Epi 319 Alia Garcia-Valadez

Alia is a 39 year old blue belt and an active competitor. She started doing kickboxing and eventually started doing BJJ. She is also a teammate of our very own Joe Thomas.

Alia getting Silver at master worlds (after the interview was recorded)

We talk about:

  • Her start to martial arts
  • Dealing with health issues that resulted in a stroke or TIA
  • Changing her training to protect against future medical issues
  • Making goals to get fit
  • Promoting women’s Jiu-Jitsu
  • Taking a role as a “Team Mom”
  • Networking at tournaments
  • Training with smaller teammates
  • Having fun while training
  • Advice for a first tournament
  • Changing her mindset for a tournament
  • Self talk before a tournament

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Quote of the week:”Persistence overshadows even talent as the most valuable resource shaping the quality of life.” Tony Robbins

Article of the week: Is Jiu-Jitsu Training Violent?

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Epi 318 An Amazing Journey with Stephan Kesting

We talk about:

  • His start with martial arts
  • His first experiences with grappling
  • Starting Grapplearts.com
  • Getting a life saving kidney transplant from his brother
  • Doing his 1000 mile canoe expedition
  • Some of the tools he carried
  • Dealing with difficult weather
  • Jiu-jitsu training tips
  • Building a big gas tank for the mats
  • Being a problem solver
  • Dealing with the dangers of the water
  • Dealing with isolation
  • Staying safe when bears are near
  • The cost of a big trip like this
  • Pushing your limits

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Quote of the week: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney

Article of the week: Be A Better Coach by Not Instructing Your Students

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Epi 317 Living the Dream Nick Unander

This is our second interview with Black Belt Nick Unander. You will find Nick training and teaching in Paralimni Cyprus. Nick had a recent health scare and he updates us on his story and shares much wisdom about his continued BJJ journey.

We talk about:

  • Teaching BJJ in Cyprus
  • Having tourist train in his academy
  • Dealing with a recent health scare
  • The roles of a coach
  • Making adjustments to his workouts
  • Changing his diet to be more healthy
  • His plans for travel
  • What should new students be working on?
  • Training in a difficult environment
  • Training on a tight schedule
  • Advice for starting BJJ as an older student

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Quote of the week: “Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.” ―W. Clement Stone

Question of the week: As a blue belt, I am going to try no-gi for the first time, any tips?

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Epi 316 Top Level Competitor Dante Leon

This week we have an interview with Dante Leon. We cover everything from getting ready for ADCC to tips for the listeners.

We talk about:

  • Training both gi and no-gi
  • Training with specific rules in mind
  • Training for a particular person or training to take on a bracket
  • Kicking in the door of the black belt division
  • Staying healthy and lifting weights
  • Training around injuries
  • Training for professional vs recreational
  • Getting your mind and body ready for peak performance
  • The importance of his team
  • Training smart
  • Tips for lifting to get better at BJJ

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Quote of the week: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” -Napoleon Hill

Article of the week: The Gentle Art of Choking

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Epi 306 Listener Favorite Matt Thornton

This week we have an interview with Matt Thornton. We cover topics from running a successful gym to proven training methods that get results.

We talk about:

  • Matt’s background in martial arts
  • Leading BJJ gym owners
  • Teaching how to coach
  • He shares some best business practices
  • Building a BJJ gym you really enjoy
  • Why people start BJJ
  • Having a good kids program
  • What it means to have a strong women’s program
  • Tips on teaching a seminar
  • Learning with base, posture, and connection
  • Different training methods

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Quote of the week: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Article of the week: Biggest Jiu-Jitsu Myths

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Epi 271 Black Belt Competitor and Coach Fabiana Borges

This week we have an interview with Fabiana Borges. You will find Fabiana sharing her 20 years of grappling experience at Gracie Barra San Antonio Texas.

We talk about:

  • Her competition history
  • How she trains on a busy schedule
  • Keeping a weekly schedule
  • Doing crossfit for BJJ
  • Tips for takedowns
  • Avoiding injuries
  • Eating healthy most of the time
  • Starting and running her own school
  • Growing women’s jiu-jitsu
  • Running a business as a team

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Quote of the week: “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Article of the week: Eight Health and Fitness Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu

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Epi 254 Lt. Tyson Kilbey- BJJ, Law Enforcement, and Firearms

This week we have an interview with Tyson Kilbey. Tyson is a 19 year veteran of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas. He is also a Jiu-Jitsu instructor and Firearms instructor. This is a great interview that covers many topics on and off the mat.

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts
  • Benefits of Jiu-Jitsu for police officers
  • How Jiu-Jitsu has reduced the amount of force he needs to use
  • Firearms training for conceal carry
  • Training with firearms safely
  • Teaching firearms safety to kids
  • His book Fundamental Handgun Mastery

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Quote of the week: “We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.” Dr. Henry Link

Article of the week: 3 Of The Best BJJ Conditioning Exercises

 

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Epi 253 Interview with Rafael Lovato Sr.

This week we have an interview with Rafael Lovato Sr. We talk about everything from martial arts to pipe organs.

We talk about:

  • Having a rough upbringing that should have ended him up in prison or dead
  • Setting real goals
  • BJJ helping kids
  • Martial arts for him when he was a kid
  • His start training BJJ with Carlos Machado
  • What he saw in Rafael Lovato Jr. that made him think he would be one of the best in the world
  • Jiu-Jitsu and MMA
  • Jiu-Jitsu and self defence
  • Requiring BJJ students to learn some striking
  • Why every student should try compeating
  • Playing the pipe organ
  • Music and Jiu-Jitsu
  • What music has done for his BJJ
  • How he avoids injuring his fingers while rolling on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Article of the week: Just Do As Little Bit …

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Epi 250 Live Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado Recording at The BjjBrick Summer camp

This weekend was the BjjBrick Summer Camp at Fox Fitness. This episode is the first time the entire BjjBrick crew is together for a recording. We are also joined by Tim Sledd and Roli Delgado.

Great weekend of BJJ in Wichita Kansas hosted by Fox Fitness BJJ

This weekend Tim did a kids workshop and a pressure workshop. Roli showed some of his leg lock system.

Quote of the week from Kevan Jr “If you can’t find a good person in this world be one.”

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Epi 238 Roy Harris The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man

This week we bring you an interview with Roy Harris. Roy has been training martial arts since 1981. He brings a wealth of BJJ knowledge and wonderful explanations to this interview.  We cover topics from new students all the way to how to run a school.

We talk about:

  • Becoming the Jiu-Jitsu Answer Man online many years ago
  • How the internet has changed and effected learning BJJ
  • Writing his book The Jiu-JItsu Answer Man
  • Why bridging is so powerful
  • Some unstoppable movements in BJJ
  • Using pressure differently in BJJ
  • Tightness vs pressure
  • Why positions are so important to understand
  • What to look for in finding good training partners
  • Dealing with injuries and attitude
  • Tips for instructors to run a great class
  • Advice for law enforcement officers that train BJJ

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Quote of the week: “A little impatience will spoil great plans.” Chinese Proverb

Article of the week: 5 AWESOME LOW EFFORT WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR BJJ TECHNIQUE LEARNING

The BjjBrick Summer Camp in Wichita Kansas

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