Category: Podcast

Listen to me on Inside BJJ!

Inside BJJ opened their show with me this week. Keep listening to hear them talk to Bellator Welterweight Tournament winner Rick Hawn and the always entertaining Kurt Osiander.

I’m going to be very disappointed in you if you haven’t read 3-D Jiu-Jitsu yet. What’s your excuse? That’s right, you don’t have one.

We are 75% of the way to our Indiegogo goal. Thanks for the support! Haven’t picked up perk and pre-ordered the crucifix instructional yet? What are you waiting for!


Listen to me on Verbal Tap Cast!

Raf and Kevin had me on their show Verbal Tap Cast to talk about BJJ, MTG, D&D and our course my latest Indiegogo project. Listen to the show here.

Looks like my appearances on Open Mat Radio sparked a lover’s feud between Raf and his archnemesis Paul Moran.

Don’t forget to check out 3-D Jiu-Jitsu: An Introduction to Thinking Conceptually! This is the test model for what we hope to do with my crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional.

Marshal is giving away 10 copies of his latest Victory Belt book on his site!


Listen to me on Open Mat Radio!

Paul from Open Mat Radio had me on his show this week! You can listen to it here. It’s a long talk, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

I owe Paul a big thanks for offering an interview spot or a month of advertising on Open Mat Radio as a perk for backing our Indiegogo campaign.

Don’t miss Marshal’s free instructional 3-D Jiu-Jitsu: An Introduction to Thinking Conceptual to get a taste for what we hope to do with my bigger crucifix and reverse omoplata instructional.


[Podcast] What To Do When You’re Injured And Can’t Train

It’s time for that all-too-common topic everyone wishes they could avoid: injuries! A lot of people write in for advice on what to do while injured. Unfortunately, I have a lot of firsthand experience with this. In the words of my professor Eduardo de Lima, “Jiu-jitsu is good for you… just not your joints.” Give it a listen:

What To Do When You’re Injured And Can’t Train

Listen to “What To Do When You’re Injured And Can’t Train” on SoundCloud

This episode is unofficially sponsored by, buyer and seller of Magic: The Gathering cards. They’ll buy your old MTG cards (or you can just send them to me!)

Grand Master Helio Gracie


Making Gameplan Flowcharts And Becoming A Specialist [Podcast]

Today we’re talking about building gameplans, drawing flowcharts and becoming a specialist.

Making Gameplan Flowcharts And Becoming A Specialist

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Here’s the question I’m answering:

Curious about how indepth to go into my gameplanning. I currently have an OCD obsession building technique trees where I start with a position, then list available grips, then list techniques off of those grips. I end up with huge flowcharts which while cool, are too extensive to be anything but a reference. I’m curious when you start winding up for a tournament, if there is a limit to the number of techniques you apply drilling rigor to as your “go to” methods for that tournament. Kimura’s biography explained how he would pick 2-3 throws per major tournament with the goal of winning by Ippon. My question also asks that if a similar approach were valid to BJJ, would you advocate choosing 2-3 specific finishes that can be applied from several positions and gearing all your game to getting to those points, or drilling 2-3 specific reversals/sweeps/passes and banking on points instead of gunning for the finish. I currently compete in the intermediate category.


How To Train In The Middle Of Nowhere With No Instructor [Podcast]

How’s that for a title? Here’s the question I’m answering today:

First of all, thanks for all of the content you produce on your site – I have indeed found it very useful.

I was glad to make a donation ($50) without the need for any kind of reward, but I do actually have a question that I would like to see answered.  This may be the type of situation you have covered in the past, but if so I haven’t seen it.  I am out in Southern Iraq for a year, and clearly there is no opportunity for formal instruction here, but we do have a small but growing BJJ group here training three to four times per week, composed of guys of various levels of experience and skill.  So, my question (posed in a way that will be applicable to more than my unique circumstances) is:

“How would you best utilize an extended period of unstructured training, without access to a school or any formal training?”

If you have any thoughts on the topic, and have the time to share them, I would greatly appreciate it.


Listen to “How To Train In The Middle Of Nowhere With No Instructor” on SoundCloud

You can see the photos of Gracie Barra Carlisle I mention here.


Are Grappling Dummies Worth It? [Podcast]

Today’s update will be a quick one because I’m sharing from the road. Here’s the second podcast of the week as promised. Videos and more will be coming soon!

Are Grappling Dummies Worth It?


How To Be Less Defensive and Loosen Up [Podcast]

Today’s podcast is a short one. Here is the question it answers:

HEY MATT – THAT’S REALLY NICE OF YOU.  Here’s my problem – I play primarily a defensive game.  I tend to latch on (I have the nick name Pitbull) when I should be shrimping away.  How do I break this long standing habit?

How To Be Less Defensive and Loosen Up

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Is It OK If You Don’t Care About Earning Belts [Podcast]

It’s the seventh and final day of podcast launch week. For those that missed them, here are the other six podcasts:

My goal going forward is to release two new podcasts and a video each week. Any donation you can drop in the tip jar will be greatly appreciated while I’m out of work and spending my time making content for instead of submitting resumes.

But we can worry about logistics later. Right now we’re talking about the desire to earn belt rank–or lack thereof.

Is It OK If You Don’t Care About Earning Belts

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Here is the original question:

I’ve been training consistently for an embarrassingly long amount of time
to be wearing my current belt rank. My problem however, isn’t that I
somehow can’t get promoted. Rather, it’s that I no longer have any
desire to obtain belts and recognition. I train hard with other challenging
students, I’m always learning, and I still feel my game growing all the

When I first started, my gym gave out belts informally, so you’d just get
promoted by surprise at any given time when the instructor deemed you
ready. This was how I ever got promoted in the first place. Over the past
decade however, my school has grown much larger and belt promotions are now
scheduled affairs that happen only a few times a year at massive
cross-trainings; so if you don’t ever make it to one, like me, you never
get promoted. Admittedly, I wouldn’t look forward to the attention or the
massive belt-whipping gauntlet, but ultimately my absence just comes down
to a lack of desire for the belt itself.

My question to you sir, is whether or not you believe it’s acceptable for
me to transcend the need for this rank progression. I know there are black
belts out there who still train but no longer actively seek to gain rank in
the form of degrees, but perhaps this is different? Do you think this
stance on promotion is disrespectful to my instructor, peers, and/or
founders of the art? I no longer compete, so as not to be an unfairly
sandbagging competitor.

Tell me Aesopian, if I’m still growing as a student and enjoying my
jiu-jitsu journey at least as much as the next guy, am I wrong to hold this
philosophy? Have I somehow left too much of my ego at the door?


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