Gracie Jiu Jitsu Rocks! podcast (general)
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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Master Carlos Machado is back on the show to discuss all things he’s been up to lately, his recent 60th birthday, staying balanced as he ages (including carnivore diet, red light therapy, blue blockers, mindset, etc), staying present in the moment, what it was like back in the day in Brazil training with his cousins and brothers, what Rolls, Rickson were like, Carlson’s influence, Grandmasters Carlos and Helio and their relationship - and how  their individual personalities shaped Jiu jitsu, his perspective on what the different belt level represent and what the goal should be for each level, Carlos Gracie’s motivation for developing the Gracie diet and lifestyle, Sound mechanics, the biggest lesson Jiu Jitsu has taught him, the people who inspired him the most, and what he wants his legacy to be. Don’t miss it and don’t forget to like and share!



Direct download: 166_GJJR_Podcast_EP_166__Carlos_Machado.mp3
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“Imagine not needing over the counter meds to get through training sessions.“ ~Kevin Lucas

Kevin Lucas, Co-owner of New Hope Regeneration, discusses what stem cells are and what they do, the five things that have changed the course of human history, how allopathic medicine has missed the boat in the US, using Jiu Jitsu analogies to understand stem cells, how receiving stem cells stimulates regeneration and wakes up your body's own dormant stem cells, how they affect your immune system, dispelling some of the myths about regenerative cells,  the 3 leading causes of death in the US,  your stem cell bank account, PRP (platelets) are not the same as Stem cells, what makes his company New Hope Regeneration different, why “healthy mothers healthy babies” is so important with stem cells, his work in the Jiu Jitsu community and why it’s so important for Jiu Jitsu practitioners, ,his multi time world champion brother, the Mr Olympia and Subversive Combat Jiu Jitsu events, his work with veterans, Seals Future Foundation, stem cells and TRT,  his health/medical background and why he got into regenerative therapy, why having the right mindset and expectations with Stem cell therapy is important, his martial arts background and how he found Jiu Jitsu, his faith, and more!


Direct download: 165_GJJR_Podcast_EP_165_Kevin_Lucas.mp3
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“Helio Gracie was a general. He was a father, and instructor. He was the most amazing man I met in my life. He was the toughest man I ever met”

Master Pedro Sauer returns to discuss The Sauer Protection Institute, His 2 new non profits (teaching kids Jiu Jitsu, and computer skills, and preserving the rivers/jungles),  how simple things make a big difference, the jungle he planted, how we fight for things to come, His Anniversary and birthday, how our relationship with Jiu Jitsu changes as we age, longevity, tapping early, the benefit of cross training with other schools, why Grandmaster Helio used to call him Santa Clause, importance of an open mind, thoughts on take downs for street and sport, only doing as much as necessary in a street altercation, his take on modern competition BJJ and modern MMA, updates on his association, why respecting everyone is so important and how this affects the school environment, our lives, and our families, Giving people grace and keeping the doors open for them to return to your academy, using the notion of the skeleton in teaching Jiu Jitsu and how he came up with it, how kids live up to their labels, what he’s most happy about and proud of right now in his life…..and more


Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_164_Pedro_Sauer.mp3
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  “I’m not afraid of getting punched in the face. That’s my love language” Dan Joseph, Dan Zia Joseph is a BJJ practitioner, Army veteran, and author of Backpack to Rucksack: Insight into Leadership and Resilience by Military experts. In this interview he discusses How his buddy got him into BJJ, his navy seal friends influence on him, joining the Army at 32 years old, training at Dean Lister and Jocko’s academy, how BJJ philosophy Carries over to the rest of life. Battling anxiety, what Jiu Jitsu taught him about himself and how it forced him to deal with past trauma, how training blindfolded developed his game, the staggering impact of veteran suicide, his friend Eric’s impact on his JJ during the pandemic, facing the “boogie man” of  fear, having your stress “beat” out of you by people you trust, why there are no bad positions in Jiu Jitsu, being there for and listening to veterans, why he wrote the book, deferent types of leaders and how they affect their people, his mentors’ impact on him, the importance of resilience, the concept of the ruck sack, and more! Listen on all major podcast platforms or at

Direct download: 163_GJJR_Podcast_EP_163_Dan_Zia_Joseph.mp3
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An “Active attempt to be humbly aware of how limited my knowledge is” lets me be a student in the truest sense.  ~Chris Haueter

Chris Haueter is a  6th degree Black belt, member of the dirty dozen and founder of Combat Base. He is an insightful and skilled teacher as well as a gifted artist.  In this interview he discusses Reassessing your game as you get older, what the slogan Think street, Train Sport, Practice Art means,kKeeping an open mind and maturing in your attitude and perspective, being an amateur scientist, artist, and historian, staying humble, the Hegelian dialect mode, being conditioned how to age, Importance of free speech (and what it means), knowledge vs disinformation, scientific method and inquiry, the dunning kruger effect, the theory of 3s, environment vs will, how the rules of a competition influence how an art is practiced/performed, how GI and No Gi compliment each other, his love for cultural anthropology, the analogy of Rock and Roll to Jiu Jitsu’s development, traveling the world teaching, how society views older people, being part of the Dirty Dozen, JKD,  Rigan Machado and Rickson Gracie’s impact on him, his wife Melissa and how they met, having fun in Jiu Jitsu…


Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_162__Chris_Haueter.mp3
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“In combat simplicity succeeds and complexity kills.” Lt Col. Jason Mills

Jason Mills is a Pedro Sauer Brown belt and a Certified Gracie University instructor. He recently finished his military career and will be the new manager of Gracie Sacramento  (a new CTC) in the Sacramento area of CA. In this interview he discusses his military career, how he found Jiu Jitsu and his Jiu Jitsu philosophy, hard vs soft training, the importance of mastering the basics at a high level, the instructors who’ve had the biggest impact on him, how Helio emphasized the self defense mindset and how Professor Sauer, Ryron and Rener are carrying it forward, advice for people starting Jiu Jitsu, other martial arts he practices, his favorite book and the meaning it has for him and his life, and more….

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Marty shares his journey and experience of becoming a certified Wim Hof Method instructor

Dr. Peter Warshawski, Lifelong martial artist, Periodontal dental surgeon, fitness enthusiast, and recent author,  discusses his new book: Blows, and why he wrote it, overcoming all the childhood negative programming and discovering his power, Becoming a periodontal dental surgeon, what to look for in a great dentist, the importance of dental hygiene has on other areas of health including cardiovascular health, the importance of food and nutrition, being diagnosed with RA, how he met his wife Audry and the gift she is to him, the importance of self care and resilience, the role that BJJ has played in his life and who have been the biggest influencers on his BJJ including Henry Akins, why boxing is so important to him and the role James Lights Out Toney has had on him, what he wants his legacy to be, and why anyone can achieve great things with the right mindset


Direct download: 159_GJJR_EP_159_Peter_Warshawsky_DDS.mp3
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Todd Fox, Security & Expert and 3rd BJJ Black Belt, is a former Marine, law enforcement officer, BJJ black belt, and Author. After his military service, he began his career in EP (Executive Protection) and has spent the past two decades providing executive protection and safety services to high level clients including  some of the most recognizable names in music and movies including Guy Ritchie, Madonna, Motley Crue, nine inch nails, Janet Jackson, and Tool, to name a few. 

He holds three black belts in uniquely different arts. He is a former NHB/MMA fighter, as well as a black belt U.S. National Champion, U.S. Open Champion and Pan American Medalist in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He continues to actively train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. 

In this interview we cover a wealth of topics including his current situation and what protective/security services has been like for him,  the importance of building relations, working with Matt Damon on the Bourne Identity set, waking Madonna up on 9-11, most rewarding and most challenging aspects to his work,  why he joined the Marine Corps and what it taught him, fighting bare knuckle and NHB back in the day, his martial arts journey including training with Rodrigo Vaghi, his time with Rickson Gracie, living with and training with Henry Akins, sharing the mat with Sean Patrick Flanery, and how Renzo Gracie impacted him and his Jiu Jitsu, advice to new Jiu Jitsu practitioners, Security safety advice for the general the areas of driving/road rage, airport/airplane, walking in a city (the 3 Cs), and firearms. We discuss his approach to learning  languages, and the books he’s written including his soon to be released book for Jiu Jitsu instructors wanting to teach law enforcement officers ( and the multitude of things they need to know), and much more. 


