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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Our APP That Will Help You Get Better At BJJ


BJJ APPSo you want to get better at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? We have an APP for that! Well, not really an APP for your phone or tablet. APP stands for Attitude, Plan, Practice- three of the biggest factors that will effect the quality of your Jiu-Jitsu development.

Attitude– Your attitude is a huge factor in your success. A positive attitude will help you get past the many hurdles you will have in learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  A positive attitude will help you get back on the mat after a tough day of training.  Your teammates are more likely to help and coach you if you have a great attitude.  A humble attitude will keep you focused and motivated even after an accomplishment or milestone.

I recommend that you smile more, enjoy the training and make friends with your teammates.

Plan– Invest the time and energy to make a plan. Organized training is more effective than training moves and techniques randomly. Determine what areas of your game need to be worked on, and what areas of your game are already good but could be even better. Are the techniques you are good at complimentary of each other? Take time off of the mat to study the techniques you have selected in your plan. Your best techniques should work together, that way you can funnel your opponent to an area that you are very strong.

I recommend you get even better at your best technique, and it never hurts to add a few more ways to get to that technique.

Practice– Having a great attitude and a well thought out plan are excellent, but they will not get you very far if you don’t practice. Time on the mat cannot be substituted. If you are able to drill the techniques that you have in your plan you should do this. During the rolling phase of class it’s important to work your plan and not just go through random techniques on your training partner.

Make the most out of each time you step on the mat. Time with quality training partners on the mat is valuable.

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How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey

Jiu Jitsu is one of those rare sports, which is a mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercises. It is a sport which works on the concept that a weaker, smaller person can defend himself from the attacker using proper techniques, grip and applying joint-locks and choke-holds in self–defense. Jiu Jitsu is not only a martial art, but a sport, a road to maintain physical fitness and a strong character which ultimately leads to a good way of living. In any sport, there are a few things you have to focus on in order to stay polished throughout the whole journey. Here are some tips:Stay Consistent bjj

1. Health is Wealth

The number one priority is health when we discuss about Brazilian sport Jiu Jitsu. Proper nutrition is one of the most important things you need to maintain, as under – nourished person is not able to perform anywhere. Eating too much and eating less, both can lead you into some trouble. Balance of diet has to be maintained. Special emphasis is made on the intake of sugar, carbohydrates as excluding them completely from your diet will be troublesome, and excess of them will end up as an obese form of you.

2. Sound Sleep

Sleep is one of those factors, which is always ignored, but proper rest of 9-10 hours is very important to keep yourself on track of this sport. Sleep plays a key role in maintaining good health. It is an inexpensive way of proper nutrition and thus, needs to be prioritized. Sound sleep helps in relaxing your mind, muscles and body.

3. Distraction – A Major Obstacle

Manage your distractions in order to maintain a balance in life. It is a major hindrance, which keeps us away from achieving your goals. Positive mental attitude will keep you motivated and always push you in making more efforts to improve yourself in the sport. Healthy aura helps you indirectly by cutting down the negative energies within you and boost up your abilities and as a result, you grow faster.

4. Practice Equals Consistency

The famous saying, “Practice makes a man perfect” never goes wrong. Practice ultimately leads to consistency. The more you practice, the more you will master it. Drill more, exercise more, it is a secret ingredient, which takes your Jiu Jitsu to the next level.Consistency bjj

5. Hygiene – Above all

Hygiene plays a key role in keeping you healthy. Special attention must be paid to hygiene as it will help you in keeping yourself away from various skin infections such as ringworm, staph, scabies etc. Skin-to-skin contact and dust are the major opportunities for bacteria and fungus to jump into your skin and make good friends with it. Keeping the body clean can help you in staying away from the various skin infections. Clipping nails regularly and taking shower after the training session proves to be very helpful in maintaining proper hygiene. A soap bar having essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil must be preferred as natural soap bar treat skin infection effectively and helps in maintaining the pH balance of the skin. Wash your genital tract regularly and wear some good deodorant, as it will leave a good impression on your partner.

