Joey Alvarado is a BJJ champion, retired MMA fighter and founder of KettleJitsu. He talks about the seedy early days of MMA, bullying in modern times and his exposure to influential black belts. He also gives great insight to kettlebell training for BJJ! Click “read more” for show notes!


  • Origins
  • How bullying led him to martial arts
  • Modern day bullying
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • Working with Frank Cucci, Pedro Sauer and Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti
  • His introduction to MMA
  • His diverse exposure to different black belts
  • The evolution of the guard
  • Fighting in Mexico and on Indian reservations in the early days of MMA
  • Replacing MMA with BJJ
  • The Pummel
  • Kettlebells for grapplers and combat athletes
  • The most common reasons people get injured lifting weights
  • Planning your kettlebell routine around your Jiu-Jitsu or Grappling training
  • The hardest part of learning to use a kettlebell
  • Building mental toughness
  • Advice for white belts