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The Grappling Discourse

The Grappling Discourse

By Matt Skaff
A podcast that gets into grappling breakdowns, philosophies, history, and interviews.
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My Thoughts On ADCC 2022
I talk about everything Adcc from the good to the bad.
September 22, 2022
ADCC Preview With BMAC
In this episode Brandon mccaghren and I talk all things ADCC.
September 14, 2022
Negative Thoughts While Rolling
In this episode I talk about why you have negative thoughts while rolling and why you have to keep going.
September 12, 2022
The Beginner Class
In this episode I talk all things beginner class. What does a perfect beginner class look like and how can we make students better faster.
September 05, 2022
Hidden Emotions
In this episode I talk about bjj popularity and generalized anxiety.
August 25, 2022
Gordon Ryan vs Felipe Peña aftermath
I’m this episode I talk about quitting, Leandro lo, and wno.
August 11, 2022
Students, Teachers, and Athletes
In this episode I talk about how you to be the best student teacher and athlete.
August 04, 2022
I’m this episode I talk about how pinning techniques are evolving in grappling.
July 29, 2022
New Podcast
In this episode I talk about my new podcast. I talk about who’s next finale. And Recent PGF news.
July 18, 2022 vs Detroit D.U.S.T
In this episode I talk about the back and forth between Brandon and Detroit Dust.
July 11, 2022
Controversial BJJ Opinions
I’m this episode I talk about some crazy bjj opinions. Some really hot takes in this episode.
July 08, 2022
How To Get Promoted Quicker
I’m this episode I give you 4 strategies on how to get promoted faster than your peers.
July 01, 2022
Steroids and Team Events
In this episode I talk about steroid use in Bjj. I also talk about different team formats.
June 27, 2022
Trash Talking Coaches
I’m this episode I talk about coaches talking trash to athletes, cjj, and seminars.
June 12, 2022
10 to 1/Cage Wrestling.
In this episode I talk about Gordon Ryan’s bet match with Felipe Peña, Ryan halls withdrawal from Adcc and wrestling against the cage.
June 03, 2022
Leglocks in MMA/Garry Tonon vs Ruotolo
Do leg locks work in MMA? Garry Tonon beef? And how good is Tye Ruotolo.
May 30, 2022
Whoop Strap/RomWod
In this episode I talk about my experiences with Whoop and RomWod. 
May 13, 2022
Problems With the MMA Scene
In this episode I tell a crazy story from this past weekend.
May 05, 2022
New Students Joining From Other Gyms/Competition Payback
In this episode I talk about why we are getting so many students switching gyms to join ours and beating someone who beat you in a past competition.
April 27, 2022
Heavyweight Blue belts/Tye ruotolo vs Garry Tonon
In this episode I outline skills that I am looking for in heavy weight blue belts. I also chat about the upcoming superfight between Tonon and Ruotolo.
April 22, 2022
In this episode I talk about the importance of microdosing daily habits.
April 15, 2022
Amateurs Competing/Flograpplings favorites
Should amateurs be competing against professionals? Does flograppling have to much power???
April 11, 2022
Letting Go of Subs On Upperbelts
In this episode I talk about why you shouldn’t let go of a sub on an upper belt.
April 07, 2022
Taking you guys throw the ups and downs of my Adcc trials weekend.
April 04, 2022
Commentating/Gordon Ryan Challenges 4 Black Belts
In this episode I talk about how important a good commentary team is and Gordon Ryan’s insane call out of 4 4 world champions.
March 28, 2022
Be Aware of Your Surroundings/Wno Talk
You have to know where you are on the mat. And who’s around you! Wno talk. Will this card save flograppling?
March 25, 2022
Biggest Pet Peeves in Jiu Jitsu
In this episode I talk about some of the things that annoy me on the mats.
March 24, 2022
Switching From Gi to Nogi
In this episode I talk about how I’d go about improving my nogi game if I was making a switch from gi to No gi
March 21, 2022
Mexico/Gordon Ryan vs Jacob Couch
In this episode I chat about my trip to Mexico and what I expect to see in Gordon Ryan’s upcoming match at WNO.
March 18, 2022
ADCC History with Drew Darce
In this episode I chat with drew darce about all things Adcc.
March 07, 2022
The Dangers of Only Light Sparring
In this episode I talk about why it’s important to spar hard. And how to much light sparring can negatively impact you.
March 07, 2022
Conversations After A Loss
What do you say to someone after they lose? What do you say to yourself? Why these conversations are so important and what I’ve learned about them so far.
March 04, 2022
Quitting Teaching
In this episode I talk about a new direction I’m going, and my decision to quitting teaching bjj classes.
February 24, 2022
Making Changes
Why it’s important to constantly evaluate and change.
February 14, 2022
Meregali Invired to Adcc/BJJ Monthly Membership Pricing
Should Meregali got an automatic invite to Adcc? Brazilian Trials observations, and people’s concerns with bjj sale tactics.
February 09, 2022
Kevin Sherrill
In this episode I talk to PGF competitor Handsome Kevin Sherrill. We talk about the PGF, competition prep, wrestling, Harry Potter and much more.
February 04, 2022
Losing Control of Your Emotions
This episode is all about dealing with being frustrated and angry on the mat.
