Professor Omar Lira was one of Ryan’s first instructors in Jiu-Jitsu. He joins the show to talk about starting BJJ in the 90’s, how Jiu-Jitsu pulled him away from an unhealthy lifestyle and the decision to become an instructor. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • The level of Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s in Atlanta
  • The growth and evolution of Jiu-Jitsu
  • The impact of online learning
  • Soccer
  • The development of his style over time
  • The negativity around leg locks in the past
  • Testing his Jiu-Jitsu in MMA
  • Becoming an instructor
  • What motivates him to teach
  • Building a curriculum
  • Self defense
  • Funny fight stories
  • The Pummel
  • Why he also trains Judo
  • Building a take down game
  • Conditioning your body
  • The concept of a mobile guard
  • Adjustments to training with age
  • Why you shouldn’t worry about rank
  • 2020 goals