BjjBrick Q&A 19 Am I Too Passive?

Question: I’m 3 months in and I have a question for you. I’m 38 years old and most of the guys at the school are in their 20’s. they have high energy, they’re fit, they move quickly. I just don’t seem to have an intense killer instinct to win a roll, I’m a very passive personality, very submissive, I was never into sports. I recognize Jiu Jitsu as an effective FOR of self defense that I may need one day and I’m sure if needed I could operate at 110% in an emergency, but in a roll I just don’t seem to have an intensity that I see others have. Do you think that’s something I could develop over time or something that can be taught?

BjjBrick Q&A Q17 Help with lacking a BJJ curriculum

Here is the question:

I started BBJ 3 weeks ago and love it. The only thing is there isn’t a curriculum, starting course, or even drills…. I just go, learn some moves and roll. As a white belt, I’m trying to breath, be safe, and learn the fundamentals… but I am not taught them exactly so I have started using youtube Gracie videos… I want to keep showing up and putting in work to show my coach how motivated I am to learn this art… but I’m not sure if I should bring up my problems now or later…

BjjBrick Q&A Q7 Uncooperative Teammates

Here is the question from an email.

Hi! After almost two and a half years of training regularly I’ve just gotten my blue belt yesterday. I train in a small school in a small town in Croatia, our instructors are purple belts and every now again we get visited by our affiliate leader or other black belts from out affiliation, We have a group of about 15 guys so training partners are scarce and we can’t pick and choose our partners like in bigger schools and my problem is that some of my training partners show some kind of unwillingness for cooperation while rolling or drilling techniques. For example, if we agree on a light roll I’ll go light and let my partner finish his techniques and try out new stuff, but when I try to do so it turns into a deatmatch. I’ve tried talking to them, giving them hints and out right telling them but nothing has changed. This happens when learning new techniques too.  I feel this is a very big obstacle for my progress as I miss training only when I’m sick or have serious injury. We’re the only school in town and others are too far away for every day training. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Epi 97 Sam Spiegelman Q&A Part 2

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Sam Spiegelman bjjThis week we have part 2 of Sam Spiegelman answering your questions about strength and conditioning. Sam is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Mark Vives, he trains at New Breed Training Center.  He has written a bunch of great articles on Breaking Muscle.  Sam is also available for online consultations.

Sam answers these questions:

  • What supplements do you recommend?
  • How do you deal with cramps during training?
  • What should I ear before a competition?
  • How do I improve my flexibility?
  • What are your thought on training multiple times per day?
  • What muscle groups are used more for offence or defense?
  • If someone can roll only twice a week what off the mat training should they do?
  • Does the training mask work?
  • What tips do you have for recovery after training?
  • What apps for your phone do you recommend using for conditioning training?


Quote of the week: “Drillers make killers” presented by Gary Hull

Article of the week: “What Happened When My Son Got Beat by a Girl

First year of BJJ

Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast