Episode 9 an interview with a paramedic, what to do when someone gets hurt in class

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Today we have a good friend Craig on the show.  Craig has been in the emergency medical field for over 32 years, he is a paramedic.  Craig has been training Jiu-Jitsu for approximately 8 years.  He shares some of his knowledge about dealing with injuries that might happen during class.  We cover a lot of stuff in this episode! You could find yourself needing to know this information on or off the mat.  This episode should help you make the right decisions after an injury happens.paramedic-uniform

Craig helps us learn about these topics:

How to determine if it is a serious injury and if you need to call for help

What happens to your body if certain bones are broken?

Tips on splinting an injured extremity, and when you are not going to be able to splint something

When you should not splint an injury

What to expect when an ambulance is called

Internal bleeding

What is an open fracture, and why you need to call an ambulance

Tips on minimizing pain after an injury

Tips on what should you do before the ambulance arrives

What you can do to help someone that could have a serious neck injury

A tip to help healing is the acronym R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevate)

How quickly do you need to get stitches?

Why chest pain is not to be ignored

Why abrasions are more likely to get infected than a cut

Signs of an infected scrape or cut, and the consequences

Why it is so important to have good hygiene and a clean gi?

How to help someone that get choked unconscious

Dealing with a concussion

Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Tips for staying safe when you are training in a high heat environment



Some things that should be in a first aid kid at your gym- 4X4 bandages, band aids, a sling and swath, antiseptic gel, medical gloves, ice packs, aspirin, scissors, safety pins, and tape.



Quote of the week- “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela

Article of the weekA easy way to stay out of trouble in the guard By Stephan Kesting  Stephan gives some great tips for avoiding getting attacked if your posture temporarily gets broken.


Craig recommends sportsinjuryclinic.net as a great reference.

A guide to splinting injuries

How to immobilize someone’s injured neck

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Absolutely free- Don’t break the chain calendar, just open it and hit print

Episode 8 To gi or not to gi

Join Gary and Byron on the BjjBrick Podcast

Join Gary and Byron on the BjjBrick Podcast

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We have a good mix of people talking about gi vs nogi training.

Byron likes both, Gary is a nogi guy, and Matt likes the gi more but the nogi rules.

The gi game can be described like a game of 5 vs 5.  More technical and slower pace.

  • More difficult to escape
  • Grips make a huge difference
  • More techniques

The no gi game is like a 2 vs 2 basketball game.  Fast pace and lot more hustle.

  • Underhooks and overhooks are the “grips “ of no-gi
  • Leg locks become a big factor
  • More scrambles

We talk about starting out with the gi or without it.

You should be rolling any chance you can.  With our without the gi.

If you are interested in belt promotions you need to be training with the gi.

Some of the best grapplers in your gym may be training with the gi.  Put a gi on and join them.

Quote of the week: “Keep your friends close and your elbows closer.”

Article of the week: this week it is a video! Cobrinha break down from adcc 2013. From Ostapbjj

Episode 7- The 12 Commandments of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Carlos Gracie:

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We break down and discuss the 12 commandments.  We don’t always agree with the commands but they have a great overall message.

1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

2. Speak to every one of happiness, health, and prosperity.

3. Give all your friends the feeling that they are valuable.

4. Look at things from a positive point of view and turn positivity into a reality of life.

5 Think only about the best, work only or the best, and always expect the best.

6. Be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are of your own.

7. Forget about past mistakes and concentrate your energy on the victories of tomorrow.

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a pleasant attitude to all those who address you.

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others.

10. Be too big to feel unrest, too noble to feel anger, too strong to feel fear, and too happy to tumble in adversity.

11. Hold a positive opinion of yourself and tell it to the world.  Not through words of vanity, but through benevolence.

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, if you keep true to what is the best within you.

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Quote of the week: “don’t suck” from Jake Fox

Question from Facebook: We talk about drug testing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.



Fox Fitness: Jake Fox joins us again in this episode.

Good times at our Facebook page.

Article of the week: Texas Kids Fight Bullying With Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, By Teresa Woodard

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Jake Fox and Andre "Tim" Monteiro

Jake Fox and Andre “Tim” Monteiro

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Jake is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Andre Tim Monteiro. He opened up his own academy in Wichita Kansas about a year and a half ago.
Jake has done MMA, Muay Thai, and Jiu-Jitsu.
We start off this interview about Andre telling us a little about Jake.
Jake talks with us about:
-Opening up his own school
-His journey from white belt to black belt
-His training philosophies
-Training at different skill levels
-Dealing with injuries
-Overcoming Obstacles

Quote of the week “we are not here to knit” Jake Fox
Article of the week The Bleacherroport.com “BJJ Has Lost it’s Effectiveness as an MMA Base”
Fox fitness
Fox fitness Facebook page
Fox raw bars Facebook page
The Bleacherroport.com “BJJ Has Lost it’s Effectiveness as an MMA Base”
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BjjBrick Radio Episode 5

Today we talk to Jason Bircher.

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He is a black belt under Renato Tavares, he has a BJJ club in Kansas City.
Jason talks about his history in BJJ.
He gives us several tips for competing.
He will give you some great advice with developing your game.
Throughout the interview you can tell Jason has a deep passion for BJJ.
This interview is available in iTunes and Stitcher radio.

Jason and Byron

Jason and Byron

Quote “The man is the size of his dreams” from Andre Tim Monteiro

Article of the week- From Innerbjj.com “The Bjj Contrarian”

KCbjj.com If you are in Kansas City check out Jason’s gym. He is a great instructor and leads a fun class.
Innerbjj.com “The Bjj Contrarian”
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BjjBrick Radio Episode 4

Andre Tim Monteiro

“Like a lion, go for the neck.”

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We talk to Andre about

  • His nick name “Tim”
  • How BJJ has helped him reach his dreams
  • He has 2 different types of BJJ games (in the gym, competition)
  • Overcoming his first big loss as a kid
  • His training schedule (he trains every day!)
  • Andre gives great advice to students who are going to compete for the first time
    • Get a game plan
    • Train your game plan at the gym
    • Stick to your game plan at the tournament
    • Please listen to your coach on the side of the mat
    • What he the does before an important match
    • The slow progress in your own BJJ, and how to look at it differently
    • The current rules in BJJ
    • Should or could BJJ be in the Olympics
Jake Fox, Byron Jabara, Andre "Tim" Monteiro, and Ray Kellison

Jake Fox, Byron Jabara, Andre “Tim” Monteiro, and Ray Kellison

Quote of the week: “Don’t practice until you get it right.  Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” Unknown


Andre’s Facebook page

Andre’s website

Andre’s sponsors: Koral Fight co. Fightertech

Article of the week: “The Importance of Preparation” by Jake Whitfield

BjjBrick Radio- Epi 3- BJJ and self defense

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Today we talk to John Castillo about BJJ and self defense.

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo:

There are three main aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  1. Vale Tudo (MMA)
  2. Tournament Jiu-Jitsu
  3. Self defense (mostly viewed as a 1 vs 1 conflict without any weapons)

Going to the ground in a self defense situation can be very dangerous.

  • You could get attacked by other people (human soccer ball)
  • Many people have knifes on them, it could be more difficult to get away from a weapon

Some advantages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a self defense situation.

  • It is a contact sport and you are more accustom to the stresses and discomfort
  • You could be able to hold someone down and not need to hurt them
  • You are less likely to get beat up by one person in a “fair fight”

Things you can do to make sure you are more prepared to survive a self defense situation.

  • Learn some strikes (jab cross combo, basic kicks, knees and elbows)
  • Understand how weapons can be used against you
  • Try to increase your situational awareness
  • Do some escape drills (learn what it takes to escape a room full of people)
  • Train with a fake gun or knife
  • Don’t go to places where violence is likely
  • Try the Hubud drill ( a Filipino martial art drill)
  • Go to a Kapap or Israeli Krav Maga class

You can win the fight and still lose big.  You could get sewed, kicked out of your BJJ gym, lose the respect of your community or coworkers.

Your main goal in a street fight is to survive; the best way to survive is to avoid the conflict.  The best move you can often do is to go home.

Contact John Castillo at Johnnyjiujitsu@yahoo.com or phone 316-265-0722

Castillo Jiu-Jitsu facebook page

Quote of the week- “The harder work the luckier I get” Thomas Jefferson

Article of the week “Rickson Gracie Advice that was echoed by a fantastic highschool principal.” By Part time grappler.

We also talked about the desire to win vs the goal of performing at your best.

This podcast is available in iTunes.

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BjjBrick Radio Episode 2- Bringing a friend to BJJ class

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Tips for bringing a friend to your BJJ class

Your main goals should be to keep your friend safe and to have fun.

Keep them safe by helping them to roll with experienced grapplers that will not injure them.

They will have fun if they are able to relax, BJJ is naturally fun.

You are an ambassador for BJJ. 

To anyone that you know that doesn’t train, you are most like the best BJJ practitioner they know.  You may have only been going a month to BJJ class, but in their eyes you are the only person they know that trains.  You are their “Jiu-Jitsu guy” or “Jiu-Jitsu gal”.

Tell your friend what to expect for their first BJJ class.  They will be less nervous if they know what to expect.

What is the format of the class? Warm up, technique, rolling….

Tell them about mat etiquette.  They don’t want to break these rules, but if they don’t know the rules they might be breaking them.

Tell your friend what to bring.

What should they wear?  Do they need to bring water?

Drive your friend to class if you can.

This may seem odd but they will really feel like you are doing everything you can to help them.  The conversation you will have on the way home could mean the difference between your friend being frustrated about the class or excited.

What friends should you invite?

Invite anyone that asks you a few questions about BJJ.  Or anyone that seems like they would give it a try.

Bonus tip– Call them the next day and ask them what they thought, try to make it with them to their next class.

3 Tips for helping the new student that does not know anyone.

Be outgoing and welcome them into the group.

Show them around and answer any questions they might have.

Treat them how you would like to be treated if it was your first day on the mat.

Quote of the Week– “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth

Article of the Week “Attending BJJ Class While Injured: You’re Still A Part of the Class and We do Want You Here” By- A Skirt on the Mat

The gyms Gary mentioned in this episode.  Fox Fitness, Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club.

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BjjBrick Radio Episode 1- Train leg locks safely

BjjBrick Radio Episode 1- Train leg locks safely

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  • Practice leg locks- The more you understand and train leg locks the safer you will be.
  • Don’t force the leg lock- Submissions should not take all your strength to work.  Don’t strain too hard, be smooth.
  • Control your partner- Before you start applying the pressure have good control of your training partner.
  • Work leg locks with more skilled people- Avoid putting leg locks on new practitioners; they will be more likely to get injured.
  • Tap when you get caught- It’s no big deal, if you get caught just tap.
  • Be aware of your own feet- You are often in danger when you are attacking someone’s leg.
  • Tips for when to tap to- Heel hooks, Achilles lock, and Toe hold.

Quote of the week- “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”  Bruce Lee

Article- “It’s All in the Hips: Hip Care 101 for BJJ Practitioners” By Samuel Spiegelman

Legal Leg Locks for BJJ by Roli Delgado– The App Gary talked about.

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