Epi 276 Jason Elliott and Tracking Your Training

This week we have an interview with Jason Elliott from the Marune app. Marune is a great way to track your training in BJJ. We cover many training topics including improving your top game and measuring your training.

We talk about:

  • Developing the app for BJJ players
  • His training and progress with five years of BJJ
  • Tips for a head and arm choke
  • Tips for keeping mount
  • Changing your goals
  • The future of the Marune app


  • Check out the Marune app to track your BJJ and no-gi training

Quote of the week: “Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.” Ninon de L’Enclos

Article of the week: Differences between Japanese (traditional) Jiu-Jitsu and BJJ













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Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ

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Join Gary and Byron on the BjjBrick Podcast


This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan.  We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work.  You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen.  To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.

1) Define the objective– Make a realistic objective that is attainable but not too easy.  Your objective can be a new move or you can try to change your style.  You might decide to make one of your best moves (a brick) even better, or you could make a week area of your game stronger.  Your objective could also be to drop a few pounds or become more flexible. It is up to you what you want to work on, make sure it is something that will pay off in the long run. Try to avoid picking a fad.

2) Get help– Tell your coach what you are working on, that way you two are on the same page. Get a small group of training partners together that will be able to help you. Find someone who is good at the area you are working on. Find a book that covers what you are working on, or watch YouTube videos(if you have not seen this YouTube thing, it’s pretty sweet).

3) Do the work– No one can do the work for you, and no one knows if you are working as hard as you can. The bottom line is you gotta work hard to make changes happen.  At first making changes will be difficult, it will feel like you took a step backwards.

Toward the end of the show Byron explains how he is doing this 3 step process.  He will be working on his back defense. He then goes through the 3 step process with his objective.

Quote of the week:“Do you listen, or do you just wait to talk?” Pulp Fiction

Article of the week: “Beware The Belt Chaser” Grapplearts.com

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Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ game

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This week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.

In this episode we talk about:

  • When to make changes to your game
  • Why we prefer certain types of styles
  • Why making changes creates a lot of growth
  • Why it is difficult to make major changes to your game
  • Changing your habits of your rolling style
  • Making changes to get over a plateau
  • Making changes can be a lot of fun
  • When not to make changes
  • Making changes during a match

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The quote of the week: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own

Article of the week: 3-star Army general earns his black belt  armytimes.com

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

Our friend Dwane second from the right.

Our friend Dwane second from the right.

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This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals. Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

We talk about:supplement u
Supplements that help with flexibility
Supplements that aid with stamina
Why Jiu-Jitsu players should steer clear of products with a lot of caffeine
Taking care of your joints
How supplements can help lubricate your joints
What fish oil does and does not do for you
Some tips for cutting weight, and how using supplements is really a last resort
Tips on cutting weight without using supplements
Gaining size and strength
How to tell if you are in a bad supplement store
Common myths in the supplement industry
Some of the bad things that happens in the supplement industry
Advice if you are new to taking supplements

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Quote of the week: Allen Hopkins (last weeks interview) gives us his favorite quote. He got this from Master Pedro Sauer. Allen asked him “what is the most important thing in Jiu-Jitsu?” Master Pedro Sauer responded with “to always be a gentleman”. At first this quote did not mean much to Allen, as he learned more about Jiu-Jitsu and life he realized this was truly a great quote and a great way to live your life.
Article of the week- “Surviving (Socially) the Beginner Phase of BJJ” by Valerie Worthington
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Print off this 2014 motivational calendar

This calendar was left blank to help you reach any goal that you have.  I hope some of you will use it to achieve your goals in BJJ!

Fill out the legend with activities that you can do to help you reach your goals.  Everyday cross off the date with any of the marks that you did that day.  After a few days or weeks it will be painful to skip a day or two.  After a month or two these activates will become a habits and you will be doing the things you need to accomplish your goals.

Share success stories or pictures of your calendar at Bjjbrick@gmail.com

I have made two different quotes for the calendar.  The calendar will print perfectly on a normal size sheet of paper.  Print it off and get to crossing off days and making a chain.

“Excellence is not a singular act but a habit, You are what you repeatedly do.” Shaquille Oneal

“You can’t change what did yesterday, and tomorrow is uncertain, all you can do is make today count.” BjjBrick


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BJJ Results

In BJJ Results we focus on how BJJ has benefited people.  If you would like to share your story in the next BJJ Results just email me a few paragraphs here BjjBrick@gmail.com.   I would be happy to share your story, and promote the benefits of BJJ!

Ryan Bassett

BJJ turned my life around. I was an overweight lazy bastard who smoked 30 cigarettes a day and was out of breath if I walked the dog. I couldn’t do 5 pushups.

I’ve always been an MMA fan since I saw Randy Couture vs Chuck Liddell 1 on the Bravo Channel about 10 years ago, so when my friend invited me to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class I couldn’t resist.

The moment I stepped on the mats I was hooked, I couldn’t get through the warmup without almost vomiting at the side. The drilling technique exhausted me, light sparring at the end opened up my eyes to the magnificence of technique as a dude half my size was throwing me around like I weighed nothing. I loved it.

I broke my rib in my fourth class and I was questioning whether I should return. I’m so glad I did.

I’m now 4 stone lighter, a non smoker. I am a blue belt and I train 4 times a week, competing when I can. I’m so hooked I have matted out my garage to train on the side of classes and I keep a Jiu Jitsu based blog. Jiu Jitsu made me a more well rounded, fitted, happier person and I have gained some amazing friends through training.

Check out Ryan’s BJJ blog here! http://mrticklebjj.wordpress.com/

Jiu Jiu

I’m Jiu Jiu and jiu jitsu has profoundly benefited my life.

First is the physical. Jiu jitsu helped me lose a reasonable amount of weight. I went from 205 down to 155 in the past three years.I’m more in touch with what my body can do, and I love exploring movement! After sitting on the couch for so many years, I am absolutely astounded that I can do inverted drills and forward rolls. I hope to do jiu jitsu until the day I die, which I’m guesstimating to be around 127.

Second is the social. I started my blog to talk about the teaching aspect of jiu jitsu, since I was a teacher trainer. Instead, I found it was a powerful medium for building relationships around the world. I’ve met so many wonderful bjj bloggers online, and some even in person. I have positive touch in my life, healthy people influencing me, and I’ve found a family.

Jiu Jiu is a 30-something American woman training in Korea. She’s a blue belt in bjj and has a black belt in being a nerd.

She blogs at http://jiujiubjj.com


BJJ has helped me a lot in life.  It has even helped me start a new career.  One of the things that I enjoy about BJJ is that it brings people from all walks of life together.  I was working a dead end job cleaning offices, through friendships that I have made I was able to get my foot in the door at an advertising firm.  It is amazing how much a change of a career can change your life.

Tim from Ohio

Thank you Tim, Jiu Jiu, and Ryan for taking the time to share part of your BJJ stroy.