Steve Bongiorno is a Ricardo Almeida Black Belt and a highly respected instructor. He talks about the early days of BJJ on the east coast, the change in martial arts that BJJ created, managing the ego and dealing with larger opponents. Click “Read More” for show notes!SHOW NOTES:

  • Origins in martial arts
  • His exposure to Jiu-Jitsu in 1999
  • The differences between Japanese JuJitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • The early UFC days
  • Why grappling is needed to stop take downs
  • Grappling vs Striking
  • Striking styles to compliment grappling
  • Learning to be several steps ahead of your opponent
  • Dealing with larger opponents
  • Analyzing training partners and opponents
  • Guard styles to use against wrestlers
  • Learning from Ricardo Almeida
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s impact on traditional martial arts in the 90’s
  • Checking the ego
  • Ricardo Almeida’s academy back in the day
  • Law of the Jungle vs Law of the Farm
  • His future plans