We are Looking for the BJJ Coach of the Year!

We would like to recognize a coach in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that has gone above and beyond the typical coaching role. The coach we are searching for does not need to be the leader of a team of world champions. We would like to honor someone that is truly making a difference in the lives of their students.

Do you have a great coach that you would like to nominate? Please write explaining what makes your coach so great and send it to BjjBrick@gmail.com with the subject being “coach of the year”. If our panel selects your coach, we will feature them in a future podcast and our website!

Basic Portuguese For Traveling To Brazil

If you are traveling to Brazil these key words and phrases should help you during your travels.

Pt 1 Greeting

Pt 2 Good bye

Pt 3 Please and thank you

Pt 4 Your welcome

Pt 5 yes no good bad

Pt 6 Do you speak English?

Pt 7 Ambulance, Police, Doctor, Taxi, Hotel, Restaurant, and Restroom

Pt 8 Sorry and Counting to Ten

Pt 9 Time and Days of the Week

The BjjBrick Podcast is quickly approaching episode 100

We would like to invite you to be part of this special episode by sharing your story about how BJJ has benefited your life off of the mat. We are hoping to make a very positive and motivating show.

We are asking for 5 minutes or less testimonial audio clips from the BJJ community.

There are two ways we are collecting these audio clips.
1) use your smart phone to record a mp3 and email it to us at bjjbrick@gmail.com.
2) email us your contact info at bjjbrick@gmail.com and tell us a few good times to call and we will call you and record it over the phone.

Tips:
1) reflect on the off the mat benefits BJJ has given you
2) make an outline
3) go to a quiet place to record
4) give examples or a story not just a list of items
5) feel free to include your name full or just first name, where you are from, your school.
6) have fun

We are looking forward to hearing your stories.

Byron

Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1

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Sam Spiegelman

Sam Spiegelman

This week Sam Spiegelman answers your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • How often should you train when you are new to BJJ?
  • What level of Jiu-Jitsu class is best to start with?
  • Should I do extra cardio to get in shape for BJJ?
  • What are the benefits of joint mobility?
  • What is a quick and healthy breakfast?
  • When cutting weight is it necessary to run?
  • Do you need to compete in BJJ to get better?
  • How many times per week should I strength train?
  • What should your exceptions be if you are just starting a strength program?
  • What is the best strength and condition program for BJJ?

Links:

Quote of the week: “Frustration is a useless emotion” Amanda Lowen

Article of the week: “What Sharpens Iron?” sandhillsbjj

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

First year of BJJ

Epi 53 The table has been turned, Gary interviews Byron

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Last week at Fox Fitness Byron was given a Black belt from Andre “Tim” Monteiro and John Castillo. Gary interviews Byron about his journey from white belt to black.

Gary ask Byron about:

  • The journey at each belt color
  • Him off the mat
  • A description of his game and what he likes to do
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • How to make your first BJJ Brick
  • A good goal for a 1st year student
  • Did he ever think about quitting
  • Using BJJ as a firefighter
Byron and Gary as white belts, at Eric Williams seminars.

Byron and Gary as white belts, at Eric Williams seminars.

Gary and Byron with their new blue belts.

Gary and Byron with their new blue belts.

Byron new purple belt with Roberto Tozi, John Castillo, and Marcio Laselva

Byron new purple belt with Roberto Tozi, John Castillo, and Marcio Laselva

Byron as a new brown belt,  with John Castillo and Renato Tavares

Byron as a new brown belt, with John Castillo and Renato Tavares

Jake Fox, Andre "Tim" Monteiro​, Byron Jabara, John Castillo, and Jake Smith

Jake Fox, Andre “Tim” Monteiro​, Byron Jabara, John Castillo, and Jake Smith at Fox Fitness

Byron Jabara and Gary Hull

Byron Jabara and Gary Hull

10-13-2014

10-13-2014

Quote of the week: “High expectations are the key to everything” Sam Walton

Article of the week: “3 Ways to Become Happier with Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training”

 

Epi 49 Giving 100% With Bernardo Faria

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio bernardo faria bjjBernardo Faria is one of the top BJJ black belt competitors on the mat today.  He credits a lot of his success not to being talented but to training very hard everyday.  He is currently training and teaching at Marcelo Garcia’s Academy. Look for him this October competing in Worlds No-Gi, IBJJF PRO and NY PRO.

