Professor Draculino returns to the show after nearly 2 years to talk about past and current trends in Jiu-Jitsu, his prediction for future trends, learning to teach, structuring a comprehensive curriculum and the importance of having good ethics. Click “read more” for show notes!


  • Catching up since 2015
  • Things he continues to improve upon as a 5th degree black belt
  • The leg lock wave
  • Early innovators of foot locks in Brazil
  • The Fadda lineage
  • His opinion of Jiu-Jitsu tournament rules
  • Learning how to teach
  • Structuring a curriculum
  • Being a giver and not a taker as an instructor
  • Laying out a solid fundamentals program
  • Why advanced students should still attend fundamentals classes
  • The importance of review classes
  • Relying on your advanced students as an instructor
  • Trends in Jiu-Jitsu that he’s seen over the years
  • His prediction for the next trend in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The future saturation of the Jiu-Jitsu academy market
  • The reality that not all instructors want their students to become better than them
  • Maintaining the “20 mile rule” between academies in the future
  • Why a new academy opening nearby shouldn’t bother academy owners
  • Jiu-Jitsu politics / Ethics
  • Poaching / Avoiding drama as an academy owner
  • Do people get promoted faster in modern times?
  • MMA fighters being promoted to black belt based on MMA achievements
  • The black belt isn’t just about performance
  • ¬†Moral standards for black belts
  • Taking a newly arrived advanced ranked student to black belt
  • His plans for the remainder of 2017