Epi 256 Mistakes we have made in BJJ

We have all made mistakes on and off the mat. We share some of ours so you can possibly learn from our mistakes.

We talk about:

  • Training but doing activities but not actually accomplishing anything
  • What mistakes most people make
  • The mistake of not knowing your “why”
  • Training for the wrong reasons
  • Lacking focus in BJJ
  • Not learning from seminars
  • Training while injured
  • Getting your spouse to train
  • Not recognizing progress
  • Not being welcoming to new people
  • Mistakes we are currently making

Quote of the week: Do not mistake activity as accomplishment” John Wooden

Article of the week: Competing in mid-adulthood: How to train to win after age 35

 

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Epi 255 Mitch Hall From Westside MMA

This Week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Mitch Hall. Mitch received his black belt in January 2018 from Roli Delgado. We cover a wide range of topics from changing schools to coaching students.

We talk about:

  • His start in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His first thoughts on MMA
  • Doing Jiu-Jitsu in a Karate school
  • Starting a BJJ school after having a negative experience at a different school
  • Changing your game over the years
  • Designing a system to BJJ
  • Making changes to your game with your coaches help
  • Developing a game with your weight class in mind
  • Changing BJJ gyms
  • Reasons to change gyms
  • Talking to your coach about cross training
  • Dealing with a bicep injury

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Quote of the week:”many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after” Henry David Thoreau

Article of the week: https://www.bjjee.com/articles/the-10-principles-of-grappling-by-luta-livre-master-roberto-leitao/

 

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Epi 254 Lt. Tyson Kilbey- BJJ, Law Enforcement, and Firearms

This week we have an interview with Tyson Kilbey. Tyson is a 19 year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. He is also a Jiu-Jitsu instructor and Firearms instructor. This is a great interview that covers many topics on and off the mat.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts
  • Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for police officers
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has reduced the amount of force he needs to use
  • Firearms training for conceal carry
  • Training with firearms safely
  • Teaching firearms safety to kids
  • His book Fundamental Handgun Mastery

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Quote of the week: “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” Dr. Henry Link

Article of the week: 3 Of The Best BJJ Conditioning Exercises

 

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Epi 253 Interview with Rafael Lovato Sr.

This week we have an interview with Rafael Lovato Sr. We talk about everything from martial arts to pipe organs.

We talk about:

  • Having a rough upbringing that should have ended him up in prison or dead
  • Setting real goals
  • BJJ helping kids
  • Martial arts for him when he was a kid
  • His start training BJJ with Carlos Machado
  • What he saw in Rafael Lovato Jr. that made him think he would be one of the best in the world
  • Jiu-Jitsu and MMA
  • Jiu-Jitsu and self defence
  • Requiring BJJ students to learn some striking
  • Why every student should try compeating
  • Playing the pipe organ
  • Music and Jiu-Jitsu
  • What music has done for his BJJ
  • How he avoids injuring his fingers while rolling on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Article of the week: Just Do As Little Bit …

We are ranked #22 on this list of BJJ blogs https://blog.feedspot.com/bjj_blogs/

 

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Epi 252 BjjBrick Extra Fight to Win CEO Seth Daniels

This episode we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Seth Daniels. Seth is the CEO of Fight to Win Pro. This interview covers a wide range of topics from training advice to stories from running Fight to Win.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts
  • Judo for Jiu-Jiutsu
  • How his game has changed due to injuries
  • His thoughts on teaching BJJ
  • Seth’s four moves
  • Learning new moves including leg locks
  • Tips for people doing tournaments
  • Dealing with wins and losses
  • Learning from lower belts
  • The current status with Fight 2 Win
  • Troubles he has had with Fight 2 Win

Links:

  • Fight 2 Win
  • Seth’s Kimura details https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUWE1nLTh0Q

Question “My teammates seem to be getting better faster than me. People that i could beat easily are now beating me. This is frustrating, why am I learning so much slower?”

 

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Epi 251 The Growth of the Adaptive Athlete Community with Brian Freeman

We are really happy to bring BJJ purple belt Brian Freeman for another interview. Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina.

We talk about:

  • The growth of adaptive athletes in BJJ
  • Getting his blue and purple belts
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Dealing with high mount
  • Using Social media to build the adaptive athlete community
  • Stories of competing
  • What BJJ has done for him off the mat
  • Doing marathons in his wheelchair
  • Advice for other adaptive athletes wanting to start Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training advice

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Quote of the week: “Strong people are hard to kill” presented by Kevan Sr. at the BjjBrick Summer Camp

Article of the week: Muay Thai for BJJ

 

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Episode 250 Video with Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado

This is a first for The BjjBrick Podcast. We recorded this at the BjjBrick Summer Camp 2018 inside Fox Fitness. Enjoy the change of pace for this landmark 250 episode. We also pull a prank on Gary, the video shows the pictures we put together of him.

