BJJ Strength Podcast

BJJ Strength Podcast

By Laurence Griffiths
The BJJ Strength Podcast is about all things strength & conditioning and physical optimisation for BJJ.....and hopefully gives you a few laughs along the way too. If you practice Jiu Jitsu and want to get the best out of your body both on the mats and off the mats, this is the show for you.

Hosted by owner of www.BJJStrength.com, BJJ Black Belt, Physical Optimisation Coach and all round nice guy, Laurence Griffiths.

With a mix of guest and solo shows, it covers strength training, fitness, nutrition, breathing, power work, mindset, competition prep...plus much more to help with your BJJ.
#32 - Fight conditioning specialist, Matty Green
Today is the second interview with one of the UK’s top S&C coaches for fighters, Matty Green. Matty trains a range of pro Boxers, MMA and BJJ fighters. In this second interview, we go really deep into Matty’s knowledge and cover some fantastic topics like, a crazy Turkish Get Up challenge, Functional Range Conditioning, Triphasic Training, Pillars of Athleticism, we cover scapular and shoulder stability in great depth, his time for S&C Coach Phil Daru and also discuss his approaches to remote programming. Some of the names mentioned as good resources are Phil McDougall, Todd Hargrove, Cal Dietz. The first interview with Matty here  Find Matty on:  Instagram - @cumbria_s_c  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cumbriastrengthandconditioning/  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***5% OFF + free massage per person “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest 
1:50:37
May 24, 2019
#31 - BJJ, Meditation, Yoga & Learning to Relax with Simon Alcantara
Today I speak with the multi talented, Yoga teacher, singer song writer, music teacher, Pain Management Clinician, BJJ practitioner and all around awesome guy, Simon Alcantara. We discuss Simon’s journey from being a self described “tense and angry” person, to the most chilled person I know. We talk about meditation, yoga and yoga for BJJ, mental health, learning to relax and so much more.   Find Simon on:  Instagram - @simonsolemusic  Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/simohmyogimusic  Podcast - Simon’s Valley Trip  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***5% OFF + free massage per person “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  ---------------  https://www.mobilitas.store/ use code STRENGTH15 to get 15% off all orders  --------------- 
1:30:15
April 26, 2019
#30 - Sustainable Paleo Eating, interview with BJJ Black Belt Joe Notebaert
A second interview with BJJ Black Belt Joe (catch his first on episode #19) where we go deep into Joe’s true passion, Paleo Permaculture and how eating Paleo can be sustainable and actually replace factory farming…..if done correctly. A fascinating discussions in what I hope is only the first part of further interviews on the same topic. Joe’s site http://www.paleopermacultureconnection.com/ and some of the names mentioned: Michael Pollan, Allan Savory and Geoff Lawton. ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***5% OFF + free massage per person “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  ---------------  https://www.mobilitas.store/ use code STRENGTH15 to get 15% off all orders 
1:28:55
April 16, 2019
27 hours of BJJ in a weekend, interview with Maine Miller from The Grappling Rewind Podcast
Today I’m happy to bring you an interview with BJJ Purple Belt and Co-Host of the Grappling Rewind Podcast. We talk about Maine’s almost insane commitment to watch more grappling than maybe anyone on the planet and how that can sometimes mean watching 27 hours of footage in one weekend. We discuss different aspects, good and bad, of grappling competition formats, PEDs and the potential professional future of BJJ. Enjoy.  https://www.grapplingrewind.com/ Instagram: @grappling_rewind  ---------------  https://www.mobilitas.store/ use code STRENGTH15 to get 15% off all orders  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  --------------- 
2:02:42
April 5, 2019
#28 - Being a beast at 50, with Strength Coach John Davis
John Davis is a BJJ Purple Belt with 20+ years experience as a strength coach across Track, American Football, Jiu Jitsu and MMA, having worked with some of the best in the business. Also, at 50, he will put most 21 years to shame on the mat with his physical prowess. We talk about how John has looked after his body to stay in great shape, the three pillars of his strength training philosophy, the difference between explosive and olympic style kettlebell lifts and much, much more.  John on Instagram @coachdaviscombatstrength  ---------------  https://www.mobilitas.store/ use code STRENGTH15 to get 15% off all orders  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  --------------- 
