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Brand new White Belt Josh Lu calls on Jake Luigi, BJJ Youtuber from "Less Impressed More Involved BJJ", and other guests for help on the path to improvement, performance, and enjoyment in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Follow the journey!
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In this episode, we break down the four matches Josh had in his second-ever competition. We go over things he did well, what mistakes were made, and brainstormed games to focus on to make improvements in his game. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $1…
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In this episode, we talk about the week leading up to Josh's competition, the tiny bit of weight cutting he had to do, and his mindset. We then dive deep into the back, various back positions and sub positions, games for improving at the back, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta…
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In this episode, we talked to our buddy Michael Marrewa. Mike is one of Josh's main training partners for their ecological/constraint-led approach training at the home garage. Mike just got back from the Ecological Dynamics camp out on the East Coast with Greg Souders, Josh Peacock, Scott Sievewright, Rob Cole, and others and shared his recent lear…
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In this episode, we talk about the recent UFC Fight Pass Invitational 6, IBJJF rulesets, reflections on lessons from our guests, looking back on Jake's launch of the Database, lessons learned, and an exciting announcement of Josh's new journaling app he's building for athletes. If you're interested in joining the waitlist as we recruit Alpha users …
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In this episode, we talk about Josh's prep for his second competition. We simplified prep work a lot compared to his first competition and decided to just focus on one part of his game. Hope you enjoy it! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $16 off your first month. H…
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In this episode, we talk to Kabir Bath. Kabir is a black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr, Founder of Kaboom BJJ just outside of Vancouver, Canada, and has been training for 18 years, coaching for 17 years, and running his academy for the last 12 years. We deep dive into ecological dynamics, the constraint-led approach, and how to design games to maximi…
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In this episode, we talk about the Kimura. Following up on the episode about what submission Josh should try to add to his arsenal, we decided to go deeper into the Kimura and discuss what games might be good to start with to learn this new grip and submission. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out…
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In this episode, we talk to Joe Hannan! Joe is a black belt, partner at Princeton BJJ, and works in peak performance consulting with Emily Kwok and Josh Waitzkin. We talk about lessons learned from Emily and Josh, BJJ Labs, finding meaning and purpose in the path of jiu-jitsu, the importance of mindfulness, peak performance coaching, and much more.…
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In this episode, we talk about what submission Josh should learn next. The only one he's focused on so far has been the rear naked choke, but is looking into what submission to focus on next. We talk about the six submission systems that Danaher teaches: Rear Strangles, Kimura, Triangles, Heel Hooks, Guillotines, and Armbars. We also talk about the…
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In this episode, we talk with Miles Lukas! Black Belt under Dave Camarillo, Certified Wim Hof Instructor II, and all-around fun guy to listen to. We discuss the various benefits of breathwork, protocols for competition nerves, breathing during hard sparring/rolls, ice bath protocols, breathwork tips for the cold, the Wim Hof Method, and a few other…
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In this episode, we catch up on all things ecological approach, and constraint-based learning. We riff on lessons learned, reflections of how Jake's been teaching, what games we enjoy using to learn new skills, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to…
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In this episode, we Have Stan Pogrebinsky on. He's a certified Physical Trainer, Massage Therapist, and jiu jitsu Black Belt. We talk about the most common imbalances in the body from jiu jitsu, what that leads to, common jiu jitsu injuries, how to release and stretch those parts, and the top three things you should be doing to take care of your bo…
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In this episode, we talk about wrestling up. We go over a general overview of what wrestling up is, when to use it, the advantages and disadvantages, wrestle ups and leg entanglements, the newer "rumble passing" style of jiu jitsu players, the overlap between wrestling and jiu jitsu, and we end with a few insights Jake learned from Danaher himself.…
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In this episode, we revisit the back! We talk about Jake's motivation behind revisiting the back study, controlling the back, finishing the rear naked choke, trapping the arm on the top side vs bottom side, the mandible strangle, one arm rear naked chokes and more. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8…
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In this episode, we talk about inversions. Is this movement necessary to learn? When are inversions used? We talk about using inversions of defense vs offense, how to approach starting to learn the movement, and when to use inversions. We also cover a couple of items on the safety/risk of inversions. Hope you enjoy! Here's a youtube video of Lachla…
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In this episode, we catch up and talk about Josh's meditation retreat, lessons from meditation applied to jiu jitsu, Jake's experiments with Jiu Jitsu "Labs" for his morning training sessions, and thoughts on Jozef Chen's new instructional on BJJ Fanatics! Hope you enjoy. Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8! Use the…
