30: Brad Court and Tim Carpenter on the Big Bang Theory, Mental Toughness, Steroids, Injury and Health Insurance



In episode 30, I talk with Brad Court and Tim Carpenter about injury, surgery, health insurance, steroids in combat sports, witch burning, a one-legged wrestler, science, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Big Bang theory, evolution, Louis CK, God, Kron Gracie, Scotty Nelson, Open Mat Radio, the Save Jiu Jitsu movement, Paramount BJJ, coaching, fear, competition mindset, and more.

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Tim Carpenter showing a bit of skepticism about the overly simplistic theory of the Big Bang:

“The problem with science is that it’s done by people. There’s no way around that. So it’s all got a little bias in there.”

Tim Carpenter on sport jiu jitsu:

“I like berimbolo. I like doing that stuff when I’m training. The problem is: those moves don’t work on an unskilled opponent. You try to do the berimbolo on a white belt, it probably won’t work. It only works on guys that will give you a high level reaction. You can practice berimbolo all you want, but what are you going to do when a guy just punches you in the face. Next thing you know you have a guy in your half guard, and he is biting your cheek.”

Brad on submission-only tournaments:

“A lot of people are afraid to get submitted. I don’t know how else to explain why all these submission-only tournaments are so small.  Because that’s the most prestigious thing to me. If you submit everyone in your weight division, that’s the ultimate.”

Brad on self-defense and street jiu jitsu:

“The problem is there are people starting jiu jitsu with their foundation being berimbolo. The foundation has to be in self defense.”

Brad on cornering Tim’s first fight:

“He said that one of the first things he thought when he was in there is: ‘Why am I doing this?'”

Tim on a part of him wanting to enforce the requirement of fighting for receiving a black belt:

“If I’m ever going to give a black belt out, the person has to go out and get into a fight.”

Tim on giving good book recommendations to Brad:

“All the great things in Brad’s life have come from me.”

Brad on a way to approach competition that removes some of the pressure of winning:

“I try to remind my students and myself is that getting better is more important than winning, especially when you’re at white belt, blue belt, purple belt, brown belt.”

Brad on being realistic, but doing everything with conviction:

“Do everything you do with conviction. If you’re going to shoot a double leg, shoot a double leg, blast through them. Don’t think ‘watch out for the guillotine. That’s different than being over-confident. To me ‘over-confident’ is a guy who didn’t train properly.”


2 thoughts on “30: Brad Court and Tim Carpenter on the Big Bang Theory, Mental Toughness, Steroids, Injury and Health Insurance”

  1. Enjoyed the podcast. I like the interaction and scope. Couldn’t disagree more regarding your understanding of science and creationism. I totally comprehend why you and your guests have the opinions you do on this subject (I used to be one of you). You had a life time of hearing and studying the Darwinist evolution point of view…the theory that all present day life somehow randomly mutated from a randomly generated single cell organism that randomly appeared by some unknown process (not to be mixed up with natural selection which both creationists and Darwinists agree on). Lex, there are scientist who have run the numbers regarding the probability of merely a single cell organism generating in this way, the odds under the most liberal constraints don’t look good to say the least. Since this Darwinistic point of view is pervasive in the scientific community, students are not taught the fact there are many credentialed, published, and accomplished scientists (some of whom are atheists) that do not believe this “goo to you” Darwinistic process is scientifically possible. I can argue the science all day long, and give you a list of creation believing scientists (American and non-American) such as Raymond Damadian (inventor of the MRI), but if you are interested you can find it yourself, it will take some guts on your part to go down that road and question all that you believed till this point (think of The Matrix and Neo’s choice to take the red or blue pill). Keep in mind, scientists at one point believed life (germs/bacteria) would generate from rotting meat. Not until Luis Pasture came along and proved otherwise did the mentality change. All we know and can prove now is that life only comes from life (many have unsuccessfully tried to prove otherwise). For you and your guests to be so dogmatic about a theory that has not been tested or observed reflects a level of faith not supported by the facts. Look at the science of the other side…take the red pill if you dare!

    1. I love this kind of disagreement. Thanks for being so respectful about it. You mixed in two questions about life on earth, and evolution only tries to provide an answer to one of them.

      The first question is how did life originate on Earth. There are some theories on this, but largely it is still an incredibly fascinating mystery. This is outside the scope of the theory of evolution.

      The second question is how did so many diverse complex organisms come to populate the Earth. Theory of evolution attempts to answer this question. In particular it provides a mechanism by which life branched and diversified from primitive organisms to complex ones.

      It is true that the scientific community can be dogmatic, so as a scientist myself, I try to keep an open mind. Actually, I work hard at keeping an open mind. I often step back and question the popularly-held beliefs of my colleagues. Any good scientist and thinker should do that. But at the end of the day, any theory I consider has to have evidence that is vetted by the scientific process. We have very few intellectual tools that work as well as that.

      I’ll read Raymond Damadian, as you suggested, and a few others who argue against evolution.

      Again, I am very open minded, but I’m also brutally persistent about not accepting things as true just because I want them to be true.

      Thanks for your comment. You have been an awesome person to talk to about a big variety of topics in the past.

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