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Take a listen to the unique take on what we find interesting about Jiu Jitsu, and what we hope to uncover when interviewing people from the ever-expanding Jiu Jitsu community.

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May 7, 2021 21 min

Do you take all your experiences, both positive and negative, and use what you learned to pay back to the people around you?

After speaking with Hannette Staack about her nonprofit Brazil - 021 Project, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to use your personal experiences to make a positive change in the lives around you.

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When today’s guest began her Jiu Jitsu career at the age of 18 she wasn’t just one of the few females at her gym, she was the only one.

Hannette Staack started training in Brazil over 20 years ago, when the sport was arguably more aggressive and physical, and certainly, male-dominated. 

But her dedication and love for the sport quickly won over her male counterparts and Hannette began to excel.

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We often find things that motivate us to take action, but do you have the discipline to follow through?

After speaking with Junny Ocasio, Thomas and Gary discuss the differences between discipline and motivation and how they can complement each other. 

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April 28, 2021 74 min

This week’s guest made a name for himself in the grappling world by winning a 250 man qualifying tournament for Kasai’s Elite Grappling Championship. A purple belt at the time, he defied the odds by not only winning but submitting four black belts along the way.

But overcoming the odds is nothing new for him. Child abuse, drug abuse, and injury are just some of the obstacles he has overcome on his way to achieving his goals of becom...

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What does it mean to master something and what does it take to get there?

After speaking with the 4 time Black Belt World Champion, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be a master and what it takes to stay one.

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April 21, 2021 81 min

At the age of 6 today’s guest moved from Lithuania to the US. To build her confidence, her father enrolled her in Japanese style Jiu Jitsu, TKD, and eventually the sport she fell in love with, BJJ.

As an early teenager, she was considered a BJJ wunderkind and training with legends like JT Torres, Emily Kwok, and Marcelo Garcia. Training with these incredible BJJ practitioners led her to win the woman’s adult blue belt lightweight ti...

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April 16, 2021 24 min

Are you open and raw about your feelings and emotions? Do you put yourself in a vulnerable state?

After speaking with Nick Rahn of Warriors Next Adventure, Thomas and Gary discuss how being raw, open, and vulnerable when it comes to your emotional state, can help you overcome the darkness we often keep inside us. 

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April 14, 2021 110 min

As a twenty-year-old member of the Air Force, today’s guest, was a  lead gunner, searching for roadside bombs and IEDs and was responsible for an entire convoy of fellow Air Force Security members.

The experiences he faced in war didn’t seem to affect him until he returned home. Missing the brotherhood, the adrenaline, and a sense of purpose, he like so many Veterans fell into a deep depression. 

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Are you a risk-taker? Do you calculate the risk vs. reward and step outside your comfort zone?

After hearing how Draculino stepped away from a new career as a lawyer to pursue one in Jiu Jitsu, Thomas and Gary discuss how taking risks can change your life for the better.

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April 7, 2021 73 min

Vinicius Draculino Magalhaes has been part of the Jiu Jitsu community for so long that he demonstrated the point system for the fans at the first Pan Ams in the United States.

On this episode, Draculino shares amazing stories of his early competition days, growing up and getting in trouble in Brazil, why he gave up a career in Law to pursue Jiu Jitsu, and so much more.

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Do you know why you move certain ways while executing techniques?

After speaking with Henry Akins, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of understanding the purposeful movements within a technique and how doing so will greatly improve your
Jiu Jitsu.

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March 31, 2021 86 min

You can’t build anything without a strong foundation and a deep understanding of the fundamentals. On this episode of ROL Radio Henry Akins shares his knowledge, developed over twenty-five years of Jiu Jitsu training, on the topics of self-defense, how to train smart, the importance of positional training, and how putting yourself in bad positions will help you truly develop a well rounded Jiu Jitsu game. 

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What does it take for a person to perform at their personal best?

After their conversation with Emily Kwok, Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to see the big picture, so you can perform at your best both on and off the mats.

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March 24, 2021 70 min

Emily Kwok fell into Jiu Jitsu and even though she never excelled at organized sports growing up, she became a high-level competitor. But after several years of winning, and even as a world champion, she felt she was not worthy of being a student, an opponent, or even anyone’s time on the mat. 

Listen as Emily talks about how she overcame a very negative training environment. How she pulled herself out of what she describes was a do...

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What do you think it takes to be a leader? What are the skills necessary to lead others?

After speaking with Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Shawn Williams, Thomas, and Gary discuss what they believe makes a great leader both on and off the mats.

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March 17, 2021 66 min

When Shawn Williams wanted to train Jiu Jitsu he sought out the best of the best and trained with some of the greatest Jiu Jitsu practitioners on the East Coast.  Along the way, Shawn became one of the best himself.

Listen as Shawn talks about his insanely intense training sessions with legends like Mat Sera, John Danaher,  and Ricardo Almeida, their trips to the Worlds in Brazil, and how Renzo Gracie shaped all of their lives with ...

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How do you respond to the struggles and obstacles of life?

After speaking with Professor Pedro Valente, Thomas and Gary discuss how just like in Jiu Jitsu, being able to adapt and how you respond to challenges, are the keys to success.

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March 10, 2021 71 min

Along with his brothers, Pedro Valente has achieved enormous success in the BJJ community.  While running their amazing Miami academy, training members of the United States Military, as well as local and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, the Valente brothers have given back to Jiu Jitsu as much as it has given to them.

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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.

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