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Jiu Jitsu has evolved at an incredible pace over the past few years and technology has played a huge part in that evolution. But will that evolution take us further away from Jiu Jitsu's roots and what does it mean for the future of the art? After speaking with Stuart Cooper, Thomas and Gary discuss the pace at which Jiu Jitsu has and continues to …
 
On this episode, we have filmmaker, instructor, and BJJ Black Belt Stuart Cooper. Stuart took a major injury that could have been a huge setback and turned it into a career that has taken him across the globe. When Stuart severely injured his arm he began filming training sessions which over a relatively short amount of time turned into Stuart Coop…
 
How do you deal with defeat? How do your expectations play into how you deal with setbacks? After speaking with Flavio Almeida, Thomas and Gary discuss defeat, the reasons why it can be so painful, and how to deal with it before it even happens. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ …
 
On this episode of The RŌL Radio, we have one of the most influential people in BJJ today, Flavio Almeida. Listen as Flavio discusses his start with Master Carlos Gracie Jr., his incredible competition career, how he needed to learn to deal with the losses that almost made him give up Jiu Jitsu, his new venture BarraFit, and so much more. Here is T…
 
World Champion Victor Hugo has no expectations when it comes to competition. Not because he doesn't care, but because he focuses more on the process than the result. After speaking with Victor, Thomas and Gary discuss if focusing on a desired outcome is less important than trusting in the process and putting in the work necessary to succeed. http:/…
 
In just a few short years, this week’s guest has gone from the next big thing to the top of the BJJ competition scene, most recently winning the IBJJF Heavyweight Grand Prix just this past week(Nov 2021). Listen as Six Blades Victor Hugo discusses how he got his Jiu Jitsu start with his father and how BJJ has become a huge part of his family. He al…
 
The physical stimulation Jiu Jitsu provides is fairly obvious, but what about the other ways Jiu Jitsu can stimulate you? After speaking with Professor Adem Redzovic, Thomas and Gary discuss the four areas of stimulation that Jiu Jitsu can provide, and how the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual stimulation Jiu Jitsu awakens can carry over t…
 
This week’s guest Professor Adem Redzovic is a F2W veteran, has run academies in the U.S and Europe, produced amazing BJJ Instructionals, and taught seminars at some of the most respected academies in the world. On this episode, Professor Adem discusses injury recovery as we age, longevity in the sport, the mental, physical, and emotional connectio…
 
Transitions in life and in Jiu Jitsu can often take very similar paths. How do you make it from one transition to another? After talking with BJJAfter 40 creator Mike Bidwell, Thomas and Gary discuss how to navigate transitions, both on and off the mats. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/ther…
 
Today’s guest was already a black belt in a more traditional martial art and had his own martial arts school when he stepped onto the Jiu Jitsu mats for the first time. He became so obsessed with BJJ after that class, that when he returned to his school he informed his students that they would only be training BJJ from that moment on. Mike Bidwell …
 
Has Jiu Jitsu or any other activity given you a sense of empowerment, making you stronger and more confident? After speaking with five-time world champion Karen Antunes, Thomas and Gary discuss how empowerment can change lives. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ https://mkbjj.com/…
 
Karen Antunes has become one of the greatest fighters in the female lightweight division, winning multiple world championships and defeating some of BJJ’s greats during her career. On this episode, Karen discusses her strong family bond, the challenges she and her husband Mayko faced during the pandemic, what she believes it takes to become a world…
 
Jiu Jitsu can often look flashy with incredibly intricate, fast, and powerful techniques. But is there a baseline from which these techniques flourish that is often unseen but is ultimately more important to one's success in the art? After speaking with IBJJF Hall of Fame member Xande Ribeiro, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of the strong fo…
 
Xande Ribeiro has the incredible distinction of only having his guard passed in competition four times in a 29 year period! Listen as Xande shares his philosophy on how his emotional state made his guard so successful, understanding body movement, how people process and learn Jiu Jitsu differently, how Jiu Jitsu desensitizes you to your demons, and…
 
Do you believe the mind and emotional state can have an effect on the physical being, and vise versa? After speaking with Budo Jake, Thomas and Gary discuss how the mind and body work in conjunction to either propel you forward or hold you back. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ …
 
Our guest was on the forefront of bringing BJJ to the masses. By importing martial arts videos, then producing instructional videos, and live streaming BJJ events, Jake McKee is one of the people that had the vision of what the sport was going to be and dedicated himself to promoting the art worldwide. Listen as Jake describes the early days of imp…
 
It is often said that the mats are the great equalizer and that if you are on them long enough you will be humbled. But is that always the case? Is everyone capable of excepting the humility that comes with defeats on the mats? After speaking with Goran Reljic, Thomas and Gary discuss humility in the context of Jiu Jitsu and whether or not everyone…
 
