100 episodes

The Grappling Central Podcast features in-depth interviews with the biggest names in grappling. Featuring guests from the worlds of BJJ, Wrestling, MMA, Judo, Sambo and more! Host Ryan Ford mixes serious discussion with humor and human interest in a casual, laid back environment.

The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), MMA and Grappling Ryan Ford: Grappling Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Podcast Host

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    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

The Grappling Central Podcast features in-depth interviews with the biggest names in grappling. Featuring guests from the worlds of BJJ, Wrestling, MMA, Judo, Sambo and more! Host Ryan Ford mixes serious discussion with humor and human interest in a casual, laid back environment.

    Episode 443: Jon “Thor” Blank

    Episode 443: Jon “Thor” Blank

    Jon Blank joins the show to talk about starting Jiu-Jitsu with a Wrestling background, quitting his job for Jiu-Jitsu, opening an academy and and why he doesn’t use contracts for students. He also gives advice for competitors and why he loves Sub-Only. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Wrestling as a kid* Thoughts on learning to wrestle later in life* Neck strength* Advice for wrestlers starting Jiu-Jitsu* Bad habits he had to break* Embracing failure and pulling the trigger* Honing aggression* Why he chose 10th Planet* His growth in Jiu-Jitsu* His prediction on the next technical wave of BJJ* Becoming comfortable in competition* Quitting his job for Jiu-Jitsu* The Pummel* His new academy* Why he loves teaching* Teaching kids* Having a school during Covid* Advice for future academy owners* Why he doesn’t lock students in contracts* Managing liability * Grappling foundations* Flexibility* Youtube-Jitsu* Sub-Only rules* IBJJF heel hooks* The path to being a pro* His BJJ Fanatics instructional * Inverting guard safely* Reverse engineering techniques* 2021 goals

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 442: Karel “Silverfox” Pravec returns!

    Episode 442: Karel “Silverfox” Pravec returns!

    Silverfox is back! We catch up with him and what he’s been up to since the pandemic and discuss gym culture, academy expansion, selecting enforcers, managing egos and overcoming plateaus. He also gives technical insight to armbars and guillotines! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Catching up* Ramping up his online presence during Covid* School ownership during Covid* Quarantined training * Online learning * Training with the same person all the time* Expanding an academy* Principles of being a successful school owner* Creating a culture within the academy * Gym enforcers* Managing ego in training * Note taking* Plateaus* Training frequency* The Pummel* Aspects of his game he’s working to improve* Developing a strong guillotine* Front headlocks for transitions * His new Guillotine instructional from BJJ Fanatics* His Armbar instructional from BJJ Fanatics* BJJ FANATICS COUPON CODE = GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15* The 4 elements of a good armbar* Questions from the listeners* 2021 goals









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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Episode 441: Roberto Godoi

    Episode 441: Roberto Godoi

    Roberto Godoi joins the show to talk about training since the 80’s and being part of one of Sao Paulo’s most heated rivalries with his former partner. He also talks about the guard, self defense, grip fighting and the formation and growth of his team G13. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu in 1988* Rio De Janeiro’s status as the capital of BJJ in the 80’s* Marcelo Behring* The roughly enforced ranking system in Brazil back in the day* Sao Paulo’s Jiu-Jitsu scene * The levels of Jiu-Jitsu* Judo* Learning from students* The guard game he prefers* Grip fighting* Patience on the feet* Style differences between Rio and Sao Paulo back in the day* The formation of Macaco/Godoi Team* The split of the team and intense rivalry that resulted* The formation of G13* The Jason Voorhees influence on his brand* The growth of his team* The ingredients of a successful instructor* The value of competing as a teacher* The Pummel* Coaching top level athletes* Discipline * Crucial self defense concepts* A real life self defense story* Adjusting his training with age*  Why he chose North Carolina for his new team headquarters * 2021 goals

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    Episode 440: Thomas Lisboa