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Sean Patrick Flanery, world renowned actor and 4th Degree BJJ black belt, discusses new movie Nefarious and all that went into doing it, his gratitude for his long movie career, training at Rafael Lavato Jr’s academy while filming the new movie, practicing Martial Arts since age 9, his deep obsession for Jiu Jitsu and why it will be the biggest part of his legacy,  training at Rickson’s academy, Henry Akins’ impact on him, his movie Born a Champion and how it came to be, his book Jane 2, meeting his wife and what drew him to her, the three questions that define old school JJ, adding realism to your training, the value of the the early UFCs, the most important things for kids to learn in Jiu Jitsu, the defend-escape-positional control-submission hierarchy, why Jiu Jitsu is unintuitive and a re-learn is needed, the early days at Rickson’s academy, why Renzo is the greatest person in Jiu Jitsu and the incredible impact he’s had on him, his faith and the importance it has for him, the importance of delayed gratification and why discomfort is key to growth and, how the way you live is “your thank you letter,” and more!

Direct download: 157_GJJR_Podcast_EP_157._Sean_Patrick_Flanery.mp3
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Charlie Vinch, BJJ black belt, expert striker and owner of Budo Martial Arts Studio in Ewing, NJ discusses his recent  Brazil trip and tips for those traveling to Brazil, training at the world renowned Chute Boxe academy and meeting Wanderlei Silva and others, his extensive martial arts journey, getting his Black belt from the Migliarese brothers and what he’s learned from them, his academy and philosophy, the importance of building technical foundation before adding power, what part emotions play in learning and development, the benefits of studying/training multiple martial arts, transitioning from fighter to instructor, goals for 2023 and lessons learned 2022, his thoughts on realistic training and what’s needed for someone to be great in striking, No Gi, GI, street self defense, and much more!

Direct download: 156_GJJR_Podcast_EP_156_Charlie_Vinch.mp3
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Matt Wahlstrom is a Tom DeBlass Black Belt, Entrepreneur, small biz owner,  licensed realtor, Crazy off road racer, inventor, and creator of the  lifestyle clothing brand, Epic Roll Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In this interview Matt discusses the Importance of balance in life, his BJJ journey, what fighting MMA taught him, training with Eric Silver and mario Yamasaki, landing at Team Renzo Gracie-team Tom Deblass (Silverbacks), how Jiu Jitsu has evolved, his thoughts on Tom Deblass, the challenges and what he learned from working in the corporate fitness world, how his young son helped him make a major career decision, living and running a business in Nashville, working in real estate and what it takes to be successful, starting the lifestyle clothing brand Epic Roll, his fitness and baby bottle product and the intricacies of the patent process, important lessons he’s learned from Jiu Jitsu, goals and what it takes to achieve them, his crazy off road racing adventures, and more!

Direct download: 155_GJJR_Podcast_EP_155_Matt_Wahlstrom.mp3
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Priit Mihkelson is a BJJ black belt and world renowned instructor. He is known for his innovation of Jiu Jitsu techniques and strategies, and his think outside the box philosophy. In this interview Priit discusses his current travels/seminars, his popular Defensive Jiu Jitsu and how it got started and has evolved, trenches and transitions, how his work is misunderstood, training to keep from getting into positions/submissions vs training from worst positions, his Viking heritage and his upbringing in Estonia, his martial arts journey, his involvement in the BJJ Globetrotters camps, misconceptions of Jiu Jitsu, his family, and much more….

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_154_-_Priit_Mihkelson.mp3
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Professor  Ryan Young, 3rd degree Kama Jiu jitsu Black Belt, discusses his current Annual Thanksgiving food basket drive, why he loves Texas, starting his journey in Hawaii and his time with Relson, Rickson’s impact and influence on him, his Jiu Jitsu philosophy, running techniques through the self defense screen, is GJJ a complete martial art, staying out of the red zone, injuries in Jiu Jitsu, his family, not waiting to start one’s Jiu Jitsu journey, Dave Kama, and the powerful impact he’s had on his life, and more!

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_153_Ryan_Young.mp3
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 Karel “Silver Fox” Pravec, 4th degree Renzo Gracie black and owner of Silver Fox BJJ  discusses coming from Czechoslovakia and escaping to the to US, his introduction to Jiu Jitsu, training with Renzo and his relationship over the years, opening his own school and what it takes to succeed, His YouTube channel and live troubleshooting streams, his relationship with Firas Zahabi and appearing on the tri star gym channel, his favorite sub and/set up, the submission continuum, how you can continue to improve even if you’re the best guy at your gym, comparing old school JJ and the modern game, how Jiu Jitsu has come full circle, self defense vs competition, advice for older practitioners, the last time he was out of your comfort zone, what success means to him and more

Direct download: 152_GJJR_Podcast_EP_152_Karel__Silver_Fox__Pravec.mp3
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Professor Bernado Faria is a 5X BJJ champion, owner of Bernardo Faria BJJ academy, and Co-founder of BJJ Fanatics. In this episode he discusses where he grew up and how he got started in Jiu Jitsu, training with instructors Ricardo Marques, Fabio Gurgel, and Marcelo Garcia,his mindset and training leading up to his championships, his favorite technique and set up, the most important thing needed to be successful in competition, developing mental toughness, his academy core values and mission, BJJ Fanatics - how it got started and how it’s grown to be what it is today, some of his favorite BJJ Fanatics instructors and what makes them so good, how to partner with BJJ fanatics, his upcoming camp, what makes his such a nice guy, his parents’  influence on him and his attitude, choosing happiness and the power of positivity, being authentic, biggest changes he’s seen in Jiu Jitsu over the years, Mark Zuckerberg doing Jiu Jitsu, the parallels of Jiu Jitsu and life, and more!

Direct download: 151_GJJR_EP_151_Bernardo_Faria.mp3
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In this episode we celebrate the life of 4th degree Pedro Sauer Black Belt Professor Keith Owen through the eyes of his family,  affiliates,  fellow instructors, the people who loved him. Keith Owen was an incredible man. He was an incredible teacher, mentor, friend, husband, father, and an amazing human being who impacted so many people’s lives. He left this life too early but he was a true example of the belief of “it’s not how many years you live but the amount of lives you touch while you’re here.”    Featured in this episode are Ari Kay, Rob Magao, Carrigan Owen, Josh Arentz, Karlton Rowe, Todd Richards, James Foster, Alex Owen, Jeff Walther, Mark Cukro, Master Pedro Sauer, and Shirlane Owen (and clips of Keith himself).

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Mark Schultz, olympic gold medal wrestler, UFC veteran, and Pedro Sauer black belt discusses Why he purposely threw the last match of the 1988 Olympics, Foxcatcher movie and why he didn’t like it, His book - Foxcatcher and the real story of Foxcatcher, His epic match with Rickson, How he got into UFC 9, Why he only fought in one UFC, Pedro Sauer’s epic fight against Lance Batchelor, What he learned from Master Sauer, His thoughts on Rickson’s fighting style, Cornering Tank Abbot in the UFC, His thoughts on wrestlers in the early UFCs, and much more!

Direct download: 149_GJJR_EP_149_Mark_Shultz.mp3
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Jamie Marich, Ph-d and Anna Pirkl, LMFT, authors of Healing Trauma with Jiu Jitsu, discuss what trauma is and how common it is, the toll it takes on our lives, how trauma shrinks our worlds, the link/relationship between addictions and trauma, importance of physical play, moving from victim mentality to warrior activist, the range of response in Jiu Jitsu and why Jiu Jitsu is can be so effective in healing trauma, what instructors should know about trauma and the trauma informed attitude, and more!

