Tyler Driskell is a teammate, instructor and good friend of Ryan’s who has a unique story and interesting perspective of BJJ. He talks about why he competes, leg locks, progression in Jiu-Jitsu, Gi vs No-Gi and what makes an academy successful. Click “Read More” for show notes!


  • His background
  • Equalizing the ego
  • The tall/lanky body type in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Leg lock discussion
  • Why he competes
  • Progression in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Sucking less over time
  • Learning to move yourself instead of moving your opponent
  • Self analyzing your game
  • Managing intensity in competition and training
  • The Pummel
  • His decision to quit his job as a school teacher to pursue Jiu-Jitsu and live a minimalist lifestyle
  • What makes an academy successful?
  • 2018 goals
  • XANDE!!
  • Gi vs No-Gi
  • Becoming a well rounded black belt
  • Does the gi help your no-gi game?