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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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
The difficulty of reaching an overtrained state in BJJ
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.
Developing a game from blue belt into purple belt and gravitating towards specific sequences
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
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