Rickson discusses  writing his book, how his philosophy about fighting has changed through the years, learning to fight without emotion, Representing the Gracie legacy, His early fights in Japan, the spirit of the samurai, being treated like a God in Japan, cold exposure, meditation and his fire ceremony during his fight prep, the incredible power of breathing/ breathwork, the importance of visualization, achieving “empty mind”, If he ever felt like he failed at anything, what he feels is his greatest accomplishment, cooperative versus aggressive environments for teaching/learning jujitsu, technology’s impact on people, The people that really need Jiu Jitsu, Ichi wan Ichi go - savoring the moment being present with no regrets, thoughts on modern BJJ, what’s next for him and what is mission is now, etc

Direct download: 147_GJJR_EP_147__Rickson_Gracie.mp3
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In this interview Ricardo discusses his academy and how it got it’s name, the special things going on in addition to Jiu Jitsu out of his academy, working with wounded veterans and some modalities that have helped him, what he learned from Navy frog men, the KB1 foundation working with PTSD and suicidal ideation, the incredible variety of high level people he’s trained with that have impacted his Jiu Jitsu,  his career in the Navy, his medical career, his wife Heidi who is also a black belt, his family, his business advice for academy owners, the importance of a mentor, his Jiu Jitsu philosophy including his competition philosophy and strategy,  the biggest impactors in his life, and knowing the totality of Jiu Jitsu.
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Randy McElwee is a Pedro Sauer Black Belt and owner / director of GRACIE® Jiu Jitsu Athens - Team Pedro Sauer at American Black Belt Academy in Athens, GA

He also serves on the board of directors for the Pedro Sauer association. In this interview he discusses various subjects including going into the Army and straight to Special Forces; what it took to get through SF training and biggest lessons he learned in SF; early days of Jiu Jitsu and piecing things together with the old VHS tapes;  bringing Rorion in and learning Jiu Jitsu philosophy from him; getting his blue belt from Royce; driving 2 hours one way to train early in his jiu jitsu journey; Pedro Sauer’s impact on him;  opening and running his academy; the importance of spending time with his son and how Jiu Jitsu facilitates that; leadership, and the significance of a team; importance of realistic weapons training; serious but fun training; Going Commando-discovering your warrior type; feeling fear but not letting it own you; biggest impacts on his life; and the joy he’s experienced through Jiu Jitsu, and more…

Direct download: 145_GJJR_Podcast_EP_145_Randy_McElwee.mp3
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EP 144 Rick Ellis is a Roy Dean Black belt and founder of The Art of Skill. In this interview he talks about being a musician in his youth; his nomadic lifestyle; early days at Roy Dean’s academy and Roy’s effect on him; training with Luis Heredia in Maui;  training with Alexey Cruz in Maine; where the name 3rd Way Jiu Jitsu came from; the inner challenges; success and self growth of opening a new academy; collaborating with Roy dean on his original you tube videos; what JJ has given him, and more!

Direct download: 144_GJJR_Podcast_EP_144._Rick_Ellis.mp3
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Ray Griffin, Pedro Sauer Black Belt and owner/head instructor of Griffin Jiu Jitsu Academy in Orem Utah, discusses his journey, including starting with karate and his grandfathers’ advice, How UFC 1 affected him, starting and training JJ with Pedro Sauer in Utah, his family and the parallels of  JJ and parenting, his academy and how it really is a family affair, empowering women,  situational awareness and self defense, importance of firearms training and safety, Griffin tactical, working in real estate and how Jiu Jitsu comes into play in this space, and his thoughts on getting older in Jiu Jitsu and how Jiu Jitsu is for everybody, and BJJ vs Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and more!

Direct download: 01_GJJR_Podcast_EP_143_Ray_Griffin.mp3
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Ryron Gracie returns for a lively and interesting discussion. In this interview he discusses morning routines, his family and their recent move), cold plunges, the 32 principles (how they came about and the importance of them in learning and being efficient in Jiu Jitsu), Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) and the recent HBO show, sexual predators in jiu Jitsu, and more….

Direct download: 142_GJJR_Podcast_EP_142__Ryron_Gracie_Returns.mp3
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Miles Lukas, BJJ Black Belt, Certified Wim Hof instructor, & owner of Breath Fitness. In this interview we discuss his Jiu Jitsu journey-including training with Jerry Brewer, Phil Migliarese, Steve Maxwell, Relson Gracie, Ralph Gracie, Kurt Oseander, etc.; training with the heavy weight group at Dave Camarillo’s school and its effect on his development; training with Eduardo Tellis; matching the intensity of the training partner; Wim Hof breathing for competition anxiety; Fight to Win competition; learning from Rickson; breathing and breath-work; comparing Wim Hof and Rickson breathing; how important breathing is for BJJ; being connected to the earth’s energy, etc.

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_141_Miles_Lukas.mp3
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Dave Kama, 5th degree Rickson Gracie black belt and head of Kama Jiu Jitsu. Dave is one of the very few people to have trained under Master Rickson and have all his belts awarded to him by Rickson, blue belt through black belt. Dave Kama also #2 of the “Dirty Dozen”, a moniker given to the first 12 non-Brazilians to earn the coveted black belt. In this episode he discusses his stat in BJJ, the early days in Rorion Gracie’s garage, challenge matches, training with Rickson, starting his own academy, the importance of finding the right teacher for your style of learning, what new practitioners should focus on, his thoughts on older practitioner training, and more!

Direct download: 140_GJJR_Podcast_EP_140_Dave_Kama.mp3
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Roy Marsh, founder of Roy Marsh Jiu Jitsu and owner/head instructor of Gracie Schwarzwald, discusses his early days in NC with TEAM ROC; his move to Germany, and what that’s been like; his philosophy including competition type focus and self defense focus, why the ability to control your opponent is so important, information gathering while rolling, why he never sets timers at his school;  his instructional videos; people who’ve had the biggest impact on his BJJ and life, and much more

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_139_Roy_Marsh.mp3
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Sensei/Coach Erik Paulson is a champion fighter, world renowned instructor/coach, and founder of Combat Submission Wrestling. He discusses how he stayed productive this past year, transitioning from fighter to coach, changing universal energies, UFOs, being ready when the creative juices come, writing dvd project on a napkin on an airplane, changes he’s made in his association and programs, not living in fear, combining catch wrestling in his jj program, how he developed his scarf game (including the fat man choke), his intensive private sessions, his business coaching for school owners, sensei Uri Nackamura and Shooto, Pankration for kids, CSW and His current projects, how his break fall ability saved him during a bike accident, Combat Athletic Conditioning program, and more


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Featuring 2020 Episode Clips from Evandro Nunes (The Lion and when to let him out), Matt Thornton (training with Rickson, Chris Hauter, fundamentals as universal concepts), Ricky Lundell (starting BJJ as a kid with Pedro Sauer, the time he “fought” Pedro’s daughter Taissa), Scott Nelson (Emotional Intelligence and its impact on his life and Jiu Jitsu), Clark Gracie (GM Carlos, GM Carley and how the term Gracie Jiu Jitsu came about), Ryron Gracie (Summary/Recap of the meet the listeners 2 episode)......

