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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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 449: Kody Steele

    Episode 449: Kody Steele

    Kody Steele joins the show to talk about transitioning from Wrestling to BJJ, developing a take down game and diet and conditioning. He also talks about overcoming shyness, his future ambitions in MMA and he also reveals his abilities as a cat whisperer! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Moving a lot growing up* Overcoming shyness* The social benefits of Jiu-Jitsu* Getting into Wrestling* His wrestling style* Getting bullied and kicked out of school* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Adjusting to BJJ* Wrestling for BJJ* Why he believes in relying on a few sharpened techniques* Chaining attacks with take downs* The life of a full time grappler* Careers in Jiu-Jitsu* Dealing with nay-sayers* The Pummel* His skills as a cat whisperer* Diet and conditioning * Why strength matters to him* His instructional with BJJ Fanatics (Coupon Code: GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15)* Timing take down entries* Fakes and feints* His future in MMA* His future after competition* BJJ Brain* 2021 goals

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    Episode 448: Andre Terencio returns!

    Episode 448: Andre Terencio returns!

    Andre Terencio returns to talk about school ownership, building a strong curriculum, his BJJ for law enforcement program, heel hooks in the IBJJF and social projects in Brazil. He also gives advice for anyone struggling with weight management. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Getting through the pandemic* Opening a second school* Relying on student support* Curriculum standards* Guiding new students* His law enforcement program* Brazil’s fighting culture* His camp in Panama* The Pummel* The new heel hook rule in the IBJJF* Social projects he’s a part of* 501c Programs* Advice for students struggling with weight problems* Consistency is key* 2021 goals

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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 447: Shawn Williams returns!

    Episode 447: Shawn Williams returns!

    Shawn joins the show for the 3rd time to talk about moving from LA, opening a new academy on the east coast, maintaining skills, patience while rolling and running an apparel brand. He also gives technical insight to the Williams guard and leg pummeling!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * His recent move* Covid’s impact on BJJ* His new school* Training outside an academy* Guarding your schedule* Depreciation of skills* Introducing your kids to Jiu-Jitsu* Important fundamentals for kids* Maintaining kids attention while teaching* Building patience while rolling* Launching Carbyne Industries* The BJJ apparel business* The Pummel* His new instructional * Leg Pummeling* The Williams Guard* His BJJ Fanatics instructional * Longevity and conditioning* 2021 goals

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    • 2 hrs 22 min
    Episode 446: Kody Hamrah

    Episode 446: Kody Hamrah

    Coach Kody is the dedicated wrestling coach of Demian Maia and Shogun Rua. A lifelong wrestler and former NCAA D1 team captain, Kody shares his thoughts on Wrestling for BJJ, mindset and the value of failures. He also talks about his time spent in Brazil! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Catching up and Covid* Career paths in Wrestling* Growing up in New Jersey* Finding Wrestling* Regional influences on athletes* The benefits of Wrestling for young men* The value of failures* Self discipline* High school to D1* Cutting weight responsibly* The cruelty of a Wrestler’s Thanksgiving* His most memorable match* His time spent in law enforcement* Police training* Building comfort with adrenaline and pressure* Becoming a coach* Meeting Demian Maia * His crazy first trip to Sao Paulo* How he teaches Wrestling to BJJ guys* Coaching elite athletes* The Pummel* Managing thought patterns* 2021 goals

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    • 2 hrs 40 min
    Episode 445: Richard Bresler

    Episode 445: Richard Bresler

    The first American to train BJJ, Richard Bresler joins the show to talk about finding the art in the 70’s and how it helped him overcome addiction. He also talks about the Gracie Garage, challenge matches, self defense and the birth of the UFC. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Meeting Master Rorion Gracie* Overcoming addiction* The transformation BJJ gives people* The original Gracie Garage* Rolling with Grandmaster Helio Gracie* Spending time in Rio De Janeiro* Challenge matches* The formation of the UFC* Rickson’s departure from the Gracie Garage* Rorion Gracie’s tremendous contribution to the art* Why he split from Gracie Academy* Earning his black belt from Master Fabio Santos* The UFC’s impact on the spread of BJJ* Grappling vs Striking* Diffusing confrontation* Realistic self defense * The importance of relaxing while training and fighting* The Pummel* The sport’s growth over time* Technical changes in the art over time* The value of a strong foundation* Advice for instructors* The greatest lesson Jiu-Jitsu has taught him* 2021 goals* His book “Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life”

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    • 2 hrs 28 min
    Episode 444: Omar Lira

    Episode 444: Omar Lira

    Professor Omar Lira was one of Ryan’s first instructors in Jiu-Jitsu. He joins the show to talk about starting BJJ in the 90’s, how Jiu-Jitsu pulled him away from an unhealthy lifestyle and the decision to become an instructor. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* The level of Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s in Atlanta* The growth and evolution of Jiu-Jitsu* The impact of online learning * Soccer* The development of his style over time* The negativity around leg locks in the past* Testing his Jiu-Jitsu in MMA* Becoming an instructor* What motivates him to teach* Building a curriculum * Self defense * Funny fight stories* The Pummel* Why he also trains Judo* Building a take down game* Conditioning your body* The concept of a mobile guard* Adjustments to training with age* Why you shouldn’t worry about rank* 2020 goals

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