Professor Gui Valente joins the show to talk about best practices for running a school, growing up in a Jiu-Jitsu family and self defense! He also shares some great knowledge about the history of Jiu-Jitsu! Click “read more” for show notes!


  • Their new academy
  • Growing up in a Jiu-Jitsu family
  • Cultivating a passion for Jiu-Jitsu
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s positive impact on local communities / Bringing people together
  • The code of ethics their academy follows
  • Dealing with problematic students
  • The consequences of discovering techniques without philosophy
  • The negative direction of the UFC
  • Mitsuyo Maeda
  • Jasinto Feiro, BJJ pioneer
  • Why Jiu-Jitsu is spelled differently in the west than the east
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s role in Jiu-Jitsu history
  • How Judo’s newaza (ground grappling) became the dominant application in BJJ
  • Self defense for everyone
  • Why Jiu-Jitsu is still the most efficient self defense system in modern times