BJJ, MMA, and even Bare Knuckle Boxing, today’s guest has done it all in combat sports. Listen as Goran Reljic opens up about his incredible martial arts journey. Today he discusses everything from his early days in BJJ in Croatia, how he found his “real BJJ experience” when he trained under Roger Gracie, his MMA career, respecting the generations …
 
How do you deal with winning and losing? Which one has the bigger impact on your life and why? After speaking with Danny Savery, Thomas and Gary discuss winning and losing and the effect each has on people. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ https://www.dannysaverybjj.com/ https:/…
 
Today’s guest spent 15 years in Law Enforcement before opening his own BJJ academy and now as he puts it, eats, lives, and breaths Jiu Jitsu. On this episode, Danny Savery discusses despite good intentions, the difficulties of incorporating Jiu Jitsu into Law Enforcement, what an officer really goes through during altercations, what it took to make…
 
Do you Flow Roll or are you the go-hard or go-home type? After speaking with Karel "The Silver Fox" Pravec, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of incorporating Flow Rolling into your training routine and the opportunities missed if you only train hard. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/th…
 
On this episode, we have one of Renzo Gracie’s first American students, and a Renzo black belt since 2006, Karel Pravec. On this episode, Karel discusses his Youtube Live Sessions, training for the older Jiu Jitsu practitioner, injury recovery, the importance of flow rolling for anyone who trains no matter their age, and how to structure your train…
 
Do you make the necessary adjustments both physically and mentally to make sure you can continue on your Jiu Jitsu journey? After speaking with Chiropractor and owner of the brand new Gracie Jiu Jitsu Laguna Hills, Arman Fathi, Thomas and Gary discuss the adjustments needed to make sure you can stay in Jiu Jitsu for the long haul. http://www.therol…
 
When today’s guest was first on the show he had just received his black belt. In the year since a lot has changed for Arman Fathi. He has become a licensed chiropractor, and just this month has opened his own Jiu Jitsu academy. Listen as Arman discusses the benefits of chiropractic medicine for the regular person and Jiu Jitsu practitioner alike, d…
 
Do you live life in a state of action or reaction? After speaking with the author of Protection for and From Humanity, Todd Fox, Thomas and Gary discuss the effects of how having a passive or proactive approach can dictate your Jiu Jitsu game. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ ht…
 
On this episode, we have an IBJJF U.S. National and Open Champion, Rickson Gracie International Champion, NAGA Advanced Champion, and former MMA Pro with a list of BJJ credentials that goes on and on. But what he is most known for is his company Tour Protection, Protective Service Operations. Tod Fox has taken his 12 years of U.S. Marine experience…
 
Can you take shortcuts in Jiu Jitsu or life and still have the same outcome if you hadn't? After speaking with Mario Sperry who said he approached everything with discipline which left him no room for shortcuts, Thomas and Gary discuss the effects of taking shortcuts. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.fac…
 
On today’s episode, we have a true original who changed the way people trained Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. Bringing the discipline of Judo and the Military culture into the laid-back gyms of BJJ. Mario Sperry went on to be a top competitor in Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Vale Tudo, and MMA. A Carson Gracie student who never gave up an advantage or point in ten years …
 
If your game plan isn't working are you like a fish out of water? Don't be a fish! After speaking with Dedeco, Thomas and Gary discuss how knowing a variety of Jiu Jitsu concepts and understanding several positions can help you adapt when things aren't going your way. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.fac…
 
On this episode, we have Andre “’Dedeco” Almeida. Professor Dedeco started under the legend Ricardo De La Riva and became not only an incredibly successful competitor but also a fantastic instructor, academy owner, and hugely successful businessman Listen as Professor Dedeco discusses his early days training with De La Riva, his philosophy on BJJ a…
 
Do you make the most of the time you are given? Whether you are on the mats two hours a week or two hours every day, do you optimize your training? After speaking with multi-time world champ and 4th degree Black Belt Brandon Mullins, Thomas and Gary discuss how to make the most out of the time you spend on the mats. http://www.therolradio.com https…
 
This week’s guest was dragged onto the wrestling mats by his father, and early in his career, he cried after almost every practice. But even as an eighth-grader he had a voice telling him that even though he was constantly being beaten up it wasn’t always going to be that way. It was that attitude that led Brandon Mullins to become not only a high-…
 
All it takes to run a Jiu Jitsu academy is a place for some mats and a few students, right? After speaking with the co-founder of Brazilian Top Team and American Top Team Ricardo Liborio, Thomas and Gary discuss the real work that goes into running a successful academy and what a potential student should look for when picking out a place to train. …
 
Today’s guest is one of the most influential people in the world of Jiu Jitsu and MMA. First as one of Carlson Gracie’s best competitors then as co-founder of not one but two of the most successful MMA teams in history. On this episode, Ricardo Liborio shares his thoughts about his generation of fighters, the most important early events in MMA, the…
 
