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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 8, 2022

Stephen Whittier joins the show to discuss optimizing your Jiu-Jitsu after 40, the core principles of BJJ, the role of optimal alignment and understanding strength in context. He also explains the benefits of chasing knowledge rather than rank or titles

Aug 1, 2022

The Warmaster returns! This time we discuss the importance of setting boundaries as a coach, Josh explains why he prefers a smaller pool of students and he also talks about the value of a good ego.  He also gives great technical insight on ankle locks!

Jul 25, 2022

Neil Melanson joins the show to share advice on figuring out your game, adapting techniques to your body type, getting the most out of training with anyone, and how nothing in grappling is new. He also shares stories of blowing up toilets in the NAVY!

Jul 18, 2022

Matt Brown joins the show to share his inspirational story. From overcoming drug use and surviving a heroin overdose, to becoming one of the UFC's most successful welterweights in history. He also talks about his unique start in MMA.

Jul 11, 2022

4x World Champion Tarsis Humphreys joins the show to talk about actively training your mindset, leg locks in the gi and finding your perfect training frequency. He also gives advice for BJJ athletes who want to cross over to MMA!

Jul 7, 2022
Legendary Wrestler and Coach, Wade Schalles joins the show to discuss why he teaches techniques in reverse, spinal manipulation to improve pins and how Jiu-Jitsu guys can use pins effectively. He also tells the story behind how he created the Spladle!
Jun 30, 2022
Silverfox is back! In this episode he discusses avoiding burnout in Jiu-Jitsu, the idea of building universal grips and he dives deep on his Split Guard system! He also gives advice to the 40+ crowd to train more efficiently!
Jun 23, 2022
Mason Fowler joins the show to talk about overcoming a troubled youth through sports and Jiu-Jitsu. He discusses learning in an unstructured enviornment and how competition exposes your true BJJ game. He also talks about his second passion, Call of Duty!
Jun 16, 2022
After nearly a year since his last appearance, Kurt joins the show to give an update about his health and recovery. Other topics include cheap food hacks. Waterworld apocalypse scenerios. He also gives advice on improving sweeps from guard.
Jun 9, 2022
John Combs joins the show to discuss pay vs prestige in BJJ events, why he eats fermented foods with every meal and finding the right environment for growth. He also gives some great technical insight on the guillotine, his highest percentage submission!
Jun 2, 2022
Travis Stevens joins the show and shares his frustrations with Judo in the US and what he feels the sport needs to continue to grow. He also talks about overcoming the fear of losing a how BJJ players should approach learning Judo effectively.
May 26, 2022

Ryan Gruhn joins the show to talk about his diverse MA background which includes full contact competitive stick fighting! Other topics include using BJJ for self defense when weapons are present and why he feels new BJJ students should compete right away!

May 19, 2022

Haisam Rida joins the show to share his story! Topics include immigrating from Ghana to Japan, training in Japanese academies, surviving the Fukushima disaster and navigating America's fast food choices. He also gives technical insight on the Kimura Trap!

May 12, 2022
In his first podcast interview ever, Bird explains the importance of skill tiers in training rooms, overcoming overthinking, commitment when attacking and managing your internal monologue. He also convinces Ryan that telekinesis is the best superpower!
May 5, 2022
Andrew Wiltse joins the show to sound off on PEDs in BJJ, harsh truths about BJJ for self defense and the importance of conditioning. He also opens up about mental health, his passion for literature and he dives deep on how to improve your back control!
Apr 28, 2022
Thomas Rozdzynski joins the show to discuss the art of teaching Jiu-Jitsu. Topics include gym culture, curriculums, mat fees and more. He also explains the importance of teaching the more "boring" parts of BJJ in a way that captivates your students.
Apr 21, 2022
Amanda "Tubby" Alequin joins the show to talk about learning to hit the mental switch in competition, building protocols from guard and the value of focusing on the mechanics of techniques. She also shares her opinion about equality in Women's Jiu-Jitsu!
Apr 14, 2022

Renato Canuto provides tremendous insight for all competitors! He talks about managing adrenaline dumps and fatigue, avoiding overthinking and how to develop a pre-competition routine. He also talks about overcoming losses and winning 2021 Worlds!

Apr 7, 2022
Roy Dean joins the show to talk about the pressures and expectations black belts carry, rank envy and keeping a student mindset. He also talks about designing and re-designing your game and his new film project with Jeff Glover. 
Mar 31, 2022
Tommy Langaker joins the show to talk about his transition from Japanese JuJitsu to BJJ, seeing Jiu-Jitsu as a language and using BJJ in self defense. He also talks about video games and the Collar Sleeve Guard! 
Mar 24, 2022
Pedro Marinho joins the show to talk about overcoming self doubts as a competitor, the importance of understanding the mental game and coming to the US and training in Texas. He also drops knowledge on his most dangerous submission, the guillotine!
Mar 17, 2022
Scott Nelson was one of the early men in the trenches helping BJJ grow into the sport it is today. He talks about founding BJJ's oldest website, living in Brazil in the 90's and nearly getting killed trying to start his own gi brand in Pakistan! 
Mar 10, 2022
Henry Akins joins the show to discuss the fine points of weight distribution, overcoming plateaus and why you need to always fight to be on top! He also opens up about his near-fatal motorcycle accident and how it changed his perspective on things.
Feb 24, 2022

Jordan Preisinger joins the show to discuss the benefits of online learning, starting a gym when he was a blue belt and dealing with people who criticize your goals. He also talks about his self-guided journey in BJJ and what it was like learning alone!

Feb 17, 2022
Ashley Williams joins the show to share his thoughts on ADCC 2022 where he will be in the 66kg division. He also talks about life as a professional grappler, why he still attends local tournaments and the new standards in modern BJJ!
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