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On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss why you shouldn't call Jiu-Jitsu a "grind." Chewy discusses how incorporating joy and fun into Jiu-Jitsu will help with progression, what changed that helped Chewy’s Jiu-Jitsu improve, one of the best things to do if you dislike drilling, how Jiu-Jitsu changes your life perspective,…
 
Deon Thompson is a 3rd degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the head coach and owner of "Ohio Brasa." On this episode, Deon discusses his start in Jiu-Jitsu and what Jiu-Jitsu was like in the early 2000's. Deon also talks about his desire to compete at a later stage of his career, why cross-training is more accepted now in Jiu-Jitsu, how basketball was …
 
PJ "The Butter Panther" Barch is a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and high level competitor. PJ joins the podcast to discuss his start in wrestling and martial arts, the Jiu-Jitsu environment compared to the Wrestling environment, the pros and cons of tough training, the evolution of his jiu-jitsu game, the job of the coach, ADCC trials trends, w…
 
David is a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, multiple time IBJJF champion, "Who’s Number One" and "Fight 2 Win" competitor, and the owner of "Assembly Jiu-Jitsu" in Bloomfield Hills, MI. On this episode David discusses preparing for the ADCC East Coast Trials, how to structure a warm-up, his start in martial arts, where his competitive drive came from, how to …
 
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jacob “The Hillbilly Hammer” Couch. Jacob is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, No-Gi Brown Belt World Champion, and trains out of Pedigo Submission Fighting. Jacob discusses how he got his name Hillbilly Hammer and the saying “Biscuits and Gravy,” what its like being a late replacement for tournaments, Jacob’s…
 
On this episode we chat with Pake McNally. Pake is a BJJ black belt, Blacksmith, former Wildland Firefighter, and the owner and fabricator of "Become Stronger Industries." Pake talks about how he became a Wildland Firefighter, learning Blacksmithing, his introduction to BJJ and the parallels of metal work and BJJ, starting his metalworking business…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the need to remove your dependency on the outcome and trust the process. We also discuss the need to recognize good performances and bad performances, and be able to break down the bad performances to get the lessons to be learned from the experience. We also chat about the difference between a good perform…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we recap the 2021 No-Gi Worlds, discuss some competition takeaways, Chewy's experience competing on a gas tank that was a quarter full, and do a live Q&A. Q&A Includes: What to do when getting fatigued holding closed guard, how to get competition intensity into regular rolls, how to stop thinking about BJJ …
 
Brandon Reed is a 3x NAIA College Wrestling Champion, 2021 NAIA Wrestler of the Year, and recently became the 2021 No-Gi Blue Belt Ultra Heavyweight World Champion. On this episode Brandon discusses his childhood and feeling like he didn’t fit in, being out of shape as a kid, discovering wrestling, getting adopted by his wrestling coach, developing…
 
Heather Jo Clark is a retired professional mixed martial artist, former UFC Strawweight, and the head MMA coach and co-owner of "10th Planet Denver." On this episode, Heather discusses her upbringing, playing professional Ice Hockey, finding MMA, being on "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 20, and starting her gym, “10th Planet Denver.” Heather also sha…
 
In the fourth installment of "Rules For Jiu-Jitsu," we discuss the concept of rolling to win and how to train to your full potential. Chewy shares a couple of stories he received, one from an athlete who rolls well at the gym but doesn’t compete to his potential. The other story is from an athlete who was able to use the idea of "competing without …
 
On this episode, Chewy discuses his COVID experience, his symptoms, how he recovered, and how he is doing now. Chewy’s shares his biggest concern when he got sick, how he will decide whether he will compete in IBJJF Worlds, why he avoided working while recovering, helpful ideas for maintaining a positive mindset, getting clarity from rest, if there…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene are joined by BJJ Black Belt Tomer Alroy. We discuss the growth of BJJ in Israel, Tomer's start in Jiu-Jitsu, when his Jiu-Jitsu started to evolve and improve, the benefit of competition, how to study your matches, warm up ideas/tournament prep, how to build confidence/get out of a mental funk, Tomer's other intere…
 
On the episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the concept of how increased quantity of work performed will increase the quality of work produced. In Jiu-Jitsu, this is a focus on increased attempts at a position or technique to increase the quality and effectiveness of those techniques. We also discuss why long-term consistency trumps short-term intensi…
 
