Epi 335 Averi Clements from Jiu-Jitsu Times

This week we have an interview with Jiu-Jitsu Times managing editor Averi Clements.

We talk about:

  • Writing articles for Jiu-Jitsu Times
  • Moving to Australia
  • Her new found preference for no-gi
  • Blue belts feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling like you are not ready for a belt promotion
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • How a coach runs a class
  • Training in a fundamentals class
  • Rolling with members of the opposite sex
  • Adapting your training to fit your training partners


Quote of the week: “Crocodiles are easy. They try to kill and eat you. People are harder. Sometimes they pretend to be your friend first.” Steve Irwin

Article of the week: https://evolve-mma.com/blog/7-reasons-everyone-train-brazilian-jiu-jitsu/

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Epi 334 Judo Olympic Bronze Medalist Marti Malloy

Marti Malloy

This week we have an interview with Marti Malloy.

We talk about:

  • Her start in Judo as a kid
  • Doing tournaments as a kid
  • Becoming a well rounded Judo player
  • Her olympic experience
  • Mental preparation for the olympics
  • Why Europe has such good Judo
  • When to spar hard
  • What she teaches at a seminar
  • Teaching takedowns for BJJ


Quote of the week: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: http://neworleansdodgeball.com/safety

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How BJJ Helped Me With Officiating Football

Okay so there have been a couple podcasts talking about and asking about how other sports and BJJ interact. Joe Thomas talked about his fishing experiences, and brought up articles of different activities and their interaction; Gary Hull related a lot to basketball as a player and coach; and Byron Jabara … well… I am surprised how little he knows about sports LOL!

Anyway, I have been officiating youth and high school football for 20-plus years, and part of being an official is being calm under pressure. How in the world does football officiating help me in my BJJ journey? I believe that attribute helped me in my BJJ journey because one of the minute, but important aspects of BJJ I quickly learned, and am STILL learning is how you have to breathe and be calm in uncomfortable situations, and as a white belt, I am in a LOT of uncomfortable situations. To the outsider, this may not mean a whole lot, but when I was placed under the pressure of side control, knee on belly, americana, and various chokes, I quickly learned what pressure is, and no doubt, I panicked at times. However, my years of officiating under pressure kicked in, and while I still had anxiety and panic, I found myself not freaking out, but rather wondering things like, “What the hell?”, “How did he do that?”, “OMG, that is brutal pressure!”, and several more things. The point is, is that I was actually thinking of how to combat the moves, whether I used proper BJJ techniques or not… mostly, I did not use proper technique, and also learned that I better keep my arms close to me, and my elbows closer! Remaining calm enabled me to rationalize the experience the anxiety as a learning experience, rather than frustration, anger, or hopelessness. Not only is important in the short term, as I get smashed in a class or two, but also over the long term, over the span of a week, month, a few months, and more. Note that I have only been practicing BJJ for 11 months. There are factors and excuses that would make people quit BJJ,, and the mental aspect of it appears to be a bigger reason that just being physically beat down is.

So has BJJ helped me with my football officiating? Absolutely! Learning to be calm in BJJ has improved my on field demeanor, because on the mats, I learned about different kinds of pressure and anxiety not necessarily experienced on the football field… or I should hope not! I would never want to find the need to place a coach in a D’arce in order to calm him down while explaining why his team was flagged for a foul! Another thing I learned in BJJ that improved my field demeanor is being humble, and that is a reflection of the quality of the professors I learn from. Sure we all learn confidence, but when you couple that with humility, your mind thinks differently, and you end up rationalizing things differently. In BJJ, it seems like if you are placed in a pressure situation, you have to be calm, remember the of ways to combat that pressure, and rationally decide what to do to relieve that pressure. So on the field, I have to think of a number of ways to deal with the pressure , be it a coach, player, parents, fans, and any play that just happened. Basically, the BJJ mindset in this example forces a way of thinking to be 1) calm, 2) to look at a situation from several angles, and 3) to make the best choice possible to deal with that pressure.

So from the football officiating POV, being calm, humble, and rational is very important when dealing with close & controversial situations and making quick decisions (foul or no foul), then dealing with the fallout with players, fans, and especially coaches. The same can be said from the BJJ POV… being calm, humble, and rational is very important when dealing with close & controversial situations and making quick decisions (sweep, grips, choke, counter), then dealing with the reaction of your opponent’s moves and counters.

Lastly, I also credit BJJ getting my legs, cardio, and flexibility at a much higher level than in years past. I don’t think I have to explain the physical part of this part, LOL! But more so the mental part of my game has improved on both my officiating as well as my BJJ fronts.

Gerald Burgos

BJJ By The Month- January

One of the best ways to learn BJJ is to have focus on a particular aspect of your game. Join us on this journey as we train with a different focus every month. As the weeks go by you should notice a improvement in your BJJ ability. Join the community on our FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2518368208286581/

January 2019- Guard Submissions

Let start off the year with working from a place you can start a roll with. Pull guard and work on your submission game. Feel free to work in a sweep from time to time or a sweep might be your setup for a submission. If you get the sweep remember that you should be working on guard submissions and not your top game this month.

Here are some videos to help get you started taking your guard attacks to the next level. So let’s go to BJJ school before hitting the mats.

Here John Danaher helps you with understanding the closed guard.

Some key notes to look out for in this video

  • Your opponent is not truly on top of you
  • Using a knee pull
  • Making your opponent vulnerable to attacks
  • Upgrading a neutral position

In this video Jon Tomas helps us avoid some mental mistakes that limit our guard game.

Some notes from this video

  • Don’t box yourself into a particular guard type
  • Trying new guards for a minimum about of time
  • Finding rest spots from guard

This video by Alec Baulding will help prevent you from getting your passed

In this video you should learn

  • About framing
  • Good hip movement
  • When do stop attacking and start defending the pass

In the next video Jason Scully shows 55 high percentage closed guard techniques. There is a over load of info here. You might just pick two or three to work on.