The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names i

The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names i

United States

Insightful commentary by world-renown grapplers!


GCP Community Focus: Mike Salemi / Kettlebells for Jiu-Jitsu  

Mike Salemi is one of the most respected strength and conditioning experts in the world. He talks about customizing your fitness to meet your needs in Jiu-Jitsu, building grip strength and timing your nutrition correctly. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His approach to working with grappling athletes The inherent lower risk of […]

Episode 212: Enson Inoue  

Retired professional MMA fighter and BJJ Black Belt Enson Inoue talks about his time spent with Grandmaster Relson Gracie, being humble as a black belt, his MMA career and the Yakuza. He also tells the story of the infamous 1998 Pan Ams brawl. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Origins How bullying lead […]

Episode 211: Rose Gracie  

Rose if the founder of Gracie Worlds tournaments. She talks about growing up in the Gracie family, her perspective watching Jiu-Jitsu spread to the US, her views on belt ranks, tournament bias and cannabis use in BJJ and MMA. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Growing up in the Gracie family Grandmaster Helio’s […]

GCP Community Focus: Javier Palomo  

Javier Palomo is a black belt in several martial arts, a purple belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu and a Catch Wrestling instructor. He talks about the value of exploring other grappling styles and different tournament rule sets. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His recent silver medal at US Combat Wrestling His martial […]

Episode 210: Kenny Florian  

UFC veteran and Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Kenny Florian talks about BJJ in the 90’s, positive mentality, managing nerves and emotions and the value of setbacks. He also talks about commentating for the UFC and trades Royce Gracie stories with Ryan. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His origins Jiu-Jitsu in the 90’s Ryan […]

Episode 209: Raf Espaza  

Comedian, Writer and Co-Host of The Verbal Tap Podcast Raf Esparza joins the show to talk about Professional Wrestling moves that work in Jiu-Jitsu, Ryan’s shattered childhood dreams of being a pro wrestler, the direction of the UFC and running the USSGL. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His origins Switching from No-Gi […]

Episode 208: Mahamed Aly  

One of BJJ’s youngest and brightest stars, Mahamed Aly joins the show to talk about cultural differences between Brazil and the US, pursuing a life of passion, adding Judo to his game and the pros and cons of being a big guy in Jiu-Jitsu. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Origins / intro […]

Episode 207: Marcelo Garcia  

Professor Marcelo Garcia is considered by many to be the greatest BJJ competitor of all time. He talks about his origins, avoiding one-dimensional training, self discipline and managing ego. He also discusses why you should always seek tough rolls. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES! His team’s recent performance at Worlds The growth […]

GCP Community Focus: Steve Cotter / Kettlebells for BJJ  

Steve Cotter is one of the top resources in the world for kettlebell training and he is also the personal kettlebell trainer of 9x World BJJ Champion Xande Ribeiro. He talks about how to implement kettlebells into your conditioning routine for Jiu-Jitsu! Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: How he first got into […]

Episode 206: Sam Joseph 2  

Professor Sam returns to talk about building a successful academy, why you don’t need to be a world champion to be a great teacher, teaching your students the way they learn and the prank war between himself and Ryan’s instructor Professor Paul Creighton. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Catching up / His […]

Episode 205: Ruben Alvarez 3  

The Dade County Crippler is back! Ruben Alvarez makes his third appearance on the show and talks about self defense, his progress in the Miami Police academy, his recent performance at the Kakuto Challenge and Califlower Ears. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: The police academy Winning the Kakuto 9 absolute division Why […]

GCP Community Focus: Jerry Clanton / BJJ at 70 years old!  

Jerry Clanton is a BJJ purple belt from Daphne, Alabama who trains and competes at 70 years old! He talks bout his start in BJJ, his favorite things about it and his inspiring message to all practitioners, young and old! Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: How he found Jiu-Jitsu How Jiu-Jitsu has […]

Episode 204: Keith Owen  

Professor Keith Owen talks about practical self defense, avoiding cult-like academies, teaching, the reasons people quit BJJ and finding your reason to train! Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Origins / How he found Jiu-Jitsu Master Pedro Sauer as an instructor one of his favorite memories of Master Sauer Respect and etiquette in […]

Episode 203: Kurt Osiander #9  

Kurt talks about his recent failed attempt at BJJ commentary, fireworks and explosives, cheap alcohol and his disappointment that the iPhone 7 can’t take a punch. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His first (and probably last) appearance as a BJJ commentator F-word statistics from Kurt’s GCP episodes His 4th of July celebration […]

GCP Community Focus: Alex Wooden / Resilience & Defeating Cancer!  

Alex Wooden is a young blue belt who survived brain cancer. He talks about how Jiu-Jitsu has impacted his life and how he tries to be a constant motivator for his team!

Episode 202: Casey Halstead  

Coach Casey Halstead is a highly respected coach, academy owner and entrepreneur in the BJJ community. He talks about time management, common pitfalls of gym ownership and the value of a positive gym culture. Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His origins Why he chose 10th Planet His thoughts on cross training Elite […]

Episode 201: Jon “Macarrao” Thomas  

Professor Jon Thomas delivers a very insightful and technical conversation. He covers injury management, improving your weaker areas, guard retention, conditioning for BJJ and much more! Click “read more” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: His start in BJJ Age of Empires His nickname The lanky body type and how to apply it Injuries Trusting your […]

GCP Community Focus: Dennis Ortega / Life as a new black belt  

Professor Dennis Ortega is a black belt under the legendary Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. He talks about his start in BJJ, the importance of idols and dealing with pre-training anxiety. Click “Read More” for show notes!  SHOW NOTES: Origins Being in a band Losing weight in Jiu-Jitsu His love/hate relationship with competition Training under Professor Vitor […]

Episode 200: Rickson Gracie  

In our 200th episode, we are joined by the man many consider to be the greatest BJJ Black Belt of all time. Master Rickson talks about controlling your breathing, teaching Jiu-Jitsu to anyone, managing fear and his thoughts on honor in modern society.

Episode 199: Perspectives from the Journey 2 – Women’s edition  

In the second installment of Perspectives from the Journey, Ryan sits with 8 different female practitioners of varying ranks to talk about their experiences, reasons for training, struggles, triumphs and thoughts on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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