Epi 233 40 Plus BJJ Stephen Whittier

This week we have an interview with third degree black belt Stephen Whittier. Stephen is well known for his website 40 Plus BJJ, he is dictated toward helping people stay or get on the mat as they get older.

We talk about:

  • How he began to help the 40+ Grappler
  • The difference in training for the older grappler
  • Struggles the older grappler experences
  • Starting BJJ in your 40s
  • Beginners avoiding sparing
  • Teaching a seminar that helps everyone there get better
  • Not all time on the mat is equal for your development
  • Advice for students avoiding unproductive or dangerous rolling
  • The differences between basics and fundamentals


Quote of the week: “it is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them” Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: Applying a Growth Mindset to Jiu-Jitsu











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Epi 72 Interview with Steve Maxwell Part 1

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Steve Maxwell is one of the first Americans to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  He was the first person to start teaching kettlebells in the United States.  At the age of 62 he travels the world teaching BJJ and life style fitness.  Find more info about Steve Maxwell here.Steve Maxwell bjj

We talk about:

  • His start to martial arts as a kid
  • Getting his blue belt fast and getting stuck at purple belt
  • How he learned how to teach Jiu-Jitsu
  • History of early BJJ in the United States
  • The combat aspect of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why the age 45 seems to be a road block for people that do BJJ
  • Setting intrinsic goals and not extrinsic goals
  • How age effects you ability to do BJJ
  • How his game has changed over the years
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • A method of training to force you use better breathing


Quote of the week: “no victory without sacrifice” Robson Moura

Article of the week: “7 REASONS WHY YOUR CHILD SHOULD PRACTICE MARTIAL ARTS” breakingmuscle.com

Steve Maxwell interview

Steve Maxwell walking around during this interview


Catch us next week for part 2 of this interview on The BjjBrick Podcast