Here is a link to the normal mp3 episode http://bjjbrick.com/epi-250-live-tim-sledd-and-roli-delgado-recording-at-the-bjjbrick-summer-camp/

Training Muay Thai for Better BJJ

After a few years of training, gaining a better understanding of jiujitsu has become a main priority in my life. And if you’re like me, you probably incorporate other physical activities or movements in the context of jiujitsu. We run, bike, practice wrestling & judo, or take a yoga class not necessarily to get good at that activity but to improve our jiujitsu: better cardio, improved takedowns, more flexibility. Well heck, some of us even shrimp out of bed or perform a technical stand-up to get up from the ground. The benefits of running, yoga, judo, or wrestling to improve our jiujitsu are obvious. However, it has taken me a few years and a few conversations to realize that Muay Thai is one of the better, if not the best physical activity to compliment jiujitsu.

Joseph Marquez

The most obvious benefits that Muay Thai provides are the physical ones. The strength, conditioning, and flexibility benefits are great, but more importantly is the loose and ballistic movements that balance out grappling’s emphasis on having a tight squeeze. Focusing on the upper body: when we have somebody’s back (literally) we are tightening up and squeezing to prevent escapes in the hopes of eventually submitting the other person. When focusing on the lower body: a good closed guard, triangle, or tight armbar. However, in Muay Thai (or any striking discipline) we want the opposite of tight and constricted muscles. Loose and relaxed muscles allow for quicker, more ballistic and less telegraphed strikes. Focusing on the upper body, the effectiveness of being loose is most evident during a set of burners in which you throw straight jabs and crosses as fast as possible for a minute or so. You have to “let your hands go” because if you tighten up you will struggle to throw quick punches. The same principle applies when focusing on the lower body. Hitting the Thai pads with fluid and powerful kicks require one to loosen hips and legs. After an hour of Muay Thai, I definitely feel the burn, but I also feel great. My muscles and joints from my ankles all the way to my wrists feel loose and relaxed afterwards. The warmups and drills in Muay Thai have effectively “shaken it out” the tightness from grappling. (In a Tim Ferris podcast with Pavel Tsatsouline, Pavel goes into better detail on “shaking it out” as an effective way to help muscles recover.)

There are other benefits that may be subtle at first, but comparing the similarities between grappling and striking in terms of range will help clarify these concepts. Three fundamental concepts learned in the first lessons of striking are range management, footwork, and creating angles of attack. If they are not in range to kick or punch you, they are not in range to trip, grab, take you down, or pull guard. Knowing what will not work in a certain range is just as important as knowing what will work. The distance from your opponent will help determine whether shooting double, single, low single, or not shooting at all is the best option. The footwork fundamentals (proper weight distribution, pivoting, or not crossing your feet)  used to enter and exit striking range are similar and can be applied to enter and exit shooting range. The same can be said about creating and attacking not straight on, but from an angle. A wrestler confirmed this to me by showing me how takedowns from the side are harder and more awkward to defend than takedowns you see coming head on. The concepts  of range, footwork, and angles are heavily emphasized in striking but they are also applicable to BJJ, especially since these fundamentals fluidly combine.

As we move closer into striking range, we also move into hand-fighting/grip-fighting range. As stated above, and because I think it is worth repeating: if you are in range to punch, you are in range to grab. A training partner demonstrated how he was able to repeatedly and easily grab my lapels in order to take me down or trip me from a standing position. He used the concept of boxing combos as way to get grips. In this specific case it was simple two-punch combo a straight jab to rear uppercut combo. He simply replaced the strikes in the combo with a collar grab. The main purpose of initial “jab” (high collar-grab) was to find range and distract. If it was not defended, the grip is taken. Most of the time this was defended and the “uppercut” was thrown to get my collar on the other side. Drilling combos and shadow boxing can be incorporated into BJJ simply by replacing punches with grabs and leg kicks & knees with trips.

There are many other ways that Muay Thai, and other striking arts or activities for that matter, can help improve our jiujitsu. I hope this helps us in our journey and that even more connections between BJJ and other activities will be investigated and shared.

Namaste

Joe Marquez

Epi 250 Live Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado Recording at The BjjBrick Summer camp

This weekend was the BjjBrick Summer Camp at Fox Fitness. This episode is the first time the entire BjjBrick crew is together for a recording. We are also joined by Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado.

Great weekend of BJJ in Wichita Kansas hosted by Fox Fitness BJJ

This weekend Tim did a kids workshop and a pressure workshop. Roli showed some of his leg lock system.

Quote of the week from Kevan Jr “If you can’t find a good person in this world be one.”

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Epi 249 Black Belt Kristina Barlaan

This week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a black belt under Caio Terra. This interview covers a wide range of topics from her first tournament to off the mat challenges.

We talk about:

  • Competing as a white belt
  • How she turned BJJ from a hobby to a job
  • How she uses BJJ to help people
  • Dealing with a long drive to train
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Advice for people dealing with anxiety or suicidal thoughts
  • Why it is important to reach out for help
  • How BJJ can help with depression

Links:

Quote of the week: “Everybody has at least a few areas in their thinking and some attitudes that need to change. If you want to improve your life, you need to go after those areas.” John Maxwell

Article of the week: Back to the Basics

We also end a prank on Gary this episode “the best thing about BJJ”

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