Epi 164 A Study of 4 White Belt World Champions 2016

This week we interview four people who won IBJJF worlds as a white belt in 2016. The interviews are comprised of the same four questions that we hope give you some insite into why they are winning. This is a great way to find out how some people are finding competition success early on in their BJJ career.


Janine Mutton (20m 40s)- Middle From Action & Reaction Mixed Martial Arts Toronto. Janine started BJJ with no background in martial arts. She quickly found a passion for being on the mat and training hard.


Janine Mutton

Janine talks about:

  • Starting BJJ
  • Setting the goal of winning worlds
  • Competitions before the worlds
  • Making an eight week plan
  • Training 3 or 4 times a week to avoid over training
  • Positive self talk
  • Pressure passing with her body type
  • The take down game
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her training schedule
  • Her background in body building and soccer
  • Doing squats and deadlifts
  • Advice for white belts

Maui Lacaze (39m 56s)- Light Feather From GF Team. You will find Maui training at MilleniumMaui was able to submit all his opponents at worlds.

Maui Lacaze

Maui Lacaze

Maui talks about:

  • Winning every match at worlds by submission
  • What BJJ is like in French Polynesia
  • Starting BJJ with his cousin
  • His game plan
  • His training schedule
  • Surfing
  • His plans for competing in the future
  • Getting his blue belt


Gabriela Lembcke (45m 40s)- Rooster From Alliance. You can find Gaby training at Snow MMA. She credits some of her early success to wrestling and having a great BJJ team. You can watch a video of Gaby’s match in the finals here.

Gabriela Lembcke

Gabriela Lembcke

  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Training at Snow MMA with Samuel Snow
  • Having confidence in her BJJ
  • Her favorite submissions
  • Her off the mat training
  • Her diet and having a nutritionist
  • Her background in wrestling in highschool
  • Advice for white belts that want to compete


George Mandujano (57m 15s)- Ultra Heavy From Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu. George trains at Ralph’s House Fight Gym


George Mandujano

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Staying calm
  • Not working too hard for a submission
  • How he starts his matches
  • Playing a top game
  • His wrestling background
  • How playing football helped make him tough
  • His strategy while on the mat
  • His plans for the future
  • A recent match that resulted in a knee injury
  • His training schedule
  • Training with other gyms
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Not being affraid to ask questions


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