Epi 214 World Champ Gezary Matuda is Cruising With Grappler’s Escape

This week we have two interviews!!! The first interview is with multi time world champion Gezary Matuda.  The second interview is with Kathryn from Grappler’s Escape. For BJJ fans all over the world Grappler’s Escape is one of the best weeks of the year. Grappler’s Escape is a cruise sailing out of Orlando April 29, 2018. This cruise will feature Gezary Mutuda, Braulio Estima, and Keenan Cornelius teaching BJJ. Listen to Kathryn’s interview to find out how to save money on the cruise.

Gezary talks about:

  • Moving to the US and training with ATT
  • Why she started doing BJJ
  • Competing with black belts as a brown belt
  • Developing her armbar over the years
  • Advice for competitors
  • Women training with mostly men
  • The grappler’s escape cruise

Kathryn talks about:

  • What to expect on the Grappler’s Escape cruise
  • Basic tips for being on a cruise
  • Details on the ship
  • How to avoid getting sea sick
  • Bringing your family on the cruise even if they don’t train BJJ
  • They have 4,000 sq feet of space to use for BJJ
  • All schools and belt levels are welcome
  • How you can save money on a cruise
  • No-gi and women’s classes

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Quote of the week: “Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.” Pope Paul VI

Article of the week: Key Jiu-JItsu Moves for BJJ Beginners

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Epi 213 World Famous Competitor and Coach Ricardo Almeida

This week we bring you an interview with Ricardo Almeida. Ricardo is a UFC veteran and 4th degree black belt under Renzo Gracie. He also currently coaches several UFC fighters including Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez.

We talk about:

  • His MMA career
  • Starting martial arts in karate and changing to jiu-jitsu
  • Why he enjoys nogi more than training with the gi
  • Why he does not have his MMA guys train in the gi at all
  • Transitioning from grappling to MMA
  • Common problems grapplers experience when doing MMA
  • Running two martial arts schools one in Newton Pa, and the other in Robbinsville, NJ
  • Some off the mat benefits for kids and adults from BJJ
  • His future goals for competitive grappling
  • Rivalries in MMA and BJJ
  • What he was like as a 16 year old blue belt

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Quote of the week:  “The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea.” Vladimir Nabokov

Article of the week: BJJ BENEFITS #2: HEALTH & WELLNESS

Gary shares a heart touching and motivativating story about living life to the fullest.

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Epi 212 Jeff Monson is Always Getting Better and Helping Others

This week we bring you an interview with Jeff Monson. Jeff has been a member of ATT since the start of it and had over 80 professional MMA fights. Along side of his MMA career Jeff was known for taking time to step on the mat for some amazing grappling matches.

We talk about:

  • His early wrestling career
  • How winning 1999 ADCC changed his career path
  • Overcoming some setbacks with wrestling
  • Cutting weight as a wrestler
  • His thoughts about cutting weight as a high school wrestler
  • He discussed some up’s and down’s in his mma career fighting in the ufc
  • His plans for opening up some martial arts schools
  • He describes his fight with Fedor Emelianenko in Russia
  • Getting his leg broke in his fight with Fedor
  • Visiting kids with cancer in Russian hospitals
  • He describes his experience on dancing with the stars
  • Doing nogi worlds
  • His plans for retiring from competitive grappling
  • What it was like in the early days of American Top Team
  • His thoughts on PED in MMA and BJJ
  • Keys to a long career in MMA

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Quote of the week: “We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner.” Dan Gable

Article of the week: Your Training Partners Are NOT Your Opponents

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Epi 211 Autopsy of the Unconscious Grappler

This week we help you determine what went wrong with your game that resulted in getting tapped out (or choked unconscious). How can you learn from getting tapped out? and how to break down the trouble spots in your game.

We talk about:

  • Why it is important to learn from mistakes
  • Having a good attitude about getting tapped out
  • Learning defense of moves you get caught in too much
  • How to determine if it is a mistake you are making or your getting tapped by something that someone is really good at
  • How to identify major problems in your game
  • Finding help for trouble spots in your game
  • Learning from training vs competition
  • Preventing a submission vs escaping a submission
  • We share a few stories of being choked unconscious on the mat

Quote of the week:  “Train like you’ve never won, Fence like you’ve never lost”

Article of the week: Top 5 Jiu Jitsu Street Fight Moves

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Epi 210 Renowned Coach and Competitor Andre “Tim” Monteiro

It is a honor to bring back BJJ black belt Andre “Tim” Monteiro. Andre is known for having a vast knowledge of the game, a killer half guard, and a overall nice guy.

