The ROL Radio - Jiu Jitsu Podcast

The ROL Radio - Jiu Jitsu Podcast

The ROL Radio Show features your host BJJ Black Belt Thomas Rozdzynski of ROL Academy and his co-host Gary Pond.Take a listen to the untold stories from the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts as well as a unique take on life itself.

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May 13, 2022 20 min

SBG Athens coach Adam Singer believes in letting his students fail and fail repeatedly, letting them find their failure points in order to correct them.

On this takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of not being given answers but failing and learning from those failures.

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On this episode, we have a world-class coach and one of the owners of SBG Athens, Adam Singer.

Toady Adam discusses the anxiety he has instructing classes, his unique coaching philosophy, the importance of failure and what he calls failing smarter, his beliefs on what makes a champion, nature vs nurture, and more.

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Has life ever forced you to pivot, fundamentally changing the path you were on?

2020 was a hard year for many and Drew Weatherhead was forced to make some life-altering decisions. After listening to Drew tell his story, Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to make huge decisions when things seem out of your control.

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May 4, 2022 79 min

At the height of the covid pandemic and under strict Canadian lockdowns, Drew Weatherhead closed his academy, sold his house, put his family of six in a travel trailer, and hit the road.
Now over a year later Drew joins The RŌL Radio from his makeshift studio in his SUV to discuss why he made such a drastic decision, the bonds and experiences he has had traveling across the U.S., his hopes and fears of the future of Jiu Jitsu, and ...

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Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make your plan a success?

Nick Salles opened an academy during the height of the pandemic. He knew it could be tough and asked himself if he would do whatever it took to keep the doors open. Would he work odd jobs? Would he deliver food? The answer was yes and now along with his co-owner Danny Maia he runs Movement Art Jiu Jitsu and is exceeding his expectations.

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April 27, 2022 81 min

Would you take everything you have and dump it into making your dreams come true? Today’s guest was still a Brown Belt when he decided to do just that and open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He took his savings, bought a gym out of state, didn’t pursue a comfortable living in the field in which he earned his college degree, and did it all during the height of the pandemic.

On this episode, we have the co-owner / instructor of Movement A...

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Matheus Lutes' singular focus from the time he was a Purple Belt was to open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He had no Plan B and knew every decision he made would have an effect on reaching his goal.

On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss the pros and cons of having a Plan B and if having one is a distraction and a possible excuse for failure.

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April 20, 2022 64 min

On this episode, Matheus Lutes joins us to discuss his road from one of the Jiu Jitsu world’s top competitors to a new academy owner. Matheus knew from the time he was a purple belt that he would be an academy owner and he never had a Plan B. Today he describes how everything he did while training and competing was to help him achieve his goal of owning a world-class gym and how he made his vision for his family’s future into a rea...

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Ricardo Almeida is one of the most influential people in BJJ and MMA. After a great conversation with Ricardo, Thomas and Gary discuss the influence Jiu Jitsu, Jiu Jitsu academies, and their culture can have on people and communities.

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April 13, 2022 78 min
This week’s guest has done it all in the world of Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He is a former Pan American Champion, 2x Abu Dhabi Silver Medalist, veteran of Pride FC and the UFC, owner instructor at RABJJ, and coach of multiple BJJ world champions and former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar.

Ricardo Almeida joins The RŌL Radio to discuss the evolution of Jiu Jitsu, growing up around Renzo Gracie, his professional fighting days, the role Jiu Jitsu...
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Newly promoted Black Belt Marcus Johnson said his life has had many chapters. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how life takes us through chapters, how we categorize our life's events, and how we can learn from our past to positively affect our future.

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April 6, 2022 76 min

This week’s guest is a newly promoted black belt under  Essential Jiu Jitsu’s legendary JT Torres, Marcus Johnson.

Marcus sits down with us to discuss his 13-year journey from a high school wrestler with a 0 and 30 record to becoming the high-level Black Belt he is today. He details how his early struggles framed his mindset, how external factors affected his training, what it takes to become a high-level Jiu Jitsu practitioner, wha...

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What is your definition of a good work ethic?

After speaking with UFC vet and SBG Athens owner/instructor Rory Singer, Thomas and Gary discuss what they believe it means to have a good work ethic and the effect it can have on those around you.

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March 30, 2022 73 min

Today’s guest had a front-row seat and an insider’s point of view during one of the biggest moments in MMA, The Ultimate Fighter season one. 

Rory Singer was in Forest Griffin’s corner during the fight that many still consider the greatest fight in MMA history, the TUF Season 1 finale. But Rory was an impressive fighter in his own right, having been a cast member of The Ultimate Fighter season 3, as well as fighting for the UFC, Pri...

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What does it take to survive in the business of Jiu Jitsu?

Fabio Clemente opened one of the very first academies in New York and over 25 years later his Studio X BJJ is still going strong. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss what is necessary to succeed long-term in the world of Jiu Jitsu.

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March 23, 2022 65 min

Today’s guest has been a major influence in Jiu Jitsu in the United States starting back in the mid-1990s. Not only did he open one of the first academies on the east coast but he has trained under, and with some of the biggest names in the sport. The Machado brothers,  Marcello Garcia, Team Alliance, and Checkmat just to name a few.

Professor Fabio Clemente joins us to share his journey from his first training days in Brazil, how h...

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Struggles are a huge part of life and Jiu Jitsu. How you deal with struggles has a major impact on your life.

After speaking with Fabio Caloi, Thomas and Gary discuss how struggles can make you a stronger person both on and off the mats.

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March 16, 2022 77 min

On this episode, we have another amazing competitor and Alliance Black Belt under Fabio Gurgel, Fabio Caloi.

Fabio joins us from a beautiful Brazilian backdrop to discuss his training regimen, what it means to train smart, not hard, what it takes to be a world champion, his amazing recovery from hip surgery back to major competitions, and why you can not compare yourself to others while on your own path.

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What is an instructor's intent? Does it benefit his students or is the instructor's intent
self-serving? Or both?

After speaking with Robert Ingram of McDojoLife, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be a leader and instructor, and what to look out for when it comes to people's real intentions.

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March 9, 2022 100 min

On this episode, we have Rob Ingram. Rob has spent 25 years in the world of martial arts but he is most notable for creating the Youtube and Instagram platform McDojoLife.  As Rob states, his goal with McDojoLife is to keep the martial arts legit by exposing the fakes, frauds, and phonies in the martial arts community while promoting the martial artists who are making a positive impact. 

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