2:48:14
March 21, 2019
#27 - Mobility & Myofascial with Scott Isley
Today is an interview with BJJ Brown Belt and founder of Mobilitas (https://www.mobilitas.store/), one of the leaders in myofascial release tools, Scott Isley. Hear how Scott first learned about self massage after relieving long term knee in just a few weeks, our discussion about a newly discovered (potentially) organ, plus his best advice on the way to improve mobility for BJJ. Instagram: @mobilitas ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  --------------- 
1:34:25
March 15, 2019
The realities of BJJ with The Grappling Dads
A hilarious and informative interview with Paul & Kip, aka The Grappling Dads. We chat about the realities of training BJJ when you have kids, a wife/husband, a demanding job, an ever growing list of injuries……and find out how Kip manages to perform on a diet consisting mainly of Lucky Charms.  https://grapplingdads.com/ Instagram: @grapplingdads  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest 
1:49:22
March 8, 2019
#25 - Shot by a terrorist and getting back on the mats.
Today’s interview is with John Smith, BJJ Brown Belt, host of The Grappling Life Podcast and ex British Military. We hear John’s story of getting shot by a terrorist in late 2018 in Kabul Afghanistan, his mental and physical recovery and getting back to training BJJ after a major injury. We also discuss how specific military battle tactics can be applied to BJJ, plus much more.  John on Instagram: @the_grappling_life_podcast  The Grappling Life Podcast (Ep 61 for the Kabul attack)   ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest  --------------- 
2:07:29
February 22, 2019
#24 - Drill To Kill. Solo drills for BJJ
Interview with BJJ Brown Belt, Matt Edgington, who specialises in improving your BJJ through the use of solo drills. We talk about how Matt used solo drills to improve his BJJ, when he was forced into a period of having no school, the unique benefits of solo drills you can’t get from drilling with a partner, plus his tips on how to bring solo drilling for BJJ into your routine.  Matt on Instagram:@the_jiujitsu_ronin  His Facebook Group: Jiu Jitsu Ronin’s Army  --------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: @mbjjyogafest 
1:29:55
February 15, 2019
#23 - Starting kettlebell training for BJJ
Want to start kettlebell training for BJJ? Well this is just the episode for you, covering what weight kettlebell to buy, what kettlebell exercises to start with for BJJ and a ready made program to follow. Kettlebell swing video  Turkish Get Up video  ---------------  Gripedo  *** $10 OFF Gripdeo with code “BJJStrength”  https://www.gripedo.com/ Gripdeo review on YouTube Instagram @gripedotrainer  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest  ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram @mbjjyogafest 
48:09
February 6, 2019
#22 - Peak Performance with the Enlightened Savage
Want Peak Performance for BJJ? Then let Michael tell you about the foundation you need to build to get the most out of your body. Dr Michael Stromsness is a BJJ Purple Belt, Chiropractor, Founder of the Triple R System and Neutrility, based in Carlsbad, California. Michael has worked with a wide array of athletes, across various sports and has some incredible knowledge in the getting the most out of your body on the mats and off the mats. We discuss the foundation of breathing and core activation, his 70/30 rule, his Triple R System, common problems in BJJ movement, plus much, much more...  Michael on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/enlightened_savage_101/?hl=en  His website https://www.neutrility.com/  ---------------  Gripedo  *** $10 OFF Gripdeo with code “BJJStrength” **** https://www.gripedo.com/  ***Gripdeo review on YouTube*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSx20W-elX8  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gripedotrainer/?hl=en  ---------------  Mallorca BJJ Yoga Fest  ***10% OFF + 50 Euros hotel credit per person use “EARLYGRIFF50” at https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/ ****  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbjjyogafest/?hl=en 
1:39:14
January 25, 2019
#21 - BJJ Philosophy with Chris Matakas.
