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The BJJ Fanatics Podcast

Our mission with this podcast is to help YOU grow on the mats! We do this by presenting deep, insightful interviews every week with the best athletes, coaches and legends of BJJ and Grappling. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge about technique, BJJ culture or the history of the art, every episode is loaded with advice and lessons from the best in the game. The host Ryan Ford conducts each interview in a casual setting, which makes it easy to see the human side of the stars of our sport and get to know their story while also learning more for your own development. New episodes are available every week, and we have over 500 episodes for you to enjoy as well, which is over 800 hours of entertainment and knowledge! We hope you enjoy it!
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Aug 28, 2023

ADCC Champion Amy Campo joins the show to share her story. She also talks about understanding ranges in Jiu-Jitsu, the benefits of ice baths, her 2022 ADCC experience, knee slice passes and why she can never eat octopus again after a bad sushi experience 

Aug 21, 2023

Gregor Gracie joins the show to talk about how to beat your opponent mentally, the keys to using BJJ well in MMA, and the importance of recognizing defense and escapes as two separate things.

Aug 14, 2023

Matt Guffey joins the show to discuss Strength and Conditioning for Jiu-Jitsu, mobility and longevity, injury management and strength misconceptions he commonly sees in BJJ. 

Aug 7, 2023

Pete The Greek is back! We discuss wristlocks, BJJ for MMA, being a real-life superhero and Carlson Gracie's impact on the BJJ community. Pete also talks about recovery for older fellas and training smart!

Jul 31, 2023

In this special episode, Bernardo Faria sits down with Rayron Gracie for a discussion about his Jiu-Jitsu! Topics include not relying on your physical attributes, quality of training over quantity, recognizing margins of error in techniques and more! 

Jul 24, 2023

Kurt is back! This time we discuss the absurd side of Jiu-Jitsu. Quirky students, delusional martial artists, dirty techniques people use and random crazy people invading the gym. Kurt also explains his pet peeves as a teacher.

Jul 17, 2023

Igor Tanabe joins the show and shares his story of being a successful juvenile athlete to becoming one of the fastest rising stars in Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the importance of mindset and leaving your comfort zone to be your very best in competition. 

Jul 10, 2023

Clark Gracie joins the show to talk about the importance of fundamentals and self defense curriculums and he gives a deep dive on Omoplatas! He also talks about how he had to learn to manage the pressure of being a Gracie as a young competitor. 

Jul 3, 2023

Shintaro Higashi joins the show to share his deep knowledge about grip-fighting acquired through Judo. He explains how it correlates to Jiu-Jitsu and how you can drill for immediate results! He also covers foot sweeps and pattern recognition on the feet.

Jun 26, 2023

Richie "Boogeyman" Martinez joins the show to talk about how creativity can have a big influence on Jiu-Jitsu and why keeping an open mind is very important. He also gives great insight on the Rubber Guard and explains how anyone can use it effectively!

Jun 19, 2023

Justin Flores is an Olympic Judo Coach for Team USA, a decorated Judo champion, a BJJ black belt and a former D1 Wrestler. In this episode, he explains how to begin introducing Judo to your Jiu-Jitsu game, for both Gi and No-Gi.

Jun 12, 2023

Vlad Koulikov is a Black Belt in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a Master of Sport in Sambo and a Combat Wrestling champion. He explains how these styles intersect and how to blend them together for the ultimate take down blueprint! 

Jun 5, 2023

Brian Glick joins the show to talk about survival in Jiu-Jitsu! He provides excellent insight to managing your ego, training smart, developing techniques and using the science of Jiu-Jitsu to prevail over monsters! He also explains the value of the Clamp!

May 29, 2023

Kurt is back! In this episode he talks about how Omoplatas are an underestimated technique in Jiu-Jitsu that can change your guard game. He also shares crazy stories about training with Ralph Gracie and he aggressively defends the existence of bigfoot. 

May 22, 2023

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.

May 15, 2023

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

May 8, 2023

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!

May 1, 2023

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!

Apr 24, 2023

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!

Apr 17, 2023

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!

Apr 10, 2023

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! 

Apr 3, 2023

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. 

Mar 27, 2023

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.

Mar 20, 2023

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!

Mar 13, 2023

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!

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