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Episode 450: Chris Brennan

Chris Brennan BJJ

Chris Brennan joins the show to tell his powerful story of overcoming addiction and street life to become an American pioneer in MMA. He talks about the very early days of MMA in the US and fighting in Brazil and Japan. He also gives insight on the Kimura. Click “read more” for listening options and […]

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Episode 449: Kody Steele

Kody Steele joins the show to talk about transitioning from Wrestling to BJJ, developing a take down game and diet and conditioning. He also talks about overcoming shyness, his future ambitions in MMA and he also reveals his abilities as a cat whisperer! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 448: Andre Terencio returns!

Andre Terencio returns to talk about school ownership, building a strong curriculum, his BJJ for law enforcement program, heel hooks in the IBJJF and social projects in Brazil. He also gives advice for anyone struggling with weight management. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 447: Shawn Williams returns!

Shawn joins the show for the 3rd time to talk about moving from LA, opening a new academy on the east coast, maintaining skills, patience while rolling and running an apparel brand. He also gives technical insight to the Williams guard and leg pummeling!

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Episode 446: Kody Hamrah

Coach Kody is the dedicated wrestling coach of Demian Maia and Shogun Rua. A lifelong wrestler and former NCAA D1 team captain, Kody shares his thoughts on Wrestling for BJJ, mindset and the value of failures. He also talks about his time spent in Brazil! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 445: Richard Bresler

Richard Bresler

The first American to train BJJ, Richard Bresler joins the show to talk about finding the art in the 70’s and how it helped him overcome addiction. He also talks about the Gracie Garage, challenge matches, self defense and the birth of the UFC. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 444: Omar Lira

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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Episode 443: Jon “Thor” Blank

Jon Blank joins the show to talk about starting Jiu-Jitsu with a Wrestling background, quitting his job for Jiu-Jitsu, opening an academy and and why he doesn’t use contracts for students. He also gives advice for competitors and why he loves Sub-Only. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 442: Karel “Silverfox” Pravec returns!

Silverfox is back! We catch up with him and what he’s been up to since the pandemic and discuss gym culture, academy expansion, selecting enforcers, managing egos and overcoming plateaus. He also gives technical insight to armbars and guillotines! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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Episode 441: Roberto Godoi

Roberto Godoi joins the show to talk about training since the 80’s and being part of one of Sao Paulo’s most heated rivalries with his former partner. He also talks about the guard, self defense, grip fighting and the formation and growth of his team G13. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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