Epi 293 East Coast Trials Winner Alec Baulding

This week we have an interview with black belt Alec Baulding. Alec is the 88kg ADCC east coast trials winner. You will find Alec training at Valhalla Jiu Jitsu in Göteborg, Sweden.

We talk about:

  • Training in Sweden
  • The development of his game
  • His style of BJJ
  • Training for ADCC
  • Learning how to wrestle
  • His game for gi and no-gi
  • Off the mat training
  • The possibility of doing MMA
  • Learning striking
  • Helping the students he trains with

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Quote of the week: “You can never plan the future by the past” Edmund Burke

Article of the week: Why didn’t you fix it? I didn’t know it was broken!

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Epi 125 Becoming The Black Belt: Roy Dean

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This week we bring you Roy Dean. Roy is a great example of a martial artist he is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ, and he also has several other black belts. Roy has recently completed his book Becoming the Black Belt: One Man’s Path in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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  • His start in BJJ
  • First experiences with no-gi
  • How he has used his skills in audio and video to promote BJJ
  • He shares the story of getting his blue belt that is in his book
  • Why he did not use stripes at his school other than white belt
  • How he developed a smooth style of BJJ
  • How the training environment has changed in BJJ
  • Learning BJJ online vs on the mat
  • His travel plans and becoming a student again
  • Advice for running a school
  • First tournament advice
  • The good and bad of competing
  • Advice for the new black belt
  • More info about his book Becoming The Black Belt

Links:

Quote of the week: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started” Mark Twain

Article of the week: “Getting Stuck In The Middle With BJJYour-First-Year-Of-BJJ-artwork-1199

Gary’s book he is working on “Email Scams and Slams, how to do a digital armbar”

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Epi 106 BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas Part 2

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This is part 2 of our interview with BJJ Black Belt Jonathan Thomas.Jonathan Thomas 2

We talk about:

  • His mindset during a match
  • Breaking BJJ down into mini battles
  • Controlling your development in BJJ
  • How BJJ is doing in Sweden
  • The development of BJJ in Europe
  • His experiences during travels
  • Doing gymnastics for strength training

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Quote of the week: “Talented players don’t always succeed. Some don’t even make the team. It’s more what’s inside.” Brett Favre

Article of the week: “10 Ways to Inject Positivity Into Your BJJ Community” 

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Epi 63 Busting BJJ Myths

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This week Gary and Byron will be discussing several myths about BJJ.  Do you agree with our discussion of these myths?  We have personal experiences with most of these myths and we share them.

Myth 1 Upper belts don’t get tapped out by lower belts

Myth 2 You can earn your belt in a certain amount of time

Myth 3 Size and strength are not very important

Myth 4 Black belts know all the answers

Myth 5 Watching the pros is a great way to get better

Myth 6 More training is always better for you

Myth 7 Because you train BJJ you will be ready for a street fight

Myth 8 If someone is better than you at BJJ they will always be better than you at BJJ

Myth 9 Your excuse for not doing BJJ is valid

Myth 10 A black belt is the best teacher

Myth 11 Going home beat up everyday is okay

Myth 12 Bonus Myth- BJJ works on zombies

Quote of the week: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly” Gilbert K. Chesterton-  In this quote Gary shares an example about his poor golfing skills.  If you want to be good at BJJ you need to accept the fact that you will be doing it badly for a while and improvement will come with practice.

Article of the week:“The Quick and Easy Way to Dye Your BJJ Gi” by Attacktheback.com Tons of cool pictures about how to dye your gi.  Check out the stitching!

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

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