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 178: Leticia Ribeiro  

One of the most decorated women’s champions of all time, Professora Leticia Ribeiro tells her life story, talks about her competition career and her role as a world renown instructor. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Her beginnings What drew her to Jiu-Jitsu Her first tournament Coming up in Rio in the 90’s […]

Episode 177: Remco Pardoel  

Professor Remco Pardoel made his MMA debut at UFC 2. Since then, he has become one of Europe’s most sought after BJJ instructors. He talks the early MMA days, Europe’s early BJJ scene and a major announcement regarding his relationship with Gracie Barra. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His intro to martial […]

Episode 176: Gustavo Dantas returns!  

The BJJ Mental Coach, Professor Gustavo Dantas is back to talk about confidence building, managing fears, keeping your ego in check and the importance of investing in yourself! Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Catching up since January 2016 The progress of his academy and The BJJ Mental Coach How BJJ mental skills […]

Episode 175: “Sambo” Steve Returns!  

Back for the second time, “Sambo” Steve Koepfer returns to talk about USA Combat Wrestling, His recent TV and film roles, the life of a stuntman and his prediction for the next craze in Grappling! Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Catching up since October His recent USA Combat Wrestling Worlds results Varying […]

Episode 174: Greg Nelson  

One of the most respected coaches in the world, Greg Nelson talks about his diverse background in martial arts, bad habits in grappling and universal concepts in all styles. He also speaks candidly about surviving cancer twice.  Click “Read More” for show notes! His intro to martial arts His background in Filipino martial arts Erik […]

Episode 173: Pedro Valente Jr.  

In this episode, we are joined by Professor Pedro Valente Jr.. Topics include self defense, practical training methods, lessons learned from Grandmaster Helio and an in-depth history lesson in Jiu-Jitsu! Click “Read More” for show notes!  His beginnings His father His time spent with Grandmaster Helio Can courage be taught? The relationships built in Jiu-Jitsu […]

Episode 172: Leo Nogueira and Jason Colleran  

Recently stripped of his 2016 World Championship due to a drug test failure, Professor Leo Nogueira and his personal trainer Jason Colleran share their side of the story and provide details of the incident to the BJJ community.

Episode 171: Fabio Santos  

A world renown instructor with over 30 years of competition experience, Master Fabio Santos talks about the good and bad sides of Jiu-Jitsu’s growth, his time spent with Rolls and Rickson Gracie and the old “Dojo Storming” days. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His beginnings / Beach bum life The growth of […]

Episode 170: Tarsis Humphreys returns!  

Tarsis Humphreys is back!  Just coming off of a great performances at Five Grappling Super League, we catch up since our last interview with him over a year ago. We talk conditioning, Yoga,  his new affiliation and the Lasso Guard! Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: Confusion in Orlando Five Grappling / Defeating Leandro […]

Episode 169: Perspectives from The Journey  

In this special episode, Ryan sits with 5 different guests, each from different ranks in Jiu-Jitsu.  This episode is intended to provide a bird’s eye view of each level in Jiu-Jitsu, given by guests who are not world renown practitioners. They are regular members of the community who each have unique backgrounds and walks of […]

Episode 168: The Kakuto Challenge crew!  

Byron Lovvorn and Professor Juan Guevara own and operate The Kakuto Challenge tournament. The biggest sub-only tournament in the southeast United States. They talk about their vision, backgrounds and why submission only is a great option for competitors! Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: How the Kakuto Challenge started How Ryan and Professor […]

Episode 167: Kurt Osiander  

In his 6th appearance on the show, Kurt doesn’t disappoint as the interview goes right off the rails in typical fashion when he drops in! We talk about his recent No-Gi World Championship, Half Guard, and of course, weapons, tattoos and heavy metal! Click “Read More” for Show Notes!  SHOW NOTES: Moving to Brazil Airline […]

Episode 166: Cole Miller returns!  

UFC veteran and submission specialist Cole “Magrinho” Miller updates us on his current status with the UFC, the grand opening of his new academy and his thoughts on Jiu-Jitsu in general. He also makes an exclusive announcement about his future in grappling! Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His current status with the […]

Episode 165: Mike Velez returns!  

Professor Mike Velez is back to give us an update on the busy world of Jiu-Jitsu Magazine! We talk about his recent promotion to Black Belt, self discovery through BJJ and his exciting new app that innovates the way you view the magazine!  Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His recent promotion to […]

Episode 164: Randy Couture  

One of MMA’s best Grapplers ever and a  living legend of the sport, Randy joins the show to talk about his career, mindset and the current state of MMA! Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His intro to Grappling How his desire to get his father’s attention motivated him to wrestle His high school […]

Episode 163: Neil Melanson  

One of the top Grappling coaches in the world,  Neil has been the head Grappling instructor for several of the biggest fight gyms in the US and has helped develop the ground skills of many of MMA ‘s elite fighters. In our discussion, we talk about tactics, techniques and Grappling as a universal system!  Click […]

Episode 162: Rolls Gracie Tribute  

This episode is a tribute to the memory of Master Rolls Gracie, the family champion from the 70’s to the early 80’s.  Multiple guests give insight to how Rolls was as a person, a competitor and a teacher. We also learn the impact he had not only on Jiu-Jitsu, but on all of grappling.  Featuring […]

Episode 161: Steve Mocco  

Steve Mocco was one of the most dominant high school wrestlers in recent history as well as an NCAA champion and US Olympian. He wrestled for the top 2 college wrestling teams in the country. He talks about his career and wrestling for MMA and Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: Growing […]

Episode 160: Akebono Taro  

Legendary Sumo champion and the first non-Japanese to become a Yokozuna (Sumo Grand Champion). Akebono gives a full education on the history, culture and sport of Sumo. He also discusses his MMA debut against Royce Gracie and highlights from his long career. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Growing up in Hawaii How youth […]

Episode 159: Steve Maxwell  

The first American black belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie, the first American certified to teach Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the first American to teach Kettle Bell classes in the US.  Professor Maxwell is a true American BJJ pioneer and lends insight on fitness, self defense and longevity in Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes!   […]

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