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The Sonny Brown Breakdown

30 EpisodesProduced by Sonny BrownWebsite

A podcast where we will discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts. Hosted by Sonny Brown, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, competitor and coach who is also a 3 times Australian MMA Champion. He also runs the Sonny Brown Martial Arts YouTube Channel which breaks down… read more

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Reformation of Rituals Based on Research, Sparring & Self Determination Theory With Priit Mihkelson

October 16th, 2020

2:09:02

I talk to Priit Mihkelson who is a BJJ Black Belt with a unique take on how BJJ can be taught and learned. We discuss how Priit structures his class …

Fusing Sambo Into the Grappling Universe & Unity Over Division With Vlad Koulikov

October 9th, 2020

59:18

I talk to Vlad Koulikov who is a Master of Sport in Sambo aswell as a BJJ & Judo Black Belt who grew up in Russia and before moving to America …

The Purpose of Pragmatism, Persuasion, Jiu Jitsu & John Danaher with Robert Degle

September 27th, 2020

1:31:10

I talk to Robert Degle who is a BJJ Black Belt who trains under John Danaher and is also a philosophy major. We discuss how he started BJJ in the blue basement with Danaher, His start with philosophy and existentialism …

The Husky History of Folk Wrestling Styles & the Hero With a Thousand Holds With Ruadhán MacFadden

September 18th, 2020

1:15:12

I talk to Ruadhán MacFadden. He runs a project titled The Hero with a Thousand Holds which looks at the culture and practice of folk wrestling styles …

The Good, Bad & Beautiful Truth in the Origins of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu With Robert Drysdale

September 12th, 2020

1:32:08

I talk to Robert Drysdale. He is a storied competitor, ADCC Champion, Mundials Champion and has also coached many other legends of the sport. Also a History major, he has spent his recent time delving into the history …

Efficiency in Learning Techniques, Making Decisions and Mental Models for BJJ With Steve Kwan

September 8th, 2020

1:07:03

I talk to Steve Kwan. Steve is one half of the excellent podcast BJJ Mental Models, he is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and works professionally at a tech company improving efficiency in process and operations. …

The Art of Aliveness, Fundamentals & Functional Delivery Systems With Matt Thornton

September 3rd, 2020

1:26:53

I talk to Matt Thornton. Matt is the founder of Straight Blast Gym International or SBG and is a 4th-degree BJJ Black Belt under Chris Hauter. We discuss how coming up in the 90s lead him to emphasise training against …

Playful Pedagogy, Cognition, Concepts & Gamification of Micro Battles for Bjj With Rob Biernacki

August 27th, 2020

1:44:20

I interview Rob Biernacki of Island Top Team. He also runs BJJconcepts.net, and we discuss his thoughts on BJJ pedagogy, different teaching and cognitive learning strategies, gamification of jiu-jitsu drills which he …

Utility of Self-Directed Learning, Studying Tape and Optimising Lesson Structure With Lachlan Giles

August 20th, 2020

54:43

I interview Lachlan Giles. We discuss how his persistence over years of competition culminated in things coming together for him on the day to take …

Risk-Taking in Mixed Martial Arts and the Distinction Between Fighting and Violence With Dr Alex Channon

August 10th, 2020

54:36

I talk to Dr Alex Channon, a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Brighton and on the board of The Martial Arts Studies Research Network. He also manages a group called Love …

The Ultimate Fighter of Life, Addiction, Martial Arts & Yoga With Jonathan Brookins

August 1st, 2020

1:16:49

I talk to Jonathan Brookins. Jonathan is a veteran of the WEC where he faced Jose Aldo and the UFC where he was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 where Georges St Pierre coached him along with assistant …

Legendary Longevity on a Journey Beyond a Hundred Battles With Jeremy Horn

July 19th, 2020

59:04

I talk to Jeremy Horn, a storied MMA pioneer and legend with over 170 fights to his name, even fighting on the weekend where he was victorious in his professional boxing debut. He has fought a whos who of MMA greats …

Crafting Comfort When Uncomfortable & Adapting for Victory With Alexander Volkanovski

July 6th, 2020

58:25

In this episode, I talk to Alexander Volkanovski. Alex is the current UFC featherweight champion. We discuss what it was like as an amateur athlete …

Blending Hip Hop, Chess & BJJ With Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation

June 29th, 2020

1:55:38

I talk to Adisa Banjoko aka Adisa the Bishop. He is the creator of the Hip Hop Chess Federation, Author of a book titled Bobby, Bruce and the Bronx and host of the Podcast called The Bishop Chronicles.

