Epi 107 John Will – The Coaches’ Coach

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John Will BJJThis week it is our honor to bring you John Will. John is one of the famous “Dirty Dozen” meaning that he is one of the first 12 non-Brazilians to reach the rank of black belt in BJJ. John was at the an early adopter to BJJ and he brought it home to Australia. This is a great interview for students and coaches to learn from.

We talk about:

  • His start in the Martial Arts
  • His first experiences doing Jiu-Jitsu in 1986
  • The first time he met Rigan Machado
  • Teaching at different skill levels
  • Teaching with a language barrierJohn Will Bjj quote
  • His ongoing learning process
  • BJJ in Australia
  • He has created over 100 Black Belts
  • BJJ before the internet
  • How tournaments change Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why he likes “fuzzy goals”
  • How he does 100 seminars per year
  • Backpacking in Australia
  • The goal of teaching a seminar
  • The importance of having structure for teaching
  • The partnership between the student and teacher
  • His passion for being a good student
  • Tips for bring a good student
  • The goal of doing your first tournament
  • Doing BJJ as a older student


Quote of the week: Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” WP Kinsella

Article of the week: “10 Types of People Who Quit BJJ

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