Direct download: GJJR_EP_137_-_Goodbye_to_2020.mp3
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In This episode we talk about challenges, triumphs and lessons learned in 2020. Joining me for this episode I have Pedro Sauer Black Belts:

Randy McElwee Gracie Jiu Jitsu Athens (Athens, GA)

Mark Cukro Integrated Martial Arts (concord, NC)

Alan Baker  Atlanta Martial Arts Center, (Woodstock GA)

Dan Berry Integrated Martial Arts of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)

Chaz Valentine Bushin Martial Arts (Williamsburg, VA)

Rondel Benjamin Gracie Jiu Jitsu Trinidad/Tabago

Andy Bryant Gracie Jiu Jitsu Commerce (Commerce, GA)

Richard Bresler is back on the show. Bichard is a 6th degree black belt and Rorion Gracie’s first US student. In this interview he discusses his new book, Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life, and the process of writing it with Scott Burr; stories of the original UFCs, receiving his black belt; biggest influences on his life;  Pedro Sauer’s impact on him and the Professor Sauer - Oleg Taktorov connection; having Rickson as his bodyguard in Brazil; What’s next for him……

Direct download: 135_GJJR_Podcast_EP_135_Richard_Breslar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

Jim Kelly, Pedro Sauer Black Belt, and owner and head instructor of Cincinnati Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, discusses his life growing up, his time in the Marine Corps (forced recon), his martial arts journey, including discovering BJJ while looking for Tae Kwon Do, stick fighting at The Gathering with the Dog Brothers, training with Paul Vunak, The “martial arts bum community,” Mark Denny, Shawn Owens; “Challenging” Jake Johnston;  competing at the Mundials in Brazil; The magical early days with Pedro Sauer and the crew (where he met Alan Hopkins, Jeff Curran, Rockson Gracie, Flavio and Silva Bhering, Matt Strack, Jorge Jiminez, Ricky Lindell);  Learning to be broad minded, finding your own style and  understanding the “why” things work from Pedro Sauer; What he learned from Rickson; training with Scott Smith; most important aspects of self defense; bringing realistic methodologies in training; keeping emotion out of fighting; His girlfriend and the wonderful story of how they met and their story over time….

Direct download: 134_GJJR_Podcast_EP_134__Jim_Kelly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01am EDT

Scott Burr is a black belt professor and the first person to earn the rank of black belt from legendary BJJ pioneer Professor Steve Maxwell.  He also holds black belts in Kodokan Judo and the Kuk Sul Do, and is a MaxwellSC-certified Pro Trainer, holding Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in both the MaxwellSC Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training systems. Scott is the author of the numerous books on strength & conditioning and martial arts books, and In recent years has had the opportunity to train with and learn directly from Master Rickson Gracie. In this interview we talk about his history in martial arts, including MMA training and going from Jiu Jitsu to Judo; his relationship with Steve Maxwell; his books, and how he got into writing; his current projects including Robert Drysdale’s book - Opening Close Guard and Richard Bresler’s book -  Worth Defending;  his invention-the Knot Lock; training with Rickson Gracie, his Jiu Jitsu philosophy, and more

Direct download: 133_GJJR_EP_133_Scott_Burr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

Ryron Gracie Returns to surprise callers with a phone call. Listeners called include Jarod Zieffling, Greg Nelson, James Guynn, Danial Raza, Joel Ambrosia, Loren Files, and Jean Soares

Direct download: 132_GJJR_Podcast_EP_132_Meet_The_Listeners_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

Evandro Nunes is an instructor at Gracie University HQ. He’s a highly successful former competitor, winning numerous high level competitions, including world championships. He is a genuine, authentic, and highly insightful person, and this was a very interesting interview. In This interview he discusses what the Lion is and when to let it out, lessons learned in Jiu Jitsu, favorite submission and aspect of Jiu Jitsu, what gives him a sense of Joy in his life, thoughts on Spirituality, Self Care-what it really means, Peak experiences, Impactful books, favorite movies, Life regrets,  and more! Don’t miss it!

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:10pm EDT

EP 130   Clark Gracie is the grandson of Grand Master Carlos Gracie and oldest son of GM Carley Gracie. He is a BJJ world champion and a world renowned instructor. 

In this episode we discuss how  he’s coping with the current covid 19 situation and his thoughts on moving forward, his philosophy on training, sport vs competition focus, building “insurance,” academy culture, creativity in Jiu Jitsu, what makes him so successful in competition, balancing the pressure with becoming the best you can be, most common mistakes in competition prep, importance of mindset, putting yourself in bad positions intentionally, his new BJJ Fanatics video program- Automatic Omoplata System, growing up as a Gracie, his grandfather GM Carlos Gracie and his father GM Carley Gracie and the impact they had on him, where the term Gracie Jiu Jitsu came from, the evolution of BJJ, Gracies that don’t do Jiu Jitsu, his girlfriend and son, what he’s most proud of and most grateful for, and more…..

Direct download: 130_GJJR_Podcast_EP_130_Clark_Gracie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

Mike The Cop is a police officer, Jiu Jitsu practitioner, and public figure/entertainer who makes videos to entertain people and build good relations between law enforcement and the community. He’s also the author of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. In this interview we discuss the recent incident where an officer was kicked onto train tracks, what led him into law enforcement and what’s best thing about being LEO, the biggest challenges of being LEO, the importance of social media on perceptions about law enforcement officers, why he started Jiu Jitsu and the  biggest lesson learned through it, how much training officers get and why don’t they train more on their own, his thoughts on bad cops, his videos, mass shootings, what the movies and TV get wrong and right about police work, citizens’ arrests, his podcast Tales of Valor, and what the Sheepdog Nation is and more….

Direct download: 129_GJJR_EP_129._Mike_The_Cop.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EDT

Scotty Nelson BJJ pioneer. He formed  OTM, one of the first successful JJ websites and technique platforms back in 1997, and has traveled the world contributing to BJJ in a multitude of ways. He’s a blackbelt under Jeff Glover and has had a huge impact on various aspects of BJJ and MMA. In this interview we discuss. In this interview we discuss his cancer hospital chipsa-what it is and how he got involved in it, complementary therapies and treatments,  Gerson diet, stem cells, The power of integrative medical care, Mind Body Medicine, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the impact it’s had on his life, his relationship with Henry Akins, living in Brazil in the early days of BJJ/MMA, his GI company/brand-Lucky GI and the innovations he made in that industry, something that had a huge impact on his life, the need to change with the times, what he’s most proud of and what he wants to be remembered for, and there’s also a cameo from one and only Jeff Glover...

Direct download: 128_GJJR_EP_128__Scotty_Nelson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

Matt Thornton is the founder, CEO and Head coach of Straight Blast GYM (SBG) International. He has trained countless martial artists and coaches, and has worked with some of the best MMA fighters, grapplers and combat athletes in the world. 

In this interview we discuss several subjects including his start in martial arts, serving in the Army, his size (6’8” and if it ever affected/dictated  his martial arts style), his challenge match with Fabio Santos, meeting Rickson Gracie the first time, the biggest thing about martial arts (and Jiu Jitsu) that people just don’t get, Randy Couture’s impact on SBG, training under Chris Haugter, Aliveness, having solid fundamentals, the importance of connection, the value and weakness of traditional martial arts, Henry Akins’ recent move to SBG, and Henry’s impact on his training, his unique approach to teaching seminars, the most interesting book he’s read in the past year, being a father as a younger man and being a father as an older man, and more!

After the interview stick around for the

Direct download: 127_GJJR_Podcast_EP_127_Matt_Thornton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Professor Ricardo Almeida is a Renzo Gracie black belt, a retired UFC and Pride FIghter, and founder of Ricardo Almeida BJJ Academy. In this episode he discusses the power of Jiu Jitsu in people's lives and who Jiu Jitsu  is for, overcoming fear through Jiu Jitsu , how to get through this current self isolation situation, growing up with his brothers Flavio and Andre, the early days in Brazil and competition between schools, matches that stand out, Carlis Gracie JR s impact on him, fighting MMA in Pride and UFC, best American Jiu Jitsu guys right now and best Jiu Jitsu guys in MMA, being a MMA judge and challenges for judges, being a father and how Jiu Jitsu helps  kids with autism and kids in general, his relationship with Renzo Gracie and the impact it’s had on his Jiu Jitsu and life, training as you get older, and more. 

Direct download: 126_GJJR_Podcast_EP_126_Ricardo_Almeida.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

 Ricky Lundell is FILA world champion, a 2 time Pankration world champion, and a Jiu Jitsu world champion. He’s a former D-1 Wrestler and the youngest person to receive a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu in the US. He is a world renowned wrestling, BJJ, and MMA coach, and 4th degree BJJ Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer. Ricky is a prominent coach, trainer, and motivational speaker, and is also founder of One Percent Better Every Day ™

. In this episode Ricky discusses starting BJJ as a child including time he “fought” Pedro Sauer’s daughter Taissa), early days with Pedro, how he became the youngest black belt in the US, early MMA (NHB), things that he did to become world champion 

(importance of visualization and drilling), early Grapplers Quest days, FILA and Pankration world championships, how ended up on the Iowa State wrestling team and his relationships with Cael and Cody Sanderson, the University of Grappling, working with UFC fighters and champions, taking a personal diagnostic daily, The 1% Better Every Day movement ™ and philosophy and how it can change your life, how personal tragedy forced him to dig deep, how he set out to squat 500 lbs in 500 days (at 149 lbs body weight). Ricky is an incredible human being so don’t miss this episode! 

