This week we talk to Ricardo Almeida black belt Eddie Fyvie. Eddie is organizing an innovative tournament called the Rickson Gracie Cup. This tournament will feature both BJJ, self-defense, and a seminar by Rickson Gracie.
We talk about:
The Rickson Gracie Cup September 9 and 10
A Rickson Gracie seminar the evening of September 10
Promoting self defense with BJJ
The basic rules for the self defense contest
What is was like to host the biggest BJJ seminar in US history
Teaching BJJ to 320 people at the same time
What does self defense bring to jiu-jitsu
Not having advantages in this tournament
Using a stalling clock like a shot clock
Giving incentives for competitors to finish the match
This week we bring you a special interview with one of our most popular past guests Matt Thornton. This interview has a central focus on self-defense and real world violence. Not only is Matt a BJJ black belt and a world class coach, he also has extensive knowledge about what BJJ can do for you in a life and death struggle.
We talk about:
A brief bio of Matt Thornton
The goals of his book that he is working on
Why violence is natural
Why it is so important to have resisting opponents
Law enforcement and self-defense training
What all SBG coaches have in common (a search for the truth)
Statistics on violence
Why some young men are attracted to violence
Bullying in school
Teach kids how to talk to strangers and how to be assertive
Things criminals look for in a victim
Keeping self-defense a topic in training BJJ
Police doing BJJ
Adding a striking martial art (without getting damage to your brain)
Question”Hey Byron ,you and Gary are great, love the podcast, it has helped me through these 11 months in my BJJ journey so far, I recently got promoted to blue belt and was so excited when I did but now I’m questioning whether I’m in the right school since They mainly focus on sport. I’ve always felt that sport JJ would be enough to defend myself in a street fight, takedown, control (mount, side control) submit if need to. My question is since I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about the effectiveness of BJJ is lacking due to sport oriented academies, is Sport BJJ enough for self defense or should I consider changing schools? which would be hard since I’ve made many friends there and wouldn’t want to leave. Thanks for your time”
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can save your life in a fight. There might be a day when circumstances lead you to a place you probably should not be. In this place you might end up dealing with someone who intends to harm you. My friend, if this happens to you BJJ can indeed save your life.
Fortunately the odds of you ending up in a life and death confrontation in this day and age are pretty slim. The odds of you overeating and living an unhealthy lifestyle are statistically pretty good. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States -it is accountable for 23.53% of deaths. If you live in a relatively safe area the odds of you dying from a violent crime are less than 1%.
Here comes the saying from my grandfather Harry Jabara (Dec 29,1979- Mar 5, 1990 Ks), “More people die from the spoon than the knife”. He meant your poor eating habits are more likely to kill you than an act of violence. People fear the knife, most don’t have any fear of the spoon.
The good news is that BJJ can help defend you from death by the spoon. You might find yourself eating healthier because it effects your ability to train. Even if you don’t change your diet, the cardiovascular output of a BJJ workout will help you keep heart disease at bay.
The benefits of BJJ are many, today I highlighted just two. I hope that this article has helped to keep you motivated with your training.
If you are new to BJJ or in your first year of training check out this audio book! This audio book will help you avoid many common mistakes during your first year. These mistakes can hold back your progress in this important time.
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
This week we talk to Wil Horneff. This interview is packed full of great training advice and you can tell Wil has a passion for training and helping his students. Wil is a Black belt under Ralph Gracie, he owns a school in Westwood NJ calledTraining Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA.At Training Groundsthey teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing.
This week we bring you a very educational interview with Roy Marsh. Both Gary and Byron got a lot of knowledge out of talking with Roy, we hope you do too.
Roy Marsh is a Black Belt under Royce Gracie. He has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu since 2001. Roy’s game is always changing but he prefers a top game with a lot of top pressure. His go to guard is the butterfly guard. He trans a lot with the military. Roy talks about:
Self defense- he gives some ways he adapts training for his BJJ students to deal with real world situations.
Training for a tournament- He give some great advice on developing a strong tournament game.
Breaking everything in BJJ down- Roy breaks BJJ down into four factors the two big factors are distance and angle, the two smaller factors are timing and pace.
Staying positive after a tournament- If you have something bad to say about your tournament, you should also say something good about the tournament.
Roy’s House Theory- He wants to fight you in areas that he is good at, this is his house. Have places in each position that you are very good at.
Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone- He is a firm believer in this, find what works for you and find ways to work around your own limitations.
The BJJ community- We have such a great community and friends in this sport.
Roy will be putting out a DVD this year on back control. Look for this DVD and we hope to have him back on the show to talk about back control.
Quote of the week- “I can be paralyzed and miserable or paralyzed and happy, I choose to be happy.”Brian Freeman. You can catch a entire interview with Brian in episode 16 of the BjjBrick Podcast.