Chris Brennan joins the show to tell his powerful story of overcoming addiction and street life to become an American pioneer in MMA. He talks about the very early days of MMA in the US and fighting in Brazil and Japan. He also gives insight on the Kimura. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!

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  • Origins
  • Growing up in Huntington Beach
  • Bouncing
  • Finding BJJ
  • How Kimo Leopoldo secretly prepared for Royce
  • Learning from Royce
  • His falling out with the Gracies
  • Training Luta Livre with Marco Ruas and Pedro Rizzo
  • Training in Brazil as a blue belt
  • His epic MMA fight in Brazil
  • His friendship with Renzo Gracie
  • Logan Santos
  • Fighting in Pride FC
  • Walking away from the UFC
  • Fixed fights in Japan and the Yakuza
  • BJJ in modern MMA
  • His thoughts on modern BJJ
  • Being self-taught in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The Pummel
  • Overcoming addiction and street life through fitness and martial arts
  • The Kimura
  • Transitions and sweeps from the kimura trap
  • Becoming a black belt
  • Moving to Texas
  • Coaching his son Lucas in his MMA career
  • 2021 goals