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This week we bring you an exciting interview with Daniel Strauss also know as "The Raspberry Ape". Daniel is one of the top European grapplers, focusing mostly on no-gi. Daniel is a black belt training under Roger Gracie and Nick Brooks.No gi Daniel Strauss

We talk about:

  • What got him started in Jiu-Jitsu
  • What he does off the mat to get stronger
  • Bending horse shoes
  • Developing grip strength
  • Why he likes the butterfly guard for no-gi
  • The culture of BJJ and strong man
  • The Raspberry Ape Podcast
  • His views on getting a new belt in BJJ
  • How he gets mentally focused to compete
  • Advice for doing a tournament for the first time
  • Dealing with nerves and pressure
  • Dealing with bad days
  • Why being a blue belt is fun
  • Showing vs teaching a technique
  • Training with your mind off of the mat

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Quote of the week: "Small changes can make a big difference"

Article of the week: Samurai Business Man Destroys Competition By Training Employees In BJJ

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Also we have episode 3 of mat tales called "bad camera work"

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Direct download: Epi2014520Daniel20Strauss.mp3
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This week we bring you an amazing story from Shannon Kitchen. Shannon is a blue belt training in Kentucky under Relson Gracie. Shannon has a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the bellybutton down, and he is legally blind. This interview will leave you motivated to keep training and enjoying the process. Shannon Kitchen BJJ 1

We talk about:

  • How he injured his spinal cord
  • Doing self defense from a wheelchair
  • Starting BJJ
  • His favorite techniques
  • How BJJ has helped his balance
  • What it was like to get his blue belt
  • Rolling for the first time
  • Grapplers heart
  • Rolling with glass still in his face under his skin

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Quote of the week:  "A lot of my intensity in wrestling was due to my mental preparation before the matches. I got myself into a different world." Dan Gable

Article of the week: Roll Longer As A BJJ White Belt With These Simple Tips

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In this episode we also have episode 2 of mat tales "Brown Gi Pants"

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This week we bring you an interview with Alan Shebaro. Alan is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Carlos Machado. Not only does he have a Black Belt in BJJ he also has a long list of experience in the military.

Alan Shebaro second from the left.
Alan Shebaro second from the left.

We talk about:

  • What BJJ was like when he first started
  • Transitioning from a guard player to a top player
  • A few of the operations he was involved in over seas
  • The importance of teaching the "why" behind techniques
  • The idea of not being able to train outside your school
  • Why most people have a hard time coaching him
  • The status of BJJ in Dallas
  • We Defy Foundation
  • Mission 22
  • Working with Joey Bozik
  • The importance of working take downs
  • His views on guard pulling
  • Chris Haueter
  • Brian Marvin
  • How to be a certified We Defy Foundation affiliate

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Quote of the week: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson Shared by Kristina Barlaan

Article of the week: Confessions of a hobbyist black belt

Gary and Byron also talk about putting a blue stripe on your BJJ belt as a sign to support law enforcement.

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Direct download: Epi2014320Alan20Shebaro.mp3
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This week we bring part 2 of our interview with BJJ black belt Kristina Barlaan. Kristina is a top level black belt competitor under Caio Terra. She recently took silver at worlds her first year in the black belt division.Kristina Barlann bjj

We talk about:

  • Her competition history at worlds
  • Competing in the adult division vs the masters division
  • Getting sliver her first time in the black belt division
  • The mental side of competing against people you have watched for years
  • Her strategy for doing the open weight division as a light feather weight
  • Her plans for the rest of 2016
  • Advice for people doing their first tournament
  • Accepting being nervous
  • Dealing with the difficult things that come with tough training

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Quote of the week: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin

Article of the week: "How to train and adult at the same time"

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Gary tells us about his upcoming audio book about BJJ and Tap dancing.

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Direct download: Epi2014220Kristina20Barlaan20Part202.mp3
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