Epi 277 Defense and Offense

This episode we answer listener questions about offense and defense.

We talk about:

  • Changing the way we roll based on the belt rank we are rolling with
  • Changing the way we roll based on the person we are rolling with
  • What makes a good defense
  • What makes a good offense
  • Building confidence
  • Using stratagem in your offense and defense
  • Defending positions vs submissions

Quote of the week: “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” Tom Lehrer famous pianist

Article of the week: How to get better at BJJ: 12 Steps













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Epi 219 How Deep is Your Jiu-Jitsu Pool???

This week on the podcast we talk about a way to evaluate your game. Your collection of techniques fall at different skill levels. We look at these five different levels and give advice or depending on what level your technique is. Don’t think of it as all of your BJJ is at one level, think of it as parts of your game are at different levels.

The Depth of your Jiu-Jitsu Pool

  • Level 1- You don’t know how to swim = You don’t train Jiu-JItsu
  • Level 2- Standing in the pool = Becoming aware of the a technique
  • Level 3- Swimming = The BJJ you know
  • Level 4- Swimming in the deep end = Your best moves
  • Level 5- Deep dive = A part of the game that you are one of the best

Quote of the week: “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Article of the week: How Much Do I Need To Cross Train To Get Better at BJJ?











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Epi 189 Using Your Gifts to Get Better at BJJ

It is important to look at yourself and reflect about what attributes you have that can help you get better at BJJ. We look at Physical, Mental, and Situational advantages (Gifts) you have and how to get the most out of them.

Gary as a big good looking gift. This image is a prank that Gary was unaware of.

Some of the physical gifts we talk about:

  • Speed
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Balance
  • Your height

Some of the mental gifts we talk about:

  • Patience as a student and instructor
  • Having a memory for technique
  • Being a people person
  • having a competitive spirit

Some of the situational gifts we talk about:

  • Having a great BJJ gym near you
  • Having a stable family life
  • Having a supportive spouse or partner
  • Being healthy
  • Being part of a great team
  • Having a great coach
  • Being financially stable

Pranks pulled on Gary this week: The golden girls song around 57min when he is talking about how great a training partner Byron is. Gary was unaware of the gift image with Gary’s face.

Quote of the week: “Wouldn’t it be great to be gifted? In fact…. It turns out that choices lead to habits. Habits become talents. Talents are labeled gifts. You’re not born this way, you get this way.” Seth Godin

Article of the week: Visiting another school…. Getting the most out of a drop in

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Mat Tales 18 Hitting the Road for BJJ


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Epi 176 Top Mistakes Made in BJJ

Today we are talking about mistakes made on the mat. We share some personal stories and things we have noticed.

We talk about:

  • What Byron did as a purple belt that was a mistake for around a year
  • A basic principal Gary learned as a white belt
  • Learning how to take advice from your coach
  • Mistakes made as an instructor
  • Not tapping fast enough
  • Being over confident when starting BJJ
  • Having the right amount of tools in your tool basket
  • Avoiding leg locks
  • Fighting from your knees
  • Not doing the right type of drilling
  • Not letting injuries heal

Quote of the week: “The best advice I was given if that if you want to succeed and you want to achieve, you have to learn how to handle failures.” Mike Scioscia, MLB champion manager

Article of the week: Charismatic Leadership or Personality Cults in Jiu Jitsu: The Fine Line Between Respect and Worship

Korbett’s Kids Epi 1-  Korbett Miller answers a question about kids training to compete. Check out Korbett’s website here for more info on developing a strong kids program at your academy.

Garys audio book is called “The Tool Basket for BJJ, Find the Right Tool for the Job”


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Epi 171 The Se7en Deadly Sins and BJJ

Could one of the seven deadly sins be holding you back in BJJ? What we can learn from them to avoid problems on the mat. Today we break down how the deadly sins can be holding you back. The sins are; Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, and Sloth.

We talk about:

  • Pride, and the difference in being confident and having too much pride
  • What is feeling too proud of a tournament or belt promotion
  • Being envious of training partners or coaches
  • Getting mad while training
  • How to tell when you have a passion for something or a lust
  • How being greedy with your knowledge and time on the mat will hurt you
  • How laziness even when you show up can greatly slow your progress
  • The mistake of only doing the fun parts of BJJ

Correction- The 7 deadly sins are not biblical find out more about them here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins


Quote of the week: “Never settle” Dr. Jen Case

Story of the week: How my dogs can drop everything at a moments notice and chase a squirrel, and how this can related to your BJJ training.


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Epi 100 How Has BJJ Benefited You?

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Episode 100We wanted to make episode 100 of The BjjBrick Podcast a special episode that included both listeners and past guests.  This episode is full of people sharing the ways that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has benefited their lives. You will hear stories about weight loss, friendships, healthy lifestyles, drug addiction, confidence, intellectual stimulation, stress relief, and more.

The goals we had in mind with this episode.

  • If you are already training, you keep training for the long run. Hopefully you can relate to some of the off the mat benefits that BJJ is giving you and stay motivated.
  • If you do not train BJJ we want you to recognize some of the many benefits of doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  After recognizing these benefits you do what is often one of the hardest things in BJJ, you start BJJ.

Budo Jake (7min)- Our interview with Jake is here.  Keep up with Jake on Facebook.

Stephen Whittier (13min)- Our interview with Stephen is here. Grapplers over 40 should check Stephen’s website.

Mike Bowser (17min)- Shares his story of incredible life saving weight loss.  You can find Mike training at Pacific Top Team of Corona.

Brian Marvin (21min)- Our interview with Brian is here. Train with Brian in Sugar Land, Tx.

Roli Delgado (22min)- Our interview with Roli is here. Train with Roli in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Blake (27min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

PJ Waicus (28min)- Our interview with PJ is here. Train with PJ at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Samir Chantre (33min)- Our interview with Samir is here. Learn more about Samir on his website.

Mike (39min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Matt Thornton (41min)- Our interview with Matt is here. Train with Matt at SBG.

Dewaine (43 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy San Francisco.

Andrew Nerlich (51 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He trains at Langes MMA in Sydney, Australia.

Jim (56 min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Tim Sledd (58 min)- Our interview with Tim is here. Train with Tim at Small Ax BJJ.

Jason Goldstein (1h 6min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast. He is from Charleston South Carolina.

Brian Freeman (1h 11min)- Our interview with Brian is here.  Connect with Brian on his Facebook page.

John Connors (1h 13min)- Our interview with John is here. Connect with John on his Facebook page.

Nick Albin (1h 17min)- Our interview with Nick is here.Train with Nick at Derby City MMA.

Eli (1h 22min)- Listener and friend of The BjjBrick Podcast.

Byron Jabara (1h 24min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

Gary Hull (1h 28min)- Your friend from The BjjBrick Podcast.

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We would like to invite you to be part of this special episode by sharing your story about how BJJ has benefited your life off of the mat. We are hoping to make a very positive and motivating show.

We are asking for 5 minutes or less testimonial audio clips from the BJJ community.

There are two ways we are collecting these audio clips.
1) use your smart phone to record a mp3 and email it to us at bjjbrick@gmail.com.
2) email us your contact info at bjjbrick@gmail.com and tell us a few good times to call and we will call you and record it over the phone.

1) reflect on the off the mat benefits BJJ has given you
2) make an outline
3) go to a quiet place to record
4) give examples or a story not just a list of items
5) feel free to include your name full or just first name, where you are from, your school.
6) have fun

We are looking forward to hearing your stories.


Epi 65 Submission Series 902 Preview

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Submission Series 902 BJJ

Submission Series 902 takes places January 23, 2015 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.  These are 15 min, submission only fights. In this episode, you will discover what these six athletes are doing to prepare for this submission only event.  Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the action.

Cat Clark– We start off this interviews by talking with Cat Clark.  Cat is the guy who is putting Submission Series 902 together. (Starts at 21m32s)

We talk about:

  • How to watch the event
  • What the name “Submission Series 902” is about
  • Why he is doing this event
  • The rules the athletes must follow
  • His vision for the sport in the long term

Kyle Sandford Vs. Jonathan Satava

Kyle Sandford- Kyle has been training BJJ since 1996. He received a black belt from Renzo Gracie in July 2014. He is representing Titans BJJ and Renzo Gracie. He has a Nogi match with Jonathan Satava. (Starts at 32m45s)

Jonathan Satava- Jonathan is a brown belt under Marcelo Garcia.  He is 25 years old, and he trains and teaches at The Marcelo Garcia Academy. His game is very similar to Marcelo’s. (Starts at 52m2s)

Joel Jacquard Vs. Michael Tremblay

Joel Jacquard- Joel has been Training BJJ for about 8 years. He is a purple belt under Kevin Taylor.  He has trained in a variety of martial arts, but he is now focused on BJJ and this submission only fight.  He is very motivated to compete with Michael Tremblay. (Starts at 1h7m8s)

Michael Tremblay- Michael is 22 years old and a brown belt from Carleton Place Ontario. He trains with his family at Alpha Mixed Martial Arts.  His time is spent between being a full-time student of philosophy and a competitor. (Starts at 1h28m28s)

Scott Nauss Vs. Kevin Thibault (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)

Scott Nauss- Scott is a brown belt from Truro, Nova Scotia. He trains at Marmac Athletics, and Titans BJJ.  Scott has a lot of competition experience and he is excited to do a longer submission only match. (Starts at 1h45m18s)

Kevin Thibault- (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)- Kevin Trains under Shane Rice at Clinch Martial Arts Academy.  Kevin usually plays a heavy top game. (Starts at 1h58m59s)

Check out the Gis the fighters are talking about at BC Kimonos

Quote of the week: “Train with everyone” Dave Camarillo. Loyalty is important for your team and academy,  but you can still train at other gyms and be loyal at the same time.