BJJ Philosophy with Chris Matakas. Chris is a BJJ Black Belt and author of 7 Jiu Jitsu books, but your typically Jiu Jitsu book. Chris’ books focus on Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle for self development and is someone that I would call, a Philosopher of BJJ. In today’s episode you’ll get Chris’ view on the Ego in BJJ, Axiomatic Phrases, why Chris got rid of his TV, 3 key areas how BJJ helps you be a better person, plus much more...  Chris on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matakasbjj/?hl=en  Find Chris’ books on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chris-Matakas/e/B00HF96MQ0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1548131081&sr=8-1  *** $10 OFF Gripdeo Trainer with code “BJJStrength” **** https://www.gripedo.com/  ***Gripdeo review on YouTube*** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSx20W-elX8  - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html  - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength  - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength 
1:09:51
January 22, 2019
#20 - BJJ Brown Belt, Atos HQ competitor, Pete O'Neal
Interview with BJJ Brown Belt, multiple IBJJF Gold Medalist, including 2016 Purple Belt European Champion, training full time out of Atos HQ San Diego, Pete O’Neal. A great interview where you’ll learn what its really like to be a full time BJJ competitor training out of one of the best academies in the world.  Find & follow Pete on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/peteoneal/?hl=en  - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html  - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength  - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength 
50:04
January 16, 2019
#19 - training BJJ after breaking your neck! Interview with BJJ Black Belt Joe Notebaert
Today I have an interview with Brown Belt Masters World Champion, who is now a Black Belt on the Roger Gracie Team, Joe Notebaert. Joe lives in Mallorca, Spain, where he teaches BJJ and is currently setting up the Mallorca BJJ & Yoga Festival for October 2019. We cover his approach to teaching BJJ, training BJJ after breaking your neck, Paleo eating….plus much more.  Follow the festival on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mallorca_bjj_and_yoga_festival/?hl=en  The festival website is https://www.mallorcabjjyogafest.com/  - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html  - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength  - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength 
1:55:57
January 5, 2019
#18 - Ross Nicholls
An interview with Ross Nicholls, 1st degree Black Belt under Roger Gracie and one of the best grapplers to come out of the UK over recent years. Ross is coming off an impressive win over Gianni Grippo and winning the ADCC European trials. We’ll talk about that and Ross’ mental approach to BJJ competition, as well as how he handles the demands of an incredible packed BJJ scheduled. Find Ross here https://www.instagram.com/rossnichollsbjj/?hl=en - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength
2:12:07
December 18, 2018
#17 - non BJJ books that have helped my BJJ
Have you ever read a book that has had a profound impact on many areas of your life, including BJJ? I think there are many lessons that can learned from reading non BJJ related material that can change how we think about the art. Or, there are books that we read, that force us to makes changes that have an indirect impact on our BJJ. Today I talk about 8 such books that I have read.
58:16
December 6, 2018
#16 - Q&A episode
This is the first BJJ Strength Podcast Q&A episode, focusing 100% on listener questions. My first attempt at this format, so let me know what you think. We cover grip strength, strength vs power, core strength, necks, knees and everything in between.