February 01, 2022
Competition penalties, diet, and hurting other people
I talk about a multitude of topics in this episode. What do we do about hiring matches? Time for a diet change? And hurting others during training.
January 26, 2022
Lessons From Season Three of the PGF
In this episode I talk about things I learned or thought about from season three of the PGF.
January 18, 2022
PGF Season 3 Preview Ft. Brandon Mccaghren and Conscious Keelan
In this episode we discuss all things PGF season three.
January 04, 2022
Grappler of the Year and Match of the Year
In this episode I lost my top ten grapplers for 2021. I also talk about my experiences with covid.
January 02, 2022
Andy Varela
In this episode I chat with tenth planet and submission underground star Andy Varela.
December 20, 2021
ADCC 2022 and Gordon Ryan
In this episode I talk about Gordon Ryan doing the super fight and his weight division. Is this a mistake? Or is he a genius?
December 16, 2021
Ryan halls Performance, Amanda Nunes Loss, Meregali Dqed
In this episode I talk about a bunch of crazy things that happened this past weekend.
December 13, 2021
Fighting In the Gym
Should two people be allowed to fight in the gym?
December 06, 2021
Ben Eddy
In this episode I chat with Tenth planet black belt Ben Eddy. We talk traveling with jiu jitsu, the rubber guard, the hindulotine, how he trains submissions, cjj and much more.
December 04, 2021
My BJJ Weaknesses
In this episode I evaluate 5 of my biggest weaknesses in jiu jitsu.
November 26, 2021
10 Rounds
In this episode I talk about the importance of making sure you get 10 rounds in a training session once a week.
November 23, 2021
Giancarlo Bodoni
I chat with ADCC trials champion Giancarlo Bodoni about WNO, Joining New Wave Jiu Jitsu, bjj fanatics, competition mindset and much more.
November 18, 2021
Are Wrestlers Ready to Takeover?
In this episode I talk about the Adcc trials and the results of the division 1 wrestlers who entered.
November 13, 2021
Coaches Making the Difference
In this episode I talk about the importance of coaches when it comes to high level competitor success.
November 09, 2021
Ryan Aitken
I chat with CJJ 185 pound champion Ryan Aitken about his cjj performance, Adcc trials, the outside heel hook, yoga and much more.
November 05, 2021
ADCC Trials
Adcc Trials breakdown, Top seeds, dark horses.
November 04, 2021
Realistic Expectations
I talk about finding your peer group and getting rid of your check lists.
October 29, 2021
Stand Up Rules
In this episode I discuss three things you should never do when training take downs at the gym.
October 24, 2021
Joe Dierkhising
In this episode I sit down with no gi black belt silver medalist Joe Dierkhising. We talk about transitioning from swimming to jiu jitsu, onnit invitational, no gi worlds, wrestling and much more.
October 18, 2021
Aaron Tiegs
In this episode I chat with Submission Underground star Aaron Tiegs. We talk about competition, training in Israel, EBI ots, defensive training and much more.
October 13, 2021
Drop ins
In this episode I talk about being rejected from training at other gyms.
October 10, 2021
The Return of EBI
I talk about the huge announcement Eddie Bravo made this past weekend, EBI is back!!!
October 04, 2021
Jeffery Donovan
In this episode I chat with first degree black belt Jeffery Donovan. We talk about training at alliance hq, competing, how to view losses, his battle with cancer and much more.
October 01, 2021
WNO Recap
I took about the good the bad and disappointing from this weekends crazy event.
September 28, 2021
WNO Championship Breakdown and Picks
In this episode I talk about the huge WNO even happening September 25th and 26th on flograppling.
September 24, 2021
Scary Story
I tell a wild story that really shows how naive I was when it came to the potential of self defense situations.
September 20, 2021
Phil Schwartz
In this episode I talk with tenth planet black belt Phil Schwartz about his coaching philosophies.
September 14, 2021
Cole Miller
In this episode I talk with Former UFC fighter Cole Miller. Cole is one of the OGs of MMA. We talk about what the MMA scene looked like 20 years ago, how the sport has evolved, the ultimate fighter, fighting in Japan, and much more.
September 13, 2021
Brian “Barncat” Debes
One of the most inspiring journeys to black belt in the bjj community. This is a must listen episode.
September 04, 2021
Stephen Eakin
Tenth planet black belt Stephen Eakin joins the show to talk about getting his black belt from the Boogeyman, early days of mma training, the American dream and much more.
August 31, 2021
Mary Barron
I have a chat with Mary Barron about her start in jiu jitsu, the importance of female leadership, being a good training partner, competition, boundaries, and much more.
August 27, 2021
Drew Foster
I talk with brown belt Drew Foster about the evolution of jiu jitsu, keeping your motivation, what does each belt represent, and much more.
August 26, 2021
Keith Krikorian
In this episode I catch up with the #6 145 pound grappler in the world, Keith Krikorian. We talk about his move to New Jersey, emerald city invitational, learning from losses, the next generation of grapplers, teaching kids and much more.
August 22, 2021
Higher Standards
In this episode I talk about some of the sexual assault allegations currently plaguing the bjj community.
August 20, 2021
Jeremiah Vance
In this episode I talk with Tenth Planet black belt Jeremiah Vance. We go deep into the rubber guard. If you are looking to improve your guard this is a must listen.
