#3… The Paul Schreiner Episode

It is about time we brought you another of our talks… This time we have a treat for you. We are happy to share our chat with a Jiu-Jitsu pioneer, the Godfather of Jiu-Jitsu hipsters, the Marcelo Garcia Academy Instructor, El Technico… Paul Schreiner.

In this episode, Paul chats about his origins in BJJ, some of his early influences, his time training and competing in Brazil, his teaching methodology, his Jiu-Jitsu game, and some advice for new Jiu-Jitsu players.

There are a good few insights into the thought processes that Paul employs to deliver his classes effectively so this episode provides valuable tips for coaches. We hope you enjoy it, let us know what you think and make some suggestions, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you would like to learn from Paul you can check out his classes on Mginaction.com, go visit Marcelo Garcia Academy or if you are around Dublin, Ireland between the 28th July 2016 and 1st August, Paul will be teaching at Royal Grappling Academy… Contact them at royalgrapplingacademy@gmail.com or on their facebook page to reserve your place.

Until next time… Keep Rolling


#2… The Philzinho Balmant Show

Hello Rollers… Welcome to the first REAL podcast from us. Brought to you all the way from New York City with help from our sponsors, a huge thank you to them.

Listen up, I’ll keep this brief and allow you to get on with the show… It’s Phil from THE Marcelo Garcia Academy. He’s a great guy with some fantastic stories and a contagiously upbeat attitude… Check it out.

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#1… The Petesy Carroll Show

Hello Listeners. For our inaugural episode we have an insight into the mind of Ireland’s pre-eminent MMA journalist, but not with the usual questions you may hear him answering, that is questions about his time hanging out with some of the elite of the UFC or writing for some of the heavyweight news sites in the MMA world.

We will be discussing his background and introduction to Martial Arts, his thoughts on the Irish Jiu-Jitsu scene and the perils of drunken rolling. Let us know what you think and feel free to suggest some more guests you’d like to hear from…

Thanks for listening, now get back on the mats.

Céad Míle Fáilte

Hello Grapplers and Welcome to Soul-Rolling Jiu-Jitsu Podcast… We hope to bring you interviews with:

  • Venerable Old Men of Irish Jiu-Jitsu, the guys that helped to get the ball rolling (or bodies rolling) in the various academies around the country.
  • Current Competitors that are out on the international circuit, ransacking and pillaging the medals.
  • The Entertainers who may be the characters that everyone wants to see compete for their style on the mats or maybe just the guys/gurls that are the people who everyone knows and likes to roll with.
  • The Soul Rollers who like to hit the road and train worldwide, make friends, see new places and get to Roll with different styles and improve their level.
  • The Legends of the sport that we love.

If you fit into one or many of these categories or you know of someone who would like to feature then get in touch… We’ve lots of great interviews coming soon so stay tuned.


Circular Patterns

Circular Patterns are wonderful. Wonderful in the true sense, that they may cause the observer to raise an eyebrow, nod in disbelief and smile at their appearance.

I got to thinking on this topic as I became a father for the first time to my adorable little son… Bodhi Fox. He arrived four and a half weeks premature and tipping the scales at 3.11kg (6lbs 11oz). It occurred to me that he completed a circle of sorts for me. I was born and in turn have had a hand in creation of life.

Bodhi says hangloose
Bodhi says hangloose

Back to Jiu-Jitsu, circular patterns and their mastery, the ability to connect the dots, flow from one pass to another, exchange one submission attempt for another. As one closes another opens.

This is also a philosophy of life to be embraced. After all if circumstance throws up a roadblock should you continue on the same path and repeatedly hit that dead-end? (Insanity is defined as repeating the same actions and expecting a different result) Or adapt, change course and progress to your destination on an innovative route, one of your own design. Is is not better when faced with a challenge, to solve it seek the path of least resistance.

For this to become second nature it is important to experiment with all positions through specific positional training, training the entirety of Jiu-Jitsu not just the “A game”, train without ego and investigate the possibilities of a position and it’s counters. This helps cultivate an agile mind and body, capable of reacting to every situation.

Incorporating the same circular philosophy to competition… With diligence a loss can in the future become a win. Work on the errors and learn from your mistakes.

Dedicated to perfection in movement, to Roll and Flow to the pinnacle of Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a curious thing. It is a gradual creeping thing. An ever expanding world of self-realisation unfolds as you delve deeper into each position. Every position has sweeps, passes, submissions, postures, escapes, controls, grips and counters to all of them… For someone with an inquisitive predisposition, a longing for the truth or the solution to every question, you will find an amazing world where every Roll will throw up new challenges as diverse as the opponents available to you.

So… As someone who studied science and seeks the truth of what works in a real situation BJJ is a physical pursuit where you have to react and outthink your opponent, to anticipate his movements, counter and ultimately finish using leverage and technique. I love the honesty of it over other martial arts, where secret, deadly, advanced techniques are the order of the day, BJJ is a breath of fresh air. The armbar you learn on day one is the same one you will be doing ten years later as a black belt. Yes you will have made things tighter, your timing will have improved to get you to that position and your knowledge of possible escapes and thus your ability to nullify them will be vastly superior but that armbar will have the same basic principals as your embryonic version.

For this reason… To my mind the difference between white and black belts, beginner and master is not the positions and their associated submissions but Movement. The effortless control exhibited by the elite grapplers is the missing link, the magic is in motion and it’s something that I feel is overlooked in most people’s training.

So my goal is to assimilate and master the Transitions of Jiu-Jitsu. By making these the foundation of my studies, it becomes the gel applicable to every guard, every top control and every sweep.

I realise that control is an important part of the game but as a featherweight against mostly larger opponents I realised that I have more success out-manoeuvring them. Superior movement wins universally. Take the analogy of boxing where someone with better footwork and head movement can remain elusive and counter effectively. Why block the opponent’s movement
when it is more energy efficient to simply redirect it.

This is the basis of my training philosophy.