Epi 130 Marshal Carper From Artechoke Media

Marshal Carper bjjThis week we have an interview with Marshal Carper. Marshal is a busy guy writing the books “The Cauliflower Chronicles”, “Marcelo Garcia Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques”, and the game “Dojo Storm”.  These things are just a short sample of the work that he has done and will continue to do.

We talk about:

  • Training with injuries
  • His books
  • The app Dojo Storm
  • Preventing injuries
  • Training with BJ Penn
  • Training with big name people in BJJ
  • Making adjustments to your game
  • Dealing with fake black belts
  • 3D Jiu-Jitsu
  • Teaching classes
  • Getting tapped by lower belts
  • The 10,000 hour rule
  • Advice for new students that want to compete


Fuji Sekai Gi- Byron has this gi and he is loving it, check it out.

Quote of the week: Presented by Dan Covel “Success isn’t owned it’s leased. And rent is due every day.” J.J. Watt

Article of the week: berwickleader.com.au Medals piling up for US bound ‘Killer B’ Cuskelly.


This week Claudio teaches us how to say “Please” and “Thank You” in Portuguese Click this link to find the entire set of words from Claudio

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Epi 124 Black Belt Jen Hall Interview

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Jen and Ryan Hall

Jen and Ryan Hall

This week we have an interview with Jen Hall. Jen is a BJJ black belt under her husband Ryan Hall.  She also teaches and runs the school 50/50 BJJ.  Jen has competed a lot and also done a lot of coaching.  We are thrilled to have her share her knowledge with us.

We talk about:

  • What got her started in BJJ
  • Running the 50/50 school
  • The good and bad of running a gym
  • Different teaching styles
  • Teaching ideas she got from being a swim coach
  • Not hitting a plateau
  • The differences between their fundamentals 1 and fundamentals 2 classes
  • Why she likes to have a class for beginners
  • The current point system in BJJ
  • Reaping the knee
  • The differences between a teacher and a coach
  • How she gets ready for a competition
  • Dealing with her 8 surgeries
  • The paper “Read this today win tomorrow”
  • Women’s classes
  • What is up with Ryan Hall since the UFC
  • They have one person come in to their gym because of TUF

Jen Hall


Quote of the week: “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” Sun TzuYour-First-Year-Of-BJJ-artwork-1199

Article of the week: Am I Doing Enough? justagirlbjj.com


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Gary is working on his audio book called “I am so confused, I guess I will go choke somebody”

Epi 93 Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

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Franjinha bjjThis week we have an interview with one of the top BJJ coaches Ricardo Miller.  Ricardo is also known as Franjinha.  You can find a full bio on Franjinha here.  Check out his school Paragon website here.

We talk about:

  • A brief history of Franjinha
  • His coaching style
  • His 32 Black belts under him
  • Jeff Glover and Bill “The Grill” Cooper
  • How BJJ is always changing
  • He has 10,000 people that have came to his gym, and out of that he has made 32 Black belts that is one person per every 312
  • His goal of when he has a new student
  • Helping his students
  • What Paragon means
  • The small percent of people that actually compete
  • Advice for the first time competitor
  • Advice for the person who can only train once a week
  • Comparing BJJ to a puzzle


Quote of the week: “respect all, fear none” Danny Alvarez

Article of the week: “Does Technique Really Conquer All? 3 BJJ Masters Give their Opinion” BJJEE.com

First year of BJJ

Epi 60 The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas

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The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas

The Bjj Mental Coach Gustavo Dantas

Have you ever failed to deliver your best when it counts?  This week our friend and BJJ black belt Gustavo Dantas will help you do your best on and off the mat.  Gustavo has been training BJJ for 25 years, he is a 4th degree black belt.  He has a passion for teaching BJJ and helping coach people to reach their goals.  His coaching website is TheBjjMentalCoach.com.

