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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Epi 204 BJJ and Weight Loss With Weston Roberts

Weston is 18 years old, he has lost 100lbs and it is fair to say BJJ has changed his life. He has been training for around three years in Jasper Alabama.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at 280 lbs and getting down to 180 lbs
  • Trading video games for BJJ
  • Getting into a flow state while rolling
  • Tips for learning BJJ
  • Advice for someone starting jiu-jitsu for weight loss
  • Talking to your training partners while you roll
  • Tips for rolling with higher level people
  • Teaching BJJ as a lower belt
  • Making changes to your diet
  • Performing better with a improved diet
  • How BJJ could benefit kids in school

Quote of the week: “There is still no cure for the common birthday.” John Glenn

Article of the week: I think I suck at BJJ

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Epi 203 Mike Bidwell From BJJ After 40

This week we have Mike Bidwell from BJJ after 40. We cover a huge range of topics in this show.

We talk about:

  • Mike’s start to martial arts
  • His early days of BJJ and MMA
  • The value of competing
  • Spending 13 years as a brown belt
  • Moving schools as a brown belt
  • Getting out of shape as a brown belt
  • Setting small goals to get to the next level
  • Talking with an instructor about your next belt
  • As a vegan what he likes to eat before training
  • Why he loves the triangle choke
  • Tips for having a good triangle choke
  • Goals for the BJJ after 40 practitioners
  • Starting BJJ while in your 40’s
  • Drilling take downs instead of doing them at full resistance
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Chasing a criminal that was messing with his car
  • Advice for BJJ players older than 40
  • The differences between a black belt and a brown belt
  • What it means to be yourself on the mat
  • The term “Flow Mike Bidwell”
  • Working with Nic Gregoriades
  • The Cryangle choke and how he came up with the name
  • Why the cryangle choke works best against the flexible opponent
  • Creating the body that you want to do BJJ with
  • Looking for the lessons when you get tapped out

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Quote of the week: “No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” Epictetus

Article of the week: What you need to know when transitioning from the gi

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Epi 202 Things BJJ Can Learn From MMA and Vice Versa

We can learn lessons from anywhere and find ways to bring these lessons to BJJ. An easy cross over is MMA. This episode we will be applying MMA ideas to BJJ and BJJ ideas to MMA.

BJJ learn from MMA

  • Athleticism maters
  • Top game is fun (and less tiring)
  • Position before submission or winning
  • Getting stuck can be game over
  • Have more than one coach (guard passing coach, takedown coach)

MMA learn from BJJ

  • Cleaner guard passes
  • Try a gi class to roll with the best grapplers in the area
  • Training not to win but to learn
  • Escapes with a gi
  • Long term focus

Quote of the week: “Never pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.” Robin Williams

Article of the week: 3 Michael Langhi’s success rules

Mat Tales 24 Bitter Pill to Swallow

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Epi 201 Eddie Fyvie 1st Rickson Gracie Cup

This week we talk to Ricardo Almeida black belt Eddie Fyvie. Eddie is organizing an innovative tournament called the Rickson Gracie Cup. This tournament will feature both BJJ, self-defense, and a seminar by Rickson Gracie.

We talk about:

  • The Rickson Gracie Cup September 9 and 10
  • A Rickson Gracie seminar the evening of September 10
  • Promoting self defense with BJJ
  • The basic rules for the self defense contest
  • What is was like to host the biggest BJJ seminar in US history
  • Teaching BJJ to 320 people at the same time
  • What does self defense bring to jiu-jitsu
  • Not having advantages in this tournament
  • Using a stalling clock like a shot clock
  • Giving incentives for competitors to finish the match

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Quote of the week: “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war.” Napoleon Bonaparte

Article of the week: Understand Where The Danger Is! And Don’t Be There!

A special thank you to Berry White for making a brief appearance!

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Epi 200 Kids BJJ Revolution Korbett Miller

We are proud to reach episode 200. We could have not made it without great listeners and guests. At this landmark episode we are thrilled to bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Korbett Miller. Korbett is dedicated to helping schools grow and promoting BJJ to the next generation of grapplers.