Bernardo talks about:

  • His early training and school
  • Teaching and training hard for competition
  • Training with Marcelo Garcia
  • Why he is able to put all his effort and determination in a match
  • Why he likes his half guard so much
  • His deep half guard dvd that will be released soon
  • His short term and long term goals
  • Focusing on doing your best and not focusing on winning
  • How he gets ready before a match
  • His omoplata and why he goes 100% for the submission and not the sweep
  • His very first BJJ match
  • Advice for someone doing their 1st tournament
  • What he was like as a blue belt (his longest belt)
  • Why it is important to develop you own game
  • Why you should set your own goals
  • Traits he likes to see in his students
  • His matches with Rodolfo Vieira

Contact info Bernardo Faria on facebook page here

More info on Bernardo’s Deep Half Guard DVD!!

Quote of the week: “train hard fight easy” this quote was presented by Yuri Simoes

Article of the week: Teamquestmma.net “8 Tips For Teaching Kids Martial Arts

Details at the end of the show about how to win a free patch! United States only

Details at the end of the show about how to win a free patch! United States only. Matt Lowe sporting the patch at the IBJJF Dallas Open 2014

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Epi 48 Interview with BJJ heavyweight Yuri Simões

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio Yuri Simões is one of the top competitors at the heavyweight division in BJJ.  He is competing for the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.  He has been doing BJJ for 13 years, compeating for most of it.Yuri Simoes In this interview Yuri Simões talks about:

  • His main goal of becoming a black belt world champion
  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 7
  • Overcoming his rough start at competition as a kid
  • His training habits
  • Competing with an injury
  • His last competition at worlds
  • His two wins over Rafael Lovato Jr
  • A Metamoris Match between Simões and Lovato Jr
  • His dreams to compete in ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro
  • The possibilities of doing MMA in the future
  • How he will change his focus when transitioning to MMA
  • His first year in the black belt division facing many guys he looked up to
  • He has learned more about Jiu-jitsu since he has got his black belt than before the black belt
  • Why he is always learning and expanding his Jiu-jitsu

Contact Yuri Simões

Quote of the week: “ABC always be choking” Brian Marvin

Article of the week:  “7 people you meet training bjj”

Episodes 31-40 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Join Gary and Byron on the BjjBrick Podcast

Join Gary and Byron on the BjjBrick Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle –Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author ofThe Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.  He is one of the leading authorities on developing talent.  He may not be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his ideas about how to practice can help you understand how you learn.  The methods he has found could help catapult your game to the next level and beyond. 

Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” -Thomas This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.

Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap ManastyrskiOstap Manastryski is a brown belt under Elliott Bayev, he trains and teaches at OpenMat Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Toronto Canada.  Ostap breaks down BJJ videos on his YouTube channel, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to better understand BJJ.

Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ gameThis week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.
Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2 -This week we have stories from our listeners. These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.
Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2 -More amazing injury and recovery stories from the listeners.
Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado -Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years.  He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.
Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy -This week we talk to Nick Albin otherwise known as “Chewy”. He teaches and trains BJJ full time and is the head instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts in Louisville, KY. Chewy is a Black Belt under Renato Tavares. He also has a website with lots of great information about BJJ here http://chewjitsu.net/
Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ -This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan.  We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work.  You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen.  To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.
Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff -This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, and also teach Kids Martial Arts in Bergen County, NJ.

Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2

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This week we have stories from our listeners.  These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.

