Epi 365 Returning to BJJ After a Break

This episode we talk about getting back on the mats after some time off. I could be an injury or life situation has kept you away. We want to help your return to the mats be smooth.

We talk about:

  • Start prepping your body for your return
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Don’t go past your limits
  • Going to 2-3 classes a week
  • Expect it to be challenging
  • Expect to hear “what happened to you”


Quote of the week: “There is a difference between something catastrophic and something that is uncomfortable. If something is catastrophic you tap. If something is uncomfortable, you have to find a way out” John Danaher

Article of the week: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Mixed Martial Arts Injuries Presenting to United States Emergency Departments, 2008-2015

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Epi 364 We disagree with some popular BJJ ideas

This month we talk about popular ideas in BJJ what at least one of us will disagree with.

We talk about:

  • Leg locks are too dangerous
  • Takedowns are not safe for old guys
  • You need to train 3 times a week to get better
  • You can’t get better without competing
  • Get in shape before you start BJJ
  • Pulling guard is not good BJJ
  • Coaches not rolling or coaches that get tapped out
  • All cops should be purple belts
  • Athletes are great to learn from
  • When I get ____ I will be good at BJJ
  • You can’t teach heart
  • 10,000 hour rule
  • Pressure is a good submission
  • Kicking someone’s butt in BJJ is a good way to vent frustrations


Quote of the week: “When you realize you are no longer made of glass, you lose the desire to demonstrate that fragility in others.” Chris Matakas

Article of the week: https://bjjtribes.com/can-anyone-become-a-bjj-black-belt/

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Epi 363 Conventional Wisdom of BJJ

This week we talk about the conventional wisdom you often hear in BJJ.

Here are some things we cover

  • don’t chase the next belt
  • don’t chase gym wins,
  • there’s no substitute for mat time,
  • position before submission,
  • always win the grip fight
  • technique beats size and strength
  • a black belt is a white belt that did not quit
  • iron sharpens iron
  • (ABC) Always Be Choking
  • I am a shark and the mat is my water
  • guard pulling is for wimps
  • not tapping from pressure
  • no base no case


Quote of the week: “Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.” Bonnie Blair Speed Skater. Gary can’t get enough of Bonnie

Article of the week: When You Should Switch Your BJJ Gym From BJJ Tribes

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Epi 362 Basics, Fundamentals & Principles of BJJ

This episode we talk about the basics, fundamentals and principles of Jiu-Jitsu.

Joe after getting his Brown Belt

Jits Fundamentals

5 Basic BJJ Movements Beginners Need To Perfect

Jiu Jitsu Principles: The Complete List [51 BJJ Concepts]

Check out Byron’s appearance on The Chasen Life Podcast

Other links:

Quote of the week: “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” Michael Jordan

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Epi 361 Improve your BJJ with Science

This week episode we will talk about scientifically methods to improve your BJJ.

Here are the links we reference

Warm up with “RAMP” Raise, Activate & Mobilise, Potentiate https://www.scienceforsport.com/warm-ups/

Nutrient info Pre Training, During Training, After Training https://www.jiujitsubrotherhood.com/blogs/blog/nutrient-timing-for-grapplers

Develop Explosive Power https://www.trainheroic.com/blog/4-scientifically-proven-ways-to-develop-explosive-power-and-how-to-program-each/

Improve skill https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/6-sports-science-studies-to-help-you-improve-athletic-skills

Learn better https://www.thebestcolleges.org/17-scientifically-proven-ways-to-study-better-this-year/ #7 and #13

Attain Self-confidence https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/11/30/eight-scientifically-proven-ways-to-attain-self-confidence.html


Quote of the week: “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle

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Elevating Your Martial Arts Training with an At-Home Studio

The many disciplines of martial arts are traditionally practiced in studios with other people to train and spar with. With the pandemic forcing the closures of martial arts studios around the country, this makes it challenging to keep up with your training. Rather than hitting pause, and possibly losing some of what you’ve learned and mastered, it’s time to consider how to maintain your training at home with your own studio or dojo.

Interestingly enough, this isn’t a difficult undertaking. For one thing, you can make use of any workable space at home—like your garage or basement. Plus, it’s easy enough to acquire the equipment you’ll need to train. Here are some resources to help you in that process, and then some.

In addition to having your own martial arts studio, upgrading or increasing usable living space in your home that can be used for other activities (yoga, home gym, flex room) can significantly affect the value of your home. And this can be a huge bonus if and when the time comes to sell. 

Creating your own at-home martial arts gym is more than doable, as is keeping up your training at home with the right drills. To get the most out of your studio, make sure to keep it clean and that you purchase the appropriate equipment.

Image Credit: Pexels.com

Guest article by Charlene Roth from https://safetykid.info/

Epi 360 Street Smart BJJ

This week we cover a bunch of stuff including BJJ and the streets.

We talk about:

  • BJJ for the streets
  • Being aware of your surroundings
  • How BJJ can help you in a fight
  • How BJJ can keep you from fighting
  • So famous BJJ fighters that have been in a street fight
  • MMA and BJJ
  • Being street smart on the mats


Quote of the week: “Hire character. Train skill.” -Peter Schutz

Article of the week: Learn To Skateboard At 40 Or 50: You Can Do It Too

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Epi 359 Alvin Tillman Jr.

This episode we bring you an interview with Alvin Tillman. Alvin is the BTT coach in Sugar Land Tx and a coach of Warriors for Christ BJJ.

We talk about:


Quote of the week: Playing the hand you have

Article of the week: How to Deal with Your Stress During the Pandemic When You Cannot Grapple?

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