Epi 120 American No-Gi Legend Justin Rader

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This week we bring you one of the top no-gi grapplers in the world. Justin Rader is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr.  You can find Justin training and coaching at Lovato’s School of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Here is a more detailed profile on Justin.

Justin Rader

Justin Rader

We talk about:

  • His competition style
  • What he did as a child and how that has effected him today
  • The calf slicer
  • His role as a coach
  • The current set of rules in Jiu-Jitsu and how he would change it
  • What would happen if you got a -1 for pulling guard
  • Why he dislikes advantages
  • How a change of rules would change the art
  • His ideas of what submissions should be illegal
  • His history of not tapping to submissions
  • Wrestling as a kid
  • Some differences in training BJJ and wrestling
  • The benefits of doing a competition
  • How he runs the kids class
  • The lack of take downs in adult BJJ
  • The importance of a good stance
  • Why you need good endurance to have an effective stance
  • Advice for people who can only train 1 or 2 times a week
  • His take on the new star wars movie 🙂


Quote of the week: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost, 1963

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