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 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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Epi 212 Jeff Monson is Always Getting Better and Helping Others

This week we bring you an interview with Jeff Monson. Jeff has been a member of ATT since the start of it and had over 80 professional MMA fights. Along side of his MMA career Jeff was known for taking time to step on the mat for some amazing grappling matches.

We talk about:

  • His early wrestling career
  • How winning 1999 ADCC changed his career path
  • Overcoming some setbacks with wrestling
  • Cutting weight as a wrestler
  • His thoughts about cutting weight as a high school wrestler
  • He discussed some up’s and down’s in his mma career fighting in the ufc
  • His plans for opening up some martial arts schools
  • He describes his fight with Fedor Emelianenko in Russia
  • Getting his leg broke in his fight with Fedor
  • Visiting kids with cancer in Russian hospitals
  • He describes his experience on dancing with the stars
  • Doing nogi worlds
  • His plans for retiring from competitive grappling
  • What it was like in the early days of American Top Team
  • His thoughts on PED in MMA and BJJ
  • Keys to a long career in MMA

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Quote of the week: “We, as a wrestling community, better remember it is more than one individual that makes a winner.” Dan Gable

Article of the week: Your Training Partners Are NOT Your Opponents

We are on the lookout for a coach and Bjj blog of the year. Send in your submissions to bjjbrick@gmail.com

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Epi 210 Renowned Coach and Competitor Andre “Tim” Monteiro

It is a honor to bring back BJJ black belt Andre “Tim” Monteiro. Andre is known for having a vast knowledge of the game, a killer half guard, and a overall nice guy.

We talk about:

  • His team A-Force BJJ
  • Traveling
  • Mistakes people make when they learn a lot from youtube
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Running a school and traveling
  • Keeping an open mind to learning jiu-jitsu
  • Leaving your BJJ school
  • Off the mat training
  • Changes in his game over the last few years
  • Why he is getting more submissions in compeititon
  • The goals he has set for himself and his business

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Quote of the week: “It’s always better to attack than to defend,” Coram had told her when they talked about fencing late at night. “Always. Ye don’t win with defense–ye only hold the other feller off, or wear him down. Attack and have done with it!” ― Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

Article of the week: Saying “I do” to the Right BJJ School

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The Life lesson this week was about making the most of a disappointing tournament.

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Epi 208 Norwegian BJJ Black Belt Espen Mathiesen

This week we have an interview with one of Europe’s top competitors Espen Mathiesen. In this interview Espen shares many training tips he has developed training in Norway.

We talk about:

  • What is like competing against black belts
  • Why it is important to have a passion for jiu-jitsu
  • The state of jiu-jitsu in Norway
  • His training schedules
  • Dealing with injuries and avoiding injuries
  • Why resistance is vital to his training
  • Sparing less and active drilling more
  • Advice for blue belts do develop a game plan
  • Why it is important for him to be flexible
  • The advantages of training with a small team
  • The importance of visualizing your performance

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Quote of the week: “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Article of the week: New Study Proves BJJ’s Effectiveness Against Stress

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This is the second time we share a off the mat story this one is about Byron’s dog with 3 legs.

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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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Epi 195 SBG Black Belt Leah Taylor

Leah Taylor is a BJJ black belt under Matt Thornton and Travis Davison training at Straight Blast Gym of Montana. Leah is a competitor and coach, she recently took bronze at her weight class at worlds.

We talk about:

  • Her start to martial arts
  • Rolling for the first time with a woman during a competition
  • The mental side of competing
  • Using meditation for get better results on the mat
  • Doing MMA at fusion fight league
  • Dealing with a panic attack while training MMA
  • Teaching women’s self defense classes
  • Non martial arts ideas to help keep women safe
  • Warning signs of a abusive relationship
  • What having a begginer program has done for SBG in Kilispell Montana
  • A beginner class is 50 percent female
  • Dealing with rough training partners
  • When someone should consider competing
  • Her future plans for competing
  • Other competitive sports she has done
  • Why she is always trying to finish the match

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Quote of the week: “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” — George Shinn

Article of the week: Bronx teacher uses jiu-jitsu teachings to keep kids out of trouble

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