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Christian Graugart is know as the BJJ Globetrotter because of his amazing trip around the world training in 24 countries and 56 gyms.  Christian has learned may lessons from training and traveling, we are lucky to learn from him.  Christian has also started an amazing community called BJJ Globetrotters.

Good times on the mat with Christian Graugart

Good times on the mat with Christian Graugart

A quote from the interview:

“A key component to life is to be open to all social connections, and treat everyone you meet as a potential next best friend.”

We talk about:

  • Why he started traveling to learn BJJ
  • How he likes to teach classes
  • Some of the similarities all over the world in Jiu-Jitsu
  • The BJJ Globetrotters community
  • The BJJ camps he is doing in 2015
  • The values of BJJ Globetrotters
  • How his gym treats travelers
  • His ideas about how to treat people on and off the mat


Quote of the week: “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” Napoleon Hill- Presented by: Rafael Lovato Jr.

Article of the week: “Staying Motivated for BJJ” By White Belt Survival Strategy.Everyone needs a little help staying motivated with training, this article should help.

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Rafael Lovato Jr.
Rafael Lovato Jr.

Rafael Lovato Jr. is the most decorated BJJ competitor from the United States.  He is known for an aggressive style and being fun to watch.  In 2007 he was the first Non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian National Championship (Brasileiro) in the Black Belt division. Again in 2007 Lovato became the 2nd American to win the World Championship (Worlds) as a black belt.  Lovato has a lot going on and we cover a big range of topics in this interview including his injury, BJJ goals for the year, his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, MMA career, and much more.

Some Highlights from the interview:

"My goal, is to jump right back into the Worlds. If I can be healthy and strong enough to train hard in March, that will give me two months to get ready, as long as I don't miss the Worlds I am happy."

"If you are so afraid of losing that you play not to lose instead of to really win.... then you are not going to learn very much walking off the mat.... you will not be able to go back home and find what you need to work on."

About his Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast, "Really my goal with it was to inspire people".

When asked about what rules should be changed  Rafael says "The number one thing that I would do is get rid of advantages.... they really don't make sense".

"The most evolution that you see in jiu-jitsu is from the guard, there is always new guard games, there is always new grips, angles, and ways to sweep....but there is not new submissions.... most of the evolution is from the guard and it is mostly sweeps."

"I remember when I felt like I knew the rules in and out....Nowadays there are many of the refs that struggle with knowing."

About what he would like to do this year. "Some pretty big things, Worlds, ADCC, another MMA fight.... If I could get on a Metamoris show I would love to be there."

We talk about:

  • What he has been doing with his extra time, because of his injury is keeping him off the mats
  • The Save Jiu-Jitsu Podcast
  • How he is healing after his surgery
  • Changing the rules of BJJ
  • How having advantages makes the game less exciting
  • Some ideas of how we can deal with tied matches
  • Rule changes in other sports
  • Advice for students who are competing
  • How he explains advantages to his students before a competition
  • Training advice for different competitions
  • Training with Saulo and Xande
  • Doing Metamoris in the future
  • His goals with MMA
  • ADCC 2015
  • His plans to write a book

Keeping up with Rafael Lovato Jr:

Quote of the week: "Through the sports, our mission is promote a better quality of life and add social value, education, morals, and create a better citizen not only on the mats but in life. Propagate values in our community is valuable for the future" Andre Monteiro Check out Andre's new Gym A-Force.

Article of the week: "What Is The Etiquette For Rolling With Black Belts?"

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Submission Series 902 BJJ

Submission Series 902 takes places January 23, 2015 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada.  These are 15 min, submission only fights. In this episode, you will discover what these six athletes are doing to prepare for this submission only event.  Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with all the action.

