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 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!

Episode 132: Kipp Kollar  

Kipp Kollar is the man behind NAGA one of the most successful grappling tournaments out there. Kipp talks about his intro to grappling, the beginnings of NAGA, what goes into running a tournament and coaching kids in a healthy way.

Episode 131: Alberto Marchetti  

Professor Alberto Marchetti is a very respected figure in the Jiu-Jitsu community, not only for his teaching, but for his business ventures within Jiu-Jitsu. If you have ever been curious about the business side of BJJ, don’t miss this episode!

Episode 130: Mike Bidwell  

In this episode, we are joined by Professor Mike Bidwell. Mike talks about his beginnings in martial arts, his unique and artistic approach to Jiu-Jitsu and being stuck at one rank for a long time!

Episode 129: Frank Mir  

In this episode, we are joined by UFC superstar and former Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir. Frank talks about podcasting, Jiu-Jitsu, his MMA journey and society in general in this extended 3 hour episode!

Episode 128: Kurt Osiander Halloween Special  

When Kurt is on the show, don't expect your average GCP interview! In our Halloween Special, and Kurt's 5th appearance on the show, Kurt talks about his seminar tour, ghosts in his house, crazy Halloween memories, shark attacks and of course, weapons and heavy metal!

Episode 127: Nick Delpopolo  

In this episode, we are joined by Judo star Nick Delpopolo. Fresh off his performance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Nick talks about his intriguing life story, Judo tactics and the adversity he has worked through to become a champion.

Episode 126: Riccardo Ammendolia  

Riccardo Ammendolia joins the show and talks about his start in Jiu-Jitsu, the BJJ scene in Canada, competing in Brazil and how he became one of the most recognizable voices in BJJ commentary

Episode 125: Freddy Trillo  

Professor Freddy Trillo joins the show for an insightful and surprising look into the world of law enforcement hand to hand training and the importance of grappling in a self defense situation.

Episode 124: Alexander Trans  

In this episode, Alexander Trans talks about BJJ in Europe, his decision to move permanently to Rio De Janeiro and his reasons for leaving Checkmat to join GF Fight Team. He also discusses "big man" Jiu-Jitsu and what it was like to teach in Abu Dhabi.

Episode 123: Felipe “Zicro” Neto  

Professor Neto is a highly respected black belt and the longest running Alliance Black belt outside the team's founders. Felipe talks about the team's orgins, his beginnings in Jiu-Jitsu and shares some very funny stories from back in the day

Episode 122: “Sambo” Steve Koepfer  

"Sambo" Steve Koepfer is a Master of Sport in Combat Sambo, a Judo black belt and a highly sought resource for knowledge in the grappling world. Steve talks about Sambo's history, martial arts politics and his event, Combat Wrestling World Championships.

Episode 121: Guillaume “Gile” Huni  

The man behind and, Professor Guillaume "Gile" Huni talks about Jiu-Jitsu's growth in Eastern Europe, how he began his websites and his action packed life of dodging fake black belts and Eastern European criminals!

Episode 120: André Galvão returns!  

Andre Galvao returns! We catch up with what he has been up to since we spoke last, the importance of a good take down game, dealing with losses and his love for movies! Also, if you're a fan of his book Drill To Win, he makes an exclusive announcement!

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