A US Marine combat veteran turned BJJ Champion, Chris Jones shares his story and discusses finding purpose after the military, competition mindset, building your game, his wrestling background, balancing life with training and how BJJ can help PTSD. Click “read more” for show notes!


  • Origins / early athletics
  • Starting BJJ with a Wrestling background
  • Marine Corp Martial Arts Program (MCMAP)
  • His experience serving in Iraq
  • Finding a focus and structure after the military
  • Losing weight via Jiu-Jitsu
  • Paul Creighton (Ryan & Chris’s instructor)
  • Trickle down culture in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Beginning competition early
  • How Jiu-Jitsu keeps us in check with diet and weight
  • His competition mindset
  • IBJJF rules vs Submission Only rules
  • Developing your game
  • Injuries
  • Warming up and recovery
  • Rolling mindset
  • Building a Jiu-Jitsu mind map
  • Balancing life with Jiu-Jitsu
  • His high risk job
  • BJJ for PTSD
  • Take downs for BJJ
  • Ranking in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kakuto Submission Challenge Pro Invite