Epi 251 The Growth of the Adaptive Athlete Community with Brian Freeman

We are really happy to bring BJJ purple belt Brian Freeman for another interview. Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is from Rockingham, North Carolina.

We talk about:

  • The growth of adaptive athletes in BJJ
  • Getting his blue and purple belts
  • Some of his favorite techniques
  • Dealing with high mount
  • Using Social media to build the adaptive athlete community
  • Stories of competing
  • What BJJ has done for him off the mat
  • Doing marathons in his wheelchair
  • Advice for other adaptive athletes wanting to start Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training advice


Quote of the week: “Strong people are hard to kill” presented by Kevan Sr. at the BjjBrick Summer Camp

Article of the week: Muay Thai for BJJ
















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Episode 16 Brian Freeman- Training BJJ with a T4 spinal cord injury

This episode is in iTunes, and stitcher radio

This week we are very lucky to have a interview with the very inspirational Brian Freeman.
Brian is a disabled vet with a T4 spinal cord injury with Brown-Sequard syndrome. He is brian freeman bjjfrom Rockingham, North Carolina. Brian enjoys training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, his 8 year old daughter convenced him to get on the mat. He started by taking private lessons first then transitiond into the regular BJJ class.
Brian shares with us how BJJ has changed his life. BJJ has caused Brian to be more active then he was and also helped him with his lack of appatite. Jiu-jitsu has also given him more confidence.
we also talk about Brian’s:
-First UFC experence
-Favorite techniques
-Unique challanges
-Rwards that BJJ gives
We thought it would be ineresting to talk to Brian’s coach BJJ Black Belt Roy Marsh (Team R.O.C.). Roy is co-owner of the Martial Arts Academy of Southern pines and he is the head instrctor of the BJJ program. Roy was kind enough to talk to us about training with Brian. Roy is a firm beliver that BJJ is for everyone. When Brian showed interest in learing BJJ Roy was happy to help.

Brian's Tattoo of Royce Gracie logo with wheelchair inside. Ossss

Brian’s Tattoo of Royce Gracie logo with wheelchair inside. Ossss

Quote of the week “Pratice does not make perfect, prartice makes myelin, and myelin makes perfect” Daniel Coyle. This quote make not make since at first but we break it down. As you pratice it actually makes small changes in your brain that makes things easier for you to perform.
Article of the week:

Freakoutandshutdown.blogspot.com “Getting Tough”

Daniel Coyle’s website
Brian on twitter @wheelchairjitsu