Epi 297 Damian ‘Obi’ Todd

We talk about:

  • Doing a 24 hour marathon of BJJ
  • Dealing with injuries and making changes to his game
  • Raising money for suicide prevention
  • The process of rolling for 24 hours
  • His plans to raise money for the future
  • Tips for doing a 24 hour roll

Links:

Quote of the week: Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy” Leo Buscaglia

Article of the week: The 4 T’s of your favorite training partner

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How to put your rabbits in a pen

If you’ve stopped by the BJJBrick Facebook page you may know I like to post an inspirational quote a couple times a week. I usually leave a few lines sharing how the quote relates to jiu jitsu from my perspective. Recently I posted the following ancient proverb: “If you chase two rabbits you will catch neither”. I was busy so I didn’t elaborate. Immediately one of our listeners responded “I don’t think this relates to jiu jitsu at all”.

     I don’t think we had a difference of opinion, we were just looking the quote through different lenses. I was considering the technique of the month club students who are always chasing the latest technique that went viral on youtube and has no focus to their training. Our friend was considering grapplers who chase only one move at a time as opposed to creating options. He summed up his thoughts this way “the easiest way to catch a rabbit would be to put 3-4 in a small pen and then go for the easiest one”. When trying to escape one of those rabbits will be slower or make a mistake or freeze and bam there’s the one you catch.

     As it relates to jiu jitsu: what does it actually look like to put 3 or 4 rabbits in a small pen and see which ones easiest to catch? I could start a match on my feet with the idea that “I’m going to take him down and pass guard, or I’m going to pull and submit from closed guard, or I’m going to throw a flying arm bar up”. Those three options might represent “three rabbits”, but that’s not a very small pen. If I pull, secure closed guard, and then look at three options from that position, that’s better. But even from closed guard it’s a pretty big pen. But what if, from closed guard, I sit up and connect to my opponent with my left arm over his left shoulder isolating and dominating his left arm for a kimura set up? Now, I’ve got the kimura available as well as the sit-up/hip bump sweep and a left-handed guillotine. How he reacts will determine which one of those “rabbits” is easiest to catch.

     In conclusion: Thanks Chris. This is a great concept for all grapplers to spend some time thinking about. Having multiple attacks from a single position where you are not required to change a lot of things makes it easy to seamlessly transition from one of those attacks to another. Do this enough and you will eventually get a step ahead succeed with one of those attacks.

Train hard. Train smart. Get better. Happy hunting.

Joe

Epi 296 Bruce Lee’s Daughter Shannon Lee Talks About Warrior


Photo credit: HBO/ David Bloomer

We talk about:

  • The new tv show Warrior
  • The history of Bruce Lee writing the treatment for Warrior
  • The Chinatown Tong wars
  • The Bruce Lee Foundation
  • Teaching kids a growth mindset

Andrew Koji as “Ah Sahm” In Warrior

Links:

Quote of the week: This week we each pick a Bruce Lee quote

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later teh man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” Bruce Lee

“The Successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee

“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: Should A Blue Belt Be Teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Absolutely!

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Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp In Wichita Kansas

We had a great time meeting and training with many listeners last year we are looking forward to doing it again. Special guests include Samir Chantre and Gina Franssen.

Check out our interview with Samir here

Check out Gina’s interview here

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Our goal is for all the attendants to have a fun weekend of BJJ and experience growth in their game of jiu-jitsu.

Epi 295 2019 ADCC Competitor Amanda Leve

This week we have an interview with brown belt Amanda Leve. Amanda recently won the ADCC West Coast Trials for the +60kg division. This is a great opportunity to learn about Amanda before she competes in ADCC this year.

We talk about:

  • Opening her own BJJ school
  • Training gi and nogi
  • Having a basic game
  • Starting BJJ with a group of guys
  • Doing the ADCC trials
  • Her school Leve BJJ
  • Doing jiu-jitsu as a kid
  • Her Dad’s influence over her BJJ
  • Training with her brother
  • Doing MMA

Links:

Quote of the week: “The true art of memory is the art of attention” Samuel Johnson

Article of the week: Benefits of Recreational Sports on adults

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