BJJ Beginner Tips Interview and Podcast

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In this Grapplearts interview I talk to BJJ Black Belt Ritchie Yip, focusing on tips that BJJ beginners need to know.  But sometimes the conversation goes a little off track!

You can follow/consume/download/watch this awesome and informative interview several different ways…

  1. You can watch the Youtube video below
  2. You can download the mp3 file by right clicking here and selecting ‘Save As’
  3. You can subscribe to the Grapplearts Radio Podcast in iTunes by clicking here

BJJ-related material covered in this discussion includes:

  • Danger signs when checking out a new school
  • Whether beginners should in their own class or mixed in with more advanced people
  • How to avoid situations where you’re just going to get maliciously rag dolled by senior students
  • How instructors can teach a class of differing levels
  • What the the only real spiritual benefits of martial arts training is
  • How to tell if a martial arts school is run by a complete A-hole
  • Why training with black belts only is a huge mistake
  • What happens when people interested in taking a kickboxing class end up in the jiu-jitsu class by mistake…
  • Why learning jiu-jitsu is much harder than learning boxing, and how not to get discouraged during that learning process
  • The most insane idea Stephan has ever had for making a training dummy
  • And much more…

For more information about Ritchie Yip (and his Vancouver and Burnaby-based schools) check out

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