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 78 Learn How BJJ Purple Belt Vic Torres Uses BJJ and His Diet to Control His MS Symptoms

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This episode we talk with Vic Torres of “Torres MMA and Fitness at The Jungle” in Wantagh, New York.  He is a purple belt under Matt Serra.  Vic uses Jiu-Jitsu and his diet to help control his symptoms from Multiple sclerosis (MS).  He was diagnosed with MS in 2010.Vic Torres

We talk about:

  • How he discovered that he had MS
  • What his symptoms are like
  • How BJJ helps reduce his symptoms
  • Doing MMA before he was diagnosed and after
  • Advice for new students
  • Training with someone that is not as good as you, about the same as you, and better than you
  • Training with lower belts

Quote of the week: “Fighting is the best thing a man can do for his sole” Renzo Gracie

Article of the week: “Review- Banana” http://grapplergourmet.com/

Links:

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Epi 76 Jiu-Jitology with Ricardo Castaneda Part 1

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Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda

Ricardo Castaneda 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:

  • His start to BJJ
  • How BJJ has helped him off of the mat
  • How he uses his psychology background to benefit his BJJ
  • Dealing with anxiety
  • Mental health and BJJ the good and the bad
  • The mindset of a new student
  • Controlling your heart rate and breathing rate to learn better
  • The John Wayne Sweep and how he learned it
  • How to start basic meditation
  • Training while injured

Ricardo’s Links:

 

Quote of the week: “The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.” Unknown

Article of the week: The exercise that predicts your DEATH: Struggling with ‘sitting-rising test’ means you’re 5 times more likely to die early” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

Byron’s Grilled cheese cooking fail

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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 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 51 Simple and Very Effective Training With Matt Thornton

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Matt ThorntonMatt Thornton is the founder of Straight Blast Gym.  He was introduced to BJJ in 1991.  In 2001 Chris Hauete awarded Matt his black belt.  He can be found running his own Academy in Portland, Oregon, when his is not traveling.

This episode we talk about:

  • His personal training history
  • We go deep into what are the fundamentals of BJJ
  • Why he recommends not teaching your style, just teaching fundamentals
  • How to find your own game after you get the fundamentals
  • The process of becoming a black belt in BJJ
  • Why many people make the “all you can eat buffet” mistake when studding martial arts
  • Conor McGregor’s striking style and movement
  • Fundamentals are not style specific
  • The principal of Aliveness
  • The iMethod (introduction, isolation, integration)
  • Why it is important to make BJJ simple
  • The SBG kids program Growing Gorillas
  • Some advantages for kids to do BJJ vs other sports
  • Advice for students competing for the first time
  • Staying calm during competition
  • His early BJJ techniques
  • Why learning to relax is a key to beginner BJJ
  • Conor McGregor getting his brown belt
  • Having passion for the martial arts

Contact Matt Thornton by Email here sbginfo@yahoo.com or visit the website http://www.straightblastgym.com/

Quote of the week: “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” Abraham Lincoln

Article of the week: “How To Be A Douche In Jiu-Jitsu” by http://jiujitsutimes.com/

 

We end the podcast with Ultimate dancing with Byron’s Mom talking about Randy Couture on dancing with the stars.

 

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Details of how you can get a free gi patch at the end of the podcast. sorry US only

Details of how you can get a free gi patch at the end of the podcast. sorry US only

Episodes 21-30 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better

We both spent a significant amount of time working on escapes. We have had a big increase in confidence with our grappling by getting better at our escapes. It is good to know that you will be able to escape a position.

Epi 22 The basic positions in BJJ and what to do from them

This episode we are covering some of the basics. We are going to break down some of the main positions in BJJ and give you some guidance for each one.

Epi 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

This episode of the podcast we bring you an interview with coach John Connors. John is the author of the e Book Quick Start Guide to Complete Jiu Jitsu Competition Readiness”.This is a great guide for someone who is an experienced grappler or just starting out.

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

-This week we talk about the four basic types of matches you could find yourself in BJJ. We gave each match a symbol, to make it simple.

Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

This week we have an interview with Amber Oxford. Amber is a Blue belt that trains at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. Amber is holding a free event called Girls in Gis on April 12 at the Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club.

Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz

In this weeks episode we talk to Tom Machowicz (Mac) from Fuji Sports. We cover everything from getting your first gi to helping a seasoned veteran figure out what gi is best for competition.

Epi 27 An Interview with Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins is a 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. His school is in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He attended his first seminar July 13, 1991 it was thought by Grand Master Rorion Gracie. After that seminar Allen Hopkins was hooked on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals. Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

Epi 29 Stephen Whittier of 40 Plus BJJ

-Stephen Whittier is a black belt under Roberto Maia.  He has an academy in Wareham Massachusetts Called SBG East Coast.  Stephen has become a huge resource for the over 40 grappler.  He has lots of great advice not just for the over 40 grappler, but anyone who steps on the mat.

Epi 30 Ryan Hall Interview- BJJ, MMA, and Self-Defense

-In Episode 30 of the BjjBrick podcast we talk with Ryan Hall.  Ryan is widely considered one of the best lightweight submission grapplers in the world.  Ryan owns 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is a Black Belt under Felipe Costa and a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter representing Tristar Gym.

Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better

 

Byron throwing a brick at Gray as he chokes him with a mic cord.New art work for the podcast

Byron throwing a brick at Gray as he chokes him with a mic cord.

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We both spent a significant amount of time working on escapes. We have had a big increase in confidence with our grappling by getting better at our escapes. It is good to know that you will be able to escape a position.

Escapes fall into two categories: Escaping submissions, and escaping positions.

