Analyzing grappling styles from a jiu-jitsu perspective.
EP 17: Russian Sambo with Gregg Humphreys
Gregg Humphreys is an authority on Russian Sambo in America. He is a judo black belt and studied sambo in the late 70's / early 80's in both the former USSR and Russia. In this episode, Gregg talks: sambo in the 1970's USA; training sambo during the cold war; his coach and friend Igor Kurinnoy; the Sambo-70 training facility in Russia; relation between judo and sambo; rule-sets; science and methodology; tips on fighting taller and shorter players; sambo without the jacket; and more.
EP 16: Brian Glick Returns
Brian Glick is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt under John Danaher and Renzo Gracie. His appearance on episode 7 was (and still is) the most downloaded. Now he's back discussing: studying judo under John Danaher and Shintaro Higashi; history of judo in NYC; cultural differences between judo and jiu-jitsu; innovation and evolution in jiu-jitsu; the scientific method; control leading to submission; self-defense; and more.
YouTube: Brian Glick
EP 15: Coaching and Mindset with Jimmy Pedro
Jimmy Pedro is one of the most respected judo coaches in the US. Four-time Olympian, Two-time Olympic bronze medalist, and seventh degree black belt.
Mr. Pedro discusses: coaching his athletes; mental toughness and professionalism; his students Travis Stevens and Kayla Harrison; the American judo system; grip-fighting; on Brazilian jiu-jitsu; his influences; fondest memories; on Toshihiko Koga's passing (1967-2021); judo for BJJ and MMA; setting yourself apart from the competition; and a whole lot more.
Instagram @ jimmypedrousa
Web: fujisports.com, usajudo.com, fujimats.com
EP 14: Catch Wrestling and Sanda with Raul Ramirez
Raul Ramirez is a catch wrestler and head of Catch Wrestling Alliance. He also coaches sanda or Chinese kickboxing. Raul explains: sanda / Chinese kickboxing; sanda for MMA; shuai jiao or Chinese wrestling; history of catch wrestling; prominent figures: Martin "Farmer" Burns and Frank Gotch; catch wrestling as a predecessor to freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling; the historical relationship between catch wrestling, judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu; and so much more.
YouTube: Catch Wrestling Alliance
EP 13: Freestyle Judo with Derrick Darling
Derrick Darling is a black belt in judo and multiple-time medalist in the sport of sambo. He is also the head coach at Welcome Mat Training Center in Kansas City. Derrick talks about: training with his coach Steve Scott; Rorion Gracie's encounter with John Saylor and shingitai jujitsu; judo and sambo for nogi; lower-body wrestling versus upper-body wrestling; obi tori gaeshi or the "Khabarelli" throw; and his favorite ruleset.
EP 12: Jiu-Jitsu and Psychology with Dr. David Klonsky
Dr. David Klonsky is professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is also a black belt in shotokan karate and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Dr. Klonsky is occasionally featured on MMA media--contributing his expertise on behavior and emotion within the world of combat sports.
Dr. Klonsky and I discuss: shotokan karate for MMA; starting jiu-jitsu and its challenges; visualization and self-talk; habituation, exposure therapy, and counter conditioning; fight or flight and flow states; addictions and meaning; and, of course, a lot more.