    Episode 440: Thomas Lisboa

    Thomas Lisboa joins the show to talk about beginning BJJ back when it had a bad reputation in Brazil, why white belts shouldn’t be focused on building a game yet and how offense can become defense. He also gives great insight on the crucifix position! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Judo and Capoeira* Tradition in martial arts* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* BJJ’s bad reputation back in the day* Weeding out bad apples and giving second chances* Learning from Fabio Gurgel* His brother’s school* The evolution of his game* Learning from Marcelo Garcia* Why you shouldn’t worry about building a game as a white belt* The importance of a good offense for defense* Foundations of defense * There is always good to be taken from any training * Positional training * Overcoming plateus * Keeping things in perspective* The Pummel* The importance of a universal game* Pushing yourself in training * Physical conditioning * Skills that work for everyone * Not limiting yourself to one style* His crucifix instructional with BJJ Fanatics * Common mistakes with crucifixes* Why he loves teaching* Differences between Canada and the US* 2021 goals

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    Episode 439: Sean Daugherty

    Episode 439: Sean Daugherty

    Sean Daugherty joins the show to talk about the early UFC days, training at the Lion’s Den, the value of learning other styles and mental coaching. He also discusses the importance of pursuing passion, positive self-talk and advice for struggling students. Click “read more” for show notes and listening options!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Overcoming bullying through martial arts* Are ethics missing from modern martial arts?* Finding grappling* Meeting Frank Shamrock* Training at the Lion’s Den* The development of his ground game* Exploring other styles* John Saylor* Learning grappling as a whole* Empowering other people * Managing negative thought patterns* The importance of pursuing passion* Confidence vs narcissism * Self talk* Social media’s impact on society* Meditation and mindfulness* Learning to not take yourself too seriously* The Pummel* Mental coaching* Advice for struggling students* 2020 goals

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    • 2 hrs 21 min
    Episode 438: Halloween Special 2020

    Episode 438: Halloween Special 2020

    Kurt is back for our 5th Halloween Special! Topics include cosplay, lame costumes, Ryan’s embarrassing robbery story, best and worst treats, bad horror movies, sketchy food and radioactive areas. We also use an AI to make a movie plot based on Kurt’s data. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * 5 years of GCP* Covid Halloween* Dragoncon / Cosplay* Ryan’s embarrassing robbery story* Trick or Treat tales* Candy paranoia * Lame costumes and cross dressing* Best and worst treats* Mystery poop* Haunted houses* Re-opening his academy with Covid precautions * Cost of living in California* Quarantined training * An update on Kurt’s health* Superpowers and body upgrades* The Boys and other binge worthy shows* Bad horror movies* Cars* Radioactive areas* Sketchy fish and chicken nuggets* Soul food* Kurt’s AI generated movie plot* Questions from the listeners

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    • 1 hr 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Freddy Shreddy ,

Great Go-to Fix!

What a podcast is supposed to be: heaps of content, entertaining, and insightful. Keep up the good work, brother.

that gumby ogre ,

5 star review for one of my favourite podcasts

I love this podcast and listening to the interviews and topics. Ryan always delivers great content and useful insight from some of the games biggest and brightest stars.
It’s always great to hear the pummel answers and the funny stories that make the legends of the sport relatable to us who are at that level.
If you’re after great stories and interviews get on board and have a listen.
Thanks Ryan for putting this together and I am so glad I’ve gained both you and Karen as people I can message and ask questions too OSU ☺️🤙🏻🤔

Jah Jitsu45 ,

WOW!!

THE NO.1 BJJ PODCAST FULL STOP!!!! RYAN IS AN AMAZING HOST & IS VERY TUNED IN TO THE ENTIRE GAME WITH NO AWKWARD MOMENTS IN HIS INTERVEIWS & HE GETS THE BEST OUT OF HIS GUESTS!!! I WISH THE EPISODES WENT LONGER THO😉 THANK YOU RYAN!!!!! AMAZING CONTENT

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