Fresh off winning the EBI Featherweight championship, Jonathan Calestine joins the show to recap the event and talk about his rise in the sport. He also talks about the struggles of being a full time grappler and managing injuries. Click “read more” for show notes! SHOW NOTES:

  • Being the last minute replacement for Eddie Cummings and winning EBI
  • Errors he feels he made at EBI
  • Fighting against the 10th Planet Style
  • The competitive rivalry between Team Renzo and 10th Planet
  • His origins
  • Finding Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being a smaller competitor and practitioner
  • His game
  • Training at Renzo’s
  • Managing injuries
  • Tracking your progress
  • Why you need lesser skilled training partners
  • His leg lock game
  • The biggest breakthrough he had in the leg lock game
  • How dangerous are leg locks?
  • The level of the general population of competitors today
  • Trends in Grappling
  • The Pummel
  • His favorite format for grappling
  • Competing fulltime
  • Career opportunities in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Getting sponsors
  • Seminars
  • His advice for people who are on the fence about competing
  • Future goals
  • His desire to teach someday