Epi 326 Martial Artist and Actor Rich Ting

This week we have an interview with Martial Artist and Actor Rich Ting. You have seen Rich in, Cinemax’s Warrior and Lone Survivor. Rich is also going to be in the fourth season of The Man In The High Castle.

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts as a kid
  • Always learning and growing
  • Learning martial arts and the craft of acting
  • Learning what you love
  • The Man In The High Castle
  • Playing Bolo on Cinemax’s Warrior
  • His role in the movie Lone Survivor


Quote of the week: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

Article of the week: How to negotiate your salary

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

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The BjjBrick Podcast Presents: Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp

Come spend a weekend training and hanging out with the BJJ Brick crew, guest instructors, and jiu-jitsu enthusiasts. Only 60 spots available. Register online at www.FoxFitnessBJJ.com (single session registration available via e-mail at FoxFitnessBJJ@gmail.com)

6/22 Friday
6-8p Open Mat (check in)

6/23 Saturday
10-11:30a Kids Seminar (message, call, or email to register)
12-2p Gi Workshop w/Prof Tim Sledd
3-5p No-Gi Workshop w/Prof Roli Delgado
6-???p BBQ and beers

6/24 Sunday
10a-12p No-Gi Workshop w/The BJJ Brick Podcast team

Keep up with what is happening on the Facebook event page here!

Epi 225 Road Warriors Ryan and Zach Gehl

This week we have an interview with Ryan and Zach Gehl. Zach is a blue belt training out of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with a long list of competition accomplishments. To follow Zach or learn more about him check out his Instagram theroadwarrior1 This is also a BjjBrick Extra episode. We hope to bring you an extra episode every month, thanks to our newest team member Joe.

We talk about:

  • Training and school
  • Learning BJJ and MMA
  • Having trouble with early competitions
  • Competing with kids and adults
  • Traveling and training
  • How to avoid injury while on the road
  • The benefits of martial arts
  • Using Jiu-Jitsu to win wrestling matches

BJJ Tip: we talk about active toes

Q&A: We answer a question about dealing with rough teammates





We are Looking for the BJJ Coach of the Year!

We would like to recognize a coach in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that has gone above and beyond the typical coaching role. The coach we are searching for does not need to be the leader of a team of world champions. We would like to honor someone that is truly making a difference in the lives of their students.

Do you have a great coach that you would like to nominate? Please write explaining what makes your coach so great and send it to BjjBrick@gmail.com with the subject being “coach of the year”. If our panel selects your coach, we will feature them in a future podcast and our website!

Basic Portuguese For Traveling To Brazil

If you are traveling to Brazil these key words and phrases should help you during your travels.

Pt 1 Greeting

Pt 2 Good bye

Pt 3 Please and thank you

Pt 4 Your welcome

Pt 5 yes no good bad

Pt 6 Do you speak English?

Pt 7 Ambulance, Police, Doctor, Taxi, Hotel, Restaurant, and Restroom

Pt 8 Sorry and Counting to Ten

Pt 9 Time and Days of the Week

The BjjBrick Podcast is quickly approaching episode 100

We would like to invite you to be part of this special episode by sharing your story about how BJJ has benefited your life off of the mat. We are hoping to make a very positive and motivating show.

We are asking for 5 minutes or less testimonial audio clips from the BJJ community.

There are two ways we are collecting these audio clips.
1) use your smart phone to record a mp3 and email it to us at bjjbrick@gmail.com.
2) email us your contact info at bjjbrick@gmail.com and tell us a few good times to call and we will call you and record it over the phone.

1) reflect on the off the mat benefits BJJ has given you
2) make an outline
3) go to a quiet place to record
4) give examples or a story not just a list of items
5) feel free to include your name full or just first name, where you are from, your school.
6) have fun

We are looking forward to hearing your stories.


Epi 96 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 1

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Sam Spiegelman

Sam Spiegelman

This week Sam Spiegelman answers your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • How often should you train when you are new to BJJ?
  • What level of Jiu-Jitsu class is best to start with?
  • Should I do extra cardio to get in shape for BJJ?
  • What are the benefits of joint mobility?
  • What is a quick and healthy breakfast?
  • When cutting weight is it necessary to run?
  • Do you need to compete in BJJ to get better?
  • How many times per week should I strength train?
  • What should your exceptions be if you are just starting a strength program?
  • What is the best strength and condition program for BJJ?


