Brian McLaughlin tells the story of being a frail chess club member in high school to becoming a professional MMA fighter. He also talks about the early days of BJJ in NY, being a TUF season 8 cast member and his competition rivalry with Ryan Hall. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Origins
  • Growing up small in a tough neighborhood
  • His first day of “South American Ground Karate” (BJJ)
  • Being humbled by a female practitioner
  • Managing nerves and inner doubts
  • His passion for chess
  • Pursuing Jiu-Jitsu knowledge in the early US scene
  • The struggle never ends
  • Cross training Wrestling
  • Leaving your base style behind when learning a new one
  • Ask questions and take notes!
  • Takedowns and pinning
  • Demian Maia
  • “Training room champions”
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Russians
  • Gymnastics for grappling
  • David Karchmer
  • His grappling rivalry with Ryan Hall
  • Rivalries in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The Pummel
  • Kids have no filter
  • His path to becoming a teacher
  • Pitfalls of academy ownership
  • The most important students a teacher has
  • Learntograpple.com
  • Rose Gracie doesn’t play!
  • Goals for the future
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