One of BJJ’s youngest and brightest stars, Mahamed Aly joins the show to talk about cultural differences between Brazil and the US, pursuing a life of passion, adding Judo to his game and the pros and cons of being a big guy in Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • Origins / intro to BJJ
  • Jiu-Jitsu isn’t cheap
  • Cultural differences within Jiu-Jitsu in the US and Brazil
  • The value of training your mobility
  • Ryan’s visit to De La Riva’s academy in Rio as a blue belt
  • His advice for slow learners
  • Jiu-Jitsu teaches people to not quit
  • Why everyone should compete at least once
  • Everyone loses
  • Being comfortable with discomfort
  • Brazilian food
  • Adding Judo to his game
  • Judo mindset vs Jiu-Jitsu mindset
  • Grappling as a universal language
  • Traveling for Jiu-Jitsu
  • Pursuing a life of passion
  • Being a big guy in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His advice for other big guys
  • His time spent with the Nogueira brothers
  • How MMA got him into Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why he’s not interested in MMA anymore
  • Teaching the Sheik in Dubai
  • Where he sees himself settling down
  • His desire to have his own academy in the future