Epi 187 A Look Into Special Operations Combatives Program With Greg Thompson

This week we have an interview with Greg Thompson. Greg is the creator of SOCP (Special Operations Combatives Program) www.socp.info. On March 23, 2010, SOCP became the first officially designated combatives program for all U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. ERB Codes: (SOCP I: BRT), (SOCP II: FBR) SOCP is now the standard program for fighting in kit. Greg is also training Federal and State Law Enforcement, FBI, ATF, Border Patrol and Special Contract Units.  Continue reading about Greg Thompson here.

We talk about:

  • His start in martial arts and wrestling
  • What is was like training in the early days
  • Getting started in training people in special operations
  • Some of the tactical decisions a law enforcement officer must make
  • Why it is important to know the limits of what you are training
  • His conversations with a closed minded martial artist
  • Training safely for violent encounters
  • Controlling the distance
  • Knowing how to use the proper force multiplyer
  • Knife training and common mistakes with training with knifes
  • What someone doing BJJ can do to prepare for self defense
  • Grappling and training with a knife
  • Grappling with teams or more than one vs one
  • Police officers dealing with stress and the use of force
  • How to de escalate self defense situations
  • How to avoid legal trouble for defending yourself
  • The pros and cons of different self defense tools
  • How to protect yourself from a home invasion
  • How to avoid someone breaking into your house
  • How to deal with a home invasion situation
  • Creating safe habits
  • Using your BJJ skills if you get a job in the military or law enforcement


Quote of the week: “No intelligent man has ever lost a fight to someone who said ‘I’m gonna kick your ass” Rory Miller

Article of the week: A Complete Victory by a 1% Margin


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Epi 144 Shannon Kitchen Shares His Amazing Story

This week we bring you an amazing story from Shannon Kitchen. Shannon is a blue belt training in Kentucky under Relson Gracie. Shannon has a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the bellybutton down, and he is legally blind. This interview will leave you motivated to keep training and enjoying the process. Shannon Kitchen BJJ 1

We talk about:

  • How he injured his spinal cord
  • Doing self defense from a wheelchair
  • Starting BJJ
  • His favorite techniques
  • How BJJ has helped his balance
  • What it was like to get his blue belt
  • Rolling for the first time
  • Grapplers heart
  • Rolling with glass still in his face under his skin


Quote of the week:  “A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world.” Dan Gable

Article of the week: Roll Longer As A BJJ White Belt With These Simple Tips


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In this episode we also have episode 2 of mat tales “Brown Gi Pants”

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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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