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Episode 282: Tyler Driskell

Tyler Driskell is a teammate, instructor and good friend of Ryan’s who has a unique story and interesting perspective of BJJ. He talks about why he competes, leg locks, progression in Jiu-Jitsu, Gi vs No-Gi and what makes an academy successful. Click “Read More” for show notes!

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Episode 281: Gary Goltz

Sensei Gary Goltz joins the show to talk about starting Judo in 1965, life lessons from competition, advice for parents and his strong desire to see BJJ and Judo work together more. He also tells the hilarious story behind his Conan O’Brien appearance. Click “Read More” for show notes! 

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Episode 280: Arin Adjamian

Arin Adjamian

Arin Adjamian talks about going from being overweight with an eating disorder to becoming a successful Sport Nutritionist and BJJ champion. He also covers meal prepping, calories, the effects of diet on testosterone, fat consumption and cutting weight. Click “Read More” for show notes!

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Episode 279: Scott Shetler

Scott Shetler

Ryan’s Strength & Conditioning coach Scott Shetler joins the show to talk about catering your lifting to meet your grappling needs, the impact of time limits on athletes, cardio vs muscular endurance and nutrition. Click “Read More” for show notes!

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Episode 278: Fernando Yamasaki

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Professor Yamasaki joins the show to discuss cross training, why BJJ won’t be in the Olympics, Women’s Jiu-Jitsu, take downs and building a kids program. He also tells the story of removing a drug dealer from a favela with the Brazilian Federal Police! Click “read more” for show notes!

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Episode 277: Roberto “Gordo” Correa

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Professor “Gordo” is the man credited with developing the Half Guard into an offensive position. He talks about the rules in BJJ competition, finding the right school for you and training though injuries. He also opens up about why he left Gracie Barra.

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Episode 276: Helio “Soneca” Moreira

Helio Soneca

Professor Helio “Soneca” joins the show to talk about the early days of Gracie Barra, career opportunities in BJJ, working with elite MMA fighters and building an academy. He also states that the Rubber Guard was a position he came up with decades ago. Click “Read More” for show notes!

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Episode 275: Charlie Liu

Charlie Liu

Professor Charlie Liu is the co-founder of Digitsu and a long time BJJ practitioner. He talks about self defense, small joint manipulation, asking questions in class, starting Digitsu and filming disaster stories.Click “Read More” for show notes!

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Episode 274: Amal Easton

Amal Easton

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!

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Episode 273: Jackson Sousa

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Jackson Sousa shares his powerful life story, from beginning his life in the Favela (slums) in Rio to becoming a decorated champion. He also talks about Terere’s influence on him and for the first time in an interview, he opens up about beating drug addiction. Click “read more” for show notes!

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