Johnny Tama joins the show to talk about his origins, finding BJJ after being bullied, the development of his style and becoming the first Ecuadorian World Champion. He also talks about mindset, discipline and leaving his partying days behind. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Getting back to training
  • Covid’s impact on the BJJ community
  • Mixing up training
  • Career paths for BJJ athletes
  • His origins
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • Life in Ecuador
  • Being a victim of bullying
  • The growth of BJJ in Ecuador
  • His style
  • The rank where things began to click for him
  • Leaving his partying days behind
  • Overcoming odds with discipline and work ethic
  • Taking audit of your life
  • Life in the US on a Visa or Green Card
  • Competition mindset
  • Keeping anger out of your strategy
  • Becoming a World Champion
  • The Pummel
  • The Tama Lock
  • Spider Guard
  • His BJJ Fanatics Instructionals
  • Why he feels Gi is harder than No-Gi
  • Goals for 2020