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.

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 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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Epi 225 Road Warriors Ryan and Zach Gehl

This week we have an interview with Ryan and Zach Gehl. Zach is a blue belt training out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with a long list of competition accomplishments. To follow Zach or learn more about him check out his Instagram theroadwarrior1 This is also a BjjBrick Extra episode. We hope to bring you an extra episode every month, thanks to our newest team member Joe.

We talk about:

  • Training and school
  • Learning BJJ and MMA
  • Having trouble with early competitions
  • Competing with kids and adults
  • Traveling and training
  • How to avoid injury while on the road
  • The benefits of martial arts
  • Using Jiu-Jitsu to win wrestling matches

BJJ Tip: we talk about active toes

Q&A: We answer a question about dealing with rough teammates

 

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Epi 223 Burning Up the Mats With Richard Byrne and KASAI

This week on The BjjBrick Podcast we have Richard Byrne. Richard is a 56 year old Black Belt and life long banker. Recently he started the professional grappling event KASAI, this event featured many of today’s top grapplers.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ and Kickboxing
  • Traveling for business and training BJJ
  • Advice on taking private lessons
  • Why he started KASAI and his goals
  • Making KASAI the best that he can
  • The meaning of KASAI, a fire or conflict that rages out of control
  • Long germ goals of KASAI

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Quote of the week: “success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they cannot lose.” Bill Gates

Article of the week: 12 reasons why Jiu-Jitsu is the perfect compliment to any martial art

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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

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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 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 coach 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

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