Steffen Banta joins the show to share his story of working his way into the toughest training room he could find and developing into a decorated champion. He explains how holding himself to a higher standard was the key to his success.
Charles Harriott joins the show to talk about leaving corporate America behind to be a globetrotting Jiu-Jitsu instructor. He also talks about how almost anyone can safely use inversions in their game, and he explains the hierarchy of the Ninja Turtles
Gustavo Dantas joins the show to shed light on how Jiu-Jitsu can be used to impact the world in a positive way through social outreach programs. He describes the work he's done in the favelas of Brazil as well as struggling communities in the US!
Shawn Williams joins the show to discuss how to map out your Jiu-Jitsu game. He explains his "closed loop" concept that will allow you to systemize the techniques you're best at. Ryan and Shawn also go deep on zombie apocalypse survival strategies!
Zoltan Bathory is a BJJ and Judo black belt and the guitarist for the popular heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. In this episode, we discuss staying consistent while balancing a hectic schedule. Zoltan also shares his very inspiring life story!
BJJ legend Robson Moura joins the show to talk about harnessing the science of Jiu-Jitsu! He explains the importance of a well-balanced game and the keys to defeating larger opponents as a smaller practitioner. He also reflects on his favorite match!
Zach Maslany joins the show to talk about guiding other through their Jiu-Jitsu journey! He discusses how the evolution of the sport has changed curriculums and he also talks about the importance of learning to escape leg locks early in your training!
Mike Bidwell joins the show to talk about managing ego and how failing to do so can disrupt your development in Jiu-Jitsu. He also talks about "Black Belt Ego" and how being mindful as an instructor is important to him to keep himself in check.
David Petrone joins the show to talk about blending Folkstyle and Catch Wrestling with Jiu-Jitsu. He explains the various ways you can level up your BJJ by adding things like cradles and pins. He also explains why Silver Surfer is an annoying superhero.
Chris Paines joins the show to talk about the importance of building a strong defense before anything in Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about positional escapes and preventive measures to avoid being caught in bad positions. He also shares his unique intro to BJJ!
Sebastian Brosche joins the show to talk about the incredible benefits that Yoga can provide for BJJ practitioners! He talks about the importance of remaining loose and limber to avoid injuries and how to design the best warmup for Jiu-Jitsu!
Eli Knight joins the show to talk about navigating Jiu-Jitsu politics, managing gym drama and why he doesn't use stripes on belts anymore. He also talks about the criteria used to promote people in BJJ and the "Ham Sandwich" technique he uses often.
Kurt details his recovery from double hip surgery and gives an honest assessment of his future in BJJ. He gives advice on coming back from time away and he also describes his idea to make looting a televised mainstream sport with a structured point system.
Charlie Vinch joins the show to discuss how striking can be easily added to your BJJ training to become proficient in self defense. He also talks about using verbal Jiu-Jitsu and how bullying doesn't only impact young people.
2022 ADCC Champion Giancarlo Bodoni joins the show to talk about how to become the best version of yourself on and off the mats! Topics include self confidence, discipline, mindset and technical development. He also gives insight on leg lock escapes!
Kaynan Duarte joins the show to talk about starting in a small town and working his way to the big leagues. He also discusses forgotten techniques, competition mindset and he gives technical insight on the Single Leg X Guard!
Kyle Boehm talks about being a lifelong athlete and which sports helped him get a jump start in Jiu-Jitsu. He also discusses managing ADD and social anxiety and his goal to return to MMA. He also talks about the several bad jobs he had before grappling
Jiu-Jitsu champion and Pro Surfing legend Joel Tudor joins the show to share his unique perspective on the sport. He talks about the cultural crossovers between BJJ and Surfing, balancing two sports and how to train for longevity by protecting your body.
"El Monstro" shares his personal story of hitting rock bottom before exploding into success. He also discusses the importance of feeding your brain positivity every day and why he likes Wrestling in the gi. He also breaks down his methods of passing guard
David Garmo joins the show to talk about using local tournaments as tune-up events, embracing the grind of being a full time Jiu-Jitsu athlete and his time spent training in Japan. He also proclaims the restaurant chain he feels has the best Ranch Dressing
Paul Schreiner joins the show to discuss the utility of private lessons, reverse engineering positions and the "zones" of Jiu-Jitsu. He also breaks down the hierarchy of techniques based on experience levels.
Dante Leon joins the show to discuss weight training for Jiu-Jitsu, learning to wrestle and taking your development into your own hands. He also reflects on ADCC and the huge growth of the sport!
Victor Estima joins the show to discuss overcoming setbacks in competition, building confidence in your game and the importance of not comparing yourself to others. He also provides great technical insight on the closed guard!
Azamat Hamzathanov joins the show to talks about how he built a massive Instagram following by showing daily Jiu-Jitsu techniques! He also discusses the importance of consistency, the correlation between chess and BJJ and nearly drowning in a river!
Nathan Mendelsohn joins the show to talk about managing negative thought patterns and the two different realms of the guard and why sleep is so important for athletes. He also talks about junk food, his new rap album and Tinder pickup lines!