Mike Palladino joins the show and discusses how Pro Wrestling led him to BJJ, learning from Vlad Koulikov and Formiga, online learning, why you shouldn’t worry about rank, and competition mindset. He also talks about self defense and sport grappling. Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • The Atlanta Open
  • Origins
  • How Pro Wrestling led him to BJJ
  • His father’s Judo background
  • Learning from Vlad Koulikov and Formiga
  • Online learning
  • Helping students find their own game
  • Training gi and no-gi
  • Demoting himself as a brown belt
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about belts or stripes
  • Comparison is the thief of joy
  • Why a purple or brown belt catching a black belt isn’t a big deal anymore
  • The value of an instructor who has competition experience
  • Competition mindset / Mushin mind
  • Take down training
  • The Pummel
  • His goal to have 100 matches this year
  • Competing as a school owner
  • Balancing a sport and self defense curriculum
  • The three S’s
  • Sport grappling for self defense
  • Why Boxing and BJJ is a great combination for fighting and self defense
  • Teaching at West Point Academy and training corrections officers
  • His future goals