On this episode, we answer a question from a newly promoted BJJ Blue belt, who doesn't feel that they are up to the standard of the other blue belts at their gym. We discuss the magical powers of Jiu-Jitsu belts, growing into your Jiu-Jitsu belt, which belt ranks are the largest jumps, underestimating and overestimating your abilities, the belt whe…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss their recent trip to Colorado to visit one of the Charlotte’s Web CBD research farms and also get some training in while in Denver. We discuss our visit to the farm, what sets Charlotte’s Web apart form other CBD companies, their farm practices, how CBD can effect the body and how it is absorbed, and the be…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss the altercation between Mikey Musumeci and Geo Martinez at a recent match and discuss the idea behind whether a Jiu-Jitsu black belt should be a better person. We also talk about the “ego” that high level Jiu-Jitsu practitioner have, whether you can become a better person through Jiu-Jitsu, how Chewy has gotten better throu…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we are joined in studio by the 2018 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Mahamed Aly. On this episode, Mahamed discusses his approach to grappling, how he structures seminars, getting into new hobbies, how he sees Jiu-Jitsu everywhere, getting worse to get better, ​an important lesson Mahamed learned from Henry Cejudo,…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss the importance of establishing your grips for Jiu-Jitsu techniques, and how this has an immense impact on your Jiu-Jitsu game. We discuss different types of gripping, using feints with gripping, modifying grips to make techniques work, problems that white belts have with gripping, decreasing …
 
Richard Bresler is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Rorion Gracie's first Jiu-Jitsu student in America, and the author of the book "Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life." Richard shares his story of how he met Rorion Gracie, how he started training , how jiu-jitsu offers a new beginning, what it was like training with Rorion Gracie, me…
 
On this episode, we discuss the concept of being an "Anti-Martial Artist." We also chat about the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu and the importance of learning new techniques influenced by other martial arts, being a “technique mercenary,” maintaining a “beginner’s mind,” the importance of training strikes with Jiu-Jitsu, using instructionals, and watching…
 
Joel Blanton is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has been training for over 20 years. Joel and Chewy share their first encounter at a tournament, how training in Professional Wrestling led to Joel's start in MMA, what the MMA scene was like in the early days, his start in Jiu-Jitsu, the ability to avoid confrontation, how to come back from a loss, tips f…
 
Kade Ruotolo is a Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt who trains out of Atos HQ. We start off the podcast discussing Kade’s recent victory at Who’s Number One by “Buggy Choke.” We discuss how Kade developed this new technique and how he implemented the submission into high level competition. Kade shares what it was like starting Jiu-Jitsu at 3 years old, the rela…
 
On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene discuss the recent viral video between ADCC Champion Orlando Sanchez and Professional MMA fighter Sean Strickland. We break down the technique Orlando used in the video, whether it was a "dick move," and give our thoughts on the situation altogether. We also discuss what makes something a "dick move" …
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the "rules for Jiu-Jitsu." The rules discussed were: Jiu-Jitsu is a marathon, doing something new to shake things up, having a clear vision to what you’re chasing, pacing yourself, and accepting failure as the currency for progress. Thanks to the podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://b…
 
On this episode, Chewy discusses something that he learned from the books With The Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and The Things Our Fathers Saw by Matthew Rozell. The part that was interesting was the key difference between veterans and new soldiers and how the acceptance of the idea of death from the veteran soldiers allowed them to be more aggressiv…
 
Eliot Marshall is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former Mixed Martial Artist. Eliot is also a business owner, podcaster, and author. He was the first American to win the BJJ Pan American Championship at blue, purple, and brown belt. After transitioning to MMA, Eliot fought on The Ultimate Fighter, earned a UFC contract, and fought for 4 more years. Upo…
 
Chewy discusses the concept of disrupting your opponent’s game by trying to figure out what their objectives and strategies are. Chewy and Eugene also chat about the value of looking at the common objectives for each position or technique in BJJ, how to study or learn about an opponent, studying opponent tendencies objectively, why training with pe…
 
We answer a listener question on preparing for a Jiu-Jitsu tournament on two weeks notice. Chewy gives his tips on staying in shape, should you compete if you’re out of shape, adjusting your training to your “A-Game,” how much you should roll, what would stop Chewy from doing a competition, is there an indicator on whether you should or shouldn’t c…
 
Chewy answers a question on cutting weight for BJJ competition. Chewy discusses how important weight cutting is to BJJ and his thoughts on the low carb and Keto diet approach to cutting weight. Thanks to the podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://bit.ly/31HEWoT and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purch…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss their thoughts Gordon Ryan’s comment on Gi Jiu-Jitsu being phased out over the next 10 years. We discuss our opinions on this topic, what rule sets/changes could make Gi Jiu-Jitsu more exciting, and we also do a live Q&A session. Q&A: 34:50 The rule change that could make Gi BJJ more exciting…
 
Todd is a former Marine, Jiu-Jitsu black belt, an author, and specializes in Executive Protection. Todd discusses how he started training BJJ 25 years ago, how Jiu-Jitsu was unique to other martial arts, the early days of Jiu-Jitsu, fighting NHB (No Holds Barred/MMA), starting his Executive Protection company, traveling to over 140 countries, his b…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss funny childhood stories and what life was like when they grew up, being bored as a kid, sharing thoughts on social media, the benefit of not doing, how Chewy slows down and rests, why to delegate tasks, and why contemplation is vital for efficiency. Thanks to the podcast Sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://b…
 
