Espada Podcast

Keep Sharp | Stay Disciplined

I’ve got another episode for you. You’ll have to excuse me because I made a pretty bad technical error when setting up the recording. What was the mistake? The track that held my voice got dropped somehow. For the most part, I asked questions to get thoughts shared and I’d say a very good majority of the episode is in tact though. You’ll catch the edits in the middle as to keep the flow going without causing too much confusion. So thanks for sticking with it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I want everyone to meet, if you haven’t already met him , Andrew Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond VA. When we first were introduced, we started talking about competitions and how he went from being an extremely active competitor to evolving his martial arts practice. Listen in on how that happened.

  • Getting started in grappling and the pathway to competition
  • From Wrestling to Judo to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Beginning to favor BJJ competition
  • The need of immersion
  • Challenges faced on wanting to compete
  • Segue away from competing
  • The evolution into coaching
  • * Edit 1: I asked how a martial arts class environment affects the student
  • Thoughts on the scaling of training
  • Leadership for students
  • * Edit 2: Student spectrum from fitness oriented, the artist and, what I like to call the head rippers
  • The art through innovation and stoicism
  • * Edit 3: How to balance the “head rippers”
  • * Edit 4: Similar question about the learner that wants to unlock the aggression needed for competition
  • Focus and effectiveness.
  • Being a rock. Being water
  • The long game student
  • Calling out the imbalanced behavior
  • * Final Edit: The yin and yang of BJJ. Both sides giving the contrast needed on choosing the lifestyle
  • Final thoughts of BJJ philosophy

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After a return trip from Des Moines Iowa, it was time to translate some experiences and how it translates from our training to the real world

  • Getting setup
  • Warming up to fight
  • Round 1 strategy
  • What happens after round 1
  • A pet peeve
  • Round 2 endurance
  • Reminders of their plan, not mine
  • Undestanding the fear of fatigue
  • Round 3 finishing strong
  • How to use lessons learned
  • Good students listen to their coach
  • Translations
  • Setting up for the work day
  • Properly warm up in the morning
  • Round 1 of the work day
  • How to use the first break
  • The end of the work day
  • Using the second break
  • What is round 3
  • Using your training to ask questions
  • Knowing if you fought well

Time: 36 min

Nakapan Phungephorn of Beta Academy in Washington DC joins me for episode 16. I hit him with a blast of topics to get started; Multiple arts versus the single art got our talk going.

  • Improving the culture and understanding the purpose of training
  • Playing as a form of training in Thailand while at Tiger Muay Thai
  • Preserving the sport of Muay Thai while being exposed to mixed martial arts
  • Travel experiences in Bangkok
  • Watching Muay Thai fights at Rajadamnern during the Tiger King's Day
  • Taking the plunge of living the martial arts life, starting Beta Academy and balancing time
  • Developing organizational tools
  • Writing down your goals
  • Holding each other accountable with a friend
  • A memory when training for 2016 No Gi Worlds
  • Validating the quality of time management and priorities
  • Reading books but experiment
  • Being all about improvement
  • Maintenance of the body
  • A range of time management skills but being flexible
  • An example of nutrition
  • Finding the trustworthy sources for food
  • The ever changing market
  • Preserving the arts and the need for relationships
  • Common struggles of the personal development
  • Helping students learn what commitment is
  • Pointing in the right direction
  • Always testing

Find and train at Beta Academy in the Washington DC area. Follow this link to learn more.

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Updated October 8, 2019

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