Direct download: 125_GJJR_Podcast_EP_125__Ricky_Lundell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:52pm EDT

Michael Heinz is a Jiu Jitsu instructor, yoga & meditation expert, and owner of SBG Texas. In this episode he discusses his jiu jitsu and life journey, living and teaching overseas & how living abroad can help you grow and broaden your perspective, training in Korea under John Frankl, the UFC’s influence on him, his thoughts on competition, training with Henry Akins, his friendship with Rob Wolf, how he was led to move to Texas to open SBG Texas, his hobbies off the mat, and more…

Direct download: 124_GJJR_Podcast__EP_124_Michael_Heinz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

In this episode Marty has a discussion with Professors Keith Owen, Greg Nelson, and Mark Cukro about starting the year off strong and staying strong throughout the year.  They discuss 

How not to fizzle out half way through the year; Goals versus Resolutions; The importance of goals and the biggest mistakes in doing goals; Accountability; Leading by example and bringing out the best in others; Helping each other raise our levels; Getting out of our comfort zones; Celebrating our success; When to share your goals and when not to, and much more!

Direct download: 123_GJJR_Podcast_EP_123_Greg_Nelson_Keith_OWen__Mark_Cukro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

End of the year episode featuring clips from Roger Gracie (what made him so successful and mastering the cross collar choke), Sophia McDermott (being part of the Jiu Jitsu community and advice for people new to BJJ), Physical Culture and BJJ (with Roy Dean, Henry Akins, John Frankl, and Robb Wolf (how BJJ can cause physical  imbalances)), Robert Drysdale (accountability and ego), and Tom DeBlass.

Direct download: 122_GJJR_EP_122_Good_bye_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Professor Scott Smith, 3rd degree Pedro Sauer Black Belt and owner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu of Kentucky, is an accomplished martial artist and sought after instructor. In this episode he discusses his thoughts on competition and self defense, the recent Pedro Sauer camp, the major influence people like Jim Kelly and Henry Akins, have had on his Jiu Jitsu, how he initially didn’t like Jiu Jitsu, testing (or not testing) for rank, how he started his school with $385 and grew it to a thriving academy with hundreds of students, his philosophy in working with kids, his family’s role in hs academy, his relationship with Master Sauer and the impact he’s had on his life, and more….

Direct download: 121_GJJR_EP_121_Scott_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20am EDT

Dr. Gaetano (Guy) Scuderi, is an orthopaedic and spine surgeon and 4th degree black belt under the Velente brothers. He has been a practitioner of martial arts since his youth, with experience in Aikido, Kickboxing, Boxing, Shoot Fighting, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Judo, Japanese Jūjutsu, and Brazilian Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a part of the Valente Brothers family for nearly 20 years and He owns Jupiter Self Defense in Jupiter Fl.  In this interview he discusses his martial arts journey, important aspects of self defense, the accident that severely impacted his life, the exciting discovery he made that may change the way the world treats pain conditions, his relationship with the Valente brothers and the impact they’ve had on him, the most common injuries in BJJ and tips to avoid them, what to do if you do get injured, they people who’ve influenced his life the most, and more…...

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_120__1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Robert Drysdale is a world renowned Jiu Jitsu & MMA competitor. He is the co-founder of Zenith BJJ and founder of Drysdale BJJ.  He’s an IBJJF black belt world champion and a ADCC world champion. He had an 8-0 MMA record. In this interview he talks about the “golden era” of BJJ, the early days in Brazil, what made him (and all successful people)  so successful, what part accountability and ego play in success, accepting when your attributes are declining and how hard that can be, how being a father has changed him, Jiu Jitsu for real combat/self defense, competition, Gi and No Gi…..(Functional Jiu Jitsu),  why wrestling can be a better foundation for MMA than Jiu Jitsu, why MMA is the most efficient form of self defense ever created, details of the north south choke, his mom’s impact on his life, biggest influences on his BJJ, his new podcast with David Avelon (known for the Kimura Trap system), his upcoming documentary Closed Guard The Movie, commentating at the A upcoming ADCC, and more….. Don’t miss it!

Direct download: 119_GJJR_Podcast_EP_119_Robert_Drysdale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

North Carolina had some great representation at the 2019 Masters World Championships! In this episode we talk to the people that medaled at this year’s event including Geeta Bhat (the Jiu Jitsu Cowgirl), Daniel Branch, Chris Lewter, Lourdes  Cantu (Lola Funki Munkii), Logan Gulick, Trevor Burns, Kim Rice and Dave Owens.

Direct download: GJJR_EP_118.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33pm EDT

Nick “Chewy” Albin is a BJJ black belt and world class competitor and instructor. He’s the owner and head instructor of Derby City MMA in louisville KY, and creator of the brand “ChewJitsu” which includes the extremely popular  website, Youtube channel and podcast. In this interview he discusses his recent Double Gold lwin, his philosophy on Competition, the importance of controlling your mental state, breathing, the importance of ego, his martial arts journey, his podcast, how he got his nickname, his school- Derby City MMA, biggest impacts on your life, what people would be surprised to know about him, and more!

Direct download: 117_GJJR_Podcast_EP_117__Nick__Chew__Albin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Helio Soncea is a the co-founder of Gracie Barra, an accomplished competitor and world champion, and a world renowned instructor and coach. In this episode he discusses how Gracie Barra was started, training with Renzo Gracie and the Machados, why Renzo is his “guardian angel, his relationship with Carolos Gracie Jr, advice on staying on the mat long term, facing his idol, Royler Gracie, on the mat, fighting against Megaton Diaz in ADCC, teaching Roger Gracie, Igor Gracie, & Rolles Gracie, working with MMA fighters such as Anderson Silva, Alan Belcher, Vanderla Silva, etc and why teaching MMA fighters is not his favorite thing, how Jiu Jitsu teaches you about life, his proudest moments in JJ, His one hobbie that he likes even more than Jiu Jitsu, how important his faith is, his gratitude for the USA, and the people who’ve influenced his life the most….

Direct download: 116_GJJR_Podcast_EP_116.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35pm EDT

Eli Knight of Knight Jiu Jitsu is a 2nd degree Royce Gracie Black Belt and professor, and Senior Supervising Instructor of Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy in Paducah, KY. In this interview Eli discusses training at the Gracie academy back in the day, early UFCs, first thing he remembers about Royce, Gracie’s teaching abilities and what it takes to be a great teacher/instructor, the long road to black belt, training for sport, self defense, and MMA, how BJJ become a therapeutic outlet for him, different approaches to teaching, his thoughts/insights on various positions such as knee on belly, kimura, chokes, etc, Jiu Jitsu as a methodology and philosophy, staying open minded in JJ, his daughter and girlfriend, the impact that Jason Hawkins, Jerrod Jessup, and Royce Gracie have had on his life, and more…..

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Eli Knight of Knight Jiu Jitsu is a 2nd degree Royce Gracie Black Belt and professor, and Senior Supervising Instructor of Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy in Paducah, KY. In this interview Eli discusses training at the Gracie academy back in the day, early UFCs, first thing he remembers about Royce, Gracie’s teaching abilities and what it takes to be a great teacher/instructor, the long road to black belt, training for sport, self defense, and MMA, how BJJ become a therapeutic outlet for him, different approaches to teaching, his thoughts/insights on various positions such as knee on belly, kimura, chokes, etc, Jiu Jitsu as a methodology and philosophy, staying open minded in JJ, his daughter and girlfriend, the impact that Jason Hawkins, Jerrod Jessup, and Royce Gracie have had on his life, and more…..

