A podcast where we will discuss the training, teaching, health and education of mixed martial arts. Hosted by Sonny Brown, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, competitor and coach who is also a 3 times Australian MMA Champion. He also runs the Sonny Brown Martial Arts YouTube Channel which breaks down MMA & Grappling competitors matches and careers. The podcast aims to provide insights to anyone looking to learn more about the teaching and training of martial arts.
Submitting the Stigma of Mental Health in Martial Arts With Erin Herle
I talk to Erin Herle, Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt & Founder of #submitthestigma. Submit the Stigma is a mental health advocacy group, so we discuss the work they do and the interplay, boundaries and roles that Jiu-Jitsu training can play in mental health and the mental side of competition and fighting. We also discuss becoming confident, having a strong self-belief, how to build beneficial connections with training partners through communication, becoming confident and Erin's own BJJ & MMA competition experiences.
UFC Performance Institute, MMA Periodisation & Integrating Mental Training With Richy Walsh
I talk to Richy Walsh, A veteran of The UFC & The Ultimate Fighter who now works as an MMA Coach at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, China. We discuss the goals of the UFC P.I, how they run the MMA Combine & scout for new talent and the running of a fight camp. He also explains the periodisation of MMA Skills training and his thoughts on applying the same process for mental training. Lastly, how he game plans and breaks down footage for the athletes and runs the professional sparring sessions.
Dedication of Daisy Fresh & Fighting For the Future With Heath Pedigo
I talk to Heath Pedigo, Founder of Pedigo Submission fighting, aka Daisy Fresh. We discuss the culture and mindset used to build Daisy Fresh from Mt. Vernon to win the Pan Ams and the work ethic he looks to instil in his team and build camaraderie. Also, his thoughts on breaking down techniques from competition footage, and the evolution of training and teaching Jiu-Jitsu and the role coaches play in the process and his belief that Jiu-Jitsu can be used as a vehicle for bettering people and saving lives.
Alliance With Adversity & The Value of Vulnerability With Eric Uresk
I talk to Eric Uresk, a Judo & Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who coaches at Alliance MMA. We discuss his martial arts career and how he advocates for embracing vulnerability in his training to help conquer adversity. He explains his coaching philosophy and the hurdles he has faced while working with high-level athletes, including gaining trust from the athletes, mainly while working with Dominic Cruz. An athlete who has such an extensive knowledge of MMA that instructing him has its own set of challenges.
An Inquiry-Based Instructional Strategy of Teaching Without Telling With Tum "Energia" Voorn
I talk to Tum "Energia" Voorn who is a Jiu Jitsu Practitioner with a Capoeria background and who also trained as a teacher. We discuss an inquiry-based instructional strategy that he describes as "Teaching Without Telling" and how he applies it in a grappling context, what obstacles it may have in its implementation, how to overcome them and the benefits of its use. We also relate this to forming a positive club culture by encouraging student feedback and, finally how leg locks can play into this pedagogy.
Initiating No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu for the Next Generation of Grapplers With Chris Brennan
I talk to Chris Brennan, the O.G of No-Gi. Chris is an MMA Hall of Famer and 3-time No-Gi world champion, but perhaps might not be as well known for starting the first No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu school in America back in 1998 after leaving the Gracie Academy. We discuss what the Gracie Academy and the change to No-Gi were like and how he learned to train his students while competing in MMA. We also discuss how he has taken those lessons and passed them on to his sons with their MMA & grappling careers.
Top Tier Martial Arts Podcast
This is one of the best mma/jiu jitsu related podcasts by a legit professional fighter and coach that gets better every year. There’s great guests with rich information if you’re a fighter, practitioner or hobbyist. Thank you Sonny for the great content, hope you keep it coming!
Consistently worth a listen
10/10 would recommend
This podcast has made my year. A lot of the guests and inherent messages of the episodes have provided tangible value to my life. I’ve followed Sonny from YouTube where he provided crazy good breakdowns of martial arts that I am drawn to. Turns out he make quality products off YouTube as well. I like the way he and his guests conceptualize martial arts and grappling in a way that can improve my game while I’m driving to practice. Also his relation to the greater concept of martial arts making you a better person and not being afraid of innovation makes this podcast one of my favorites and a gold mine of information. Highly recommend