1:44:03
December 2, 2018
#15 - Strength & Conditioning for fighters with Matty Green
An interview with Ex Royal Marine Commando and Strength & Conditioning coach to professional British Boxers and MMA as fighters, as well as BJJ fighters. You’re going to learn some expert advice on strength trainnig for fighters, conditioning protocols and his unique approaches using exercises for blood flow restriction. A fascinating interview. You can find Matty on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cumbria_s_c/?hl=en on his site https://www.cumbriasc.co.uk/ and also Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cumbriastrengthandconditioning/ - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength
1:20:06
November 15, 2018
#14 - Mental Toughness, Kidnapping Cats & BJJ training on base in Afghanistan
A hilarious & informative interview with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt and British Military Veteran, John Smith. You’re going to learn how John got his Brown Belt while spending 75% of his time in Afghanistan while training BJJ, his incredible insights into the optimal performance mindset and a hilarious story about his time trying Japanese Jiu Jitsu. - https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength
2:01:28
November 9, 2018
#13 - Intermittent Fasting and BJJ
Intermittent Fasting, or IF, has slowly but surely crept into the BJJ world over the past years. There is a lot of hype, but does the science back it up and should you do it if you train BJJ? Lower Back Pain Solution E-Book https://www.bjjstrength.com/lowerbackpainebook.html If "interesting" study mentioned https://translational-medicine.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12967-016-1044-0
49:26
November 2, 2018
#12 - movement beyond BJJ with Farid Herrera
An interview with movement training coach (I'd call him an expert!) Farid Herrera. I'm a huge proponent of using movement training to supplement your BJJ and in today's show you'll learn why, and pick up some fantastic tips from Farid on how to start your movement journey. See Farid in action on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/farid_herrera/ Get his free handstand e-book: https://www.faridherrera.com/join.html Farid's blog: https://www.faridherrera.com/blog Also, the BJJstrength.com lower back pain articles: https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/bjj-lower-back-pain-what-causes-it Lower back pain videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWmAmETa7VI&list=PLR_tm7i464VPagEVjBQ62WXos0RrY_ySH
1:01:18
October 15, 2018
#11 - BJJ grip strength training
Should you do grip strength training for BJJ? Absolutely, yes! In this episode, I'll take about why, the anatomy and science of grip strength for BJJ, the best exercises to use and the most optimal training loads and volumes. Science of grip strength training for BJJ article: https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/the-science-of-bjj-grip-strength-training Lower Back Pain videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWmAmETa7VI&list=PLR_tm7i464VPagEVjBQ62WXos0RrY_ySH Lower Back Pain causes article: https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/bjj-lower-back-pain-what-causes-it Gripedo Trainer on IG: https://www.instagram.com/gripedotrainer/?hl=en
50:06
October 11, 2018
#10 - Recovery for the BJJ athlete
My most requested topic to date, recovery for the BJJ athlete. We all struggle with it, how do we get our bodies to recover as quickly as possible to get back on the mats quickly, feeling good and feeling strong. I cover dozens of tips to make the most out of your recover and to help you get the most out of your BJJ. Recovery article: https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/12-tips-for-jiu-jitsu-and-strength-training-recovery Nutrition article: https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/7-nutrition-principles-for-jiu-jitsu-and-life - Want to get a free Breathing For BJJ Course, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html - Want to get incredible strength in 15 minutes 2x per week, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/15minutestrength.html - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength
54:19
October 4, 2018
#9 - Nutrition for the BJJ athlete
Nutrition for the BJJ athlete. This episode covers key nutrition principles to follow if you train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and generally if you want to be healthy and feel great. I use my own daily eating to guide the conversation, discussing some areas that may surprise you as ‘healthy’ eating. Article referenced https://www.bjjstrength.com/bjj-strength-blog/7-nutrition-principles-for-jiu-jitsu-and-life - Want to get a free Breathing For BJJ Course, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html - Want to get incredible strength in 15 minutes 2x per week, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/15minutestrength.html - www.YouTube.com/BJJStrength - www.Instagram.com/bjjstrength
1:31:07
September 20, 2018
#8 - Breath less to improve performance, recovery and health
Breathing will never be the same once you’ve listened to this episode. You will find out, why you’ve been breathing too much, how to achieve high altitude training with no equipment and without leaving the house, and how to naturally and legally boost EPO.....for free. This is an interview with Oxygen Advantage Founder, world leading breathing expert, Patrick McKeown. We talk about the above plus, why breathing light is breathing right, what a deep breath really means, why breathing is so important for BJJ and MMA, plus get Patrick's opinions on the Wim Hof Method and Training masks.....plus much more. You can find Patrick at www.OxygenAdvantage.com and follow his work on @oxygenadvantage on Instagram. - Want to get a free Breathing For BJJ Course, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html - Want to get incredible strength in 15 minutes 2x per week, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/15minutestrength.html - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength
