Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado

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Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years.  He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.Carlos Machado BJJ

We talk about:

  • A little bit of history about early BJJ in the United States
  • His style of rolling
  • Why he rolls for 20 or 30 min at a time
  • How his Jiu-Jitsu is getting better as he gets older
  • Using proper breathing techniques
  • Benefits of proper breathing
  • Why he feels that he could beat the younger version of himself
  • Examples of different breathing techniques (chew chew chew, 1,2,1,2)
  • What his brothers are up to
  • How he tries to make the techniques he already knows better
  • Some tips on escaping the mount and how he has changed his escape over the years
  • How he teaches complex moves by breaking them down
  • Advice for blue belts
  • Advice for competing in your first tournament

Vegas July 4 weekend 2014 Martial Arts SuperShow
Carlos is teaching an arm triangle July 1, 9:00 am
Carlos and John are also going to be at a booth for Q&A!! Swing by and check it out my friends!

Summer camp in Dallas Tx, starting July 7th for 4 days, and a second week starting on July 14th also for 4 days.

Thanks to our friend Jake Burroughs from The Ground Never Misses for setting up this interview with Carlos Machado.

Quote of the week: “The measure may be thought bold, but I am of the opinion the boldest are the safest” Haratio Nelson.  This Quote was presented by Nick Albin (Chewy) check out a full explanation about this quote from Chewy here. Chewjitsu.net

Article of the week: “BJJ for Beginners: A simple plan for weight loss” From http://alchemymartialarts.net/

Carlos Machado’s website is www.carlosmachado.net
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Unintended Consequences of the New Double Guard Pull Rule

Now that everyone’s gis have been washed since the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship of 2014, let’s examine the new IBJJF double guard pull rule and how it will affect the sport of BJJ in the long run.  Let’s be honest, this rule was created to discourage both athletes from sitting on their butts for ten minutes and calling it Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, sometimes rules give us unintended consequences.  So let’s jump right in (to double guard) and look at this rule.  You can download the rule book here.

I am glad this was not a common occurrence this year.

I am glad this was not a common occurrence this year.

 

Rule 6.5.3 When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the referee will start a 20 second countdown. If at end of this 20 second countdown, even if the athletes are moving, one of the athletes does not reach the top position, does not have a submission in hold,or is not imminently completing a point scoring move, the referee will stop the fight and give a penalty to both athletes. In this situation, the referee will restart the combat in standing position.

Ok lets summarize this rule.  You both pull guard, you have 20 seconds to make something happen or you are both given a penalty.

Maybe I am missing something here at first glance, it seems pointless to give both competitors a penalty and expecting them to react in different ways.  If I believe that the only way I will win a match is to pull guard and my opponent believes the same thing, we are going to rack up penalties in a BJJ style of “guard pulling chicken.”

Here is the rule for penalties:

Rule 7.3.1 Referees shall abide by the following series of penalties.
• 1st penalty – The referee will mark the first penalty for the athlete.
• 2nd penalty – Advantage point concession to opponent of penalized athlete and second penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
• 3rd penalty –Two points concession to opponent of penalized athlete and third penalty marked on scoreboard for perpetrating athlete.
4th penalty – Disqualification of perpetrating athlete.*

I watched over 20 hours of matches from the worlds this weekend.  From what I saw the vast majority of competitors did not play this game of “guard pulling chicken.”  There could be a situation when guard pulling chicken could be used as an evil strategy, I will come back to this.  But there was still plenty of double guard pulls, and I predict that there will be even more in the future.  Why will there be more matches that start with a double guard pull? Because there is a  free advantage point if you are against an obvious guard player, and you don’t mind playing top.  This is because of rule 5.7.6.

Rule 5.7.6 When both athletes pull guard at the same time, the athlete who achieves top position first is awarded an advantage point.

Here is an example:  Gary vs Byron.  Let’s just say Gary is a guard player and Byron knows this and is comfortable with trying to pass Gary’s guard.  The match starts with Gary pulling guard.  Byron has a choice, does he enter into Gary’s guard fighting for a pass?  Or does he pull guard too, then pop up to work for a pass?  The strategic answer is for Byron to double guard pull with no intention of playing guard and then pop up for an advantage point.  This is an easy way for the passer to score an advantage point vs the guard player in the opening seconds of the match.

