Epi 131 Olympic Medalists and BJJ Black Belt Adam Wheeler

Adam Wheeler is a BJJ black belt that also has a bronze medal from wrestling in the 2008 Olympics. We are thrilled to cover a huge range of topics with such a motivating person.

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

Adam Wheeler being awarded the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics

We talk about:

  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Having the lable of a chubby kid
  • Wrestling both Greco-Roman and Freestyle
  • How important his wrestling coach was to him as a kid
  • Transitioning from wrestling to BJJ
  • Winning gold in no-gi black belt open division masters 1 in 2014
  • Learning from competing
  • Competing as an underdog
  • Getting coaching advice from Rulon Gardner
  • He shares some stories from the Olympics
  • What he does off of the mat
  • What he wants his kids to get out of sports
  • What he tells his kids after a competition
  • Getting his black belt quickly
  • Adamwheelerfitness.com

Links:

Quote of the week: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confusiuos

Article of the week:  50 Killer Tips For BJJ White Belts

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Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out. 

Here is a link to Byron’s full review of this gi, and here is a link to our gi guide.

This week Claudio teaches us how to say “You’re Welcome” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Gary’s audio book this week is called “The Tortoise and the Hare the Untold BJJ story”

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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice

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This week we bring you an interview with Dan Covel. Dan is a BJJ black belt training under Marcelo Garcia. You can find him on the mats in Hoboken, New Jersey and in Manhattan, New York.Dan Covel BJJ black belt

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with Judo
  • Doing MMA at age 17
  • Using the closed guard
  • What makes the closed guard such a strong position
  • How to pass the closed guard
  • Getting the most out of kids BJJ
  • Why he stores his tournament medals in a drawer
  • The benefits of competing
  • The use of BJJ in a street fight
  • What he does to get ready to compete
  • Good goals for new students

Links:

Quote of the week: “Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.” Heraclitus

Article of the week: Character building from Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Helping kids deal with bullies.

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This week we learn how to say “good bye” in Portuguese with part two of our language learning segment.

Gary’s future book is called “defensive driving, offensive driving, and driving over the neighbor’s fensive”

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Epi 126 Black Belt Shawn Williams Interview

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Shawn Willimas is the 5th American to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. He has been training jiu-jitsu for 20 years. We cover a huge range of interesting topics in this episode.shawn Williams

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Being a commentator for live BJJ events
  • The importance of enjoying BJJ
  • Wrestling in BJJ
  • Tips for learning wrestling
  • Why some high level competitors do not tap
  • Rousimar Palhares injuring people
  • His thoughts of Garry Tonon (a friend of Shawn’s) vs Rousimar Palhares
  • Injuries that he has experienced
  • How to coach a match, and why to give technical instruction
  • Coaching during Ronda Rousey vs Holly Holm fight
  • Staying consistent with your BJJ

Links:

Quote of the week: “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Miles Kington

Article of the week: What Motivates Me For 6am BJJ Class by Erik BeyerYour-First-Year-Of-BJJ-artwork-1199

Gary also talks about the book he is working on called “Cafeteria Food Fights- Picking The Right Kind of Fruit For The Fruit Salad” If you don’t know who Gallagher is you are missing out my friend, check him in action here.

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Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader

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This week we bring you one of the top no-gi grapplers in the world. Justin Rader is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr.  You can find Justin training and coaching at Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a more detailed profile on Justin.

Justin Rader

Justin Rader

We talk about:

  • His competition style
  • What he did as a child and how that has effected him today
  • The calf slicer
  • His role as a coach
  • The current set of rules in Jiu-Jitsu and how he would change it
  • What would happen if you got a -1 for pulling guard
  • Why he dislikes advantages
  • How a change of rules would change the art
  • His ideas of what submissions should be illegal
  • His history of not tapping to submissions
  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Some differences in training BJJ and wrestling
  • The benefits of doing a competition
  • How he runs the kids class
  • The lack of take downs in adult BJJ
  • The importance of a good stance
  • Why you need good endurance to have an effective stance
  • Advice for people who can only train 1 or 2 times a week
  • His take on the new star wars movie 🙂

Links:

Quote of the week: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost, 1963

Article of the week: 7 powerful ways to fail better

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Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics

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Guybson Sa

This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Guybson Sa. Guybson has recently tapped out Jeff Monson and Hector Lombard both with a RNC. He is a competitor in both MMA and BJJ, while running his school in Columbia, South Carolina. Guybson focuses his game on the basics, and has had great success.

We talk about:

  • His MMA carrear
  • Focusing on the basics
  • His outlook for 2016
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Off the mat training
  • Training with teammates that are not as skilled
  • What he does 10 min before a match
  • Advice for white belts and blue belts

Links:

Quote of the week: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” Confucius

Article of the week: How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey BjjBrick.com

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Epi 116 Fighting For A Dream With Abraham Marte

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This week we bring you a interview with Abraham Marte. Abraham is a black belt in the ultra heavyweight division from the Dominican Republic that has managed to medal at worlds at every belt level.  He is now on a mission to help the kids in his community and become the best in the world.

