Epi 301 Craig Diamond from Diamond MMA

This week we have an interview with Craig Diamond. Craig is the CEO of Diamond MMA. This interview covers a wide range of topics from developing a cup for fighters and grapplers to Craig’s BJJ game.

We talk about:

  • The start of Diamond MMA
  • Craig doing BJJ
  • How he developed a cup for combat sports
  • Injuries that a cup can prevent

Links:

Quote of the week: “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized ho seldom they do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Article of the week: How Consistency Affects Jiu-Jitsu Practitioners

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Epi 300 Miles Lukas

We talk about:

  • Starting jiu-jitsu in the late 90’s
  • Celebrating small milestones during BJJ
  • Tips for rolling with bigger people
  • Strengthening your joints
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Breathing properly in BJJ
  • Wim Hof breathing method
  • Fight to win

Links:

Quote of the week: “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someones else’s chapter 20”

Gary shares an off the mat story about coaching kids basketball

We answer a question about getting off the bottom

Article of the week: The Value of All Your Teammates

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Epi 299 Your BJJ Coach

This week we talk about your BJJ coach. This is probably the most important relationship in most of our jiu-jitsu journeys.

We talk about:

  • The business relationship with your coach
  • The personal relationship with your coach
  • What we look for in a coach
  • Joe wins the internet again
  • Telling your coach your goals
  • How to help your coach

Quote of the week: “Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.” Dave Willis

Article of the week: https://bjjbrick.com/how-to-put-your-rabbits-in-a-pen/

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Epi 298 Finding Your Way In Jiu-Jitsu With Emily Kwok

This week we are excited to have Emily Kwok back on the BjjBrick Podcast. This interview by Joe covers a wide range of topics that are useful to all grapplers.

We talk about:

  • Her background in BJJ
  • Her time in Japan
  • Fighting as a life skill
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Dealing with parents and kids doing jiu-jitsu
  • Women doing BJJ
  • Finding the right gym for you
  • Tips for women doing
  • Business and Jiu-Jitsu
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Quote of the week: “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind” Rudyard Kipling

Article of the week: How to avoid staph, ringworm, and MRSA while doing BJJ

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The Value of All Your Teammates

One of my favorite quotes (it’s actually from an ancient text) is: Iron Sharpens Iron. Those tough battles with your favorite training partners make you a better fighter.

But a leather strap will also sharpen iron. A stone wheel will also sharpen iron. The reality is, many things can sharpen an ax.

Value your lower ranked and less experienced training partners. They too, can sharpen your game.

If you’re an experienced grappler and you’re not getting better when you roll with less experienced people…that’s on you.

Just like you have to learn how to use a leather strap to sharpen an ax; you have to learn how to roll with less experienced training partners so that both their game, and yours, improves.

Joe

Epi 297 Damian ‘Obi’ Todd

We talk about:

  • Doing a 24 hour marathon of BJJ
  • Dealing with injuries and making changes to his game
  • Raising money for suicide prevention
  • The process of rolling for 24 hours
  • His plans to raise money for the future
  • Tips for doing a 24 hour roll

Links:

Quote of the week: Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy” Leo Buscaglia

Article of the week: The 4 T’s of your favorite training partner

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How to put your rabbits in a pen

If you’ve stopped by the BJJBrick Facebook page you may know I like to post an inspirational quote a couple times a week. I usually leave a few lines sharing how the quote relates to jiu jitsu from my perspective. Recently I posted the following ancient proverb: “If you chase two rabbits you will catch neither”. I was busy so I didn’t elaborate. Immediately one of our listeners responded “I don’t think this relates to jiu jitsu at all”.

     I don’t think we had a difference of opinion, we were just looking the quote through different lenses. I was considering the technique of the month club students who are always chasing the latest technique that went viral on youtube and has no focus to their training. Our friend was considering grapplers who chase only one move at a time as opposed to creating options. He summed up his thoughts this way “the easiest way to catch a rabbit would be to put 3-4 in a small pen and then go for the easiest one”. When trying to escape one of those rabbits will be slower or make a mistake or freeze and bam there’s the one you catch.

     As it relates to jiu jitsu: what does it actually look like to put 3 or 4 rabbits in a small pen and see which ones easiest to catch? I could start a match on my feet with the idea that “I’m going to take him down and pass guard, or I’m going to pull and submit from closed guard, or I’m going to throw a flying arm bar up”. Those three options might represent “three rabbits”, but that’s not a very small pen. If I pull, secure closed guard, and then look at three options from that position, that’s better. But even from closed guard it’s a pretty big pen. But what if, from closed guard, I sit up and connect to my opponent with my left arm over his left shoulder isolating and dominating his left arm for a kimura set up? Now, I’ve got the kimura available as well as the sit-up/hip bump sweep and a left-handed guillotine. How he reacts will determine which one of those “rabbits” is easiest to catch.

     In conclusion: Thanks Chris. This is a great concept for all grapplers to spend some time thinking about. Having multiple attacks from a single position where you are not required to change a lot of things makes it easy to seamlessly transition from one of those attacks to another. Do this enough and you will eventually get a step ahead succeed with one of those attacks.

Train hard. Train smart. Get better. Happy hunting.

Joe

Epi 296 Bruce Lee’s Daughter Shannon Lee Talks About Warrior


Photo credit: HBO/ David Bloomer

We talk about:

  • The new tv show Warrior
  • The history of Bruce Lee writing the treatment for Warrior
  • The Chinatown Tong wars
  • The Bruce Lee Foundation
  • Teaching kids a growth mindset

Andrew Koji as “Ah Sahm” In Warrior

Links:

Quote of the week: This week we each pick a Bruce Lee quote

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later teh man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” Bruce Lee

“The Successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee

“The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: Should A Blue Belt Be Teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Absolutely!

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Jiu-Jitsu Summer Camp In Wichita Kansas

We had a great time meeting and training with many listeners last year we are looking forward to doing it again. Special guests include Samir Chantre and Gina Franssen.

Check out our interview with Samir here

Check out Gina’s interview here

The Bjj Brick Camp is fast approaching. Sign up before it sells out
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Our goal is for all the attendants to have a fun weekend of BJJ and experience growth in their game of jiu-jitsu.