Epi 329 Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida

This week we have 11 time BJJ World Champion Buchecha on the show. We cover a wide range of topics from struggling with competitions as a kid to gi and no-gi training.

We talk about:

  • Training in seasons of gi and no-gi
  • His preference for training in the gi
  • Adapting his game to work in both gi and no-gi
  • Doing BJJ as a kid
  • His training schedule
  • Focusing on one or two tournaments a year
  • His thought process for deciding if he will compete
  • Developing the folding pass after an injury
  • His new folding pass instructional with BJJ Fanatics
  • Not winning a match for his first eight tournaments
  • Winning double gold for the first time in 2012
  • Getting the nickname Buchecha

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Quote of the week: “I’ve seen kids who tie their self-worth to wins and losses and that’s a scary place to be. Kids need to know that they’re human beings first and the love they receive from family is not based off their performance in athletics.” Ben Askren

Article of the week: Improve Your Speed

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Epi 328 Thank You BJJ

BJJ has been so great to us over the years. This special Thanksgiving episode we highlight some of the things we are grateful for about BJJ.

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Quote of the week: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” Robert Frost

Article of the week: 5 Ways to get better at swimming

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Epi 327 David Aguzzi From Grappling Industries

This week we have an interview with David Aguzzi founder of Grappling Industries the fastest growing BJJ competition. Grappling Industries has a round robin format that gets competitors lots of matches. They currently sit in the number two spot for biggest BJJ competition organizations.

We talk about:

  • How Grappling Industries started
  • The round robin format
  • The popularity of Gi compared to no-gi
  • The reasons why no-gi is not as popular as gi
  • Different belt ranks at tournaments
  • Grappling Industries competing with NAGA
  • How Grappling Industries is improving their tournaments
  • David’s thoughts about the future of BJJ
  • If BJJ will ever be in the olympics
  • Having Pro MMA fighters enter a BJJ tournament
  • Why scrambles cause injuries
  • Giving points for knee on stomach
  • Why he recommends that most people don’t cut weight
  • Some behind the scenes info about a tournament
  • Some options for people who can’t afford to pay the entry fee
  • Plans for Grappling Industries in 2020

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Quote of the week: “Good fences make good neighbors” Robert Frost

Article of the week: From a World-Class Rower, Tips to Sharpen Technique

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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

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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

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Epi 325 Trim The Fat From Your BJJ

This week we talk about making changes to your game to make it lean and mean.

We talk about:

  • What is considered “fat” in BJJ
  • Times we have cut things out of our game
  • How to identify fat in your game
  • When is it okay or good to have fat in your jiu-jitsu
  • The benefits of trimming up your game
  • Being able to make changes

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Quote of the week: “I’m not one to blow smoke at my players. They kicked our butts on the offensive boards. And it’s not just because the ball came their way.” Gregg Popovich

Article of the week: Staying on a Bull

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Epi 324 ADCC Fan Favorite Lachlan Giles

This week we have an interview with ADCC standout Lachlan Giles. Lachlan is coming off an amazing absolute bronze medal performance at adcc 2019. He had submissions over Kaynan Duarte, Patrick Guadio, and Mahamed Aly.

We talk about:

  • His performance at ADCC 2019
  • His match in 77kg with Lucas Lepri
  • A strategy for Kaynan Duarte in the absolute
  • His match with Patrick Gaudio
  • What happened in his match with Gordon Ryan
  • Getting bronze by submitting Mahamed Aly
  • His new leg lock DVD
  • Improving his flexibility
  • His off the mat training
  • Why working on guard passing is so important
  • Why he likes to attack the feet from the top

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Quote of the week: “The measure of who we are is how we react to something that doesn’t go our way.” Gregg Popovich

Article of the week: How’s Your Poker Face?

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Epi 323 Coach and Competitor Amal Easton

This week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Amal Easton. Amal is the rare person that has both been able to compete at a high level and produce high level competitors of BJJ and MMA.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • Coaching jiu-jitsu
  • How skying gave him grit that he used on the mats
  • Moving to Brazil early in his BJJ journey
  • How teaching BJJ has changed over the years
  • The academy is a farm or a jungle concept
  • Creating an environment that is good for everyone
  • Why some people quit BJJ

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Quote of the week: “It’s not about any one person. You’ve got to get over yourself and realize that it takes a group to get this thing done.” Gregg Popovich

Article of the week chess.com/article/view/how-to-win-a-chess-game

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Epi 322 Alan Shebaro We Defy Foundation

This week we have an interview with the Vice President of We Defy Foundation Alan Shebaro. Alan is a 4th degree Black Belt under Professor Chris Haueter.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ and martial arts
  • Having a tough time as a kid in fights
  • The We Defy Foundation
  • Working with Joey Bozik
  • What We Defy athletes get out of BJJ
  • His style of teaching a seminar
  • His neck injury

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Quote of the week:  “We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” W.H. Auden

Check out our friends at Grappling Rewind Podcast for current info on competitions and upcoming events

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Epi 321 Grappling Legend Gokor Chivichyan

This week we have grappling legend Gokor Chivichyan. Gokor has achieved gold at the international level at BJJ, Judo, MMA, and Sambo. He has coached Ronda Rousey, Karo Parisyan, Neil Melanson, and many more

We talk about:

  • Growing up as a tough kid in Armenia
  • Starting Wrestling in 1968
  • Starting Sambo in 1971
  • Eventually adding Judo to his grappling mix
  • He also did boxing for four years
  • Bringing leg locks to the United States 35 years ago
  • Teaching martial arts

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Quote of the week: “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make me feel important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.” -Mary Kay Ash

Article of the week: Learn to Skateboard – Top 5 Tips & Tricks

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Epi 320 BJJ Travel Guide

This week we offer many tips and advice about training BJJ while you travel. We share many stories and experiences from our time on the road.

Byron got a chance to train BJJ in Iceland this summer at Mjölnir MMA. Pictures are with Omar and Axel.

We talk about:

– Our experiences when training when traveling

– When do you not train when traveling

– Positives and negative

– Tips for walking into a new gym, Find a gym, contact the gym, follow basic bjj social norms, know your why

-Rolling as a guest

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Quote of the week: “Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed. There is so little competition.” Elbert Hubbard

Article of the week: https://beastmodesoccer.com/5-ways-to-become-a-better-soccer-player/

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