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Episode #55 "What new blue belts should focus on"

The boys talk about what it is exactly that a brand new blue belt should focus on now that he or she have earned that shiny new belt. A big part of this is just not quitting as so many other new blues start to do. At this level you’ve got a good foundation of basic moves that you know. Now you need to learn how to start putting them together in a sequence and learn how to set your opponents up with them. Make sure you don’t get a big head and become an a-hole. Stay humble and keep asking...


Episode #54 "Rolling ability vs knowledge"

The boys cover a gamut of questions about who gets promoted when and why. In a typical Jiu Jitsu academy there are going to be issues surrounding the idea of why so and so gets promoted and why not you. While this episode might be just the tip of the proverbial ice berg, we cover some well known issues and questions that we ourselves had as well as some listener questions we get. As per usual, the boys enlist the help of Kroyler Gracie who puts in his two or three cents in on the matter....


Episode #53 "Keeping your children involved in Jiu-Jitsu Part 2"

The boys talked about kipperdoodles getting his blue belt. They give the rundown of the happenings during the test and just how much “fun” it was. We got a listener email asking about how to get their kid involved in Jiu Jitsu and the boys give their best “advice”. This is part two of keeping kids interested in Jiu Jitsu so we pick up where we left off last week. First we talked about what to do if your child’s interest wanes in BJJ and they want to quit. Short answer: don’t let them. Next...


Episode #52 "Keeping your children involved in Jiu-Jitsu Part 1"

The boys get the podcast started by talking a bit about what’s going on with their training and Kip’s upcoming blue belt test. This weeks Kroyler’s Corner was too long for one sitting so the boys had to make it a two parter for the sake of time. They started out by talking about the type of coaching that happens in the class. The coach should make it fun and entertaining as well as informative and keep that delicate balance long term. Kids need to have something to look forward to in class...


Episode #51 "Kroyler answers a listener email"

This is a special episode where for the first time the boys don’t have a good enough answer to a listener question, so they bring in the show expert to fill in the gaps in knowledge typical of Paul and Kip. Sarah had a couple of questions. One being about paying for grading (ranks) and the exorbitant cost of academy clothing. Basically Paul and Kipperdoodles agreed that for them at least, this would be a non starter. We would either not rank up or find a different gym. BJJ for us and many...


Episode #50 "The value of private lessons"

Hot on the heels of Paul’s private lesson, the boys talk about private lessons and why or even why you shouldn’t take them. Paul and Kip aren’t ones who do many private lessons due to time and money restraints, nevertheless they have taken them and see the value... so long as they’re done right. Kroyler wrote his latest pro novel at Paul’s requests about the pros and cons of private lessons as well and who should and shouldn’t take them. As an additional benefit he throws in how to get the...


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Episode #48 "Compelled to compete in Jiu Jitsu?"

The boys ran across an article about why you should compete even if you hate it. Needless to say it raised the ire in both of them. They spend some time reading and discussing why they vehemently disagree with the opinion piece. First though, they talk about what they’re going to talk about on the show. Paul talks about Kaidyn not being as motivated to do Jiu Jitsu lately and his struggle with that. He also mentioned another article he wanted to cover about kids in BJJ written by a young...


Episode #47 "Breadth vs Depth in Jiu Jitsu "

On the back of a conversation / debate Paul was having with Kroyler Gracie, we got a “pro tip” about the merits of depth of knowledge vs breadth of knowledge in BJJ. Is one is better than the other? The boys get right into reading Kroyler’s Corner this week and immediately give their heartfelt opinion on why depth must be better than breadth. Paul gives his examples of why he feels this way and Kip, weirdly, agrees with him on this point. As we read further and further down the essay we...


episode #46 "Are you overwhelmed in Jiu Jitsu?"

Before the boys get into the “pro tip” they read a listener question about tapping to pressure. Isaac says he’s newer to the sport and feels like a bitch about wanting to tap out due to the pressure of being stuck on the bottom after he already spent all his energy in a roll. We agreed with him of course and told him to basically suck it up... we tried to be more constructive on top of that by giving him the same advice we got after feeling the same way as him. We talked a bit about our...


Episode #45 "Competitors vs Practitioners of BJJ"

Paul gets excited about a listener email wanting to learn more about his budgeting tips in a previous episode! Kip stops Paul before he tries to make another BJJ podcast episode about money. The boys congratulated Morgan on her Pro/Super fight win in Chicago. Is was a great match and super fun to watch. Also, we had a great time with the team while we were there. We dive into the subject on the difference between being a competitor vs someone who may occasionally compete. The boys fall...


Episode #44 "Interview with the founder of Top Mount apparel, Al"

Great interview with Top Mount Apparel owner Al The boys drove to Chicago this past weekend to support their teammate Morgan in her Pro BJJ fight. While they were there they met up with Al for an interview. This show is a bit on the shorter side because of a time crunch, but it’s gold nonetheless. Al is a blue belt in BJJ, originally just his son was involved in it. After his kid got out of Jiu Jitsu to pursue other sports he decided to give it a go for himself. As happens to many of us,...


Episode #43 "Your First Year In BJJ"

Your First Year In BJJ The boys started off the episode talking a bit about Paul’s recent vacation. We eventually get to the point of the show, so no worries. Before we discuss Kroyler’s “pro tip” however, Paul wanted to answer a listener question about his wife wanting him to quit Jiu Jitsu and wanted some advice. And advice he got. We went down the rabbit hole on this subject a bit more than we intended, but we hope our rant was useful to people. We finally dig into the subject at hand....


Episode #39 "The value of stripes - Part One

The boys kick off the show talking about their own thoughtisms on Jiu Jitsu and perhaps why they aren’t getting any better. Maybe due to the fact that we don’t go enough...? Paul ruined his own wrist and got destroyed by a purple belt. It was a good confidence boost to him. They talk about Morgan and Adam testing for their purple belt. It was an epically hard test and worth hearing about. Kip says “anyways” way too many times in a row because he can’t get through a single thought without...


Episode #38 "The problem with just rolling"

In this episode we talk about the guy/gal who only likes to roll, rather than train and drill. While it’s Paul’s prefered method of training, it’s not doing him many favors according to Kroyler. First tho, the boys talk about the fact that they and some teammates got some stripes this week. Paul lamented that he just recently was comfortable with his third one... Black Lion BJJ had a few competitors go to the Arnold Classic and bring home a bunch of shiny medals!!! The boys get into the...


Episode #37 "How to be happy as a white belt"

Paul talks a bit about the Kroyler seminar this past weekend. He lamented that he should’ve taken notes. He had a great speech about why white belts suck so much because they try and overcome lack of technique with physicality and shit form and learn bad habits. Paul asked Kroyler for a Kroyler’s Corner concerning white belts and to give them a little love, as we just had an episode for blue belts. Turns out he thought I meant tough love... Paul reads his essay in his usual butchering way...


Episode #36 "Why do blue belts quit?"

We ramble on a bit about stuff and things vaguely related to Jiu Jitsu and eventually get to the main point of the show. The boys take a Kroyler’s Corner (not pro tip) and expound upon it through the entire episode. The main reasons people quit at blue belt have to do with: 1: Having a hard time physically with complex techniques 2: Having a hard time recalling said complex techniques 3: Realizing that upper belts have thus far been taking it easy on you 4: The difficulty of watching...


Episode #35 "Awesome interview with fellow grappling dad Steve Dickson"

Paul gets drunk on whiskey part way through the episode. See if you can tell when... We discuss how we attempt to roll with people as we start to age and everything starts to hurt. Steve talks about how and why he got into BJJ. Steve tried not to disparage other types of martial arts...except maybe tai chi push hands. He also talks about what it was like just taking private lessons for self defense up until he got a blue belt and what it was like rolling with an actual class after that. We...


Episode #34 "Why is my Jiu-Jitsu getting worse?"

Paul talks about a couple of guys at work who clearly haven’t ever gotten a proper ass beating. The boys talk about how it’s nice to get beat up on a weekly basis to stay humble and keep your head on straight. Apparently there is no Kroyler’s Corner this week because “someone” (read Kroyler fucked up) forgot to send it in... So why in fact is my Jiu-Jitsu getting worse? The short answer is it’s not. The long answer has to do with a bunch of variables... Like: I don’t take notes I train...