August 19, 2021
Nathan Orchard
In this episode I sit down with 10th Planet black belt Nathan Orchard. We talk about his journey to 10th Planet black belt, martial art philosophies, violence, Musashi and much more.
August 13, 2021
Keith Kavanagh
In this episode I catch back up with my good friend Keith kavanagh. We talk about training in Ireland during the pandemic, how he quit playing video games, nonnegotiable habits, his future plans and much more.
August 11, 2021
Drew Weatherhead
In this episode I sit down with Because Jitsu creator Drew Weatherhead. We get into running a gym during covid, creating an online brand, self value, nomadic jiu jitsu and much more. Easily one of my favorite episodes to date!
August 06, 2021
Jake Elkins
In this episode I talk to Iron Clad Wrestling founder, Jake Elkins. We talk about coaching philosophies, working with the USA Wrestling team, what is iron clad and much more.
August 03, 2021
The Olympic Games
Will jiu jitsu ever become an olympic sport? Simone Biles Controversy?
August 02, 2021
The Danaher Death Squad Split
In this episode I breakdown the Danaher death squad split.
July 30, 2021
The Difference Between Tournaments and Superfights
In this episode I breakdown how I view tournaments vs superfights, when it’s time to take a superfight and why it’s important to compete in tournaments first.
July 24, 2021
Is Training Twice A Week Worth It?
In this episode I answer a frequent question I get about only being able to train once or twice a week.
July 21, 2021
Athlete Interview #13: Isaac Stackhouse
In this episode I interview the man behind the wandering grappler. We talk about his mma journey, traveling and training, open mindedness and much more.
July 17, 2021
Why don’t I Compete Anymore?
In this episode I talk about Paulo Miyaos retirement and my own competition scene absence.
July 13, 2021
UFC 264
In this episode I discuss what happened at UFC 264 from Ryan halls bizarre performance to conors leg breaking.
July 11, 2021
Do you train at a Mcdojo?? How Culty is your gym???
In this episode I break down the Mcdojo and cult scale for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gyms.
July 03, 2021
My Experiences With Wrestling
In this episode I detail all the experiences I have had with wrestling and what my future goals are.
July 03, 2021
How Good Is Gordon Ryan?
I try to answer the question of how good Gordon Ryan is compared to everyone else. Is he the no gi goat?
June 22, 2021
Cultivating Creativity
How do you add your own style to grappling techniques? Should you?
June 21, 2021
Can You Tap Lebron James??
In this episode I talk answer an important question can I tap lebron???
June 18, 2021
Gym Fights: Sean Strickland vs Orlando Sanchez
In this episode I talk about a gym fight between a UFC fighter and ADCC champion.
June 16, 2021
Rule Changes That Need to Happen ASAP
In this episode I lay out a couple of ideas the will make grappling matches more exciting.
June 14, 2021
The Open Guard In Relation To Combat
In this episode I talk about Roberto Jimenez, the open guard when strikes are allowed and knee bars.
June 08, 2021
Will Losing Weight Make You Better At Jiu Jitsu
In this episode I talk about weight loss in regards to grappling performance.
June 06, 2021
One Year As A Carnivore
In this episode I do a comprehensive breakdown on the pros and cons of the carnivore diet. I also talk about my future diet.
June 04, 2021
3 Techniques You Need To Add ASAP
In this episode I breakdown three techniques that are being underutilized in jiu jitsu.
June 02, 2021
Cheap Shot
In this episode I talk about an instance where one of my students was hit was an illegal shot that lead to a disqualification. How should you react as a coach and athlete??
May 30, 2021
Michael Jordan Pre-game Meal
In this episode I talk about a big change Michael Jordan made to his pregame diet that allowed him to compete at his best in the second half of games.
May 25, 2021
Rubber Guard Mistakes
In this episode I break down some mistakes you maybe making when you play rubber guard.
May 24, 2021
New Training Technique
In this episode I talk about a new way that I’m trying to roll to improve my flow and chain attacks.
May 20, 2021
Keelan Lawyer
I sit down with PGF Co-Creator Keelan Lawyer to discuss season 2 and the future of the PGF. 
May 14, 2021
Is Gi Jiu Jitsu Dying?
In this episode I talk about Gordon Ryan’s controversial statement on the Joe Rogan podcast. Will Gi BJJ be extinct in ten years?
May 13, 2021
Step Up In Competition
When is it time to compete against black belts? Are you ready to face stiffer competition?
May 09, 2021
Movement vs Negation
Do you have a game based on movement or negation? I also share the results of my first blood test.
May 06, 2021
Steroid Use
I talk about the temptations to do PEDS!
May 03, 2021
Don’t Sleep On The Straight Ankle Lock
I talk about the four straight ankle lock variations that you need to add to your game ASAP!
April 29, 2021
How Will Kids Change the Future of BJJ?
In this episode I look 10 to 15 years in the future to determine the future of BJJ.
April 26, 2021
Tapping Your Instructor
I talk about the first time tapping my instructor and what it means.
April 23, 2021
A Lesson From Ben Askren Part 2
In this episode I further reflect on Ben Askrens loss to jake Paul and share some lessons I learned from how he is handling it.
