MMA & BJJ Podcast

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The Sonny Brown Breakdown is an MMA, Jiu-Jitsu & BJJ podcast where we discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts to help you find the difference that makes the difference. Hosted by Sonny Brown and featuring an in-depth interview with a guest on each episode.

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Podcast Episodes & Show Notes

Jeremy Skinner On Quality Jiu-Jitsu Instruction & BJJ Competition Teams

Jeremy Skinner On Quality Jiu-Jitsu Instruction & BJJ Competition Teams

I talk to Jeremy Skinner, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, coach & competitor who recently won the ADCC Oceana trials, which will see him compete at the 2022 ADCC World championships. While earning his black belt under Lachlan Giles, he recently began competing and training under Luke Martin and Sydney West Martial Arts. We discuss how he was able to prepare for competition while managing his coaching responsibilities and how he can determine quality in jiu-jitsu instruction and teaching. We also discuss his...

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Jozef Chen On Rapid Learning From Jiu-Jitsu Instructionals & Technique Tinkering

Jozef Chen On Rapid Learning From Jiu-Jitsu Instructionals & Technique Tinkering

I talk to Jozef Chen, a grappling phenom who recently took Bronze at the ADCC trials while only seventeen years old and relatively new to his jiu-jitsu training. We discuss how he gained his skill level at such a young age from using instructionals and drilling techniques in a conceptual style influenced by Rob Biernacki. After preparing for the ADCC trials at the B-Team in Texas with Craig Jones, we talk about what his experience was like grappling in that high-level training environment and how he plans...

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Luke Martin On New Wave Coaching Of No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Grapplers

Luke Martin On New Wave Coaching Of No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Grapplers

I talk to Luke Martin, a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who runs Sydney West Martial Arts. He recently switched his academy from a mix of gi and no-gi training to only no-gi for adults. We discuss how he feels the culture of no-gi jiu-jitsu is progressing and John Danaher's influence on the sport and himself. We also discuss how he views the impact of external vs internal effects on the grappling culture. Listen To Luke Martin Apple Google Spotify YouTube https://youtu.be/WB9jtefDPMA Luke Martin Resources Luke...

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Lachlan Giles On The Reverse Classroom For Jiu-Jitsu & BJJ Skill Acquisition

Lachlan Giles On The Reverse Classroom For Jiu-Jitsu & BJJ Skill Acquisition

I talk to Lachlan Giles about his instructional style. He experimented with using the reverse classroom model to teach jiu-jitsu which involves students watching videos before attending class and then directing portions of their training over what they want to learn. We discuss this experiment, his thoughts and readings on skill acquisition in general for grapplers, and the launch of his new online learning platform Submeta. Listen To Lachlan Giles Apple Google Spotify Youtube https://youtu.be/XR5Sumc4rH8...

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Robert Degle On The Benefits of the Gi & IBJJF Points System

Robert Degle On The Benefits of the Gi & IBJJF Points System

I talk to Robert Degle. A blackbelt in BJJ, was recently banned from competing in the black belt division by the IBJJF due to not having enough time registered as a brown belt before being promoted to black belt. Yet we discuss why he thinks the IBJJF has an overall net positive influence on the sport. From the prestige of its competition circuit to the rules and points system that he believes forces a general well-rounded jiu-jitsu game regardless of gi or no-gi competitions. An interesting take on how...

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Steve Kwan On BJJ Mental Models, Concepts, Principles & Online Learning

Steve Kwan On BJJ Mental Models, Concepts, Principles & Online Learning

I talk to Steve Kwan of the BJJ Mental Models Podcast in a Crossover Episode! We talk about how his podcast has influenced his own game, the most important concepts he learned from his podcast guests and the debate over concepts vs techniques. Further, we discuss learning Jiu-Jitsu online and the multiple online learning platforms and instructions out there and how you can go about finding one that best suits your needs and improves your grappling. Listen to Steve Kwan Apple Google Spotify Timestamps...

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Sam Kressin On Contrarian Grappling By Combining Catch Wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu

Sam Kressin On Contrarian Grappling By Combining Catch Wrestling & Jiu-Jitsu

I talk to Sam Kressin, a Black Belt in BJJ who also trained extensively with catch wrestling legend Billy Robinson. Sam is also a talented visual artist with a degree in exercise and sports science and runs Embodied Strength. We discuss how he found jiu-jitsu and catch wrestling in his martial arts journey, his time spent training both, and the process of combining them. He also coaches grappling and catch wrestling workshops for Scientific Wrestling and gives an excellent insight into his coaching...

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Mind Over Muscle, Judo & Jigoro Kano With Andy From School Of Grappling

Mind Over Muscle, Judo & Jigoro Kano With Andy From School Of Grappling

I talk to Andy From School Of Grappling about the book "Mind Over Muscle: Writings From The Founder Of Judo" By Jigoro Kano. We explore the philosophy of Judo as written and explained by Kano while also discussing his views on physical education and the principles of Judo including mutual benefit and maximum efficiency in energy use. We also discuss the concept of embodied grappling and the critical role rough and tumble play can have on a child's morality and social awareness development. Listen to mind...

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The Rancid Ingredients For A Martial Arts McDojo With Rob From McDojoLife

The Rancid Ingredients For A Martial Arts McDojo With Rob From McDojoLife

I talk to Rob From McDojoLife. Rob has been a lifelong martial artist with a black belt in Karate and a Purple Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. McDojo life has a massive social media presence that you have likely seen before where it exposes fakes, frauds and phoneys of the martial arts industries. We discuss the elements that make a McDojo, the warning signs and dangers of fake martial arts, and how you can avoid these as a student and coach.  Listen To McDojoLife Apple Google Spotify Timestamps [02:39] -...

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