Epi 179 Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Coral Belt

We are very excited to bring you an interview with a grappling legend. Pedro Sauer earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson Gracie in 1985. He now shares his over 40 years of experience on the mat. Joining the interview with Pedro Sauer is a past guest on The BjjBrick Podcast Brent Lillard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu in the early 1970s
  • The BJJ belt system after black belt
  • Continuous learning on the mat
  • How to avoid missing training time due to injuries
  • Learning Jiu-Jitsu vs Jiu-Jitsu or Jiu-Jitsu vs bad guy
  • The importance of learning self defense first in your training
  • Creating a learning culture
  • How you can train with Pedro Sauer in Brazil
  • Training camp in Petropolis, Brazil
  • Staying safe while in Brazil
  • Saving money when you book your flight to Brazil
  • What Pedro Sauer was like as a blue belt
  • His experience fighting Mr. Utah
  • Advice for the grappler that can not train everyday
  • Advice for the older grappler
  • Being able to teach Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” Babe Ruth

Article of the week: “The Worst Grappler on the Mat”

Mat Tales 16 “Solo Club”

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Epi 178 Amazing Tips and Advice From Black Belt Matt Jubera

This week we have an interview with Second Degree Ribeiro Black Belt Matt Jubera. He as won pan ams multiple times in different divisions, he is currently running his school in Broomfield Colorado.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Starting wrestling in highschool
  • Using his wrestling in BJJ
  • Why being a little bit lazy can help you add efficiency to your BJJ
  • Using a heavy pressure style
  • Focusing on the bread and butter moves
  • The idea of training ugly
  • Upcoming competitions
  • Tips for how he has been able to stay injury free
  • Tips for preparing mentally for a competition
  • Advice for training on a busy schedule
  • Competition training advice
  • Building a good defense your first few years

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Quote of the week:This week we have three quotes presented by Neil Melanson.

  1. Iron sharpens Iron, so one person sharpens another Proverbs 27:17
  2. As a coach figure out why not how
  3. Loyalty goes two ways

 

Article of the week: Are You Doing the Right Things Before and After BJJ?

Gary’s audiobook is called “Iron Sharpens Iron, Just Like Gary Sharpens Byron”

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Epi 177 Legendary MMA Grappling Coach Neil Melanson

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Neil Melanson. Neil is one of the top MMA coaches teaching grappling. Neil is the former Head Grappling coach at both Xtreme Couture Las Vegas and Alliance MMA you will now find him as Head Coach of The Blackzillians MMA Team. Neil has coached many fighters including Dominic Cruz, Randy Couture, and Michael Chandler.

We talk about:

  • Not training with the gi
  • What is catch wrestling
  • The rules, submissions, and tactics of catch wrestling
  • Ground fighting for MMA
  • Why some wrestlers struggle doing MMA grappling
  • Neutralizing an athletic opponent
  • The importance of having a good attitude for training
  • Learning things from lower belts
  • The problem with hierarchy in grappling
  • How to make grappling more interesting
  • Being able to submit someone that is better than you
  • The changes in the leg lock game
  • His Catch Wrestling Formula DVD
  • Using the cage for grappling in mma

Links:

Quote of the week: “To get better you have to step out of your comfort zone. You can’t do the same things you’ve always done & improve.” Jordan Burroughs

Article of the week: There are Two Types of Coaches. Which are You?

The Referee Corner Epi 3 Belts getting untied

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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion

We are so happy to have Bernardo Faria as our guest on this week’s episode. It has been a while since we have had him on the show, and we have some catching up to do.

We talk about:

  • Setting big goals
  • His plans for 2017 worlds
  • His off the mat plans
  • How getting older has affected his training
  • Why his style of BJJ game is good for the ageing player
  • How the half guard was discovered
  • His game plan
  • How he developed his game plan by only doing techniques that worked well for him
  • The growth of his blog and helping the BJJ community
  • Weight cutting and weight management
  • He has never got a DQ for missing weight
  • His diet for dropping the pounds
  • Tips for white belts competing
  • A look into turning white belts blue
  • Going to BJJ to learn and have fun
  • He answers questions for our blue belt episode
  • Focus on learning BJJ not tapping people out
  • Opening up his own school

Links:

Quote of the week: “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” Oscar Wilde

Article of the week: 22 Off The Mat Habits That Will Improve Your On The Mat Performance

Mat Tales #15 Mexican Standoff

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Epi 174 No-Gi 2016 World Champion Josh Hinger

We are excited to bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Josh Hinger. Josh is a first degree black belt under Andre Galvao. Josh also recently won the Medium Heavy weight class at 2016 no-gi worlds.

