Sensei Gary Goltz joins the show to talk about starting Judo in 1965, life lessons from competition, advice for parents and his strong desire to see BJJ and Judo work together more. He also tells the hilarious story behind his Conan O’Brien appearance. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • Origins
  • Finding Judo in 1965
  • Learning from Sensei Kyu Ha Kim
  • How parents can interfere with their kid’s progress
  • Competing immediately in your journey
  • “The Man in the Arena”
  • Life lessons from competition
  • How long does it take to get a Judo black belt?
  • How the rules of Judo have changed over time
  • How the BJJ and Judo communities can help each other
  • Closed minds in martial arts in the past and present
  • Gene LeBell
  • His Steven Seagal story
  • Advice for BJJ guys going into Judo tournaments
  • Do advanced BJJ ranks get promoted faster in Judo?
  • His “beef” with Jack Black via The Conan O’Brien Show
  • The Pummel
  • His role as President of the US Judo Association
  • The Hal Sharp Teachers Foundation
  • Future Goals