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 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!   […]

Episode 158: Marcelo “Brutus” Silveira  

A 5th degree BJJ Black Belt under Carlson Gracie lineage, Professor “Brutus” Silveira joins the show to talk about old school Jiu-Jitsu, his opinions on modern BJJ and Jiu-Jitsu’s role as a vehicle to escape life’s problems. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: His intro to Jiu-Jitsu The importance of training both Gi […]

Episode 157: John Will  

A member of “The Dirty Dozen” and the first Australian BJJ Black Belt, Professor John Will shares his interesting life story and gives insight on the history of Grappling, the Australian BJJ scene and his approach to teaching police and military. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: His eclectic beginnings in Martial Arts […]

Episode 156: Din Thomas  

UFC veteran and BJJ Black Belt Din Thomas joins the show to talk about his long MMA career, the never ending pursuit of perfect Jiu-Jitsu and his current role as a coach of some of modern MMA’s elite fighters at American Top Team! Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: Fighters he is currently […]

Episode 155: Chuck Rylant  

Chuck Rylant is a BJJ purple belt and former police officer who now teaches Jiu-Jitsu to police officers throughout California. He began his training with the Gracies in the “Gracie Garage Days”. He is also an author and blogger. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: How being a police officer lead him to […]

Episode 154: Korbett Miller  

Professor Miller is a very successful academy owner who specializes in teaching youth Jiu-Jitsu. He gives insight on what makes an academy a success and the keys to teaching kids. Click “Read More” for show notes! SHOW NOTES: His intro to Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu The early Seattle Martial Arts scene Owning an academy for […]

Episode 153: Ricardo Liborio returns!  

We are joined once again by our good friend Ricardo Liborio! We catch up with him and talk about his experience working with Team USA at the Olympics in Rio, His upcoming ADCC Superfight against Chael Sonnen and he makes an exclusive announcement about a new program he is unveiling! Click “Read More” for show […]

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.

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