AJ started at Higher Jiu Jitsu with the intention of building on what he already knew.
Little by little, he realised this wasn't enough. He couldn't keep improving without giving in to the process.
So he surrendered, adjusted his attitude to training, gave in to the learning, and everything changed.
A brilliant conversation and hopefully one you enjoy listening to!
Coach John talks to HJJ student Jamil. Growing up in a rough part of Sydney, Jamil was encouraged into the martial arts by his dad. From Kung Fu to boxing to Kali, Jamil has done it all. Early on, he was asked - 'Why?' This stuck, and he searched, and he trained, and he questioned. Then he found Higher Jiu Jitsu. This is his story.
Brad sits down with Emma and Phoebe to discuss their recent competition at Australian Girls in Gi.
Phoebe shares her jiu jitsu story to date, and Emma talks about her excitement and expectations around her upcoming blue belt test.
Brad and John sit down with Phil Grapsas, the head instructor of Leverage Jiu Jitsu to discuss his jiu jitsu journey.
Phil has been training jiu jitsu since February 1999 and is a black belt under Pedro Sauer.
Phil Grapsas has been instrumental with helping John get Higher Jiu Jitsu off the ground. He has been a coach, confidant and friend of John's for several years now and his jiu jitsu and coaching ability is respected by everyone invovled with Higher Jiu Jitsu and the Pedro Sauer Association.
Josh has been training with Higher Jiu Jitsu since he started jiu jitsu.
He has committed his time and efforts to learning jiu jitsu the right way. Accordingly, he has been promoted to blue belt recently.
This is his story!
This episode of the podcast is part 2 of a 3 part series with Andrew Nerlich. This episode constitutes the last 20 years of martial arts training that Andrew has undertaken. Primarily involving Wing Chun and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Stay tuned for part 3 of the 3 part series which will be released next week.
With over 40 years of experience Andrew Nerlich is a life long martial artist.
Andrew has a gold sash in Wing Chun and a first degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
This episode of the podcast is Part 1 of a 3 part series featuring Andrew Nerlich.
Part 1 - covers the first 20 years of Andrew's martial arts training.
Part 2 - covers the second 20 years of Andrew's martial arts training.
Part 3 - outlines a road rage incident that made national television in 2018 where Andrew was a victim. Part 3 concludes with some advice that Andrew has for martial arts practitioners that are early in their journey.
Please tune in and enjoy.
Brad sits down with the head instructor and owner of Higher Jiu Jitsu, John Smallios.
This episode explores the journey of John's path to starting Higher Jiu Jitsu and becoming affiliated with the Pedro Sauer Association.
It includes all things Higher Jiu Jitsu and is absolutely one episode that every listener of this podcast should tune into.
Tim Beech began his martial arts journey during the latter years of school. He started with Karate and Filipino martial arts. This led him into Boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu jitsu and ultimately MMA.
In 2015 Tim was an integral member of 'The Commune' before it became Higher Jiu Jitsu. Tim wanted to pursue his MMA dreams so he joined SBG Australia when they opened in Sydney.
After a bad run of injuries in 2017/18 Tim has been sharpening his skill set and will be resuming his MMA pursuit in 2019.
It was great to chat with him!
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Oscar Loudon has been training jiu jitsu since 29 January 2009. Coincidentally the date of death of the one and only, GM Helio Gracie. Since that time jiu jitsu has played a large part in Oscar's life. He has experience with training, competing, coaching and refereeing and a world of knowledge to go with it all. Being the very first student of Higher Jiu Jitsu, along with good friend Matthew Voger-Mason, Oscar gives us a glimpse into what motivated coach John Smallios to start Higher Jiu Jitsu and the journey traveled to date. Please listen and then share and subscribe. You can visit www.higherjiujitsu.com.au for further information regarding Higher Jiu Jitsu.
Nick “MrFixIt” Avery has trained martial arts for the better half of his life. From the humble beginnings of Tae Kwon Do, his path led him to BJJ, and eventually Higher Jiu Jitsu.
With many fascinating stories to share, this episode includes everything from training old women, to NASA, and being held up and robbed at gun point.
Be sure to tune in, and then share and subscribe.
For more information checkout our website at www.higherjiujitsu.com.au
Brad sits down with HJJ's Aaron Morelli. Aaron was introduced to martial arts through his father early on in life. Soon after he switched his attention to swimming, where he competed at an elite level.
Having stepped back on the mats, Aaron is excited to fine tune his athleticism, keep having fun, and being on the mats for many years to come.
So tune in and relax, water you got better to do?
John sits with Savva in Melbourne to discuss Savva's journey into the martial arts, his challenges with rheumatoid arthritis and persistent injuries, the birth of the Impaired Grappler, and the reasons for staying on the mats.
With a martial arts background from early in life Mr Minksy has an interesting story to share. Which of course includes his journey with Higher Jiu Jitsu and the discovery that training martial arts doesn't always need to include dire physical consequences.
Brad sits down with Higher Jiu Jitsu purple belt Matt Voger Mason.
Matt shares his jiu jitsu journey including previous martial arts, his experiences with competition and his view on both learning and coaching jiu jitsu.
Matt is very technical and well respected within the Higher Jiu Jitsu academy and his insights and stories will both resonate with and motivate many.
Matt fully intends to make a career out of owning his own gym and sharing the beautiful art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. One thing is for sure, he's well on his way.
The JitsBros sit down with HJJLadies leader Emma Gibson to discuss her journey with jiu jitsu so far. We talk about the life changing effects of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, her intentions with competition, and what’s in store for her jiu jitsu journey ahead.
Brad gets together with HJJ aficionados Matt Voger Mason & Brendan Byrne.
First part is a talk all things jiu jitsu including the experience of learning together at Higher under John Smallios.
In the second part, we discuss the McGregor vs Khabib match up and reflect on the Eagles winning the AFL grand final moments beforehand.
Brad is joined by his good friend Braden. They talk all things martial arts, from Braden’s 10 years experience working in the security industry to his training and fighting in MMA, Muay Thai and grappling. They also delve into this weekend's upcoming blockbuster McGregor vs Khabib.