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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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Oct 3, 2022

Magid Hage joins the show to tell his story and share his unique perspective on Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about how having other hobbies outside Jiu-Jitsu like Surfing and Yoga have helped him on the mats. He also talks about building an unorthodox game!

Sep 26, 2022

Lachlan Giles is back! We discuss fatherhood, how Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals have changed with the sport's growth, how he guages a student's progress and the importance of having a plan in BJJ.

Sep 19, 2022

Kurt is back! This time we cover recent MMA fights, Brazilian TV shows and tattoo ideas. He also talks about 80's metal, strategies for battling cannibals and Jiu-Jitsu moves that work well in moshpits.

Sep 12, 2022

Roberto Jiminez joins the show to discuss his ADCC trials performance, the life of a young athlete, taking the road less-traveled in life, nutrition and the pride he takes in being a natural athlete!

Sep 5, 2022

Adam Wardzinski joins the show to talk about traveling to compete, applying Jiu-Jitsu to learn other things, being ambidextrous with your game and the sweeping mechanics you need to understand in BJJ!

Aug 29, 2022

Jeff Glover is back! We discuss overcoming larger opponents, declining rolls with people, learning to be aggressive and the Deep Half Guard! Other topics include Vlad The Impaler, zombie apocalypse plans and the strength of the Glover family facial hair.

Aug 22, 2022

Josh Cisneros joins the show to talk about his start in Jiu-Jitsu and how his Wrestling background helped him. He also talks about the importance of patience on the mats and his thoughts on ADCC, as well as a story of chasing down a hit-and-run offender!

Aug 15, 2022

Bruno Bastos joins the show to talk about guiding kids through Jiu-Jitsu, tough lessons learned on the mats and gives solid advice for future BJJ instructors. He also breaks down his "Bubble Theory" and explains how you can apply it to your game!

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!
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