April 22, 2021
Lessons From Ben Askren
I talk about the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight and the three mistakes Ben made that we can learn from.
April 19, 2021
You Are Submitting Yourself
In this episode I talk some crucial offensive and defensive principles that will level your game up guaranteed!!
April 16, 2021
Diet/ Strength and Conditioning Update.
I update you guys on some of the tweaks that I’ve made recently to my diet and strength and conditioning.
April 12, 2021
4 Training Mistakes Made By Tenth Planet Practioners
In this episode I talk about training mistakes you maybe making and the holes that they create in your game!
April 09, 2021
Core Fear
This episode is a must listen!!!
April 02, 2021
Call Your Shot
In this episode I talk about calling or predicting the submission you are going to hit and how important that can be to growth in training or your professional career.
April 01, 2021
Shrimping Controversy
I talk about some recent controversy about shrimping and how you can use this to better your game.
March 29, 2021
Gordon Ryan vs. Vagner Rocha
In this episode I tell the story of the history of beef between Vagner Rocha and Gordon Ryan.
March 25, 2021
In this episode I talk about the mind body connection associated with pain.
March 19, 2021
The Brown Belt
In this episode I talk about what qualities I am looking for in a brown belt practitioner/promotion.
March 17, 2021
The Two Types of Grapplers Everyone Hates to Train With
I talk about the two types of training styles that student complain about to me the most and how I train with both styles.
March 13, 2021
Too Much of A Good Thing and Puppy Fights
I talk about a couple of life lessons I learned recently and an injury from a puppy.
March 11, 2021
I talk about Andre Galvaos response to the WNO incident and reflect on forgiveness.
March 08, 2021
Sean Demars
I sit down with Tenth Planet Purple Belt Sean “the Barracuda” Demars. We talk about his love for the art of jiu jitsu, how he studied outside of class, being a rebel, his faith, strength and conditioning and much more.
March 05, 2021
Gordon Ryan vs. Andre Galvao
I tell the story of the beef between gordon Ryan And Andre Galvao.
March 02, 2021
The Biggest Reason You Are Not Crushing Your Goals
I’m convinced there is one thing that will set you on the path to hitting all your goals. If you do this you one thing you are 5x more likely to be successful an whatever area in life you choose!
February 25, 2021
Over Coaching
A share a lesson a learned from this past weekend while coaching a handful of my students at a local NAGA.
February 25, 2021
PGF Season 2 Breakdown
I breakdown all 16 competitors that are in season 2 of the PGF. I make some predictions and pick a winner.
February 19, 2021
What does a Blue Belt represent in Bjj?
I’m this episode I look at what a blue belt should represent in bjj.
February 16, 2021
Knees Over Toes
Do you have knee pain? Do you want to become a world class athlete? Than this episode is for you!
February 12, 2021
Athlete Interview #12: Keith Krikorian
I sit down with 10th Planet San Diego Blackbelt and the 6th ranked 145 pound grappler in the world Keith Krikorian.
February 08, 2021
The Effects of a Positive Mindset
Two stories that highlight how important mindset training is for improvement.
February 06, 2021
Shark Tanks
I talk about one of the most grueling training techniques, the shark tank.
January 31, 2021
Game Changing Mount Detail
I breakdown a mount detail that has changed my jiu jitsu.
January 29, 2021
Diet vs Exercise
Which is more important diet or exercise??
January 26, 2021
A lesson from Conor Mcgregor
I talk about a couple of awesome things I’ve learned from Conor Mcgregor camp leading up to his fight with Dustin Poirier.
January 22, 2021
The 3 Most Dangerous Techniques/Positions
A huge PGF update, and what three positions or techniques are the most dangerous.
January 19, 2021
First Degree Black Belt Promotion
I talk about getting promoted to first degree, as well as what I learned the past three years.
January 16, 2021
Bjj Camps
I talk about the importance of attending bjj camps and the mindset you need to get the most out of them.
January 13, 2021
The Importance of Thinking Out Loud
A couple of updates and an important lesson i have learned from podcasting!
January 07, 2021
High Stakes
Looking for a way to hold yourself accountable this year? This tactic maybe exactly what you are looking for!
January 04, 2021
Teaching Kids Class
I talk about a new challenge and obsession of mine. A must listen for anyone interested in teaching kids class
January 01, 2021
Narrowed Focus
I talk about a lesson I’ve learned recently from cooking and PGF Season 2 news!
December 28, 2020
A funny story from my purple belt days and why we don’t do 20 dollar memberships.
December 27, 2020
Athlete Interview #11: Evan Stapler
I sit down with PGF season 2 athlete Evan Stapler. We talk PGF goals, losing 100 pounds, competition mindset and much more.
December 24, 2020
Competing Against Teammates
In this episode I discuss how an athlete should handle competing against a team mate in a competition.
December 21, 2020
Tech Sabbath
I talk about an idea that will help you accomplish deep work. And how I’m using it to improve as a jiu jitsu practitioner, instructor and coach.
December 17, 2020
3 Passing Systems
I talk about why it’s so hard to learn to pass the guard. I also detail three guard passing systems, and encourage you to choose one to master!
December 15, 2020
Mat Hours
Judge your progress based on mat hours not years trained!!!
