Brian Edwards is an active black belt competitor and a decorated Jiu-JItsu champion. He talks about South Carolina’s BJJ scene, “big man” Jiu-Jitsu, competing against Saulo Ribeiro and Jiu-Jitsu politics. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • His origins
  • Why learning Jiu-Jitsu is such a blessing
  • How he first found Jiu-Jitsu
  • South Carolina’s early BJJ scene
  • “Big Man” Jiu-Jitsu / Heavyweight concepts
  • Competing against Saulo Ribeiro in his first black belt tournament
  • Why you need to appreciate the hardships of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Learning to love the guard
  • How Jiu-Jitsu keeps you honest
  • Big guys: To smash or not to smash?
  • The manifesto for shutting down smaller, faster guys
  • Grips for no-gi
  • What competition has done for him
  • Jiu-Jitsu is a sport where NOBODY wins all the time
  • Championships by the numbers
  • The pros and cons of being an academy owner
  • How he deals with politics and drama in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Why instructors shouldn’t worry about their students cross training
  • His love for watching kids learn Jiu-Jitsu
  • Keeping kids interested in class
  • Teaching methods to get the point across to students
  • His goals for 201