In this interview we talk about:

  • Doing BJJ as a kid in Rio
  • Listening to audio books
  • Why he recommends the book Psycho-Cybernetics
  • The BJJ Mental Coach blog
  • How he was able to overcome a bad start to competing
  • Overcoming mental blocks in competing
  • Moving to the United States from Brazil
  • Dealing with competition anxiety
  • A recent interview he did with Budo Videos
  • Dealing with a high pressure situation
  • How he runs competition students different from the students that don’t compete
  • Learning from failure
  • The three types of training partners that you need to be training with
  • How BJJ can benefit someone off the mat
  • Fixing mistakes after a tournament
  • Living up to your full potential
  • Dealing with fear
  • Focusing on only the things that you can control
  • His four Dvd set Inner Discovery for outer success

Contact Info for Gustavo Dantas- Email: info@thebjjmentalcoach.com, His Facebook Page, The Bjj Mental Coach website

Gustavo’s Sponsors Shoyoroll, Aggro Brand

Quote of the week:  “Everybody want to be a champion but not many are willing to do what it takes to become one” Presented by Joe Solecki

Article of the week:”5 Tips for BJJ Over 35

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

This episode also has the first of our series of “The Most Interesting Grappler”

Episode 23 Interview With Coach and BJJ Black Belt John Connors

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This week on 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.

At the age of 35 John found himself in the business world and lacking the fun and excitement of a sport. John started BJJ with Roberto Maia, and the fun and excitement was put back into his fitness. John eventually got his black belt in 2006 from Roberto Maia. John is now 51 years old and is very active on the mat and he also has a passion for coaching.john connors bjj

John Connors talks with us about:
Meeting goals off the mat
Coaching BJJ and MMA
Grappling for older people and not getting hurt
Making a game plan for competition
Developing key moves
Positional sparing
Limiting your training to get better faster
Making the most of your training time
Coaching during a match
Setting different goals for your competition
Sparing like it is an actual match with a referee and a coach
Dealing with an adrenaline rush
Getting better at winning scrambles
The advantages to getting a fast start to a match
Advice for the non competitor
Setting new challenges outside of your comfort zone
How competition can help you get better at BJJ
Advice for someone’s first day at BJJ


Quote of the week: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” John Wooden

Article of the week: 3 Steps for Returning to BJJ After Injury – Breakingmuscle.com

Get John’s Ebook for competition for free here
Rickson Gracie Documentary Choke
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (this is a link to the entire book as a pdf!!)
Email John Connors at John@dedhamjj.com
John’s Facebook page
John’s Twitter @Connorsmma

Book review- The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

BJJ coaches should read this

Anyone in a leadership role in the gym should consider reading this book. The cover of the book sums up what the topic very well: “Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here’s how.” I hear people talk about Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers regularly in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community. People like to talk about the 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to truly master something. This book definitely challenges the 10,000 hours of practice that is discussed in Outliers. Consider the athlete that quickly rises to top in a short amount of time (BJ Penn, got his black belt in a little over 3 years). The Talent Code has nothing to say about BJJ, but the topics discussed will transfer over to BJJ coaches easily.

This book focuses on “talent hotbeds”, places that produce a disproportional amount of talent. An example of a talent hotbed in the book is a rundown tennis club in Russia. This particular club is in a freezing climate and only has one indoor tennis court. This tennis club has produced more top 20 women players than the entire United States. How can this happen? What is going on there? Daniel Coyle travels to this small tennis club and shares what he finds. He travels to many talent hotbeds, and discovers what they have in common.

Talent Code Video- It does a great job explaining what is in the book

Drilling is a big concept in BJJ. Coyle discusses how it actually changes our brains to function differently (faster and with less effort). You need to be drilling with different levels of resistance. During drilling you should occasionally stop and think about what is happening when you fail, then try again. Any time you are rolling and you get tapped out, take a few seconds to think about what happened leading up to the submission.

This book also gives a lot of advice to coaches about how to explain things. It will help you communicate more effectively and give your students a better way to remember the techniques.

There are many different aspects of this book that translate into any sport. It will get a second read from me, and I am sure that I will learn even more the second time around. I recommend this book to any coach of any sport.

Check out the Talent Code Blog

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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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