Ben Dyson on the Black Belt Journey, Serious Injury Mindsets and Building World Class Academies (#2)


Ben Dyson is a world class BJJ black belt under Roy Dean, Scramble Athlete and head BJJ coach of Lions MMA, Vancouver, Canada.

For all you grapplers out there, this episode with Ben Dyson was a great insight into his journey to black belt and the highlights along the way, how Ben has developed a solid mindset towards dealing with serious injuries, and his approach to building a world class academy.

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Show Notes

Home territories and professors
Roy Dean
Steve Greenaway
Geoff Lawson and Ippon Gym

Initial resistance towards running a BJJ program

Ben’s approach to taking on an academy under his name and how beginners’ progression should be structured.

Through the eyes of the beginner, arriving at Lions MMA, Vancouver. What they can expect walking through the door and thoughts on live rolling for newbies

What Ben saw at other academies around the world that he wanted to implement at Lions MMA, regarding; class structure, warm ups and welcomes.
Atos JiuJitsu Academy

✔️14.09- 15.00
The difficulty of reaching an overtrained state in BJJ

✔️15.14- 17.00
The path to the black belt, sports before BJJ and athletic attributes

Watching UFC #1, dropping out of university, needing a new kickstart in life and losing 43 pounds.

White belt revelations, trying not to use strength and getting stuck in.

Length of time at white belt and Roy’s systematic approach and graduating to blue belt

The blue belt fork in the road, why most people stay there the longest, and skillsets a blue belt should have.

✔️26.50- 29.45
Developing a game from blue belt into purple belt and gravitating towards specific sequences

✔️ 29.50-34.00
Being awarded a brown belt from Roy Dean and what belts really mean

Creating an atmosphere that promotes hard training but keeps the fun, too

The toughest year at brown belt, getting the illusive black belt and inspiration from how Coachella Valley BJJ run their academy

Favourite rulesets, what makes them great and how they influence BJJ.

Submission only rules and catalysing a pragmatic approach to BJJ

Creating a new ruleset from scratch and maintaining a sense of entertainment

Fight2Win and why they are so entertaining

Supplemental training to BJJ and what is worth the time outside an average of twelve sessions per week with; lifting, running and recovery.

Weight manipulations, cutting for tournaments, dieting vs water loading, and cravings.

The evolution of dealing with mindset and injuries over the years of BJJ.

Dealing with panic during an attack after an injury

Key lessons learned from teaching BJJ

The three things you need for competing in BJJ

How working with a coach develops a gameplay

Working with Scramble as a sponsored athlete

Instagram @dysonbjj
Content on Lions MMA Insta

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