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

Links:

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

Links:

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 95 Kicking Butt and Saving Animals With David Meyer

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This week we have a Pioneer of American BJJ practitioners David Meyer. David started Jiu-Jitsu is 1991 and was one of the first Americans to reach the rank of black belt. He was also one of the first 12 non Brazilians to reach black belt putting him he the group known as the “Dirty Dozen”

We talk about:

  • His early experiences with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Competing at some of the first BJJ competitions in the united states
  • Being an athlete and a vegan
  • Kicking ass and saving animals
  • Getting more out of each class
  • Doing BJJ home work
  • Doing a tabata workout
  • How to push yourself when you are tired
  • BJJ for MMA
  • Early MMA
  • Performing better at competitions
  • Developing new techniques
  • Being a good training partner
  • The importance of a game plan
  • Training with Eddie Bravo
  • Adopting a pet

Links:

Quote of the week: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle, Presented by Ryan Hall

Article of the week: “4 Ways Submission Grapplers Can Apply Wrestling Concepts to Their Practice

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Epi 84 BJJ and Life with PJ Waicus

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PJ Waicus joins us this week for an interview.  He has been training BJJ for about 5 years.  He trains at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.  PJ has two children that have Angelman Syndrome.  This interview we talk a lot about BJJ, learn about Angelman Syndrome and we face off the mat challenges that life presents.

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We talk about:

  • Starting BJJ at the age of 39
  • Size differences on the mat
  • How Angelman Syndrome is passed on
  • The effects of Angelman Syndrome
  • The Angelman community
  • Bipolar Disorder and BJJ
  • Training with a busy schedule
  • How BJJ is like a church to him
  • Training BJJ for the long term
  • Advice for parents that have kids with Angelman Syndrome

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Quote of the week: Presented by: A double quote! Presented by Mark Mullen.

  • “It is not who is good, it is who is left. It’s hours on the mat, if you put in the time natural athlete or not, practice the art you will be a black belt. “Chris Haueter
  • “I don’t have talent, I have tenacity. I have discipline, I have focus. And I know without any illusion, where I come from and where I can go back to”  Henry Rollins

Article of the week: “When Jiu Jitsu is Like Brushing Your Teeth”  From A Skirt on the Mat

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Epi 83 Going International with Mark Mullen

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Mark Mullen

Mark Mullen is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a brown belt in judo from Canada, now based in Taipei, Taiwan.

Mark Started training in judo in 1995 and inspired by Royce Gracie winning the early UFC’s he became obsessed to learn BJJ.

When Marcus Soares 7th degree coral belt of the Carlson Gracie Team moved to Vancouver in 1997 (the first black belt to teach in Canada) Mark became on of the earliest students.

Mark discovered an early aptitude and love for teaching BJJ when head instructor Soares would return to Brazil and Mark would teach the class.

Mark started Training with Gracie Barra black belt Josh Russel when Josh moved back to Canada after training and living in Rio De Janeiro for several years.

Mark was one of the original founders of Gracie Barra Calgary and graduated to purple, brown and finally black belt under Josh Russell 3rd degree.

In 2014 Mark accepted an offer to relocate to Taipei, Taiwan to be the BJJ coach for 2 MMA gyms (Marital Armor and Tough MMA in Taipei and Hsinchu) and runs the BJJ program for the schools as well as coaching the fighters.

Mark writes for popular online BJJ blogs Gracie Barra Blog and Grapplearts.comMark is also available for writing on other blogs.

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • Changes in BJJ over the years
  • The 3 types of BJJ students (Competitors, BJJ lifestyle, Fitness)
  • His travels to Taiwan
  • Why most students come to his BJJ school
  • The differences between teaching and performing BJJ
  • Teaching class as a blue belt
  • Traveling to Brazil
  • BJJ master minds that change and advance the sport
  • BJJ before and after youtube
  • Making complex things simple
  • Doing BJJ as a life style
  • Mario Sperry – Day of the Zen Documentary
  • Life as a Jiu-Jitsu Bum
  • Diet advice
  • The development of BJJ in Asia
  • How overwhelming BJJ can be for beginners
  • Advice for white belts
  • The importance of movement drills

Links for Mark Mullen: Twitter, Facebook

Quote of the week: “it’s not supposed to be easy” Samuel Spiegelman

Article of the week: “3 Important Questions to Help Recalibrate Your Training Focus” By Valerie Worthington

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Epi 80 Interview With Coach Jay Bell

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This week we have an interview packed full of great information from Coach Jay Bell. Jay went from white belt to brown belt under Royce Gracie, He later received his black belt from Marco Delima.  Jay is currently training under Rob Kahn & Marcio Stambowsky.  Jay is the owner and head BJJ instructor at Gracie Farmington Valley located in CT.

