Take It Uneasy
By Lex Fridman
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Conversations with athletes, fighters, warrior, brave minds all walks of life who have chosen to face hardship in its myriad of forms and overcome it.
||ExplicitJimmy Pedro – Judo||Jimmy Pedro is a World champion, 3x World medalist, 2x Olympic medalist; we talk about his father (Big Jim Pedro Sr), his early career, the times he wanted to quit, overcoming a neck injury, coming back from retirement,||12/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFrank Molinaro – Wrestling||Frank Molinaro aka Gorilla Hulk is the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Champion, and a 4-time NCAA Division-I All-American; we talk about World Team Trials, last second victory, his day-to-day routine, diet, Vitamix, rehabbing injuries, sauna, cutting weight,||8/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDan Severn – MMA||Dan Severn is a UFC Hall of Famer, a legend in combat sports with more than 4 decades of wrestling and fighting under his belt; we talk about fighting, kids, competition, technology, amateur wrestling, Leri Khabelov, beating a man he couldn’t beat,||6/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRyan Hall – Jiu Jitsu||Ryan Hall is a BJJ black belt, head instructor of 50/50 BJJ, an ADCC bronze medalist with a long career in high level competition throughout which he has beaten many of the top grapplers in the world; we talked about moral victory,||6/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIdo Portal – Movement||Ido Portal is a movement artist, researcher, and teacher; we talked about specialization, his journey in becoming a movement generalist, the sacrifice of specialists, improvisation, coaching, criticism, dealing with complainers,||5/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAnnMaria De Mars – Judo||I talk with AnnMaria De Mars about being the first American to win the Judo World Championship, raising four kids one of whom is Ronda Rousey the current UFC champion, getting four degrees including a PhD in applied statistics,||2/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKayla Harrison – Judo||I talk with Kayla Harrison, first American to win Olympic gold in judo, about her training methods, visualization, competition mindset, Olympic final experience, warm-routine, Eminem and country music, overcoming a past of sexual abuse, PTSD,||1/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKyle Dake – Wrestling||I talk with Kyle Dake, 4x NCAA champion, Dan Hodge trophy winner, and 2013 SI College Athlete of the Year, about a tradition of wrestling in his family, early wrestling days, the influence of his mom and dad, setting goals,||12/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIlias Iliadis – Judo||Ilias Iliadis is truly one of the legends of judo, an Olympic gold and bronze medalist, two-time world champion, and 5-time world medalist. And still only 26 years old (turning 27 two days after the interview and of course training on his birthday).||11/13/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
Non-stop life education
I have a 30 mile drive to work. Great topics, informational, and funny. Looking forward to the future blogs.
Lex brings a strong intellectual flair to the conversations he has with other grapplers. Not in an intimidating way, but in a way that forces you to think through what is being said. He has managed to really bring in some top notch people, and get a look at their inner workings as athletes and as people.
After months of listening to stuff like InsideBJJ, BJJLifestyle, OpenMatRadio & JRE, I searched to see if my instructors were on podcasts and found this treasure. Not only is it a well spoken, informative and insightful podcast, it’s from the school I train at; Balance in Philadelphia.
As if I already didn’t have a ton of respect for my instructors. Now it’s even more rewarding to hear what they have to say. I’ve learned that BJJ has so much to do with what life off the mat and listening to their life stories and philosophies is extremely inspiring.
Lex’s passion for BJJ, Judo and Wrestling clearly shows and I totally appreciate little glimpses of his Russian humor.
Sure this is somewhat biased but as a white belt, I listen to tons of these as I’m new to exploring the art and found this one to be legit and informative. What I’ve learned from having different instructors every class is that each one has different perspectives due their own unique life experiences, body type and philosophy so listening to different podcasts from around the world keeps you fresh. It’s an endless art so it’s good to hear what different people have to say which keeps it fresh.
My only complaint is now my reading list has expanded due to all the constant solid recommendations.