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.

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


Direct download: 138_GJJR_EP_138_Erik_Paulson.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EST

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
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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
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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
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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 EST

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

“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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

 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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST


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…..

Direct download: EP_89_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:45am EST

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 EST

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

Direct download: EP_87_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

 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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Dr Belisa Vranich,  is a clinical psychologist and the author of the book, Breath: the simple revolutionary 14 day program to improve your physical and mental health. She has spent the last decade dedicating herself to the study of breathing. She is the founder of The Breathing Class, and has appeared in dozens national media outlets, including Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Fox, the Today show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition,


Direct download: EP_71.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Eve Torres Gracie heads up the Woman's Empowered program for the Gracie Academy. She has been a WWE 3X diva champion, and has appeared  in movies and television.  She’s been a professional dancer and model, and has inspired and impacted the lives of countless individuals and groups. She’s also married to the one and only Rener Gracie….

Direct download: EP_70__1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07am EST

Ryron Gracie is back to recap the recent Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle Summit. Some of the things he discusses are living Jiu Jitsu on and off the mat; being a student for life/learning from everyone; being the best training partner possible; training Jiu Jitsu well into your years; and Jiu Jitsu as a vehicle for self growth. This episode features clips from various attendees of the event as well, including Ty Gay, Jennifer Gray, Kris Bailey, Marco Moreno, Ron Wilder, Marc Marins, Kris Ratte, Tessa Lyn, Evandro Nunes, Don Cook, and Victoria Gracie….

Direct download: EP_69_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11am EST

Burton Richardson, BJJ Black Belt, and JKD expert, discusses the many influences on his martial arts development;  Bruce Lee’s philosophy of no way as the way; the importance of sparring; adapting your arts to your individual strengths; his first lesson with Rickson Gracie; fixed mindset and the importance of an open mind in training; the concept behind his “For the Streets” video training series and how the programs developed; the importance of incorporating weapons into your training (BJJ) and how it changes the priorities in a self defense situation; and more.

Direct download: EP_68_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EST


Professor Eddie Kone, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and owner/ head instructor of The Eddie Kone Academy of Jiu-Jitsu, and director of EKBJJ Association with affiliate schools throughout  the UK. Eddie Received his Black Belt in 2008 from Master Royler Gracie, at the time making him Royler’s first European Black Belt. He received his first Degree from Professor Rafael Lovato 2012. In this interview Eddie discusses his martial arts beginning, his Jiu Jitsu journey, training BJJ students and coaching MMA fighters. He also discusses his acting career, the inspiring blind instructor at his academy, and the upcoming camp with Ryron Gracie. 

Direct download: EP_67_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09am EST

In this episode Marty interviews Robb Wolf,  former research biochemist and New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Solution – The Original Human Diet. In the interview Robb discusses everything from how wrestling can work for or against you in learning BJJ; how often to train hard; his friendship with Roy Dean; how training “invisible Jiu Jitsu” with Henry Aikin has profoundly affected his Jiu Jitsu; Training with Patrick Johnson and John Frankl; the joys and challenges of training self defense and sport JJ; best exercises for Jiu Jitsu related postural dysfunctions; the Paleo lifestyle and diet; the gut-brain connection; information from his new book, Wired To Eat, including the neural regulation of appetite; why personalized nutrition is much better than rigid black and white type thinking regarding food and nutrition, and more…..

Direct download: EP_66.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EST


Professor David Adiv is a 5th degree GJJ black belt and  Co Founder of the original RGDA Association, which is now known as the Gracie Humaita association. He is the owner of Fightzone: Fit to Fight, a fighter clothing and products company, as well as  the owner and head instructor of Gracie New Jersey, an academy which focuses on all aspects of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu: Self-defense, Sport Jiu-Jitsu, Submission Grappling and MMA.

Direct download: EP_65.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

World renowned Self Defense and security expert, and GJJ black belt, Steve Kardian, discusses his training in JKD, Kyokushin Karate, CSW, and GJJ (Phil Migliarese, Erik Paulson, Tony Gioffre), the early days at the Gracie academy (including time with GM Helio), law enforcement, the adrenal response, Defend U (and women’s self defense), home and travel security, enhance breathwork with Dr. Belisa Vranich, and the defining moment in his life when he knew he was destined to serve the public. 

