Shintaro Higashi joins the show to talk about the pressures of being the son of a Judo legend, how rule sets impact grappling styles, his diverse grappling experience and pursuing the Olympics. He also covers improving take downs for any grappling style! Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Origins
  • Learning Judo from his father
  • The pressures of being his father’s son
  • The pros and cons of pressure
  • How technique changes with age
  • One of his favorite memories with his father
  • How having a diverse grappling knowledge has helped him in his career
  • Rule sets dictate what styles will look like
  • Crossover and sharing of knowledge between different styles
  • His introduction to Wrestling
  • Transitioning to Wrestling from Judo
  • Judo’s removal of leg grabs
  • Re-engineering your game
  • How being versed in one style can make it easier to pick up another
  • His transition into BJJ
  • Judo’s newaza-focused direction in the US
  • The take down game
  • How instructors can make take down training in their academy better
  • The life of Olympic pursuit
  • Affording to travel and compete as a young man
  • The benefits of competition
  • The most significant moment of his career
  • Learning from losses
  • The Pummel
  • The joys of teaching
  • Choosing a base grappling style
  • How to add take downs to your BJJ training
  • Goals for the future
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