Epi 222 Jiu Jitsu in Trinidad & Tobago with Rondel Benjamin

This week on The BjjBrick Podcast we have BJJ Brown Belt Rondel Benjamin from Trinidad and Tobago. We cover a fun variety of topics including BJJ, stick fighting, free diving and much more.

We talk about:

  • Island life on Trinidad & Tobago
  • Trying to use the internet instead of finding a coach
  • Going away for business and learning BJJ
  • Combat sports and Trinidad & Tobago
  • Calinda a type of stick fighting practiced in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Exposing Calinda to the BJJ students
  • The people who have influenced him the most
  • The 5 pillars of Jiu-Jitsu
  • How his reason for doing Jiu-Jitsu has changed
  • How learning how to control your breathing you can better control your body and mind
  • The benefits of free diving for BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” E.F. Schumacher

Article of the week: Grappling With Age

We also continue playing family feud at the end of the show

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Epi 221 Learning Jiu-Jitsu with Kit Dale

This week we have an interview with Kit Dale. We cover a wide range of topics from how he got his Black Belt in 4 years to his acting career.

We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ in 2008
  • His early competition history
  • Acting in a movie
  • His changing attitude toward competing
  • How he got off to a good start in BJJ
  • Learning concepts over techniques
  • Moving away from an outdated model of teaching a class
  • How to get your opponent to move
  • Training only 5-6 times a month
  • Tips for students training in a traditional school
  • How the 80/20 rule applies to learning BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” Charles Richards

Article of the week: Self Defense Seminars: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Epi 220 Adaptive Athlete Jess Munter Will Inspire You

This week we have a great interview with adaptive athlete Jess Munter. During birth Jess suffered a Brachial Plexus injury, as a result of this injury she is unable to use her left arm. Growing up Jess tried several sports but they did not fit her and they ended in frustration. A couple of years ago Jess found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the benefits she is getting and passing on from BJJ is an inspiring story.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ on a busy schedule
  • Her Brachial Plexus injury to her left arm
  • Other sports she tried before jiu-jitsu
  • How she discovered jiu-jitsu was good for her
  • What jiu-jitsu has done for her off the mat
  • What it was like training during her first month
  • Her goals to help people
  • How BJJ has helped her become more positive
  • She shares stories about doing tournaments
  • Dealing with frustrations on the mats
  • How she stays safe on the mat
  • How good communication is key to her safety

Links:

  • Jess on instagram

Quote of the week: “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 3 Proven Methods For Gaining Self Discipline

We also start playing a game of family feud fast money at the end of the show.

Also a congratulations to Gary Hull for receiving his brown belt!

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Epi 219 How Deep is Your Jiu-Jitsu Pool???

This week on the podcast we talk about a way to evaluate your game. Your collection of techniques fall at different skill levels. We look at these five different levels and give advice or depending on what level your technique is. Don’t think of it as all of your BJJ is at one level, think of it as parts of your game are at different levels.

The Depth of your Jiu-Jitsu Pool

  • Level 1- You don’t know how to swim = You don’t train Jiu-JItsu
  • Level 2- Standing in the pool = Becoming aware of the a technique
  • Level 3- Swimming = The BJJ you know
  • Level 4- Swimming in the deep end = Your best moves
  • Level 5- Deep dive = A part of the game that you are one of the best

Quote of the week: “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Article of the week: How Much Do I Need To Cross Train To Get Better at BJJ?

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Epi 218 World and ADCC Champion Braulio Estima

This week we have BJJ legend Braulio Estima as our guest on the podcast. We talk about training, competing, and the Grappler’s Escape cruise you can catch him on April 29-May 6, 2018.

We talk about:

  • How his game has developed over the years
  • How to make an opponent uncomfortable
  • Making your opponent fight out of their game plan
  • Tips for training if you are the most skilled person in the room
  • Why it is so important to share with your teammates
  • How often to train, and doing mental training
  • The Grappler’s Escape cruise in April 2018

Links:

Quote of the week: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

Article of the week: How to Play Up Sports On Your Resume

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Epi 217 Australia’s Rising Grappling Star Craig Jones

Craig Jones shocked his opponents and the world with his performance at ADCC this year and we are excited to have him this week on The BjjBrick Podcast.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Why some students like no-gi more
  • How he developed his Z guard game
  • His training for ADCC 2017
  • Training for the rule set
  • His matches with Leandro Lo, Murilo Santana, Keenan Cornelius, Xande Ribeiro and Chael Sonnen
  • Making the change from a grappling hobby to a serious sport
  • His plans in the future
  • Training and traveling
  • Training on a tight schedule

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Quote of the week: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

Article of the week: The Nine Mental Skills of Successful Athletes

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Epi 216 BJJ in Cyprus with Black Belt Nick Unander

This week we have an interview with Nick Unander. Nick is a friend and former of Joe. Nick has been training martial arts since 1986. You can find Nick teaching and training BJJ in the island paradise of Cyprus.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts (Tae Kwon Do)
  • His first experience with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Make Jiu-Jitsu a career
  • Doing early MMA matches
  • Opening a martial arts school
  • Moving and opening new BJJ schools
  • Training under Marcelo Alonso
  • What new students should focus on learning
  • What he looks for in a blue belt
  • Blue belt blues (blue belts that quit training)
  • His thoughts on compeititon
  • His phrase Jiu-Jitsu will either take you, make you, or break you

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Quote of the week: “Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.” Arthur Helps

Article of the week: Overcoming Fear in BJJ

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Epi 215 The Big Lepointski (submission only and points)

We talk about:This episode we talk about the different formats of competition.  We give thoughts and advice for submission only matches and matches in the points system. This is a fun episode with advice for the competitive athlete to the casual fan.

This episode we talk about

  • The different goals for the competitors
  • The changes from BJJ, No-gi, and Sub only
  • Working the point system to a fault
  • What the audience likes to see in a match
  • Training for a submission only match
  • Training for a points match
  • The diffrent goals for the competitors

Quote of the week: “Calm seas and safe harbors never produce good sailors”

Article of the week: Concepts, Concepts, Concepts

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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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