6. Over Training is Harmful

All of us are very careless about our nutrition and sleep. We work vigorously and exploit our body to its limits. You have to keep your eyes open while keeping a track of your training volume. If you exercise excessively, then you are more prone to falling sick. Excessive training results into stressing up your body and hence a decline in performance. Regular exercise is the key rule, but overdoing it will drag you into an ocean full of anxiety, dizziness, and muscle loss.

7. Be Passionate and Stay Focused

Fighting is not easy. It is very important to stay focused and attentive during all of your training sessions. Follow your instructor’s instructions religiously. Injuries are very common and the level of discomfort is very high. Take them as a stepping stone in the way of learning. Your passion about the sport will lead to a road map of your success.

8. Being Flexible Helps you Stay Consistent in the Sport

Being flexible is very crucial for the sport. Consistency implies doing exercise and taking rest at right intervals of time. Being flexible means knowing the ways and motions which suit you the most. Flexibility and mobility helps you in improving your performance.

9. Exercise but in the Right Direction

Regular exercise in the right direction is very important for being consistent in the sport. Posture plays a vital role while doing exercise. Any wrong position can result into pain in the neck and shoulders. However, performing exercise under proper supervision and right position helps you in improving your body’s flexibility and mobility. If you sweat more, then hydrate your body along with the exercise otherwise it will prove as bothersome for the health and may lead to severe headache, nausea and wooziness.

10. Listen and Learnlisten

This is the foremost step you have to follow. First, listen to your instructor and then learn. Take your criticisms in a positive direction and practice the exercise patiently. The more you will fall, the more you will learn to do it in the right way. Take a deep breath and start slowly. All these easy tips help you stay consistent in learning this art of life, your journey in Jiu Jitsu.

Author Bio:

Evie Dawson is a fitness coach and health writer based in Boston, MA. Her passion is to encourage others to rediscover their lifestyle and get inspired for organic living.

19 general rules to go by for training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

19 general rules to go by for training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

1)      Be clean– Your gi and anything else you wear should be clean and dry.  You need to have showered recently, and maintain clean hair.  You don’t need to smell great but make sure you don’t stink.  Keep in mind that you will be in close personal contact with other people.

2)      No shoes on the mat– Your school puts a lot of effort in keeping the mats clean.  The bottoms of your shoes are not clean, and any little rocks stuck in your shoes can easily poke holes in the mat.  If you can wear wrestling shoes at your school, only wear them on the mat.  Wrestling shoes worn on the street are no longer wrestling shoes.

3)      Have the right equipment– If you are the only student without a gi you should get one.  It makes a difference to the people you roll with, and it will help you learn moves that you could not learn otherwise.  At most schools it is ok to be gi shopping for a few weeks, but after that you should have one.  If you do not have a gi be courteous and don’t try to do a bunch of gi chokes to your training partner.  Don’t be surprised if they use their gi to choke or control you, after all, you are the one missing the equipment.  If you don’t have a gi, see the 1st time gi buying guide to help you.

4)      Be careful with your training partners– BJJ can be very dangerous.  You need to show your training partners respect and lookout for their safety.  If you are close to tapping someone out slow down, give them time to tap.  Focus on controlling them as the submission is happening and slowly applying pressure, it is their responsibility to tap but you need to give them time.  Be aware of your surroundings, don’t roll into other grapplers, and don’t roll off the mat.  In the event you accidently knee or elbow your training partner quickly apologize and slow down a little bit.

5)      Keep nails short– You don’t want to accidently scratch someone.  If you have a hard time remembering to cut your nails keep a pair of clippers in your gym bag.

6)      Keep your feet clean– Most people bring sandals or flip-flops to the gym.  Don’t walk barefoot anywhere that would get your feet dirty (restroom, outside).  This is just common sense when it comes to keeping the mat clean.

7)      Watch your language– It may be a fight gym with a bunch of tuff guys, but if there are kids around show them and the parents respect and keep the language clean.  

8)      Don’t change in mixed company– Don’t forget you are in public, keep your clothes on unless in a designated area.