It has been said you don't break a bad habit you replace it with a good one. After speaking with Master Carlos 'Caique" Elias, Thomas and Gary discuss Jiu Jitsu's and life's bad habits, how they are developed, and how they can be prevented. Maybe it all starts with the Fundamentals? http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ …
 
Master Carlos “Caique” Elias is one of only eight men outside of the Gracie family to be awarded their black belt by Grand Master Helio Gracie along with Master Rickson Gracie, and was personally asked by Helio to move to the United States to be an instructor at the first Gracie academy in Torrence Califonia. On this episode Master Caique reminisce…
 
What makes a person confident? Is it something you are born with or is it a learned behavior? Nature vs Nurture? After speaking with MMA and BJJ legend Murilo Bustamante about how he became a more confident person when he stepped on the mats or in the ring, Thomas and Gary discuss where and how confidence develops. http://www.therolradio.com https:…
 
This week’s guest is a legend in both BJJ and MMA. He fought in the first BJJ vs Lute Livra challenge, went on to win the UFC Middleweight title, fought in Pride FC, and co-founded one of the greatest MMA teams in history. On this episode, Murilo Bustamante shares his incredible BJJ and MMA journey. One that started under Master Carlson Gracie, and…
 
Can you look inward and examine yourself critically and honestly? Fabio Gurgel the legendary competitor, instructor, and co-founder of Alliance Jiu Jitsu shared with us the quote, "Be hard on yourself and be gentle with others". In this takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be critical of oneself no matter the situation, and how to use …
 
Today’s guest is another legend in the world of Jiu Jitsu and co-founder of one of the most important and winningest Jiu Jitsu academies in the world. Fabio Gurgel started Jiu Jitsu at age 13 and by the age of 19 he was a Black Belt under Master Jacare Cavalcanti and at age 23 along with Jacare founded the legendary Alliance Jiu Jitsu. Over the nex…
 
Injuries are unfortunately a part of Jiu Jitsu. But what is the most important thing to do if you are injured? After speaking with The King of the Half Guard, Roberto Correa, Thomas and Gary discuss how staying connected to Jiu Jitsu during your recovery is vital. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.faceboo…
 
This week’s guest can be considered one of the biggest innovators in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After a severe knee injury, Roberto “Gordo” Correa changed forever the Half Guard position. Previously the last hope before your guard was passed, he turned it into the more offensive position we know today. He is also one of the greatest coaches in both BJJ a…
 
Why were you put on this earth? What is your purpose? After a great conversation with Gerry "Kid Peligro" Costa, Thomas and Gary discuss Kid's belief that he was put on earth to help others, and if that is truly our purpose in life. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ https://www.i…
 
Today’s guest is a prolific writer, surfer, and 5th Degree Black Belt Professor under Royler Gracie, Kid Peligro. Listen as he tells wonderful stories of growing up with the Gracie family, training under legends Royler and Rickson Gracie, how he trains world champion surfers, and the similarities between Jiu Jitsu, Surfing, and life. Here is RŌL Ra…
 
Do we create our own opportunities, or is an opportunity something that just happens? After speaking with Cole Miller and how he took advantage of the opportunities that led to a successful UFC career, Thomas and Gary discuss how opportunities appear, how to take advantage of them, and whether or not they happen for a reason. http://www.therolradio…
 
One thing that can be said about today’s guest is that he is driven. He was driven to become a fighter, made his way to one of the most respected teams in MMA, and then had a standout career in the UFC. Listen as Cole Miller gives us his take on a variety of topics ranging from a recent Royce Gracie seminar, what it means to truly know a position, …
 
Rorion Gracie was always hustling, making sure he was turning his dreams into reality. After speaking with Rorion about his amazing journey, Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to be someone who hustles, making their life's ambitions come to fruition. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/thero…
 
Today’s guest has arguably done more for the world of Jiu Jitsu than almost any other person. Firstly by spreading his knowledge of the art here in the Untied States, and then by creating the biggest organization in MMA, The Ultimate Fighting Championship. Listen as he share his story, from growing up under the tutelage of his father Helio and uncl…
 
Helio Soneca said life is like Jiu Jitsu because you always spend 70% on the bottom, but he also said you have the ability to reverse the situation and spend a glorious 30% of the time on top. Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to reverse the negative situations on and off the mats so you can make the most of that 30%. http://www.therolradio.com…
 
Helio Soneca Moreira has had an incredible Jiu Jitsu career, including being the first Featherweight World Champion, one of the first black belts out of Gracie Barra, and so much more. Listen as he tells stories about coming up back in the earliest days of the Gracie Barra Academy, how he got his nickname Soneca which means sleepy, how that nicknam…
 
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