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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Epi 211 Autopsy of the Unconscious Grappler

This week we help you determine what went wrong with your game that resulted in getting tapped out (or choked unconscious). How can you learn from getting tapped out? and how to break down the trouble spots in your game.

We talk about:

  • Why it is important to learn from mistakes
  • Having a good attitude about getting tapped out
  • Learning defense of moves you get caught in too much
  • How to determine if it is a mistake you are making or your getting tapped by something that someone is really good at
  • How to identify major problems in your game
  • Finding help for trouble spots in your game
  • Learning from training vs competition
  • Preventing a submission vs escaping a submission
  • We share a few stories of being choked unconscious on the mat

Quote of the week:  “Train like you’ve never won, Fence like you’ve never lost”

Article of the week: Top 5 Jiu Jitsu Street Fight Moves

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Elite Sports Gym Bag Review For BJJ and MMA

I was in need of a new gym bag to help me get all my gear to BJJ class in an organized fashion.  In the past I always just used a random duffel bag as a gym bag. This is my first time to use a gym bag that was made for athletes in mind. As the weeks have gone by I realize that I spent the last 15 years of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu using the wrong types of bags.

Here are my biggest pros about this bag:

  1. Quality of construction
  2. Large enough for what I need but not huge
  3. Pocket for water bottle
  4. See through mesh pocket
  5. Small pockets inside for little items
  6. Converts into a backpack
  7. Washable

This bag comes in a Variety of colors and can be found here.
https://www.elitesports.com/brazilian-jiu-jitsu-bjj-gear-bags

 

Epi 210 Renowned Coach and Competitor Andre “Tim” Monteiro

It is a honor to bring back BJJ black belt Andre “Tim” Monteiro. Andre is known for having a vast knowledge of the game, a killer half guard, and a overall nice guy.

We talk about:

  • His team A-Force BJJ
  • Traveling
  • Mistakes people make when they learn a lot from youtube
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Running a school and traveling
  • Keeping an open mind to learning jiu-jitsu
  • Leaving your BJJ school
  • Off the mat training
  • Changes in his game over the last few years
  • Why he is getting more submissions in compeititon
  • The goals he has set for himself and his business

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Quote of the week: “It’s always better to attack than to defend,” Coram had told her when they talked about fencing late at night. “Always. Ye don’t win with defense–ye only hold the other feller off, or wear him down. Attack and have done with it!” ― Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

Article of the week: Saying “I do” to the Right BJJ School

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The Life lesson this week was about making the most of a disappointing tournament.

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Concepts, Concepts, Concepts

Understanding the concepts of jiu jitsu may, in the long run, be more
important than simply learning a multitude of techniques. I’m not saying learning
techniques is not important, but understanding the concepts will allow you to still
be doing jiu jitsu in the scrambles and chaos of a fight where setting up and
hitting specific techniques can be difficult.
Here are three concepts that I believe are easy to explain, easy to
understand, and easy to apply to your grappling. You have probably already been
introduced to some of these ideas but with different terminology. I’ve given them
labels and used verbiage that I think make them easy to explain and understand.

LEGOS: If you have two small rectangular Legos there’s a dozen ways you
can try to press them together that will result in zero connectivity. Even when the
right surfaces of the Lego pieces are facing each other, if they are not properly
aligned, there will be no connection. But if get they positioned and aligned
correctly they will snap together…. where one goes, the other goes…whatever
direction one turns, the other will follow. This is the kind of connectivity you are
looking for when you are, for example, using hooks to control your training
partner. I like to use x-guard as an illustration. Typically, you will have your top leg
with the knee sticking out behind your opponent and your foot in front of his
thigh, while your bottom leg is in the opposite position with your foot behind
their lower leg. If your feet and toes are curled with your toes up to “make a
hook” and your top foot is planted firmly in the pocket of your hip and groin while
your bottom foot is planted firmly in the crook behind your opponent’s knee you
should have pretty good connection. With these two points of contact you will
now have the ability to control and manipulate your opponent. How will this help
you now? The most obvious answer is that you can control and/or manipulate
your opponent’s posture, base, and balance. Additionally, it will help you to
control the timing and tempo of the match and maintain the distance of your
choosing. Bruce Lee once said, “All other things being equal, the fighter that
controls timing, tempo, and distance will win the fight”. The Lego theory, or
connectivity, will help you do that.

The Push/Pull concept: The underlying principle here is leverage. The pushing and
pulling (or more accurately and simply stated – applying force at two points in the
opposite direction) is how the leverage is generated. Most joint lock submissions
rely on the effective use of leverage as does moving your opponent. When you’re
standing and you pull on your opponent’s right arm while pushing on his left
shoulder you are using leverage to turn him, off balance him, and move him
where you want him to go. How will this help you now? Mechanically speaking,
using a lever makes work easier. In other words, it’s efficient. As a training
session, match, or fight proceeds the more efficient athlete will have more gas in
the tank to finish.

Compass quadrants: Imagine you are lying on your back on the mats—your head
represents north and your feet represent south with your arms to the east and
west. Between these points you have a NE, SE, SW, and NW quadrant. All you
have to do to sweep your opponent is to element a post in one of these
quadrants and then dump your opponent into it. How will this help you now? The
percentage of sweeps you finish will go up and the effort it takes to finish them
will decrease. Maybe most importantly though, you will start to see (and hit)
sweeps in transitions. During a scramble you may notice overly committed in one
direction with most of his weight on the post in that direction: Delete that post
and dump your opponent in that direction…..SWEEP!!!

In conclusion: Learning one technique from one position will improve your
game today…. as long as you can get to that one position, but grasping a concept
can improve your game today no matter what positions you find yourself in.
Train Hard. Train Smart. Get Better.
Joe Thomas

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Epi 209 Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec

This week we have an interview with Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec. Karel is a 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Renzo Gracie.

We talk about:

  • Dealing with younger and stronger opponents
  • Training BJJ in the water
  • Getting better timing on the mat
  • Getting your opponent to stay in your terms and play in your game
  • Avoiding injuries
  • The role of strength in BJJ
  • Why some wrestlers do well in BJJ and others struggle around the purple belt rank
  • How to have a speed advantage on the mat
  • Getting past slumps on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” Winston Churchill

Article of the week: 5 sweet sour reasons to keep training

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