Epi 147 Hard Charging Nice Guy Tom DeBlass

This week we bring you an interview with coach and competitor Tom DeBlass. Tom has been a black belt for 9 years, and competed of many stages. In fifteen years of competition he has given up less than 12 points, and he has never had his guard passed to side control. Tom is not just know for his competitive background and personality, he is also know for being a world class coach.

Tom DeBlass

We talk about:

  • His thoughts on training with a Gi
  • Why people train Jiu-Jitsu
  • The changes in the BJJ culture over time
  • Advice for someone that had a hard training day
  • Why most people quit BJJ
  • Why it is important to keep grappling fun
  • Teaching leg locks to white belts
  • Advice for people who can only train once a week
  • Competing with perfect jiu-jitsu
  • What he was like as a blue belt
  • Taking supplements


Quote of the week: “Sometimes life’s going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs

Article of the week: Baby, Don’t Hurt Me by Marshal Carper


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