Epi 238 Roy Harris The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man

This week we bring you an interview with Roy Harris. Roy has been training martial arts since 1981. He brings a wealth of BJJ knowledge and wonderful explanations to this interview.  We cover topics from new students all the way to how to run a school.

We talk about:

  • Becoming the Jiu-Jitsu Answer Man online many years ago
  • How the internet has changed and effected learning BJJ
  • Writing his book The Jiu-JItsu Answer Man
  • Why bridging is so powerful
  • Some unstoppable movements in BJJ
  • Using pressure differently in BJJ
  • Tightness vs pressure
  • Why positions are so important to understand
  • What to look for in finding good training partners
  • Dealing with injuries and attitude
  • Tips for instructors to run a great class
  • Advice for law enforcement officers that train BJJ

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Quote of the week: “A little impatience will spoil great plans.” Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: 5 AWESOME LOW EFFORT WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR BJJ TECHNIQUE LEARNING

The BjjBrick Summer Camp in Wichita Kansas

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Epi 237 Black Belt Livia Gluchowska

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt Livia Gluchowska. Livia is a black belt under Lachlan Giles and Thiago Stefanutti. We talk about a variety of topics including training for bjj and off the mat sports like sprint cycling and gymnastics.

We talk about:

  • Her BJJ competition history
  • Doing gymnastics and sprint cycling
  • Traveling to compete
  • Her favorite techniques
  • Starting BJJ as an adult
  • Drilling vs concepts
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Working full time and trainig BJJ
  • Sport helping build friendships
  • Winning worlds at Blue, Purple, and Brown belt
  • Tips for running a successful women’s program
  • Tips for a successful competition
  • The current state of BJJ competitions

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Quote of the week: “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher

Article of the week: Safety Net

The off the mat lesson was about a door to door sales man with a unique pitch

 

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The BjjBrick Podcast Presents: Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp

Come spend a weekend training and hanging out with the BJJ Brick crew, guest instructors, and jiu-jitsu enthusiasts. Only 60 spots available. Register online at www.FoxFitnessBJJ.com (single session registration available via e-mail at FoxFitnessBJJ@gmail.com)

6/22 Friday
6-8p Open Mat (check in)

6/23 Saturday
10-11:30a Kids Seminar (message, call, or email to register)
12-2p Gi Workshop w/Prof Tim Sledd
3-5p No-Gi Workshop w/Prof Roli Delgado
6-???p BBQ and beers

6/24 Sunday
10a-12p No-Gi Workshop w/The BJJ Brick Podcast team

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DVD Review Kristian Woodmansee AP De La Riva Guard

In this DVD Kristian Woodmansee teaches you things to take your De La Riva guard to the next level. He also shows some very good passes and drills

This DVD can be found here https://www.thefighthub.com/shop/ap-de-la-riva-guard-dvd/

Please comment below if you have this dvd, I would like to know your thoughts.

 

Epi 236 Train Smart with Brandon Mullins

This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Brandon Mullins. This is a great interview and Brandon shares tons of training ideas and tips.

Photo by Mike Calimas

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • Competing in masters and adult categories
  • Having early success with grappling
  • Training gi and nogi and the diffrences
  • A interesting comparison between learning a new language and trying nogi for the first time
  • Having goals while you train
  • Training ideas to speed your growth
  • Working on both sides of your body
  • How to beat someone that is better at bjj

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Quote of the week: “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” David Brinkley  We also talk about this book “The Obstacle is the Way

Article of the week: When your teammates are in Competition Training Mode and you’re in I Can Barely Drag My Ass to Class Mode

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Epi 235 Off the mat training to keep you on the mat with Sam Spiegelman

This is an episode of BjjBrick Extra! Joe has an outstanding interview with Sam Spiegelman. Sam has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle, and is a wealth of knowledge about BJJ and fitness.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ after college
  • Transitioning from Judo to BJJ
  • Starting strength and conditioning for BJJ
  • The importance of rest
  • Making an off season for your BJJ
  • The benefits of off the mat training for your BJJ
  • Cutting weight for a tournament
  • Warming up properly
  • Recovering between matches
  • Tips for people new to BJJ
  • Things a blue belt should know
  • Teaching a kids class

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Extra Tip: We give a tip about wrist locks

Extra Question: Help, my instructor is not showing me the things I need to know

We play a joke on Gary and use as many Idioms as we can. He is always able to laugh at a good prank.

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Epi 234 Good to know vs Need to know

Some stuff in BJJ you need to know, while other things fit into the good to know category. This week we have a fun and informative discussion about how things fit into these categories.

We talk about:

  • What you need to know during your first month of BJJ
  • Some off the mat things you need to know about BJJ
  • Being safe on the mats
  • Offence vs defense
  • controlling someone from mount
  • Escapes from positions vs submissions

Links: Coming to America

Quote of the week: “Ask five economists and you’ll get five different answers – six if one went to Harvard.” Edgar Fiedler. Whe change this quote to “ask five black belts and get five different answers.”

Article of the week: Three Rules for Rolling

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When your teammates are in Competition Training Mode and you’re in I Can Barely Drag My Ass to Class Mode

When your school is gearing up for a competition and everyone is training at the highest level of intensity prepping for the tournament and you are not, what are you supposed to do? Maybe you think you are not experienced enough to help or get much out of the class, maybe you are rehabbing an injury, or maybe you (like me) are older and not too interested in competition. Is this just a good opportunity to take some time off? Maybe, but probably not, there are many ways you can help your teammates out and still benefit from going to class.

Let’s look first at some things you can do to help your teammates out:

  1. Positional sparring. If your training partner is a much better grappler than you and they are in competition mode you may not be able to offer them “a good match”. Pushing them physically is probably not in the cards, but you can ask them what they’re working on for the tournament and then volunteer to start from that position.
  2. Pace yourself. If you can’t keep up at their pace, set a pace you can keep. Most competitors, I think, would rather a good steady round for the regulation time than to have you gassed half way through.
  3. Don’t spend time in stagnant positions. If you’re stuck, move. If you’re in top position and unable to finish the match, transition to something else and look for the finish from there.
  4. Offer encouragement and (when appropriate) feedback. If you are newer to the game it may not be the time to be offering advice or coaching, but you can still be there for support and encouragement. If you have been training for some time, but are not in comp mode, you may have valuable insights to offer your teammates.

This is great and will be helpful to your teammates, but we know that you are on the mats so you can get better at jiu jitsu. How will going to class for competition training benefit you when you are not in competition training?

  1. You WILL get better. You may feel like you’re just getting your ass kicked, but trust me; you are absorbing information and learning more about yourself and your limits. You’ll get a chance to see how your technique works when your training partners are trying a little harder to win.
  2. You will benefit from the strengthening of the team and the development of a deeper team comradery. These are some of the things that will keep you on the mats and get you through the times you wonder if it’s all worthwhile. These are also some of the things that are, for many of us, at the core of why we do jiu jitsu.
  3. If you are there for your teammates, they will be there for you. One day you will be prepping for a tournament, or trying to polish up some techniques as a promotion approaches, or maybe even having personal issues off the mats and your teammates will remember that you were there for them. They will be there for you.

In conclusion: It’s easy to think if the class or curriculum is not suited to us, that that is a problem….in the words of one of the greatest mariners of all times, Capt. Jack Sparrow, “the problem is not the problem, your attitude about the problem is the problem”.  Go, learn something, have a good time – you’ll be glad you did.

Train hard. Train smart. Get better.

Joe