The Grappling Central Podcast is the fastest growing podcast in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and grappling. Each episode features a respected guest from the grappling community for an insightful interview covering their stories, accomplishments, advice and opinions. Our guests range from world renowned black belts, world champions, instructors, MMA fighters, doctors, nutritionists and combat experts who you should definitely know if you follow the world of combat sports and grappling arts.
The show is hosted by lifelong martial artist and BJJ purple belt Ryan Ford. Ryan’s parents got him involved with martial arts as a child after his obsession with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had him throwing kicks and breaking things in the apartment. He continued practicing Tae Kwon Do as a kid and got into boxing as a teenager. As a kid in the early 90’s, he watched the original UFC VHS tapes with his father and was fascinated by Royce Gracie and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. But it wasn’t until he was 20 years old and had outgrown The Ninja Turtles (slightly) that he began his training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It quickly became his life’s passion and he has since been exposed to some of the very best instructors in the world. He began his training in 2005 under Pedro Sauer black belt Eddie Camden, later moving on to learn under legendary coral belt Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti at Alliance Headquarters in Atlanta. While at Alliance HQ, he also had the privilege to learn from Master Jacare’s former assistant and world champion Lucas Lepri. After recently moving further north of Atlanta with his wife, Ryan now trains under Renzo Gracie black belt and UFC veteran Paul Creighton. During his 10 year journey (With a few breaks) Ryan has been fortunate enough to train all over the US and in Brazil. His wide exposure to different academies and styles has given him a very open-minded outlook on Jiu-Jitsu and grappling as a whole, and a great disdain for politics and divisive thinking within the Jiu-Jitsu and grappling community. Whether it is Gi or No-Gi, sport or self defense, Judo, Wrestling or Sambo, Ryan loves it all!
Ryan’s wife, Karen Silva-Ford, is the artist behind The Grappling Central Podcast’s distinctive signature artwork. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil and a Jiu-Jitsu white belt, Karen has always had a deep passion for art, photography and design. Once she married Ryan, she had no choice but to be very involved in the Jiu-Jitsu community. A full time graphic designer, Karen is quickly becoming known as “The Jiu-Jitsu designer”. She has designed artwork for several grappling tournaments and Jiu-Jitsu brands, and she is the artist behind The Gracie Academy’s best selling “Know Your Roots” T-shirt. Her art was also recently featured in Jiu-Jitsu Magazine.
The Grappling Central Podcast is free to enjoy on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and of course, right here on our website. We hope you enjoy and find value in each episode and would greatly appreciate it if you subscribe, give us a good rating on iTunes and share it with your friends and training partners!