Edwin "Junny" Ocasio joins the show to share his powerful story of overcoming abuse to becoming one of Jiu-Jitsu's top athletes. He also explains why hobbyist practitioners and professional athletes need each other for success, and we talk leg locks!
Kristian Woodmansee discusses mindset, the danger of negative self-talk, overcoming plateaus and the importance of mobility on the ground. He also dives deep on Omoplatas and how to use them effectively!
Dean Lister joins the show to talk about developing a strong leg lock game, his MMA career and thoughts on teaching. He also candidly shares his experience treating CTE with psychedelics, which was featured on HBO Sports recently.
Lucas Lepri joins the show to talk about applying pressure and misdirection in guard passing, why competition is such a valuable tool, processing losses and his approach to student development!
Pete The Greek joins the show for an entertaining conversation! Topics include his recent battles against various forms of wildlife, training and teaching while globetrotting and old school Jiu-Jitsu. He also gives technical advice on passing the guard!
Drew Weatherhead joins the show to talk about his new journey after closing his school due to Covid. He also talks about BJJ in modern MMA, the impact removing belts from the art could have and he gives deep technical insight to the crucifix position!
Davi Ramos joins the show to talk about BJJ for MMA, take downs for BJJ and MMA, his love for leg locks and striking styles he feels compliment Jiu-Jitsu well. He also talks about his most difficult rank in Jiu-Jitsu.
Bernardo Faria joins the show to talk about managing training expectations, growing an academy, the fact that everyone thinks their BJJ sucks and balancing life with training. He also gives technical insight to the Over Under Pass and pressure passing!
Craig Jones joins the show to talk about his "Gringo Spanish", Shark attacks, the Gabi Garcia super fight, his time spent coaching on Ultimate Fighter, BJJ in MMA and making money in Jiu-Jitsu. He also discusses how to beat wrestlers with Jiu-Jitsu!
Paul Schreiner joins the show to talk about escaping bottom side control, learning to be comfortable in every position and controlling mat anxiety. He also discusses the importance of having an order of operations in your game to perform at your best!
Bruno Frazatto joins the show to talk about academy ownership, developing students and building an advanced open guard game. He also explains how he feels the fundamentals of BJJ have changed over time with the growth of the sport!
Roger Gracie joins the show to talk about building a dangerous mount, escaping bad positions, closed guard, coming back to training after a break and the value of positional training. He also talks about why he feels less can be more with techniques!
Kurt Osiander joins the show and in typical fashion, the interview goes right off the rails! Topics covered include diabetes, catheter injuries, moms who hate heavy metal, hospital food and an alternate universe where cats own people. Language warning!
Braulio Estima joins the show to talk about understanding baits, how to build responses to your opponent's actions and the "Jiu-Jitsu Ecosystem". He also talks about triangles and his "Head of the Snake" concept for controlling anyone!
Eli Knight joins the show to talk about self defense application of Jiu-Jitsu, dealing with armed attackers and utilizing strikes on the ground. He also discusses safe disengagement tips as well as the importance of stress inoculation in your training
In this episode we are joined by Lachlan Giles! He talks about skill development, guard retention and how to avoid imbalances in your Jiu-Jitsu. He also talks about being a new dad and offers advice to students coming back from a long break.
Tomer Alroy joins the show to talk about competition and training mindset, overcoming the fear of fatigue and building a match strategy. He also gives great technical insight on guard passing and gives advice to students returning from time off the mats!
Demian Maia joins the show as the first guest of the NEW BJJ Fanatics Podcast! He talks about his new academy, the history of Jiu-Jitsu and gives some great technical advise on developing back control.
Andrew Wiltse joins the show to talk about his "explosive" childhood, why he's very selective of techniques he uses, his thoughts on ego and why you don't need to be on a big team to succeed. He also candidly shares his thought process on improving skills
B-mac is back! Topics include getting through Covid restrictions, Combat Jiu-Jitsu, keeping the journey in perspective, working with injuries and coming back after a break. He also talks about his exciting new PGF event and the art side of martial arts. Click "read more" for listening options and show notes!
Kent Peters returns to talk about zombie apocalypse scenarios, horseback riding disasters, leg locking bigger people, his hatred for quarantine cooking videos and how Covid ruined Disneyland. He also talks about the IBJJF allowing heel hooks and more!
The frontman and guitarist of the metal band Trivium, BJJ brown belt Matt Heafy sits down to discuss how he's overcome being a "slow learner", making progress while balancing work and the value of failures. He also shares his love for leg locks!
Kurt is back and in typical fashion, the normal order of the show goes right off the rails… Topics discussed include gross things that dogs do, Mars rovers, intergalactic viruses, aliens, post-apocalyptic lifestyles and classic PC and arcade games.
Lead vocalist and guitarist of Biohazard, Billy talks about the impact BJJ has had on him, finding the art pre-UFC and his thoughts on effective teaching. He also shares some entertaining self defense stories and being attacked by Harley Flanagan's dog!