This week we talk about an important and sometimes overlooked attribute to BJJ. The speed of the game may be something you use to your advantage or something that you are find yourself working to mitigate.
Gary has no idea that I put him in the movie poster from the movie speed. -Byron
We talk about:
Tips for the slower grappler
Some techniques that are better done slowly
Why your speed may leave you some day
When you should slow down or speed up
How to speed things up
How to slow things down
The speed of particular positions
Quote of the week: “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
not by Anita Goodman but the quote was said by Og Mandino
This week we interview four people who won IBJJF worlds as a white belt in 2016. The interviews are comprised of the same four questions that we hope give you some insite into why they are winning. This is a great way to find out how some people are finding competition success early on in their BJJ career.
Training 3 or 4 times a week to avoid over training
Positive self talk
Pressure passing with her body type
The take down game
Her favorite submissions
Her training schedule
Her background in body building and soccer
Doing squats and deadlifts
Advice for white belts
Maui Lacaze (39m 56s)- Light Feather From GF Team. You will find Maui training atMillenium. Maui was able to submit all his opponents at worlds.
Maui talks about:
Winning every match at worlds by submission
What BJJ is like in French Polynesia
Starting BJJ with his cousin
His game plan
His training schedule
His plans for competing in the future
Getting his blue belt
Gabriela Lembcke (45m 40s)- Rooster From Alliance. You can find Gaby training at Snow MMA. She credits some of her early success to wrestling and having a great BJJ team. You can watch a video of Gaby’s match in the finals here.
This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt & referee David Karchmer. Over the last eight years David has officiated more than 3,000 gi and no-gi matches. It is great to share with you this conversation with such an experienced Referee.
We talk about:
What got him started as a referee in 2008
How some of the rules have changed over the years
Video instant replay in BJJ
Using digital score boards in BJJ
The idea of using a body cam on a referee
Evaluating footage from a spectator
Trends in BJJ techniques
Being a referee with different rules
Improving as a referee
Having unified rules for BJJ or submission wrestling
What referee is in charge of the match
Is competitive BJJ being true to the roots of the martial art
The idea of a hidden score card
What motivated him to become a referee
What happens when a referee raises the wrong hand
Deciding who wins a tied match
How the knowledge and experience of the referee can effect the match
How someone can learn to become a referee
Why the best referee teams work an hour then take an hour break
This week we bring you an interview with Jimmy Fortunato. Jimmy started a tournament company called “The Good Fight” in 2008. Jimmy started training jiu-jitsu in 1997, and his experiences competing ultimately lead him to make some improvements to BJJ tournaments. A couple of years ago The Good Fight switched from a point based tournament to a submission only tournament.
We talk about:
Why he started The Good Fight
A little bit of history behind The Good Fight
Making the change to sub only
The basic rules
The goals of the tournament
Advice for kids doing a tournament
Advice for parents
Some of the most popular submission in competition
We are now looking to start a new segment called “Mat Tales” and we need your help. If you have a BJJ story good, bad, or just amazing. Please share it with us and we will try to get this new segment rolling.
Gary shares the concept of his audio book “5 Min Into My Cardo- My First Roll”
Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast
This week we bring you an interview with Ken Blackburn. Ken is a coach and athlete. Ken is a life long martial artist and he holds an american Kettlebell record in the Chair Press. Ken has been doing BJJ for about 17 years, and he is happy to help introduce the BJJ community to the benefits of Kettlebell and other training methods. In 2008 Ken along with his partner Steve Cotter founded the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF).
This week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains atNew Breed Training Center. He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle. Sam is also available for online consultations.
Sam answers these questions:
What supplements do you recommend?
How do you deal with cramps during training?
What should I ear before a competition?
How do I improve my flexibility?
What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
Does the training mask work?
What tips do you have for recovery after training?
What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?
This week we have part 2 of our interview with Tim Sledd. Tim is a 1st degree black belt under Andre Galvao. Tim not only runs his own gym Small Axe BJJ, he is also the Director of affiliates for Atos. Tim shares lots of information about what is going on behind the scenes at Atos.
Quote of the week: Presented by PJ Waicus “The big, strong, tough guy goes to class, and he keeps getting tapped by the skinny, technical guy. It begins to change him. It makes him humble. That’s what Jiu Jitsu does to you. It makes you humble.” Relson Gracie
BjjBrick (metaphor) it’s important to have a few key techniques that you can perform at a high level. You need to have a well-rounded game, but having some great techniques will help you excel at BJJ. To your opponents it will feel like they got hit with a brick. It takes a lot of blood and sweat to make a BjjBrick, but if you are making the correct bricks the effort will be well worth it.
Big strong tree-
The Bjj Tree, Click to enlarge, feel free to share!
Trunk- Fundamentals, Posture, and Game plan
Big branches- Positions, some branches will be stronger than others
Smaller branches- Techniques, from the positions
Leaves- Owning the techniques
Big roots- The pioneers of BJJ, and/or your instructor’s instructor
Medium sized roots- Your instructors and training partners
Small roots- Other methods of training and learning
Pile of leaves and branches on the ground- We all discard some techniques and positions when we are searching for what works best for us, this is normal. You should avoid having a giant pile of leaves and branches under your tree. Focusing on key things will help keep you from having this problem.
How important is it to have really good fundamentals? Having poor fundamentals is like a tree trying to grow branches without having a strong trunk. Strong fundamentals are the foundation of your game, like a strong trunk supports a large tree.
The Building Burns-
The building burns. Important concept for someone learning BJJ and making the transition to MMA.
This analogy helps someone who has been training BJJ and now they are going to be doing MMA.
Quote of the week: “I fear no the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ calledTraining Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA.At Training Groundsthey teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing.