Epi 127 Listener Favorite John Will Returns For Interview #2

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John Will is a listener favorite, and we are thrilled to have him back on the show. John is one of the famous “Dirty Dozen” meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia.

We talk about:

  • His start with BJJ
  • Promoting around 90 black belts
  • What he looks for in a black belt
  • What it takes to be a good coach
  • Using imagery while teaching
  • Modeling after world champions
  • Writing on his blog
  • How positions and techniques change over time
  • Providing students what they want vs. what they need
  • Comparing BJJ to a tree
  • Developing a culture of helping everyone on the mat
  • A game called sharks and tuna that his kids play
  • Other games that are played in the kids class
  • Off the mat goals he has for his students
  • John’s thoughts on setting and reaching goals
  • Escaping side control ideas
  • How learning escapes can build confidence
  • Different types of drilling
  • He explains the Red Cat Head logo
  • Being open to reinventing who you are
  • Stories from his backpacking adventures
  • Being dehydrated while backpacking


Quote of the week: “When you lose, say little. When you win, say less.” Matt Hughes

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Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast