Episodes 21-30 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 21 The importance of escapes and how to get better

We both spent a significant amount of time working on escapes. We have had a big increase in confidence with our grappling by getting better at our escapes. It is good to know that you will be able to escape a position.

Epi 22 The basic positions in BJJ and what to do from them

This episode we are covering some of the basics. We are going to break down some of the main positions in BJJ and give you some guidance for each one.

Epi 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

This episode of the podcast we bring you an interview with coach John Connors. John is the author of the e Book Quick Start Guide to Complete Jiu Jitsu Competition Readiness”.This is a great guide for someone who is an experienced grappler or just starting out.

Epi 24 Four Different Types of BJJ Matches

-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 25 Girls in Gis with Amber Oxford

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.

Epi 26 Gi Guide with Tom Machowicz

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.

Epi 27 An Interview with Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins is a 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. His school is in Hattiesburg Mississippi. He attended his first seminar July 13, 1991 it was thought by Grand Master Rorion Gracie. After that seminar Allen Hopkins was hooked on Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Epi 28 Supplements with Dwane Clifford from Supplement U

This week we talk to Dwane Clifford about training BJJ and how supplements can be a tool to help you reach your goals. Dwane is a friend that we met on the mats. He has a passion for supplements and helping people reach their goals. Dwane has a philosophy of discovering the customers goals and then helping them find the right supplement or training to help.

Epi 29 Stephen Whittier of 40 Plus BJJ

-Stephen Whittier is a black belt under Roberto Maia.  He has an academy in Wareham Massachusetts Called SBG East Coast.  Stephen has become a huge resource for the over 40 grappler.  He has lots of great advice not just for the over 40 grappler, but anyone who steps on the mat.

Epi 30 Ryan Hall Interview- BJJ, MMA, and Self-Defense

-In Episode 30 of the BjjBrick podcast we talk with Ryan Hall.  Ryan is widely considered one of the best lightweight submission grapplers in the world.  Ryan owns 50/50 Jiu-Jitsu in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is a Black Belt under Felipe Costa and a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter representing Tristar Gym.

What to expect your first day of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

What to expect your first day of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Watch a class– This is a good way to get a feeling of what the class will be like.  If this is your first time doing any martial art it might make you feel more comfortable if you watch a class from the sidelines.  People wanting to watch is common and most schools will be happy to have you observe a class.  Find a convent time to introduce yourself to the instructor or gym owner; don’t interrupt them in the middle of the class.

Before your first class– The main thing is to just go and try the class.  Many people put it off with excuses about being in better shape, or watching more videos online.  Review the rules guide, this will help you avoid common mistakes.  Contact the instructor and ask what you should wear, it should be ok if you don’t have a Gi yet (here is a guide for getting your first gi).  They will probably tell you to wear a t-shirt (it might get ripped), and board shorts, or maybe sweatpants.  Do not wear clothing that could damage the mats or other people (zippers, snaps, belt loops).  You need to be clean and have short nails, this is in the rules guide but it is worth saying again.  No one wants to roll with the stinky guy.  Don’t over eat before class, defiantly come to class hydrated.  If your gym does not have a drinking fountain, bring something to drink.  You most likely will not need to signup for your first class but you may need to sign a waver.

What to expect during the class–  Try to get to class a little early that way you can meet a few of the students.  Every class is ran a little different, most classes will have some or all of these stages (warm up, techniques, rolling, openmat).

Warm up- this can be just a few minutes or an exhausting workout.  The goal of a warm up can be just to loosen you up to improve flexibility, or increase your strength and cardio.  Many parts of the warm up may involve odd rolls or movements designed to help you move better on the mat.

Techniques- Some instructors hit you with a flood of techniques and some will just show one or two but in more detail.  The techniques might be hard to do at first but they will get easier with practice.  Don’t expect the instructor to change the entire class to keep it simple enough for you, just do what you can.  Focus a lot on learning about the basic positions, and learning how to escape.

Rolling- This is the part of class that most students look forward to.  You will be paired up with another student and will learn about the heart of BJJ.  Try your best to go slow and learn, you do not need to worry about winning or loosing.  Be ready to tap, even if you are rolling with a skinny whitebelt.  It is common to have two students start grappling while on their knees, this will cut down on injuries from takedowns.  You might be paired up with the more advanced students.  Don’t take this as the instructor trying to test you, they are more likely trying to protect you from over excited whitebelts.  Whitebelts seem to be a little more accident prone, so rolling with the colored belts may be safer.  Don’t push yourself too hard but try to go at least two rounds, you should be tired when you are done.

Openmat- After rolling sometimes there is an openmat time.  This is an unstructured time you can be at the gym and work on your BJJ.  You can get more time in rolling, ask questions or just watch.  Openmat typically has no obligation for you to stay, you will be free to go home any time.  This is a good time to ask other students for advice.

After Class– Congratulations you just completed your first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu class.  Your first class is probably one of the toughest.  In time you will get better, and you will go home less sore.  Your first priority should be to take a shower, then throw your cloths in the washing machine.  After you have cleaned up make sure you are hydrated, and get something to eat.  If you are sore an ice pack or heat pad can help a lot.  If you think that the class was not for you I urge you to take a few days off and consider going back.  To give BJJ a fair chance you should train for at least three months, your skill will improve greatly in that short amount of time.  You will be able to see your progress when you roll with a new student, but remember to be courteous you where once recently in his place at the new guy.

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