Dave Camarillo is a highly respected instructor and coached several elite MMA fighters in the UFC. He talks about transitioning from Judo to BJJ, realistic self defense, commonly neglected areas of training and learning from setbacks. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • Origins
  • Learning Judo from his father
  • His trips to Japan
  • Training mindset in Japan compared to the US
  • How he approaches training elite MMA fighters
  • Knowing when it is time for a fighter to retire
  • Managing pressure and taking lessons from setbacks
  • The need for consequences in training
  • Is technique everything?
  • Commonly neglected areas of training
  • His critiques of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Realistic self defense
  • Violence desensitization
  • How he found Jiu-Jitsu
  • Newaza in Judo
  • The fading mindset to finish
  • Edwin Najmi
  • Pinning for submissions
  • Ralph Gracie Academy
  • Kurt Osiander
  • BJ Penn
  • His thoughts on talent
  • The 80/20 on ego
  • His quick rise to black belt
  • His biggest lesson from Ralph Gracie
  • Challenge matches
  • Having empathy for opponents
  • Violence of action
  • Eliminating resentment
  • Guerilla Jiu-Jitsu
  • His greatest goal