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It is a honor to bring back BJJ black belt Andre “Tim” Monteiro. Andre is known for having a vast knowledge of the game, a killer half guard, and a overall nice guy.
We talk about:
- His team A-Force BJJ
- Mistakes people make when they learn a lot from youtube
- Tips on teaching a seminar
- Running a school and traveling
- Keeping an open mind to learning jiu-jitsu
- Leaving your BJJ school
- Off the mat training
- Changes in his game over the last few years
- Why he is getting more submissions in compeititon
- The goals he has set for himself and his business
Quote of the week: “It’s always better to attack than to defend,” Coram had told her when they talked about fencing late at night. “Always. Ye don’t win with defense–ye only hold the other feller off, or wear him down. Attack and have done with it!” ― Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure
Article of the week: Saying “I do” to the Right BJJ School
The Life lesson this week was about making the most of a disappointing tournament.
Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast
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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
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 sponsors: Koral Fight co. Fightertech
Article of the week: “The Importance of Preparation” by Jake Whitfield
- Group picture from Fox Fitness
I was fortunate enough to attend two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminars by Andre Monteiro. December 7, 2012 at Castillo Jiu-Jitsu, and December 9, 2012 at Fox Fitness BJJ. Both of the seminars were in the gi, but he often explained how the techniques would work well for no-gi.
Andre is a fierce competitor and a great instructor. I have been to many of his seminars and he always lives up to his reputation of doing an outstanding job. Andre’s vast understanding of Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu always amazes me.
Andre showed some excellent techniques and details to attacking a turtled opponent. He also introduced us to the side control that he has been using a lot. I was particularly eager to learn about his side control. It was about a year ago that he showed me a few things from this position and it greatly improved my pressure and ability to set up submissions. I was certainly not disappointed in his side control, it was remarkable. The details he shared help put more pressure on the opponent. I had a few questions about it and he was pleased to answer all of them.
Andre also showed several attacks from Kesa Gatame and the back. These techniques went well with what he showed us about the turtle and side control. He had us learning several gi chokes, some of the students were having difficulty getting them properly. He stopped the room from training and said something that really made a lot of sense “Don’t fight for the choke, fight to get your hand in the right place”. After that comment, everyone in the room seemed to be finishing the choke easily.
The second day was similar to the first, a day full of new techniques and important details to moves I thought that I knew. Before the seminar Andre asked me if there was anything in particular that I wanted to see. This is a great example of the type of seminar that he gives. He genuinely cares about everyone on the mat and wants to do his best to help people reach their full potential. I told him that I would be interested in learning more about his side control; he introduced it to the people that did not attend the first class and help fine tune it for the students that had seen it in the previous seminar.
He also covered many techniques and ideas about grip fighting. He showed some excellent takedowns that I think will really help my game. Andre’s half guard is amazing. He was happy to teach us some of his favorite sweeps and passes from the half guard. It was great to learn half guard from someone who is so proficient with it.
I have attended several seminars by Andre Monteiro and they were all excellent. I highly recommend training with him if you get the chance. One of the things I really like about Andre’s teaching style is that he is great at teaching to the students in the room. By this I mean he will show something that people want to see and make sure everyone understands it, then in a one on one situation add smaller details to the more advanced students that are able to understand. Andre is excellent at looking at the room full of students doing a technique and then he corrects the common mistakes people are making. Andre is on the road a lot doing seminars all over the world, if he is teaching near you don’t miss out on a great opportunity.
Check out Andre’s free online training!
Connect with Andre “Tim” Monteiro on his facebook page
Castillo Jiu-Jitsu website
Fox Fitness BJJ website
BjjBrick facebook page