Alex Atala is a world renown chef and culinary celebrity who has been featured on CNN, Netflix and Brazilian television. He is also a BJJ Brown Belt under Demian Maia. He talks about his journey and how BJJ has helped him in various aspects of his life. Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Origins
  • How punk rock led him to become a chef
  • How Jiu-Jitsu became part of his life
  • Beginning his journey under Marcelo Behring
  • Demian Maia as a teacher and a person
  • Cross-training
  • How he became Demian’s student
  • His style of Jiu-Jitsu
  • The unique submission he’s known for
  • His love for leg locks
  • Correlations between cooking and Jiu-Jitsu
  • BJJ after 50: Timing, Traps, Control and Patience
  • Training around the world
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • The Pummel
  • ATA Institute
  • Advice for visiting or living in Sao Paulo
  • His new hotel coming to Sao Paulo
  • The greatest life lesson that he’s learned from Jiu-Jitsu