Article of the week: “5 Tips to Fast Track Your Jiu-Jitsu Evolution Starting Today” by Graciemag

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Epi 55 Interview with Black Belt AJ Agazarm

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 Gold lightweight and absolute title for the 2014 NoGi European Championship

Gold lightweight and absolute title for the 2014 NoGi European Championship

AJ Agazarm is a former DI wrestler and a very active light weight black belt. He is known for his aggressive style and never quit attitude. He received his black belt a couple of years ago from Eduardo de Lima.  This is a fun interview and AJ shares tons of great advice for any grappler.

We talk about:

  • AJ’s love for extreme sports
  • AJ’s passion for travel
  • Why he likes to enter the absolute division
  • As a black belt he has had over 75 matches in less than 2 years
  • The fine line between being reckless and tenacious
  • His training as he travels
  • His competition goals that he has met and not met yet
  • What he does before he compete
  • How he views a competitive BJJ match
  • How BJJ has changed him off the mat
  • The cultural differences between BJJ and wrestling
  • How he practices mental toughness
  • How he keeps his emotions out of his match
  • How he gets out of tight submissions
  • Advice for a student competing for the first time
  • Enjoying the entire process of the tournament not just the match
  • Why he loved being a blue belt
  • How to find your game plan
  • Why it is important to take notes in class
  • Advice for competing in the absolute division

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Quote of the week: “Nothing takes the place of hard training on the mats” Budo Jake

Article of the week: 5 Important Things Your Instructors Want You to Stop Doing


At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

At the end of the podcast find out how you can get a free Gi patch. sorry US only

Episodes 31-40 of The BjjBrick Podcast

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Epi 31 Developing Talent with Daniel Coyle –Daniel Coyle is a New York Times bestselling author ofThe Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent.  He is one of the leading authorities on developing talent.  He may not be a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but his ideas about how to practice can help you understand how you learn.  The methods he has found could help catapult your game to the next level and beyond. 

Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” -Thomas This week we are joined by Jonathan Thomas.  Jonathan was recently awarded his black belt from Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti. You will find Jonathan training, teaching, and positional sparring at The Alliance headquarters in Atlanta.

Epi 33 Breaking things down with Ostap ManastyrskiOstap Manastryski is a brown belt under Elliott Bayev, he trains and teaches at OpenMat Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Toronto Canada.  Ostap breaks down BJJ videos on his YouTube channel, this is a great resource for anyone wanting to better understand BJJ.

Epi 34 Making changes to your BJJ gameThis week we take a break from having a guest on the show and Gary and Byron talk about making changes to your BJJ game.
Epi 35- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 1 of 2 -This week we have stories from our listeners. These are stories about getting injured and overcoming the injury. This episode is packed full of great advice for anyone who has been injured, or if you have a teammate that has been injured. It is important to know what to expect and the advice will help get you back on the mat my friends.
Epi 36- Listener Stories, Injuries Part 2 of 2 -More amazing injury and recovery stories from the listeners.
Epi 37 Great Advice from Carlos Machado -Carlos Machado is a Red Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He has been teaching BJJ in the United States for over 20 years.  He moved to Texas in 1995, and he is now running 6 BJJ schools. He is the oldest of the five legendary Machado brothers.
Epi 38 Nick Albin- He May Not Be A Jedi, But He Is Chewy -This week we talk to Nick Albin otherwise known as “Chewy”. He teaches and trains BJJ full time and is the head instructor at Derby City Mixed Martial Arts in Louisville, KY. Chewy is a Black Belt under Renato Tavares. He also has a website with lots of great information about BJJ here http://chewjitsu.net/
Epi 39 The 3 Steps to Making Changes to Your BJJ -This week we talk about making changes to your BJJ and developing a game plan.  We break it down into 3 main steps: 1) Define the objectives 2) Get help 3) Do the work.  You are the only person how is ultimately in charge of your BJJ development take responsibility and make it happen.  To help you obtain your goal we strongly recommend that your write it down.
Epi 40 Interview With BJJ Black Belt Wil Horneff -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 called Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA. At Training Grounds they teach BJJ, MMA, kickboxing, and also teach Kids Martial Arts in Bergen County, NJ.