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I'm Doing A New Show! Check Out "Beyond Homo Sapien"! Here's Info:

Long-time NO TALK Mat-Tricks BJJ Podcast subscribers! I'm doing a new show about Human Evolution! The Podcast is called "Beyond Homo Sapien" and it's available wherever you find Podcasts :) To find the show, just search "Beyond Homo Sapien" anywhere Podcasts are found, on YouTube, or just go to Hope to see you there! We are talking about spiritual awakening, consciousness evolution, AI, blockchain, virtual reality, and, yes, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! See you...


Kroyler Gracie Talks About the Future of Jiu-Jitsu and Wristlocks to Pass the Guard

What will Jiu-Jitsu look like in 50 years? On this Episode of the show, we talk with Kroyler Gracie about the future of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Kroyler is the grandson of Grandmaster Helio Gracie and someone who has been training in BJJ since they were a child. Kroyler started teaching and learning Jiu-Jitsu at a young age and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and information during his time on the mats. If you enjoy the show, please visit iTunes or Stitcher and give us a 5-star rating...


Jeff Shaw Shares 3 Lessons Learned from Podcasts with Jiu-Jitsu Legends

What lessons have you learned from BJJ Podcasts? How have they influenced your game? These are the questions we set out to answer in this episode of the Mat-Tricks BJJ Podcast with Jeff Shaw. Jeff is the host and creator of Dirty White Belt Radio, a Podcast that serves the Jiu-Jitsu scene in the southern United States, particularly around North and South Carolina Jeff is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who has become known for delivering outstanding podcast episodes with some of the...


Wim Deputter Explains the Pressure Game in BJJ

Do you want to learn more about the pressure passing game? Wim Deputter is one of the Europe's top black belts and, in this episode, we talk about Wim's pressure style of Jiu-Jitsu and how he structures his game. Wim is the head coach and owner of Brasa Belgium in Leuven, Belgium. As a competitor, Wim has traveled all over Europe to compete, teach seminars, and make a name for himself. As a coach, Wim has developed one of the best academies in Europe, producing athletes who claim titles...


Marcos Flores Talks Grappling Industries and How to Run a Really Good BJJ Tournament

Are you interested in learning more about how to run an outstanding jiu-jitsu tournament? Marcos Flores is the Director of Tournaments for the USA for Grappling Industries. Never heard of Grappling Industries? You are missing out on one of the best promotions for competitive BJJ events. Grappling Industries is known for their round robin format, allowance of almost all submissions, and no advantages. Thanks to people like Marcos, they are also known for always running an efficient, fun,...


Dr. Jen Case Busts Myths About BJJ Strength Training and Nutrition

Do you want to increase your strength, conditioning, and improve nutrition for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu? Dr. Jen Case is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renato Tavares. Jen trains under Jason Bircher at Kansas City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kansas City, Missouri. Jen works for a company called Renaissance Periodization which she started working for in 2014 after leaving work as a Professor at University of Central Missouri. Jen is an expert in strength and conditioning, especially for...


Drew Weatherhead Talks About Because Jitsu and Ending BJJ Politics

Drew Weatherhead is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who created the "Because Jitsu" collection of memes. If you've been on the internet for more than a day, you'll have noticed memes popping up for interests of all sorts under the sun. In my opinion, Drew is one of the best when it comes to making memes for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, and everything to do with the culture of our sport. A true comedian, Drew is able to turn just one or two photos into a work of comedy with some photoshop...


Clark Gracie Talks About Using Surprise During BJJ and the Jiu-Jitsu Spirit

Clark Gracie is the grandson of Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and the son of Carley Gracie. Over the years, Clark has distinguished himself as one of the most competitive members of the Gracie family. Clark is the 2016 US National Pro Jiu-jitsu Champion, a 2013 Pan American Champion, and a 2010 New York Open Champion among many other tournaments over the years. I met Clark at a seminar he gave at Ramstein Jiu-Jitsu here in Germany. Clark taught a fantastic seminar revolving around some classic...


The First American To Ever Train BJJ with Rorion Gracie: Richard Bresler

RIchard Bresler is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who was the first American to ever signup for a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu lesson with Rorion Gracie when Rorion first moved to the United States. Richard has been training and teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over thirty years. In this interview, we talk about Richard's early days training with the Gracie family, how Gracie challenge matches were carried out, and we speak about the lessons Richard has learned over his decades training in the...


Ethan Crelinsten on Training BJJ Every Day and Travelling Europe

Ethan Crelinsten is a brown belt under Firas Zahabi who also spends much of his time training under John Danaher at Renzo Gracie HQ in NYC. Ethan trains regularly with Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan, Eddie Cummings, Georges St.-Pierre, and other legends of BJJ and MMA. In this episode, we chat about how Ethan started training BJJ, how he managed to achieve a high level in a short period of time, and also discuss Ethan's thoughts about travelling around Europe to teach seminars for Brazilian...


