Epi 235 Off the mat training to keep you on the mat with Sam Spiegelman

This is an episode of BjjBrick Extra! Joe has an outstanding interview with Sam Spiegelman. Sam has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle, and is a wealth of knowledge about BJJ and fitness.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ after college
  • Transitioning from Judo to BJJ
  • Starting strength and conditioning for BJJ
  • The importance of rest
  • Making an off season for your BJJ
  • The benefits of off the mat training for your BJJ
  • Cutting weight for a tournament
  • Warming up properly
  • Recovering between matches
  • Tips for people new to BJJ
  • Things a blue belt should know
  • Teaching a kids class

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Extra Tip: We give a tip about wrist locks

Extra Question: Help, my instructor is not showing me the things I need to know

We play a joke on Gary and use as many Idioms as we can. He is always able to laugh at a good prank.

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Epi 234 Good to know vs Need to know

Some stuff in BJJ you need to know, while other things fit into the good to know category. This week we have a fun and informative discussion about how things fit into these categories.

We talk about:

  • What you need to know during your first month of BJJ
  • Some off the mat things you need to know about BJJ
  • Being safe on the mats
  • Offence vs defense
  • controlling someone from mount
  • Escapes from positions vs submissions

Links: Coming to America

Quote of the week: “Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard.” Edgar Fiedler. Whe change this quote to “ask five black belts and get five different answers.”

Article of the week: Three Rules for Rolling

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Epi 233 40 Plus BJJ Stephen Whittier

This week we have an interview with third degree black belt Stephen Whittier. Stephen is well known for his website 40 Plus BJJ, he is dictated toward helping people stay or get on the mat as they get older.

We talk about:

  • How he began to help the 40+ Grappler
  • The difference in training for the older grappler
  • Struggles the older grappler experences
  • Starting BJJ in your 40s
  • Beginners avoiding sparing
  • Teaching a seminar that helps everyone there get better
  • Not all time on the mat is equal for your development
  • Advice for students avoiding unproductive or dangerous rolling
  • The differences between basics and fundamentals

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Quote of the week: “it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them” Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: Applying a Growth Mindset to Jiu-Jitsu

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Epi 232 Coach of Australia’s BJJ Talent Hotspot Lachlan Giles

This week we have an interview with  Australian Black Belt competitor Lachlan Giles. We have a great conversation and learn about some of his training methods that set him and his team Absolute MMA apart from others.

We talk about:

  • His start to young start to martial arts and eventually BJJ
  • Changing from a hobbyist to an elite competitor
  • Getting his PhD in 2016 and training BJJ
  • Playing a gi or no-gi game
  • Helping people find their own style
  • Using videos to better your BJJ training
  • Off the mat training

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Quote of the week: “A penny saved is a penny earned”

Article of the week:  Purple Belt – The hardest belt in BJJ

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Epi 231 The Eternal Cup Series Pro Jiu-Jitsu Tour

This week we have an interview with Michael Hunter. Michael has started a new BJJ series called “The Eternal Cup Series Pro Jiu Jitsu Tour”. This tournament will give substantial cash prizes to the winners, with hopes of helping them reach their goals. The first of these tournaments will be in Texas (Dallas, and San Antonio).

We talk about:

  • The business side of starting a BJJ school
  • How The Eternal Cup is different than other BJJ trounaments
  • Everyone who places gets prize money
  • Kids getting scholarship money for placing
  • How much money will be available to win
  • Equal pay for male and female athleats

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Quote of the week: “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” W. Edwards Deming

Article of the week: Your First Competition

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Epi 230 Chokes- Head & Arm, Triangle, and Loop

This is our second BjjBrick Extra episode. This week we look at a few techniques highlighted by some of Joe’s teammates.

Jose Lopez

  • Why he puts so much value in helping newer students
  • The head and arm choke
  • Setting up the head and arm choke from top half guard
  • Drilling vs live training
  • Follow Jose at Jose Lopez Instagram

Peygan Lafont

  • Triangle choke from guard
  • Doing BJJ as a smaller white belt
  • Tips for setting up the triangle choke
  • Tips for getting out of a triangle choke
  • Follow Peygan at Peygan Lafont Instagram

Shane Dupre

  • His introduction to BJJ
  • Some details to the loop choke
  • Training at two schools
  • Follow Shane at Shane Dupre Instagram

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Epi 229 BJJ Under Pressure

This week we discuss pressure and Brazilian Jiu-Jitus. We have all been crushed and would also like to add more pressure to our games. This week we hope to help.

We talk about:

  • How to survive pressure
  • Stories of being crushed
  • Best positions for applying pressure
  • Who do we apply pressure to?
  • The time value of pressure

Quote of the week:  “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
James Stephens

Article of the week: Make sure you drop these bad habits before you get your blue belt

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Epi 228 Teaching and Competing with Miriam Cardoso

This week we have an interview with 3 stripe bjj black belt Miriam Cardoso. Miriam is training with Team Elite in Redmond, Washington.

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We talk about:

  • Competing as a kid
  • Why she likes to compete against her opponents best game
  • Why she avoids the idea of a tune up tournament
  • Getting injured in an open class tournament
  • The story of getting her black belt
  • Running a BJJ gym
  • The joy of watching her students compete
  • She set the current record for our family feud game

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Quote of the week: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” Carl Jung

Article of the week: If They Can’t Stop You, It’s Not Wrong

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Epi 227 Interview with Black Belt Competitor Dante Leon

This week we bring you an interview with 22 year old BJJ black belt competitor Dante Leon. Dante has shown his skill on the mats as a color belt winning many big tournaments, now he has his eyes set on the black belt division.

We talk about:

  • Training GFTeam Toledo
  • Starting training at 12 years old
  • Compeating with adults as a kid
  • Preferences on gi and no-go
  • Weight lifting using the conjugate method
  • The mental side of competition

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Dante Leon is our second guest to play Family Feud he did great with a score of 125.

Quote of the week: “The highest compliment that you can pay me is to say that I work hard every day, that I never dog it.” Wayne Gretzky  A prank was pulled on Gary during this quote.

Article of the week: Finding my groove again

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Epi 226 Tim Sledd Applies Pressure and Enjoys the Process

We are happy to have one of our listener favorites return to the podcast.  Tim Sledd is always a wealth of information when it comes to all things BJJ.

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We talk about:

  • His personal history with BJJ
  • Moving to Indiana
  • Using heavy pressure from side control
  • The leg drag
  • Flavor of the day techniques
  • Some of his favorite submissions
  • Culture inside a BJJ school
  • Things to look for when looking at culture of a school
  • Building a relationship with his students

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Quote of the week: “To become a champion requires a good mental attitude toward preparation. You have to accept the most tedious task with pleasure.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: The White Stripe: A Neurotic Conversation I Had With Myself

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