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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Epi 287 Jake Mackenzie

This week we have an interview with black belt Jake Mackenzie. Jake is a under Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Jake shares lots of stories about his early travels to Brazil, and developing his favorite guards.

We talk about:

  • His start to BJJ
  • Traveling to Brazil
  • Early competitions
  • Dealing with nervousness
  • Tips for half guard and deep half
  • The difference between half and deep half guard
  • Reverse half guard
  • How his competition experience helps him as a coach

Quote of the week: “I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was stupid, I was crazy. But because I believed in my dreams, I accomplished them.” D. Gary Young

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Article of the week: Optimizing Body Composition for Jiu-Jitsu Performance

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Epi 286 How To Be A Great BJJ Student

This week we talk being a great BJJ student. What can you do to accelerate your learning and help your team? We discuss many ideas that can help.

  • Be ready for a great class
  • Know how you add value to the class
  • Asking good questions
  • How questions help the entire class
  • How students teach other students
  • Training safely
  • Know why you are in class
  • Have a good time in class
  • Paying attention to your instructor

Quote of the week: “sticks in a bundle are unbreakable” Gary

Article of the week: 12 Sports Nutrition Tips That Anyone Can Benefit From

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Epi 285 Olympic Medalist Adam Wheeler

This week we have an interview with Olympic bronze medalist greco roman wrestler Adam Wheeler. This interview covers a wide range of topics from BJJ competitions to his off the mat career in public service.

We talk about:

  • Starting jiu-jitsu
  • Picking jiu-jitsu up again after the Olympics
  • Getting his black belt in about four years
  • Using his greco roman wrestling in jiu-jitsu
  • His instructional DVD Upper Body Takedowns for Grappling
  • Training tips
  • Why it is important to train takedowns
  • Changing from law enforcement to fire fighting
  • Being a firefighter

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Quote of the week: “The paradox is that sometimes you have to get worse before you get better.” Gary Mack

Article of the week: The Optimal State of Arousal

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Epi 284 Eliot Kelly Coaching and Competing

This week we have an interview with Eliot Kelly. Eliot is a top ranked grappler and excellent coach. This interview covers a wide range of topics from his accelerated development on the mat to helping students at El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense.

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • How taking a train to BJJ helped him get better
  • Coaching BJJ and preparing himself to compete
  • How to learn from a loss
  • How coaching makes him be a better competitor
  • How competing makes him a better coach
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Getting hurt and coming back to the competition world
  • Balancing BJJ and a home life with family
  • Dealing with trends
  • Matching your BJJ to your personality
  • Focusing your training
  • Evaluating your performance

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Quote of the week: “Without hustle, your talent will only get dyou so far” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Article of the week:

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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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