December 14, 2020
Arm Triangle Defense
I breakdown four arm triangle defenses that you can easily add to your game!
December 11, 2020
Do you struggle to invert? Do you want an impassable guard? Want monster leg locks?? This episode is for you.
December 10, 2020
Bicep Curls
I talk about the importance of bicep curls for bjj athletes.
December 08, 2020
The Purple Belt Trap
What pitfalls await at purple belt? Listen to hear the one thing that will hold purple belts back from progressing!
December 04, 2020
An Opportunity to Give
Quick episode talking about the importance of giving and a really cool way we at 10th Planet Decatur are giving back this month!
December 03, 2020
Moves That Don’t Work
I was humbled by Kade Ruotolo this weekend. In this episode I encourage you to work on cool and unorthodox moves and why that’s important. Important note I say Tye Ruotolo instead of Kade multiple times during this episode. My bad Kade you killed it this weekend!!!
December 01, 2020
Cjj Worlds Light Weight Bracket
I hit a huge goal! I also talk the Cjj bracket and sports betting!
November 28, 2020
25% Less Efficient
Today i talk about efficiency and why some guys always burn their arms out after rolling two rounds.
November 27, 2020
Brandon Gamble
I sit down with Tenth planet Decatur Blue belt aside long martial artist to discuss karate in the 80s, the karate kid, small circles, wrist locks, training for life, and much more!
November 21, 2020
One Week Timeline
I share one of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten recently related to training and strength and conditioning. And I hit a huge goal!!!!
November 21, 2020
Thoughts of Quitting
Are you having thoughts about quitting BJJ?? Does that scare you to death? If so this episode is for you!
November 19, 2020
Fast Promotions
I talk about how to deal with the pressure and doubt that comes with fast belt promotions.
November 14, 2020
Keelan Lawyer #2
I sit down with Keelan to discuss PGF season 2, a million dollar prize, going undefeated, future production, gaining weight, spartan races, and much more!
November 12, 2020
John Behl
I sit down with Tenth Planet decatur brown belt John Behl to talk about jiu jitsu, gym culture, studying film, teaching and much more.
November 12, 2020
Two Heel Hooking Systems
You have to master these two systems if you train no gi at all! It’s pretty much a requirement for blue belts at our gym. With a couple months of reps, I’m confident you’ll be able to tap guys that are higher ranked than you consistently!!
November 10, 2020
The North South Position
I take you through what I’m looking for to judge if a student has a clear understanding of how to attack the north south position. How many of these 7 techniques can you regularly hit during rolling???
November 09, 2020
The Guard
In this episode I break down very important concepts that will improve your guard.
November 06, 2020
Attacking your opponents strengths
A lesson on mastery from Niccolo Machiavelli. And I announce my first Bjj Product!
November 05, 2020
Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr
Why I am excited to watch this fight and you should be too.
October 30, 2020
The Blue Belt Trap
I talk about a common problem that I see in some blue belts that’s hindering their development.
October 26, 2020
Best Ways To Help Competitors Get Ready For Competition
I answer a listeners question about how a white or blue belt grappler can help their high level competitive training partners get ready for competition.
October 25, 2020
Do BJJ Belts Transfer?
If you move to a new school will your belt rank be recognized? How much longer will it take you to get your next promotion?
October 20, 2020
Athlete Interview #10: Nekiaya Jackson
I sit down with one of 10th Planets Decaturs best competitors, Nekiaya Jackson. We talk her start in jiu jitsu, competing for cash, confidence, strength and conditioning, Naruto and more!
October 18, 2020
Ibjjf Legalizes Heel Hooks!
I discuss the huge news announced last week that the IBJJF if allowing reaping and heel hooks in their brown and black belt no gi divisions. Will this change which teams reach the podium?? How would I train for 2021 no gi worlds??
October 13, 2020
Tips For Improving Your Back Attacks
In this episode I try and help you improve your ability to finish once you get the back. Finishing RNC can be very difficult. Listen to this episode to start finishing at a higher rate!
October 12, 2020
Athlete Interview #9: Matt Elkins
I sit down with PGF Star Matt Elkins to discuss growing up wrestling, transitioning to mma, concussions, mental health, the PGF and much more!
October 08, 2020
New Goals
I set 11 goals to hit before the end of the year and recap the PGF finale.
October 08, 2020
Through One Thing, Learn All Things
I talk about one of my favorite quotes from the book of 5 rings. And an important PGF update.
October 01, 2020
PGF 16 Man Bracket Breakdown
I analyze Fridays actions and make my picks. Who will become the first PGF champion? Will any matches go over an hour?
September 28, 2020
Athlete Interview #8: Elijah Carlton
I sit down with the PGF regular season champ to discuss training, PGF season 2, future matches, competition mindset, confidence, and more!
September 25, 2020
Training For A No Time Limit Sub Only Tournament
I talk about the preparation it takes to be ready for a no time limit tournament.
September 23, 2020
Gi vs. No Gi Jiu Jitsu
Which one is better, and what are the major differences between the two.
September 18, 2020
Deception Leads to Death
How do we go from being tempted to do something, to then acting on it? And how much money is brandon giving out live on Friday night for the PGF Finale!?!?
