Epi 368 The Art of War Chapter 1 Laying Plans

This episode we talk about The Art of War by Sun Tzu. We cover how BJJ relates to chapter 1 of the art of war.

We talk about:

  • The idea of BJJ and human chess
  • Your strategy starts with your training, your instructors, your study
  • Choose your pathway, do you want to be a guard player, leg lock specialist (with a specialty in straight ankle), a scrambler, control fighter.  This is like choosing your weapons (sword, spear, archery, shield, horses)
  • Are you able to gain access to your game?
  • Are you able to gain an advantage with your game plan?
  • What instructor has the most ability? Paragraph 13 ch 1
  • Things to look for in an instructor
  • Having Discipline enforced on the mats
  • Changing Plans Paragraph 17 ch 1
  • Tournament match ups are hard to predict. You may be required to be an aggressive guard player, elite wrestler, point fighter, and tricky new guard system all in the same day.
  • All warfare is based on deception. Paragraph 18 ch 1
  • We conclude by taling about laying plans off the mat. And asking for you to let us know how this chapter can be applied to your life.



  • “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King
  • ”I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee
  • “Without constant practice, the officers will be nervous and undecided when mustering for battle; without constant practice, the general will be wavering and irresolute when the crisis is at hand”
  • “According as circumstances are favorable, one should modify one’s plans.”
  • “when able to attack, we mush seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

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Epi 367 We Drag Michael Jordan’s 10 Rules for Success Onto the Mat

This episode we learn from the best to help our growth and performance in BJJ.

The 10 Rules

  1. Keep working hard
  2. Ignite the fire
  3. Be different
  4. Fail your way to success
  5. Have high expectations
  6. Be positive
  7. Be who you were born to be
  8. Have a vision
  9. Stop making excuses
  10. Practice


Quote of the show: “Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.” Tim Howard

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Epi 366 Why your BJJ is not working

This episode we will help you if your game is not living up to your expectations.

We talk about:

  • Having no long term focus
  • Playing the wrong game
  • Playing parts of games that don’t fit together
  • No ownership in your own development
  • You are not training with someone who is worse, same and better than you
  • No funnel to get to your system
  • Trying to learn too much stuff
  • BJJ is working fine it is just a difficult activity
  • Byron’s deer hunting experiences
  • Gang fights in Gary’s neighborhood
  • Gary and Joe washing blood off their driveways


Quote of the episode: “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stressed; working hard for something we love is called passion.” -Simon Sinek

Article of the episode: The Ultimate Guide to Arthritis in BJJ & how to prevent it

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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.

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