A powerful conversation with Ronald Mann, a blue belt amputee who has found new life through Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the details of his accident, hitting rock bottom and rising from the ashes to become a Para Jiu-Jitsu World Champion. Click “read more” for show notes! 


  • His introduction to martial arts
  • His accident that caused the partial loss of his leg
  • Hitting rock bottom
  • Rising from the ashes
  • Picking up the pieces
  • Finding the martial art, instructor and team that he needed
  • Fighting as an amputee
  • Finding equality
  • Rolling as an amputee
  • Adapting Jiu-Jitsu to your situation
  • Beneficial aspects of his physical difference when grappling
  • Forming the USA Para Jiu-Jitsu team
  • Para Jiu-Jitsu
  • The gift of Jiu-Jitsu
  • Winning the Para Jiu-Jitsu Worlds
  • His advice for someone with a disability who wants to try Jiu-Jitsu
  • Seeing life through hourglass eyes