Direct download: Ep_64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:18am EST

GJJR! EP 63   Year End Recap featuring clips from 2016 episodes

Direct download: EP_63.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EST

Mark Marins, Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt and  owner and head instructor of (North Vancouver BJJ (NVBJJ). is an accomplished Jiu Jitsu practitioner with over 20 years of experience. He’s also a black belt  in Kodokan Judo and has used it to compliment his Jiu Jitsu. In this interview Mark discusses his start in Jiu Jitsu, training in Brazil, the variety of camps/instructors he been involved with, the Gracie academy instructor program and implementing the GA programs at his school,  the upcoming Steve Maxwell visit, and more.

Direct download: Ep_62.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EST

Pedro Sauer Black Belt, Allan Manganello, is the founder and head instructor of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Louisville, in Louisville, KY. He has over 35 years of martial arts experience and is also currently a police officer in Louisville, KY. Professor Manganello received his Jiu-Jitsu training from Masters Rickson Gracie and Pedro Sauer. He was awarded his Black Belt from Master Sauer in 2006 and currently holds the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt.  During the interview Allan talks about the recent  Pedro Sauer fall camp, his recent trip to England, his long history in the martial arts (including studying under Cynthia Rothrock and Gene Atheroe),  the GST program (and his upcoming GST class at his academy) and the importance of this training for law enforcement officers, and his the expected arrival of his new baby boy!

Direct download: EP_61.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34am EST

In this Episode Ryron Gracie returns to the show to discuss what make the best sparring/training partner, why people leave Jiu Jitsu, how often to roll hard, and to share a big announcement.  

Direct download: EP_60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm EST


Rob Kahn, Royce’s first black belt, and owner and head instructor of Gracie Tampa, a gym that has produced numerous UFC fighters, as well as several Abu Dahbi competitors and champions. In the interview, Rob discusses his training at the Gracie Academy in the early days and how Rorion Gracie’s teaching style influenced his teaching style, his MMA career and coaching MMA fighters, training several Abu Dabi competitors, No gi training, working with special operations soldiers and the wounded warrior project, his hobbies and interests off the mat, and his special relationship with Master Royce Gracie.

Direct download: EP_59.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29am EST

Tom Tom Callos is a veteran martial arts teacher, martial arts activist, and martial arts business coach who has helped countless people grow successful businesses, and even more important, become better, more fulfilled people. Tom is a high level  black belt in TKD under Ernie Reyes jr and a Brown belt in BJJ under Elliot Kelly and Gustavo Enriquez. He was BJ Penn’s first BJJ coach and is the father of Keenan Cornelius (and , world champion BJJ competitor. Tom recently won gold in his division at the BJJ worlds. In this interview he discusses everything from corresponding with Rosa Parks, his sons Keenan and Shannon, training BJ Penn, attracting more students and teaching what’s really important (not just techniques), what  “The Ultimate Black Belt Test”  is, and how it’s  like Joseph Campbell's “The Hero’s Journey;” the Alabama House Building Project, his portrait  artwork, promoting your school/academy through community impact; and how he believes success is measured by how you’ve affected your family, your friends, your students, and your community….if not the world..

Direct download: EP_58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am EST

Master Pedro Sauer is an 8th degree RIckson Gracie black belt. He is a world renowned teacher and considered to be one of the most technical instructors in the world. He has been an ambassador for Jiu Jitsu for decades, first proving it's effectiveness through challenge matches, and then spreading the word about Jiu Jitsu through his organization, the Pedro Sauer BJJ Association, his academy, and seminars, etc. 

Direct download: EP_57_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm EST

Marty interviews the one and only Royce Gracie. Royce Gracie is a true martial arts legend. Because of his victories in the early UFCs, he started a martial arts revolution and open millions of people’s eyes to the power of Jiu Jitsu. He has inspired countless people (including myself) to study Jiu Jitsu and continues to spread the word around the world and in 2003 became the first fighter inducted into the UFC hall of fame. In this interview Royce talks about the early UFc days, the influence of his father, growing up with his brothers and cousins, his mother, what inspires him, working with Bellator, traveling and teaching Jiu Jitsu, time off the mat, and more.

Direct download: Ep_56.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am EST

Mike Moses, BJJ black belt and Owner/ head instructor of Evolve Academy of Mixed Martial Arts in Gaithersburg, MD. Mike discusses his martial arts background and history (including having Black Belts in 5 different martial arts and time training with Lloyd Irvin, Frank Cucci, and Pedro Sauer, and doing “mini UFC” type events back before the UFC started), what’s made him successful, executive protection experience, his competition days, deciding to complete the Gracie Academy ICP and making his school a certified training center (CTC), and living in the moment.

