Epi 358 Systems and Combinations

This week we talk about some common and simple combinations we have been using in BJJ. Systems are a bit more involved and require a bit more development for your game. If you are not using combinations and systems you should strive to get them in your game.

We talk about:

  • We define combinations and systems as they relate to BJJ
  • Our first combinations that worked for us
  • What we are currently doing

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Quote of the week:”The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincon

Article of the week: 6 Most Common Reasons People Quit BJJ

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Epi 357 ADCC Competitor Alec Baulding

This week we have an interview with Alec Baulding. Alec is a ADCC East Coast trials winner, and also preforms at a high level in the gi.

We talk about:

  • How he can do both gi and no-gi at a high level
  • His DVD on keeping your guard
  • Playing to your body type
  • His teaching style

Around 1h 17 min we talk about the future of the BjjBrick Podcast and some changes we will be making.

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Quote of the week: “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” Charles R Swindoll

Article of the week: Why are you paying so much for your kid to train jiu jitsu?

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Epi 355 The BJJ Belt

This week we talk about BJJ belts and the meaning they have. We share some stories, and offer a bit of advice.

We talk about:

  • Joe plays a little guitar
  • Getting our blue belts
  • Giving black belts to people under 18
  • The age and size factor
  • Someone under the age of 18 getting their black belt
  • Should you be able to teach BJJ
  • Being able to hang with the same belts
  • Why some instructors do belt tests

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Quote of the week: “Beware of the man with one gun, for surely he will know how to use it.” Attributed to Clint Smith

Article of the week: The Top 5 Reasons Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Is So Popular

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Epi 333 Bounce Back After An Injury

This week we have a topic episode about recovering from an injury. We cover multiple articles from a variety of sports to help get you back on the mat better and faster.

We talk about:

  • Doing physical therapy
  • Taking things one day at a time
  • Pain science
  • Changing your game
  • Mental effects of being injured
  • Finding a good doctor
  • Staying positive
  • Getting back stronger
  • Having a good diet

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Quote of the week: “All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” Bob Ross

Question of the week: What is the favorite thing you learned this year in bjj?

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Epi 328 Thank You BJJ

BJJ has been so great to us over the years. This special Thanksgiving episode we highlight some of the things we are grateful for about BJJ.

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Quote of the week: “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” Robert Frost

Article of the week: 5 Ways to get better at swimming

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Epi 325 Trim The Fat From Your BJJ

This week we talk about making changes to your game to make it lean and mean.

We talk about:

  • What is considered “fat” in BJJ
  • Times we have cut things out of our game
  • How to identify fat in your game
  • When is it okay or good to have fat in your jiu-jitsu
  • The benefits of trimming up your game
  • Being able to make changes

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Quote of the week: “I’m not one to blow smoke at my players. They kicked our butts on the offensive boards. And it’s not just because the ball came their way.” Gregg Popovich

Article of the week: Staying on a Bull

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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 295 2019 ADCC Competitor Amanda Leve

This week we have an interview with brown belt Amanda Leve. Amanda recently won the ADCC West Coast Trials for the +60kg division. This is a great opportunity to learn about Amanda before she competes in ADCC this year.

We talk about:

  • Opening her own BJJ school
  • Training gi and nogi
  • Having a basic game
  • Starting BJJ with a group of guys
  • Doing the ADCC trials
  • Her school Leve BJJ
  • Doing jiu-jitsu as a kid
  • Her Dad’s influence over her BJJ
  • Training with her brother
  • Doing MMA

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Quote of the week: “The true art of memory is the art of attention” Samuel Johnson

Article of the week: Benefits of Recreational Sports on adults

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Epi 294 Am I Getting Any Better?

This is a feeling we all have at some time in BJJ. We do our best to tackle this question and give you some advice to keep your growth at a level you are happy with.

We talk about:

  • Times we have not gotten better
  • What to do if you are not getting any better
  • Can you get worse while training BJJ?
  • Adjusting your game
  • Why it is difficult to judge your improvements
  • How to tell if you are getting better
  • Are you holding yourself back?
  • Why a plateau happens
  • How to find direction with your jiu-jitsu

Quote of the week: “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

Article of the week: How I Treat My Blue Belts

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Epi 290 Top Game

We talk about:

  • Why play top game?
  • Advantages of top game
  • The types of top games we like to play
  • Passing guard
  • Passing half guard
  • Keeping top position
  • Getting more pressure

Quote of the week: “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language” Dale Carnegie

Article of the week: Ring Bell For Service

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