Episode 73 - Lucio “Lagarto” RodriguesThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues is a multiple European champion and UAEJJF world champion
In this episode we talk about Lucio’s journey into BJJ, having to fight strangers on the weekend before he was allowed to go surf, his friendship with Rickson Gracie, his move to Gracie Barra, his rivalry with Jacare, his battle with cancer and his competitions during and after.
Episode 72 - Samantha CookThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Samantha Cook is a BJJ black belt and one of the UK's finest competitors.
In this episode, we talk about Sam's heavy competition schedule, travelling, weight cutting, the growth of women's jiu jitsu, mental health, sleep and near death experiences.
Episode 71 - Braulio EstimaThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Braulio Estima is a multiple time BJJ World champion, ADCC weight and Absolute champion, and multiple time Pan-American and European champion.
In this episode, I sit down with one of the greatest ever BJJ athletes to discuss his incredible career. From his first days on the BJJ mats to being crowned ADCC weight and absolute champion.
This episode is sponsored by Yoga for BJJ visit yogaforbjj.net/ape
Episode 70 - Ben PoppletonThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Ben is an old school UK BJJ legend and one of the earliest British black belts
Ben started training in the earliest days of UK BJJ and spent large periods of time training in Brazil with the Gracies. In this episode we talk about Bens journey into combat sports, training in his dads shed, judo legend Steve Gawthorpe, training in Brazil, nutrition, breathing, strength and conditioning, teaching, learning and much more.
Episode 69 - Lachlan GilesThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Lachlan Giles is an elite competitive black belt, coach and physio.
In this episode, we talk Australian jiu jitsu, coaching, competition, leg locks, rule sets, running an academy, injuries and more.
Episode 68 - Darragh O'ConaillThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Darragh O'Conaill is an Irish BJJ black belt competitor and coach who runs East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy.
In this episode, we talk about Darragh's competition career, how he got into BJJ, his time at the brown belt kumite, how he balances running an academy and competing at an elite level, his and his student's upcoming matches on Polaris 8 and why the Irish are so tough.
Episode 67 - Eric UreskThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Eric is a former professional MMA fighter and the head coach at Phuket top team.
In this episode we talk about Eric's pretty wild childhood and youth, how he escaped it, how he got into fighting, his retirement and the move to coaching, nutrition, training and more.
Episode 66 - Hooman Tavakolian and Saeed EsmaeliThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Hooman Tavakolian is a former wrestler, wrestling coach, sports diplomat and philanthropist.
In this episode, we discuss how wrestling is deeply built into Iranian culture, an athletes responsibility to give back, Hooman's journey in wrestling after moving to the USA, how sport can help young people and the work that both Hooman and Saeed are doing, through wrestling, to help their communities.
Episode 65 - Tom BarlowThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Tom is a BJJ black belt and multiple time nogi world champion.
In this episode Tom and I discuss how he got into BJJ, his gymnastics background, training with some of the best in the world at some of the highest level gyms in the world, what's made him successful and how he almost got involved in a gang duel.
Episode 64 - Bob BreenThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Guro Bob Breen is a martial arts pioneer. Renowned in multiple disciplines including Karate, Kali/Escrima, Philipino martial arts and Jeet Kun Do.
Bob has been teaching martial arts for over 50 years, he has trained under many of the biggest names in martial arts worldwide and is credited with bringing Filipino martial arts and JKD to the UK.
In the episode, we discuss his journey in the martial arts, his secret of longevity, a bizare amount about kicking people in the groin and much much more.
For more info on Bob visit: bobbreen.com
For his online training visit: 4dcombat.com
Discussion. Episode 5 - Polaris 8 rundownThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
I'm joined by Luke Dalmedo again to discuss Polaris 8, and many irrelevant things.
Episode 63 - Ant LambertThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Ant Lambert is a former Marine and adventurer.
One half of the two-man team; the Mad Explorers. The Mad Explorers have undertaken a challenge they have named "Expedition 5", in which they will attempt to be the first people to cross the worlds 5 biggest Islands by manpower alone.
I sit down with Ant after just returning from Greenland, their 4th island of the 5. He tells the stories from all the Island they have visited so far, the highs, the lows and the craziness in between.
Find out more about the Mad Explorers at www.expeditionfive.co.uk
Discussion. Episode 4 - Quintet 3 rundownThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
This episode is a rundown of Quintet grappling 3 event in Las vegas.
I sit down with Luke Dalmedo and David Ooi to chat about Quinet 3 and sin city.
Episode 62 - Ben HodgkinsonThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Ben Hodgkinson is a BJJ black belt and the director of Grappling Industries Aus and UK.
In this episode, we talk about Ben's journey in BJJ, training around the world, his work with Grappling Industries and there first UK event in January next year.
Episode 61 - Tom "Kong" WatsonThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Tom Watson is a former BAMMA Champion and UFC veteran.
In this episode we talk about Tom's journey into martial arts, his time training at some of the best MMA camps in the world, including; Jackson, Tristar and Blackzillians. His huge match with Alex Reid, rules sets in MMA and grappling, he return to competition and much more.
Episode 60 - Josh PalmerThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Josh Palmer is a top MMA and BJJ commentator.
Josh commentates on some of the worlds biggest grappling shows such and Polaris and Kasai and MMA show such as Cage warriors. In this episode, we chat about how Josh got into the business, some stories from his journey, Polaris, Cage Warriors and much more.
Episode 59 - Kurt OsianderThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Kurt Osiander is one of the most well-known characters in all of BJJ, known for his crazy personality and zero-fucks-given attitude
Kurt talks about his split from longtime coach Ralph Gracie, how he got into BJJ, the zombie apocalypse, trying to kill a dove, his MMA career, drawing naked women, being a role model, training over 50, drinking, partying and ancient weapons.
Episode 58 - Danny BattenThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Danny Batten is a UK MMA pioneer and Roger Gracie black belt.
In this episode we talk through Danny's MMA career, the reason he retired from fighting, being a brown belt for 10 years, fighting pro with a job and family, Chess, running a gym, giving back to the community and more.
Episode 57 - Rob LongThe Raspberry Ape Podcast add
Rob Long is a blind veteran injured in Afghanistan and a BJJ competitor.
In this episode, Ron talks about his experience in the army, his training, what it's like living in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the accident that took his vision, the immediate aftermath and recovery from his injury and how BJJ changed his life.
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