9)      Pay attention during the techniques– It is rude to ignore or talk as your instructor is teaching and hope that they will teach the move again.  This is not grade school; if you annoy these people they will be choking you in a little while.  Do not ask the instructor a bunch of “what if” questions, or talk about how the technique is easily defeated. 

10)   Do the technique– After the technique has been shown, DO IT! And don’t stop until the instructor says you are done.  Don’t do the move 3 times and think you have it down, or start looking for flaws in the move.  Moves take a long time to understand, if you only do one move a night you will still learn lots of BJJ. 

11)   Be a positive representative– Don’t put on your school’s shirt and go around being a jerk.  If someone asks you about it, invite them in to see what it is about.  Don’t tell them how much of a stud you are; don’t tell them you will choke them easily.   If they do come to your school, thank them for coming and treat them as if they are your guest.  If they decide to roll, make sure they roll with people who are not going to give them a bad experience.  Be nice to new students, greet them and make an effort to help them feel comfortable.

12)   Don’t leave a mess– Pick up after yourself.  If this is too difficult for you, give the school your mom’s phone number so they can have her come in for you.

13)   Stay home if you are sick– Having someone that is sick on the mats is a great way for a lot of people to get sick.  Your friends will be missing school, work and time on the mat.  Taking a little time off will not hurt you, and your teammates will appreciate you keeping your germs to yourself.

14)   Help your training partners (if you are qualified)- If someone keeps making a mistake tell them.  Don’t keep taking advantage of it and tap them out with the same move over and over.  If you don’t know a good counter, find someone that does, maybe you both will learn something.  The better your training partners get at defending the better you will get at attacking.

15)   Cell phones– If you have a major event that is going to happen tell your instructor you might be getting a call.  Most things can wait; if you really need to be connected then sneak a peek during a water break.

16)   Work hard– You don’t need to be the greatest athlete on the mat, your team will respect you for working hard.  Don’t complain, if you are too tired that’s ok but push yourself. You know your limits.

17)   Be on time– Get to class on time, if it is unavoidable ask your instructor if you can come in a little late.  Do not continually show up just in time to roll, that is like telling your instructor that the techniques they are showing are not worth your time.  Don’t make your instructor stay late, be ready to leave before your instructor is ready to lock up.

18)   Don’t brag about tapping people out– Class is not a competition, and often not even a fair fight. Picture you have been rolling 30 minutes, and a fresh guy comes in and taps you out. He jumps up and celebrates, “yes!” People often roll hard against the advanced students, and take it easy on the newer ones. Don’t make a big deal of tapping someone out who once appeared to be invincible. If you really brag, you will probably pay for it next time you roll with that person.

19)   Be positive– A trick to doing BJJ for a long time is having fun, so enjoy your time on the mat.  Don’t get mad when you get tapped out or seek revenge, just smile and keep on training.  Speak highly of those who deserve it and encourage those who need a little support.

 

Epi 63 Busting BJJ Myths

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This week Gary and Byron will be discussing several myths about BJJ.  Do you agree with our discussion of these myths?  We have personal experiences with most of these myths and we share them.

Myth 1 Upper belts don’t get tapped out by lower belts

Myth 2 You can earn your belt in a certain amount of time

Myth 3 Size and strength are not very important

Myth 4 Black belts know all the answers

Myth 5 Watching the pros is a great way to get better

Myth 6 More training is always better for you

Myth 7 Because you train BJJ you will be ready for a street fight

Myth 8 If someone is better than you at BJJ they will always be better than you at BJJ

Myth 9 Your excuse for not doing BJJ is valid

Myth 10 A black belt is the best teacher

Myth 11 Going home beat up everyday is okay

Myth 12 Bonus Myth- BJJ works on zombies

Quote of the week: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly” Gilbert K. Chesterton-  In this quote Gary shares an example about his poor golfing skills.  If you want to be good at BJJ you need to accept the fact that you will be doing it badly for a while and improvement will come with practice.

Article of the week:“The Quick and Easy Way to Dye Your BJJ Gi” by Attacktheback.com Tons of cool pictures about how to dye your gi.  Check out the stitching!

