The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names i

The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names i

United States

Insightful commentary by world-renown grapplers!


Episode 152: Lionel Turner  

The man behind our longest running sponsor Leao Optics joins the program to talk about the business side of Jiu-Jitsu! This is a great episode for anyone who has aspirations to be a BJJ entrepreneur. We talk about how he got into BJJ, the formation of his brand and advice for entrepreneurs!  Click “Read More” […]

Episode 151: Tom DeBlass is back!  

Joining the show for the second time is Professor Tom DeBlass! We catch up on what he’s been up to in the last year and Tom talks about his intense daily training, discipline, his online following and his recent gold medal at the ADCC Qualifier! Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Is “5 […]

Episode 150: Wu-Tang Pete  

BJJ Purple Belt, EBI veteran and vegan athlete “Wu-Tang Pete” joins the show! We talk about BJJ saving him from addiction, competition and his reasons for becoming a vegan athlete. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: Intro to martial arts How training was his lifeline growing up in a split family How Jiu-Jitsu […]

Episode 149: Sam “Big Chocolate” McCoy  

Professor Sam is a BJJ Black Belt, an SBJJIF Masters 1 World Champion, Professional MMA fighter, Former Police Officer, Bodyguard and Author. We talk about his transition from Football to BJJ, his time spent teaching Jiu-Jitsu in Abu Dhabi and what it is like being one of rapper Lil Wayne’s body guards. Click “Read More” […]

Episode 148: Clark Gracie  

Clark Gracie is a decorated champion and highly respected instructor. We talk about growing up in the Gracie family, past tension within the family, tips on using the guard effectively and his viral internet fame! Click “Read More” for show notes! Show Notes: Growing up Gracie Living between Brazil and the US Learning from his […]

Episode 147: Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida  

In the first episode of 2017, we are joined by Professor Lyoto Machida. A lifelong martial artsist, BJJ black belt and Brazilian National Sumo champion, Lyoto talks about training in Japan, his long undefeated streak, his current suspension and meditation. Click “Read More” for show notes! Growing up in a Japanese/Brazilian community The various martial […]

Episode 146: Wallid Ismail  

Wallid Ismail is an iconic figure in BJJ and MMA. A Vale Tudo fighter and MMA pioneer, his name is synonymous with Brazil’s old school tough guys. He holds high profile wins over members of the Gracie family and is well known for his aggressive style. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: Growing […]

Episode 145: Darlynson Lira  

Professor Darlynson Lira is a 5th degree black belt under his father, 9th degree Red Belt, Master Darcio Lira. He is from one of the few successful lineages outside the Gracie family and has a very interesting approach to teaching and competition. He gives great insight on history and the current BJJ scene. Click “Read […]

Episode 144:  Xmas with Dan “The Beast” Severn  

Xmas with The Beast! Our very first guest ever is back for the 3rd time to spread the holiday cheer! We talk food, fighting and answer questions from the listeners! Click “read more” for show notes! Music intro credits:  “Santa is coming to town” performed by Charlie Parra Del Reigo. iTunes – Youtube – […]

Episode 143: Dean Lister Returns!  

The Boogeyman is back! After a year since his last appearance, Jiu-Jitsu’s International Man of Mystery updates us on his life. We talk traveling, what makes a seminar successful and near death experiences with Somalian drug lords and Mexican Mafiosos!  Full show notes below!  SHOW NOTES: Traveling frequently Advice for Ryan living in Sao Paulo, Brazil […]

Episode 142: Samuel Spiegelman  

Professor Samuel Spiegelman brings a unique insight to the world of athletic performance specifically for BJJ practitioners. He talks diet, longevity and together, we issue the 30 day fitness challenge to the listeners!

Episode 141: Nic Gregoriades  

One of Jiu-Jitsu’s most respected figures, Professor Nic sits down in this deeply insightful interview to talk about the importance of being honest with yourself, how to analyze your own Jiu-Jitsu and concepts to help you along the way in your journey.

Episode 140: Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa  

Founder of the Soul Fighters team and a decorated BJJ champion,  Rafael “Formiga” Barbosa joins the show!  He talks about always being the smallest guy in the academy and how that lead to his nickname, his mental and physical preparations for competitions and a breakdown of the Butterfly and X Guard game!

Episode 139: David Aguzzi  

A BJJ brown belt and the founder and owner of Grappling Industries tournaments, David Aguzzi joins the show. David talks about his tournament, the growth of professional BJJ and what it takes to succeed in the tournament business. He also gives great insight on how some of the major grappling promotions have tarnished the playing field.

Episode 138: Demian Maia  

In this episode, we are joined by arguably the greatest representative of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in MMA, Demain Maia. Demian talks about why he quit Kung Fu as a teen to start BJJ, funny stories from the mats and his excitement for a Welterweight title shot!

Episode 137: David “Silverfox” Karchmer  

One of the most experienced and recognized BJJ referees in the United States, Professor Karchmer has reffed well over 3,000 matches in his career. He discusses some of the subtle intricacies of reffing that many competitors may not take into consideration, his opinion on common rules, the elements of a good ref and bias in big tournaments

Episode 136: Amanda “Tubby” Alequin  

Amanda “Tubby” Alequin is one of the fastest rising stars of women’s Jiu-Jitsu. Just coming off her first black belt no-gi world title, Tubby discusses the differences between mens and womens BJJ, her mental preparation and competing against her idols.

Episode 135: Allan Goes  

A 6th degree black belt under Carlson Gracie and an MMA pioneer, Professor Allan Goes joins us to share his powerful life story. He openly talks about how he went from horrible poverty and incarceration, to being saved by Master Carlson Gracie and Jiu-Jitsu.

Episode 134: Matt Lindland  

Coach Matt Lindland is regarded as one of the top world resources for grappling knowledge. In this episode, he discusses his career, his decision to pursue Greco-Roman Wrestling over Freestyle, his Olympic experience and his long and successful MMA career

Episode 133: Rustam Chsiev  

Rustam “The Russian Bear” Chsiev joins the show to talk about wrestling, moving to the US to chase his dreams, his success in EBI and his old school diet!

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