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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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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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

Unintended Consequences of the New Double Guard Pull Rule

Now that everyone’s gis have been washed since the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship of 2014, let’s examine the new IBJJF double guard pull rule and how it will affect the sport of BJJ in the long run.  Let’s be honest, this rule was created to discourage both athletes from sitting on their butts for ten minutes and calling it Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, sometimes rules give us unintended consequences.  So let’s jump right in (to double guard) and look at this rule.  You can download the rule book here.

I am glad this was not a common occurrence this year.

I am glad this was not a common occurrence this year.

 

Rule 6.5.3 When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the referee will start a 20 second countdown. If at end of this 20 second countdown, even if the athletes are moving, one of the athletes does not reach the top position, does not have a submission in hold,or is not imminently completing a point scoring move, the referee will stop the fight and give a penalty to both athletes. In this situation, the referee will restart the combat in standing position.

Ok lets summarize this rule.  You both pull guard, you have 20 seconds to make something happen or you are both given a penalty.

Maybe I am missing something here at first glance, it seems pointless to give both competitors a penalty and expecting them to react in different ways.  If I believe that the only way I will win a match is to pull guard and my opponent believes the same thing, we are going to rack up penalties in a BJJ style of “guard pulling chicken.”

Here is the rule for penalties:

Rule 7.3.1 Referees shall abide by the following series of penalties.
• 1st penalty – The referee will mark the first penalty for the athlete.
• 2nd penalty – Advantage point concession to opponent of penalized athlete and second penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
• 3rd penalty –Two points concession to opponent of penalized athlete and third penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
4th penalty – Disqualification of perpetrating athlete.*

I watched over 20 hours of matches from the worlds this weekend.  From what I saw the vast majority of competitors did not play this game of “guard pulling chicken.”  There could be a situation when guard pulling chicken could be used as an evil strategy, I will come back to this.  But there was still plenty of double guard pulls, and I predict that there will be even more in the future.  Why will there be more matches that start with a double guard pull? Because there is a  free advantage point if you are against an obvious guard player, and you don’t mind playing top.  This is because of rule 5.7.6.

Rule 5.7.6 When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the athlete who achieves top position first is awarded an advantage point.

Here is an example:  Gary vs Byron.  Let’s just say Gary is a guard player and Byron knows this and is comfortable with trying to pass Gary’s guard.  The match starts with Gary pulling guard.  Byron has a choice, does he enter into Gary’s guard fighting for a pass?  Or does he pull guard too, then pop up to work for a pass?  The strategic answer is for Byron to double guard pull with no intention of playing guard and then pop up for an advantage point.  This is an easy way for the passer to score an advantage point vs the guard player in the opening seconds of the match.

Another example:  We saw this in the match Bruno Malfacine vs Joao Miyao for the rooster weight final. This was an action-packed match that was a back and forth battle. When it was all over, the score was tied and Bruno won by a referee’s decision.  Do not forget that Bruno pulled double guard vs Joao and stood back up for a critical advantage point at the start of the match.doubleguardpull

In the past we saw a lot of guard pulls with one person being forced into the passing game (pre double guard pull). With these new rules, we might see a time when one person pulls guard, they both pull guard.  What a silly looking way to start a grappling match.

It was good to not see two people sit on there butts for the entire match, but I worry that in the future we will see people who don’t even want the bottom position pulling double guard then popping up to get the advantage point.  That would start a lot of matches out with both competitors on their butts.  The combination of these rules may just give us many MORE double guard pulls that are quickly ended with an advantage point- or a situation where competitors approach each other, sit down, and quickly try to stand up.

What kind of evil plot could use the game of guard pulling chicken as a strategy? You might be asking yourself, who would gain anything if both people get disqualified? You ask yourself this type of question because you are likely a good person who would not do something like this. If something can be done within the rules, given enough time it will be done. When two teammates are in the same division, one of them could be sacrificed in order to circumvent the need to beat the dedicated guard player.

Example of the evil guard pulling chicken game: Now Gary and Byron are on the same team and in the same division.  In the opening round Byron faces a person like Joao Miyao (someone who will pull guard every time).  Byron realizes that he will be unable to beat this guard machine.  If Byron can double guard pull four times and last 20 seconds each time he can prevent his teammate from even facing this guard player.  By sacrificing himself he has helped his team.  Byron can play this game of guard pulling chicken even if he is down on points, giving him less to loose.  

  • Points should not dominate the game, but they usually do.
  • People should not try to work the rules for any slight advantage, but many will.
  • These rules have good intentions, but they can be manipulated, and they will.

I have four questions for you to consider.

  1. What do you think about the new rule?
  2. Do you think people will abuse it?
  3. Is this rule good for the sport?
  4. This rule is intended to improve the sport, would you alter it?

I am not recommending these strategies for anyone, but just pointing out some of the potential flaws in the rules.