Devin Pirata-(14m20s)

Devin pirata 4 years after operation

Devin pirata 4 years after operation

Devin was in his junior year of high school wrestling when he sustained what he thought was a shoulder injury. The injury came back in to play years later when he was a blue belt at a hard training camp.  He experienced intense pain in his right arm and shoulder.  Devin soon lost a lot of muscle mass due to atrophy. He found that he had a complete herniation of c5 and c6 and was told by his doctor that he would never train BJJ again.  After neck surgery he was able start training in three months and has since regained the muscle he had lost from the atrophy.  Devin occasionally has a stiff neck, but he has no major lasting effects.  Devin also gives some great advice for anyone who is going through a similar situation.

 

Michael Green- (34m40s) Michael suffered a torn labrum from a keylock submission while drilling.  This is a very rare situation in BJJ that someone gets injured during the drilling portion of the class.  About a month later Michael went to his doctor, he was told that he would need surgery to get better.  Michael credits his full recovery to taking his time in getting back on the mat and doing the proper rehab.

Mike- (45m19s)

what ringworm looks like

what ringworm looks like

Given enough time most of us doing BJJ will get ringworm. Normally it is no big deal and can be treated with an over the counter ointment like Lamisil.  Mike got ringworm on his scalp. He was given a topical treatment which actually made things worse.  It drove it deeper into his skin.  It then appeared to go away and come back even stronger, with a resistance to the medicine.  He was eventually able to get rid of it with tea tree oil.  Mike also talks about how this gave him a condition where he was very sensitive to ringworm and would get it even if he was not on the mat.

Jim- (59m50s) Jim’s back was injured as a young man. About 25 years later his doctor told him that he had a major problem with his back from his old injury and it required surgery.  He found the best surgeon he could to do his spinal fusion.  Jim gives us a valuable warning about researching surgery online and the people who tell horror stories. BJJ has actually helped him get back into shape and strengthen his back.  Jim recommends being in the best shape that you can be in and finding the best surgeon for the job. We then talk about breaking the addiction to the prescription pain killers.

Arielle- (1h23m55s) Arielle shares a recovery story of when she injured her knee.  She had a full thickness tear in her ACL, MCL and a partial tear of her meniscus.  Her teammates did the drawer test to her leg and they knew that she had torn her ACL.  She was on crutches for two months and slowly got back on the mat after about 5 months. Arielle did yoga to help get her knee back to health.  After almost a full year she feels that her knee is 85-90% back to normal.  Arielle also gives some really good advice about overcoming the mental side of the injury.  Check out Arielle’s gym here.knee injury bjj

Dusty Grant- (1h42m26s)Our friend Dusty tore his ACL and medial meniscus during his first BJJ competition.  The drive home was over 2 hours and his knee got very sore sitting in the car.  Dusty got some bad advice from his first doctor and then he went to a specialist and his injury was confirmed.  Dusty was off the mat for a little over a year. Today his knee usually feels great, but it is a little stiff sometimes.  He credits his recovery to doing the rehab that was prescribed.  Dusty is in a great 5-piece metal/hard-rock band called Empire Falling.  He also let us play the song “Guilty” for the closing music.  Check out Empire Falling here!!

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Enter to win one of these great Fuji Sports rash guards.

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Quote of the week: “There is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.”

Article of the week: “Separation Anxiety: How To Instantly Improve Your Guard Game” by Stephen Whittier on http://40plusbjjlive.com/ 

Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ game

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This week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.

In this episode we talk about:

  • When to make changes to your game
  • Why we prefer certain types of styles
  • Why making changes creates a lot of growth
  • Why it is difficult to make major changes to your game
  • Changing your habits of your rolling style
  • Making changes to get over a plateau
  • Making changes can be a lot of fun
  • When not to make changes
  • Making changes during a match

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We are giving away a Fuji Sports rash guard (Moko or Robo).  We are doing a contest over the next four episodes. We will pick one of the four episodes at random and then choose a random winner from that episodes pool of people.  You will have 24 hours to respond, then I will try someone else. Ways to enter the contest:

  • Leave a comment on this episodes page.
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The quote of the week: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Article of the week: 3-star Army general earns his black belt  armytimes.com