This week we have an interview with author Chuck Rylant. Chuck has written many books including two about BJJ. His newest book is Success- The Path to Personal Fulfillment Through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fighters. He has also written Motivation- Stories on Life and Success from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts.
This week we have an interview with black belt Jake Mackenzie. Jake is a under Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. Jake shares lots of stories about his early travels to Brazil, and developing his favorite guards.
We talk about:
His start to BJJ
Traveling to Brazil
Dealing with nervousness
Tips for half guard and deep half
The difference between half and deep half guard
Reverse half guard
How his competition experience helps him as a coach
Quote of the week: “I was told that I couldn’t do it, I was stupid, I was crazy. But because I believed in my dreams, I accomplished them.” D. Gary Young
This week we have an interview with Olympic bronze medalist greco roman wrestler Adam Wheeler. This interview covers a wide range of topics from BJJ competitions to his off the mat career in public service.
This week we have an interview with Eliot Kelly. Eliot is a top ranked grappler and excellent coach. This interview covers a wide range of topics from his accelerated development on the mat to helping students at El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense.
We talk about:
His start in BJJ
How taking a train to BJJ helped him get better
Coaching BJJ and preparing himself to compete
How to learn from a loss
How coaching makes him be a better competitor
How competing makes him a better coach
Dealing with injuries
Getting hurt and coming back to the competition world
This week we talk about the size differences in grapplers. Are you a large person training with smaller grapplers? we have some advice for you to get the most of your mat time. Are you on the smaller end of most grapplers and need a little advice for training and competing with the larger athletes. If so this episode is for you.
We talk about:
Training with bigger teammates
Training with smaller teammates
Keeping things safe
Dealing with frustrations
Techniques good for small or large people
Competing against people of a different size
When the instructor shows a “big person” or “small person” move
Quote of the week: “Do not be misled. You will suffer along the way. You will have failures and set-backs. You will have to learn to overcome these failures. However, it is this process of personal improvement that will transform you as an individual.” Book Master Jiu-Jitsu master life by Paul Kindzia
This week we have an interview with former pro MMA fighter and black belt jiu-jitsu competitor Eliot Marshall. Eliot was the first american to win titles at IBJJF Pan American tournaments at the blue, purple, and brown belt ranks. He was also in TUF 8 and competed in the UFC’s light-featherweight division.