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Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle

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Daniel Coyle Talent Code

Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author of The 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.

We start off with these basic definitions:

Talent Hotbed– A place that has an unusual amount of extraordinary performers.  These places can be studied and we can learn about their different training techniques.

Muscle Memory– This is a not a real thing, all your muscle is controlled from your brain.  Muscle has no memory.

Myelin– When you build new skills they are insulated by a myelin sheath.  This sheath gets thicker as you practice and push yourself.  The thicker it becomes the faster and easier your connections become.

Deep Practice– This is the sweet spot when you are putting a lot of myelin between your connections.  People who continually put their selves in a deep practice learn quickly.  An example of this would be sparring with someone who is a little better than you.

 

We talk about:

  • The class structure of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • The difficulty of learning in a group setting
  • The learning environment that is created by leaving your ego at the door
  • Having the high intensity of a BJJ workout with a safe environment is a great place to grow
  • The best way to give feedback is to ask questions
  • Why it is important to design a training environment that forces people to ask questions
  • The large benefits to all of the students of having colored belts help teach techniques
  • Why you should be careful about the 10,000 hours rule
  • Quality of training is far more important than quantity
  • Why in some of the talent hotbeds they don’t spend all day practicing
  • The Bruce Lee quote “I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times.”
  • How YouTube has effected learning BJJ for good and bad
  • The better you get the more important the fundamentals become
  • Building fundamentals is like building a tree in your brain.  Make the trunk of the tree strong, so you can add things on to the tree.  With a strong trunk you can add things quickly and easily.
  • The survival zone, and why no learning happens in this zone
  • Some advice for a student who is competing for the first time
  • What is going on the mind of a top competitor?  Turns out that it is not much
  • The science of group success is a project he is currently working on keep your eyes open for this my friends

 

Quote of the week– “We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle.  This quote was presented by Ryan Hall.  If you missed Ryan’s interview with us it can be found here. Episode 30.  In an amazing coincidence this quote is in the first few pages of Daniel Coyle’s book The Little Book of Talent.

Article of the week “Starting BJJ: What to Expect on your First Class”.  From Grapplearts.com

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Links

Daniel Coyle’s website

The Talent Code

The Little Book of Talent

 

Episodes 21-30 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better

We both spent a significant amount of time working on escapes. We have had a big increase in confidence with our grappling by getting better at our escapes. It is good to know that you will be able to escape a position.

Epi 22 The basic positions in BJJ and what to do from them

This episode we are covering some of the basics. We are going to break down some of the main positions in BJJ and give you some guidance for each one.

Epi 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

This episode of the podcast we bring you an interview with coach John Connors. John is the author of the e Book Quick Start Guide to Complete Jiu Jitsu Competition Readiness”.This is a great guide for someone who is an experienced grappler or just starting out.

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

-This week we talk about the four basic types of matches you could find yourself in BJJ. We gave each match a symbol, to make it simple.

Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

This week we have an interview with Amber Oxford. Amber is a Blue belt that trains at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. Amber is holding a free event called Girls in Gis on April 12 at the Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club.

Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz

In this weeks episode we talk to Tom Machowicz (Mac) from Fuji Sports. We cover everything from getting your first gi to helping a seasoned veteran figure out what gi is best for competition.

Epi 27 An Interview with Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins is a 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. His school is in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He attended his first seminar July 13, 1991 it was thought by Grand Master Rorion Gracie. After that seminar Allen Hopkins was hooked on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals. Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

Epi 29 Stephen Whittier of 40 Plus BJJ

-Stephen Whittier is a black belt under Roberto Maia.  He has an academy in Wareham Massachusetts Called SBG East Coast.  Stephen has become a huge resource for the over 40 grappler.  He has lots of great advice not just for the over 40 grappler, but anyone who steps on the mat.

Epi 30 Ryan Hall Interview- BJJ, MMA, and Self-Defense

-In Episode 30 of the BjjBrick podcast we talk with Ryan Hall.  Ryan is widely considered one of the best lightweight submission grapplers in the world.  Ryan owns 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is a Black Belt under Felipe Costa and a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter representing Tristar Gym.

The First 20 Episodes of the BjjBrick Podcast

Byron throwing a brick at Gary as he chokes him with a mic cord.

We (Byron and Gary) would like to thank everyone who has listened to the BjjBrick Podcast.  We had a good time making the first twenty episodes.  Here is a list with links to all the episodes so far in case you missed something.

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Epi 1- Train leg locks safely – We are both big fans of leg locks.  There is a common thought in BJJ that leg locks are too dangerous to train.  We share some of our advice on how to add leg locks to your game and train safely.

Epi 2- Bringing a friend to BJJ class – This is an important episode that were excited to do.  It can be very disappointing if you bring a friend to class and they do not get a good chance to see BJJ.  We give advice on being a good friend to someone that you invite to class.

Epi 3- BJJ and self defense – This is our first interview episode.  We interviewed our first instructor, BJJ Black Belt John Castillo.  He gives some great advice on self defense.

