Epi 151 Steven Patterson is Coaching, Competing, and Running a School

This week we bring you an interview with BJJ Black Belt Steven Patterson. Steven is training under Comprido, and he is a 14X Chicago Open Champion and he took 2nd at no-gi Worlds. We have a great conversation about training, competing, and teaching.

Steven Patterson BJJ

We talk about:

  • What got him started in BJJ
  • His first tournament
  • His odd experience training BJJ with his first instructor
  • Being asked to try Ayahuasca
  • Evaluating an opponents stance
  • What to do if you have a tournament you are not happy with
  • His match in fight to win on Sept 24 vs Chris Hartwig
  • His experience as being a IBJJF referee
  • University of Ground Fighting
  • Starting his gym as a brown belt
  • His gym in New Lenox, Illinois
  • Developing a kids program
  • How teaching kids changed the way he teaches adults
  • Why people start BJJ
  • How BJJ is like skateboarding


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