Gilbert Burns joins the show to tell his inspiring life story and gives insight on building a take down game, chaining passes together and toe holds. He also talks about the importance of persistence and why being nervous for a match is a good thing. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • His unique introduction to Jiu-Jitsu via his father
  • Work ethic
  • Persistence
  • The origin of his last name
  • Technical hurdles he overcame as a new practitioner
  • His generous sponsor in Brazil who helped him succeed
  • The moment he knew he would be a fighter
  • Living in a fighter’s house with other recognized champions
  • Building his effective take down game
  • His major influences in the sport
  • Learning Judo
  • Chain passing with take downs
  • Recognizing levels of urgency
  • The importance of setting specific training goals
  • Note taking
  • Overcoming restrictive thoughts
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Toe Holds
  • The Pummel
  • Mindset
  • Why being nervous before a match is a good thing
  • Switching from BJJ to MMA
  • Teaming up with Vitor Belfort
  • Why he still trains in the gi
  • Kamaru Usman and a potential title fight
  • His upcoming match against Dante Leon
  • Returning to BJJ after MMA
  • Instructing in the future
  • 2020 goals