Epi 220 Adaptive Athlete Jess Munter Will Inspire You

This week we have a great interview with adaptive athlete Jess Munter. During birth Jess suffered a Brachial Plexus injury, as a result of this injury she is unable to use her left arm. Growing up Jess tried several sports but they did not fit her and they ended in frustration. A couple of years ago Jess found Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the benefits she is getting and passing on from BJJ is an inspiring story.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ on a busy schedule
  • Her Brachial Plexus injury to her left arm
  • Other sports she tried before jiu-jitsu
  • How she discovered jiu-jitsu was good for her
  • What jiu-jitsu has done for her off the mat
  • What it was like training during her first month
  • Her goals to help people
  • How BJJ has helped her become more positive
  • She shares stories about doing tournaments
  • Dealing with frustrations on the mats
  • How she stays safe on the mat
  • How good communication is key to her safety

Links:

  • Jess on instagram

Quote of the week: “A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: 3 Proven Methods For Gaining Self Discipline

We also start playing a game of family feud fast money at the end of the show.

Also a congratulations to Gary Hull for receiving his brown belt!

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Epi 219 How Deep is Your Jiu-Jitsu Pool???

This week on the podcast we talk about a way to evaluate your game. Your collection of techniques fall at different skill levels. We look at these five different levels and give advice or depending on what level your technique is. Don’t think of it as all of your BJJ is at one level, think of it as parts of your game are at different levels.

The Depth of your Jiu-Jitsu Pool

  • Level 1- You don’t know how to swim = You don’t train Jiu-JItsu
  • Level 2- Standing in the pool = Becoming aware of the a technique
  • Level 3- Swimming = The BJJ you know
  • Level 4- Swimming in the deep end = Your best moves
  • Level 5- Deep dive = A part of the game that you are one of the best

Quote of the week: “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Article of the week: How Much Do I Need To Cross Train To Get Better at BJJ?

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Epi 215 The Big Lepointski (submission only and points)

We talk about:This episode we talk about the different formats of competition.  We give thoughts and advice for submission only matches and matches in the points system. This is a fun episode with advice for the competitive athlete to the casual fan.

This episode we talk about

  • The different goals for the competitors
  • The changes from BJJ, No-gi, and Sub only
  • Working the point system to a fault
  • What the audience likes to see in a match
  • Training for a submission only match
  • Training for a points match
  • The diffrent goals for the competitors

Quote of the week: “Calm seas and safe harbors never produce good sailors”

Article of the week: Concepts, Concepts, Concepts

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Epi 198 Better BJJ Habits For Better BJJ

Your Habits on and off the mat can have a huge and lasting effect on your performance in BJJ. This episode we discuss some habits you might consider to help yourself become a better grappler.

We talk about:

  • The importance of being consistent with your training
  • The habit of eating healthy
  • Taking notes
  • Keeping notes on injuries
  • Having fun on the mats
  • Rolling one more time after class
  • Be an active listener
  • Have something you are working on while rolling
  • Tap to prevent injury
  • Helping your teammates
  • Share the art of jiu-jitsu
  • Mentally warm up before a roll

Quote of the week: “Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period.” Lou Holtz

Article of the week: Why You’ll Quit Jiu-Jitsu: How to handle these pitfalls!

Garys audio book is called “How to Butter Your Roll, Smooth Jiu-Jitsu”

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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ

It is important to look at yourself and reflect about what attributes you have that can help you get better at BJJ. We look at Physical, Mental, and Situational advantages (Gifts) you have and how to get the most out of them.

Gary as a big good looking gift. This image is a prank that Gary was unaware of.

Some of the physical gifts we talk about:

  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Your height

Some of the mental gifts we talk about:

  • Patience as a student and instructor
  • Having a memory for technique
  • Being a people person
  • having a competitive spirit

Some of the situational gifts we talk about:

  • Having a great BJJ gym near you
  • Having a stable family life
  • Having a supportive spouse or partner
  • Being healthy
  • Being part of a great team
  • Having a great coach
  • Being financially stable

Pranks pulled on Gary this week: The golden girls song around 57min when he is talking about how great a training partner Byron is. Gary was unaware of the gift image with Gary’s face.