Oliver Taza Discusses Becoming a Professional Athlete and Training Under John Danaher

Oliver Taza is one of the up-and-coming talents in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is a brown belt under Firas Zahabi who also spends much of his time training under John Danaher at Renzo Gracie HQ in NYC. Oliver trains regularly with the likes of Garry Tonon, Gordon Ryan, Eddie Cummings, Georges St.-Pierre, and other legends of BJJ and MMA. In this episode, we chat about life as a professional athlete, training under John Danaher, and talk about Oliver's recent experience competing at the Eddie...


Muhsin Corbbrey on Social Problems in America and the Martial Artist's Responsibility

Muhsin Corbbrey is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Loyd Irvin and also a Kru in Muay Thai. Muhsin has a professional MMA career filled with extremely exciting matches against some of the best in the sport. If you follow Muhsin on social media, you'll find yourself becoming more educated about politics, martial arts, social problems, philosophy, history, and a variety of other topics. In this episode, we do not spend too much time discussing martial arts and instead do a deep...


Toney Waldecker on Coaching MMA and Training Self-Defense

Toney Waldecker is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Grandmaster Relson Gracie. Toney has been coaching BJJ and MMA for an extremely long time and he has developed an expert opinion on training in either style of fighting. In this episode of the show, we talk about Toney's experiences training high level MMA fighters, teaching BJJ competitors how to succeed in competition, and some of his thoughts on training for street or sport Jiu-Jitsu. If you enjoy this episode,...


Christopher Odell Talks About Datsusara and Jiu-Jitsu to Overcome Adversity

Christopher Odell is the creator, owner, and operator of Datsusara. Christopher's company produces some of the best hemp gear for Jiu-Jitsu athletes including Gis, hoodies, t-shirts, bags, wallets, and other apparel. In this episode, we discuss how Chris started one of the most high quality brands in BJJ and how he uses Jiu-Jitsu and MMA training to overcome adversity in his life. Enjoy! If you have been enjoying the show, please visit iTunes or Stitcher and give us a 5-star rating and a...


Ruben Alvarez on Training Under Tom Deblass, Leglock Experts, and Junior Black Belts

Ruben Alvarez is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Tom Deblass. Originally, Ruben trained under Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu and has since joined the Deblass association along with the likes of Freddy Trillo, Josh Hayden, and some other incredible BJJ athletes and instructors. Ruben is skilled in the NoGi game and well versed in leglocks, kimuras, and wrestling techniques. In this episode, we talk about Ruben's experience training under Tom Deblass and why Ruben decided to...


Charlie Vinch on Injuries in BJJ and the Power of the Mind

Charlie Vinch is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Phil Migliarese. Charlie previously came on the show to talk about owning a BJJ academy, living the martial arts lifestyle, and training under the Relson Gracie lineage. This week, Charlie delves into some deeper topics including the power of the mind, recovering from serious injury, and some of his own personal life philosophy. This is a powerful episode, especially if you're dealing with a life altering injury that is preventing...


Miha Perhavec Shares the BJJ Athlete's Journey

Miha Perhavec is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under Darragh O Conaill. Originally, Miha comes from Slovenia and he's previously trained Judo at the highest levels in his home country. Recently, Miha won a match on the Polaris 4 undercard, utilizing his powerful heel hook technical mastery. This very weekend, Miha also dominated the Subover80 invitational tournament, winning all 4 matches by heel hook. Miha has lived an exciting life that encapsulates the journey shared by many trying to...


Erik Owings on Training Under John Danaher, Functional Fitness, and Efficiency in Training

Erik Owings is a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie and Carlos Gracie Jr.. Erik trained predominantly under John Danaher at the Renzo Gracie academy in NYC and now owns his own academy called Mushin Mixed Martial Arts, also in NYC. In addition to being an accomplished BJJ black belt, Erik is an expert in strength and conditioning, "functional fitness", postural exercises, proper breathing, nutrition, and all facets related to health and performance. Erik worked...


Phil Migliarese Talks About Training With the Gracies and Yoga for Fighters

Phil "Jiu-Jitsu Matrix" Migliarese is a 5th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Grandmaster Relson Gracie. Phil owns Balance Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been training BJJ since the early 90s when the Jiu-Jitsu scene was just beginning in the United States. In addition to training Jiu-Jitsu, Phil is a master Yogi and a world class Yoga instructor who has traveled the world studying different Yoga styles. Phil developed a DVD called Yoga for Fighters which has...


Mike Bledsoe Explains Strength and Conditioning for Grapplers

Mike Bledsoe is the host and co-founder of the outstanding Barbell Shrugged and Barbell Business podcasts. Barbell Shrugged is a podcast about strength and conditioning that interviews the best in the Crossfit, Strongman, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, and nutrition communities. If you're looking for the latest information about getting in incredible shape, Barbell Shrugged is one of the best resources in the industry. Barbell Business is a Podcast for gym owners who want to grow and expand...