1:49:20
September 7, 2018
#7 - BJJ Competition Preparation
How do you prepare for a BJJ competition? Great question. In this show, I cover ~10 topics to think about leading to a competition. Covering; why you should compete, mindset, nutrition, strength and conditioning, warm-ups on the day of the comp, plus much, much more. APOLOGIES FOR THE AUDIO: this episode was recorded on the fly while driving to Vegas. A bit of an experiment, so the audio isn’t great….but hopefully the content is. - Want to get a free Breathing For BJJ Course, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html - Want to get incredible strength in 15 minutes 2x per week, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/15minutestrength.html - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength
1:13:57
August 28, 2018
#6 - Optimising training with bio-feedback and Omega Wave
Training smart and listening to your body is key to getting the most of your BJJ training, but what if you had a way to know the best times to train strength, vs power, vs cardio etc. Listen to this conversation with OmegaWave's Mikael Liimatainen, to get incredible insights into the science behind training smart with bio-feedback. Hear his top tips for staying healthy for BJJ, the differences between movement culture in The East vs The West and much, much more. To find out more and get Mikael's contact details, visit www.omegawave.com - Want to get a free Breathing For BJJ Course, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html - Want to get incredible strength in 15 minutes 2x per week, visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/15minutestrength.html - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
1:30:10
August 28, 2018
#5 - Top London Personal Trainer, BJJ Purple Belt, Jack Edwards
The first ever BJJ Strength interview, with highly regarded London Personal Trainer (one of the most demanding fitness markets in the world) and BJJ Purple Belt Jack Edwards. Jack shares his experiences combatting inflammatory bowel disease to stay healthy on the mats and off the mats. Learn about his unconventional training methods. Find out what he for 4 months while not training BJJ to come back feeler better than when he left. Get his top targets areas for mobility with any BJJ fighter. Also, hear him take the p*ss out of yours truly. Find Jack on https://www.jackedwardsfitness.com/ and @jack_jitsu on Instagram - Visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html to get our free breathing for BJJ course - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
1:16:51
August 17, 2018
#4 - Why is your fitness not improving?
Have you been training BJJ for years, several times per week but still gas out all the time? Do you think you should be fitter, but it just doesn’t seem to happen? It's more common than you think and this episode will give you several ideas on how to improve your ‘fitness’ to give you much more energy on the mat. Some of the suggestions may surprise you. - Visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html to get our free breathing for BJJ course - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
59:32
August 10, 2018
#3 - Bodyweight vs Weight Training for BJJ
Bodyweight vs Weight Training, which is more effective for BJJ? When it comes to strength training for BJJ, most people fall into one of these two camps, but which is really better for BJJ? This episode covers several questions and considerations and puts forward the case for why bodyweight strength training is more effective for BJJ. - Visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html to get our free breathing for BJJ course - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - Instagram.com/bjjstrength - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
1:15:21
August 10, 2018
#2 - Motivation for BJJ training
Motivation is a fickle friend. Sometimes BJJ training is all we want to do, other times BJJ is the last thing on our mind, let alone any supplemental strength & conditioning for BJJ. Drawing on psychological research and personal experience, this episode looks at tactics and strategies to keep you training year after year. - Visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html to get our free breathing for BJJ course - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - instagram.com/bjjstrength/ - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
45:20
August 10, 2018
#1 - Planning Your Training
In this first episode get to know the background of BJJ Black Belt host Laurence Griffiths and get a deep dive into how you should be approaching your strength and conditioning training for BJJ. As the saying goes “Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance” so make you approach your training the right way. It's the first show, so apologies for the audio. I promise it gets better :) The show covers: understanding your motivations, when to start strength & conditioning before a competition, training your weaknesses, strength and power vs speed, training intensity, how to know when you’re doing too much and periodisation. - Visit https://www.bjjstrength.com/breathing-for-bjj.html to get our free breathing for BJJ course - YouTube.com/BJJStrength - instagram.com/bjjstrength - Facebook.com/BJJSandC
38:11
August 10, 2018
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