Quote of the week: “Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…. It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You’re not born this way, you get this way.” Seth Godin

Article of the week: Visiting another school…. Getting the most out of a drop in

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Mat Tales 18 Hitting the Road for BJJ

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Epi 175 Bernardo Faria 5X World Champion

We are so happy to have Bernardo Faria as our guest on this week’s episode. It has been a while since we have had him on the show, and we have some catching up to do.

We talk about:

  • Setting big goals
  • His plans for 2017 worlds
  • His off the mat plans
  • How getting older has affected his training
  • Why his style of BJJ game is good for the ageing player
  • How the half guard was discovered
  • His game plan
  • How he developed his game plan by only doing techniques that worked well for him
  • The growth of his blog and helping the BJJ community
  • Weight cutting and weight management
  • He has never got a DQ for missing weight
  • His diet for dropping the pounds
  • Tips for white belts competing
  • A look into turning white belts blue
  • Going to BJJ to learn and have fun
  • He answers questions for our blue belt episode
  • Focus on learning BJJ not tapping people out
  • Opening up his own school

Links:

Quote of the week: “Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” Oscar Wilde

Article of the week: 22 Off The Mat Habits That Will Improve Your On The Mat Performance

Mat Tales #15 Mexican Standoff

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Epi 163 Get Better Faster With Two Moves From Each Position

We are excited to talk about this great training method for everyone from white belt to black. This can be a way to quickly help you develop and find the best techniques for your game.twomoves

W e talk about:

  • The advantages of working on two techniques at the same time for each position
  • The mount from top and bottom
  • Side control both top and bottom
  • A tip for escaping side control
  • Attacks and escapes from the back
  • Why rescricting your options can make you better
  • How long you should work on the same techniques
  • Developing your game over the long term
  • Tips on developing a guard
  • Tips on learning guard passes

Quote of the week: “No pain no gain” presented by Rodrigo Pinheiro

Article of the week: How to Train When You Have No Time

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Mat Tales Episode 10 “K-Fed of MMA”

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Epi 158 The Grappling Referee David Karchmer

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ black belt & referee David Karchmer. Over the last eight years David has officiated more than 3,000 gi and no-gi matches. It is great to share with you this conversation with such an experienced Referee.david-karchmer

We talk about:

  • What got him started as a referee in 2008
  • How some of the rules have changed over the years
  • Video instant replay in BJJ
  • Using digital score boards in BJJ
  • The idea of using a body cam on a referee
  • Evaluating footage from a spectator
  • Trends in BJJ techniques
  • Being a referee with different rules
  • Improving as a referee
  • Having unified rules for BJJ or submission wrestling
  • What referee is in charge of the match
  • Is competitive BJJ being true to the roots of the martial art
  • The idea of a hidden score card
  • What motivated him to become a referee
  • What happens when a referee raises the wrong hand
  • Deciding who wins a tied match
  • How the knowledge and experience of the referee can effect the match
  • How someone can learn to become a referee
  • Why the best referee teams work an hour then take an hour break
  • His thoughts on AJ Agazarm vs Vagner Rocha
  • Outlawing jumping closed guard
  • Keenan Cornelius vs Tarsis Humphreys

Links:

Quote of the week: “It annoys me when people who don’t know what they’re talking about boo the referee.” Jonah Lomu

Article of the week: Stop Warming Up, Start Learning Up

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Gary talks about his audio book “Red Card and Red Crotch- How I Got Kicked Out of Professional Sports”

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Epi 150 We Share Tips For Bringing A Friend To Class

This week we have a important topic about bringing a friend to BJJ class. When you bring a friend you want them to have a good exposure to the martial art. This episode we have lots of tips about bringing a friend to their first BJJ class.

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We talk about:

  • The benefits of bringing your friend to class
  • The goal of safety and fun for your friend
  • Taking away the initial stress of going to their first class
  • Why you should be at the class for their first day
  • Tricks for remembering names
  • How to get them to have fun on the mat
  • Telling them about the format of the class
  • What to do after the class is over
  • Why people may want to try a class
  • The follow up phone call the next day

Quote of the week: “Death is certain life is not” presented by Brent Lillard

Article of the week: How Do You Measure Progress?

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Gary’s audio book this week is called “measuring up your submissions, Subs for people who are over 7 ft tall”

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