Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz

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In this weeks episode we talk to Tom Machowicz (Mac) from Fuji Sports. We cover everything from getting your first gi to helping a seasoned veteran figure out what gi is best for competition.

This Gi Guide covers:
Why do you need a gi?
Advantages to training in a gi
How judo gis are different from BJJ gis
Basic types of gis
Tips for getting a gi for kids, women and men
How the location the gi is made can effect the quality
Different types of weaves
How to get a gi that fits you
The advantages of Rip-stop
Different types of collars
How to take care of your gi
Shrinking your gi to get the best fit
Common mistakes with gi care
How to get your gi dry quickly
Putting a patch on a gi
Custom gis for your team
What makes a competition gi?

Quote of the week: We got this quote from an email from our friend Santiago. “My teacher is my opponent, my ego is my enemy” Renzo Gracie

Article of the week
30 Signs You’re A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Addict- Matadornetwork.com

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The Neppon Edition Gi 
Fuji All Around BJJ Gi (both Byron and Gary have this gi)
Size chart
Call our friend Tom at (212)769-1823 if you have any Gi related questions


Epi 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

Amber at a Girls in Gis event

Amber at a Girls in Gis event

This week we have an interview with Amber Oxford. Amber is a Blue belt that trains at Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. Amber is holding a free event called Girls in Gis on April 12 at the Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club. When she is not on the mats Amber is a full time nurse and she recently bought a salon it is called Tranquility Salon. Amber also finds time in her busy schedule to compete on a regular basis.
Girls in gis was started by Ashley Nguyen as an open mat for women, it has gotten much bigger. Girls in Gis is a nonprofit organization that helps promote BJJ to women. It has been growing under the leadership of Shama Ko for the past five years.Amber Oxford Girls in gis2

Amber talks about:
Getting more women on your BJJ team
The Girls in Gis organization
Her experiences competing
The benefits of women doing BJJ
How to get a Girls in Gis event to your area
And much more
Support us by checking out our sponsor Fujisports.com Coupon code “BJJBrick” for 10% off your purchase. Check out the women’s Gi selection!

Quote of the week: This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors “Commitment requires an endless series of small painful actions” Phil Stutz

Article of the week: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – A Female Perspective
Girls in Gis
Amber’s Salon Tranquility Salon
Wichita Jiu-Jitsu Club
Ambers event on April 12th

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

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This week we talk about the four basic types of matches you could find yourself in BJJ. We gave each match a symbol, to make it simple.epi 24 symbols

1) The straight line or arrow (——, ——>). This is a one-sided match that progresses smoothly. This match goes from start to finish with one of the competitors dominating the other. A tip for a tournament is to watch the rest of your bracket as they compete. You might see someones game plan and be able to avoid the dominant parts of their game.
2) The Figure 8. This is a chaotic match. This type of match is typically at the lower levels, because the higher level competitors are more controlling and better at using any dominant position. If you find yourself in a match like this, you can win this match, but you are going to need to fight for it. Try to use the transition to your advantage. Decide your strong part of your game and find a way to get your opponent to that place. If you find yourself behind in a match, you might look for ways to make it more like a figure 8 match.
3) The Circle O. This match is like a loop (like the movie ground hog day). The competitors find themselves doing the same things over and over again. If you are winning keep this going. If you are on the wrong end of this match find ways to break the loop, you need to change some things that your doing.
4) The Dot . This match is when nothing is happening. Be ready for your competitor to try to score at the end of the match. Try to find a way to get the match going.

We also give some training tips, because you will encounter these types of matches in training.

Quote of the week- This quote was brought to us by Coach John Connors from Episode 23 “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” Albert Einstein

Article of the week: I’m not ready for a BJJ competition, From Chewjitsu.net

Babe Ruth quote for BJJ

“It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.” Babe Ruth
This is so true for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you are on the mat with someone who just keeps coming at you, you know that you are in for a tuff roll.
It is also true for the long term. If you start to get discouraged about your BJJ, don’t quit! Hang in there, you will get better. You will also gain mental toughness.

More quotes here!


