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The Sonny Brown Breakdown is a 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 each episode.

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Submitting the Stigma of Mental Health in Martial Arts With Erin Herle

Submitting the Stigma of Mental Health in Martial Arts With Erin Herle

In this episode, The Sonny Brown Breakdown Podcast, I talk to Erin Herle. Erin is a jiu-jitsu black belt and also the founder of #submitthestigma. #submitthestigma is a mental health advocacy group in combat sports. We discuss the work that #submitthestigma does and the interplay, boundaries, and roles that Jiu-Jitsu training can play in mental health, the mental side of the competition, and fighting. We also discussed ways to become confident, have a strong sense of self-belief, and how to build...

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Richy Walsh on the UFC Performance Institute in China, MMA Periodisation & Mental Skills Training

Richy Walsh on the UFC Performance Institute in China, MMA Periodisation & Mental Skills Training

I Interview Richy Walsh In Episode Number 44 Of The Sonny Brown Breakdown Podcast. Richy Walsh is a  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, a veteran of The UFC, The Ultimate Fighter television show and he now works as an MMA Coach at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, China.  We discussed the goals of the UFC P.I and their expansion into China, how they run the MMA Combine and scout for new talent on the local scene, the process of running their fight camps, professional sparring sessions and...

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Heath Pedigo on Daisy Fresh Jiu-Jitsu & Pedigo Submission Fighting For the Future

Heath Pedigo on Daisy Fresh Jiu-Jitsu & Pedigo Submission Fighting For the Future

A Heath Pedigo interview, Founder of Pedigo Submission Fighting, aka Daisy Fresh. We discuss the culture and mindset used to build Daisy Fresh from Mt. Vernon to win the Pan Ams and the work ethic he looks to instil in his team and build camaraderie. Also, his thoughts on breaking down techniques from competition footage, and the evolution of training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu and the role coaches play in the process and his belief that Jiu-Jitsu can be used as a vehicle for bettering people and saving...

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Erik Uresk Interview on Coaching Adversity & The Value of Vulnerability

Erik Uresk Interview on Coaching Adversity & The Value of Vulnerability

In this episode of The Sonny Brown Breakdown Podcast, I talk to Erik Uresk, a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo, former professional MMA fighter and coach at Alliance MMA & Phuket Top Team. We discuss his start into the MMA World, how he advocates for embracing vulnerability in his training to help conquer adversity, his coaching philosophy, and how to generate trust from athletes. They also talked about the challenges he faced while working with high-level athletes mainly while working with...

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An Inquiry-Based Instructional Strategy of Teaching Without Telling With Tum “Energia” Voorn

An Inquiry-Based Instructional Strategy of Teaching Without Telling With Tum “Energia” Voorn

I talk to Tum "Energia" Voorn who is a Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner with a Capoeria background and who also trained as a teacher. We discuss inquiry-based learning & instructional strategy that he describes as "Teaching Without Telling" and how he applies it in a grappling context, what obstacles it may have in its implementation, how to overcome them and the benefits of its use. We also relate this to forming a positive club culture by encouraging student feedback and, finally how leg locks can play into...

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Initiating No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu for the Next Generation of Grapplers With Chris Brennan

Initiating No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu for the Next Generation of Grapplers With Chris Brennan

I talk to Chris Brennan who is an MMA Hall of Famer, fighting in Pride, UFC, Shooto, Cage Rage and King Of The Cage veteran, and a 3-time No-Gi world champion and ADCC veteran. But perhaps it might not be well known that he started the first No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu school in America back in 1998 after leaving the Gracie Academy. We discuss what the Gracie Academy and the change to No-Gi were like and how he learned to train his students while competing in MMA. We also discuss how he has taken those lessons and...

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Offense vs Defense & Whats Best for Jiu-Jitsu With Priit Mihkelson & School Of Grappling

Offense vs Defense & Whats Best for Jiu-Jitsu With Priit Mihkelson & School Of Grappling

What's more important in the battle between offense vs defense? Well In the seminal 1997 action film "Double Team" starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, the following exchange takes place... JCVD: Offense gets the glory...RODMAN: ...But defense wins the game The debate over Offense and Defense has been raging ever since, and on the latest episode of "The Sonny Brown Breakdown," I was joined by two guests who went into battle for the respective sides. With School of Grappling taking the side of...

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Robert Degle on Leg Locks in MMA & Elegant Leg Entanglements for Vale Tudo

Robert Degle on Leg Locks in MMA & Elegant Leg Entanglements for Vale Tudo

I talk to Robert Degle about Leg Locks in MMA and how they have influenced the Meta game. Robert who is a Danaher Death Squad member and trains under John Danaher. We discuss the use of leg locks in MMA, how leg attacks can be used either poorly or how they can be applied in a more high percentage manner. We do this by talking about some of the greatest leg lockers in MMA like Imanari, Ryan Hall, Rousimar Palhares and Marcin Held. Along with some of the essential MMA bouts containing leg lock battles and...

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Erik Paulson Interview on Free Thinking, Fist Fights, Submissions, Shooto, Scarfhold & Spirit

Erik Paulson Interview on Free Thinking, Fist Fights, Submissions, Shooto, Scarfhold & Spirit

In this episode of the podcast, I talk to one of the forefathers of American MMA & submission grappling, the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling, Erik Paulson. We discuss the benefits of note-taking and the ability to be a free thinker and having freedom of movement, along with stories of the early days of training with the Gracies & the Machado Brothers alongside Shooto & Catch Wrestling. We get into some specifics on Kesa Gatame, Neck Cranks & Leg Locks and we also end up going deep...

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