9 episodes

A podcast with Dre Armeda and friends. It’s conversations. Open topics. No script. About an hour. We can make it as thematic as we want, or not. We’ll mostly just shoot the breeze.

Get a Grip with Dre Armeda Dre Armeda

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

A podcast with Dre Armeda and friends. It’s conversations. Open topics. No script. About an hour. We can make it as thematic as we want, or not. We’ll mostly just shoot the breeze.

    Sal Spinelli

    Sal Spinelli

    Sal is a musician and a music coach. He's a martial artist, and no, not just Jiu-Jitsu. Most important, Sal is a great father. Lets get a grip, with Sal Spinelli!

    • 1 hr
    Colin downling

    Colin downling

    Although he’s a Twitter Quitter you can ping him anytime @colindowling. I’m here with an aspiring astronaut, part of the WhistlerPress founding team, Colin Dowling!
    Episode #008

    Oh, snaps. It’s HUMP DAY baby. 
    Well, it feels like every other day really. It all blends in. Killer week. I even went and supported our local brewery, The Mason Jar. If you’re ever in Menifee, go get a growler of The Blonde Next Door. You’re welcome.
    Here we go….
    We’re gonna elevate the game today. Not because my podcasting skills have improved at any measurable rate. More so because I’m chatting it up with One of the most interesting dudes in the world. This guy has no discernible professional skills except the ability to conjure new business out of thin air. He can sell water to well.
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    I keep talking about good health and I am being a bit of a hypocrite. 
    As much as I have done to take care of myself, mostly take care of myself over the last few years, I am not doing great right now. That’s OK. We all don’t do great all the time at all the things.
    What’s important is, to be honest with ourselves in understanding we have some shortcomings, and when you’re falling off the horse. I am off the horse right now and it’s time to be honest to me, just like you should be doing if you’re not taking care of yourself.
    Today marks my vow to clean up my act. It’s time to get back to the Dre of the last couple of years and stop making excuses.
    I’ve said it, not I commit. All it takes is you. 
    Until next time, Get a Grip!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Chris Lema

    Chris Lema

    Blogger, Speaker, Teacher, Mentor, Technologist, and business leader. Find him at @ChrisLema on Twitter.
    Episode #007
    Chris Lema has been working with WordPress since 2005. Over the years he's been a blogger, a speaker at WordCamps, a coach for WordPress product companies, and the founder of the conference for WordPress business owners, called CaboPress. Today he's the VP of Products at Liquid Web, where he manages the world's first managed platform for WooCommerce stores.
    I’m not wasting any time today. I’m here with my friend, Chris Lema. Que pasa, Hermano?
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    Life is short. Not shorter than my buddy Brian Putman in a booster chair during a Fantasy Football draft at Buffalo Wild Wings. But it’s short.
    In a world where masks are now acceptable when going to the bank, and hand sanitizer is being used by the gallon, It’s safe to say our way of living that short life has changed in many ways. 
    What hasn’t changed is the fact that we often de-prioritize our health and how we treat our bodies. 
    What, you think an airborne virus is going to change that? Is that going to influence the way you eat, the way you sleep, the amount of exercise you get every week? I doubt it. That takes self-respect and valuing your self-worth. It takes commitment and discipline. 
    You can continue to bitch and moan about all these social changes we’re all dealing with all you want, but if you don’t commit to changing yourself, it’s likely you’re limiting your overall time to keep complaining. Life is short. Life can be really good. Life is better with you in it. Value yourself and extend the span of time you have here! It goes fast.
    Until next time, Get a grip!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Bryce Armendariz

