Epi 161 Alex Ecklin and the Unique Concept of Masterskya

We have an interesting interview this week with Alex Ecklin. Alex is a high level black competitive black belt and he has recently opened his own BJJ school with a unique concept.alex-ecklin

We talk about:

  • Starting Jiu-Jitsu at 17 years old
  • Overcoming early obstacles in BJJ
  • Not using athleticism to do well in BJJ
  • The donation based payment system that Masterskya uses
  • Yoga to the people format
  • The advantages of having a donation based school
  • The rules he has for the school
  • How he came up with his low suggested donations
  • Some goals for his school
  • BJJ being a new martial art and having room to grow
  • How to calm your nerves when competing by preparing
  • How a tournament and the training process helps you grow
  • Mistakes made with injuries when he was younger
  • Training with a busy schedule
  • How to effectively use online resources


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