Brandon Ruiz is a decorated grappling champion and coach. He discusses work ethic, avoiding burnout, competition strategy and mental preperation. He also talks about finding yourself through grappling and practicing empathy. Click “Read More” for show notes!




  • His origins
  • How Wrestling impacted him as a young man
  • Work ethic
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Training strategy
  • Conditioning for grappling
  • Balancing responsibilities and training
  • Approaching his children’s training
  • Everyone loses
  • Learning to love competition
  • Mental preparation
  • his greatest mental hurdle
  • The primitive need men have for approval
  • Meeting your true self through grappling
  • Gaining empathy through grappling
  • The Pummel
  • Why he home schools his kids
  • Competition strategy
  • Mark Schultz
  • Taking your learning into your own hands
  • Goals for the future