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This episode is a little different. We took the audio from Jake's Youtube Video of the full conversation he had with Jozef Chen and his coach Dima as they shared their tactics and strategies for helping Jozef prepare for ADCC. Super insightful and we're hoping that hosting the audio here on the podcast will make it more accessible to you all and gi…
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In this episode, we catch up on how our training has been lately, thoughts on the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5, Josh's experience going through John Danaher's newest instructional about back attacks and the rear naked choke, his experience working on jiu jitsu outside of the gym, personalizing training, and our favorite mouthguards. Hope you enjoy…
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In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons of passing standing vs kneeling, and how to exploit those dynamics. We also talk about the pros and cons of focusing on passing standing vs passing kneeling as a beginner, and what advantages there are to learning one style first over another. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try y…
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In this episode, we revisit the question of maximizing open sparring. At most gyms, there's a portion of class dedicated to open sparring, and how to truly gain the most during that time. For beginners, we feel like most of open sparring is spent in so many positions, it can be challenging to close the loop on specific positions or lessons of what …
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In this episode we breakdown Jake's lessons and takeaways from Gordon Ryan vs Patrick Gaudio. We focus mainly on guard passing techniques and principles around pummeling, the dilema between splitting the legs vs smashing the legs/knees together, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out subme…
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In this episode, we talk with Eric Uresk. Eric has lived many lives, formerly a homeless drug addict who grew past his criminal life and moved into the martial arts. Eric is a black belt in jiu jitsu and judo, spent over a decade as a professional fighter, is the former head coach at Phuket Top Team, and co-head coach at Tiger Muay Thai. He's worke…
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In this episode, we catch up on Jake's visit to Renzo's, taking classes with John Danaher, Nicky Rod, Jozef Chen, and more. We cover topics on learning how to wrestle, how hard to go when visiting a new gym, a few fundamentals of wrestling and the standing position, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next l…
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In this episode, we talk about learning to focus, prioritize, and plan what skill areas to work on. There's a balance between jumping into something new every class vs sticking with one skill for way too long. We discuss watching instructionals, working on offense vs defense, the fun factor, and balancing the technique of the day in class. There ar…
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In this episode, we have Brad Bentley back on from Process Jiu Jitsu and Yoga in Boise, Idaho! We cover lessons learned as a gym owner going into his second year, growing as a coach, implementing ecological games, and lessons from competition. Hope you enjoy! Follow Brad on Instagram Follow Process Jiu Jitsu and Yoga on Instagram To support the sho…
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Lately, Josh has been getting stuck in Knee Shield Half Guard so today we talk about how to progress your position. We cover the principle of connecting to the opponents upper body, different tactics for doing so, the dilemma of attaching to the near vs far arm, how to prevent the underhook and other attacking topics. Hope you enjoy! In case you mi…
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This episode is a little different. Josh does a solo episode and shares his top three lessons from his first 100 jiu jitsu classes! The lessons are: to relax, clarify your intentions, and pave your own way. He concludes with one actionable piece of advice to incorporate these lessons. Hope you enjoy the solocast! To support the show and take your j…
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In this episode, we talk about a bunch of topics! Josh moved up north in San Diego and decided to join Legion American Jiu Jitsu. We talk about the class structure there, his first impressions, and more. Jake tells us his opinion of seminars, the story of his recent wrist injury from rolling, lessons from the high-tripod type of passing, our experi…
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Are you ready to conquer half-guard passing in Jiu-Jitsu and dramatically improve your game? In this episode, we talk about effective half-guard passing strategies including how to respond to various posts, frames, and knee shields. We also talk about the intricacies of the upper and lower body battles during the pass. Hope you enjoy it! Use the co…
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Josh moved to another part of San Diego, so in this episode, we discuss looking for a new gym and think through certain criteria of what's important when looking for a new gym that fits your goals. We also chat about finishing the rear naked choke, a podcast favorite. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, ch…
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In this episode, we discuss the complexity of guard passing and try to simplify the learning. We discuss checkpoints, a few games to try to get better at passing guard, and the difference between passing a seated vs supine opponent. Hope you enjoy it! Here's the Greg Souders video we mentioned in the episode! To support the show and take your jiu j…
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In this episode, we dive into a variety of topics. We touch base on our jiu jitsu journey's, discuss Josh's unique experience at Burning Man this year, share thoughts on injury recovery and returning to the jiu jitsu mat, explore the K Guard technique, delve into the connection between leg locks and back takes, discuss the ecological approach, touc…
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In this episode, we dive into the intricate realm of open guard. We discuss Jake's insights regarding the most suitable guards for beginners. We explore the hierarchical structure among guards like Dela Riva, Reverse Dela Riva, Butterfly, Clamp Guard, K-Guard, Single Leg X, X-Guard, and others. Jake outlines distinct strategies for facing a standin…
