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. The RŌL Radio podcast uniquely shines a spotlight on the untold stories within the world of Jiu-Jitsu. Going beyond techniques and competitions, the show delves into the personal narratives and journeys of individuals deeply entrenched in the martial art. It unveils the human side of Jiu-Jitsu, exploring triumphs, challenges, and the transformative power of the discipline. Through intimate interviews with practitioners across the spectrum, the podcast unveils anecdotes and experiences that often go unnoticed. The RŌL Radio podcast is a captivating narrative journey, offering a richer understanding of the people who make Jiu-Jitsu a profound and impactful part of their lives.

Episodes

February 23, 2024 14 mins

There are a lot of cliches in the world of jiu-jitsu and arguably the biggest is “embrace the grind”.

Coral belt Waldomiro Perez Junior thinks life is enough of a grind and that jiu-jitsu should be your escape from it.

On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss whether or not jiu-jitsu has to be a grind and if you can get the benefits of jiu-jitsu without it being a grind.


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Today’s guest has been a fixture in jiu-jitsu for decades in both his homeland of Brazil and the US. Over the years he has coached legends of jiu-jitsu and MMA including, Tito Ortiz and Quintin Rampage Jackson.

Waldomiro Perez Jr. joins us to discuss his unique approach to coaching professional fighters and hobbyists, the similarities and differences between jiu-jitsu and surfing, the lessons he learned from the Gracies, and more.

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How often do people not take advantage of opportunities because they are afraid?

Michael Currier had an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty he grew up in and he was so afraid of failing he joined the army instead. 

On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how fear of failure can limit one's progress and can keep people from doing the things they truly want to do.


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February 13, 2024 79 mins

Today’s guest was a nationally ranked gymnast but made a major shift in life which ended up putting him on the jiu-jitsu path.

Mike Currier joins us to discuss overcoming the fear of failure, trusting your instincts, and how he has changed his entire life for his journey.

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Brian Glick has been on the mats for over 25 years. He still believes there is a ton he has to learn and a lot he can accomplish after all his experience and his age.

On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how, with the right expectations a person can have a very long and fruitful jiu-jitsu journey. 


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February 7, 2024 77 mins

Today’s guest was never very active in sports and started jiu-jitus a little later than most. Many people would think a person like that might not succeed in a room with some of the biggest names in jiu-jitsu and future legends of MMA.

Brian Glick joins us to discuss how a martial art can make a fundamental change in a person’s life, the physical and mental challenges of jiu-jitsu, and how he succeeded in training in the Renzo Basem...

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We asked Paulo Guillobel what he still loves about jiu-jitsu after 35 years on the mats. One of his answers is that jiu-jitsu acts as a destresser.

On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how jiu-jitus can help with the stress of day-to-day life and how something such as reorganizing our priorities can help lead to a less stressful life.

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January 31, 2024 74 mins

Today’s guest is a 6th-degree black belt and is one of the most respected instructors and academy owners in southern California.

Paulo Guillobel joins us to discuss what he still loves about jiu-jitsu after over 35 years on the mats, his decision to move from Brazil to the United States, how the mats are a great equalizer, and a ton more.

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What is the secret to getting really good at anything, including jiu-jitsu? Brandon Mccaghren says it is doing it all the time for a long time.

On this takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how consistency over long periods is the recipe for success on and off the mats, and why it is so difficult for people to do things all the time for a long time.


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January 24, 2024 45 mins

Today’s guest is an Eddie Bravo black belt and the first person to run a 10th Planet in the Southeastern United States.

Brandon Mccaghren joins us to discuss how a New Year's Resolution started his jiu-jitsu career, how showing up all the time for a long time is the recipe for getting good, his unique relationship with Eddie Bravo, and more.

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Who are the gatekeepers of jiu-jitsu and who gets to decide what is and is not part of the art?

After a great conversation with Eddie Kone about new-school and old-school jiu-jitsu, Thomas and Gary discuss who is, and should be the gatekeepers of jiu-jitsu.

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January 17, 2024 80 mins

Today’s guest has the distinction of being Royler Gracie’s first European black belt and is now a fourth-degree black belt under the Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation.

Eddie Kone joins us to discuss why old school is the best school, his appreciation for today’s professional jiu-jitsu athletes, who the gatekeepers of jiu-jitsu are, and why after becoming a 4th-degree black belt and 26 years of experience, he still believes he hasn’t learn...

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January 10, 2024 84 mins

What’s up everyone and welcome to The RŌL Radio’s 2023 Recap. 2023 brought us more legends of BJJ including several dirty dozen members, future legends, and several guests that are and will be integral in the evolution of the sport and art we all love so much. 

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A Flow State has been described as a mental state where you are focused on a single task.

After a great conversation with Rob Hileman, Thomas and Gary discuss what a Flow State means in jiu-jitsu and how achieving a Flow State can help you escape from the “Whirlwind of Life”.

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December 20, 2023 66 mins

Today’s guest is a black belt under one of the most respected professors in jiu-jitsu and is the owner and head coach of a successful academy.

Rob Hileman joins us to discuss what it really takes to run an academy, the slow burn of jiu-jitsu, how a student’s contribution back to jiu-jitsu sets it apart from other sports, and a ton more.

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December 15, 2023 18 mins

Are you able to adapt to your surroundings and the challenges that come your way?

Rodrigo Onishi has lived all over the world and adapted to everything that comes with that.  On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss why adapting to your surroundings is so important, both on and off the mats.


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December 13, 2023 62 mins

Today’s guest has trained and coached all over the globe and today is integrating jiu-jitsu into the school system and military in the United Arab Emirates.

Rodrigo Onishi joins us to discuss why the implementation of jiu-jitsu in schools, the military, and the presidential guard, is so important, the real impact jiu-jitsu has had on his students, how the people you surround yourself with affect your life, and a ton more.

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December 8, 2023 16 mins

Why is it so hard to find balance in life, let alone jiu-jitsu?

After a great conversation with Leo Vieira, who spoke about the importance of a balanced life, Thomas and Gary discuss what they believe keeps us from finding balance and how to seek it out. 


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December 6, 2023 72 mins

As both a member and co-founder of some of the biggest and most respected jiu-jitsu teams in the world, today’s guest is one of the most influential people in jiu-jitsu.

Today Leo Vieira joins us to discuss what makes a great team and community, the importance of balance, being present, and a ton more.

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Have you ever been so determined to accomplish something that nothing could stand in your way?

Pati Fontes’s mother wouldn’t let her train jiu-jitsu when Pati was a teen because girls didn’t do things like that. However, Pati was so determined to train she did it in seceret. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how a person’s determination can set them apart from the pack.


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