In this throwback episode, UFC veteran and BJJ Black Belt Kenny Florian talks about BJJ in the 90’s, positive mentality, managing nerves and emotions and the value of setbacks. He also talks about commentating for the UFC and trades Royce Gracie stories with Ryan. Click “read more” for show notes and listening options! 

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  • His origins
    Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s
    Ryan and Kenny trade Royce Gracie stories
    Team sports vs martial arts
    The guard
    Breakthroughs in Jiu-Jitsu
    His new academy in Los Angeles, Meraki Jiu-Jitsu
    The life changing experience that made him pursue Jiu-Jitsu full time
    The beginning of his MMA career
    Striking for Jiu-Jitsu
    Being coachable
    Managing nerves and emotions while under pressure
    Training at Tri-Star
    The value of setbacks
    The biggest obstacle Jiu-Jitsu has helped him overcome
    His decision to retire from MMA
    His commentary careerHis recent NYC camp
    His recent match with Tim Spriggs
    Setting a pace in a match
    Stepping back from teaching to compete
    Rounds and time limits in training
    Why he swims for conditioning
    Breathing and meditation
    Leg locks at the advanced level
    Heel hook breaking mechanics and errors
    What he thinks the next wave in BJJ will be
    Passing the guard by threatening the legs
    His BJJ Fanatics instructionals (Coupon code GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15)
    Evolution of the leg lock game
    Breaking gi habits in no-gi
    Scrambles in the gi compared to no-gi
    Adding wrestling to Jiu-Jitsu
    His gi game
    The Pummel
    The most significant match he’s had in the last year
    Sacrifices he’s made as a professional grappler
    The Palhares Kasai match
    Dealing with a staller
    Training with people you may compete against
    His upcoming match with Josh Hinger
    Why Z Guard is such an effective position
    Passing Shin Shield
    His most frustrating rank
    Overcoming plateaus
    Mental preparation
    Upcoming matches