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.
Life Lessons from the Worlds Longest Lockdown with Denis Kelly
I talk to Denis Kelly who runs the Australian Combat Sports Academy in Melbourne. We had this discussion after his state just came out of the worlds longest lockdown where Melbourne was under curfew, and he was unable to operate his gym, but he persisted with teaching online lessons the entire time. We discuss what he learned during that period regarding club culture and teamwork and what helped him endure those difficult times.
Down Under to Danaher, Peurto Rico, Prize Grappling & Providing Entertainment With Craig Jones
I talk to Craig Jones about his start in Australia, to moving to America to train with the Danaher team and now preparing in Puerto Rico. We discuss how his goals grew over time, how he teaches seminars and uses them to train and train other aspects of training with the DDS. We also discuss the importance of marketing as a professional grappler and earn a living from the sport at the highest levels where the line between sports and sports entertainment can change.
Weighty Issues of Weight Loss and Weight Cutting for Combat Sports with Dr Reide Reale
Reid Reale is a BJJ Black Belt who wrote his PhD thesis entitled “Optimising Acute Body Mass Management in Australian Olympic Combat Sports” 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. Since then he has worked as a sports scientist at the Gatorade sports institute before starting a role as performance nutrition manager at the U.F.C. Pi in Shanghai, China. We discuss weight loss, weight cutting and related topic
BJJ Mental Models of Blading, Tempo & Establishing Offensive Cycles With Matt Kwan
I talk to Matt Kwan who is a BJJ Black Belt under Rob Biernacki and also Co-Hosts 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 concepts 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 help you learn BJJ faster and more efficiently.
Unconventional Growth in Grappling & A Universal Theory of Guard With Chris Paines
I talk to Chris Paines who describes himself as a BJJ Black Belt who has never done BJJ. He started training submission grappling somewhat isolated in Staffordshire, England but attended BJJ Globetrotters camps where he met Priit Mihkelson who graded him and awarded him his black belt. The unconventional way he learned made him forced him to emphasise understanding the concepts behind grappling. We discuss these concepts and specifically his universal theory of guard that has allowed him to progress.
Reformation of Rituals Based on Research, Sparring & Self Determination Theory With Priit Mihkelson
I talk to Priit Mihkelson who is a BJJ Black Belt with a unique take on how BJJ can be taught and learned. We discuss how Priit structures his class and sparring sessions to encourage new behaviour but in the bulk of the interview, we discuss the practice of "clapping" back to an instructor after counting 3 2 1. It ends up taking us to interesting places like how rituals are formed, how they could be reformed, evidence-based teaching practices, motivation, self-determination theory by the time we finish.