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Balancing Family, Business, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with Arvind Gupta, MMA Fighter and Venture Capitalist

Wade’s guest on today’s Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast is venture capitalist and MMA fighter, Arvind Gupta. During the evening and weekends, you can find Arvind mountain climbing, BASE Jumping, and practicing his skills in MMA or BJJ — but during the day he risks money as a venture capitalist and works as the managing director at the company he founded, Indie Bio, investing in biotech and life science companies that are looking to scale. In this conversation with Arvind they discuss some...


(Part B) Kris Wilder: Author, Black Belt, Head Instructor, and Strategic Life Coach

This episode, Wade continues his interview with Kris Wilder. This is the second half of a two-part interview. When Wade Pitts first began teaching as a self-defense instructor, one of the first books he read on the topic was The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting, by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane. The premise of the book was very clear: always avoid an altercation if possible; avoid violence. Today, he interviews one of the authors of the...


Author, Black Belt in Several Martial Arts, Head Instructor, and Strategic Life Coach, Kris Wilder (Part A)

This interview is split into two parts. This is part A. When Wade Pitts first began teaching as a self-defense instructor, one of the first books he read on the topic was The Little Black Book of Violence: What Every Young Man Needs to Know About Fighting, by Kris Wilder and Lawrence Kane. The premise of the book was very clear: always avoid an altercation if possible; avoid violence. Today, he interviews one of the authors of the book, Kris Wilder. Kris has a wide range of...


Professional Muay Thai World Champion, Chike Lindsay

Wade’s guest today is Chike Lindsay, a professional Muay Thai world champion and MMA fighter from Atlanta, Georgia. Chike has won many titles throughout his career, has eight champion belts, and has fought some of the best fighters in the world — but through it all, he still remains extremely humble. He also has a background in Electrical Engineering — earning his degree from Georgia Tech — which he attributes to some of his greater understanding of Muay Thai in regards to stamina...


The Perfect Blend Between WingChun and Chinese Medicine, with Sifu Paul Wang

This episode, Wade Pitts interviews Sifu Paul Wang — a practitioner of WingChun. Paul has a bit of a “traditional, non-traditional” background in the martial arts. Originally born in Taiwan, his family immigrated to the United States, moving to Utah, then to Chicago. He got his first exposure to the martial arts from Judo, then later moved back to Taiwan where he became more immersed in the martial arts. Moving once more, back to the U.S., he began learning integrative biology with an...


Movie Star and Owner of Two Martial Arts Schools, Jino Kang

It’s not often that Wade gets to interview a movie star — and today he does just that. Jino Kang has written, directed and starred in two full-length motion pictures based on martial arts. On top of that, he owns two successful martial arts schools in the Bay Area. In this podcast, Wade and Jino discuss his original passion, Hapkido, which he learned from his father; how he became a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner; and how he opened two different martial arts school based on two...


Distilling the Principles of Aikido into Her Business, with Wendy Palmer

Today, Wade interviews Wendy Palmer, who first began training in Aikido in 1971. Currently, she’s a 6th degree black belt. She has taken the lessons learned from Aikido into her personal development business, Leadership Embodiment, where she teaches mindfulness and leadership to business executives. Her goal is to bring the principles she has gained from Aikido and bring them to those who would otherwise not train in the martial arts. On top of that, she is one of the founders and teachers...


Continuing the Founder’s Legacy at E.Y. Lee Kung Fu School with Sifu Mark Messner

In this episode of the Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast, Wade Pitts interviews Sifu Mark Messner of the E.Y. Lee Kung Fu School in San Francisco, in the Richmond District. E.Y. Lee Kung Fu School has been around since 1975 and in the mid-’80s, it moved to the location it’s currently located, on Balboa St. One of the particularly fascinating things about the E.Y. Lee Kung Fu School is that the Founder, Sifu E.Y. Lee, passed away in 2013. And instead of ‘folding up shop’ or having one person...


Martial Arts Translating into the Workplace: How Training Can Improve Your Work Ethic

In this episode of the Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast, Wade Pitts interviews Paul Nikhinson, Senior Counsel at Airbnb and avid trainer in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — who recently has earned his black belt in the sport. Today’s episode highlights how the lessons learned in Martial Arts training can truly translate into a person’s personal and professional life. Paul is a great example of this, and he illustrates the lessons he has learned from training in Jiu-Jitsu in a really practical...


Shifting Your Narrative with Russell Redenbaugh

Today’s episode is an inspirational one. Wade Pitts interviews Russell Redenbaugh, who, at the age of 16, went blind. Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s talk on the space race, he began building his own model rockets, with hopes of becoming a scientist someday. Tragically, the last model rocket he built went horribly wrong and ended up exploding in his face — causing him to not only go blind but lose six of his fingers as well. Russell Redenbaugh however, shifted his narrative; living a life...


