Epi 270 How BJJ and A Good Friend Saved Evan Robinson

This week we have an interview with Evan Robinson. Evan credits his friend Joe Vanbrackle and Jiu-Jitsu as playing a major role in turning his life around. You will find this interview to be extremely motivating, Evan’s passion and energy are contagious.

We talk about:

  • The positive effects of BJJ on his life
  • Training jiu-jitsu in prison
  • Setting and meeting difficult goals
  • The influence of Joe Vanbrackle
  • Helping troubled kids with BJJ
  • Opening his own gym
  • Future goals of helping people with Jiu-Jitsu

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Quote of the week: The Saga of Grettir the Strong: “A tale is but half told when only one person tells it.”

Article of the week: 4 Unexpected Lessons You’ll Learn In A BJJ Gym

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Epi 269 Sports Nutrition with Katie Elliott

This week we have Katie Elliott. Katie is a registered dietitian with a specialty in sports nutrition. We cover a wide range of topics designed to help you perform better on the mat.

We talk about:

  • Olympic distance triathlons
  • How your diet can affect weight cutting
  • Intermittent fasting and jiu-jitsu
  • How to experiment with your diet
  • Using the App Marune to track your BJJ training
  • Nutrition to get the most out of a training day
  • Using sports drinks
  • Keys to staying hydrated
  • Doing fitness testing
  • Recovery nutrition

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Quote of the week: “People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.” Oliver Goldsmith

Article of the week: Never Underestimate the Value of The Comfort Zone

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Never Underestimate the Value of The Comfort Zone

It’s often said, “growth takes place outside of your comfort zone”. While that is true, the implication is often that outside your comfort zone is the only place growth happens, and that’s not true at all.

Studies indicate that children do better in school when they come from a stable home, grow up primarily in the same community (as opposed to moving around), have an extended family network, live in a community with a low crime rate, etc. In other words, they flourish where they feel comfortable or safe, e.g. their comfort zones. People who work for companies that are stable and well managed with decent compensation that show appreciation to their employees and offer opportunity for advancement are generally happy and productive at work. Why? In part, because they are working from their comfort zone. Do children and adults also experience growth when the step out of their comfort zones? I think the answer certainly is yes, but in order to step out of their comfort zones, they must have a comfort zone to begin with.

I am proposing that jiu jitsu is probably not unlike other areas in life and that we benefit from having a comfort zone and operating a good deal of the time from there. Finding a home gym where you are comfortable and cultivating a good relationship with your teammates, then developing your “A” game, are a few crucial components to creating your comfort zone. A comfort zone in jiu jitsu would be one where you feel comfortable trying new things and failing. In your comfort zone you can expose your weaknesses and work on solving problems.

Even when you challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone you can do it from within your comfort zone or take your comfort zone with you. Whoa…. Let me try to make sense of that. If you’ve been doing jiu jitsu for a while and have decided, it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and enter a competition you could just sign up for the next competition whether anyone from your team was going or not. It would make more sense though, to sign up for a competition that your school was going to as a team. You would be exposing your self to the rigors of competition intensity training while training with your teammates, you would be going through the weigh in process and finding your brackets and the correct mat with your teammates, you would have your coach or another teammate in your corner, you would have your team with you to support you if you lose and celebrate with you if you win, etc. etc. If you’re going to re-invent your game and try some things that are completely new, wouldn’t it be easier to do that with your favorite teammates in an environment where there was no pressure to be “winning” rounds?

In closing, I wouldn’t suggest that you take the one or the other approach, but that you would seek a healthy balance of both. Cultivate a great training environment that would be your comfort zone and then stretch the limits as needed and as appropriate.

Train hard. Train smart. Get better.

Joe

Epi 268 BjjBrick Extra Jeff Westfall

This episode we have an interview with Jeff Westfall.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • Early Jiu-Jitsu in the USA
  • The Martial Brain Podcast
  • The concept of thinking outside of the box
  • The power of continuing education
  • Survivorship bias
  • Closed guard tips
  • Getting out of side control tips and ideas

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Tip: Pulling workouts help develop muscles to add pressure to your game.

Question: The question involves taking private lessons from different instructors

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Epi 267 Joel Bouhey Talks Falcon Guard and Reverse Triangle

This week we have an interview with Luis Heredia Black Belt Joel Bouhey. You will find Joel training and teaching his innovative style in Maui.

 

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in Oregan and Hawaii
  • Making the transition to full time training
  • Changing your focus while training
  • Training BJJ for MMA
  • BJJ for self defense
  • The development of new techniques
  • What is the falcon guard
  • The reverse triangle
  • Tips for training BJJ while traveling
  • Tips for competing while traveling

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Quote of the week: “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” Paul Tournier

Article of the week: How to Measure Success in a Jiu-Jitsu Competition

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