Gracie Jiu Jitsu Rocks! podcast
Welcome to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Rocks! podcast, a podcast dedicated to Gracie Jiu Jitsu and all things Gracie, including self defense, competition, anti bullying, women's self defense and empowerment, nutrition, and most especially the people involved in GJJ..This podcast is for the average Joe; it's for anyone who practices, trains, teaches, or just loves to talk about or hear about Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We'll explore the lives of Gracie JJ practitioners, how they got involved with the art, and what effect it's had on their lives.

Justin Faiferlick, owner of Faiferlick Martial arts and Gracie Ft Dodge in Ft Dodge, IA, is a 7th degree black belt martial artist and a Gracie Jiu Jitsu blue belt. He is a career Air Force veteran, a husband, father, and grandfather. Justin is currently battling stage 4 malignant melanoma cancer. In this episode Justin discusses his military career, his martial arts journey, his family, and courageously shares his current situation and what he wants his legacy to be. Please share this episode and help increase awareness of this devastating condition. Please donate to Justin and his family at venmo @justin-faiferlick


Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_170__Justin_Faiferlink.mp3
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Professor Brian Glick is BJJ black belt under John Danaher and Renzo gracie. He is a world renowned instructor and coach, and John Dananher’s longest running student. In this interview he discusses the culture shock of Moving to NYC at 17,  his introduction to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, his introduction to John Danaher at Renzo’s academy, what the the environment was like at Renzo’s academy in the early days and how he persevered through the crazy times, witnessing Jiu Jitsu’s growth, the fact we all have doubts and struggles in Jiu Jitsu and feel like giving up at times, one huge important thing that he learned from John Danaher,  why being an apprentice to a master teacher  is so beneficial, his (very interesting) thoughts on training  (how, when, how much etc) and skill acquisition, how a Master Renzo was an innovator and why he’s been able to produce so many high level successful people, a memory of Master Renzo and what makes him so special, something about him that people may not know, his instructional videos, and more…

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_169_Brian_Glick.mp3
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Thomas Rozdzynski is a 3rd degree black belt, owner of the ROL academy of Jiu Jitsu, Co-Owner of the ROL Radio podcast, and creator of ROL TV. In this interview Thomas talks about the challenges of immigrating to the US as a teenager and how it developed his resiliency, the importance of doing hard things, the evolution of “fluffy Thomas”, training with Carlosin Gracie Sr, his journey through the Chicago-land Jiu Jitsu scene and how it changed over time, how starting a film company led to opening his academy, transitioning from day job to full time academy owner, the business of Jiu Jitsu and running a successful academy,   what makes a quality instructor, making sure to attract the right people to your academy (for yours and their sakes), the most effective teaching/training methods, why people quit Jiu Jitsu, what TAC Fit is and why he loves it, what inspires him and who’s had the most impact on his life, and more!

Direct download: 168_GJJR_Podcast_EP_168_Thomas_Rozdzynski.mp3
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Nick Koumalatsos is a world renowned men’s coach and mentor.  He’s a husband, father, veteran advocate, former marine raider, and reconnaissance marine, founder of the Raider Project, Philanthropist, YouTuber,  host of the Always Forward podcast. He’s the founder of the Agoge program, the Modern Day Knight, the Squire program, and more. In this episode he talks about his troubled childhood and the impact of no positive masculine role models, what led him to joining the USMC and the long road (process) he went through to get in, the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life, The emotional baggage we all bring with us,  what led him to Jiu Jitsu and getting out of his comfort zone to start, and what the journey has been like for him, the biggest issues men are facing today and how men need to stand up, his coaching and mentor programs including The Agoge, Modern day Knight project, Squire program (father and son event), etc.

Direct download: 167_GJJR_Podcast_EP_167_Nick_Koumalatsos.mp3
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