We talk about:

  • Being a successful school owner
  • The potential for a youth program in a BJJ school
  • Some of the benefits for kids doing BJJ
  • Kids BJJ compared to other martial arts programs for kids
  • Kids BJJ Revolution online training
  • Having over 200 kids at his school
  • Scheduling a kids class based off of when school gets out
  • How to get kids to pay attention and learn techniques
  • Having drills work like a game
  • Slow and right and fast and tight drills
  • Building grit in kids with BJJ
  • How to properly praise a student by talking about effort or strategy
  • Rolling vs drilling for kids and adults
  • How kids earn their white belt in his program
  • Goals of a kids program
  • Controlling the environment the kids are in not the kids themselves

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Quote of the week: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” Babe Ruth

Article of the week: 5 Common Mistakes in Cutting Weight

Mat Tale Epi 22 Saturday Schedule

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Epi 199 Venla & Hanna- Juggling Busy Lives and High Performance on the Mat

Hanna and Venla are BJJ black belts currently in Sweden from Finland.  They are both active competitors with busy schedules. Hanna is in med school, and Venla is a school teacher. Venla won worlds as a black belt in 2014 the same year she was awarded the rank of black belt.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in Sweden
  • BJJ in Finland
  • Treating BJJ as a hobby
  • Venla competing in Finland at ADCC 2017
  • They always follow the same training routine and it is working
  • Training 5-7 times a week
  • Having simple and focused training
  • Doing lots of positional sparring
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • They share some of their teaching methods
  • Teaching 5-10 seminars a year
  • Teaching training methods not just techniques during a seminar
  • Off the mat benefits they are getting from BJJ
  • Balancing work life with BJJ
  • Dealing with nerves before a competition
  • Avoiding mindless repetitions while training

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Quote of the week: “I wasn’t naturally gifted in terms of size and speed; Everything I did in hokey I worked for, and that’s the way i’ll be as a coach” Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: Things to Remember When Learning Jiu Jitsu

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Gary’s audio book this week is called Biceps, Triceps, Quadriceps, Pentacepts”

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Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ

Your Habits on and off the mat can have a huge and lasting effect on your performance in BJJ. This episode we discuss some habits you might consider to help yourself become a better grappler.

We talk about:

  • The importance of being consistent with your training
  • The habit of eating healthy
  • Taking notes
  • Keeping notes on injuries
  • Having fun on the mats
  • Rolling one more time after class
  • Be an active listener
  • Have something you are working on while rolling
  • Tap to prevent injury
  • Helping your teammates
  • Share the art of jiu-jitsu
  • Mentally warm up before a roll

Quote of the week: “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” Lou Holtz

Article of the week: Why You’ll Quit Jiu-Jitsu: How to handle these pitfalls!

Garys audio book is called “How to Butter Your Roll, Smooth Jiu-Jitsu”

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Epi 197 Travis Conley- BJJ, Sambo, & Unnecessary Roughness

This week we have an interview with Travis Conley. Travis is very active competitor from Kansas City and has a BJJ black belt under Rentao Tavares.

We talk about:

  • Wrestling in high school
  • Doing pro wrestling
  • His start with Jiu-Jitsu
  • His style of grappling
  • Advice for applying more pressure in side control
  • His match with Kyle Sandford in Chokes by the Ocean
  • Doing Sambo internationally
  • Defending submissions in Sambo
  • Dealing with stress during a tournament
  • His thoughts on the current competitive BJJ environment
  • Social media and BJJ
  • Why it is important to stay humble

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Quote of the week: “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: How to Care for your Grappler

Mat Tales Episode 21 Bad Boy Shorts and Dad Bod

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Epi 196 Nathan Orchard- Grappling Systems, Creativity, Competition, and Much More

Nathan Orchard is a Tenth Planet black belt under Eddie Bravo. You will find Nathan training in his gym in Portland Oregon.

Nathan Orchard talks about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Doing MMA when he was 16 years old
  • His start to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Seeking knowledge over comfort
  • Learning by studying instead of a traditional coach
  • The development of his double under system
  • Closed loop and open loop systems for grappling
  • Watching competitors to develop a game plan
  • Working with a Samuri sword and learning about footwork
  • Advice of not comparing yourself to others
  • How following his desire to draw has benefited his life
  • Why it is important to tollow your passions
  • The Book of Five Rings
  • Jiu-Jitsu broken down into transitions, positions, and submissions
  • Submissions broken down into bars, twists, and compressions
  • His thoughts on when to learn heelhooks
  • How he is able to train defense with lower belts
  • His attitude toward his teammates
  • Taking the role of a servant to his students

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Quote of the week: “Practice makes permanent”

Article of the week: BJJ Seminars…. get the most out of them

Roll-a-Thon July 22 at Fox Fitness BJJ

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