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Our mission with this podcast is to help YOU grow on the mats! We do this by presenting deep, insightful interviews every week with the best athletes, coaches and legends of BJJ and Grappling. Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge about technique, BJJ culture or the history of the art, every episode is loaded with advice and lessons from the best in the game. The host Ryan Ford conducts each interview in a casual setting, which makes it easy to see the human side of the stars of ou ...
 
We want to talk about Jiu Jitsu, and the every evolving aspects of what that means, from getting ready for competitions, to drilling consistently, to how to deal with time off...literally every aspect of being a grappler, and the struggles and victories that come along with that. We also hear from our listeners every week! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thebjjpowerhour/support
 
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After speaking with Matt Thornton, Thomas asked Gary if the legends of Jiu Jitsu were being forgotten due to the massive influence of younger practitioners on social media? On this Takeaway, they discuss who has the responsibility to carry the torch for the older instructors and the people who built Jiu Jitsu into what it is today. www.rolacademy.t…
 
On this episode we have a guest whose contribution to Jiu Jitsu and MMA can not be overstated. Matt Thornton himself, and his gym along with their affiliates have coached some of the biggest names in BJJ and MMA. We are lucky enough to have Matt share his journey and great stories like training with Rickson Gracie, why the Fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu…
 
How and when you begin researching different aspects of Jiu Jitsu can have a major impact on your Jiu Jitsu journey. After speaking with Robert Degle and his love for research, Thomas and Gary discuss the benefits of doing your own research and exploration and doing wisely, with discipline, and free of distraction. http://www.therolradio.com https:…
 
On today’s episode, we have a black belt under Brandon Bennet of the Renzo Gracie Academy, Robert Degle. Today Robert discusses why he made the decision to forgo a master's degree in philosophy to become a full-time grappler, instructor, and competitor. Robert also shares how he deals with the nerves of competing, the differences between training i…
 
Are you part of a system? Is the academy where you train system or art based? After a great conversation with Alex Humen, Thomas and Gary discuss the differences between systems and art, and how culture affects them both. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 800 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey. http://www.therolradi…
 
On this episode, we have the owner instructor of the brand new Brabo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Virginia Beach Virginia, Alex Humen. Alex has a very unique martial arts journey, one that started in his homeland of Ukraine where he wrestled for over 10 years. Then Alex traveled to several other countries as a college student and trained whenever…
 
Luca Atalla was the editor of Gracie Mag, a photographer, a journalist, and more. He never set out to do these things but always did what was necessary to make sure he did it well. Do you do what is necessary to achieve your goals or meet your responsibilities even though you might not like everything that it takes? www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount w…
 
Luca Atalla might not be a household name in the Jiu Jitsu world but he has been on the forefront of spreading Jiu Jitsu across the globe since the mid-1990s. Luca was Editor of Journal Gracie which later became Gracie Mag, and is one of the men behind Galler, the popular and influential Renzo Gracie online platform Here is The RŌL Radio with, writ…
 
Do you take responsibility for your education? In today's society of information overload can you weed out the nonsense and get to the truth? After speaking with Daniel Maira, Thomas and Gary discuss why it is important to invest into your own education. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jit…
 
On this episode, we have an IBJJF Gi and NOGI Pan American champion, and F2W featherweight champion, Daniel Maira. Today Daniel discusses his teaching philosophy and how it differs from many others, promoting students based on that philosophy, how to truly compare Jiu Jitsu to a human game of chess, rolling with Mikey Musumeci, and a ton more. Here…
 
Will you ever master Jiu Jitsu? Is mastering Jiu Jitsu even possible? Rafael Lovato Senior who even now, as a fourth-degree black belt says he approaches Jiu Jitsu with the mind of a student. On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be a student of Jiu Jitsu and if it is possible to master the art. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount wi…
 
On this, our 100th episode we are fortunate enough to have a true martial artist in every sense of the word, Rafael Lovato Senior. Rafael discusses growing up on the rough west side of Chicago, how boxing and traditional martial art changed his life, training smart for the older grappler, the combination of nature and nurture, and so much more. Her…
 
Do you love the process of Jiu Jitsu? Do you embrace the struggle and the grind? Felipe Costa struggled in competition for many years but his love of the process of Jiu Jitsu was what made him continue when most would give up. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of the process and not focusing on the end result. www.rolacademy.…
 
Felipe Costa joins us today to discuss life as a traveling instructor vs having his own academy, being an instructor while focusing on his own competition career, Jiu Jitsu’s development beyond Brazil and the United States, the struggles he faced as a colored belt never winning a major tournament, and how he became one of the most respected rooster…
 
SBG Athens coach Adam Singer believes in letting his students fail and fail repeatedly, letting them find their failure points in order to correct them. On this takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of not being given answers but failing and learning from those failures. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over…
 
On this episode, we have a world-class coach and one of the owners of SBG Athens, Adam Singer. Toady Adam discusses the anxiety he has instructing classes, his unique coaching philosophy, the importance of failure and what he calls failing smarter, his beliefs on what makes a champion, nature vs nurture, and more. This is a really deep conversation…
 
Has life ever forced you to pivot, fundamentally changing the path you were on? 2020 was a hard year for many and Drew Weatherhead was forced to make some life-altering decisions. After listening to Drew tell his story, Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to make huge decisions when things seem out of your control. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount …
 
At the height of the covid pandemic and under strict Canadian lockdowns, Drew Weatherhead closed his academy, sold his house, put his family of six in a travel trailer, and hit the road. Now over a year later Drew joins The RŌL Radio from his makeshift studio in his SUV to discuss why he made such a drastic decision, the bonds and experiences he ha…
 
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make your plan a success? Nick Salles opened an academy during the height of the pandemic. He knew it could be tough and asked himself if he would do whatever it took to keep the doors open. Would he work odd jobs? Would he deliver food? The answer was yes and now along with his co-owner Danny Maia he runs…
 
Would you take everything you have and dump it into making your dreams come true? Today’s guest was still a Brown Belt when he decided to do just that and open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He took his savings, bought a gym out of state, didn’t pursue a comfortable living in the field in which he earned his college degree, and did it all during the he…
 
Matheus Lutes' singular focus from the time he was a Purple Belt was to open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He had no Plan B and knew every decision he made would have an effect on reaching his goal. On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss the pros and cons of having a Plan B and if having one is a distraction and a possible excuse for failure. www.ro…
 
On this episode, Matheus Lutes joins us to discuss his road from one of the Jiu Jitsu world’s top competitors to a new academy owner. Matheus knew from the time he was a purple belt that he would be an academy owner and he never had a Plan B. Today he describes how everything he did while training and competing was to help him achieve his goal of o…
 
Ricardo Almeida is one of the most influential people in BJJ and MMA. After a great conversation with Ricardo, Thomas and Gary discuss the influence Jiu Jitsu, Jiu Jitsu academies, and their culture can have on people and communities. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey. http://w…
 
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