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 422: Johnny Tama

    Episode 422: Johnny Tama

    Johnny Tama joins the show to talk about his origins, finding BJJ after being bullied, the development of his style and becoming the first Ecuadorian World Champion. He also talks about mindset, discipline and leaving his partying days behind. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Getting back to training* Covid’s impact on the BJJ community* Mixing up training * Career paths for BJJ athletes* His origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Life in Ecuador* Being a victim of bullying* The growth of BJJ in Ecuador* His style* The rank where things began to click for him* Leaving his partying days behind* Overcoming odds with discipline and work ethic* Taking audit of your life* Life in the US on a Visa or Green Card* Competition mindset* Keeping anger out of your strategy* Becoming a World Champion* The Pummel* The Tama Lock* Spider Guard* His BJJ Fanatics Instructionals * Why he feels Gi is harder than No-Gi* Goals for 2020

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    • 1 hr 56 min
    Episode 421: Todd Shaffer

    Episode 421: Todd Shaffer

    Todd Shaffer joins the show to talk about training after 30, self defense, meme-making and how he found BJJ. He also talks about why Half Guard is such a useful position for everyone and the pitfalls to avoid of academy ownership. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Training after 30* Making Jiu-Jitsu work for you* The Half Guard* Self Defense Jiu-Jitsu* Training law enforcement * Jiu-Jitsu’s trainability * Martial Arts business pitfalls* How the American spirit has impacted Jiu-Jitsu* Business practices that hurt students in the long run* Preventing Jiu-Jitsu from being watered down* Memes* The Pummel* Reasons people quit* Loyalty and abusive environments * 2020 goals

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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Episode 420: Robert Degle

    Episode 420: Robert Degle

    Robert Degle joins the show to talk about why he traded a pursuit of Philosophy for Jiu-Jitsu, the value of a systems-based approach to BJJ, learning from John Danaher and analyzing data. He also covers leg lock principles and general sustained pressure. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Dogs* Jiu-Jitsu’s addicting nature* Willpower* “Cooking the beans”* General sustained pressure* Having a first move* Systems based approach to BJJ* Learning from Professor John Danaher* Choosing Jiu-Jitsu over Philosophy * Expressing yourself through Jiu-Jitsu* Access to knowledge * Receiving data* Access to knowledge * Receiving data* Jiu-Jitsu’s constant expansion* The Pummel* Leg Lock principles* Mapping out your game* What drives him to teach* Is Jiu-Jitsu for everyone?* The importance of being actively inquisituve * His favorite ruleset* Goals for 2020

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    Episode 419: Fabio Clemente

    Episode 419: Fabio Clemente

    Fabio Clemente joins the show to talk about athleticism in BJJ, creating panic in your opponent, training after 50 and teaching kids. He also gives great insight about being an academy owner and gives advice for future school owners. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Flamengo Athletic Club* Being athletic in Jiu-Jitsu* Getting tired* Gracie Diet* Training Judo in Europe* Judo compared to Jiu-Jitsu* Jiu-Jitsu’s development in Brazil and the US* Complicated techniques* Why he prefers side control* Creating panic in your opponent * Training after 50* Using your skills effectively* The training room and tournament dynamic* Smaller practicioners* Predicting which students will make it to black belt* Teaching your own kids* His son and daughter* BJJ’s user friendly nature* The wild west days of BJJ in the US* Banned techniques* The plight of academy owners during Covid-19* Filming instructionals back in the day* The Pummel* Advice for white belts* Plateaus * Waiting periods for rolling* Advice for new academy owners* Operating in a saturated market* Ups and downs of academy ownership* Goal for 2020

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    Episode 418: Jamie Kilstein

    Episode 418: Jamie Kilstein

    Jamie Kilstein of Rear Naked Radio joins the show to talk about meditation, getting the most out of down time, visualization and money in Jiu-Jitsu. Him and Ryan also talk about goofing off in past retail jobs and social errors white belts can avoid. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Quarantine diet* Missing Jiu-Jitsu* Maintaining cardio and conditioning * Making the most out of down time* Meditation* Managing anxiety* Thought patterns* His music* Visualization and confidence * The Pummel* Being a vegan* Jiu-Jitsu’s movement into the mainstream* Money in Jiu-Jitsu* Social errors for white belts to avoid

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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Episode 417: Jean Jacques Machado

    Episode 417: Jean Jacques Machado

    Jean Jacques Machado joins the show to talk about customizing Jiu-Jitsu to your traits, commonly overlooked concepts in the art, the value of self control and weaponizing your weak areas. He also talks about being a pioneer of BJJ in the US and teaching. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Amniotic Band Syndrome* The blessed position of growing up around legends* Jiu-Jitsu’s customizable nature * Waiting periods for white belts rolling* Monitoring each student’s journey individually* Figuring out your game* Weaponizing your weaknesses* Teaching as his calling* Commonly overlooked concepts in BJJ* Sport Jiu-Jitsu for self defense * The value of self control* Moving to the US* The growth of his school in the early days* The explosion of Jiu-Jitsu’s popularity after UFC 1* Dojo storms and challenge matches* Did teaching Americans early on cause friction for him?* The Pummel* The value of creativity in Jiu-Jitsu* Things he’s working to improve in his game as a coral belt * What it means to be a black belt* Goals for 2020

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
316 Ratings

316 Ratings

craig cordi ,

Grappling Central Podcast

I started listening to the Grappling Central Podcast a few years ago because Ryan was interviewing someone I knew through Jiu-Jitsu and I have been listening ever since. IMO, Ryan’s Podcast is the best Jiu-Jitsu (or grappling) podcast I have listened to. I have listen to others and I always eventually stopped. However, with the GCP I actually look forward to listening to the newest episode. I always take something way to help my journey in Jiujitsu, from every episode. I also really enjoy listening to “The Pummel”. The answers are usually pretty interesting. If I got a chance to play it, I am confident I would get my “double under hooks”. Another reason I listen to GCP is Ryan, himself. Ryan is genuinely a nice person who is very approachable and down to earth.

petey lorincz ,

GCP is king!

I love the GCP!!! Hearing different perspectives about the art from my favorite players helps my daily commute and even pushes me to go train on days I wasn’t necessarily feeling up to it. More pummel!!!

aaaggg167 ,

Great

Awesome podcast, always bringing in interesting and relevant guests from the bjj and grappling communities. A good listen for any martial arts practitioner or fan

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