Tom Writes and Rolls
By Tom Randall
Tom Writes and RollsOct 30, 2022
16. Jiu-Jitsu is Therapeutic, NOT Therapy
Tom and Jenn are big advocates for staying in your lane; discussing things from experience, knowledge and expertise. In this podcast, after bringing everyone up to speed on being newlyweds, Tom and Jenn share their individual stories of therapy and working through mental struggles including a mental breakdown that Tom went through in late 2020. Understanding their lane, Tom and Jenn readily admit that they are in no way licensed, certified or qualified to speak about mental health in the professional sense. This is merely their anecdotal offering of struggle and success, how therapy has helped them, and their humble suggestion of not conflating or confusing certain things with therapy.
15. Jiu-Jitsu is You VS You: Part 2
And we are back with Part 2 of our recent conversation.
Tom left you with a small cliffhanger, introducing but not going into the concept of “Make Me Better”, so that is where Tom and Jenn jump back in today. You won’t be hearing from this dynamic duo until around the end of the month. I know, this is hard to bear, but keep in mind that a week from now, Tom and Jenn will be getting married, thus becoming Mr. and Mrs. Writes and Rolls and then taking a sweet little honeymoon.
They are hoping to bring at least one more podcast episode to you by the end of November and another around mid-December, so stay tuned!
In Part 2 of this podcast, Tom and Jenn cover:
Tom’s concept of “Make Me Better”.
Being a good training partner.
A reader’s question: A husband is uncomfortable with his wife training, what can be done?
Thanks for listening, and as always: We’ll see you on the mats!
14. Jiu-Jitsu is You VS You - Part 1
The response to the last two-part podcast was a good one, so Tom felt that it was only proper to bring back Miss Jenn, the Blue Belle!
In today's podcast they are covering:
Reasons for starting and continuing BJJ change over time.
Jiu-jitsu is hard.
A reader's comments regarding comparing yourself to others.
So come and have fun with Tom and Jenn as they share their experiences and laugh with, and at, each other.
13. Jiu-Jitsu Girls: Jenn, The BlueBelle- Part 2
In this episode, Tom and Jenn continue where they left off last week and cover questions and topics for Jenn such as:
Training Pet Peeves
Biggest misconceptions about BJJ
Advice to male training partners from a female
Thoughts on Self Defense
And again, good times were had by all! Thanks for listening and please, let us know what you thought of both parts!
12. Jiu-Jitsu Girls: Jenn The BlueBelle - Part 1
**Content warning** We did let a few cuss words slip on this one, so if you normally listen with kiddos around, listener discretion is advised.
Tom is back after a near four month hiatus, but he brings with him the newly minted Blue Belt from the Reign Jiu Jitsu Boise Academy, Miss Jenn, The Blue Belle. Questions/Topics from Part 1 include:
What got her in to BJJ
Her biggest struggles that she's overcome while training
Advice to women just starting or curious to start BJJ
Advice to young mothers who are training or want to train
And much more!
Good times were had by all.
11. The "Best" Submissions
In this episode, Tom talks about two separate studies with very similar results regarding the most used/high percentage submissions. He also gives some solid interpretations and takeaways for the aspiring White and Blue Belt Jiu-Jitsu players out there.
On today's episode, Tom covers a handful of topics, hence: BLITZ. A nice 35min episode to brighten your day and help you on your jiu-jitsu journey!
9. A Jiu-JItsu "History" Lesson
Tom references an article about Robert Drysdale in this podcast, you can find it here.
8. Professor White Belt
7. Your First BJJ Class (and Beyond!)
So, you've decided to try out a BJJ class. What now? What do you bring? What are the rules? How do you survive? Does fitness matter? Tune in for a few guidelines to help you survive your first class and beyond!
6. A Season for Thanks - A Thanksgiving Offering
This time, Tom takes a break from the BJJ talk to give you another Holiday focused episode, a short Thanksgiving poetic offering for you to enjoy.
5. 5 Thoughts for Overcoming Frustrations in Training
Meet Tom: a martial artist and writer at heart coming to you from the Inland Northwestern State of Idaho. Join Tom for a fun and geeky mix of episodes as he looks entertain you with original works of short fiction spanning a range of genres (that's the "Writes" part), as well as helping you on the path of Jiu-Jitsu by discussing his own path and the helpful things he has learned along the way (that's the "Rolls" part). Despite not getting paid for it, Tom also likes to tell you what he's drinking. So pull up a chair, grab a drink in and join the fun!
4. An Offering for Fall and Halloween
3. All The Stripes - Part 2: The Conclusion
Here we explore a few more topics as one pursues chasing that cheap medical tape on the tip of your belt and cheap colored cotton wrapped around your waist. Sit down, grab a drink and let's talk!