Shawn Williams is a 4th degree BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie, a BJJ analyst and commentator, and the creator of “The Williams Guard.” Shawn shares his story of going to New York to meet Renzo Gracie, moving to New York to train, the high level training partners he had, living and working in New York, the worst job he ever had, using Jiu-Jitsu f…
 
Sean is a former Green Beret, former Police Officer, and now runs the YouTube channel, “FNG Academy.” Sean recently released his new book, "Rising Above." On this episode, Sean discusses his difficult childhood, getting in trouble as a kid, seeking out mentors, joining the military to get away, becoming a Green Beret (special forces training), why …
 
James Clingerman is a 3rd degree BJJ black belt that started training over 24 years ago and is the owner of Indiana Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. James discusses the crazy place that he first started training jiu-jitsu, learning BJJ from books and VHS instructionals, what the competition scene looked like when James started training, the craziest pl…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene did a Youtube Live Q&A. Some of the questions answered: 9:30 At what age can kids start adult classes? 15:33 Stories about Indiana BJJ guys like James Clingerman. 22:33 “Old-School Jiu-Jitsu” vs. “New-School Jiu-Jitsu.” 35:20 More details about Chewjitsu and Origin Gi collaboration. 36:34 How to deal with the feeli…
 
On this episode of the podcast we discuss how to get the most benefit out of BJJ seminars. We discuss the benefit of focusing on less, why chewy disliked seminars at first, how to go about recording a seminar, who benefits most from a seminar, how to pick a seminar, why in-person seminars are better than instructionals, whether you should choose a …
 
Pete Roberts is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the founder and CEO of Origin USA, an American manufacturing company. Pete discusses his desire to create an American-Made Jiu-Jitsu gi, his love for Jiu-Jitsu, being humbled on the mats, starting a business that failed and using that as a motivator, the valuable lessons learned from having his ideas stole…
 
Sean is a BJJ black belt, actor, and stars in the new martial arts movie, “Born A Champion.” On this episode, we discuss the importance of BJJ training and health during the pandemic, why Jiu-Jitsu is part of Sean's "religion," Sean’s start in Jiu-Jitsu (and his powerful awakening because of BJJ), the two types of people (those that love winning an…
 
This episode starts with Chewy sharing a story about having a panic attack, and how starting to focus on breathing helped with reducing stress. Chewy also discusses why he meditates every morning. The main focus of this episode is on the importance of creating space for yourself and creating solitude and how much time to give to your solitude. We a…
 
Chewy discusses how to deal with nerves around training. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://bit.ly/31HEWoT and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out https://www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Check o…
 
Adam joins the podcast to chat about training, we discuss the new way Chewy ran belt promotions at the gym, Adam discusses receiving the first degree on his black belt, Eugene talks about earning his BJJ black belt, the difference between being nervous and excited, walking the Gauntlet, explaining what Jiu-Jitsu is to people that don’t train, and a…
 
Chewy shares how he got his nickname. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://bit.ly/31HEWoT and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out https://www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Check out exclusive podcas…
 
Ramsey Dewey is a former mixed martial artist, kickboxer, holds a degree in modern dance, and runs a popular youtube channel. Ramsey discusses moving to China, starting one of the first BJJ and MMA gyms in China, the most popular martial art in China, overcoming a severe illness, getting a degree in modern dance, how an illness changed the course o…
 
Chris is a BJJ brown belt and stroke survivor. Chris sustained a stroke in 2017 due to being placed in a submission while training. Chris shares his story of having a stroke, the signs that he had before the stroke happened, what to do if you have symptoms, what gym owners should know, why he still trains Jiu-Jitsu, how his training has changed, an…
 
Andy Stumpf is a former Navy Seal, he has set two World Records after jumping from 36,500 feet and flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation, he hosts the “Cleared Hot Podcast,” and holds a Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt. Andy joins the podcast to discuss his time as a Navy Seal, settin goals and staying the course to achi…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we are joined by BJJ Black Belt Kurt Osiander. Kurt updates us on what he has been up to, the injuries he has been dealing with, starting training BJJ pre-UFC, how his game evolved over the years, training in Brazil, the difference in training in Brazil as compared to the U.S., challenge matches in the earl…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene answer the question of whether you should get in shape before starting BJJ. We also do a live Q&A: Can you train BJJ with asthma? Thoughts on Gracie University if you don’t have a nearby school to train at. How to deal with losing a tournament and seeing your losses posted on social media. How to improve your top g…
 
Chewy discusses the book “The 33 Strategies of War” by Robert Greene and the concept of going to war with yourself. We use the concept of “going to war with yourself” to help with combating laziness, accomplishing your goals, making better life choices, and taking chances. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://bi…
 
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