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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BjjBrick Q&A 19 Am I Too Passive?

Question: I’m 3 months in and I have a question for you. I’m 38 years old and most of the guys at the school are in their 20’s. they have high energy, they’re fit, they move quickly. I just don’t seem to have an intense killer instinct to win a roll, I’m a very passive personality, very submissive, I was never into sports. I recognize Jiu Jitsu as an effective FOR of self defense that I may need one day and I’m sure if needed I could operate at 110% in an emergency, but in a roll I just don’t seem to have an intensity that I see others have. Do you think that’s something I could develop over time or something that can be taught?

Epi 208 Norwegian BJJ Black Belt Espen Mathiesen

This week we have an interview with one of Europe’s top competitors Espen Mathiesen. In this interview Espen shares many training tips he has developed training in Norway.

We talk about:

  • What is like competing against black belts
  • Why it is important to have a passion for jiu-jitsu
  • The state of jiu-jitsu in Norway
  • His training schedules
  • Dealing with injuries and avoiding injuries
  • Why resistance is vital to his training
  • Sparing less and active drilling more
  • Advice for blue belts do develop a game plan
  • Why it is important for him to be flexible
  • The advantages of training with a small team
  • The importance of visualizing your performance

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Quote of the week: “The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Article of the week: New Study Proves BJJ’s Effectiveness Against Stress

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This is the second time we share a off the mat story this one is about Byron’s dog with 3 legs.

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BJJ Gi Review Elite Sports Gray and Green

This is a BJJ Gi review of a gray and green Elite Sports 100% cotton gi. A white belt is included with this gi. The pants are a 400 gsm ripstop and have a stretchy rope drawstring. The gi top is a light-weight 400 gsm pearl weave and has been preshrunk. There is contrasting green stitching on much of the gi. The gi has also been treated with anti-odor & antimicrobial chemical to help you fight off microscopic threats to your skin.

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Epi 207 Rising BJJ & MMA Star Crystal Demopoulos “Lil Monster”

This week we interview BJJ purple belt Crystal Venessa “Little Monster” Demopoulos.

 

We talk about:

  • How she found the world of martial arts
  • Her competitive pole dancing career
  • What BJJ and pole dancing have in common
  • Getting past the hurtles at the beginning of training
  • Winning worlds at white and blue belt
  • Why she likes to compeat
  • What she does to relax before a competition
  • Her experience at worlds as a white belt
  • Why she has been training like a pro since day one of BJJ
  • Her goal of being a 115 lbs Champion in the UFC
  • Her struggles with school and why she likes to read now
  • Advice for new BJJ players to stick to the basics
  • The difference in game plan for BJJ and MMA

Links:

Quote of the week:  “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu

Article of the week: Expanding your Jiu-Jitsu in a logical manner

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Epi 206 Turning your Jiu-Jisu into an Art

Is Brazilian Jiu-JItsu an art? This week on The BjjBrick Podcast we discuss if BJJ is an art. How can you add an element of art to your game? Is your game a paint by numbers style of jiu-jitsu or are you a ninja turtle level of artist?

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Quote of the week: “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” Pablo Picasso

Article of the week: Can a Coach roll too much with the Students??

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