We talk about:

  • His start in BJJ
  • How he has grown his women’s class
  • How he likes to run his kids class
  • Kids self defense (talk, tell, and tackle)
  • Opening a BJJ gym and making it profitable
  • The growth of BJJ
  • Why it is important to not quit the first 6 months
  • How his game has changed since getting his black belt
  • Breaking down complex ideas into simple explanations
  • His youtube channel
  • Advice for a first BJJ tournament
  • Advice for big students
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • How to develop a game plan
  • Goals for first year students

Jay’s Links: Email: jay@graciefv.com, Youtube, facebook 

Quote of the week: Presented by Jared Dopp “There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” Miyamoto Musashi

Article of the week: 6 Great Ways to Get Information About BJJ by Mark Mullen

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Epi 78 Learn How BJJ Purple Belt Vic Torres Uses BJJ and His Diet to Control His MS Symptoms

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This episode we talk with Vic Torres of “Torres MMA and Fitness at The Jungle” in Wantagh, New York.  He is a purple belt under Matt Serra.  Vic uses Jiu-Jitsu and his diet to help control his symptoms from Multiple sclerosis (MS).  He was diagnosed with MS in 2010.Vic Torres

We talk about:

  • How he discovered that he had MS
  • What his symptoms are like
  • How BJJ helps reduce his symptoms
  • Doing MMA before he was diagnosed and after
  • Advice for new students
  • Training with someone that is not as good as you, about the same as you, and better than you
  • Training with lower belts

Quote of the week: “Fighting is the best thing a man can do for his sole” Renzo Gracie

Article of the week: “Review- Banana” http://grapplergourmet.com/

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Epi 75 Interview with Danny Dring

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Danny Dring

Master Danny Dring has 5 different black belts including a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He got his BJJ black belt in 2001.  You can find Danny training in Sherwood, Arkansas at Dring LDMA.

We talk about:

  • The striking arts that he is involved in
  • Training law enforcement
  • A cool concept of hardware and software of your martial arts
  • Early MMA
  • How learning BJJ has changed over the years
  • Why he like to play a top game
  • Getting over having his hip resurfaced
  • Training in Brazil
  • BJJ and self-defense
  • Advice for your first BJJ tournament
  • What is was like for him as a blue belt

Links:

Quote of the week:  “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself” presented by: Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes

Article of the week:“The Almost-Blue Belt Mistake – Don’t Be in a Hurry!”

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Epi 66 Discover what is going on with Rafael Lovato Jr. & get some great training tips!

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Rafael Lovato Jr.

Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most decorated BJJ competitor from the United States.  He is known for an aggressive style and being fun to watch.  In 2007, he was the first Non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian National Championship (Brasileiro) in the Black Belt division. Again in 2007 Lovato became the 2nd American to win the World Championship (Worlds) as a black belt.  Lovato has a lot going on and we cover a big range of topics in this interview including his injury, BJJ goals for the year, his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, MMA career, and much more.

Some Highlights from the interview:

“My goal, is to jump right back into the Worlds. If I can be healthy and strong enough to train hard in March, that will give me two months to get ready, as long as I don’t miss the Worlds I am happy.”

“If you are so afraid of losing that you play not to lose instead of to really win…. then you are not going to learn very much walking off the mat…. you will not be able to go back home and find what you need to work on.”

About his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, “Really my goal with it was to inspire people”.

When asked about what rules should be changed  Rafael says “The number one thing that I would do is get rid of advantages…. they really don’t make sense”.

“The most evolution that you see in jiu-jitsu is from the guard, there is always new guard games, there is always new grips, angles, and ways to sweep….but there is not new submissions…. most of the evolution is from the guard and it is mostly sweeps.”

“I remember when I felt like I knew the rules in and out….Nowadays there are many of the refs that struggle with knowing.”

About what he would like to do this year. “Some pretty big things, Worlds, ADCC, another MMA fight…. If I could get on a Metamoris show I would love to be there.”

We talk about:

  • What he has been doing with his extra time, because of his injury is keeping him off the mats
  • The Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast
  • How he is healing after his surgery
  • Changing the rules of BJJ
  • How having advantages makes the game less exciting
  • Some ideas of how we can deal with tied matches
  • Rule changes in other sports
  • Advice for students who are competing
  • How he explains advantages to his students before a competition
  • Training advice for different competitions
  • Training with Saulo and Xande
  • Doing Metamoris in the future
  • His goals with MMA
  • ADCC 2015
  • His plans to write a book

Keeping up with Rafael Lovato Jr:

Quote of the week: “Through the sports, our mission is promote a better quality of life and add social value, education, morals, and create a better citizen not only on the mats but in life. Propagate values in our community is valuable for the future” Andre Monteiro Check out Andre’s new Gym A-Force.

Article of the week: “What Is The Etiquette For Rolling With Black Belts?” JiuJitology.com

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