This is definitely one of my very favourite Grapplearts Radio Podcast episodes to date.
In it I talk with historian and martial artist Daniele Bolelli. When Daniele isn’t training MMA or giving lectures to students he’s busy creating episodes of his own podcast, History on Fire, which you should totally check out.
Our chat went all over the place, including from the rules (or lack thereof) in frontier rough and tumble wrestling, how Theodore Roosevelt lost sight in an eye sparring in the White House, the games Lakota Sioux children played to make them incredible warriors later on in life, and much more.
Oh, and after recording the podcast we went into Daniele’s incredible backyard and filmed a couple of MMA techniques which you can watch at the bottom of this page.
I hope you’ll enjoy this episode as much as I did, and still do!
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A Few More Daniele Bolelli Videos…
As I mentioned, not only is Daniele a historian, but he’s also very serious about his MMA training. Here are a couple of videos we shot right after the podcast…
First, from my new Self Defense Tutorials Youtube channel (which you should subscribe to, by the way) here’s Daniele defending Aikido as a combat sport… sort of. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean…
And in this video Savannah ‘The Savage Buddha’ Em jumps in to help Daniele demonstrate the elbow spear and how it sets up a devastating KO blow to the vagus nerve in the neck.
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