September 17, 2020
The Carnivore Diet
I’ve spent the past two months eating as much meat as I want. In this episode I share my experiences and results so far.
September 15, 2020
Part 2: Ten Techniques Every White Belt Should Know
Simply ten more techniques that every bjj practitioner should be proficient at.
September 10, 2020
Training to be a Professional BJJ Athlete
In this episode I talk about how a professional bjj athlete should train, eat, work out and recover.
September 07, 2020
Kurt Hamilton
I sit down with my good buddy Kurt Hamilton. Kurt wrestled in college, is a bjj blue belt and has worked for the Decatur police department for 10 years. We talked about his extensive wrestling background, being a police officer, police training, the justice system, a world without cops and BJJ.
September 05, 2020
Quitting Addictions
Having trouble quitting something? Do you want to create healthier habits? In this episode I talk about my experiences quitting negative habits and replacing them with positive habits. A must listen for anyone struggling to quit sugar, alcohol, drugs, etc..
September 02, 2020
Chris Preszler
Chris is a blue belt that moved here 10 days ago from South Dakota to train jiu jitsu at Tenth Planet Decatur. We talked about why he moved here, What he is looking to accomplish while he’s here, advice he would give someone interested in moving to a city just to train BJJ and much more.
August 31, 2020
Lindsey Mccaghren Interview #2
Lindsey’s back to discuss what she is looking for before she promotes or recommends a female for blue belt, confidence, and the PGF.
August 29, 2020
What does disappointment say about you? How do you deal with it???
August 26, 2020
Lonnie Jones
I sit down with one of my favorite people Lonnie Jones. We talk psychology, CBT, dealing with negative thoughts, trauma, the fear of losing, Brazilian jiu jitsu and much more!
August 22, 2020
Johnny Buck
I sit down with bjj brown belt and catch wrestling beast Johnny Buck. We talk about his introduction to catch wrestling, mma, Combat jiu jitsu, tenth planet, betting on yourself and much more!
August 20, 2020
The Monster With No Teeth
I’m this episode I talk about facing fear, and how Rickson Gracie overcame Claustrophobia.
August 18, 2020
Krav Maga
I talk about some of the problems I see in Krav Maga, funny Krav stories, and ask the listeners if they know any legit Krav Maga places in the south east.
August 13, 2020
Weaponizing Pace
How important is cardio??? It’s the true great equalizer in combat sports.
August 10, 2020
Athlete Interview #7: Kevin Primeau
I sit down with PGF athlete Kevin Primeau to talk about opponents not showing up, his time spent fighting mma, serving as a police officer, why bjj is so crucial for police officers and much more.
August 08, 2020
Commissioner Interview #2
I sit down with Brandon Mccaghren to discuss the PGF after 4 weeks of matches.
August 06, 2020
Why Are There Zero Wrestling Gyms for Adults
I answer a question that gets asked all the time, how come there are no pure wrestling gyms that consist of mostly adult members?
August 04, 2020
Two Training Tips to Improve Faster
The two main things I’ve been focused on in training since we’ve been back open.
July 31, 2020
Athlete Interview #6: Stephen Mitchell
I sit down with Purple belt PGF athlete Stephen Mitchell. We talk breathing, training with big guys, being uncomfortable, PGF, and much more.
July 29, 2020
Brain Health
How healthy is your brain??? Why is brain health important?
July 26, 2020
Athlete Interview #5: Matt Anderson
I sit down with PGF athlete Matt Anderson to discuss why he entered the PGF, powerlifting, lifting for BJJ, his training history and much more.
July 23, 2020
Fact/Fiction About the 10th Planet Black Belt
How do you get a tenth planet black belt. What’s true and not true about this accomplishment? Do you have to compete? Train with Eddie? Master rubber guard? Etc.
July 21, 2020
Athlete Interview #4: Caleb McAllister
I sit down with the newest addition to the PGF roster, black belt, Caleb McAllister. We talk competing, PGF, the martial arts journey, confidence and much more.
July 18, 2020
Broken Teeth
This episodes all about mouth injuries. Should you wear a mouth guard??
July 14, 2020
Athlete Interview #3: Joshua Diaddario
I sit down with PGF competitor, Josh Diaddario, to discuss his 1st week performance, love for leg locks, competing against teammates, Tung so Do background and much more!
July 12, 2020
Anson Dorrance’s 12 Core Values for Team Success
The best coach you’ve never heard of has created an incredible team culture at the university of North Carolina. His 12 core values have been used and studied by athletes and teams from around the world.
July 07, 2020
Athlete Interview #2: Seth Tatum
I sit down with PGF athlete Seth Tatum to discuss bjj, perfectionism, negative self talk, the upcoming PGF season, expectations as a blue belt, confidence and much more.
July 05, 2020
10 Techniques Every White belt should know.
The basics! Having an understanding of these techniques will take you far in Brazilian jiu jitsu. A couple I honestly didn’t work on until I was a colored belt, and looking back, that was a mistake.
July 01, 2020
Commissioner Interview: #1
I sit down with Brandon Mccaghren to discuss the upcoming PGF season. We talk favorites, dark horses, why kills and breaks, how he’d train for it, the next season and much more!