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_115.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Robin is one of Relson Gracie’s 10 first black belts. He’s the owner & head instructor of Relson Gracie Columbus. Robin  has completed in some of the world’s largest competitions, winning the Gracie Nationals and Arnold Gracie World championships multiple times, and is known for his exceptional coaching abilities. His mission is to empower as many people as possible through the power of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

In this interview he discusses the early days of Ji Jitsu, what inspired him to get into BJJ, people who have had the biggest impact in his Jiu Jitsu (and life), thoughts on achieving black belt and what it means to be a black belt, being a dad to his 8 kids, coming full circle in his self defense philosophy, the importance of setting healthy boundaries, confidence gained through Jiu Jitsu and how it affects all areas of one’s life, the major impact his wife’s support has had on his life, whether we should push our kids into Jiu Jitsu or not, why it’s easier for kids to learn Jiu Jitsu, working with the Catch Court (victims of human trafficking program), importance of breathing, etc

Direct download: 114_GJJR_Podcast_EP_114_Robin_Gieseler.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14am EDT

In this interesting and lively discussion, professors Keith Owen, Greg Nelson, and Mark Cukro discuss what it takes to stay on the mat long term-well into your years. Keith Owen (The Rhino) is a Pedro Sauer Black Belt and founder of team Rhino. Greg Nelson is Pedro Sauer's first black belt and a world renowned MMA coach (including coach to 3 UFC champions). Mark Cukro is also a Pedro Sauer Black Belt and owner/head instructor of Integrated Martial Arts.

World renowned Jiu Jitsu and MMA competitor and coach, Tom DeBlass, discusses many topics, including what fatherhood means to him, his dad’s struggles with addictions and the impact on him, living your own life, training for fun and flexing to the person you're rolling with, heated/intense  training sessions, unrealistic online videos, intermittent fasting, fitness, his faith, tragedy of people doing bad things in the name of religion, chasing competition glory, serving others, peace of mind, dealing with ADHD growing up, being a man, walking away from conversations when needed, and more...

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_112_Tom_Deblas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm EDT

Joel Garcia is a BJJ black belt & owner of Embrace Martial arts, in WS, where he teaches BJJ and Muay Thai, and is an official representative of American Killer Bees association.  He is an incredibly knowledgeable BJJ, Muay Thai, and MMA coach & instructor, and a truly exceptional ambassador for the martial arts. In this interview he discusses his academy and how he ended up in NC; God First slogan; Judo in Brazil; The birth of the Killers Bees; surviving cancer; his nickname “The Joker”; dealing with betrayal; differences between US and Brazil; working with UFC fighters; realizing your strengths but improving your weaknesses; making JJ your own; looking at the whole picture when achieving rank; student and instructor behavior on and off the mat; making a deep impact; working with current UFC fighters Allen Crowder and Hannah Cifers; Sean Spangler’s impact on him, and more

Direct download: 111_GJJR_Podcast_EP_111_Joel_Garcia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Aaron Sundstrom, roving reporter for the show, discusses the recent Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle Summit (with mini interviews with Ryron Gracie, Jackson Fortunato , Elroy Spoonface Powell, and

Patrick Christopher& Mikayla June, as well as his background, etc. Aaron is a very interesting person so don’t miss this chance to learn more about him, as well as hear all about the JJLS including the speakers, the defend and control mindset, community and connection in BJJ, flexing to whom you’re rolling with, and of course the Ice Bath Experience!

Direct download: 110_GJJR_Podcast_EP_110__Aaron_Sundstrom_Recaps_the_JJLS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06pm EDT

Physical Culture & BJJ: A discussion with Henry Akins, Roy Dean, John Frankl, and Robb Wolf. In this episode we dive into topics like can doing jiu jitsu  create imbalances in our bodies, what we can do to correct these imbalances, and what are the elements of effective cross training, etc.

Direct download: 109_GJJR_Podcast_EP_109_BJJ__Physical_Culture.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Roger Gracie is a 10 time Jiu-Jitsu world champion. He is the grandson of GM Carlos Gracie and Son of Mauricio Gomes  and Reila Gracie. He is considered by many to be the best Jiu Jitsu competitor in history. In this interview he discussed  Moving from Brazil to London, his father influence on him, awarding his first black belt, Competition mindset and what makes him different, most memorable matches, why he’s so successful with the cross collar choke, his MMA career, cross training for BJJ competition and for MMA, his biggest set back he’s had in his career and how he overcame it, what he’s most proud of, and plans now that he’s retired from competition, etc

Direct download: GJJR_EP_108_Roger_Gracie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14am EDT

Matt Arroyo, Rob Kahn black belt, owner of Gracie Tampa South, veteran of UFC, TUF, ADCC, and EBI,  discusses training fighters, How he got onto the TUF show and what that experience was like, Robb Kahn’s influence on his Jiu Jitsu and life, his thoughts on Kron Gracie’s UFC debut, Matt Serra’s impact on his Jiu Jitsu, his company: the Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle and his blueprint series of instructionals, advice for transitioning from GI to no GI focus and vice versa, the biggest impacts on his life outside of Jiu Jitsu, his faith, why college might not be the best option for everyone, and how he defines success, etc

Direct download: 107_GJJR_Podcast__EP_107__Matt_Arroyo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09am EDT

Jason Culbreth, Royce Gracie black belt and owner and head instructor at Cary has over 25 years of Martial Arts experience, including Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. As an undefeated Mixed Martial Arts fighter and active Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, Jason has medaled in many local and international events, including winning the 2016 Masters Worlds. As one of the pioneers in MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jason has contributed to the growth of the sport since it’s infancy. He was an integral part of getting MMA legalized in the state of North Carolina and has coached many successful MMA and BJJ competitors. In this interview we discuss a variety of topics including his views on competition, the most important aspects of self defense (and how to deescalate a situation before it turns into a fight), nutrition, injuries, what it takes to stay in JJ long term, his new prestigious academy and more     

Direct download: 106_GJJR_Podcast_EP_106__Jason_Culbreth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Sophia Mcdermott -  1st Australian female to receive a BJJ black belt, 4 x State, National, Pan Pacific and Pan American Champion, as well as a 2 x No Gi World Champion and a World Champion. She has  also won the Ms Figure competition multiple times and is known for her awesome work in the fitness industry,, particularly in the realm of empowering women. In this episode we discuss competition, perspectives on the jiu jitsu community, advice for people new to BJJ, accepting the good days and bad days, moving into figure/physique competitions and making it to the national level, nutritional principles and info for everyone, fitness and nutrition for athletes, food as health, creating momentum and achieving your goals, the compound effect, why meditation is so important, special issues for women in Jiu Jitsu, her dream to have health and wellness centers worldwide...and much more!

Direct download: 105_GJJR_EP_105_Sophia_Mcdermott.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

Professor Roy Marsh & Professor Mark Cukro discuss building a positive academy culture.  During the discussion we talk about a host of things such as what it means to have a great academy culture and why it’s so important;  the elements of a great culture, examples of not so good cultures (epic fails ); how the culture affects attraction, retention, and quality of the experience for the students; the importance of structure (structure in the class environment and is this the same thing as a disciplined environment, and structure in the curriculum and how much is good and how much is too much;  using music during class; use of profanity in the academy, and much more…...

Direct download: 104_GJJR_Podcast_EP_104_Roy_Marsh__Mark_Cukro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

2018 Recap: This episode features clips from Bas Rutten, Flavio Almeiad, Saulo Rebeiro, Make Biddwell, and Alvaro Romano.

Direct download: GJJR_Podcast_EP_103.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

“The Turtle Master” Eduardo Telles discusses how he started Jiu Jitsu, competing at the highest levels, what it takes to be a world class competitor, changing your training as you get older, working with kids, IBJJf and other organizations/competitions such as EBI,how boogie boarding helped his jiu Jitsu, his love for surfing, major influencers on his life and Jiu Jitsu, his family, and more!

