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Episode 042: Daniel Strauss

In this episode we are joined by “The Rasberry Ape” Daniel Strauss. Daniel tells us about the early days of BJJ in England, his strongman-style conditioning regimen and his recent heated match against AJ Agazarm at Polaris.

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Episode 041: Dan Severn returns!

The Beast is back! Our first guest ever on The Grappling Central Podcast, Dan Severn joins us once again and tells some great stories from the old No Holds Barred days. He also reflects on his days as a pro wrestler and as a high school athlete.

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Episode 040: Christmas with Kurt Osiander

In our Christmas special we are joined by Jolly St. Osiander!  The Patron Saint of tattoos, heavy metal and Jiu-Jitsu!  Kurt and Ryan ramble about terrible gifts, firearms, Mexican candy and Kurt tells the story of his infamous “fight shirt”.

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Episode 039: Hannette Staack

One of the most decorated women in all of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hannette Staack has won almost every major title a competitor can win in the sport.  Hannette discusses the pros and cons of being a woman in a male dominated sport, proper mat etiquette and answers questions from the listeners.

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Episode 038: Pedro Sauer

Master Pedro Sauer is one of the most highly sought after instructors not only in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but in all of martial arts. A childhood friend of Rickson Gracie, Master Sauer was trained and promoted to black belt by Grandmaster Helio Gracie himself. Master Sauer gives us a candid look into his life story.

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Episode 037: Fabio Gurgel

In this episode we are joined by Master Fabio Gurgel. World renown instructor, Vale Tudo and MMA veteran and decorated world champion Jiu-Jitsu competitor. Master Fabio talks about the history of BJJ in Brazil and his amazing life of fighting and teaching.

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Episode 036: Pedro Rizzo

In this episode, we are joined by Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo. The protégé of Marco Ruas and one of the all time greats of MMA and Vale Tudo. Pedro tells his story and reflects on the best and worst moments in his long career.

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Episode 035: Joao “Johnny” Faria

In this episode, we are joined by Professor Joao “Johnny” Faria. Professor Joao talks about proper instruction, training and conditioning as well as his time spent working his way to become a black belt.

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Episode 034: Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller

In this episode we are joined by Professor Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller. A world champion, Pan Ams champion and highly respected instructor, Professor Franjinha gives insight on training and talks about his student, the late actor Paul Walker.

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Episode 033: Sara McMann

In this episode we are joined by “The” Sara McMann. A lifelong wrestler and current fighter for the UFC, Sara shares her story with us and gives her opinions on the current state of women’s MMA and grappling.

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