Epi 283 BJJ Black Belt Adem Redzovic

This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Adem Redzovic. Adem is not only an amazing black belt but also a great instructor. You will find Adem training in Chicago.

We talk about:

  • Where focus goes energy flows
  • His start to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Getting a job at his brothers school
  • Having a passion for BJJ
  • How he gets new students to get a smooth start
  • The 2 feelings to avoid for working with new students
    1. Feeling like someone wants to hurt them
    2. Feeling stupid
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Using positional sparring to help new students
  • His online training program RJJonline

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Quote of the week: “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” Mary Pickford

Article of the week: New Info on the Gi vs No-gi Training Debate

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Epi 282 BJJ Big and Small

This week we talk about the size differences in grapplers. Are you a large person training with smaller grapplers? we have some advice for you to get the most of your mat time. Are you on the smaller end of most grapplers and need a little advice for training and competing with the larger athletes. If so this episode is for you.

We talk about:

  • Training with bigger teammates
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Keeping things safe
  • Dealing with frustrations
  • Techniques good for small or large people
  • Competing against people of a different size
  • When the instructor shows a “big person” or “small person” move

Quote of the week:  “Do not be misled. You will suffer along the way. You will have failures and set-backs. You will have to learn to overcome these failures. However, it is this process of personal improvement that will transform you as an individual.” Book Master Jiu-Jitsu master life by Paul Kindzia

Article of the week: BJJ White Belt Survival Kit: 5 Essential Tips For Beginners

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Epi 281 Eliot Marshall and The Gospel of Fire

This week we have an interview with former pro MMA fighter and black belt jiu-jitsu competitor Eliot Marshall. Eliot was the first american to win titles at IBJJF Pan American tournaments at the blue, purple, and brown belt ranks. He was also in TUF 8 and competed in the UFC’s light-featherweight division.

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in school
  • Why his gym focuses on BJJ and not MMA
  • His podcast The Gospel of Fire
  • His book The Gospel of Fire
  • His goal of being the best parent to his boys
  • Changing his life focus
  • The rules he has as a father
  • Teaching leg locks safely
  • Success early in BJJ
  • Competing in submission only matches
  • Dealing with toxic people in the gym

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Quote of the week: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius

Article of the week: My best & worst mindset for BJJ competitions

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Epi 280 Finding Balance On and Off the Mat With Jared Dopp

This week we have an interview with Jared Dopp. Jared is a top american competitor and PhD student.  This interview covers a wide range of topics from performance tips to the e coli virus.

We talk about:

  • Doing BJJ as a full time student
  • Trying different sports
  • Doing football and track
  • Dealing with nerves
  • Why he does better in school if he is doing a sport
  • Fitting jiu-jitsu in a busy schedule
  • What is is studying as a chemical engineer
  • Using e coli virus in his studies
  • Training gi and nogi

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Quote of the week: “Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.” -Stephen Covey

Article of the week: Why 70 percent of kids quit sports by age 13

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Epi 279 Interview With Clark Gracie

This week we have an interview with black belt and competitor Clark Gracie. This interview covers everything from growing up a Gracie, to running a jiu-jitsu school. Clark is also generous with tips and advice.

We talk about:

  • Growing up a Gracie and doing jiu-jitsu
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Running a jiu-jitsu school and traveling
  • Kicksite software used to keep organized and help run a martial arts business
  • Advice he has for competitors
  • His expectations for his students
  • What he looks for in a blue belt

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Thanks to our friends at Kicksite for help with this interview

Quote of the week: “Jiu-Jitsu is a filter of life itself. Jiu-Jitsu does not weed out people who are weak or lack coordination, or natural talent. Jiu-jitsu weeds out those who lack core principles of success. In jiu-jitsu, those that practice become stronger. Paul Kindzia in the book Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life

Article of the week: Strong As A Mother: Why It’s So Important For Mothers To Train In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Epi 278 Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life with Paul Kindzia

This week we have an interview with author Paul Kindzia. During the interview we cover many on and off the mat lessons Jiu-Jitsu brings to us. Paul also talks about his book Master Jiu-Jitsu Master Life.

We talk about:

  • What got him interested in martial arts as a kid
  • Finding BJJ as an adult
  • Situations in his life that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle
  • Becoming an endurance athlete
  • Dealing with medical issues (brain tumor)
  • How science will change Jiu-Jitsu
  • The growth of BJJ
  • Getting better at BJJ quicker
  • Knowing your “Why” for BJJ

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Quote of the week: “The key is not the will to win….. everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” Bobby Knight

Article of the week: The best defense is….

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Epi 277 Defense and Offense

This episode we answer listener questions about offense and defense.

We talk about:

  • Changing the way we roll based on the belt rank we are rolling with
  • Changing the way we roll based on the person we are rolling with
  • What makes a good defense
  • What makes a good offense
  • Building confidence
  • Using stratagem in your offense and defense
  • Defending positions vs submissions

Quote of the week: “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” Tom Lehrer famous pianist

Article of the week: How to get better at BJJ: 12 Steps

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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

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  • 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 275 Black Belt Gina Franssen

This week we have an interview with BJJ Black Belt Gina Franssen. You can find Gina running her own BJJ school X2 Fitness in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

We talk about:

  • Her reason for starting BJJ after an assault
  • Running her own school
  • The original goal of a blue belt
  • Her thoughts on women’s self defense classes
  • Changing the reasons you train BJJ
  • You tap to the technique not the person
  • The culture of the gym
  • Dealing with frustrations on the mat

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Quote of the week: “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” Johnny Cash

Article of the week: 5 Ways Jiu Jitsu Will Help Your Child In School

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Epi 274 Black Belt Karen Antunes

This week we have an interview with BJJ black belt Karen Antunes. This interview covers a wide range of topics from competing at the black belt level to maintaining a busy off the mat life.

We talk about:

  • Her training background
  • Competing after having a baby
  • Her desire to be a competitor
  • How her brother helped introduce her to Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training less than you did a few years ago
  • What makes a good training partner
  • Training Gi vs no-gi
  • Off the mat training
  • Changes in the women’s division over the years
  • Her role as a coach

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Quote of the week: “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti

Article of the week: Welcome to Jiu-Jitsu 🙂

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