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The Sonny Brown Breakdown

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. Please subscribe and leave a 5-star rating for the podcast on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also on Spotify, Stitcher TuneIn. You can also view all episodes on the LibSyn Podcast page and by searching for “The Sonny Brown Breakdown” on your favourite podcast application. If you enjoy the podcast please leave a review on the Apple Podcasts page. 

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PODCAST EPISODES & SHOW NOTES

Robert Drysdale on The Good, Bad & Beautiful Truth in the Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Robert Drysdale on The Good, Bad & Beautiful Truth in the Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

I talk to Robert Drysdale. He is a storied competitor, ADCC Champion, Mundials Champion and has also coached many other legends of the sport. Also a History major, he has spent his recent time delving into the history of the sport for a documentary entitled Closed Guard: The Origins of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil that traces the journey of Japanese Judoka travelling to Brazil and the formation of the sport we know today involving tough guys, the circus, outlaws, gambling, marketing & promotion and of course...

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Efficiency in Learning Techniques, Making Decisions and Mental Models for BJJ With Steve Kwan

Efficiency in Learning Techniques, Making Decisions and Mental Models for BJJ With Steve Kwan

I talk to Steve Kwan. Along with his brother Matt Kwan, Steve is one half of the excellent podcast BJJ Mental Models, he is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and works professionally at a tech company improving efficiency in process and operations. We discuss how he has taken lessons learned there and with the use of mental models how they can be applied to learning techniques and making decisions for jiu-jitsu. Also, how parameters and constraints can benefit learning and if the influx of information...

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Matt Thornton Interview on The Art of Aliveness, Fundamentals & Functional Delivery Systems

Matt Thornton Interview on The Art of Aliveness, Fundamentals & Functional Delivery Systems

I talk to Matt Thornton. Matt is the founder of Straight Blast Gym International or SBG and is a 4th-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Chris Hauter. We discuss how coming up in the 90s lead him to emphasise training against resisting opponents in a concept he outlines further called Aliveness. Also, how cross-training in multiple arts can teach you the delivery systems of each style while also identifying the common themes between them all, which can then be considered fundamentals. And finally,...

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Playful Pedagogy, Cognition, BJJ Concepts & Gamification of Micro Battles With Rob Biernacki

Playful Pedagogy, Cognition, BJJ Concepts & Gamification of Micro Battles With Rob Biernacki

In this episode, I talk to Rob Biernacki, Head Instructor at Island Top Team. We talk about Rob’s gamification teaching strategy, how being isolated has helped him develop his unique style, how he structures his classes, and how he decided on his current curriculum. What would Rob change about the BJJ culture? Hear his thoughts on the idea of time-based black belts versus merit-based black belts, getting the best results, getting people to keep coming back for more, and get Rob’s rant on conspiracy...

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Lachlan Giles Interview on Optimising Lesson Structure & Self-Directed Learning

Lachlan Giles Interview on Optimising Lesson Structure & Self-Directed Learning

I interview Lachlan Giles and we discuss how his persistence over years of competition culminated in things coming together for him on the day to take out Bronze in the ADCC 2019 Absolute division. We also examine how he optimally narrowed his focus and training for that specific competition, the importance of self-directed learning and the value obtained from breaking down competition footage. Also, how some scientific principles might apply to Jiu-Jitsu teaching methodology and lesson structure with...

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Risk-Taking in Mixed Martial Arts and the Distinction Between Fighting and Violence With Dr Alex Channon

Risk-Taking in Mixed Martial Arts and the Distinction Between Fighting and Violence With Dr Alex Channon

I talk to Dr Alex Channon, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Brighton and on the board of The Martial Arts Studies Research Network. He also manages a group called Love fighting, hate violence which promotes teaching non-violence through martial arts. He authored a paper titled Edgework and Mixed Martial Arts: Risk, Reflexivity and Collaboration in an Ostensibly 'Violent' Sport that explores the nature of violence and risk in MMA which we discuss in depth. To...

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Jonathan Brookins Interview on Life, Addiction, Martial Arts & Yoga

Jonathan Brookins Interview on Life, Addiction, Martial Arts & Yoga

I talk to Jonathan Brookins. Jonathan is a veteran of the WEC where he faced Jose Aldo and the UFC where he was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 where Georges St Pierre coached him along with assistant coaches Firas Zahabi and John Danaher. Jonathan Brookins stood out in the show as being a unique & thoughtful personality, very humble and kind, and his life outside of fighting is equally compelling. We discuss his early days fighting in Florida, his time in the Ultimate Fighter house and...

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Jeremy Horn Interview on Longevity & a Journey Beyond MMA

Jeremy Horn Interview on Longevity & a Journey Beyond MMA

In this episode, I interview Jeremy Horn, a storied MMA pioneer and legend with over 170 fights to his name, even fighting on the weekend where he was victorious in his professional boxing debut. He has fought a whos who of MMA greats including Chael Sonnen, Chuck Liddell, Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Randy Couture, Dan Severn and Frank Shamrock and many in every significant promotion of the sport including UFC, Pride, Bellator, Pancrase, IFL & King of the Cage. We discuss the wild tale of his...

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Alexander Volkanovski Interview on Crafting Comfort When Uncomfortable & Adapting for Victory

Alexander Volkanovski Interview on Crafting Comfort When Uncomfortable & Adapting for Victory

In this podcast episode, I feature an Alexander Volkanovski Interview! Alex is currently the UFC Featherweight champion and one of the first UFC Champions to originate from Australia. Alexander came from humble beginnings on the local scene, where he captured many regional titles and has now established himself as being ranked in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings. Alexander Volkanovski trains at the Freestyle Fighting Gym under coach Joe Lopez, located in Windang, Wollongong, south of Sydney. Join us...

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