Tips:
You need to be proficient at escaping from both sides (left and right), you do not get to choose what side is attacked.
Put yourself in bad positions, the more you train at them the better you will get at escaping.
Escape fast, if you get out of a position fast enough your opponent will not score points.
Know the areas that you are weak in and work on them.
Roll with people that can push you.
Try working on two escapes at the same time.
Ask questions, your teammates will be happy to help.

We also give some tips for escaping these common submissions:
Armbar
Triangle choke
Guillotine
Chokes in general

Quote of the week: “What you everyday matters more than what you do once in a while”. Gretchen Robbin

Article of the week: Jijitsuvortex.com – Why and how to keep a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu notebook

The First 20 Episodes of the BjjBrick Podcast

Byron throwing a brick at Gary as he chokes him with a mic cord.

We (Byron and Gary) would like to thank everyone who has listened to the BjjBrick Podcast.  We had a good time making the first twenty episodes.  Here is a list with links to all the episodes so far in case you missed something.

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Epi 1- Train leg locks safely – We are both big fans of leg locks.  There is a common thought in BJJ that leg locks are too dangerous to train.  We share some of our advice on how to add leg locks to your game and train safely.

Epi 2- Bringing a friend to BJJ class – This is an important episode that were excited to do.  It can be very disappointing if you bring a friend to class and they do not get a good chance to see BJJ.  We give advice on being a good friend to someone that you invite to class.

Epi 3- BJJ and self defense – This is our first interview episode.  We interviewed our first instructor, BJJ Black Belt John Castillo.  He gives some great advice on self defense.

Epi 4- Interview with Andre Tim Monteiro – Andre is a friend who we are able to train with a few times a year.  He shares some of his amazing story and gives some great advice to the BJJ community.

Epi 5- Interview with Jason Bircher – Byron and Gary have known Jason since they were white belts getting smashed by the big guys (every day).  Jason is a good friend with great advice to help your BJJ game.  Jason was helpful in being our first phone interview, several technical difficulties occurred but most of them have been edited out.

Epi 6- Interview with Jake Fox – This episode we are joined by our good friend and training partner Jake Fox.  Were lucky enough to get him shortly after he received his black belt.

Epi 7- The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie – Jake Fox stayed around and talked with us for another episode.  We talk about the 12 Commadments of BJJ from Carlos Gracie.  We do much more that just read the list and agree with everything, we give some of our opinions.

Epi 8- To gi or not to gi – Our friend and training partner Matthew Lowe joins us and we talk about the differences between training with and without the gi.  All three of us have different preferences that leads to an interesting conversation.

Epi 9- An interview with A paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class – Craig is a fellow BJJ practitioner and paramedic.  He shares some knowledge from his many years of experience in the emergency medical field.  He will help you know what to do should someone get hurt in class, we cover everything to the minor soreness, to the call 911 this is a serious injury.

Gary and Byron as purple belts

Gary and Byron as purple belts

Epi 10- Dealing with Injuries – Craig stuck around and we covered this topic that will effect anyone that trains BJJ.  We get some great tips that will help you get back on the mat soon and feel better when you are not on the mat.

Bonus Episode: What happened to Anderson Silva’s leg? – This bonus episode was put out shortly after Anderson Silva injured his leg.  We talk about some of the reasons that might have caused this crazy injury.

Epi 11- Underdogs and what we can learn from them – Are you an underdog?  This episode we talk about what underdogs can do to turn the tables and we cover some historical underdog stories.

Epi 12- The Different types of white belts – Everyone starts at white belt, but everyone brings something to the mats from past experience.  We talk about some of the different types of BJJ white belts and how they can use their past experiences to their advantage.

Epi 13- Dallas Niles of Lovato BJJ – Dallas Niles was in town and Gary did not miss the opportunity to talk with this up and coming BJJ star.  Dallas shares some of his philosophies and training strategies that have helped him in his BJJ career.

Epi 14- Renato Tavares Interview – In this interview Renato Tavares shares some of his BJJ knowledge and his personal story.  Renato has been a vital part of Byron’s BJJ training and it was a honor to have him on the podcast.

Epi 15- The Business side of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – If you have ever wanted to open your own BJJ school but did not know where to start you should check out this podcast.  We talk to our friend Shawn who consults many small businesses for a major bank.  Shawn will steer you clear of many common mistakes for new business owners.  Shawn also gives some financial advice for the pro athlete.

Epi 16- Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury – This is a inspirational episode!  We bring you an interview with Brian Freeman; he is training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed in his legs.  His attitude and excitement for the martial art is inspiring.

Epi 17- Interview with BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh – Roy Marsh, the coach of Brian Freeman, is a wealth of BJJ knowledge and experience.  This was a fun interview for us because we both learn a lot about our own BJJ during the interview.

Epi 18- Zak Maxwell Metamoris 3 Preview – Zak Maxwell is one of the top BJJ athletes in the United States.  He talks about his upcoming match with Sean Roberts in Metamoris 3.

Epi 19- Sean Roberts Metamoris 3 Preview – Epi 18 and 19 go together as we interview the athlete that will be hitting the mats in Metamoris 3 against Zak Maxwell.  Sean Roberts is a fierce competitor that is well known for finishing some tough competitors.

Epi 20- Growth Vs. Goals: what is better for your BJJ? – There are two different training modes we can be in.  Growth mode is when you are focused on learning and getting better.  Goals mode is a time that you focus your training on a specific goal.  Are you in the right mode for you right now?

Thanks for joining us for the first 20 episodes!  E-mail us at BjjBrick@gmail.com