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – it’s good for you

Lose weight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

There are many benefits to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.  For many students weight loss is a primary goal for their BJJ training.  BJJ combined with a good diet is a great way to lose weight and keep the weight off.  The first step to using BJJ to lose weight is to just get started.

Start BJJ– Many people feel the need to get in shape before they start BJJ.  This is usually a mistake; just start training, there is no need to get in shape to exercise.  It is better to have a slow start than a delayed start.  Sure it will be difficult being on the mat with extra weight.  If you wanted to lose weight the easy way you would be talking to a doctor for a quick fix, not a BJJ coach.

Doing BJJ– After you do BJJ for a while you will get hooked.  This is the sweet spot for losing weight and keeping it off.  For many people, they have to force themselves to workout.  For people who are hooked on BJJ, they have an internal drive to be on the mat, the exercise is just an added benefit.  If you continue to do BJJ you will live a healthy lifestyle.  Eating healthy will be easier to do, because eating poorly will slow down your abilities on the mat.  You may find after you lose some weight you might need to change your style from grappling like a heavier person to that of a lighter person.

Quitting BJJ– BJJ is difficult at times, but it is imperative that you stick with it.  Not quitting BJJ is your ticket to long term weight loss, and a healthy life style.  It sounds simple, but one of your main goals should be to not stop training.  Make sure that you are having fun as you train.  If you are busy, put BJJ on your schedule.  Injury causes some students to miss class and ultimately stop training all together; get healed up and get back on the mat.  You might feel like you hit a plateau and you’re not improving; just remember you are still getting an amazing workout.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can bring a lot of great things to your life.  Being fit is just one of the many benefits.  People who are hooked on BJJ have a lot of fun and get a full body workout.

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Other articles you might like:

Take the staff

Getting Past a Plateau in BJJ

What to expect your first day of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu


You Should be A Student, Warrior, and Martial Artist

Martial art philosophy

Everyone has different goals in BJJ or any martial art.  From the fierce competitor to the casual student, everyone wants to get better.  Knowing when and why to be a student, warrior, or martial artist will help you meet your goals.  Being in the correct mindset during class will help you develop at an increased rate.

Student mode– If you are more than a couple of months away from competing you might consider thinking of yourself as more of a student.  When you are a student you are trying new things.  You will not be focusing on your battle tested techniques.  For example: if you are normally a top player, you might decide to pull guard.  This will put you out of your comfort zone.  You will not be as effective during rolling if you are in student mode, but your learning will be at an accelerated rate.  You may not end up completely changing your style, but it will at least help you understand techniques and positions that you don’t normally try.  This is a great time for growth and development.

Warrior mode When you are a month or two away from competing you should be in warrior mode.  You need to tighten up your game; you are doing and drilling the moves you do best. You are working on a game plan and sticking to it; this is not the time to be playing around with some new trick you found online.  When you are in warrior mode and you are rolling, your partners will know what you are trying to do, and you will still be hard to stop.  For example: If your game plan is to get top position, pass and then choke – that is what you should be doing.  Don’t pull guard just because you are too tired to fight for position.  If you end up on the bottom work your “back up plan” or work to get back to your primary game plan.  Don’t get caught playing around with moves you are not good at.  Even if you do not compete you should occasionally put yourself in warrior mode, this will help you develop core techniques.

Martial Artist mode– Find balance in both student and warrior modes.  If you are in student mode all the time you may fail to develop solid moves that you can rely on when you need them.  If you only work from warrior mode you will slow your ability to learn and understand other parts of Jiu-jitsu.  Decide what mode you should be in and put yourself to work. By doing both, you will accelerate your ability and knowledge.

Other articles you might like:

Take the Staff- A short story with a life lesson

One Handed Drill to Improve Your Open Guard

Starting from your knees- The good, the bad, and the worn out gi pants


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BJJ Awkward Moment

That awkward moment when you are rolling and you are trying to do what your coach is saying.  Then you realize that he is coaching someone else.

We have all experienced this at some point, usually as beginners.  You are trying your best to use technique and do what your coach says and he is just giving really odd advice.  It is also funny when you are rolling with someone who is experiencing this.  They will start to something totally odd just because that’s what the coach is saying.  Usually it is best to pause and let them know that the advice is being targeted to someone else.

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