Amal Easton joins the show to talk about being one of the first Americans to travel to Brazil to learn BJJ in the early 90’s, meeting Renzo Gracie, BJJ for every day people and training for longevity. He also discusses some of BJJ’s cultural nuances. Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Origins
  • How growing up in a tough neighborhood led him to martial arts
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • Traveling to Brazil in the mid 90’s to learn Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training at the original Gracie Barra academy in Rio
  • Meeting Renzo Gracie
  • His funny Brazilian celebrity story
  • Acupuncture
  • Bullying and martial arts
  • Jiu-Jitsu for everyday people
  • The farm and the jungle
  • Changes he sees in people who stick with Jiu-Jitsu
  • How his game evolved over time
  • How your personality affects your style
  • Allowing students to find their own style
  • Training for longevity
  • The Pummel
  • One of Ryan’s biggest regrets in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The Black Belt
  • The waves of ego along the journey
  • The biggest mistake he sees students make
  • BJJ’s cultural nuances
  • Setting up in Colorado
  • Colorado’s early BJJ scene
  • His thoughts on cross training
  • Keeping up with the trends in grappling
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s life lessons
  • Analyzing fights
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