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March 5, 2021 19 min

Do you take responsibility for your training? Do you put your success and setbacks on yourself, based on your own decisions and reactions?

After speaking with Combat Base Club's Melissa Haueter, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be your own hero or best advocate, not just in your training but also in life.

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March 3, 2021 76 min

Growing up Melisa Haueter had a rebel spirit and what she describes as anger management issues. It wasn’t until she was a young adult that she found a positive outlet for that rebelliousness and anger when she started training and competing in Jiu Jitsu.

Listen as Melissa talks about what it was like training back in the early 2000s with legends like Chris Haueter and Cindy Omatsu,  how she and Chris started Combat Base Club, how th...

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Do you invest in your Jiu Jitsu education? Do you take advantage of all the opportunities available to you? Do you invest the time and effort needed to make the most out of your time on and off the mat?

After speaking with the creator of MMA LEECH, Gustavo Gasperin, Thomas and Gary discuss the investment it takes to truly learn what Jiu Jitsu has to offer.

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February 24, 2021 76 min

Gustavo Gasperin has carved out a very unique nitch in the world of BJJ. Unlike many practitioners at his level, Gustavo doesn’t own his own academy. Instead, he teaches almost exclusively private lessons and has an extremely successful and long-running online  BJJ platform.

On this episode of RŌL Radio Gustavo shares his early days of training and how his anxiety and the pressure to compete almost forced him to quit. He also discus...

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How confident are you in making those big decisions in life?

After speaking with the creator of The BJJ Mental Coach, Thomas and Gary discuss how being confident can change your life on and off the mats.

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February 17, 2021 82 min

Like many competitors Gustavo Dantas’s early jiu jitsu journey was a rough one, Losing more than he won, often to people he believed he should have been beating. 

So what did it take for Gustavo to change his losing ways and become a world champion? 

Listen as Gustavo dives deep into the competitor’s mindset, the mistakes they often make during their  careers ,and how confidence can change your life.

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February 12, 2021 20 min

Do you have the family support needed to achieve success in life? Maybe it is you that needs to pick up the torch and lead the way for your family?

After speaking with Rolles Gracie about his amazing family support network, Thomas and Gary discuss what family and  a family's support means to them.

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February 10, 2021 72 min

On this episode of RŌL Radio we have a member of the first family of BJJ, Rolles Gracie. 

Practically born on the matts ,when asked of his first recollection of Jiu Jitsu Rolles responded, that is like asking someone if they remember their first meal. 

Listen as Rolles talks about his family history, the fighting spirit of his mother, his relationship with his legendary cousin Renzo, and his desire to become a fighter and defend the ...

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Can you handle "The Grind"?

After speaking with wrestling standout and high level BJJ competitor  Michael Trasso, Thomas and Gary discuss the grind wrestlers put themselves through to compete. Does this grind exist in BJJ and if so, how does it compare?

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February 3, 2021 84 min

On this episode of RŌL Radio we have former child grappling prodigy, Rhode Island College wrestling standout, and BJJ Black Belt under Regis Lebre, Michael Trasso. 

Listen as Michael shares his outlook on the Wrestling grind, from pushing past injuries, cutting weight, and what it takes to be a top level competitor in both Wrestling and BJJ.

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Are you continuously learning? Do you think you learn effectively? 

After speaking with Rafael Costa and discussing how even at his high level, he feels there is so much more to learn. Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of continued learning and how to do it effectively. 

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January 27, 2021 71 min

Rafael “The Triangle” Costa began training BJJ at the age of 11 in Rio and is now an instructor at one of the largest BJJ academies in the world.  

Whether teaching private lessons or a class of 80, Rafa approaches all aspects of BJJ on an extremely professional level.

Listen as Rafa talks about what he believes it takes to be a competitor and instructor in the world of Jiu Jitsu. His views on American and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu culture...

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January 20, 2021 65 min

On this episode of RŌL Radio we have an artist, martial artist, Marine Veteran, and one of the first non Brazilian BJJ black belts, a group known as the BJJ Dirty Dozen, Chris Haueter.

Listen as Chris tells his story of training in California garages with the legends of BJJ, competing in Gracie Challenge matches, and what it is like rolling with the man most consider the greatest of all time Rickson Gracie.

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Do you approach your training, or anything else for that matter, strategically?

After speaking with Travis Stevens, Thomas and Gary discuss how having a strategic approach is key to improvement at every level.

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January 13, 2021 95 min

On this episode of RŌL Radio we have arguably the most successful American Judoka in history, and BJJ black belt, Travis Stevens.

Listen as Travis tells us his amazing martial arts journey. A journey that started by sheer accident as a child and lead him all the way to the Olympic games. A journey that also includes receiving his BJJ Black Belt from one of the biggest names in the sport.

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How do you view Jiu Jitsu history, or any history for that matter? Do you seek out the truth?

After speaking with Robert Drysdale, Thomas and Gary discuss what they believe is the true importance of how history is passed on.

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January 6, 2021 78 min

Robert Drysdale has made history in the world of BJJ, winning multiple titles including the ADCC World Championship and the IBJJF Championship, but now he is dedicating himself to exploring and telling the history of BJJ itself.

On this episode of RŌL Radio Robert describes his journey and the journey of telling the true history of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil. The latter of which took him back to Brazil to interview some of the legends of B...

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December 16, 2020 81 min

As the year comes to a close RŌL Radio wanted to finish it up with our 2020 Recap.

On this episode we bring you our thoughts about how our first year of podcasting went, and what we hope the future brings.

Then we recap the episodes themselves. The mistakes and blunders, our favorite overall episodes, the most downloaded and listened to, and a great countdown of our favorite moments throughout the first year of RŌL Radio. 

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Throughout his amazing BJJ career as both a competitor and coach Comprido always looked at the Big Picture.

On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of the Big Picture and not focusing on the negatives in life or instant gratification.


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