Epi 306 Listener Favorite Matt Thornton

This week we have an interview with Matt Thornton. We cover topics from running a successful gym to proven training methods that get results.

We talk about:

  • Matt’s background in martial arts
  • Leading BJJ gym owners
  • Teaching how to coach
  • He shares some best business practices
  • Building a BJJ gym you really enjoy
  • Why people start BJJ
  • Having a good kids program
  • What it means to have a strong women’s program
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Learning with base, posture, and connection
  • Different training methods

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Quote of the week: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Article of the week: Biggest Jiu-Jitsu Myths

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Epi 305 When to take some time off

We talk about:

  • Getting injured
  • Talking to your coach for advice
  • Getting bored with BJJ
  • Doing BJJ at a slower pace
  • Using open mats as a bridge to keep some BJJ
  • Staying connect to the community
  • What are you replacing BJJ with?
  • Putting balance in your life
  • Changing your goals for being on the mat
  • Helping friends get back on the mat

Quote of the week: “It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” Rollo May

Article of the week: Understand Your Learning Style and Get the Most Out of Your BJJ Training

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Epi 304 High Percentage Martial Arts with Louis Martin

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and BJJ
  • His background in statistics
  • Watching 100 white belt matches
  • Tips for white belt and blue belts that do tournaments
  • When you should not go for a submission
  • Using closed guard as a white belt
  • Using game theory to look at BJJ
  • Advice for blue belts and it is much different than the white belt tips
  • Learning from watching hundreds of street fights
  • How to guard against negative gym management techniques

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Quote of the week: “If your mind is strong, all difficult things will become easy; if your mind is weak, all easy things will become difficult.” Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: 5 Things No One Talks About When You Start Jiu-Jitsu

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Epi 303 Why Are You Not Getting Submissions?

This episode we give you advice about what you can do to get more submission.

We talk about:

  • Lacking focus in your training and during rolling
  • Positional sparring
  • Going deep in particular systems and moves
  • Fundamentals
  • Finding answers to common problems
  • Giving up too soon on a submission
  • Giving up too late on a submission
  • Getting control of your opponent
  • Putting your system in a funnel
  • Having confidence in your technique

Quote of the week: “Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. involve me, I understand.” Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: I Watched 100 White Belt Matches. Here’s What’s Actually High Percentage.

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Epi 302 Marisa Messer-Belenchia

This week we have an interview with brown belt Marisa Messer-Belenchia.

We talk about:

  • Trying to do wrestling as a kid
  • An odd start to BJJ
  • How her game is changing
  • Training both gi and nogi
  • Dealing with injuries and sickness
  • Coping with the loss of loved ones
  • How she benefits from teaching BJJ
  • Winning worlds and pans as a purple belt
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • Teaching grit with BJJ

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Quote of the week: “deal with the faults of others as gently as your own” Chinese proverb

Article of the week: How to support your child’s mental health

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Epi 301 Craig Diamond from Diamond MMA

This week we have an interview with Craig Diamond. Craig is the CEO of Diamond MMA. This interview covers a wide range of topics from developing a cup for fighters and grapplers to Craig’s BJJ game.

We talk about:

  • The start of Diamond MMA
  • Craig doing BJJ
  • How he developed a cup for combat sports
  • Injuries that a cup can prevent

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Quote of the week: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized ho seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Article of the week: How Consistency Affects Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners

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Epi 300 Miles Lukas

We talk about:

  • Starting jiu-jitsu in the late 90’s
  • Celebrating small milestones during BJJ
  • Tips for rolling with bigger people
  • Strengthening your joints
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Breathing properly in BJJ
  • Wim Hof breathing method
  • Fight to win

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Quote of the week: “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someones else’s chapter 20”

Gary shares an off the mat story about coaching kids basketball

We answer a question about getting off the bottom

Article of the week: The Value of All Your Teammates

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Epi 299 Your BJJ Coach

This week we talk about your BJJ coach. This is probably the most important relationship in most of our jiu-jitsu journeys.

We talk about:

  • The business relationship with your coach
  • The personal relationship with your coach
  • What we look for in a coach
  • Joe wins the internet again
  • Telling your coach your goals
  • How to help your coach

Quote of the week: “Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” Dave Willis

Article of the week: https://bjjbrick.com/how-to-put-your-rabbits-in-a-pen/

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Epi 298 Finding Your Way In Jiu-Jitsu With Emily Kwok

This week we are excited to have Emily Kwok back on the BjjBrick Podcast. This interview by Joe covers a wide range of topics that are useful to all grapplers.

We talk about:

  • Her background in BJJ
  • Her time in Japan
  • Fighting as a life skill
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Dealing with parents and kids doing jiu-jitsu
  • Women doing BJJ
  • Finding the right gym for you
  • Tips for women doing
  • Business and Jiu-Jitsu
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Quote of the week: “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” Rudyard Kipling

Article of the week: How to avoid staph, ringworm, and MRSA while doing BJJ

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The Value of All Your Teammates

One of my favorite quotes (it’s actually from an ancient text) is: Iron Sharpens Iron. Those tough battles with your favorite training partners make you a better fighter.

But a leather strap will also sharpen iron. A stone wheel will also sharpen iron. The reality is, many things can sharpen an ax.

Value your lower ranked and less experienced training partners. They too, can sharpen your game.

If you’re an experienced grappler and you’re not getting better when you roll with less experienced people…that’s on you.

Just like you have to learn how to use a leather strap to sharpen an ax; you have to learn how to roll with less experienced training partners so that both their game, and yours, improves.

Joe