Epi 155 Matt Thornton & Self-defense

This week we bring you a special interview with one of our most popular past guests Matt Thornton. This interview has a central focus on self-defense and real world violence. Not only is Matt a BJJ black belt and a world class coach, he also has extensive knowledge about what BJJ can do for you in a life and death struggle.1212_matt_thornton

We talk about:

  • A brief bio of Matt Thornton
  • The goals of his book that he is working on
  • Why violence is natural
  • Why it is so important to have resisting opponents
  • Law enforcement and self-defense training
  • What all SBG coaches have in common (a search for the truth)
  • Statistics on violence
  • Why some young men are attracted to violence
  • Bullying in school
  • Teach kids how to talk to strangers and how to be assertive
  • Things criminals look for in a victim
  • Keeping self-defense a topic in training BJJ
  • Police doing BJJ
  • Adding a striking martial art (without getting damage to your brain)
  • His thoughts on Krav Maga
  • MMA and self-defense
  • Dealing with multiple attackers


Quote of the week: “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn for a wise answer.” Bruce lee

Article of the week: How I progressed at BJJ going to class 6 or 7 times a month

We also have Mat Tales Epi 6- Oscar the Cat, and we are looking for essay submissions for coach of the year.


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BjjBrick Q&A Q6 Building Your Confidence As A New Student

Here is the question submitted via email.

I am fairly new to BJJ but not to martial arts in general. BJJ has always enticed me because of the fluid flow of the art plus the confidence and humility of its practitioners. I have mainly trained in striking arts and I have to say the brotherhood that I see between the students in Jiu-jitsu is so different. With that being said there is a lot of intimidation. I have never been one to have the most self confidence and I hope that BJJ will change that, which I believe it will. My question is getting over the fear, for lack of a better word, of rolling with folks. It’s not that I am “afraid” to do it but it’s very defeating sometimes when almost instantly you feel weak and beaten as soon as you start. I enjoy drilling and working technique but when we roll at the end of class it kind of gets to me. Is that to be expected? I know talking with other students they have basically said it kind of sucks when you first start but just to keep doing it and it will get better. I know that with continued work it will get better but how do I address the apprehension now? I do know giving up is not an option for me because I have given up in the past on things. Not because it was tough but because I think my self esteem gets the better of me. I know I have to keep pushing because I really want to develop my self not only physically but mentally too.

Thanks for your time. Keep up the great work.