Another example:  We saw this in the match Bruno Malfacine vs Joao Miyao for the rooster weight final. This was an action-packed match that was a back and forth battle. When it was all over, the score was tied and Bruno won by a referee’s decision.  Do not forget that Bruno pulled double guard vs Joao and stood back up for a critical advantage point at the start of the match.doubleguardpull

In the past we saw a lot of guard pulls with one person being forced into the passing game (pre double guard pull). With these new rules, we might see a time when one person pulls guard, they both pull guard.  What a silly looking way to start a grappling match.

It was good to not see two people sit on there butts for the entire match, but I worry that in the future we will see people who don’t even want the bottom position pulling double guard then popping up to get the advantage point.  That would start a lot of matches out with both competitors on their butts.  The combination of these rules may just give us many MORE double guard pulls that are quickly ended with an advantage point- or a situation where competitors approach each other, sit down, and quickly try to stand up.

What kind of evil plot could use the game of guard pulling chicken as a strategy? You might be asking yourself, who would gain anything if both people get disqualified? You ask yourself this type of question because you are likely a good person who would not do something like this. If something can be done within the rules, given enough time it will be done. When two teammates are in the same division, one of them could be sacrificed in order to circumvent the need to beat the dedicated guard player.

Example of the evil guard pulling chicken game: Now Gary and Byron are on the same team and in the same division.  In the opening round Byron faces a person like Joao Miyao (someone who will pull guard every time).  Byron realizes that he will be unable to beat this guard machine.  If Byron can double guard pull four times and last 20 seconds each time he can prevent his teammate from even facing this guard player.  By sacrificing himself he has helped his team.  Byron can play this game of guard pulling chicken even if he is down on points, giving him less to loose.  

  • Points should not dominate the game, but they usually do.
  • People should not try to work the rules for any slight advantage, but many will.
  • These rules have good intentions, but they can be manipulated, and they will.

I have four questions for you to consider.

  1. What do you think about the new rule?
  2. Do you think people will abuse it?
  3. Is this rule good for the sport?
  4. This rule is intended to improve the sport, would you alter it?

I am not recommending these strategies for anyone, but just pointing out some of the potential flaws in the rules.

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Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” Thomas

 

Jonathan "Maccarrao" Thomas watching two students

Jonathan “Maccarrao” Thomas watching two students

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This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.

This interview we talk about:

  • Jonathan’s goal in his first tournament
  • Why developing a good guard is so important for beginners
  • Jonathan’s basic definition of recomposing
  • Why recomposing is so important to BJJ
  • What attracted him to Jiu-Jitsu
  • How Jiu-Jitsu is like a large series of mini games
  • How he was able to train less than most of his competition and still win
  • Having a logical process to how you train
  • Why mindless drilling does not do much for your development
  • How Jonathan likes to positional spar and break down positions
  • The current rules and how they could change
  • Why passing the guard can be more difficult than using a specific guard
  • How the sport would change if the guard puller got a -1 point
  • His goals in competing
  • His mindset during competition
  • Doing Tabata for cardio training
  • Managing stress levels to clam down and not get tired
  • Developing long term development by focusing on positions

    2011 Mundials Jonathan Thomas

    2011 Mundials Jonathan Thomas

Quote of the week- “Fail, fail again, fail better” Samuel Beckett.  This quote was presented by New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code Daniel Coyle.  Check out our interview with Daniel Coyle here

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Links

Article of the week- “5 Things to Focus on When Teaching BJJ to Children” from blog.gameness.com

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Jonathan’s facebook page

Find more info about Jonathan Thomas here

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

Our friend Dwane second from the right.

Our friend Dwane second from the right.

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This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals. Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

We talk about:supplement u
Supplements that help with flexibility
Supplements that aid with stamina
Why Jiu-Jitsu players should steer clear of products with a lot of caffeine
Taking care of your joints
How supplements can help lubricate your joints
What fish oil does and does not do for you
Some tips for cutting weight, and how using supplements is really a last resort
Tips on cutting weight without using supplements
Gaining size and strength
How to tell if you are in a bad supplement store
Common myths in the supplement industry
Some of the bad things that happens in the supplement industry
Advice if you are new to taking supplements

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Quote of the week: Allen Hopkins (last weeks interview) gives us his favorite quote. He got this from Master Pedro Sauer. Allen asked him “what is the most important thing in Jiu-Jitsu?” Master Pedro Sauer responded with “to always be a gentleman”. At first this quote did not mean much to Allen, as he learned more about Jiu-Jitsu and life he realized this was truly a great quote and a great way to live your life.
Links:
Article of the week- “Surviving (Socially) the Beginner Phase of BJJ” by Valerie Worthington
TheSupplementU
The Supplement U facebook page
Call Dwane at (785)833-2188 Mention this podcast to Dwane and he will give you a discount and free shipping.

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

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This week we talk about the four basic types of matches you could find yourself in BJJ. We gave each match a symbol, to make it simple.epi 24 symbols

1) The straight line or arrow (——, ——>). This is a one-sided match that progresses smoothly. This match goes from start to finish with one of the competitors dominating the other. A tip for a tournament is to watch the rest of your bracket as they compete. You might see someones game plan and be able to avoid the dominant parts of their game.
2) The Figure 8. This is a chaotic match. This type of match is typically at the lower levels, because the higher level competitors are more controlling and better at using any dominant position. If you find yourself in a match like this, you can win this match, but you are going to need to fight for it. Try to use the transition to your advantage. Decide your strong part of your game and find a way to get your opponent to that place. If you find yourself behind in a match, you might look for ways to make it more like a figure 8 match.
3) The Circle O. This match is like a loop (like the movie ground hog day). The competitors find themselves doing the same things over and over again. If you are winning keep this going. If you are on the wrong end of this match find ways to break the loop, you need to change some things that your doing.
4) The Dot . This match is when nothing is happening. Be ready for your competitor to try to score at the end of the match. Try to find a way to get the match going.

We also give some training tips, because you will encounter these types of matches in training.

Quote of the week- This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors from Episode 23 “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: I’m not ready for a BJJ competition, From Chewjitsu.net

Episode 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

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This week on the podcast we bring you an interview with coach John Connors. John is the author of the e Book Quick Start Guide to Complete Jiu Jitsu Competition Readiness”. This is a great guide for someone who is an experienced grappler or just starting out.

At the age of 35 John found himself in the business world and lacking the fun and excitement of a sport. John started BJJ with Roberto Maia, and the fun and excitement was put back into his fitness. John eventually got his black belt in 2006 from Roberto Maia. John is now 51 years old and is very active on the mat and he also has a passion for coaching.john connors bjj

John Connors talks with us about:
Meeting goals off the mat
Coaching BJJ and MMA
Grappling for older people and not getting hurt
Making a game plan for competition
Developing key moves
Positional sparing
Limiting your training to get better faster
Making the most of your training time
Coaching during a match
Setting different goals for your competition
Sparing like it is an actual match with a referee and a coach
Dealing with an adrenaline rush
Getting better at winning scrambles
The advantages to getting a fast start to a match
Advice for the non competitor
Setting new challenges outside of your comfort zone
How competition can help you get better at BJJ
Advice for someone’s first day at BJJ

 

Quote of the week: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

Article of the week: 3 Steps for Returning to BJJ After Injury – Breakingmuscle.com

Links
Get John’s Ebook for competition for free here
Rickson Gracie Documentary Choke
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (this is a link to the entire book as a pdf!!)
Email John Connors at John@dedhamjj.com
John’s Facebook page
John’s Twitter @Connorsmma

Epi 20 Growth Vs. Goals: what is better for your BJJ?

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This episode is in iTunes, and stitcher radio

From time to time it is important to take a step back and look at your grappling game. Are you in a mode where you are trying to accomplish a goal? Or are you trying to get better at BJJ in a particular area?

Some examples of the goals mode that we talk about:
You have a tournament coming up that you want to do well in.
Achieve the next belt in BJJ.
To drop some weight.
Your goals should be:
Tangible
Realistic
Have a time frame
Results focused

Some examples of some areas that you might consider for growth:
Get a better defense.
Get a better offense.
Experiment with a new technique of strategy.

Ways to help develop your growth:
Go in to a deep study of the area you are growing.
Use rolling as an opportunity to try your new stuff.
Ask upper belts for help.
Make sure you are growing in the correct ways, get some guidance from your coach.
You may need to try your new techniques on lower level opponents.

Quote of the week: “you can never defend someone else belt, that is their job.” Sean Roberts If you catch a higher belt in a submission you should go for it, and there should be not revenge.

Article of the week: “How to be a BJJ Soccer Mom” This article was sent in by our friend Mat, thanks buddy! This is a great article that gives you some advice on how to support your team at a tournament.

Babe Ruth quote for BJJ

“It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.” Babe Ruth
This is so true for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you are on the mat with someone who just keeps coming at you, you know that you are in for a tuff roll.
It is also true for the long term. If you start to get discouraged about your BJJ, don’t quit! Hang in there, you will get better. You will also gain mental toughness.

More quotes here!

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