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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Epi 294 Am I Getting Any Better?

This is a feeling we all have at some time in BJJ. We do our best to tackle this question and give you some advice to keep your growth at a level you are happy with.

We talk about:

  • Times we have not gotten better
  • What to do if you are not getting any better
  • Can you get worse while training BJJ?
  • Adjusting your game
  • Why it is difficult to judge your improvements
  • How to tell if you are getting better
  • Are you holding yourself back?
  • Why a plateau happens
  • How to find direction with your jiu-jitsu

Quote of the week: “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: How I Treat My Blue Belts

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Epi 293 East Coast Trials Winner Alec Baulding

This week we have an interview with black belt Alec Baulding. Alec is the 88kg ADCC east coast trials winner. You will find Alec training at Valhalla Jiu Jitsu in Göteborg, Sweden.

We talk about:

  • Training in Sweden
  • The development of his game
  • His style of BJJ
  • Training for ADCC
  • Learning how to wrestle
  • His game for gi and no-gi
  • Off the mat training
  • The possibility of doing MMA
  • Learning striking
  • Helping the students he trains with

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Quote of the week: “You can never plan the future by the past” Edmund Burke

Article of the week: Why didn’t you fix it? I didn’t know it was broken!

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Epi 292 John Combs

This week we have an interview with Amal Easton black belt John Combs. John is the 77kg ADCC west coast trials winner.

We talk about:

  • His start with wrestling
  • His early jiu-jitsu
  • How he studies jiu-jitsu
  • Teaching jiu-jitsu
  • Training for ADCC
  • Making the jump from brown belt to black belt
  • Waking up early as a habit
  • And lots of tips for BJJ

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Quote of the week: “I didn’t think; I experimented.” Anthony Burges

Article of the week: 5 Things Every White Belt Must Learn Before Blue Belt

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Epi 291 Mason Fowler

This week we have an interview with brown belt Mason Fowler. Mason has recently won the ADCC West Coast Trials for the 99 Kg division.

We talk about:

  • His start to Jiu-Jitsu
  • The decision to do BJJ full time
  • Changing from MMA to BJJ
  • Lessons learned from MMA and rugby
  • Doing both gi and no-gi
  • His performance at the ADCC trials
  • What Mason was like as a lower belt
  • Dealing with a loss on the mats
  • Getting a good warm up
  • Tips for the hobbiest grappler

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Quote of the week: “It is the fight alone that Pleases us, not the victory.” Blaise Pascal

Article of the week: What role do sports play in the mental health of children?

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Epi 290 Top Game

We talk about:

  • Why play top game?
  • Advantages of top game
  • The types of top games we like to play
  • Passing guard
  • Passing half guard
  • Keeping top position
  • Getting more pressure

Quote of the week: “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language” Dale Carnegie

Article of the week: Ring Bell For Service

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Epi 289 Chuck Rylant

This week we have an interview with author Chuck Rylant. Chuck has written many books including two about BJJ. His newest book is Success- The Path to Personal Fulfillment Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fighters. He has also written Motivation- Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts.

We talk about:

  • Getting injured in a foot pursuit
  • Teaching arrest and control to police officers
  • Different techniques used for law enforcement
  • Being an expert witness for court
  • His books Motivation and Success
  • Being a good teammate and helping others

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Quote of the week: “Any day above ground is a good day son. I don’t think anyone who was given another shot at life would ever find issue with a rainy day again.” Gary Robbins

Article of the week: Disorder and Chaos

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Epi 288 Maria Malyjasiak

This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Maria Malyjasiak. You will find Maria training at Abmar Barbosa Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Vienna Virginia.

We talk about:

  • Her start to martial arts
  • Changing from judo to jiu-jitsu
  • Moving to the United States
  • Changes to her game over the years
  • Her training routine
  • Listening to music before she steps on the mat
  • Starting a women’s program

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Quote of the week: “Attackers may sometimes regret bad moves, but it is much worse to forever regret an opportunity you allowed to pass you by.” Garry Kasparov

Article of the week: Why I Train

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