Epi 255 Mitch Hall From Westside MMA

This Week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Mitch Hall. Mitch received his black belt in January 2018 from Roli Delgado. We cover a wide range of topics from changing schools to coaching students.

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His first thoughts on MMA
  • Doing Jiu-Jitsu in a Karate school
  • Starting a BJJ school after having a negative experience at a different school
  • Changing your game over the years
  • Designing a system to BJJ
  • Making changes to your game with your coaches help
  • Developing a game with your weight class in mind
  • Changing BJJ gyms
  • Reasons to change gyms
  • Talking to your coach about cross training
  • Dealing with a bicep injury

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Quote of the week:”many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after” Henry David Thoreau

Article of the week: https://www.bjjee.com/articles/the-10-principles-of-grappling-by-luta-livre-master-roberto-leitao/

 

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Epi 254 Lt. Tyson Kilbey- BJJ, Law Enforcement, and Firearms

This week we have an interview with Tyson Kilbey. Tyson is a 19 year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. He is also a Jiu-Jitsu instructor and Firearms instructor. This is a great interview that covers many topics on and off the mat.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts
  • Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for police officers
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has reduced the amount of force he needs to use
  • Firearms training for conceal carry
  • Training with firearms safely
  • Teaching firearms safety to kids
  • His book Fundamental Handgun Mastery

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Quote of the week: “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” Dr. Henry Link

Article of the week: 3 Of The Best BJJ Conditioning Exercises

 

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Epi 253 Interview with Rafael Lovato Sr.

This week we have an interview with Rafael Lovato Sr. We talk about everything from martial arts to pipe organs.

We talk about:

  • Having a rough upbringing that should have ended him up in prison or dead
  • Setting real goals
  • BJJ helping kids
  • Martial arts for him when he was a kid
  • His start training BJJ with Carlos Machado
  • What he saw in Rafael Lovato Jr. that made him think he would be one of the best in the world
  • Jiu-Jitsu and MMA
  • Jiu-Jitsu and self defence
  • Requiring BJJ students to learn some striking
  • Why every student should try compeating
  • Playing the pipe organ
  • Music and Jiu-Jitsu
  • What music has done for his BJJ
  • How he avoids injuring his fingers while rolling on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Article of the week: Just Do As Little Bit …

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Epi 252 BjjBrick Extra Fight to Win CEO Seth Daniels

This episode we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Seth Daniels. Seth is the CEO of Fight to Win Pro. This interview covers a wide range of topics from training advice to stories from running Fight to Win.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts
  • Judo for Jiu-Jiutsu
  • How his game has changed due to injuries
  • His thoughts on teaching BJJ
  • Seth’s four moves
  • Learning new moves including leg locks
  • Tips for people doing tournaments
  • Dealing with wins and losses
  • Learning from lower belts
  • The current status with Fight 2 Win
  • Troubles he has had with Fight 2 Win

Links:

  • Fight 2 Win
  • Seth’s Kimura details https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWE1nLTh0Q

Question “My teammates seem to be getting better faster than me. People that i could beat easily are now beating me. This is frustrating, why am I learning so much slower?”

 

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Epi 251 The Growth of the Adaptive Athlete Community with Brian Freeman

We are really happy to bring BJJ purple belt Brian Freeman for another interview. Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina.

We talk about:

  • The growth of adaptive athletes in BJJ
  • Getting his blue and purple belts
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Dealing with high mount
  • Using Social media to build the adaptive athlete community
  • Stories of competing
  • What BJJ has done for him off the mat
  • Doing marathons in his wheelchair
  • Advice for other adaptive athletes wanting to start Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training advice

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Quote of the week: “Strong people are hard to kill” presented by Kevan Sr. at the BjjBrick Summer Camp

Article of the week: Muay Thai for BJJ

 

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Episode 250 Video with Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado

This is a first for The BjjBrick Podcast. We recorded this at the BjjBrick Summer Camp 2018 inside Fox Fitness. Enjoy the change of pace for this landmark 250 episode. We also pull a prank on Gary, the video shows the pictures we put together of him.

Here is a link to the normal mp3 episode http://bjjbrick.com/epi-250-live-tim-sledd-and-roli-delgado-recording-at-the-bjjbrick-summer-camp/

Epi 250 Live Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado Recording at The BjjBrick Summer camp

This weekend was the BjjBrick Summer Camp at Fox Fitness. This episode is the first time the entire BjjBrick crew is together for a recording. We are also joined by Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado.

Great weekend of BJJ in Wichita Kansas hosted by Fox Fitness BJJ

This weekend Tim did a kids workshop and a pressure workshop. Roli showed some of his leg lock system.

Quote of the week from Kevan Jr “If you can’t find a good person in this world be one.”

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Epi 249 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan

This week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a black belt under Caio Terra. This interview covers a wide range of topics from her first tournament to off the mat challenges.

We talk about:

  • Competing as a white belt
  • How she turned BJJ from a hobby to a job
  • How she uses BJJ to help people
  • Dealing with a long drive to train
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Advice for people dealing with anxiety or suicidal thoughts
  • Why it is important to reach out for help
  • How BJJ can help with depression

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Quote of the week: “Everybody has at least a few areas in their thinking and some attitudes that need to change. If you want to improve your life, you need to go after those areas.” John Maxwell

Article of the week: Back to the Basics

We also end a prank on Gary this episode “the best thing about BJJ”

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Epi 248 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

This week we have a conversation with the grappling referee David Karchmer. David has been a BJJ Black Belt since 2012. He has officiated over 3,500 gi and no-gi matches for multiple organizations.

We talk about:

  • This reason for his website The Grappling Referee
  • Doing video education for interesting calls in BJJ matches
  • How enforcing the borders is different between organizations and individual referees
  • When to move grapplers back to the middle of the mat
  • The role of safety in border enforcement
  • What happens when two competitors fly off the mat
  • What is done when a submission attempt ends up out of bounds
  • Getting submitted by a move that is not intended to be a submission
  • When it is appropriate to talk to the referee
  • How injuries are handled from a referee’s point of view
  • Kids vs Adults rules
  • When a referee should stop a match
  • Common mistakes competitors make
  • Remembering to control long enough to get you points
  • Bending the rules
  • Advice for people that want to be a referee
  • Finding a mentor for being a referee

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Quote of the week: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin

Article of the week: Properly Responding to Feedback to Get Better At BJJ

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Epi 247 The Performance Equation with Jonathan Thomas

This week we talk with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas about the elements of performance. You will find Jonathan training and teaching at Valhalla Jiu-Jitsu in Gothenburg Sweden.

We talk about:

  • His early history and success in BJJ
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Training according to your body type
  • “If you cant do the move in sparing you cant do the move”
  • The five factors that define performance Technique, Strength, Mobility, Endurance, Mindset
  • How some people put too much emphasis on the mental side of BJJ
  • How to actually learn from your losses
  • How to properly develop technique
  • How he runs a class
  • Finding a training partner to get extra training
  • How to avoid being in a plateau
  • Advice on how to develop your game
  • Using competition footage to learn
  • Building strength for BJJ
  • Training while injured
  • Steroid use in BJJ
  • Training for better endurance
  • Being nervous is normal
  • The limits of confidence
  • Diet and nutrition

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Quote of the week:  “Controlling your time helps overcome frustration and brings life into balance and order, giving you the feeling of control and poise.”  Bill Newman

Article of the week: The Artist v The Athlete

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