Epi 32 Alliance Black Belt Jonathan “Macarrao” Thomas


Jonathan "Maccarrao" Thomas watching two students

Jonathan “Maccarrao” Thomas watching two students

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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.

This interview we talk about:

  • Jonathan’s goal in his first tournament
  • Why developing a good guard is so important for beginners
  • Jonathan’s basic definition of recomposing
  • Why recomposing is so important to BJJ
  • What attracted him to Jiu-Jitsu
  • How Jiu-Jitsu is like a large series of mini games
  • How he was able to train less than most of his competition and still win
  • Having a logical process to how you train
  • Why mindless drilling does not do much for your development
  • How Jonathan likes to positional spar and break down positions
  • The current rules and how they could change
  • Why passing the guard can be more difficult than using a specific guard
  • How the sport would change if the guard puller got a -1 point
  • His goals in competing
  • His mindset during competition
  • Doing Tabata for cardio training
  • Managing stress levels to clam down and not get tired
  • Developing long term development by focusing on positions

    2011 Mundials Jonathan Thomas

    2011 Mundials Jonathan Thomas

Quote of the week- “Fail, fail again, fail better” Samuel Beckett.  This quote was presented by New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code Daniel Coyle.  Check out our interview with Daniel Coyle here

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Article of the week- “5 Things to Focus on When Teaching BJJ to Children” from blog.gameness.com


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