June 30, 2020
Athlete Interview #1: Joe Kai
Brand new Brown Belt and Professional Grappling Federation competitor Joe Kai joins me on the podcast! We talk PGF, his journey, switching gyms, competition mind set, and much more.
June 27, 2020
Will Power
Do you have a limited amount of will power? Struggling to break bad habits? Fragmented focus?
June 23, 2020
Self Sabotage
Are you guilty of self sabotage?
June 22, 2020
Keelan Lawyer
Conscious Keelan comes on the podcast to talk about videography, bjj, mastery, meditation, and more.
June 18, 2020
A Training Strategy From Felipe Pena
What separates average practitioners from great ones? Training. In this episode i talk about an important strategy used by some of the best bjj practitioners to get better.
June 14, 2020
Jitzking Preview
I break down a stacked 16 man Jitzking tournament and reveal the name of Brandon’s grappling league.
June 12, 2020
What One Quality Makes the Best BJJ Student?
I give an update on the sub league pro. As well as answer a question that has been posed many times to me over the years.
June 10, 2020
How did guys get better without training during lockdown?
One common theme that seems to be universal for guys that didn’t train or get on a mat for 10 weeks, but have come back better after the lockdown. Also some exciting news curtesy if BMAC!
June 09, 2020
Can You Stand Up?
Possibly the most overlooked technique in Brazilian Jiu jitsu. Why you need it and how to train standing up.
June 05, 2020
Who’s #1: Gordon Ryan vs. Kyle Boehm
I breakdown a stacked event featuring a no time limit match between Gordon and Kyle Boehm.
June 05, 2020
My 5 favorite Submissions
I talk about my favorite subs and why I prefer chokes over joint locks.
June 01, 2020
5 Ways to Violate Your Soul
In this episode I talk about a book I’m reading, the Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
May 29, 2020
The Most Important Grappling Titles
Do you want to leave a legacy? Go down as one of the baddest grapplers to have ever lived? Well you need to win titles particularly these.
May 28, 2020
Shrimping Doesn’t Work
Why can’t I shrimp back to guard? Getting smashed on bottom? In this episode I give you guys my 1000 dollar private lesson.
May 26, 2020
Dr. Michael Cantrell
Dr. Cantrell is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the knee and shoulder.
May 23, 2020
Starting A Podcast
How I started the podcast and what I recommend for anyone interested In starting their own.
May 21, 2020
Magnifying and Minimizing
A mindset episode where I talk about Two thought distortions that really discourage you from training. Fix these two negative thought patterns and you’ll find training is much more enjoyable!
May 18, 2020
Julian Marquez
I interview Julian “the Cuban Missile Launcher” Marquez. Julian currently fights in the UFCs Middleweight division. We get into his martial arts background, his amateur and professional fighting career, training, and much more.
May 15, 2020
Want A Better Armlock??
What I think is the most important thing you can do to get a better armlock. The great thing is that you can go do it without another person. Want to come back from quarantine with a much tighter arm lock???
May 10, 2020
Kim Skaff
A very special Mother’s Day interview. We talk my journey, bjj, weight cutting, and a bunch of other topics.
May 07, 2020
Blue Belt Phenomena
Get to a blue belt level in any skill and people will think you are an expert! Be come a Jack of all trades or a modern renaissance man.
May 04, 2020
Dopamine Detox
When was the last time you worked uninterrupted for an hour? Didn’t check your phone, email, ig, just focused on the task at hand. Feel like anxiety and depression sticks with you day after day?
April 30, 2020
I don’t tap to joint locks
I talk about Vinny Magalhães not tapping to a horrific looking heel hook and my own experiences of not tapping to joint locks. I make an admission that I’ve never told anyone as well.
April 28, 2020
Lindsey Mccaghren
I interview one of my best training partners who is one of the first female black belts in Alabama.
April 24, 2020
How Will the Coronavirus Change BJJ?
I give my thoughts on how bjj will change when gyms are allowed to reopen.
April 22, 2020
Keith Kavanagh
The Irish Keet Interview.
April 18, 2020
Coronavirus Expert
I reflect on an argument I had recently and talk about false experts.
April 15, 2020
Film Yourself
I give an update on what I’ve been up to and share an important new training method I’m experimenting with.
April 13, 2020
Brandon Mccaghren
I interview my instructor Brandon Mccaghren. Brandon is a world class black belt who is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable faces in jiu jitsu.
April 08, 2020
Top 5 ADCC Performances
Who’s had the most impressive tournament runs in ADCC history??
April 05, 2020
A Confession
I’m emotionally eating and what industries are profiting right now?
April 03, 2020
The Purple Belt
I talk about what the purple belt means to me and the criteria I use to judge when a students ready to be promoted.
March 31, 2020
A great lesson from the Gracie family about uncertainty.
March 28, 2020
My Black Belt Speech
How Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has changed me.
March 26, 2020
Leg locks
This podcast is all about leg locks. How dangerous are they? When should you start training them? Do they lead to deficiency’s in other areas?
March 24, 2020
Keep moving
A simple reminder to keep moving your body during this time! Especially if you are injured or rehabbing an injury.
March 23, 2020
The Tortoise and the Hare
Another lesson from the famous fable of the Tortoise and the Hare
March 21, 2020
ADCC History
I talk ADCC history and why it’s been so important for the evolution of grappling.
