A podcast where we will discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts. Hosted by Sonny Brown, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, competitor and coach who is also a 3 times Australian MMA Champion. He also runs the Sonny Brown Martial Arts YouTube Channel which breaks down MMA & Grappling competitors matches and careers. The podcast aims to provide insights to anyone looking to learn more about the teaching and training of martial arts.
Ecological Approach vs Progressive Resistance with Greg Souders & Priit Mihkelson
I talk to Greg Souders and Priit Mihkelson, two of the most forward-thinking jiu-jitsu coaches today, about their philosophies on training methodology and practice design. Greg advocates for an ecological approach focused on constraints and foundational functions, while Preet comes from a background utilizing progressive resistance. We have an in-depth discussion on motor learning, developing skills, and the merits of different systems like ecological dynamics versus traditional step-by-step technique instruction. They analyze how to best structure training sessions, teach students, and elicit desired skills with games and drilling. A debate between two grappling philosophers on the cutting edge of instruction and understanding what it takes to excel at BJJ.
Jiu-Jitsu Games For Teaching Kids & Adults With Kabir Bath
I talk to Kabir Bath, A Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Rafael Lovato Jnr, who runs Kaboom Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He runs an excellent kid's program using only constraints based learning games. We discuss how he structures his class and programs for kids, how he does the same for his adult's jiu-jitsu classes, and how it benefits their information retention and learning process.
Teaching Jiu-Jitsu Without Teaching Techniques With Greg Souders
I talk to Greg Souders, A Jiu-Jitsu black belt who runs his Jiu-Jitsu academy without teaching any techniques. Instead, he uses the ecological approach to skill development which has a substantial body of evidence for its effectiveness when used in motor learning. We discuss the benefits of teaching and learning jiu-jitsu in this manner and focus on how such a style can be implemented effectively.
BJJ Training Progress, Evolution & Control Points With Chris Paines
I talk to Chris Paines, who recently released an instructional titled "How to Defend Against Everyone". We discuss his thoughts on teaching and learning Jiu-Jitsu through the use of heuristics focusing on control points and how that can emphasise defensive principles as well as optimising offence. We also discuss the importance of providing context when communicating the techniques of Jiu-Jitsu to learners and how understanding your body dexterity can improve your grappling game.
ADCC Training At New Wave Jiu-Jitsu With Luke Martin
I talk to Luke Martin, a Jiu-Jitsu coach currently preparing his athletes for the ADCC world championships out of the New Wave Jiu-Jitsu camp in Texas with John Danaher, Gordon Ryan, Gary Tonon, Nicholas Meregali and the rest of the New Wave ADCC competitors. In a special emergency broadcast edition of the Sonny Brown Breakdown podcast, he gives us a rare insight into what that experience is like and how John Danaher prepares his athletes for the biggest competition in grappling.
TLC For Training & MMA Padwork With Mittmaster Matt Chapman
I talk to Mittmaster Matt Chapman, a martial artist for 35 years who has a wealth of experience teaching & training Jeet Kune Do, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu and MMA. Matt discussed how it's important to be nurturing and caring with new martial arts students, so they stick with it and master the art. Also, he detailed how this style of coaching care could be used to develop fighters and how he applied this martial arts philosophy to his Mittmaster MMA Padwork System.
My fave podcast!
I am privileged to know and train with Sonny Brown. He is a highly skilled, open-minded and thoughtful MMA titleholder and Jiu Jitsu black belt.
Sonny has attracted a diverse range of guests, not the obvious celebrities (though Lachlan Giles and Craig Jones have been excellent guests), but all of them fascinating and compelling choices.
I am confident this will rapidly become one of the most popular and thought provoking martial arts podcasts in the observable universe.
Great MMA, BJJ and martial arts chats
If Joe Rogan and Lex Fridman had a love child with an Aussie accent, it would be Sonny Brown!
Sonny has a interesting and cerebral approach to martial arts training and history.
Very enjoyable chats.
Super entertaining and informative for anyone even vaguely interested in martial arts.