Epi 309 No-Gi Star Ashley Williams

This week we bring you an interview with one of Europe’s top competitors Ashley Williams.

We talk about:

  • His move to the Submission Only format
  • Fighting in Polaris and the 3 round system
  • Training for specific events
  • Dealing with a combination of injuries
  • Using a counter attack strategy
  • His experiences in EBI
  • Being in exciting matches
  • Dealing with losses
  • The change of the leg lock game
  • Tips for people to do better in competition
  • Different levels for each belt

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Quote of the week: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo

Article of the week: Make your BJJ training effortless

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Epi 302 Marisa Messer-Belenchia

This week we have an interview with brown belt Marisa Messer-Belenchia.

We talk about:

  • Trying to do wrestling as a kid
  • An odd start to BJJ
  • How her game is changing
  • Training both gi and nogi
  • Dealing with injuries and sickness
  • Coping with the loss of loved ones
  • How she benefits from teaching BJJ
  • Winning worlds and pans as a purple belt
  • Traveling and doing BJJ
  • Teaching grit with BJJ

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Quote of the week: “deal with the faults of others as gently as your own” Chinese proverb

Article of the week: How to support your child’s mental health

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Epi 284 Eliot Kelly Coaching and Competing

This week we have an interview with Eliot Kelly. Eliot is a top ranked grappler and excellent coach. This interview covers a wide range of topics from his accelerated development on the mat to helping students at El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense.

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • How taking a train to BJJ helped him get better
  • Coaching BJJ and preparing himself to compete
  • How to learn from a loss
  • How coaching makes him be a better competitor
  • How competing makes him a better coach
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Getting hurt and coming back to the competition world
  • Balancing BJJ and a home life with family
  • Dealing with trends
  • Matching your BJJ to your personality
  • Focusing your training
  • Evaluating your performance

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Quote of the week: “Without hustle, your talent will only get dyou so far” – Gary Vaynerchuk

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Epi 267 Joel Bouhey Talks Falcon Guard and Reverse Triangle

This week we have an interview with Luis Heredia Black Belt Joel Bouhey. You will find Joel training and teaching his innovative style in Maui.

 

We talk about:

  • Training BJJ in Oregan and Hawaii
  • Making the transition to full time training
  • Changing your focus while training
  • Training BJJ for MMA
  • BJJ for self defense
  • The development of new techniques
  • What is the falcon guard
  • The reverse triangle
  • Tips for training BJJ while traveling
  • Tips for competing while traveling

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Quote of the week: “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” Paul Tournier

Article of the week: How to Measure Success in a Jiu-Jitsu Competition

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Epi 260 The Rooster Weight Kimura Machine Marcelo Cohen

This week we have an interview with Marcelo Cohen,

We talk about:

  • The history of The Armory and the changes it has made
  • Running a BJJ gym
  • Teaching BJJ and MMA in the same gym
  • Learning from a loss with Ciao Terra
  • Building confidence with a kids program
  • How jiu-jitsu can become toxic
  • Training gi and no-gi
  • Tips for dealing with bigger people on the mat

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Quote of the week: “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” Russell Baker “Ah, BJJ, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” BjjBrick

Article of the week: NO, YOU DIDN’T START JIU JITSU TOO LATE

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Epi 246 Jake Fox, Tim Sledd & Roli Delgado BjjBrick Extra

This episode we have interviews with Jake Fox, Tim Sledd, and Roli Delgado. This is a great preview of the first BjjBrick Event. The event will be June 22, 23, 24 in Wichita Kansas at Fox Fitness. We hope to see you there!

Jake talks about

Tim talks about

  • The concept of Small Axe
  • How he teaches a kids seminar
  • Why he teaches a particular way

Roli talks about

  • Teaching leg locks
  • Running his school in Little Rock
  • The leg lock Osage Crunch

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Epi 129 Black Belt Dan Covel Gives Us Great Advice

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This week we bring you an interview with Dan Covel. Dan is a BJJ black belt training under Marcelo Garcia. You can find him on the mats in Hoboken, New Jersey and in Manhattan, New York.Dan Covel BJJ black belt

We talk about:

  • Starting martial arts with Judo
  • Doing MMA at age 17
  • Using the closed guard
  • What makes the closed guard such a strong position
  • How to pass the closed guard
  • Getting the most out of kids BJJ
  • Why he stores his tournament medals in a drawer
  • The benefits of competing
  • The use of BJJ in a street fight
  • What he does to get ready to compete
  • Good goals for new students

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Quote of the week: “Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details.” Heraclitus

Article of the week: Character building from Goulburn Martial Arts Academy Helping kids deal with bullies.

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This week we learn how to say “good bye” in Portuguese with part two of our language learning segment.

Gary’s future book is called “defensive driving, offensive driving, and driving over the neighbor’s fensive”

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Epi 117 Guybson Sa And Focusing On The Basics

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This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Guybson Sa. Guybson has recently tapped out Jeff Monson and Hector Lombard both with a RNC. He is a competitor in both MMA and BJJ, while running his school in Columbia, South Carolina. Guybson focuses his game on the basics, and has had great success.

We talk about:

  • His MMA carrear
  • Focusing on the basics
  • His outlook for 2016
  • Kids doing BJJ
  • Off the mat training
  • Training with teammates that are not as skilled
  • What he does 10 min before a match
  • Advice for white belts and blue belts

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Quote of the week: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” Confucius

Article of the week: How to Stay Consistent in Your Jiu Jitsu Journey BjjBrick.com

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Epi 111 Interview with 4th Degree Black Belt Michel Pereira

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This week we bring you an interview with Michel Porfirio Pereira (Buiu). Michel is a 4th Degree Black Belt in BJJ training and teaching in Miami.  In this interview Michel shares his story and offers advice to help you along with your BJJ journey.  Check out Michel’s profile here.

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We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts
  • How he got his nick name Buiu
  • Why he has a playful style
  • Taking an opponents balance
  • Gi and no-gi training
  • The history of no-gi
  • Learning BJJ on youtube
  • Why it is important to explain techniques and not just show techniques
  • Training with your weak side
  • Doing his first tournament
  • Doing in house tournaments
  • Dealing with people who are negative about BJJ
  • The Ghost Squad logo
  • How Michel met Andre Monteiro

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Article of the week: “Where On This Chart Do You Spend Most Of Your Sparring Time?

Quote of the week:  “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Wayne Gretzky

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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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