Direct download: 102_GJJR_Podcast_EP_102_Eduardo_Telles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Professor Mike Diaz, Pedro Sauer Black Belt and owner of Park City Jiu Jitsu, discusses his martial arts journey, lessons he learned on the way to black belt, his relationship with Master Sauer, training in a high altitude environment, Ginastica Natural, his music, the biggest influences on his life, etc

Direct download: 101_GJJR_Podcast_EP_101__Mike_Diaz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Saulo Ribeiro, 5th degree black belt, 6  time world champion in 5 different weight classes, IBJJF Hall of Fame member, founder of the University of Jiu Jitsu and author of Jiu Jitsu University. In the interview he discussed training Rafael Lavato Jr and his relationship with him, his early days of training, growing up with Xande as his brother and the special bond they have, what it takes to be successful at the highest levels (both in the competition arena and in running a successful academy and association, his service mentality/philosophy, how his training has changed and what it takes to last through the years in Jiu Jitsu, carrying your emotions in your body during Jiu Jitsu, money and fame vs being true to oneself, his book- Jiu Jitsu University , why mobility is king, the major influences on his life, the difference between a winner and a champion, and more.......

Direct download: 100_GJJR_Podcast_EP_100_Saulo_Ribeiro.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

 Ralston Gracie, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, son of Grand Master Carley Gracie, and grandson of the late great Grand Master Carlos Gracie, discusses growing up with GM Carley as his father and lessons he learned from him, having Clark Gracie as his brother, the impact and legacy of GM Carlos, holistic health, why food is so important to health, and much more.... 

Direct download: 99_GJJR_EP_99_Ralston_Gracie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Professor Flavio Almeida, Executive director of Gracie Barra North America, 4th degree Black belt under Carlos Gracie Jr, and Co owner and head instructor of multiple Gracie Barra academies in AZ and CA. He recently won the Worlds Masters 2 division at the IFBJJ Masters World championships, making him a 3xs masters world champion.

In this interview he talks about his recent victory at the masters worlds, what it takes to be compete and succeed at the highest levels, changing your training as you get older, growing up with his brother-BJJ black belt and UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida, his relationship with Master Carlos Gracie Jr and the impact he’s had on his life, the secret to his success in business as a school owner, his BJJ sweeps DVD, the biggest influences on his life, and more….

Direct download: 98_GJJR_Podcast_EP_98__Flavio_Almeida.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Dr. Peter Goldman, better known as “Dr.; Pete,”  Chiropractic physician and founder of Zone school of healing. He’s a BJJ Black Belt under Carlos Sapão and black belt in Oyama full contact Karate. He is  the personal chiropractor to many of the world's top professional athletes, from UFC fighters, to NFL and NHL players, pro cyclists, and Olympians.

In this interview he talks about his journey in full contact Karate and BJJ, Mas Oyama’s karate fighters vs Thai Boxers, training to ensure you don’t build a false sense of confidence, what Chiropractic is and how his work differs from mainstream chiropractic, working with the BJJ and MMA elite, including BJJ Penn, Bas Rutten, Rickson and Kron Gracie, how motivation, enthusiasm, and faith are important to health, biggest influences on his life, and much more...


Direct download: 97_GJJR_EP_97_Dr._Pete_Goldman_DC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am EDT

Sifu Alan Baker, owner of Atlanta Martial Arts Center, is a Pedro Sauer black belt, and one of the most involved and respected Martial Arts Instructors worldwide. He is an internationally recognized martial arts & self-defense expert and is the founder of the Civilian Tactical Training Association.  In this interview he discusses his recent Civilian Tactical instructor training, his martial arts journey (including training with and his relationship with masters such as Pedro Sauer, Erik Paulson, Dan Inosanto, among others) and a word play game related to them, his executive protection work, running Erik Paulson’s CSW association and Francis Fong’s instructor association, advice for school owners, who’s had the biggest impact on his life on and off the mats, and more...


Direct download: 96_GJJR_EP_96_Alan_Baker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

Regis Libre, 4th degree black belt under Master Royler Gracie, and Head instructor of Gracie Humaita San Diego, talks about his recent surgery, the recent world championships and what stands out about it, his competitive career and what makes someone successful in competition, his time at Maxercise (relationship with Steve and DC Maxwell,  and Zac Maxwell), his transition to San Diego, the importance of self defense, Jiu Jitsu for everyone, learning from Master Royler and GM Helio, how he got his black belt in under 5 years, being a single father, what he’s most proud of, and more...

Direct download: 95_GJJR_EP_95___Regis_Lebre.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

EP 94 Phil Cardella, 3rd degree Relson Gracie black belt discusses developing Relson Gracie JJ in Texas, relocating to and starting his academy in FL, his time off the mat, creating the right atmosphere for training, puppies instead of diapers, training with his brothers, his JJ competition and MMA career, the need to learn Jiu Jitsu theory, facing adversity, what he’s most proud of, and more….

Direct download: 94_GJJR_EP_94_Phil_Cardella.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56am EDT

Mike Bidwell, creator of BJJ After 40 and Flo Life BJJ + academy. Mike is a bJJ black belt under Nick Gregoriades and the Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood. In the interview he talks about sneaking out as a kid to do martial arts, his History through the martial arts, being a Ninja, finding application for JJ through other arts, being accepting of the various reasons people train, his new academy and the holistic approach behind it, the fact that Jiu Jitsu is for everyone, being a brown belt for 13 years, the impact that his wife Sheena has had on his life, living his authentic self, how he comes up with the innovative moves he features in his videos, meditation and movement, the JJ Sisterhood, the upcoming Paradise Vacation camp, and more

Direct download: 93_GJJR_EP_93.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08am EDT

Dave Kovar is a very accomplished martial artist and martial arts business coach. He’s the founder of Kovar Systems and Kovar’s Satori Academies,  and is one of the rare individuals who’ve achieved a black belt in 10 martial arts, including BJJ. In this interview he discusses running a martial arts business, his journey through the arts, the early days of jiu Jitsu, Kovar systems, the Satori Alliance, his new podcast, savoring the moments of your life,  the importance of habits, his hobbies off the mat, having a plan and starting your day on purpose, the value of sticking with one art and the value with training multi arts, being a father, sparring 50 rounds on his 50th birthday, etc...

Direct download: 92_GJJR_Ep_92_Dave_Kovar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

Alvaro Romano, founder and developer of the Ginastica Natural method. Professor Romano discussed the origin of Ginastica Natural, how it has developed and evolved over the years, the impact of the Gracies (especially Rolls Gracie) has had on his life, his friendships with Fabio Santos and Pedro Sauer, staying functional as you age, importance of breathing, etc.

Direct download: GJJR_EP_91_Alvaro_Romano.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:38am EDT

Brian Beauchamp is a Judo and BJJ black belt, 9X world Masters BJJ champion, MMA referee and judge. He is one of the most successful Masters/Seniors competitors of all time, particularly in the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuit. In this interview he discusses his competitive career, his martial arts journey, his recent fundraising event for a fellow fallen firefighter, being a firefighter himself, being robbed at gunpoint tin Medellin, Colombia, training in Brazil, working as MMA judge and referee in the UFC and other organizations, who’s had the biggest impact on his life, and more….

Direct download: EP_90_Final_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am EDT


Bas “El Guapo” Rutten, is a legend in the martial arts and fighting world.  He won numerous championships and world titles including King of Pancrase (multiple times) and UFC champion, and was inducted into the UFC hall of fame in 2015. Since retiring from fighting he has become a high successful fight commentator, TV host (including the very popular show Inside MMA which he co hosted with Kenny Rice), film and TV actor, including movies such as Here comes the Boom, ZooKeeper, and Mall cop with Kevin James. In this interview he discusses how he got his nickname; his struggles as a child and using humor to cope; dealing with bullies; his old videos-Street Self Defense and time spent as a bouncer; his fighting career, including the Pancrase days UFC days (and liver shots); the open mind set for growth; being a commentator on Inside MMA and Pride FC;  breathing and his O2 Trainer, who’s had the biggest impact on is life and more…..

