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.
The Purpose of Pragmatism, Persuasion, Jiu Jitsu & John Danaher with Robert Degle
I talk to Robert Degle who is a BJJ Black Belt who trains under John Danaher and is also a philosophy major. We discuss how he started BJJ in the blue basement with Danaher, His start with philosophy and existentialism and how this lead to him pursuing an academic career with a focus on American pragmatism and Wittgenstein. We then explore how this can influence grappling training in regards to learning, competition, seeking the truth using logic, paying attention and the importance of persuasion.
The Husky History of Folk Wrestling Styles & the Hero With a Thousand Holds With Ruadhán MacFadden
I talk to Ruadhán MacFadden. He runs a project titled The Hero with a Thousand Holds which looks at the culture and practice of folk wrestling styles around the world. In particular the people and places that the styles have emerged from and not just the techniques which they used. We discuss some of the mythology and culture behind these styles and what the future holds for them. And we get into some of the particulars of Icelandic Glima and Irish Collar and Elbow Wrestling and Scuffling.
The Good, Bad & Beautiful Truth in the Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu With Robert Drysdale
I talk to Robert Drysdale, an ADCC Champion, Mundials Champion and 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 formation of the sport we know today. Involving tough guys, outlaws, gambling, marketing & promotion and of course plenty of prize fights along the way it makes for a fascinating tale that leaves us with the question of the value of truths and myths in BJJ.
Efficiency in Learning Techniques, Making Decisions and Mental Models for BJJ With Steve Kwan
I talk to Steve 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 benefits or harms your training.
The Art of Aliveness, Fundamentals & Functional Delivery Systems With Matt Thornton
I talk to Matt Thornton. Matt is the founder of Straight Blast Gym & a BJJ Black belt. We discuss what lead him to emphasise training against resisting opponents in a concept he developed 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 he considered fundamentals. Finally, how real-life testing can lead to critical thinking skills to help you identify the truths found in martial arts.
Playful Pedagogy, Cognition, Concepts & Gamification of Micro Battles for Bjj With Rob Biernacki
I interview Rob Biernacki of Island Top Team. He also runs BJJ Concepts, and we discuss his thoughts on BJJ pedagogy, different teaching and cognitive learning strategies, gamification of jiu-jitsu drills which he calls micro battles also developing training mentality for fun and longevity. Finally, how his geographic isolation forced diversity in his information set, his rank requirements for what makes a black belt and he delivers an epic rant on the proliferation of conspiracy theories in BJJ circles.