The first American black belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie, the first American certified to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the first American to teach Kettle Bell classes in the US.  Professor Maxwell is a true American BJJ pioneer and lends insight on fitness, self defense and longevity in Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes!  


  • His recent trip to Australia / the BJJ scene there
  • Being bullied as a kid
  • Discovering Wrestling
  • Earning his Masters Degree in Exercise Science
  • Entering the fitness business
  • Discovering Jiu-Jitsu through the Gracies In Action VHS tapes
  • His gym in Philadelphia “Maxercise Fitness”, the first BJJ school on the east coast
  • Traveling to Torrance, CA to train with the Gracies and the Machados
  • Tensions in the Gracie garage
  • Self defense
  • His time spent with Grandmaster Helio
  • Jiu-Jitsu vs other styles / Jiu-Jitsu vs Jiu-Jitsu
  • The initial intent behind the UFC
  • Gracie Jiu-Jitsu weapons defenses
  • Sport Jiu-Jitsu on the streets
  • Surviving a fight vs wining a fight
  • Longevity in Jiu-Jitsu / Training smart
  • Training concepts for older guys
  • Fitness in Jiu-Jitsu / Recreation vs Exercise
  • Specific Strength Training for Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kettle Bell training
  • The importance of ego management, especially with age
  • Diet, food combining, The Gracie Diet
  • Why he will never go to a modern Western doctor / The problems with the pharmaceutical industry
  • The benefits of periodic fasting
  • The one difference between his diet and the Gracie Diet
  • A diet secret to make fat “come flying off you”
  • His Pan American and World Champion son, Zack Maxwell / Teaching his son Jiu-Jitsu.
  • “Jiu-Jitsu Dads” / How to not ruin Jiu-Jitsu for your kids