New 40 Plus BJJ Interview on BJJBrick Podcast!

40 plus bjj

I recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Byron Jambra and Gary Hull on the excellent BJJBrick Podcast.

Check it out here:

>>40 PLUS BJJ Podcast Interview

I have done a number of interviews and this one I felt was particularly informative. We covered a ton of ground and really touched on some great stuff for Jiu-Jitsu students in general, but particularly for the “40 plus” student. Here’s a summary from

“In this interview with Stephen Whittier we talk about:

40 plus bjj

Photo courtesy of Brenda Ahern photography.

  • Why having a specific style can hold you back
  • Why the fundamentals are so important in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Getting on the mat as a 40 plus grappler
  • Dealing with instructors that may not know how to coach the older grappler
  • The differences between teaching and coaching
  • The Aliveness component of jiu-jitsu
  • Starting BJJ as someone in their 50s or 60s
  • The social differences between the younger BJJ students and the older students
  • Finding the right gym for you
  • Why people quit jiu-jitsu after training the first time
  • Why people are drawn to try jiu-jitsu
  • Competing for the first time
  • Why stripping your attributes (speed, strength, flexibility….) out of your training can help you get better in the long run
  • How BJJ has changed over the years
  • How fundamentals are different than basics
  • Focusing on these three things- Posture, Pressure, and Possibilities
  • Tips for getting over common frustrations
  • We wrap up by talking about some of his products that he has to help the over 40 grappler”

Hear the interview here!

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