    Bryce Armendariz

    Today’s guest is one of those guys. One of my training partners, and much more. Bryce is also a guy helping fighters reach their full capability in MMA, not just Jiu-Jitsu. He’s also a lawman, and most importantly a family man.
    You can find him at @brycersm on Twitter, Instagram, and most anywhere else. Please welcome Bryce Armendariz.
    Episode #006
    So I have been at this for a few weeks now and super excited about all the great discussions. I’m Still trying to figure out my audio set up and having good luck so far short of an echo cancellation gremlin that loves to drown out my voice.  Now, I know everyone listens in for the guests, but damn, man, I like talk talking on my Podcast too! I’ll get it figured out, and if any of my 3 listeners have an idea on how to fix that, let me know.
    In contrast to this young podcast, which has already had some great moments, today is my anniversary of starting Jiu-Jitsu. 7-years ago today, I took my first class. I have been at it a while and it’s depressing that I have been off the mat since this whole COVID thing started. Jiu-Jitsu is more than just an individual journey. It’s not singular. It’s not going at it alone. There are many angles to it, and it truly is life-changing. A big draw for me is all the amazing damn people you get to try and kill every day. And when you get close, you agree to stop with a tap, and you try it again. 
    Soon enough I’ll kick off the next 7 years of Jiu-Jitsu journey. Hopefully, just hopefully, it’s not amidst another pandemic. Ultimately, our chosen journey rests on many things. Our ability to commit to something bigger than ourselves. Discipline to follow through with our commitments.  Even the way we respect ourselves, others, and the process. I find it pretty interesting, and quite frankly, a bit amusing that I just enjoyed a great chat with a dude I respect immensely, on the anniversary of my Jiu-Jitsu journey, and on the very day, Aretha Franklin dropped the song Respect in 1967.
    Say wuhhhhh?!?!
    Until next time, Get a grip! 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ben English

    Ben English

    I’m ready to go. Who’s ready to go? Let's send it. Let's talk offroad. Let's talk crazy. Let's speak to the future.  I’m here with Ben English. Head of Ultra4 Racing Australia.
    Episode #005
    -- Ultra4 the force behind the toughest one-day off-road race on the planet: King of The Hammers.
    King of The Hammers takes place each year in February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA.  The race has evolved from 12 teams racing for bragging rights and a case of beer, to more than 300 teams competing before more than 35,000 fans in person and nearly 500,000 watching online. Due to the incredible success of King of the Hammers, Hammerking has created an ULTRA4 Racing Series with seven races held throughout the country.
    In the good and the bad, it has always amazed me how two people from very different worlds, or at least halfway across this one, can connect on common ground and build a friendship. 2-3 years ago in the middle of nowhere out in the desert, I happened to meet some new friends from Australia. Great laughs and certain points of focus drew us together, that was our common love for off-road racing. The desert and the rocks brought us to a point in time where we could forge a long term bond and hope of meeting once again.  Here we are, brought together again, on completely different terms, and still across the world, at a time where people from places so different, are so much the same. Appreciate the time you have with those close, and also those that are far away. This is the perfect time to meet in the middle of nowhere and enjoy your time once again.
    Until next time, Get a grip.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Steve Zehngut

    Steve Zehngut

    Grippers. Welcome back. Been a crazy week. People talking about the peak like they couldn’t get there fast enough. More so than you’d hear hippies dropping brown acid on the lawn during Woodstock.
    Wow. 30 seconds in and we’re talking elicit drugs. Lets do this.
    Here with @Zengy. I met Steve about a decade ago. These days, we don’t see each other enough, but when we do, there’s probably golf and cigars involved. Always great banter and wise tales over libations and laughter. He’s a beautiful man! That his all.
    Steve Zehngut. Welcome to Get a Grip.
    When was the last time you were forced to do something for a month? I’m having a hard time remembering short of my time in the Navy. The played that game a lot. When was the last time you forced yourself to do something for 30 days. Good or bad. Where the results what you expected.
    Things don’t happen overnight. It takes time and commitment, whether forced by outside forces, or something you yourself discipline your self towards and actually execute. The time goes by no matter what, so why not commit to positive changes. 
    If anything, the last 30 days has taught me how to better connect with old acquaintances, I started a show for crying out loud. It has also taught me how quickly I can eat my weight in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
    Take the time today to plot out your next 30-days. Add something awesome you want to accomplish, and I bet, that it will be easier than you think, to make progress towards that goal. You have to start somewhere, why not start today?
    Until next time, get a grip!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Sophomanaic ,

Diverse and informed

Dre has a wide range of interests and experience that come through when interviewing with his guests. Great conversations with a nice flow and some intellectual depth on various topics. At an hour per episode it’s a nice tidy podcast 🤙🏻

Kway00 ,

Great podcast!

A lot of fun on current issues. Different because there’s a clear message of hope. Something we need right now.

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