Quote of the week: “Frustration is a useless emotion” Amanda Lowen

Article of the week: “What Sharpens Iron?” sandhillsbjj

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

First year of BJJ

Epi 53 The table has been turned, Gary interviews Byron

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Last week at Fox Fitness Byron was given a Black belt from Andre “Tim” Monteiro and John Castillo. Gary interviews Byron about his journey from white belt to black.

Gary ask Byron about:

  • The journey at each belt color
  • Him off the mat
  • A description of his game and what he likes to do
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • How to make your first BJJ Brick
  • A good goal for a 1st year student
  • Did he ever think about quitting
  • Using BJJ as a firefighter

Byron and Gary as white belts, at Eric Williams seminars.

Byron and Gary as white belts, at Eric Williams seminars.

Gary and Byron with their new blue belts.

Gary and Byron with their new blue belts.

Byron new purple belt with Roberto Tozi, John Castillo, and Marcio Laselva

Byron new purple belt with Roberto Tozi, John Castillo, and Marcio Laselva

Byron as a new brown belt,  with John Castillo and Renato Tavares

Byron as a new brown belt, with John Castillo and Renato Tavares

Jake Fox, Andre "Tim" Monteiro​, Byron Jabara, John Castillo, and Jake Smith

Jake Fox, Andre “Tim” Monteiro​, Byron Jabara, John Castillo, and Jake Smith at Fox Fitness

Byron Jabara and Gary Hull

Byron Jabara and Gary Hull



Quote of the week: “High expectations are the key to everything” Sam Walton

Article of the week: “3 Ways to Become Happier with Your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training”


Epi 49 Giving 100% With Bernardo Faria

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio bernardo faria bjjBernardo Faria is one of the top BJJ black belt competitors on the mat today.  He credits a lot of his success not to being talented but to training very hard everyday.  He is currently training and teaching at Marcelo Garcia’s Academy. Look for him this October competing in Worlds No-Gi, IBJJF PRO and NY PRO.

Bernardo talks about:

  • His early training and school
  • Teaching and training hard for competition
  • Training with Marcelo Garcia
  • Why he is able to put all his effort and determination in a match
  • Why he likes his half guard so much
  • His deep half guard dvd that will be released soon
  • His short term and long term goals
  • Focusing on doing your best and not focusing on winning
  • How he gets ready before a match
  • His omoplata and why he goes 100% for the submission and not the sweep
  • His very first BJJ match
  • Advice for someone doing their 1st tournament
  • What he was like as a blue belt (his longest belt)
  • Why it is important to develop you own game
  • Why you should set your own goals
  • Traits he likes to see in his students
  • His matches with Rodolfo Vieira

Contact info Bernardo Faria on facebook page here

More info on Bernardo’s Deep Half Guard DVD!!

Quote of the week: “train hard fight easy” this quote was presented by Yuri Simoes

Article of the week: Teamquestmma.net “8 Tips For Teaching Kids Martial Arts

Details at the end of the show about how to win a free patch! United States only

Details at the end of the show about how to win a free patch! United States only. Matt Lowe sporting the patch at the IBJJF Dallas Open 2014


Epi 48 Interview with BJJ heavyweight Yuri Simões

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio Yuri Simões is one of the top competitors at the heavyweight division in BJJ.  He is competing for the Caio Terra Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association.  He has been doing BJJ for 13 years, compeating for most of it.Yuri Simoes In this interview Yuri Simões talks about:

  • His main goal of becoming a black belt world champion
  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 7
  • Overcoming his rough start at competition as a kid
  • His training habits
  • Competing with an injury
  • His last competition at worlds
  • His two wins over Rafael Lovato Jr
  • A Metamoris Match between Simões and Lovato Jr
  • His dreams to compete in ADCC and Abu Dhabi Pro
  • The possibilities of doing MMA in the future
  • How he will change his focus when transitioning to MMA
  • His first year in the black belt division facing many guys he looked up to
  • He has learned more about Jiu-jitsu since he has got his black belt than before the black belt
  • Why he is always learning and expanding his Jiu-jitsu

Contact Yuri Simões

Quote of the week: “ABC always be choking” Brian Marvin

Article of the week:  “7 people you meet training bjj”