Daniel Perez is the first American to get a Black Belt under Demian Maia. He talks about training with Demian, running his own school, finding the right training environment for you and the blue belt blues. He also talks about self defense in the street. Click “read more” for show notes!

-Finding Jiu-Jitsu
-How he met Demian Maia
Training with Demian
-Structuring a curriculum
-Finding the right training environment for you
-Getting through life’s struggles via Jiu-Jitsu
-His style of Jiu-Jitsu
-The Half Guard
-The Brown Belt period of his journey
-Ruben Alvarez and his high-flying ways
-The day he got his black belt
-Feeling undeserving of a promotion
-The epic snowball fight between him, Demian Maia and Comprido
-The Pummel
-The Blue Belt Blues
-His MMA experience
-Specialists vs Jacks of all trades
-BJJ’s efficiency in MMA
-The changes in MMA over time
-Crisis prevention training
-Controlling the level of violence you use in a figh
-Working security / Bouncing / Daniel’s street fight story
-Working with law enforcement
-Working with special needs kids