Epi 310 Three X No-Gi Black Belt World Champion Pati Fontes

This week we have an interview with Patricia Fontes. Patricia is a IBJJF black belt No-Gi World Champion in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Her interview covers a wide range of topics.

We talk about:

  • Her start to sports with ballet
  • Her move to the United States
  • Dealing with injuries
  • Training both Gi and nogi
  • Dealing with the stress of a tournament
  • Getting her black belt
  • Competing with black belts as a brown belt
  • Teaching kids BJJ
  • Keeping jiu-jitsu fun
  • Traveling to Brazil


Quote of the week: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” Leonardo da Vinci

Article of the week: 5 Things You Learn as a White Belt Helping Teach the Kids Class


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Epi 58 SBGi Black Belt Amanda Loewen

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Amanda Loewen bjj Amanda Loewen has been training BJJ and competing for about five years, and she has recently received her black belt from Matt Thornton.  You will find her training at SBGi in Portland.

We talk about:

  • Her start to BJJ
  • Getting her black belt in five years
  • Some troubles finding competition
  • Her hobbies off the mat
  • Why she prefers a “basic style”
  • Her six day a week training schedule
  • Training off the mat
  • Staying motivated
  • Her goals of competing with the black belts
  • She is going to the European Championships in Jan 2015
  • Posture, pressure and possibilities
  • Keeping things very simple when teaching BJJ
  • The basic class format she likes
  • How she handles the stresses of competition
  • Her experience at her first tournament
  • A mental trick she uses to avoid sweeps
  • Tips for making your own game plan
  • Why she rolls with a poker face
  • Goals for a first year BJJ student
  • Why it is important to focus on defense first then learn offense

*note Amanda Loewen was recently married and her new name is Amanda Diggins

Keep up with Amanda on her Facebook Page.

Amanda is sponsored by Fenom Kimonos

Quote of the week: “With great power comes great responsibility” Presented by Comprido

Article of the week: “Advice for Begginners Competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” 10thplanetsm.com

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh! This week Roy Marsh talks about attaining the guillotine position.