Cat Clark- We start off this interviews by talking with Cat Clark.  Cat is the guy who is putting Submission Series 902 together. (Starts at 21m32s)

We talk about:

  • How to watch the event
  • What the name "Submission Series 902" is about
  • Why he is doing this event
  • The rules the athletes must follow
  • His vision for the sport in the long term

Kyle Sandford Vs. Jonathan Satava

Kyle Sandford- Kyle has been training BJJ since 1996. He received a black belt from Renzo Gracie in July 2014. He is representing Titans BJJ and Renzo Gracie. He has a Nogi match with Jonathan Satava. (Starts at 32m45s)

Jonathan Satava- Jonathan is a brown belt under Marcelo Garcia.  He is 25 years old, and he trains and teaches at The Marcelo Garcia Academy. His game is very similar to Marcelo's. (Starts at 52m2s)

Joel Jacquard Vs. Michael Tremblay

Joel Jacquard- Joel has been Training BJJ for about 8 years. He is a purple belt under Kevin Taylor.  He has trained in a variety of martial arts, but he is now focused on BJJ and this submission only fight.  He is very motivated to compete with Michael Tremblay. (Starts at 1h7m8s)

Michael Tremblay- Michael is 22 years old and a brown belt from Carleton Place Ontario. He trains with his family at Alpha Mixed Martial Arts.  His time is spent between being a full-time student of philosophy and a competitor. (Starts at 1h28m28s)

Scott Nauss Vs. Kevin Thibault (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)

Scott Nauss- Scott is a brown belt from Truro, Nova Scotia. He trains at Marmac Athletics, and Titans BJJ.  Scott has a lot of competition experience and he is excited to do a longer submission only match. (Starts at 1h45m18s)

Kevin Thibault- (Kevin replaces Dana Dickenson)- Kevin Trains under Shane Rice at Clinch Martial Arts Academy.  Kevin usually plays a heavy top game. (Starts at 1h58m59s)

Check out the Gis the fighters are talking about at BC Kimonos

Quote of the week: "Train with everyone" Dave CamarilloLoyalty is important for your team and academy,  but you can still train at other gyms and be loyal at the same time.

Article of the week: "5 Tips to Fast Track Your Jiu-Jitsu Evolution Starting Today" by Graciemag

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Dave Camarillo has been training in the martial arts since he was five years old.  He started Jiu-Jitsu when he was 19 years old.  He is also known for coaching some of the best in the world of MMA.  He also shares a story of a robbery that happened to him on a bus in Brazil.

Dave Camarillo

Some highlights from the interview:

"I really don't think that martial arts is for sport first, I sincerely believe that it is for self defense and self awareness."

"Competition is not for everyone because it definitely has a psychological positive and negative."

"I would rather a child be a good person than win a tournament."

"I see an over emphasis on winning, that's not good for kids, kids need to be happy."

About students wanting to do MMA, "For 99% of people out there trying to fight, it should not be for a career.... It is for people who want to test themselves in that arena.... If your goal is to be famous (doing MMA) I won't train you."

When asked about goals for new students "Your first goal is attendance."

"Jiu-Jitsu is not just about armbars... it is about being a better person... You will increase the quality of your life in all aspects, because you are in a safe environment around like-minded people."

We also talk about:

  • His involvement with a combatives program
  • How his situational awareness in Brazil helped him avoid making a big mistake
  • Dealing with weapons in a street fight
  • Self defense and jiu-jitsu
  • Advice on how to flow your jujitsu techniques
  • The power of family members training together
  • Kids and martial arts
  • Forcing kids to take a martial art and other life skill
  • Having a positive training environment for kids to train
  • The differences between Gorilla Jiu-Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • How hard he was pushed as a kid doing Judo
  • Advice for someone wanting to do MMA
  • Advice for someone transitioning from Jiu-Jitsu to MMA
  • Some of the rules of Judo and how people adjust to them
  • How it is important for a kids program to have a rewards system
  • Goals for new students

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Quote of the week: "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor" English proverb. Sometimes you need to be pushed and go through some hard times in order to become better.  When you are on the mat, don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.

Article of the week: The All Time Best 5 Submissions In MMA /UFC

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