Thomas Lisboa joins the show to talk about beginning BJJ back when it had a bad reputation in Brazil, why white belts shouldn’t be focused on building a game yet and how offense can become defense. He also gives great insight on the crucifix position! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Judo and Capoeira
  • Tradition in martial arts
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • BJJ’s bad reputation back in the day
  • Weeding out bad apples and giving second chances
  • Learning from Fabio Gurgel
  • His brother’s school
  • The evolution of his game
  • Learning from Marcelo Garcia
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about building a game as a white belt
  • The importance of a good offense for defense
  • Foundations of defense
  • There is always good to be taken from any training
  • Positional training
  • Overcoming plateus
  • Keeping things in perspective
  • The Pummel
  • The importance of a universal game
  • Pushing yourself in training
  • Physical conditioning
  • Skills that work for everyone
  • Not limiting yourself to one style
  • His crucifix instructional with BJJ Fanatics
  • Common mistakes with crucifixes
  • Why he loves teaching
  • Differences between Canada and the US
  • 2021 goals