Direct download: Ep_55.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58am EST

Dave Porter is a very accomplished martial artist and Master Pedro Sauer’s newest Black Belt. He is also an instructor at Professor Sauer’s headquarters in Herndon, VA. Dave talks about his martial arts background and experience, how he got started in Jiu Jitsu, serving in military, his favorite hobbies off the mat, his recent seminar in NC, etc. 

Direct download: EP_54.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Dave Porter is a very accomplished martial artist and Master Pedro Sauer’s newest Black Belt. He is also an instructor at Professor Sauer’s headquarters in Herndon, VA. Dave talks about his martial arts background and experience, how he got started in Jiu Jitsu, serving in military, his favorite hobbies off the mat, his recent seminar in NC, etc. 

Direct download: EP_54.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46am EST

In this episode Marty interviews “Little Tony” Pecenski, 3rd degree BJJ black belt and Co-founder of the Jiu Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF)

Direct download: Ep_53.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EST

 Alex Stuart,  Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and n instructor at the Gracie Academy (aka Jiu Jitsu Heaven) in Torrance, CA. In this interview Alex discusses his start in Jiu Jitsu, becaoming an instructor, some JJ practitioners he's never rolled with but would love to, his hobbies, being a father, his Jiu Jitsu philosophy, and the huge impact Jiu Jitu's had on his life......

Direct download: Ep_52_.mp3
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Professor Hopkins  is a 3rd degree Pedro Sauer Black Belt. He is head of Team Hopkins Jiu Jitsu, with affiliates in several states. He has been practicing Gracie Jiu Jitsu for over 25 years and is a highly respected teacher and practitioner.  In this interview he discusses his start in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the early days, his association, his relationship with Master Sauer, attending the first UFC, etc.

Direct download: Ep_51.mp3
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Grandmaster Relson Gracie, second oldest son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie. GM Relson is head of the Relson Gracie association, as well as the Relson Gracie Academy in Honolulu, HI.  Winner of countless street fights as well as Brazilian National Jiu Jitus champion for many years, GM Relson is a true pioneer and legend in Jiu Jitsu. Through the years he has touched countless lives by staying true to, and spreading his father's Jiu Jitsu. In this interview GM Relson discusses growing up in the Gracie family, his father's influence on him, his mother, self defense, competition, and living the Gracie lifestyle.

Direct download: EP50_Final.mp3
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Marco Moreno, Relson Gracie Black belt, as well as Gracie Academy Black Belt, Owner of The Basics Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Leesburg, VA

Direct download: Ep_49.mp3
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In this episode Marty speaks with Fabio Santos, 7th degree jiu jitsu coral belt (black & red) awarded by Relson Gracie (and Rickson Gracie Black Belt). Fabio talks about being a former student of the legendary Rolls Gracie, training with Rickson and other Gracie family members, coming to the United States in the 1980’s, his thoughts on competition, self defense, his academy in San Diego, and living the Jiu itsu lifestyle.

Direct download: Ep_48_Final.mp3
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In this episode Marty interviews Rickson Gracie black belt Eric Silver. Eric is a very accomplished martial artist who holds  a sixth-degree black belt in Wado-Ryu Karate as well as being one of only a handful to be promoted to black belt directly from Rickson Gracie. He owns and operate Zanshin Dojo in Nashville, TN. Eric is also a very accomplished musician, having toured and/or recorded with artists ranging from country stars The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, jazzers David Grisman and Victor Wooten to pop legends Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer. His playing can be heard on recordings from Keith Urban to superstar Shania Twain's 40-million selling album, Come On Over. He has written hits for artists like Diamond Rio, Michelle Wright and the Dixie Chicks, who took his song, "Without You," to number one on the Billboard charts.

Direct download: EP_47_Final.mp3
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Marty interviews the 1st Pedro Sauer black belts to attend/complete the Gracie Academy ICP: Robbie Singh, David Kristic, and Alan mangenelo

He also interviews Gracie U students who recently completed the ICP: Ron Wilder and Bill Oestereich

Direct download: Ep_46_Final_.mp3
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In this episode Marty interviews Roy Dean.  Roy is a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ under Roy Harris. He is a world renowned Jiu Jitsu instructor through his seminars and his very popular DVDs and online videos. Roy has recently completed his book Becoming the Black Belt: One Man’s Path in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu One Man's Journey in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In this interview he discusses his book at length, his start in martial arts, twists and turns in his journey, who's influenced his life the most, yoga, etc.

Direct download: Ep_45.mp3
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