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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

Offence vs Defence for Jiu-Jitsu With Priit Mihkelson & School Of Grappling

Offence vs Defence for Jiu-Jitsu With Priit Mihkelson & School Of Grappling

The debate over Offence Vs Defence for Jiu-Jitsu is always interesting, and on this special debate 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 offence and Priit Mihkelson being on the defence side. So what's more important in the battle between offence vs defence? Well, In the seminal 1997 action film "Double Team" starring Jean Claude Van Damme and Dennis Rodman, the following exchange takes...

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Robert Degle On Leg Locks in MMA & The Leg Entanglement Meta

Robert Degle On Leg Locks in MMA & The Leg Entanglement Meta

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, Submissions, Shooto  & Spirit

Erik Paulson Interview On Free Thinking, Submissions, Shooto & 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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Christian Graugart On BJJ Globetrotters, Tribalism, Belt Bureaucracy & Building a Clubhouse

Christian Graugart On BJJ Globetrotters, Tribalism, Belt Bureaucracy & Building a Clubhouse

In this episode of the podcast, I talk to Christian Graugart who is the founder of BJJ Globetrotters, a community that runs seminars & camps around the world that discourages jiu-jitsu politics. We discuss the role of tribalism in BJJ and the benefits of thinking outside the box. Also about how social recognition drives the need for many accomplishments, the recent issues with the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation), where they became the largest affiliation in the world, and BJJ were...

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Denis Kelly On Life Lessons from the Worlds Longest Lockdown

Denis Kelly On Life Lessons from the Worlds Longest Lockdown

In this episode of the podcast, I talk to Denis Kelly who runs the Australian Combat Sports Academy in Melbourne and has a Black Belt in BJJ, Zen Do Kai Karate and has fought MMA professionally while training worldwide. We discussed his online teaching experience after his state just came out of the world's longest lockdown where Melbourne was under curfew, and he could not operate his gym. Still, he persisted with teaching online lessons the entire time. We also discussed what he learned during that...

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Craig Jones Jiu-Jitsu From Down Under to Danaher, Peurto Rico, Pro Grappling & Providing Entertainment

Craig Jones Jiu-Jitsu From Down Under to Danaher, Peurto Rico, Pro Grappling & Providing Entertainment

In this episode of The Sonny Brown Breakdown Podcast, I talk with Craig Jones. Craig Jones is an Australian grappler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black promoted by Lachlan Giles while competing for the Absolute MMA Academy in the sport’s international circuit. An International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi Champion (2015 at in purple belt division) and a 2x ADCC Trials champion, Craig Jones turned many heads his way at the 2017 ADCC finals by submitting the tournament’s 88-kilogram #1...

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Dr Reid Reale On Weight Loss & Weight Cutting for MMA

Dr Reid Reale On Weight Loss & Weight Cutting for MMA

Reid Reale is a BJJ Black Belt who also holds a master’s degree in dietetics and a PhD in sports nutrition. His PhD thesis was entitled “Optimising Acute Body Mass Management in Australian Olympic Combat Sports”, which he completed while working as a dietitian at the A.I.S. and for the Australian Olympic Combat Sports athletes before and after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Additionally, he published other research papers in the field titled "Acute weight management in combat sports: pre-weight-in weight loss,...

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Matt Kwan On Blading, Tempo & Establishing Offensive Cycles For BJJ

Matt Kwan On Blading, Tempo & Establishing Offensive Cycles For BJJ

In this episode of The Sonny Brown Breakdown Podcast, I talk to Matt Kwan - a BJJ Black Belt under Rob Biernacki, and co-host of the podcast BJJ Mental Models with his brother Steve Kwan. We discuss concepts of belt tests and grading with the differences between adults and children and then explore essential ideas used by Gordon Ryan and the DDS. These include tempo in jiu-jitsu described through the terms of offensive and defensive cycles and blading to redirect frames while attacking and how these can...

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Chris Paines On Unconventional Growth in Grappling & A Universal Theory of Guard

Chris Paines On Unconventional Growth in Grappling & A Universal Theory of Guard

I talk to Chris Paines who describes himself as a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who has never done Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started training submission grappling somewhat isolated from the larger BJJ scene in Staffordshire, England but began attending BJJ Globetrotters camps where he met Priit Mihkelson. It was at these camps where he was graded up and awarded his black belt by Priit. The unconventional way he learned made him forced to emphasise understanding the concepts behind grappling, which he...

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