to California
  • Growing Alliance Jiu-Jitsu affiliation
  • Advice for the hobbyist grappler

Links: Alliance Team

Quote of the week: “Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” Thomas Jefferson

Article of the week: Value this time on the mats kids

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Epi 264 Top MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson

This week we have an interview with Neil Melanson. Neal is one of the top MMA coaches in the world working with fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Randy Couture. He has made a recent move back to Las Vegas and has plans on opening a gym with Ricky Lundell. This interview is packed full of great advice for competitive grapplers, pro MMA athletes and everyday hobby martial artist.

We talk about:

  • Being back in Las Vegas
  • What you don’t train someone to do can be important
  • Strategies in MMA grappling
  • Leg locks in MMA
  • Room for growth in the leg lock game
  • How your body type can dictate your style of grappling
  • The growth of the no-gi game
  • Learning to fight off of the fence
  • The idea of mastery for grappling
  • His next instructionals
  • Opening up a gym with Ricky Lundell in Las Vegas
  • The need to always be growing

Links:

Quote of the week: “I remember once, actually the first race I ran, I fell.” Usain Bolt

Article of the week: Is It Ok For Beginners To Start Training No-Gi Only?

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Epi 263 BjjBrick Extra Tim Credeur

This episode we have Tim Credeur. Tim is an American Mixed Martial Artist, UFC veteran, and 3rd Degree Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. He also has the distinction of being the first BJJ Black Belt in Louisiana.

We talk about:

  • Growing up with martial arts in his life
  • His first thoughts while seeing early UFCs
  • His first MMA fight
  • Why it is important to be consistant
  • Starting BJJ
  • What methods of starting jiu-jitsu works best for the long term
  • Advice for doing a tournament
  • Training tips for developing your game
  • How to normalize competitive environments

Links:

Gladiators Academy

Tim Credeur on Instagram

Books Tim Recommens

Tip: Roll one extra round if you have time

Question: What do you eat before you train?

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The Brotherhood Extends Beyond the Mats

Much is made of the comradery between teammates and the relationships developed on the mats. Have you ever wondered why relationships run deep and the level of trust between training partners is so high?

I would suggest that there are two main reasons:

1) As it relates to jiu jitsu, the truth is always revealed on the mats. If you talk a big game and exaggerate your skill level, you will be exposed as a fraud very quickly. Being completely honest and transparent in one aspect of your life leads to being honest and transparent in other areas so teammates get to know the real you fairly quickly.

2) You are literally putting your physical well-being in the hands of your teammates and they are doing the same with you. When you’ve trusted someone not to break your arm when they’ve had the chance it’s pretty easy to trust them with less crucial things.

I recently was able to benefit from this brotherhood when I needed the old siding on my house removed and replaced with new. One of my training partners Javier San Miguel runs a roofing/home repair company, San Miguel Roofing. San Miguel Roofing is located in Clute Texas which is due south of Houston. I just got done doing some interior work and had a horrible experience with the contractor so for the exterior work I was definitely looking for someone I could trust. My wife cautioned me about hiring a friend out of concern that if things went sideways the friendship would be ruined. I told her I felt I knew Javier pretty well and had good reason to trust him (see paragraph A)

We couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Either Javier, or his father Jose who helps manage the business, was at the job site every day to ensure the work was being done correctly and getting completed on time. I would summarize the outcome this way: Quality work done by professional craftsmen.

Not only has this relationship benefited me, but it has benefited Javier as well in that it was additional work for his business. If you have a teammate who owns, operates, or manages a local business consider giving them your business before you hire someone else. Jiu Jitsu is a community both on and off the mats, and as such, when we have the opportunity to support and/or help one another we should do so.

If you are a BJJ Brick listener and happen to be in the Houston or Brazoria County area and know someone who may be looking for home roofing or home remodel services Javier can be contacted here — San Miguel Roofing or Facebook – San Miguel Roofing

Train hard. Train smart. Get better.

Joe

Epi 262 Jay Hieron Talks MMA, Jiu-Jitsu and Stunt Work

This Week we have an interview with Jay Hieron. Jay is a former World Champion Welterweight Professional Mixed Martial Artist. Jay also stars alongside Denzel Washington in The Equalizer 2

We talk about:

  • Starting MMA
  • His first thoughts about BJJ
  • His level of training today
  • Transitioning into stunt work and acting
  • How martial arts has helped him outside of the cage
  • Training for stunt work
  • Being lit of fire
  • Doing stunt driving
  • The importance of a good reputation
  • Having a martial arts mind frame
  • Learning film fighting
  • The importance of enjoying what you do

Links:

Quote of the week: “Reject any doctrine – religious, atheist, political, cultural, etc. – that is teaching you not to befriend the people you happen to meet”.

Article of the week: Dating And Training: How To Make It Work

The phrases “subtle good looks” was used to describe Gary. I have always liked this phrase because it sounds like a complement at first.

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