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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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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Epi 261 BJJ White Belts :)

This week we are giving advice to white belts. It is a great conversation to help anyone enjoy the white belt journey.

We talk about:

  • Getting a white belt can be difficult
  • Gaining confidence with BJJ
  • Focusing on fundamentals
  • Going to open mat at a different school
  • The desire to get your blue belt
  • Staying healthy
  • Training as an older white belt
  • Embracing the challenge of BJJ
  • The best thing about jiu-jitsu
  • Mistakes in learning BJJ
  • Having the right attitude

Quote of the week: “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to maintain balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: Never Miss an Opportunity to Learn

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Epi 260 The Rooster Weight Kimura Machine Marcelo Cohen

This week we have an interview with Bjj Black Belt Marcelo Cohen.

We talk about:

  • The history of The Armory and the changes it has made
  • Running a BJJ gym
  • Teaching BJJ and MMA in the same gym
  • Learning from a loss with Ciao Terra
  • Building confidence with a kids program
  • How jiu-jitsu can become toxic
  • Training gi and no-gi
  • Tips for dealing with bigger people on the mat

Links:

Quote of the week: “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russell Baker “Ah, BJJ, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” BjjBrick

Article of the week: NO, YOU DIDN’T START JIU JITSU TOO LATE

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Epi 259 Life on and off the mat with John Will

This week on the podcast we have listener favorite John Will. John shares his many years of experience and talks about many topics from class structure to embracing the difficulty of BJJ.

We talk about:

  • Appreciating the little things on the mat
  • Designing the class structure
  • Different things for a class to focus on
  • The importance of defense in BJJ
  • Making a safety net for your BJJ
  • The culture of BJJ compared to MMA
  • Being a good teammate
  • What holds back schools from growing
  • Getting your family on the mat
  • Leveraging things you learn on the mat to help you off the mat
  • A learning technique called fast forwarding
  • Different teaching styles
  • Backpacking

Links:

Quote of the week: “It never gets easier, you just get better”

Article of the week: 12 Tips to Better Hygiene when Training BJJ

We also have a new Mat Tales #26 Neck Mole

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Epi 258 The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil With Robert Drysdale

This week we have an interview with Robert Drysdale. Not only is Robert one of the best grapplers in the world, he is also working on a documentary about the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This interview covers everything from the documentary to doing BJJ for the right reasons.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ for 20 years
  • Running his own school
  • Training at Valor Martial Arts in Wichita
  • His documentary Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
  • The role of fake fight in the history of BJJ
  • How the rules in Brazil changed the game
  • How the infrastructure on Brazil changed Jiu-Jitsu
  • The goals of the Closed Guard documentary
  • The meaning of the name of “Closed Guard”
  • The funding for the movie
  • Training advice for competition
  • Why ACB is so exciting to watch
  • Do BJJ for the right reasons

Links:

Quote of the week: “Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” Babe Ruth

Article of the week: You Be The Hammer, I am the Nail

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Epi 257 Fernando Halfeld BjjBrick Extra

This episode of BJJ Brick Extra we have BTT Black belt Fernando Halfeld. Professor Halfeld is from Brazil and has been training jiu jitsu 17 years. While he has won multiple medals at IBJJF tournaments, his major victories have been 3rd place at Worlds, 1st place in the South American Championship, and 2nd and 3rd place at the Brazilian Nationals. Fernandos students are following in his footsteps. Most notably his student Ruben Gonzalez won the IBJJF worlds, master purple belt 2017. The accomplishment he is most proud of, however, is the establishment and growth of his school Brazilian Top Team, Lake Jackson.

We talk about:

  • Fernando starting BJJ as the only kid in a class of adults
  • Moving to the United States from Brazil
  • Learning to understand English
  • Teaching BJJ to kids
  • Bullying in schools
  • The goals of a kids class
  • Teaching self defense classes
  • Advice on starting BJJ if you are a little older than most on the mat
  • Getting ready for a tournament
  • Brazilian Top Team
  • Running a BJJ school

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/bttlakejackson/

https://www.schoolofjiujitsu.com/

Tip of the month: How to stay active while away from the mats for an extended period.

Question of the month: How many gis should I own?

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Epi 256 Mistakes we have made in BJJ

We have all made mistakes on and off the mat. We share some of ours so you can possibly learn from our mistakes.

We talk about:

  • Training but doing activities but not actually accomplishing anything
  • What mistakes most people make
  • The mistake of not knowing your “why”
  • Training for the wrong reasons
  • Lacking focus in BJJ
  • Not learning from seminars
  • Training while injured
  • Getting your spouse to train
  • Not recognizing progress
  • Not being welcoming to new people
  • Mistakes we are currently making

Quote of the week: Do not mistake activity as accomplishment” John Wooden

Article of the week: Competing in mid-adulthood: How to train to win after age 35

 

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