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 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ

Today we are talking about mistakes made on the mat. We share some personal stories and things we have noticed.

We talk about:

  • What Byron did as a purple belt that was a mistake for around a year
  • A basic principal Gary learned as a white belt
  • Learning how to take advice from your coach
  • Mistakes made as an instructor
  • Not tapping fast enough
  • Being over confident when starting BJJ
  • Having the right amount of tools in your tool basket
  • Avoiding leg locks
  • Fighting from your knees
  • Not doing the right type of drilling
  • Not letting injuries heal

Quote of the week: “The best advice I was given if that if you want to succeed and you want to achieve, you have to learn how to handle failures.” Mike Scioscia, MLB champion manager

Article of the week: Charismatic Leadership or Personality Cults in Jiu Jitsu: The Fine Line Between Respect and Worship

Korbett’s Kids Epi 1-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids training to compete. Check out Korbett’s website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

Garys audio book is called “The Tool Basket for BJJ, Find the Right Tool for the Job”

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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ

Could one of the seven deadly sins be holding you back in BJJ? What we can learn from them to avoid problems on the mat. Today we break down how the deadly sins can be holding you back. The sins are; Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.

We talk about:

  • Pride, and the difference in being confident and having too much pride
  • What is feeling too proud of a tournament or belt promotion
  • Being envious of training partners or coaches
  • Getting mad while training
  • How to tell when you have a passion for something or a lust
  • How being greedy with your knowledge and time on the mat will hurt you
  • How laziness even when you show up can greatly slow your progress
  • The mistake of only doing the fun parts of BJJ

Correction- The 7 deadly sins are not biblical find out more about them here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins

Links:

Quote of the week: “Never settle” Dr. Jen Case

Story of the week: How my dogs can drop everything at a moments notice and chase a squirrel, and how this can related to your BJJ training.

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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.

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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

Epi 65 Submission Series 902 Preview

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Submission Series 902 takes places January 23, 2015 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.  These are 15 min, submission only fights. In this episode, you will discover what these six athletes are doing to prepare for this submission only event.  Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the action.

Cat Clark– We start off this interviews by talking with Cat Clark.  Cat is the guy who is putting Submission Series 902 together. (Starts at 21m32s)

We talk about:

  • How to watch the event
  • What the name “Submission Series 902” is about
  • Why he is doing this event
  • The rules the athletes must follow
  • His vision for the sport in the long term

Kyle Sandford Vs. Jonathan Satava

Kyle Sandford- Kyle has been training BJJ since 1996. He received a black belt from Renzo Gracie in July 2014. He is representing Titans BJJ and Renzo Gracie. He has a Nogi match with Jonathan Satava. (Starts at 32m45s)

Jonathan Satava- Jonathan is a brown belt under Marcelo Garcia.  He is 25 years old, and he trains and teaches at The Marcelo Garcia Academy. His game is very similar to Marcelo’s. (Starts at 52m2s)

Joel Jacquard Vs. Michael Tremblay

Joel Jacquard- Joel has been Training BJJ for about 8 years. He is a purple belt under Kevin Taylor.  He has trained in a variety of martial arts, but he is now focused on BJJ and this submission only fight.  He is very motivated to compete with Michael Tremblay. (Starts at 1h7m8s)

Michael Tremblay- Michael is 22 years old and a brown belt from Carleton Place Ontario. He trains with his family at Alpha Mixed Martial Arts.  His time is spent between being a full-time student of philosophy and a competitor. (Starts at 1h28m28s)

Scott Nauss Vs. Kevin Thibault (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)

Scott Nauss- Scott is a brown belt from Truro, Nova Scotia. He trains at Marmac Athletics, and Titans BJJ.  Scott has a lot of competition experience and he is excited to do a longer submission only match. (Starts at 1h45m18s)

Kevin Thibault- (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)- Kevin Trains under Shane Rice at Clinch Martial Arts Academy.  Kevin usually plays a heavy top game. (Starts at 1h58m59s)

Check out the Gis the fighters are talking about at BC Kimonos

Quote of the week: “Train with everyone” Dave Camarillo. Loyalty is important for your team and academy,  but you can still train at other gyms and be loyal at the same time.

Article of the week: “5 Tips to Fast Track Your Jiu-Jitsu Evolution Starting Today” by Graciemag

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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

Episodes 31-40 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle –Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author ofThe Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.  He is one of the leading authorities on developing talent.  He may not be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his ideas about how to practice can help you understand how you learn.  The methods he has found could help catapult your game to the next level and beyond. 

Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” -Thomas This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.

Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap ManastyrskiOstap Manastryski is a brown belt under Elliott Bayev, he trains and teaches at OpenMat Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Toronto Canada.  Ostap breaks down BJJ videos on his YouTube channel, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to better understand BJJ.

Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ gameThis week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.
Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2 -This week we have stories from our listeners. These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.
Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2 -More amazing injury and recovery stories from the listeners.
Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado -Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years.  He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.
Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy -This week we talk to Nick Albin otherwise known as “Chewy”. He teaches and trains BJJ full time and is the head instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts in Louisville, KY. Chewy is a Black Belt under Renato Tavares. He also has a website with lots of great information about BJJ here http://chewjitsu.net/
Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ -This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan.  We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work.  You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen.  To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.
Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff -This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, and also teach Kids Martial Arts in Bergen County, NJ.

The First 20 Episodes of the BjjBrick Podcast

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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

BjjBrick Radio Episode 4

Andre Tim Monteiro

“Like a lion, go for the neck.”

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We talk to Andre about

  • His nick name “Tim”
  • How BJJ has helped him reach his dreams
  • He has 2 different types of BJJ games (in the gym, competition)
  • Overcoming his first big loss as a kid
  • His training schedule (he trains every day!)
  • Andre gives great advice to students who are going to compete for the first time
    • Get a game plan
    • Train your game plan at the gym
    • Stick to your game plan at the tournament
    • Please listen to your coach on the side of the mat
    • What he the does before an important match
    • The slow progress in your own BJJ, and how to look at it differently
    • The current rules in BJJ
    • Should or could BJJ be in the Olympics
Jake Fox, Byron Jabara, Andre "Tim" Monteiro, and Ray Kellison

Jake Fox, Byron Jabara, Andre “Tim” Monteiro, and Ray Kellison

Quote of the week: “Don’t practice until you get it right.  Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Unknown

Links

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Andre’s website

Andre’s sponsors: Koral Fight co. Fightertech

Article of the week: “The Importance of Preparation” by Jake Whitfield