I’ve wanted to talk with Matt Kirtley for a LONG time because of his BJJ background, but it just so happens that he’s done a ton of research into cults and cult-like practices, so we went off in some pretty interesting directions in this one!
Some of what we talked about in episode 310 of The Strenuous Life Podcast includes…
- Red flags that you might be in a jiu-jitsu cult
- Changes to jiu-jitsu culture,
- Crazy martial arts cults,
- Channeling of ancient spirits,
- How we can get more out of drilling,
- And much more
Conversation With Matt ‘Aesopian’ Kirtley – Video Format
You can watch our conversation about training BJJ and recognising cultish behavior in the following video on my main Youtube channel…
Conversation With Matt ‘Aesopian’ Kirtley – Audio-Only Format
My podcast (The Strenuous Life Podcast) is also available in audio only format.
You can catch my conversation with Matt on episode 310 pretty much anywhere that podcasts are streamed, including the following apps:
If you don’t have a preferred podcast player you can can listen on the Grapplearts BJJ Master App which you can download for free for iPhone and iPad in the Apple App Store here or for Android devices in the Google Play Store here.
Or you can stream the audio in the embedded player here…
More About Matt Kirtley
Matt’s a jiu-jitsu black belt who has been heavily involved in online jiu-jitsu culture for 15 years. He writes extensively at Inverted Gear, has helped answer hundreds of BJJ questions for White Belt Wednesdays, and is a Functional Range Conditioning coach.
I met him ages ago when he published step-by-step breakdowns for the reverse omoplata and the rolling crucifix attack on a forum which I then republished (with permission) on Grapplearts. He’s definitely good people!
If you enjoyed this episode then check out
- Episode 290 with Steve Kwan about BJJ Cults and Conspiracies,
- Episode 291 with Derek Beres from the Conspirituality Pod about Cults and Conspiracies in the Yoga, Wellness and BJJ Community
- Episode 297 with Mathew Remski about Cults, Prophecies and Deprogramming Your Friends.
(Yes, I know there’s a theme, but in my opinion focussing on this stuff is more important than ever nowadays.)
By The Way…
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