BjjBrick radio Episode 6 Jake Fox

Jake Fox and Andre "Tim" Monteiro

Jake Fox and Andre “Tim” Monteiro

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Jake is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Andre Tim Monteiro. He opened up his own academy in Wichita Kansas about a year and a half ago.
Jake has done MMA, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu.
We start off this interview about Andre telling us a little about Jake.
Jake talks with us about:
-Opening up his own school
-His journey from white belt to black belt
-His training philosophies
-Training at different skill levels
-Dealing with injuries
-Overcoming Obstacles

Quote of the week “we are not here to knit” Jake Fox
Article of the week The “BJJ Has Lost it’s Effectiveness as an MMA Base”
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Fox fitness Facebook page
Fox raw bars Facebook page
The “BJJ Has Lost it’s Effectiveness as an MMA Base”
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BjjBrick Radio Episode 5

Today we talk to Jason Bircher.

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He is a black belt under Renato Tavares, he has a BJJ club in Kansas City.
Jason talks about his history in BJJ.
He gives us several tips for competing.
He will give you some great advice with developing your game.
Throughout the interview you can tell Jason has a deep passion for BJJ.
This interview is available in iTunes and Stitcher radio.

Jason and Byron

Jason and Byron

Quote “The man is the size of his dreams” from Andre Tim Monteiro

Article of the week- From “The Bjj Contrarian”

Links If you are in Kansas City check out Jason’s gym. He is a great instructor and leads a fun class. “The Bjj Contrarian”
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BjjBrick Radio Episode 4

Andre Tim Monteiro

“Like a lion, go for the neck.”

andre monteiro

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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


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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

BjjBrick Radio- Epi 3- BJJ and self defense

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Today we talk to John Castillo about BJJ and self defense.

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo:

There are three main aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  1. Vale Tudo (MMA)
  2. Tournament Jiu-Jitsu
  3. Self defense (mostly viewed as a 1 vs 1 conflict without any weapons)

Going to the ground in a self defense situation can be very dangerous.

  • You could get attacked by other people (human soccer ball)
  • Many people have knifes on them, it could be more difficult to get away from a weapon

Some advantages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a self defense situation.

  • It is a contact sport and you are more accustom to the stresses and discomfort
  • You could be able to hold someone down and not need to hurt them
  • You are less likely to get beat up by one person in a “fair fight”

Things you can do to make sure you are more prepared to survive a self defense situation.

  • Learn some strikes (jab cross combo, basic kicks, knees and elbows)
  • Understand how weapons can be used against you
  • Try to increase your situational awareness
  • Do some escape drills (learn what it takes to escape a room full of people)
  • Train with a fake gun or knife
  • Don’t go to places where violence is likely
  • Try the Hubud drill ( a Filipino martial art drill)
  • Go to a Kapap or Israeli Krav Maga class

You can win the fight and still lose big.  You could get sewed, kicked out of your BJJ gym, lose the respect of your community or coworkers.

Your main goal in a street fight is to survive; the best way to survive is to avoid the conflict.  The best move you can often do is to go home.

Contact John Castillo at or phone 316-265-0722

Castillo Jiu-Jitsu facebook page

Quote of the week- “The harder work the luckier I get” Thomas Jefferson

Article of the week “Rickson Gracie Advice that was echoed by a fantastic highschool principal.” By Part time grappler.

We also talked about the desire to win vs the goal of performing at your best.

This podcast is available in iTunes.

Epi3 BJJ self defence