Todd Shaffer joins the show to talk about training after 30, self defense, meme-making and how he found BJJ. He also talks about why Half Guard is such a useful position for everyone and the pitfalls to avoid of academy ownership. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Training after 30
  • Making Jiu-Jitsu work for you
  • The Half Guard
  • Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu
  • Training law enforcement
  • Jiu-Jitsu’s trainability
  • Martial Arts business pitfalls
  • How the American spirit has impacted Jiu-Jitsu
  • Business practices that hurt students in the long run
  • Preventing Jiu-Jitsu from being watered down
  • Memes
  • The Pummel
  • Reasons people quit
  • Loyalty and abusive environments
  • 2020 goals