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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.

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 408: Roy Dean

    Episode 408: Roy Dean

    Roy Dean joins the show to talk about tactics, being a good training partner, mysticism in martial arts and connecting techniques. He also explains why he decided to step away from being an academy owner and focus on online teaching and seminars instead. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Introduction to martial arts* Living and training in Japan* Fitting into an academy* Aikido* Mysticism in martial arts* Limitations in the way some styles are taught* The value of tactics* Theory and cooperative partners* Train-ability * Realistic training* Combat vs fighting* Finding BJJ* Learning from Claudio Franca* BJJ’s close ties to MMA in the early days* The early days of BJJ in California* The benefits of being an instructor * Connecting techniques together* Common obstacles students face* Being a good training partner* The Pummel* Plateaus * The decision to walk away from his academy* When teachers face burnout* His Belt Requirements instructionals (Coupon Code: GRAPPLINCENTRAL15)* Advice for future school owners* 2020 goals

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    Episode 407: Robert Drysdale returns!

    Episode 407: Robert Drysdale returns!

    Robert Drysdale makes his 3rd appearance on the show! He talks about the importance of human contact, the struggles of running a gym, confidence waves during the BJJ journey and chronic blaming. He also updates us on his upcoming documentary Closed Guard! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Quarantine * The impact of Coronavirus on gym owners* The importance of human contact* Brazilian culture’s impact on Jiu-Jitsu* BJJ’s filtration system * Trash talking in BJJ* BS in martial arts* The balance of being a school owner in the Jiu-Jitsu business* Confidence waves * Life phases* The human condition* Blaming and self-deception* You can’t please them all* Learning to grow as a person* Making tough decisions as a school owner* Athletes and relationships * Removing negative people from your circle* The Pummel* Closed Guard documentary* The tangled lineage of Jiu-Jitsu* Releasing his documentary* 2020 goals









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    • 3 hr 19 min
    Episode 406: Adam Wardzinski

    Episode 406: Adam Wardzinski

    Adam Wardzinski joins the show to talk about the BJJ scene in Poland, the path to becoming a professional grappler, rolling vs drilling and why it’s important to roll with lower belts. He also gives a deep breakdown of the Butterfly Guard! Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * The Coronoavirus quarantine* His origins* Sparring in traditional martial arts* The BJJ scene in Poland* Lack of funding for athletes* Why he’s not a fan of federations* Finding a way to get funding as an athlete* The path to become a professional grappler* The value of tournaments opposed to super fights for upcoming athletes* The turning point for him as a competitor * The development of his style* Butterfly Guard* His instructional with BJJ Fanatics  (Coupon Code: GRAPPLINGCENTRAL15)* Common mistakes from Butterfly Guard* The Pummel* Rolling vs Drilling* Why it is important to roll with lower belts* His advice for competitors who lose a lot* The importance of mastering the mental game* 2020 goals

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    • 1 hr 59 min
    Episode 405: Kent Peters

    Episode 405: Kent Peters

    Kent Peters joins the show to talk about overcoming plateaus, being self-taught in BJJ, forcing yourself into miserable spots and the value of keeping a training journal. He also talks about attacking from non-dominant positions and Jiu-Jitsu for women. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Regional rivalries* Origins* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Teaching as a blue belt* Taming white belts* Ego and teaching* Embracing the suck* Reaching the common practitioners * Imanari’s recent win* World of Warcraft and hardons* Comparison is the thief of joy* Being a self-taught practitioner* Why belts matter* The BJJ Globetrotters suspension* His ranks* Rigid curriculums vs free learning* The Pummel* Overcoming plateaus * The value of keeping a training journal* Aggressive bottom side* The Magic Pin* Jiu-Jitsu for daughters* Women in Jiu-Jitsu* 2020 goals* Losing his Instagram account

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 404: Jeffery Donovan

    Episode 404: Jeffery Donovan

    Jeffery Donovan joins the show to talk about fusing Judo and BJJ, starting training after 30 and learning to love competition. He also talks about battling cancer while maintaining his journey in Jiu-Jitsu and how it inspired his “No Wall Sitting” mantra. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * “Bexiguinha”* Origins* Breakdancing* Finding Jiu-Jitsu* Starting BJJ after 30* Being new to BJJ* His first competition* Learning from tournaments* The development of his style* Picking up old techniques you forgot* His decision to pursue Judo* Tips for people pursuing two styles* Judo’s impact on his style* Working around grips instead of breaking them* Generating Kazushi in transitions* Judo for No-Gi* Remembering the Japanese names of moves* Judo’s incredible pinning pressure* The thin margin of error in Judo matches* His cancer diagnosis and treatment* The Pummel* Transfering Judo to Jiu-Jitsu* The foot sweep* Yoga * 2020 goals

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    Episode 403: Emil Fischer

    Episode 403: Emil Fischer

    Emil Fischer joins the show and discusses ego culture in some academies, controlling aggression and intensity, “rude” techniques and why it doesn’t matter if you tap in training, even to lower ranks. He also talks about why he always studies his opponents. Click “read more” for listening options and show notes!















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    SHOW NOTES:







    * Origins* Starting Jiu-Jitsu young* The early scene in Ohio* His family’s grappling history* Why he won’t pursue MMA* How Jiu-Jitsu has impacted his life* Dealing with gaps in training * Controlling aggression and intensity* Tapping to lower ranks * Keeping things fun / managing nerves* Controlling yourself in competition * Why he studies tape* His upcoming Catch Wrestling championship match* Corpse Guard and Burt Reynolds Guard* His opponent’s reactions to his pre-match shenanigans * The Pummel* Becoming hard to control* “Rude” techniques* Ego cultures in some academies* His favorite ruleset* Trends in grappling* 2020 goals









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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

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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