Greco legend Steve Fraser joins the show to talk about his path to becoming the first American to win Greco Olympic gold. He also discusses how to make hard work fun, coaching and he reflects on coaching an iconic American sports moment.
Murilo Bustamante returns to talk about running his school during Covid, training with herniated disks, skill development and the importance of training when exhausted. He also talks about take downs, steroids and applying pressure for smaller people.
American BJJ pioneer Bob Bass joins the show to talk about training with the Gracies and Machados in the early days in California, his Wrestling base and how it helped him in BJJ, winning the first Pan Ams and his decision to become a teacher.
Kurt is back to talk about his home remodeling fiasco, fireworks shenanigans, quarantine weight gain, dangerous toys and tattoos. He also gives an update on his health, talks about the benefits of a strong Half Guard and takes questions from the listeners!
Rob Kahn returns to talk about his new love for Facebook trolling, quarantine weight gain and the state of the world. He also talks about training law enforcement and military, learning from Royce and Renzo back in the day and why he's only no-gi now
Rafael Lovato Jr makes his 3rd appearance on the show to talk about his recent health diagnosis, returning to BJJ competition, how MMA has influenced his Jiu-Jitsu and his thoughts on the leg lock game. He also goes deep on guard passing concepts!
Johnny Tama joins the show to talk about his origins, finding BJJ after being bullied, the development of his style and becoming the first Ecuadorian World Champion. He also talks about mindset, discipline and leaving his partying days behind
Todd Shaffer joins the show to talk about training after 30, self defense, meme-making and how he found BJJ. He also talks about why Half Guard is such a useful position for everyone and the pitfalls to avoid of academy ownership.
Robert Degle joins the show to talk about why he traded a pursuit of Philosophy for Jiu-Jitsu, the value of a systems-based approach to BJJ, learning from John Danaher and analyzing data. He also covers leg lock principles and general sustained pressure.
Fabio Clemente joins the show to talk about athleticism in BJJ, creating panic in your opponent, training after 50 and teaching kids. He also gives great insight about being an academy owner and gives advice for future school owners.
Jamie Kilstein of Rear Naked Radio joins the show to talk about meditation, getting the most out of down time, visualization and money in Jiu-Jitsu. Him and Ryan also talk about goofing off in past retail jobs and social errors white belts can avoid.
Jean Jacques Machado joins the show to talk about customizing Jiu-Jitsu to your traits, commonly overlooked concepts in the art, the value of self control and weaponizing your weak areas. He also talks about being a pioneer of BJJ in the US and teaching
Renzo returns to the show to talk about the business of Jiu-Jitsu, staying motivated, advice for people who think they suck, and the importance of setting boundaries. He also talks about the Wallid Ismail beef and getting shot at 16 years old
Kurt makes his long awaited return! He talks about Covid in San Fransisco, toilet paper alternatives, prepping for doomsday, the Navy's de-classified UFO footage, lizard porn, murder hornets, bug fights and 80's hair metal.
Matheus Diniz joins the show to talk about growing up in a very small town in Brazil, the funny story behind how he started training, moving to NY to train under Marcelo Garcia and lessons he's learned from competition. He also gives tips on guard passing
Felipe Costa returns to talk about running his own academy, winning the Abu Dhabi Pro, putting kids into BJJ and advice about the mount position. He also goes in on PED usage in the sport and drops a major announcement about his career!
Marcelo returns to the podcast to talk about quarantine life, facing fear, building a game, imposing your game and killing ego. He also shares very personal experiences of suffering from bullying as a kid and the huge obstacle of overcoming shyness.
Keith Krikorian joins the show to talk about blending Wrestling with Jiu-Jitsu, the 10th Planet style, how leg locks have changed the game and overtime skills. We also talk about Adam West's Batman, Animorphs, his fear of bubbles and superheroes he hates
Lael Rodrigues is a highly active competitor and a dedicated teacher at the Novos Sonhos Social Project in Sao Paulo's most distressed area, Cracolandia. Lael and his project are the focus of Grappling Central's first short film "The Saint of Crackland".
Scott Shetler returns to talk about home training for the quarantine, training without equipment, targeting your weaknesses, Ryan's new taco addiction and fighting depression with diet and exercise. He also talks about his new path in Jiu-Jitsu!
Roy Dean joins the show to talk about tactics, being a good training partner, mysticism in martial arts and connecting techniques. He also explains why he decided to step away from being an academy owner and focus on online teaching and seminars instead
Robert Drysdale makes his 3rd appearance on the show! He talks about the importance of human contact, the struggles of running a gym, confidence waves during the BJJ journey and chronic blaming. He also updates us on his upcoming documentary Closed Guard!
Adam Wardzinski joins the show to talk about the BJJ scene in Poland, the path to becoming a professional grappler, rolling vs drilling and why it's important to roll with lower belts. He also gives a deep breakdown of the Butterfly Guard!
Kent Peters joins the show to talk about overcoming plateaus, being self-taught in BJJ, forcing yourself into miserable spots and the value of keeping a training journal. He also talks about attacking from non-dominant positions and Jiu-Jitsu for women