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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Epi 194 Steve Maxwell Talks About Fitness, BJJ at 64, Diet, and More

This week we bring you an interview with one of the top fitness coaches in the world and Durty Dozen BJJ Black Belt Steve Maxwell.

We talk about:

  • His start to fitness
  • How Olympic lifts slowed his athletic process
  • Finding success with wrestling
  • Doing BJJ at 64 years old
  • Using less than 60% of your strength while training
  • How to tell if you are using too much strength while rolling
  • The difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ
  • Body weight exercises vs weights
  • The concept of time under load while working out
  • Avoiding injuries on the mat
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • Early training with Royce Gracie
  • Helping your training partners become better teammates
  • Not depending too much on grips
  • The health effects of competitive Jiu-Jitsu
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Some tips he uses to get the most out of his food
  • Exercising while fasting
  • Not eating breakfast
  • The fitness test of a 24 hour fast

Links:

Quote of the week: “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” James Cash Penney

Article of the week: The five commandments of the under hook half guard

Jaramie Parrish talks with us about a We Defy Foundation Roll-a-thon at Fox Fitness

Gary’s audio book is called “The Alligator tooth”

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Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More

This week we bring back a listener favorite Roli Delgado. Roli has been a BJJ black belt for ten years. He runs a very successful school in Little Rock, and he is well known for his ability to perform and teach leg locks. Roli trains with GFteam and his coach is Denilson Pimenta.

We talk about:

  • His off the mat life and changes toward jiu-jitsu
  • Changes in his coaching jiu-jitsu
  • The difference between coaching and teaching
  • Coaching a student that is having a difficult time finishing a match
  • The mental side of competing
  • His martial arts background
  • How he learned to work off the fence at TUF
  • Training with Billy Robinson
  • How Billy Robinson would answer questions differently than you would expect
  • Catch wrestling as a sport and it’s uses for MMA
  • How dangerous heel hooks actually are
  • The rule sets he likes
  • He explains the funnel concept for BJJ
  • Developing athleticism and doing BJJ
  • Dealing with a hand injury
  • He gives us a cheat sheet for running a BJJ gym
  • Interesting thoughts on handling complements

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Quote of the week: “Our Greatest Glory Is Not in Never Falling, But in Rising Every Time We Fall” Mr. Anonymous

Article of the week: Three Types Of Students Instructors Can’t Stand by Mark Mullen

Korbett’s Kids Epi 4 Dealing with challenging students

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Gary talks about his new website BJJhammer.com and we start a odd word association game.

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Epi 191 Nic Gregoriades From Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood

This week we have an interview with Roger Gracie black belt Nic Gregoriades. Nic shares some of his amazing BJJ journey with us this week.

We talk about:

  • Getting his black belt from Roger Gracie in 4 years
  • His plans to move to the United States
  • How teaching has affected his own growth
  • His training before he became a black belt
  • How your BJJ changes as you age
  • Starting a Jiu-Jitsu Sisterhood
  • Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood
  • What Brotherhood means to Nic
  • Why it is important to eat good quality foods
  • The Jiu-Jitsu Brotherhood logo
  • BJJ for Yoga

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Quote of the week: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant” Robert Louis Stevenson

Article of the week:We are joined this week for by the Author Miles Brown from Forge Fitness Studio in Wichita. Do ice baths work for recovery?

Mat Tales 19: Legend Down Under

The Bring Your Dad to BJJ seminar is June 17 at fox fitness.

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Epi 188 Chop Certified With BJJ Legend Dustin Denes

The List of people that have tapped out Marcelo Garcia is short but it includes Dustin Denes AKA Clean. Enjoy this weeks interview because it is going to be like nothing you have heard before.

We talk about:

  • Becoming a Brazilian National Champion in 2000
  • Tapping out Marcelo Garcia with a RNC
  • Being certain that you will be successful
  • Tapping into your full potential
  • Motivation vs discipline
  • How he developed discipline as a boy
  • How he got the name “Clean”
  • Chasing efforts
  • The definition of “Chop Certified” and “Jiu-Jitsu Chop”
  • Teaching productivity while doing a BJJ seminar
  • Why he learns everyone’s name while teaching a seminar
  • Why he teaches a smaller number of techniques that you will be able to remember
  • Why you have a good side and a great side not a bad side
  • Tips on goal setting
  • How pain motivated him to win tournaments
  • Why it is important to make some sacrifices when preparing for a tournament

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Quote of the week: “I only train on days ending in a Y.” Neil Ohlenkamp

Article of the week: Hey, Jiu-Jitsu Competitors, Stop Apologizing For Your Losses

Gary’s book this week is called “The Hair Lock”

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Epi 186 Rising Grappling Star Conner DeAngelis

This week we have an interview with Atos rising star Conner DeAngelis.

We talk about:

  • Moving to Atos to train BJJ
  • His style of game
  • Getting double gold at worlds in blue belt nogi and winning Pan Ams
  • How bad coaching can effect sports performance
  • A lesson learned from a loss
  • Dealing with nerves before competing
  • Cooking advice for young athletes
  • His training schedule

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Quote of the week: “Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.” Pat Tyson

Article of the week: 7 Reasons Your Jiu-Jitsu Isn’t Getting Better

Gary talks about his book he is going to release called “Cooking the cauliflower ear with Mike Tyson”

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Epi 185 An Amazing Story and Advice From Sarah Draht

This week we have an interview with BJJ brown belt Sarah Draht. She has been training since 2005. She shares her wealth of experience in Muay Thai, BJJ and MMA.

We talk about:

  • Her start in martial arts
  • Some of the things that make her passionate about BJJ
  • Running a women’s Muay Thai program
  • How a bad car accident almost killed her and kept her off the mat for four years
  • Recovering from her car accident
  • Mind Gym : An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence
  • How to avoid getting injured before a tournament
  • Advice for women transitioning from BJJ to MMA

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Quote of the week: “‘Find a job you like, and you add five days to every week.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Article of the week: Live Sparring/Free Rolling: Get more out of it than just a good fight

Safe word of the week: Peanut butter

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Epi 183 Gina Franssen From X2 Fitness

This week we have an interview with Gina Franssen. Gina is Minnesota’s first female Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. You can find her at her female focused gym X2 Fitness. We cover a wide range of topics in this interview.

Gina Franssen (far right)

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like for women fourteen years ago
  • How she was involved in a women’s only BJJ school
  • Adding men to what was once a women’s only BJJ school
  • What she looks for in quality male training partners
  • How she got started in martial arts
  • A tip to find a gym while traveling
  • Advice for women starting BJJ
  • Why it is important to learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable

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Quote of the week: People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. A. C. Benson

Article of the week: Drilling: How To Get the Most Out Of It

The Referee Corner Epi 4: Why does the referee alter the gi?

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