We talk about:

  • How he got to know Andre Galvao
  • Training with and without the gi
  • Cutting weight for BJJ or no-gi
  • His experience at no-gi worlds 2016
  • His thoughts on sub only matches
  • Trash talking in BJJ
  • The growth of Jiu-Jitsu
  • His start in BJJ
  • Competing in the adult division
  • His DVD Hingertine
  • Dealing with anxiety on the mat
  • Mental preps for competition
  • Hesitation is the death of Jiu-Jitsu technique
  • Tips for beginners
  • How difficult it can be to start BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Being angry and resentful of someone is like letting them live rent-free in your head.” George Foreman

Article of the week: No Time Machine … Only Heating Seeking Missiles

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Epi 173 BjjBrick Coach of the Year Larry Keith

We are proud to have Larry Keith as the BjjBrick coach of the year. Larry has been training martial arts for around 35 years. Larry is a third degree black belt in Kodokan Judo and a brown belt in BJJ. He enjoys mixing throws with ending up in a dominant position. This is a great interivew with a outstanding person that we

We talk about:

  • Starting his martial arts program
  • having a large kids group
  • He is a big guy and he talks about not using it too much
  • How to turn a student into someone who can be more aggressive
  • Starting his own dojo
  • Working with the local boys and girls club helping to prevent bullying
  • Zero tolerance policy in public schools
  • Using a buddy system to prevent bullying
  • The goals he has when teaching kids judo and jiu-jitsu
  • Getting kids to do martial arts for their lifetime
  • Kids and competing in tournaments
  • Giving kids a leadership role on the mat
  • The importance of a family atmosphere in BJJ
  • Learning by teaching
  • His plans for competing more

Links:

Quote of the week: “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

Lesson of the week: Dealing with traffic and taking a detour to still reach your goal.

The Referee Corner “Epi 2 Sandbagging” starting at 1h33m

Gary’s audio book is called “rolling with ghost- breaking spirits instead of elbows”

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Epi 170 Black Belt Dr. Jen Case

This week we bring you an interview with Dr. Jen Case. Dr. Case has a PhD in human nutrition, she studies nutrition and sport performance. Dr. Case is a black belt under Renato Tavares and she trains in Kansas City with Jason Bircher.

We talk about:

  • How Jiu-Jitsu has effected her education
  • The idea of passive insufficiency and BJJ
  • Comparing a black belt to a Phd
  • The importance of strength and skill on the mat
  • Weightlifting for BJJ
  • Diet tips for better performance on the mat
  • What you should eat based on the time of day
  • Cutting weight
  • Teaching women’s only seminars
  • Advice to women who are new to BJJ
  • Advice for students going to school and BJJ
  • Goals for new students
  • A women’s only BJJ seminar Feb 4, 10-11:30 that she is teaching

Links: Kansas City BJJ

Quote of the week: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle

Article of the week: Meet the 5 worst enemies of the BJJ fighter

We also debuted our new segment The Referee Corner “Epi 1 Most common mistake in BJJ”

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Epi 169 James Clingerman of The Fight Hub

James Clingerman is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he has been teaching BJJ for almost 17 years. Along with running The Fight Hub he teaches in his academy in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We talk about:

  • Some of the DVD’s he has produced
  • How he got into the business of producing BJJ DVD’s
  • How he has used BJJ to help overcome social anxiety
  • His start in martial arts as a kid
  • Trying “fake Jiu-Jitsu”
  • His story of how he survived getting shot in the face while in his car
  • How BJJ helped him survive
  • His lasting effects from the shooting
  • Why he changes he game to be a better instructor
  • The fight hub selling gear
  • The advantages to learning from a professionally made video
  • Training tips
  • Tips to making a game plan

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Quote of the week: Top 25 Funny and Ridiculous Quotes in Sports

Article of the week: All or nothing

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Epi 166 Get Inspired by Glenn Jarrell

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Glenn Jarrell and Byron Jabara

This week we have an interview with 58 year old brown belt and competitor Glenn Jarrell. We have been wanting to get Glenn on the podcast for quite sometime, you will soon find out why as Glenn shares some of his story.

We talk about:

  • Why he started BJJ at 47 year old
  • Using his high school wrestling to start BJJ
  • Training BJJ at 58 years old
  • Having a supportive family
  • Why he stuck with BJJ after trying many other exercises
  • Why he started competing
  • Competing against younger competitors
  • Competing at big tournaments
  • Winning purple belt Masters 6 at worlds
  • His training schedule
  • What he does differently to prepare for a tournament
  • Changes that he has made to his diet
  • Dealing with back pain
  • Working for the Kansas athletic commission at MMA events
  • Advice for someone starting BJJ in their late 40’s

Links: Glenn trans at Fox Fitness in Wichita

Quote of the week: “A good hockey player plays here the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Wayne Gretzky

Article of the week: 3 Fixes for sore fingers in bjj

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Gary’s audio book is about hockey fighting.

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Epi 162 Interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro

This week we have an interview with Rodrigo Pinheiro. Pinheiro is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu he has been training BJJ for 27 years and MMA for about 10 years. He is currently running martial arts school in San Antonio, Texas. rodrigo-pinheiro

We talk about:

  • His start with martial arts
  • Training with Pete Spratt
  • Adding striking to his training
  • Fighting in Bellator
  • Expanding his school
  • The importance of having respect in his school
  • The goals he has for his team
  • Some of the changes to BJJ over the years
  • The benefit of self confidence when someone competes in BJJ
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Why many students quit BJJ

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Quote of the week: “There’s two types of people in this world: Those who are humble and those who are about to be” presented by Alex Ecklin

Article of the week: Half guard history and it’s most used variations

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