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

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Epi 57 Advice From Bjj Legend Comprido

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Felipe Costa, Rodrigo Comprido and Caio Terra at BJJ Camp

Felipe Costa, Rodrigo Comprido and Caio Terra at BJJ Camp

Rodrigo Comprido Medeiros is a legend in the sport of BJJ.  The first year he was a black belt he was able to win the absolute division. He not only won it, but he was the first person to win by submission in absolute black belt history.  He also won it with the fastest submission in black belt history.  Comprido currently has a gym called Comprido BJJ in Bloomingdale IL.

In this interview we talk about:

  • How he got the name Comprido
  • Yuri Simoes in Metamoris
  • Sustainable Jiu-jitsu
  • Competition advice
  • Adjusting jiu-jitsu to your body and age
  • Bjj Camp
  • Training with Felipe Costa
  • His goals for the future
  • Competing very well as a new black belt
  • Advice on training safe
  • What it was like at his first tournament
  • Dealing with and using your adrenaline
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Advice for a first year student
  • The possibility of doing another Metamoris

Keep up with Comprido

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Quote of the week: “Strength and solidarity” Shama Ko From Girls in Gis

Article of the week: “Injuries: The Jiu-Jitsu Plague” Blog.gameness.com

 

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Find out how to get a free BjjBrick Gi patch. Thanks for the support Gbasi!

Epi 55 Interview with Black Belt AJ Agazarm

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 Gold lightweight and absolute title for the 2014 NoGi European Championship

Gold lightweight and absolute title for the 2014 NoGi European Championship

AJ Agazarm is a former DI wrestler and a very active light weight black belt. He is known for his aggressive style and never quit attitude. He received his black belt a couple of years ago from Eduardo de Lima.  This is a fun interview and AJ shares tons of great advice for any grappler.

We talk about:

  • AJ’s love for extreme sports
  • AJ’s passion for travel
  • Why he likes to enter the absolute division
  • As a black belt he has had over 75 matches in less than 2 years
  • The fine line between being reckless and tenacious
  • His training as he travels
  • His competition goals that he has met and not met yet
  • What he does before he compete
  • How he views a competitive BJJ match
  • How BJJ has changed him off the mat
  • The cultural differences between BJJ and wrestling
  • How he practices mental toughness
  • How he keeps his emotions out of his match
  • How he gets out of tight submissions
  • Advice for a student competing for the first time
  • Enjoying the entire process of the tournament not just the match
  • Why he loved being a blue belt
  • How to find your game plan
  • Why it is important to take notes in class
  • Advice for competing in the absolute division

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Quote of the week: “Nothing takes the place of hard training on the mats” Budo Jake

Article of the week: 5 Important Things Your Instructors Want You to Stop Doing

 

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

Epi 54 Everybody Rolls With Budo Jake

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Budo Jake and Rickson Gracie

Budo Jake and Rickson Gracie

Budo Jake (Jake McKee) is a BJJ Black belt and co-founder of Budovideos.com He host 2 shows Rolled Up and This Week in BJJ.  Both are very informative and a lot of fun to watch.

We talk about:

  • The meaning of Budo
  • Doing BJJ when you travel
  • Why he trains such a variety of techniques
  • The Budo videos business
  • Watching Youtube vs an instructional Dvd
  • Training BJJ at work and team building
  • How BJJ has helped him learn about himself
  • The start of the show Rolled Up
  • What it is like to get beat up on the show
  • Doing live events and how you can learn about BJJ by watching them
  • Tips on getting a sponsor if you are a BJJ athlete
  • Advice for a first time BJJ competitor
  • Dealing with the pressure of competing
  • His preferred methods of training and why he likes to work on things that he is not good at
  • Jake as a Blue Belt
  • How he gets ready for a tournament
  • Goals for your first year of training
  • How he defines fundamental moves

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Quote of the week: “When you first assemble a group, it’s not a team right off the bat. It’s only a collection of individuals.” Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K)

Article of the week: Why Do So Many People Quit Jiu-Jitsu At Blue Belt?

 

Fan Art Chokes and Jokes made by Jeff Smith

Fan Art Chokes and Jokes made by Jeff Smith

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only