Epi 4- Interview with Andre Tim Monteiro – Andre is a friend who we are able to train with a few times a year.  He shares some of his amazing story and gives some great advice to the BJJ community.

Epi 5- Interview with Jason Bircher – Byron and Gary have known Jason since they were white belts getting smashed by the big guys (every day).  Jason is a good friend with great advice to help your BJJ game.  Jason was helpful in being our first phone interview, several technical difficulties occurred but most of them have been edited out.

Epi 6- Interview with Jake Fox – This episode we are joined by our good friend and training partner Jake Fox.  Were lucky enough to get him shortly after he received his black belt.

Epi 7- The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie – Jake Fox stayed around and talked with us for another episode.  We talk about the 12 Commadments of BJJ from Carlos Gracie.  We do much more that just read the list and agree with everything, we give some of our opinions.

Epi 8- To gi or not to gi – Our friend and training partner Matthew Lowe joins us and we talk about the differences between training with and without the gi.  All three of us have different preferences that leads to an interesting conversation.

Epi 9- An interview with A paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class – Craig is a fellow BJJ practitioner and paramedic.  He shares some knowledge from his many years of experience in the emergency medical field.  He will help you know what to do should someone get hurt in class, we cover everything to the minor soreness, to the call 911 this is a serious injury.

Gary and Byron as purple belts

Gary and Byron as purple belts

Epi 10- Dealing with Injuries – Craig stuck around and we covered this topic that will effect anyone that trains BJJ.  We get some great tips that will help you get back on the mat soon and feel better when you are not on the mat.

Bonus Episode: What happened to Anderson Silva’s leg? – This bonus episode was put out shortly after Anderson Silva injured his leg.  We talk about some of the reasons that might have caused this crazy injury.

Epi 11- Underdogs and what we can learn from them – Are you an underdog?  This episode we talk about what underdogs can do to turn the tables and we cover some historical underdog stories.

Epi 12- The Different types of white belts – Everyone starts at white belt, but everyone brings something to the mats from past experience.  We talk about some of the different types of BJJ white belts and how they can use their past experiences to their advantage.

Epi 13- Dallas Niles of Lovato BJJ – Dallas Niles was in town and Gary did not miss the opportunity to talk with this up and coming BJJ star.  Dallas shares some of his philosophies and training strategies that have helped him in his BJJ career.

Epi 14- Renato Tavares Interview – In this interview Renato Tavares shares some of his BJJ knowledge and his personal story.  Renato has been a vital part of Byron’s BJJ training and it was a honor to have him on the podcast.

Epi 15- The Business side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – If you have ever wanted to open your own BJJ school but did not know where to start you should check out this podcast.  We talk to our friend Shawn who consults many small businesses for a major bank.  Shawn will steer you clear of many common mistakes for new business owners.  Shawn also gives some financial advice for the pro athlete.

Epi 16- Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury – This is a inspirational episode!  We bring you an interview with Brian Freeman; he is training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed in his legs.  His attitude and excitement for the martial art is inspiring.

Epi 17- Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh – Roy Marsh, the coach of Brian Freeman, is a wealth of BJJ knowledge and experience.  This was a fun interview for us because we both learn a lot about our own BJJ during the interview.

Epi 18- Zak Maxwell Metamoris 3 Preview – Zak Maxwell is one of the top BJJ athletes in the United States.  He talks about his upcoming match with Sean Roberts in Metamoris 3.

Epi 19- Sean Roberts Metamoris 3 Preview – Epi 18 and 19 go together as we interview the athlete that will be hitting the mats in Metamoris 3 against Zak Maxwell.  Sean Roberts is a fierce competitor that is well known for finishing some tough competitors.

Epi 20- Growth Vs. Goals: what is better for your BJJ? – There are two different training modes we can be in.  Growth mode is when you are focused on learning and getting better.  Goals mode is a time that you focus your training on a specific goal.  Are you in the right mode for you right now?

Thanks for joining us for the first 20 episodes!  E-mail us at BjjBrick@gmail.com

Print off this 2014 motivational calendar

This calendar was left blank to help you reach any goal that you have.  I hope some of you will use it to achieve your goals in BJJ!

Fill out the legend with activities that you can do to help you reach your goals.  Everyday cross off the date with any of the marks that you did that day.  After a few days or weeks it will be painful to skip a day or two.  After a month or two these activates will become a habits and you will be doing the things you need to accomplish your goals.

Share success stories or pictures of your calendar at Bjjbrick@gmail.com

I have made two different quotes for the calendar.  The calendar will print perfectly on a normal size sheet of paper.  Print it off and get to crossing off days and making a chain.

“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit, You are what you repeatedly do.” Shaquille Oneal

“You can’t change what did yesterday, and tomorrow is uncertain, all you can do is make today count.” BjjBrick

 

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