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Carlos Henrique "Caique" Elias is a 7th degree red-and-black belt master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu(BJJ) and owner and head instructor of Caique Jiu Jiu academy and CJJNetwork.  He is one of only a handful of non family members  awarded the black belt from GM Helio Gracie, and In March 2009, he was awarded a 7th degree red-and-black belt by Master Rickson Gracie.

In the interview he discussed his start in martial arts, his long and close relationship with GM Helio, what it was like coming to the US back in the 90’s, the value of competing, the current state of belts/promotions, what he does when he’s not on the mat, etc.

Direct download: EP_88_Final_Final_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Recap of 2017 with clips from Eve Gracie, Steve Kardian, Phil Migliarese, Henry Akins, and Robb Wolf

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

Marcus Kowal, Black belt martial artist, professional MMA fighter & instructor, and owner of System’s Training Center, joins the show. In 2016 Markus lost his 15 month old son, Liam, in a tragic drunk driving incident.  Ever since, through his organization, Liam’s Life, he’s been on a mission to raise awareness about drunk driving and to change the laws regarding drunk driving. In this interview Marcus talks about this mission, setting guinness book world records (throwing 100 kicks per day for a year), his martial arts background/journey, which has taken him all over the world, his new book, his personal journey through grief and healing, the strength and unity of the martial arts community, his love for Jiu Jitsu, boxing and kickboxing, Krav, etc. and more. Don’t miss this heartfelt powerful story of loss, grief, vulnerability, resiliency, healing and strength.

Direct download: EP_86__1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EDT

Victoria Gracie is a former professional dancer, model and actress. She now focuses on raising awareness and teaching mindful parenting through her organization My Kind of Mama. She’s also a Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor involved in the WE program. Her latest project is a Children’s book entitled Kip and the Magic Belt…...

Direct download: EP_85__1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am EDT

In this episode 5 BJJ black belts, Phil Migliarese (Yoga 4 Fighters), Nic Gregoriades (Yoga for Grapplers), Dustin Brown (Warrior One Yoga), Joey Diehl (RealyogiDiehl), and  Sebastian Brosche (Yoga for BJJ),  share their experience about yoga- including how they got involved with yoga, insights into their personal practice and why yoga is so good for Bjj practitioners to do...

Direct download: EP_84_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am EDT

 Coach Greg Nelson, 4th Degree Pedro Sauer Black belt  and world class martial arts instructor and coach (including 3 UFC champions), discusses the early years of his training,(including shoot wrestling with Erik Paulson and his first exposure to Gracie Jiu Jitsu with Rickson Gracie), his relationship with Professor Pedro Sauer (meeting him and being with him through the years), training and coaching his 3 UFC champions (including what Brock Lesnar is like in real life), setting the academy/gym culture (and how he weeds out potential problem students), his battles with cancer (how he got through it and how it changed his life), using the power of the mind to program yourself to success, his son and daughter, and empowering and helping people get to the next level on and off the mat, and more...

Direct download: EP_83_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Jennifer Gray (aka Jiu Jitsu Jen), instructor at Redline Jiu Jitsu and founder and CEO of She-Jitsu  tells her powerful story including her sexual abuse, her struggles with alcohol and drug addiction, mental illness, how she met Ty Gay and the positive impact he’s had in her life, the life changing impact that diet, yoga, and Jiu Jitsu has had on her life, She-Jitsu, and her goal to make a difference....

Direct download: EP_82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:50pm EDT

Nicolas Gregoriades, Roger Gracie’s 1st Black belt and the founder of The Jiu Jitsu Brotherhood.  Nic is the author of The Black Belt Blueprint, and the producer of several highly popular video instructionals such as Yoga for Grapplers and Beyond Technique.  In this interview he discusses his start in martial arts, training with Roger Gracie, starting the London Real and Digital communication podcasts, as well as his new BJJ podcast, working with the whole person through Jiu Jitsu, correlations between personalities and rolling, his love for kite surfing, coming full circle with his JJ philosophy, being unrestricted and new paradigms in JJ, a day his life, plans for moving to the US, and more.

Direct download: EP_81__1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43am EDT

Master Carlos Machado, 8th degree coral belt and oldest brother in the legendary Machado Brothers family,  discusses the early years of training  with his brothers and cousins; living with Carlos Gracie and training with Carlos Gracie Jr;  Rolls and Carlson Gracie sharing the same building for their schools; the start of Gracie Barra, how his training philosophy has changed over the years; Chuck Norris’ role in helping him get established in the US and assisting Chuck on the set of Walker Texas Ranger; key training principles, his view on why he and his brothers have been so successful; his upcoming seminar tour; exciting social media projects he has going on

Direct download: EP_80.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:48am EDT

John Frankl is a BJJ Black Belt under Roberto Maia and head of John Frankl Jiu Jitsu, as well as the Straight blast Gym representative for  Asia. He’s a Harvard trained Ph-d, and the man responsible for starting and establishing BJJ in Korea. In this interview he discusses his history and journey in the martial arts, including his time with Rickson Gracie and Roberto Maia, preparing for the Masters Worlds comp. Matt THornton and Straight Blast Gym, the Jiu Jitsu scene in Korea, sword making and brewing, the parallels between evolution of crossfit and BJJ,  yoga, mobility, and breathing, and the role of gratitude in his life…He also recaps his experience at the Masters Worlds Competition

Direct download: EP_79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EDT

Tamba Hali: NFL linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and Gracie Jiu Jitsu practitioner purple belt discusses his recent promotion to purple belt; what his jiu jitsu journey has been like including training with Ryron & Rener Gracie and Evandro Nunes; being technical and the defensive mindset; how JJ has affected his football; his time and challenges in the NFL; his music, and more….

Direct download: Ep_78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT

Jon Wagner (aka Jonny Wags), JJ Black belt and certified instructor through the GA. Jon discusses everything from transitioning from the military, his many trips to Brazil, how the mat is a sanctuary, the effect having his son had on his JJ, self defense philosophy, completing the ICP, attending the Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle Summit and more.

Category:general -- posted at: 9:34am EDT

Special Meet The Listeners Episode. In this episode Marty and Ryron team up and surprise listeners with a phone call. 

Direct download: EP_76.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Injuries: Ty Gay, Roy Dean, Ryron Gracie, Mark Cukro, and Henry Akins discuss the subject of injuries: how to prevent them, how to deal with them, and key points to keep in mind with your down time due to an injury.

Don’t miss this interesting and insightful discussion….

Direct download: EP_75.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56am EDT

Roy Harris, 5th Degree black belt, World Renowned instructor, discusses his early start in martial arts, training with Rick Faye, Guro Dan Inosanto, Larry Hartsell, and Paul Vunak; his time at the Gracie Academy; legs locks “then and now”; his time as a law enforcement officer and in the military and training those populations; his book, The Jiu Jitsu Answer Man; Harris International; BJJ over 40 and important considerations for training in your 50’s and beyond; the importance of his faith and more….


Direct download: EP_74_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Ricardo Bayona and Alberto Robayo, Gracie Jiu Jiusu black belts and the owners and founders of Miloki Flow, discuss starting out in Columbia, how cleaning your academy relates to Jiu Jitsu, Ryron’s influence, how Miloki Flow came about, adding functional movement  and the flow roll mindset to Jiu Jitsu, life on and off the mats, major influences in their lives, their long enduring friendship, and more….

Direct download: EP_73.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Professor Jorge Jimenez, 3rd degree Black Belt under Professor Pedro Sauer and owner of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Balance Academy in Sharpsburg, GA (a PS affiliate school and a gracie Academy CTC). In this interview Jorge talks about the recent Pedro Sauer camp, his start in Jiu Jitsu and time in Salt Lake City, attending UFC 1, completing the Gracie Academy instructor certification program (ICP), what he gleaned from the Royce Gracie v Matt hughes fight, applying GJJ in your everyday life, lessons learned on the way to black belt, Rener and Ryron’s impact on him, the importance of breathing, and Professor Sauer’s influence on his Jiu Jitsu and  life

Direct download: EP_72.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT