Professor Yamasaki joins the show to discuss cross training, why BJJ won’t be in the Olympics, Women’s Jiu-Jitsu, take downs and building a kids program. He also tells the story of removing a drug dealer from a favela with the Brazilian Federal Police! Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • His diverse experience in grappling
  • Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • The relationship between Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil
  • Being labeled a traitor in the 90’s
  • Why BJJ will probably never be an Olympic sport
  • How he crossed over from Judo to BJJ
  • Marcelo Behring
  • The types of people who did Jiu-Jitsu in the 80’s and 90’s
  • Sexism and machismo that existed in BJJ previously
  • Women’s Jiu-Jitsu today
  • A comparison of Judo’s newaza and Jiu-Jitsu
  • The evolution of Judo’s rules over time
  • His intro to Wrestling and adapting to new grappling styles
  • The benefits of cross training
  • Take downs in BJJ
  • Seeking take down skills if your school doesn’t offer it
  • The Pummel
  • Marcelo Behring’s brutal bamboo stick motivation
  • Being demoted to Brown Belt
  • Changes in Jiu-Jitsu once it got to the US
  • Enjoying the journey
  • Focusing on your own journey
  • Losing his instructor Marcelo Behring
  • Staying focused on the journey while mourning
  • The value of lineage
  • Working with the Brazilian Federal Police
  • His favela special operation police story
  • Bodyguarding for Brittany Spears
  • The early days of being in the US
  • The value of building a strong kids program
  • How he approaches his son’s training
  • The level of kids Jiu-Jitsu today
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s future
  • His goals
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