Epi 192 Roli Delgado Talks BJJ, MMA, Business, Coaching, and More

This week we bring back a listener favorite Roli Delgado. Roli has been a BJJ black belt for ten years. He runs a very successful school in Little Rock, and he is well known for his ability to perform and teach leg locks. Roli trains with GFteam and his coach is Denilson Pimenta.

We talk about:

  • His off the mat life and changes toward jiu-jitsu
  • Changes in his coaching jiu-jitsu
  • The difference between coaching and teaching
  • Coaching a student that is having a difficult time finishing a match
  • The mental side of competing
  • His martial arts background
  • How he learned to work off the fence at TUF
  • Training with Billy Robinson
  • How Billy Robinson would answer questions differently than you would expect
  • Catch wrestling as a sport and it’s uses for MMA
  • How dangerous heel hooks actually are
  • The rule sets he likes
  • He explains the funnel concept for BJJ
  • Developing athleticism and doing BJJ
  • Dealing with a hand injury
  • He gives us a cheat sheet for running a BJJ gym
  • Interesting thoughts on handling complements


Quote of the week: “Our Greatest Glory Is Not in Never Falling, But in Rising Every Time We Fall” Mr. Anonymous

Article of the week: Three Types Of Students Instructors Can’t Stand by Mark Mullen

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Gary talks about his new website BJJhammer.com and we start a odd word association game.

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Epi 68 Interview with Roli Delgado

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This week we have an interview with Rolando Delgado often called Roli.  Roli is a 2nd degree black belt that trains in Little Rock Arkansas at West Side MMA. Roli has fought in the UFC and Bellator, but he is most widely known in the BJJ community for his ability to teach and preform leg locks.

Some highlights from this interview:

“The most dangerous moves in Jiu-Jitsu are take-downs and kimuras”

“Reaping the knee is a risk that is way overstated and blown out of proportion”

“With the Gi on I am okay with no heal hooks…. we need a sport that we can all do and grow old with.”

We also talk about:

  • His start to the martial arts
  • What he does off of the mat (hunting deer and owning a pawn shop)
  • His recent trip to Brazil
  • How he started focusing on leg locks
  • His app “Legal Leg Locks for BJJ
  • Why some people don’t like leg locks
  • Using legs locks to be used for a Bjj Brick
  • The rules for BJJ and leg locks
  • Why mid level blue belt is a good time to start working on leg locks
  • Finding confidence in your game from hard work
  • Advice for students that are competing for the first time
  • Why you should be trying to funnel your match into your strong areas
  • The concept of defend than attack
  • His match with Jason Bircher in Respect 1 on Feb 28

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Quote of the week: “Therefore, those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him.” Sun Tzu

Article of the week: “Drill To Kill: Science Backs Up Effectiveness of Drilling for Jiu-Jitsu” 

Want a better Guillotine Choke? Check out this seminar by our friend Roy Marsh!

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Catch us next week for another episode of The BjjBrick Podcast

BjjBrick Radio Episode 1- Train leg locks safely

BjjBrick Radio Episode 1- Train leg locks safely

The BjjBrick Podcast is in iTunesand Stitcher radio

  • Practice leg locks- The more you understand and train leg locks the safer you will be.
  • Don’t force the leg lock- Submissions should not take all your strength to work.  Don’t strain too hard, be smooth.
  • Control your partner- Before you start applying the pressure have good control of your training partner.
  • Work leg locks with more skilled people- Avoid putting leg locks on new practitioners; they will be more likely to get injured.
  • Tap when you get caught- It’s no big deal, if you get caught just tap.
  • Be aware of your own feet- You are often in danger when you are attacking someone’s leg.
  • Tips for when to tap to- Heel hooks, Achilles lock, and Toe hold.

Quote of the week- “Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”  Bruce Lee

Article- “It’s All in the Hips: Hip Care 101 for BJJ Practitioners” By Samuel Spiegelman

Legal Leg Locks for BJJ by Roli Delgado– The App Gary talked about.

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