Epi 236 Train Smart with Brandon Mullins

This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Brandon Mullins. This is a great interview and Brandon shares tons of training ideas and tips.

Photo by Mike Calimas

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • Competing in masters and adult categories
  • Having early success with grappling
  • Training gi and nogi and the diffrences
  • A interesting comparison between learning a new language and trying nogi for the first time
  • Having goals while you train
  • Training ideas to speed your growth
  • Working on both sides of your body
  • How to beat someone that is better at bjj

Links:

Quote of the week: “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” David Brinkley  We also talk about this book “The Obstacle is the Way

Article of the week: When your teammates are in Competition Training Mode and you’re in I Can Barely Drag My Ass to Class Mode

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Epi 231 The Eternal Cup Series Pro Jiu-Jitsu Tour

This week we have an interview with Michael Hunter. Michael has started a new BJJ series called “The Eternal Cup Series Pro Jiu Jitsu Tour”. This tournament will give substantial cash prizes to the winners, with hopes of helping them reach their goals. The first of these tournaments will be in Texas (Dallas, and San Antonio).

We talk about:

  • The business side of starting a BJJ school
  • How The Eternal Cup is different than other BJJ trounaments
  • Everyone who places gets prize money
  • Kids getting scholarship money for placing
  • How much money will be available to win
  • Equal pay for male and female athleats

Links:

Quote of the week: “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” W. Edwards Deming

Article of the week: Your First Competition

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Epi 91 Interview with Danny Alvarez Part 1

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Danny Alvarez is a 2nd Degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt. Danny is affiliate under 4th degree Black Belt Bruno Bastos. Check out his full bio and huge competition history here.

Danny Alvarez

Danny Alvarez

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Leaving a good full time job to teach BJJ
  • Balancing work and family
  • His aggressive style of BJJ
  • Doing BJJ as a family
  • Overcoming travel difficulties
  • Cutting weight as you travel
  • How to use internet to help your training
  • The importance of doing private lessons
  • Avoiding frustration when learning a new technique
  • Advice for doing your first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you will be among the stars” Bernardo FariaThis is a must listen to quote! it starts at 2min 30sec.

Article of the week: Rickson Gracie “Should Put More Value On Learning Than On Competing With Your Training Partner

The video Gary was talking about “Kid Destroys Bully With Punch And Double Leg

First year of BJJ

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Epi 77 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 2

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Ricardo CastanedaThis is the second half of our interview with Ricardo Castaneda. Ricardo is a purple belt that runs the website Jiu-Jitology.com.  He has a unique perspective about BJJ and training that we are sure you will find interesting and beneficial.  You can find Ricardo training at Gracie Barra South Austin.

We talk about:

  • Training while not completely fatigued
  • Taking time off after an injury
  • Why he does not train on Wednesdays
  • Basic meditation methods
  • Meditation on the mats
  • Why he does not drink water between changing rolling partners
  • Advice for a first time competitor
  • Why he likes to compete
  • A goal for a 1st year student- just keep showing up
  • Why it is important to be receptive to coaching
  • Teaching concepts over specific techniques

Ricardo’s Links:

Quote of the week:”Following the path of least resistance makes rivers and men crooked.” Ralph Parlette

Article of the week:This week we have a listener question instead of an article. The question is about coaching from the sidelines. Check out the interview with Ostap for more on Remote Control Coaching.

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Episode 74 An Interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

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Draculino

Draculino

This week we are very excited to bring you an interview with Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes. Draculino is a 5th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has been training since around 1984.  Find out more about Draculino at BjjHeroes.com.

We talk about:

  • His school in Houston Texas
  • Being a lawyer and how it has helped him with BJJ
  • His history with the spider guard
  • Why he has a well balanced game
  • Doing moves both on the right and left side of your body
  • Why the lighter weight classes like to play the guard
  • Why it is important to learn BJJ, No-gi, and Self-defense
  • Doing MMA and still training with the Gi
  • The future of BJJ
  • How the internet is changing the way we learn BJJ
  • Advice for a student doing their first tournament

Links:

Quote of the week: “The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.” Douglas MacArthur

Article of the week: “Appreciating the BJJ Journey on Your Own Terms” learningbjj.com

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