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In this episode, we talk about the ecological approach as well as using games to turn knowledge into skills in jiu jitsu. We cover what the ecological approach is, and then brainstorm live on how to build games to get better at Turtle and Front Headlock positions. Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu …
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Ever thought about how your physical activities today will shape your health at a hundred years old? In this episode, we share a personal account of Josh's recent back injury, an unexpected early arthritis diagnosis, and how this has turned his focus towards maintaining our bodies for future activities. Drawing from Peter Attia's concept of the Cen…
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Gordon Ryan Escaping the Body Triangle Youtube Video To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $16 off your first month. Hope you enjoy! Follow us on Instagram Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8! Use the code "HELP" to get 10% off Jake's "L…
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In this episode, we talk about getting stuck in bottom mount and how to escape. We cover concepts such as inside elbow position, keeping your posture rounded on bottom, the various positions within mount, and how to respond to each position. We also cover the infamous kipping escape! Hope you enjoy. To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to th…
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In this episode, we talk with Kieren Lefevre, a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Certified Fitness Trainer, and ISSN-Sports Nutrition Specialist who focuses on performance for jiu jitsu athletes. We cover topics such as strength, power, cardio, mobility, flexibility, and more as it relates to the physical demands of jiu jitsu. Kieren gives a handfu…
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In this episode, we talk about the grip battle in open guard. We talk about getting the initial grips as the bottom player, the concept of creating multiple problems, getting set up, and funneling your opponent into your game. Jake shares concepts from Mikey Musumeci's Open Guard course, De La Riva, Reverse De La Riva, X-Guard, directions for off-b…
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In this episode, we talk about Jake’s recent trip to Renzo Gracie in Austin, Texas. We share observations about the culture, class structure, lessons from the greats, and takeaways Jake has for his own training. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $16 …
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In this episode we extract the lessons learned from Josh's first competition and discuss new goals and focus areas for continued improvement on the jiu jitsu journey. We cover jiu jitsu cardio, the mental game, escapes, front headlock position, and more. We also talk about the various positional games and training that Josh is going to focus on nex…
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In this episode, we recap Josh's first competition experience! We go over the play-by-play of how the competition went over the last weekend. In future episodes, we'll talk about lessons learned, changes to Josh's training approach, and what to focus on next to keep improving. Hope you enjoy the recap! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your f…
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In this episode we sit down with Travis Motl from the Elbows Tight Podcast to talk about his journey through jiu jitsu, his recent competition last weekend, and share stories about being a content creator in this niche. We cover the top three lessons Travis learned from his first competition last weekend, advice for Josh's upcoming competition, adv…
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What happens when you dedicate an entire hour to positional sparring and games at Marcelo Garcia's Academy in New York City? You'll learn the importance of exploration and experimentation in jiu jitsu, as Josh did in his recent visit. We discuss how this unique class structure allowed Josh to hone his skills and gain valuable insights. Skill acquis…
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In this episode, we talk about how to get the most out of open mat by being intentional. Josh has been having some trouble finding partners to positionally spar with, or work on specific skills rather than just sparring. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8! Use the code "HELP" to get 10% off Jake's "…
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In this episode, we talk about Josh getting stuck defending. From playing open guard and defending a pass, the battle is defending and then finding openings to go into an off-balance or sweep. We discuss how to find those openings. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8! Use the code "HELP" to get 10% o…
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In this episode we talk about focusing on what our opponent is trying to do versus focusing on what we're trying to do. It's a bit more esoteric and theoretical, but we had a ton of fun, and hope you enjoy. To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $16 off your first month.…
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In this episode, we talk about Jake's first two competitions as a blue and purple belt and dig into some lessons learned. We hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to get $16 off your first month. Hope you enjoy! Follow us on Instagram Use code “BJJHELP” at subm…
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In this episode, we talk about Josh's eight-week competition training plan. It starts with positional sparring, then linked positional sparring, full sparring, and a taper week. We also cover Josh's light physical training plan for the eight weeks. Josh competes in his first competition at 155 lbs in No Gi, White Belt Division at Grappling Industri…
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In our check-in series, we share updates and discuss what we're each exploring in our journeys. In this episode, we recap Josh's trip to Hawaii, getting to train with Jake 1-1, and in his group class, ADCC data, Josh's move to San Diego and joining Jocko Willink's gym, Victory MMA, and Josh preparing for his first competition coming up at the end o…
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