Gordon “The King” Ryan joins the show to talk about the value of strong mentors, pre-competition anxiety and conceptual learning. He also offers advice on improving leg lock success and discusses self-promotion as a professional grappler. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • His recent knee surgery
  • Origins
  • How he found Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being a 15 year old spaz with a mohawk
  • The value of strong mentors
  • Why you should put yourself in bad spots in training
  • The area of his game that took the longest to develop
  • Why positional training is a staple in his daily schedule
  • Learning from John Danaher
  • Why Danaher teaches Jiu-Jitsu “in reverse”
  • Pre-competition anxiety
  • Ego
  • Conceptual learning
  • The most common error he sees in people’s leg locks
  • Attacking while defending
  • His new instructional from BJJ Fanatics                                                     (Coupon code GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15)
  • Leg pummeling for guard passing
  • The Pummel
  • Strength and conditioning for BJJ
  • His goal to pursue MMA
  • Facing Fabricio Werdum in Combat Jiu-Jitsu rules
  • Studying tape
  • His thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu as a mainstream sport in the future
  • Self promotion and building a brand as a competitive grappler
  • How Tom DeBlass and Garry Tonon killed all his feelings
  • His thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu being an Olympic sport someday
  • Why he has no intentions to train in a gi again
  • Striking for MMA
  • His goals for life after competition