Epi 248 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

This week we have a conversation with the grappling referee David Karchmer. David has been a BJJ Black Belt since 2012. He has officiated over 3,500 gi and no-gi matches for multiple organizations.

We talk about:

  • This reason for his website The Grappling Referee
  • Doing video education for interesting calls in BJJ matches
  • How enforcing the borders is different between organizations and individual referees
  • When to move grapplers back to the middle of the mat
  • The role of safety in border enforcement
  • What happens when two competitors fly off the mat
  • What is done when a submission attempt ends up out of bounds
  • Getting submitted by a move that is not intended to be a submission
  • When it is appropriate to talk to the referee
  • How injuries are handled from a referee’s point of view
  • Kids vs Adults rules
  • When a referee should stop a match
  • Common mistakes competitors make
  • Remembering to control long enough to get you points
  • Bending the rules
  • Advice for people that want to be a referee
  • Finding a mentor for being a referee

Links:

Quote of the week: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Seth Godin

Article of the week: Properly Responding to Feedback to Get Better At BJJ

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Epi 184 The speed of your Jiu-Jitsu

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

Article of the week: Positional Sparring: Getting the most out of it

Korbett’s Kids Epi 3-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids and drilling. Check out Korbett’s website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

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Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016

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.

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Janine Mutton (20m 40s)- Middle From Action & Reaction Mixed Martial Arts Toronto. Janine started BJJ with no background in martial arts. She quickly found a passion for being on the mat and training hard.

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Janine Mutton

Janine talks about:

  • Starting BJJ
  • Setting the goal of winning worlds
  • Competitions before the worlds
  • Making an eight week plan
  • 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 at MilleniumMaui was able to submit all his opponents at worlds.

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Maui Lacaze

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
  • Surfing
  • 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.

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Gabriela Lembcke

  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Training at Snow MMA with Samuel Snow
  • Having confidence in her BJJ
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her off the mat training
  • Her diet and having a nutritionist
  • Her background in wrestling in highschool
  • Advice for white belts that want to compete

 

George Mandujano (57m 15s)- Ultra Heavy From Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu. George trains at Ralph’s House Fight Gym

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George Mandujano

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Staying calm
  • Not working too hard for a submission
  • How he starts his matches
  • Playing a top game
  • His wrestling background
  • How playing football helped make him tough
  • His strategy while on the mat
  • His plans for the future
  • A recent match that resulted in a knee injury
  • His training schedule
  • Training with other gyms
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Not being affraid to ask questions

 

Quote of the week: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. This will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” -Ernest Hemingway

Article of the week: Why Everyone Should Lift Heavy

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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

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.david-karchmer

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
  • His thoughts on AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha
  • Outlawing jumping closed guard
  • Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

Links:

Quote of the week: “It annoys me when people who don’t know what they’re talking about boo the referee.” Jonah Lomu

Article of the week: Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

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Gary talks about his audio book “Red Card and Red Crotch- How I Got Kicked Out of Professional Sports”

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Epi 139 Jimmy Fortunato and The Good Fight

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.

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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
  • Jiu-Jitsu Theatre
  • Advice for kids doing a tournament
  • Advice for parents
  • Some of the most popular submission in competition

Links:

Quote of the week: This quote was presented by Ken Blackburn “Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 5 Reasons You Should Say “Hello” to the New Student in Your BJJ Class From Jerry Tsui 

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Gary shares the concept of his audio book “5 Min Into My Cardo- My First Roll”

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Epi 138 BJJ & Kettlebells With Ken Blackburn

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).Ken Blackburn

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ and Kettlebells
  • Kettlebell sport
  • Some benefits that Kettlebells bring to BJJ
  • Work capacity
  • Developing mental toughness
  • Grip endurance and strength
  • The Bulgarian Bag
  • Mace and clubs
  • Animal movements
  • Why you should warm-up and cool down
  • How to do a proper warm-up and cool down
  • How to keep motivated
  • Training movements vs training muscles
  • Mapping out your goals
  • The culture of the Kettlebell community
  • Common mistakes with strength and conditioning
  • A schedule for doing strength and conditioning

Links:

Quote of the week: Our quote this week is the Oath of Kings and Champions by Travis Stevens. It will motivate you.

Article of the week: 10 Habits of Successful BJJ Competitors

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Byron is working on a new audio book about kennel cough and BJJ

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Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2

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Sam Spiegelman bjjThis 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 at New 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?

Links:

Quote of the week: “Drillers make killers” presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: “What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl

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Epi 90 Atos Black Belt Tim Sledd Part 2

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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.

If you missed part 1 of this interview check it out first here!

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Tim Sledd

In part 2 of this interview we talk about:

  • What Atos does differently than other BJJ teams
  • Systems building with your techniques
  • Drilling, and how to drill properly
  • Specific sparing and how it is used
  • Speed drills, flow drills, and fine motor skills drills
  • The culture of Atos
  • The culture of Small Axe BJJ
  • Left brain right brain confusion
  • Advice for a student doing a first tournament
  • How to start off a match strong
  • The Leg Drag

Links:

Quote of the week: ”Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler” Albert Einstein- Presented by Matt Thorton

Article of the week: “BJJ Promotions, and Lack Thereof” By: White Belt Survival Strategy

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Epi 85 James Puopolo Can Make You Laugh and Tap

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James PuopoloThis week we have a interview with Rafael Lovato Jr black belt James Puopolo.  He has been doing BJJ full time since leaving his middle school math teaching job.  He can be found on the mats at Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. You can find out more about James here on BJJ Heroes.

We talk about:

  • Running his academy
  • His ever changing style of BJJ
  • Training with out the use of a timer
  • Fitting your BJJ into many different rule sets
  • The importance of finishing your opponent
  • His training schedule
  • Training other grappling arts
  • Training with Luke Tirey
  • His first training experience with RLJ
  • Doing 14 competitions last year
  • His future goals
  • Keeping a training journal
  • The process he goes through before a competition
  • Basic meditation to get you in your zone
  • Advice for a students first tournament

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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

Article of the week: “What Can The Stock Market Teach You About Jiu-Jitsu?” From Jiu-Jitology

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Epi 45 Three Important Analogies to Better Understand BJJ

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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.

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The Bjj Tree, Click to enlarge, feel free to share!

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.

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

Article of the week:“10 Reasons Why I Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” By Peggy Nolan

 

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.

At the end of the podcast we give details of how you can get a BjjBrick Podcast gi patch.