The Grappling Central Podcast: The biggest names in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), MMA and Grappling
By Ryan Ford: Grappling Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Podcast Host
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The Grappling Central Podcast features in-depth interviews with the biggest names in grappling. Featuring guests from the worlds of BJJ, Wrestling, MMA, Judo, Sambo and more! Host Ryan Ford mixes serious discussion with humor and human interest in a casual, laid back environment.
||ExplicitEpisode 347: Brian Jones||Brian Jones is a BJJ and Judo Black Belt and one of the leading experts on sandbag training. He talks about self defense, BJJ in the 90’s and fighting how you train. He also talks about the unique “surprise attack” policy he has at his school!||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 346: Cat Clarke||Cat Clarke is a BJJ Brown Belt and the promoter behind Sub Series Pro, a rapidly growing organization out of Canada. He talks about running events, weight loss, dealing with athletes, growing BJJ’s mainstream popularity and surviving lightning strikes||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 345: Dr. Peter Goldman||Dr. Peter Goldman is a BJJ Black Belt and the chiropractor of stars like Rickson and Kron Gracie, BJ Penn, Clark Gracie and several others. He talks about his journey, longevity, preserving your neck and he takes questions from the GCP facebook group!||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 344: Neiman Gracie||Professor Neiman Gracie joins the show to talk about the value of positional training, BJJ for MMA, fight strategy for Jiu-Jitsu athletes and learning from John Danaher. He also explains why training with a big team doesn’t guarantee success.||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 343: Marti Malloy||Judo star Marti Malloy joins the show to talk about her Olympic experience, training smart, lessons learned from the mats and managing pressure in competition. She also reflects on the most significant moments of her career!||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 342: Josh “Starlord” Leduc||Josh “Starlord” Leduc joins the show to talk about mixing BJJ and Catch Wrestling, pre-competition anxiety, leg locks and preserving energy. He also talks about his upcoming title match against current Catch Wrestling World Champion Brandon Ruiz!||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 341: Marcelo Cohen||Marcelo Cohen joins the show to talk about old school vs new school teaching methods, adapting BJJ to your body type and visualization and mentality. He also goes deep on the Kimura and the mistakes that cause people to fail finishing it.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 340: Clark Gracie returns!||Clark Gracie returns to talk about growing an academy, managing an affiliation, team loyalty, his thoughts on cross training and the value of competition as a measuring tool. He also talks about competition mindset and staying calm under pressure!||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 339: Marcos Tinoco||Marcos Tinoco joins the show to share his inspiring life story. He talks about fighting through adversity, the value of work ethic, moving to NY to train under Marcelo Garcia, competing with no pressure and lessons he’s learned along the way.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 338: Marcos Flores||Marcos Flores is the director of USA tournaments for Grappling Industries and a highly experienced referee. He talks about starting BJJ in his 30s, longevity on the mats, reffing over 10,000 matches and the intricacies or reffing.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 337: Harry Smith||Harry Smith is a Catch Wrestler, BJJ enthusiast and former WWE superstar. He is also the son of WWE legend British Bulldog. He talks about the value of fundamentals, training in Japan, how Catch and BJJ complement each other and bouncing back from loss.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 336: Drew Weatherhead||Drew Weatherhead is the mind behind the hit Instagram meme profile “Because_Jitsu”. He talks about how he found BJJ, the growth of the BJJ scene in Canada, how he started making memes and Jiu-Jitsu “in the streets”. Click “read more” for sho||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 335: Dhiego Lima||Dhiego Lima talks about leaving football to pursue MMA, managing nerves before a fight, training BJJ with strikes, why he trains in the gi and fighting through adversity. He also expresses interest in pursuing competitive grappling after his MMA career.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 334 – Kurt Osiander Halloween Special 2018||Kurt is back for the 2018 Halloween Special! Kurt talks about his upcoming Australian tour, strategies for fighting various wild animals, UFOs, corn mazes, Unsolved Mysteries, serial killers and his thoughts on UFC 229.||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 333: Rob from McDojo Life||Rob from McDojo Life joins the show to talk about cults, frauds, chi blasts and angry online ninjas! He also talk about why he enjoys teaching and how martial arts prevents bullying. Click “read more” for show notes!||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 332: Junior Assuncao||Junior Assuncao is a seasoned MMA fighter and long time practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu. He talks about the early BJJ scene, new school vs old school mentality, bullying and the current state of BJJ in Brazil. He also reflects on a match against Marcelo Garc.||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 331: Rondel Benjamin||Rondel Benjamin introduced Jiu-Jitsu to Trinidad & Tobago in 2000 and has helped build the community there for the last 18 years. He talks about strategy and concepts in BJJ, invisible Jiu-Jitsu, breathing and the importance of drilling grip fighting.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 330: Rob Austin||Rob Austin of the Big Jiu-Jitsu Podcast joins the show to talk about his journey in Jiu-Jitsu, the life lessons he’s learned along the way and making time for training despite a hectic schedule. Click “Read More” for listening options and show not||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 329: Brandon Ruiz||Brandon Ruiz is a decorated grappling champion and coach. He discusses work ethic, avoiding burnout, competition strategy and mental preperation. He also talks about finding yourself through grappling and practicing empathy.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 328: Raul Ramirez||Raul Ramirez joins the show to talk about his journey through Catch Wrestling, Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine, training at the Snake Pit and training intensity. He also talks about Catch Wrestling Alliance and the future of Catch!||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 327: Curran Jacobs||Curran Jacobs joins the show to talk about overcoming bullying through wrestling, mental toughness, how Catch Wrestling and BJJ can help each other, staying focused during tough times and his desire to compete against Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 326: Mahamed Aly returns!||Mahamed Aly returns just off his first Black Belt World Championship! He talks about managing injuries, ideal training frequency, recovery advice and the importance of quality sleep. He also talks about his new Youtube channel and his goals moving forw.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 325: Albert Lim||Albert Lim is one of Malaysia’s most experienced BJJ athletes and coaches. He talks about his journey through the art, the BJJ scene in Malaysia and rolling without rounds. He also talks about taking your training into your own hands and online learni||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 324: Jared Feierabend||Professor Jared Feierabend joins the show to talk about learning from the greats, meeting Grandmaster Helio Gracie, learning to flow and managing training with age. He also discusses living in the wilderness and changes he’s seen in the art over time.||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 323: Alex Humen||Alex Humen joins the show to talk about his transition from Wrestling to BJJ, overcoming bullying, managing competition anxiety and conditioning for grappling. He also gives technical insight to the D’Arce Choke! Click “read more” for show notes!||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The Interviews are great. Ryan talks to all The legends and heavy hitters of our Art and Sport. This podcast gets me motivated to train after 12 hours of work. Keep doing what your doing.
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Wolf Pack MMA
Really nice fun podcast for pleasure
I get to listen to podcasts while working and this is a great one to add into my rotation. Thank you for such a great show!
The best BJJ related podcast I've heard. Great guests and really thoughtful and engaging hosting by Ryan Ford.