Abraham Marte (picture from Preston Smith)

Abraham Marte (picture from Preston Smith)

We talk about:

  • His competition history
  • Competing only a few times a year
  • His strength training
  • Training with smaller and less skilled partners
  • Changing your environment to make your training better
  • BJJ4Change
  • Fighting for a Dream
  • Helping kids with BJJ
  • How BJJ has changed over the years
  • Jiu-Jitsu tour

Links:

Quote of the week: “There is a difference between a fighter and a martial artist. A fighter is training for a purpose: He has a fight. I’m a martial artist. I don’t train for a fight. I train for myself. I’m training all the time. My goal is perfection. But I will never reach perfection.” Georges St-Pierre

Article of the week: Tips for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners from Startjiujitsu.com

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Epi 109 Learn From World Champion Emily Kwok

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This week we bring you an interview with world champion Emily Kwok.  Emily was happy to share with you some of her knowledge from her many years and experiences doing BJJ.

Emily Kwok BJJWe talk about:

  • Her start in BJJ
  • BJJ in Canada
  • Doing local tournaments when she started
  • Competition differences for women
  • Her favorite types of training partners when she was new
  • Advice for students that want to compete
  • Equal pay for women in BJJ
  • How money effects BJJ tournaments
  • Her training schedule
  • Starting a family and doing BJJ
  • Kids in BJJ
  • Groundswellgrappling.com
  • Leadership of women in Jiu-Jitsu

Links:

Quote of the week: “Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect”

Article of the week: “Noticing our Improvements” by John Will

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Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas.Jonathan Thomas 2

We talk about:

  • His mindset during a match
  • Breaking BJJ down into mini battles
  • Controlling your development in BJJ
  • How BJJ is doing in Sweden
  • The development of BJJ in Europe
  • His experiences during travels
  • Doing gymnastics for strength training

Links:

Quote of the week: “Talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” Brett Favre

Article of the week: “10 Ways to Inject Positivity Into Your BJJ Community” 

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Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?

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Episode 100We wanted to make episode 100 of The BjjBrick Podcast a special episode that included both listeners and past guests.  This episode is full of people sharing the ways that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has benefited their lives. You will hear stories about weight loss, friendships, healthy lifestyles, drug addiction, confidence, intellectual stimulation, stress relief, and more.

The goals we had in mind with this episode.

  • If you are already training, you keep training for the long run. Hopefully you can relate to some of the off the mat benefits that BJJ is giving you and stay motivated.
  • If you do not train BJJ we want you to recognize some of the many benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After recognizing these benefits you do what is often one of the hardest things in BJJ, you start BJJ.

Budo Jake (7min)- Our interview with Jake is here.  Keep up with Jake on Facebook.

Stephen Whittier (13min)- Our interview with Stephen is here. Grapplers over 40 should check Stephen’s website.

Mike Bowser (17min)- Shares his story of incredible life saving weight loss.  You can find Mike training at Pacific Top Team of Corona.

Brian Marvin (21min)- Our interview with Brian is here. Train with Brian in Sugar Land, Tx.

Roli Delgado (22min)- Our interview with Roli is here. Train with Roli in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Blake (27min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

PJ Waicus (28min)- Our interview with PJ is here. Train with PJ at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Samir Chantre (33min)- Our interview with Samir is here. Learn more about Samir on his website.

Mike (39min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Matt Thornton (41min)- Our interview with Matt is here. Train with Matt at SBG.

Dewaine (43 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy San Francisco.

Andrew Nerlich (51 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Langes MMA in Sydney, Australia.

Jim (56 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Tim Sledd (58 min)- Our interview with Tim is here. Train with Tim at Small Ax BJJ.

Jason Goldstein (1h 6min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He is from Charleston South Carolina.

Brian Freeman (1h 11min)- Our interview with Brian is here.  Connect with Brian on his Facebook page.

John Connors (1h 13min)- Our interview with John is here. Connect with John on his Facebook page.

Nick Albin (1h 17min)- Our interview with Nick is here.Train with Nick at Derby City MMA.

Eli (1h 22min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Byron Jabara (1h 24min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Gary Hull (1h 28min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

The BjjBrick Podcast is quickly approaching episode 100

We would like to invite you to be part of this special episode by sharing your story about how BJJ has benefited your life off of the mat. We are hoping to make a very positive and motivating show.

We are asking for 5 minutes or less testimonial audio clips from the BJJ community.

There are two ways we are collecting these audio clips.
1) use your smart phone to record a mp3 and email it to us at bjjbrick@gmail.com.
2) email us your contact info at bjjbrick@gmail.com and tell us a few good times to call and we will call you and record it over the phone.

Tips:
1) reflect on the off the mat benefits BJJ has given you
2) make an outline
3) go to a quiet place to record
4) give examples or a story not just a list of items
5) feel free to include your name full or just first name, where you are from, your school.
6) have fun

We are looking forward to hearing your stories.

Byron