Ryan Murphy joins the show to talk about the old days of Jiu-Jitsu in Northern California, his transition from Wrestling to Jiu-Jitsu, and his favorite things about teaching. He also talks about how personalities influence styles. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • His intro to grappling via Wrestling
  • Building mental fortitude through Wrestling
  • The similarities between Wrestling and the military
  • Moving from high school Wrestling to College Wrestling
  • Hitchcock Wrestling Camp
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • Spending time with the Camarillo brothers
  • Evolutions he’s seen in Jiu-Jitsu over time
  • How the internet has changed Jiu-Jitsu’s growth
  • Tournament frequency
  • Old school matches he got to see
  • Youth counseling in Stockton, CA
  • Teaching at-risk youth through grappling
  • How Wrestling hindered him in Jiu-Jitsu initially
  • Training under Crosley Gracie
  • How personalities can influence styles
  • His favorite part of teaching
  • Managing a young student’s ego
  • How teaching has made his Jiu-Jitsu better
  • Note taking
  • His ultimate goal in Jiu-Jitsu