4 episodes

Behind the scenes with top Jiu Jitsu and Judo academy and dojo owners to understand how they operate: their goals, team, strategies, stories, and biggest challenges along the way. Hosted by Max Kafka. Supported by FUJI Sports, powering thousands of martial arts businesses around the world.

Dojo Business Podcast FUJI Sports

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

Behind the scenes with top Jiu Jitsu and Judo academy and dojo owners to understand how they operate: their goals, team, strategies, stories, and biggest challenges along the way. Hosted by Max Kafka. Supported by FUJI Sports, powering thousands of martial arts businesses around the world.

    Andy Hung, Dojo Outfitters, PDXBJJ & Portland Judo

    Andy Hung, Dojo Outfitters, PDXBJJ & Portland Judo

    Andy Hung is a grappling business machine. He is deeply involved in teaching, running a gym (both BJJ and Judo), and also a brick and mortar judo and jiu jitsu experience.

    I've known about Andy for a long time but his Reddit AMA is what really got me interested in his philosophy on martial arts businesses.

    He's an awesome, candid guy and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to talk with him. 

    Learn more about Andy at:


    http://www.pdxbjj.com/
    https://www.portlandjudo.com/
    https://www.dojooutfitters.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/dojooutfitters/
    https://www.instagram.com/andynewaza/

    Join The FUJI Business Community  Join 5,000+ other academy and dojo owners in the FUJI Wholesale community today. Click here to apply online in seconds for a wholesale discount for your gym.  If you like this, I have a whole lot more where that came from it's in the private facebook group called the FUJI Business Community where we talk with other martial arts business owners just like you.

    I've already posted different types of studies about the best trial combination, best CRM and billing software, and other articles  -  plus it's where I publish episodes like this first.

    If you want help building out an amazing gym or dojo with the same team that custom built Joe Rogan and Connor McGregor's own gyms, reach out to the FUJI Mats team by going to fujimats.com.

    • 52 min
    Annie & David Iturrino, Owners of Mount Dora BJJ

    Annie & David Iturrino, Owners of Mount Dora BJJ

    David and Annie Iturrino are owners of Mount Dora BJJ in Eustis, Florida. They run one of the most diverse programs I've ever seen with jiu jitsu for all ages, after-school programs, self defense, and fitness too.

    They also run both for-profit and non-profit entities in their facility. They focus on serving as much of their community as possible.

    Annie and David are an amazing duo that really do define what it means to be a mission driven business. 

    Learn more about them at:


    http://www.mountdorabjjacademy.com/
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    Join The FUJI Business Community  Join 5,000+ other academy and dojo owners in the FUJI Wholesale community today. Click here to apply online in seconds for a wholesale discount for your gym.  If you like this, I have a whole lot more where that came from it's in the private facebook group called the FUJI Business Community where we talk with other martial arts business owners just like you.

    I've already posted different types of studies about the best trial combination, best CRM and billing software, and other articles  -  plus it's where I publish episodes like this first.

    If you want help building out an amazing gym or dojo with the same team that custom built Joe Rogan and Connor McGregor's own gyms, reach out to the FUJI Mats team by going to fujimats.com.

    • 21 min
    Joe Lauzon, UFC Legend & Owner of Lauzon MMA

    Joe Lauzon, UFC Legend & Owner of Lauzon MMA

    Joe Lauzon is a 26 time UFC fighter and all time bonus leader. His academy, Lauzon MMA is an amazing school (brand new location) in Massachusetts with a team of professional fighters on top of that. 

    What you're going to hear from Joe is some real actionable and tactical advice on how to grow your gym like:


    how to get started
    what tools he uses
    his most impactful marketing
    intros for new students

    He has a unique perspective coming from a background in computer science and IT so you'll see how he uses data and technology to give his business the best advantage possible. 

    Join The FUJI Business Community

    Join 5,000+ other academy and dojo owners in the FUJI Wholesale community today. Click here to apply online in seconds for a wholesale discount for your gym.

    If you like this, I have a whole lot more where that came from it's in the private facebook group called the FUJI Business Community where we talk with other martial arts business owners just like you.

    I've already posted different types of studies about the best trial combination, best CRM and billing software, and other articles  -  plus it's where I publish episodes like this first.

    If you want help building out an amazing gym or dojo with the same team that custom built Joe Rogan and Connor McGregor's own gyms, reach out to the FUJI Mats team by going to fujimats.com.

    • 49 min
    Who is this podcast for?

    Who is this podcast for?

    This is not just a martial arts podcast to talk about training, but rather a sneak peek into the paths that people have taken to open their own martial arts schools.

    So if you're someone who loves martial arts with the ultimate goal of opening a dojo or an academy of your own, this is the show for you. 

    If you already own an academy or your own dojo, and you're looking for sneak peeks into what other leaders are doing to grow their business and better serve their students, this is the podcast for you. 

    A FUJI Sports for over the last six years, as Director of Wholesale, I've talked to thousands of school owners just like you. And I know that teaching people confidence through martial arts is one of the most rewarding things you can do in your life.  

    My goal is to give you the best, most tactical advice to helping you achieve your goals as a martial arts school owner.  

    If you ever have any feedback or are there a specific guests that you're hoping to hear on the show? Please just shoot me an email at wholesale@fujisports.com.

    Thanks again, and I'll talk to you guys soon.

    -- Max Kafka   

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Adam - Sanda Fighting Arts ,

Great Insights for Martial Arts Gym Owners

This podcast is a must for anyone who owns or intends to open a martial arts studio/gym. These episodes are full of great ideas for operating, marketing, and engaging with the community. There are definitely consistent things to do and not do when it comes to running a gym. The best mistakes to learn from are the ones others make so listen to this podcast and save yourself some heartache (and money!).

Riley McIlwain ,

Amazing Business

As a dojo business operator and overall fan this podcast is a must. Max’s questions and insight add a lot to the conversation and this is more than just a simple question

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