We talk about:

  • His team A-Force BJJ
  • Traveling
  • Mistakes people make when they learn a lot from youtube
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Running a school and traveling
  • Keeping an open mind to learning jiu-jitsu
  • Leaving your BJJ school
  • Off the mat training
  • Changes in his game over the last few years
  • Why he is getting more submissions in compeititon
  • The goals he has set for himself and his business

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Quote of the week: “It’s always better to attack than to defend,” Coram had told her when they talked about fencing late at night. “Always. Ye don’t win with defense–ye only hold the other feller off, or wear him down. Attack and have done with it!” ― Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

Article of the week: Saying “I do” to the Right BJJ School

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The Life lesson this week was about making the most of a disappointing tournament.

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Epi 209 Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec

This week we have an interview with Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. Karel is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Renzo Gracie.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with younger and stronger opponents
  • Training BJJ in the water
  • Getting better timing on the mat
  • Getting your opponent to stay in your terms and play in your game
  • Avoiding injuries
  • The role of strength in BJJ
  • Why some wrestlers do well in BJJ and others struggle around the purple belt rank
  • How to have a speed advantage on the mat
  • Getting past slumps on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill

Article of the week: 5 sweet sour reasons to keep training

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Epi 208 Norwegian BJJ Black Belt Espen Mathiesen

This week we have an interview with one of Europe’s top competitors Espen Mathiesen. In this interview Espen shares many training tips he has developed training in Norway.

We talk about:

  • What is like competing against black belts
  • Why it is important to have a passion for jiu-jitsu
  • The state of jiu-jitsu in Norway
  • His training schedules
  • Dealing with injuries and avoiding injuries
  • Why resistance is vital to his training
  • Sparing less and active drilling more
  • Advice for blue belts do develop a game plan
  • Why it is important for him to be flexible
  • The advantages of training with a small team
  • The importance of visualizing your performance

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Quote of the week: “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Article of the week: New Study Proves BJJ’s Effectiveness Against Stress

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This is the second time we share a off the mat story this one is about Byron’s dog with 3 legs.

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Epi 207 Rising BJJ & MMA Star Crystal Demopoulos “Lil Monster”

This week we interview BJJ purple belt Crystal Venessa “Little Monster” Demopoulos.

 

We talk about:

  • How she found the world of martial arts
  • Her competitive pole dancing career
  • What BJJ and pole dancing have in common
  • Getting past the hurtles at the beginning of training
  • Winning worlds at white and blue belt
  • Why she likes to compeat
  • What she does to relax before a competition
  • Her experience at worlds as a white belt
  • Why she has been training like a pro since day one of BJJ
  • Her goal of being a 115 lbs Champion in the UFC
  • Her struggles with school and why she likes to read now
  • Advice for new BJJ players to stick to the basics
  • The difference in game plan for BJJ and MMA

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Quote of the week:  “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Expanding your Jiu-Jitsu in a logical manner

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Epi 206 Turning your Jiu-Jisu into an Art

Is Brazilian Jiu-JItsu an art? This week on The BjjBrick Podcast we discuss if BJJ is an art. How can you add an element of art to your game? Is your game a paint by numbers style of jiu-jitsu or are you a ninja turtle level of artist?

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Quote of the week: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso

Article of the week: Can a Coach roll too much with the Students??

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Epi 205 Chelsah’ Lyons Training Tips and Amazing Stories

Chelsah’ is a brown belt under Rob Ables at Marcelo Garcia of Dallas. She shares some amazing stories in this interview. She also enjoys competing as much as she can and balancing her busy schedule.

We talk about:

  • Her starting MMA before BJJ
  • Being held up at gun point…… Twice
  • Getting discipline from martial arts
  • How Jiu-Jitsu changed her life
  • Working four jobs and training to compete
  • Some of her favorite techniques
  • Learning to do wrist locks
  • Helping other students
  • Her future in martial arts
  • How she keeps the women’s class fun and effective
  • Advice for running a class for women
  • The growth of women in BJJ

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Quote of the week: “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.” E. Joseph Cossman

Article of the week: Defend the Primary Threat

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