Balancing a Family Business While Training in the Martial Arts with Richard Goldstein

Today Wade interviews Richard Goldstein, who has been training in the Martial Arts in a variety of styles for over 50 years. Richard also runs a family business called The Copy Shop and Printing Company in San Rafael — a business that has been in his family for over 43 years. The two parts of his world meld perfectly together to enrich all aspects of his life. Richard began practicing in the Martial Arts from age eight in LA, at a Korean-based school. When he moved out to San Francisco...


CEO of iTRACE Technologies, Mark Manning; Entrepreneur and Martial Artist

Today Wade interviews Mark Manning, the CEO and Founder of iTRACE Technologies — a Bay Area technology company that helps other companies protect and police their brand through the Gray Market. On top of being an entrepreneur and running his own company, Mark also studies Krav Maga and has a good background in the Martial Arts side as well. Today’s episode was interesting on a variety of levels — from business to martial arts to cycling. Wade and Mark discuss the genesis of his business...


The Importance of Self-Defense with Barny Foland

In Wade’s mid-30s, he knew he wanted a change — he wanted to begin training in a Martial Art. He did his research, he tried a few different styles, but hadn’t quite found the fit he was looking for. When he discovered Krav Maga, he was intrigued. And as the saying goes, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will arrive.’ So he went to his first Krav Maga class where he met his instructor — and guest today — Barny Foland. Barny Foland has run the Krav Maga studio in San Francisco for...


From Plumber to Proprietor of a Popular Boxing Gym

This episode, Wade Pitts interviews his guest, Paul Wade, of 3rd Street Boxing in San Francisco. As an immigrant from Dublin, Ireland, Paul Wade found there to be an incredible amount of opportunity in SF. Paul was a plumber by trade which allowed him to find work anywhere — but ultimately, it wasn’t his dream. After traveling to SF and meeting many inspirational people along his journey, he opened up his own gym: 3rd Street Boxing. 3rd Street Boxing is the epitome of old-school boxing,...


Arjun Dhingra: Balancing Business and Taekwondo

Arjun Dhingra is an accomplished Martial Artist of over 30 years. He has tested himself on the National and International stage and currently coaches Martial Arts as well as runs his own Mortgage Practice in the Bay Area. Arjun studies and practices Taekwondo — which, as he loves to explain — is a fusion of two ancient Martial Arts: Karate and Taekkyon. He got started at the young age of 8 and now has been training for a little over 30 years. Arjun originally got into Martial Arts as a...


James Hidalgo’s Martial Arts Philosophies

Today, Wade Pitts interviews James Hidalgo — owner of Infinite TKD, a Martial Arts studio based in the Marina District in San Francisco. James has been training Martial Arts for over 20 years, has competed on a professional level, and started his own school here, just 8 short years ago. James got into Martial Arts fairly simply; he was nine years old and his sister was putting her kids into Martial Arts and had asked if he wanted to try it out as well. After a couple of weeks, his...


The Overlaps Between Business and Martial Arts with Ryan Gallagher

Today, Wade Pitts interviews Ryan Gallagher, CEO of IOVOX Enterprise, a tech data company based in Mill Valley, California. Ryan has a broad background in Martial Arts from his time in Wales, Australia and the US but was originally born in the UK. Ryan Gallagher has practiced traditional boxing, wrestling, Thai Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Shotokan Karate, and Kung Fu — with his favorite being Thai Boxing. Beyond Martial Arts, Ryan and his wife run their own business called IOVOX, which they’ve...


Staying True to the Martial Arts While Still Making a Profit

Today, Wade interviews Phil Des Rosiers. Phil was born and raised in Marin County, California. He began training in the Martial Arts in ‘87 after he got his start from making a wrong turn down an alleyway on 15th and Mission, San Francisco. A man suddenly accosted and attacked him when his boss — James “Kimo” Aven — clotheslined the perpetrator, then turned to him said, “Have I ever told you about Kenpo Karate?” Kimo was a 3rd-degree black belt right under Ed Parker, trained with Ralph...


Brannon Beliso on Building a Successful Business through Martial Arts

Wade Pitts joins his guest Brannon Beliso in his studio in Millbrae, California. Brannon Beliso first began practicing Martial Arts back in 1967. His father was his first teacher and taught him from his own home, in the studio in their basement. His first introduction was when he was only 4 years old and would have to sit in the kneeling position for 2 hours at a time, 4 times a week to prove he was ready to train. It was all about discipline — even from a young age. In ’79, at 17 years...


Danny Zelig, Premier Self Defence Expert and Founder of Tactica Krav Maga Institute, on the Goals of Krav Maga and His Three Schools in the Bay Area

Danny Zelig is a Premier Self-Defence Expert and the Founder of Tactica Krav Maga Institute. He owns three schools in the Bay Area that provide training for over 700 students. At Tactica, there is a strong emphasis on education. As described by Danny, the schools’ goal is to train, educate, build your skills, and to have you walk out more knowledgeable and healthier. Tactica is beyond the physical training, serving as a lighthouse to all their students that is always there for...


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