Gianni Grippo joins the show to talk about balancing gi and no-gi training, appreciating your rivals and making a living through Jiu-Jitsu. He also discusses etiquette when making the decision to switch teams. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • His origins
  • How a trip to Brazil cemented his decision to pursue Jiu-Jitsu
  • The early days of Renzo’s academy
  • His favorite memory of Renzo
  • Switching from Team Renzo to Marcelo Garcia’s academy
  • His advice on handling changing teams
  • Balancing being a full time student and competing in world championships
  • Writing
  • Balancing gi and no-gi training
  • Does training in the gi help your no-gi game?
  • Avoiding trying to mimic other people too much / being yourself on the mat
  • Competing against Cobrinha
  • Competing against Quexinho
  • Why you should always be thankful for your rivals
  • Superfights and cash prizes / Making a living in Jiu-Jitsu
  • His contribution to The Grappling Central Mixtape from Digitsu, free for GCP listeners!
  • The Berimbolo / Criticism of Berimbolos
  • No Gi Worlds
  • 2017 plans
  • Digitsu coupon code for his DVD’s “GCPGrippo”