Podcast EP15: Burton Richardson on Training and Performing under Pressure

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Stephan's note: today I interview Burton Richardson who has spent decades researching the training methods that make martial arts techniques practical, reliable, and functional.  His approach is very applicable to street self defence, but is equally valid for anyone wanting to compete. You can listen to, read, or download this interview in several different ways… Listen to the interview … [Read more...]

Podcast EP14: Keenan Cornelius on Training, BJJ Competition, MMA Goals and More

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Keenan Cornelius is a BJJ phenomenon. Known for his exciting guardwork and movement-oriented game, he won double gold medals in four of the biggest BJJ tournament in the world as a purple belt, which is a HUGE accomplishment. Here's my recent interview with Keenan … [Read more...]

Podcast EP13: Roy Dean on BJJ, Aikido, Judo, Wrestling, and the Martial Artist’s Path

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You can listen to, read, or download this interview in several different ways... Hit play in the middle of the audio player at the bottom of this list, and/or Right click on this link and select ‘save as’ to download this mp3 file to your computer, and/or Subscribe to the Grapplearts Podcast in iTunes (RECOMMENDED, because this allows you to also listen to previous interviews and … [Read more...]

Podcast EP12: BJJ Competition and Training Strategies with Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mullins

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In this interview 2 x World No Gi Champion Brandon 'Wolverine' Mullins shares his best competition and training advice.  The questions come from my newsletter readership, who I polled to see if they had any questions for Brandon, especially about training, competing or holding their own against bigger opponents. Boy, did they ever! We then sifted and sorted hundreds of emails to pick out the … [Read more...]

Podcast EP11: Draculino talks about the Evolution of BJJ

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Recently I managed to catch up with Vinicius 'Draculino' Magalhães and pick his brain about the ongoing evolution of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Draculino started training in Rio in the 1980's, back in the days when many of the big names in BJJ were just young kids with blue and purple belts around their waists. Plus he's trained many great competitors in the sport, as well as having personally … [Read more...]

Podcast EP09: Ryan Hall Interview and Transcript

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Stephan's note: This is the transcript of an interview I did with noted Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, über-competitor and teacher Ryan Hall.    You can either read the interview below or listen/download the audio by doing one of the following: Use the player at the bottom of this list, and/or Right click on this link and select ‘save as’ to download this mp3 file … [Read more...]

Marc Laimon, the Bad Boy of Jiu-jitsu*

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Marc Laimon is ripping it up. On November 6th, 2004, he defeated Ryron Gracie in a superfight at Grappler's Quest in Las Vegas. His school, which had been open for less than a year, placed first in the same competition. As if that wasn't enough, he is also the grappling coach on the UFC reality TV show. This interview was conducted on November 13th, 2004 … [Read more...]

Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Ribeiro on Top of the BJJ World An interview with a grappling legend

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by Stephan Kesting Vitor ‘Shaolin’ Riberio is ranked the number one fighter in the world under 155 lbs, and has multiple prestigious grappling titles. This interview was originally published in Black Belt Magazine (August 2004).  He currently teaches at his academy in New York City. … [Read more...]

Podcast EP6: Judo and BJJ: How They Help Each Other

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An Interview with Daniel McCormick, 2008 US National Judo Championship Winner, 2009 Judo Olympian Stephan's note: This is the transcript of an audio interview I did with Daniel McCormick. You can either read the interview below or listen/download the audio by doing one of the following: Play on the audio-only Youtube 'video' at bottom of this list, and/or Right click on this link and … [Read more...]

Podcast EP10: The First-Ever Grapplearts Q & A Podcast!

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Hey guys! Here's something different: in November of 2011 I answered questions from my newsletter readers (sign up for free here) on the first ever Grapplearts Q & A Podcast. Find out how how to taper for competition, what to do when you're getting crushed all the time, what to do when your wrestling coach wants you to stop doing BJJ, and how to remember all these bloody … [Read more...]

Podcast EP9: Best Interview Ever? Ryan Hall Speaks his Mind

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The Ryan Hall interview is ready, and it might be my best interrogation ever! With more than 200 tournaments, countless superfights, and solid performances in the Mundials and ADCC Ryan is one of North America's most successful and prolific grapplers. As such he's uniquely positioned to give a ton insight into the world of BJJ and submission grappling. In this 58 minute interview Ryan … [Read more...]

Podcast EP8: Tony Blauer on Fitness, Fear Management, and Combat Psychology

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I just interviewed Tony Blauer.  He's the head of Blauer Tactical Systems which specializes in close quarter tactics & scenario-based training for law enforcement, military and professional self-defense instructors. We had a great conversation about Crossfit, fear management, adrenaline dumps, and his recent 'immersion' in BJJ... This is pretty relevant stuff!  Everybody (who's not … [Read more...]

Podcast EP7: Sarah Kaufman, Top Female MMA Fighter, Reveals All!

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Sarah Kaufman is one of the top fighters in women's MMA. And she is officially amazing! Here's an in-depth interview and podcast with Sarah. I grilled her pretty hard (I hate interviews where you don't actually learn anything about the fighter or about the way they train). But the information she gave out went way, way beyond what I was expecting.  She revealed: •    how a top level … [Read more...]

Podcast EP5: A Woman’s Jiu-Jitsu Journey from White Belt to Black Belt

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In this feature interview I talk with Emily Kwok who is a very smart, very talented jiu-jitsu practitioner. She's been involved in the woman's competition circuit for a long time, having competed both with and without the gi, and in MMA overseas. Her ability as a teacher of jiu-jitsu - to both men and women - is proved every time she steps on the mats at her BJJ Academy in Princeton, … [Read more...]

Podcast EP4: The Heyday of Carlson Gracie in Rio (podcast)

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The Carlson Gracie Team in Brazil was one of the original powerhouses of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I recently had the opportunity to interview 7th degree Carlson Gracie black belt Marcus Soares, and he took me to Rio in the 70's and 80's on a narrated stroll through BJJ history. It's a fascinating 35 minute-long piece about back in the day, when most of today's competitors were still in diapers … [Read more...]