Roy Dean joins the show to talk about tactics, being a good training partner, mysticism in martial arts and connecting techniques. He also explains why he decided to step away from being an academy owner and focus on online teaching and seminars instead. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Introduction to martial arts
  • Living and training in Japan
  • Fitting into an academy
  • Aikido
  • Mysticism in martial arts
  • Limitations in the way some styles are taught
  • The value of tactics
  • Theory and cooperative partners
  • Train-ability
  • Realistic training
  • Combat vs fighting
  • Finding BJJ
  • Learning from Claudio Franca
  • BJJ’s close ties to MMA in the early days
  • The early days of BJJ in California
  • The benefits of being an instructor
  • Connecting techniques together
  • Common obstacles students face
  • Being a good training partner
  • The Pummel
  • Plateaus 
  • The decision to walk away from his academy
  • When teachers face burnout
  • His Belt Requirements instructionals (Coupon Code: GRAPPLINCENTRAL15)
  • Advice for future school owners
  • 2020 goals