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 Radio- Epi 3- BJJ and self defense

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Today we talk to John Castillo about BJJ and self defense.

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo, Byron Jabara, and Renato Tavares

John Castillo:

There are three main aspects of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  1. Vale Tudo (MMA)
  2. Tournament Jiu-Jitsu
  3. Self defense (mostly viewed as a 1 vs 1 conflict without any weapons)

Going to the ground in a self defense situation can be very dangerous.

  • You could get attacked by other people (human soccer ball)
  • Many people have knifes on them, it could be more difficult to get away from a weapon

Some advantages of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a self defense situation.

  • It is a contact sport and you are more accustom to the stresses and discomfort
  • You could be able to hold someone down and not need to hurt them
  • You are less likely to get beat up by one person in a “fair fight”

Things you can do to make sure you are more prepared to survive a self defense situation.

  • Learn some strikes (jab cross combo, basic kicks, knees and elbows)
  • Understand how weapons can be used against you
  • Try to increase your situational awareness
  • Do some escape drills (learn what it takes to escape a room full of people)
  • Train with a fake gun or knife
  • Don’t go to places where violence is likely
  • Try the Hubud drill ( a Filipino martial art drill)
  • Go to a Kapap or Israeli Krav Maga class

You can win the fight and still lose big.  You could get sewed, kicked out of your BJJ gym, lose the respect of your community or coworkers.

Your main goal in a street fight is to survive; the best way to survive is to avoid the conflict.  The best move you can often do is to go home.

Contact John Castillo at Johnnyjiujitsu@yahoo.com or phone 316-265-0722

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Quote of the week- “The harder work the luckier I get” Thomas Jefferson

Article of the week “Rickson Gracie Advice that was echoed by a fantastic highschool principal.” By Part time grappler.

We also talked about the desire to win vs the goal of performing at your best.

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