The Hip Hop Chess …

How It's All Your Fault, Failing Upwards & Fighter Pay With Jon Fitch

June 23rd, 2020

1:02:02

In this episode, I talk to Jon Fitch. Jon was the World Series of Fighting Welterweight Champion, Has fought for the UFC title against George St Pierre and also fought for the Bellator title against Rory Macdonald which …

Creating Championship Culture and Conquering Cancer With Greg Nelson

June 21st, 2020

1:42:49

I talk to Greg Nelson, who was the coach for UFC champions Brock Lesnar, Sean Sherk and Rose Namajunas. He is a 4th Degree BJJ Blackbelt, Division 1 …

Forging a Competition Mindset & Abstract Thinking While Wrestling With Brian Ebersole

June 15th, 2020

1:22:51

I talk to Brian Ebersole, a veteran of over 70 MMA fights, including a memorable run in the UFC. We discuss his early beginnings in the American …

Flipping the Dojo on Its Head & the Flipped Classroom Teaching Model With Bruce Hoyer

June 10th, 2020

1:00:53

I talk to Bruce Hoyer. He coaches out of a small town in Dakota that has produced 7 UFC fighters and uses innovative teaching strategies including the flipped classroom model of instruction. The flipped classroom is an …

How Combat Sports Athletes Can Sleep in and Win With Dr Ian Dunican

June 5th, 2020

1:18:02

I talk to Dr Ian Dunican, a sleep researcher who has worked with elite combat sports athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport on strategies to help optimise sleep, recovery and performance and who is himself a …

Wrestling between Risk-Taking & Risk-Aversion With Coach Matt Lindland

May 27th, 2020

1:19:42

I talk to Matt Lindland, the head coach of the USA Greco Roman wrestling team, Olympic silver medalist & MMA Pioneer. We discuss his experience …

Navigating Restrictions & Wilderness on the 10th Planet with Brandon Mccaghren

May 20th, 2020

1:00:21

I talk to Brandon McCaghren or B-MAC from 10th Planet Decatur, Alabama. We discuss his start travelling from his home town to train with Eddie Bravo in LA and the value of constraints vs operating in the wild. How the …

Effectiveness, Efficacy and the Science Behind Your Jiu-Jitsu With Rory van Vliet

May 16th, 2020

1:05:14

I talk to Rory from RVV BJJ, who takes a methodical approach to explain the science behind your jiu-jitsu. He explains the critical principle of alignment which breaks down into posture, structure and base. An …

Struggling with Systems Theory, Chaos & Complexity With School of Grappling

May 9th, 2020

1:13:09

I talk to Andy from School of Grappling. We discuss how systems theory, complexity and chaos can be underlying forces in your grappling training but …

The Mirroring Principle and Controlled Chaos for Learning With Wim Deputter

May 7th, 2020

1:09:31

I talk to Wim Deputter who is Belgium based Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We discuss how Jiu-Jitsu is a principle that means a Boxer could be …

The Underground History of Catch Wrestling, MMA & Sakuraba With Jake Shannon

May 4th, 2020

1:46:02

I talk to Jake Shannon who is the founder of Scientific Wrestling and The King of Catch Wrestling Tournaments. We discuss how the history of submission grappling can trace its roots back to bored English miners who …

The Mythology & Meaning of Teaching Martial Arts With Daniele Bolelli

April 29th, 2020

1:04:17

I talk to Daniele Bolelli who is a writer, martial artist and a university professor. He is the host of multiple podcasts including the Drunken …

Distance Learning the John Danaher Grappling System With Luke Martin

April 26th, 2020

1:29:19

I talk to Luke Martin from Sydney West Martial Arts. Luke is an instructor I have personally trained with, and for the last few years, he has been pursuing ways of bringing the world-class Danaher grappling system into …

Developing Intuition & Instincts With the School of Grappling

April 21st, 2020

1:10:00

In this episode, I talk to Andy from the School of Grappling. The School of grappling Instagram and website has many great articles that look at …

Why BJJ Must Be Taught as a Sport and Not an Art With Priit Mihkelson

September 3rd, 2019

1:11:21

I talk to Priit Mihkelson of 3D Treening in Estonia. He is a BJJ Black Belt under SBG founder Matt Thornton and has done many seminars for the BJJ Globetrotter organisation. We discuss his unique approach to teaching …

Teaching High School Students & Jiu-Jitsu Students With Jahred Dell

August 18th, 2019

1:05:46

In this episode I talk to Jahred Dell of ArticulateBJJ.com where he writes excellent articles about the art, sport and lifestyle of Brazilian …

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