March 20, 2020
How I’m improving during the Covid-19 shutdown
Strategies I’m using to improve at bjj during this time of uncertainty.
March 18, 2020
You don’t need a guard
An important lesson for my blue belt self. Important advice for new mentors. And a Jonathon Lipniki update.
March 17, 2020
The War of Attrition
Win the most important battle to become what ever you want on the mats.
March 13, 2020
My top ten BJJ study resources.
I give you guys a list of my favorites dvds and YouTube channels. All of these resources have made a tremendous impact on my game. Half this list is free material the other half you will have to spend some dough.
March 11, 2020
Taking Time Off
A talk about a story that had a great impact on the way I think about training and taking a break.
March 09, 2020
Constant Checking
I talk about one of the biggest life revelations I’ve ever had. I also talk about my trip and remind you guys to watch cjj tomorrow at 7 pm live on fight pass.
March 07, 2020
Grapplefest and Submission on the Shore preview
Fans of women sub only grappling can’t miss a must watch event happening Friday 5:30 PST. Also some of my favorite grapplers clash in the United Kingdom at grapplefest live 10am on flo.
February 28, 2020
10th Planet Hate
Haters gonna hate.
February 26, 2020
Training with a Chip
The importance of keeping a chip on your shoulder and earning respect from a small school!
February 24, 2020
Substars Preview
Tomorrow night one of the best cards of the year is taking place, to order the event go to
February 20, 2020
The Valley of Disappointment
I talk about an idea I read about from the book Atomic Habits.
February 18, 2020
The Three reasons people quit.
I talk about the three reasons everyone quits, how to recognize you are feeling that way and what to do about it. Longevity is what I want for us all!
February 17, 2020
So Your Cousins a Karate Black Belt
A hilarious story from when I was a blue belt.
February 13, 2020
A guide to training while injured
You are going to get injured at some point. I lay out a step by step approach to get better during that time.
February 12, 2020
Bully proof your kids!
February 10, 2020
The Stonecutters Credo
An episode on persistence.
February 06, 2020
Manipulating Time
How rolling to different round times will force you to get better.
February 05, 2020
Changing Goals
I talk about the important of changing goals, and why it’s important to quit some of your New Years resolutions.
February 03, 2020
Quick update on my diet, Kasai Pro 7 preview
I let you guys know some dietary changes I’m making and pick my winner for kasai’s 8 man heavy weight tournament!
January 31, 2020
Don’t like someone at your gym? How do you coexist and train with them?
I talk about strategies to deal with people you don’t like at your gym.
January 29, 2020
Kobe Bryant story, weekend recap and Gordon Ryan news
I talk about the late and great Kobe Bryant, and the impact he had on my jiu jitsu training. Also recap euros jits king and talk a little Gordon Ryan.
January 27, 2020
Jitzking Preview
Previewing Jitzkings 145 16 man tournament and superfights. If you want to watch, it’s live on flograppling, January 24th 5pm.
January 23, 2020
Teaching with a Purpose
I talk about some great insights i heard from a Keenan Cornelius interview on how to teach and train.
January 22, 2020
How I found Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
I talk about where I was in my life when I found bjj.
January 20, 2020
A podcast on sacrifice.
January 15, 2020
How are you feeling about your jiu jitsu?
One of my favorite questions to ask students and training partners. You may be shocked by the answers
January 12, 2020
A lesson from Marcelo Garcia on Business
Interested in opening a gym one day. This story will enlighten you as it did me on what it takes to run a successful martial arts business.
January 08, 2020
Post tournament reflections and athlete development
I go into deep detail on my coaching philosophies and process. One of our female blue belts won 800 dollars yesterday and I go through step by step how I cornered, what language I used and post tournament how we are going to improve. A must listen for any athlete or aspiring coach.
January 06, 2020
10 best Grappling matches to make in 2020
These are without a doubt the 10 matches the grappling world needs to make happen next year.
January 03, 2020
2020 Goals
I talk about the goals I’ve set for 2020.
January 02, 2020
Start With One Bullet
Some offensive mindset advice for white and blue belts. Don’t feel bad for having success with one or two moves, keep developing them!
December 31, 2019
Gordon Ryan Retires???
I answer four questions pertaining to Gordon’s competition retirement. Did he actually retire? Why? What is his legacy and is he the goat?
December 28, 2019
Matt Gracie
A hilarious story from my early days of grappling.
December 24, 2019
Daily Habits
The 5 things that I try to do everyday that help me feel better and promote constant growth in my character and physical being.
December 23, 2019
What is your Jiu Jitsu Animal
How to discover what animal represents your style. A fun, thought provoking episode that may help you get better at jiu jitsu!
December 20, 2019
3 levels of Defense
I go over three defensive concepts. The first my mom could apply her first day of class, the last is a rule breaking idea that makes you dangerous from anywhere on bottom. All three are used together to make you untappable when you end up on bottom! Remember a good defense is your best offense!!!
December 18, 2019
Training with Women
I love training with women, they are some of my most valuable training partners and have provided numerous valuable training experiences. I talk about how they’ve humbled me and helped me become a better grappler. Advice on how to start training with women.
December 17, 2019
5 Gift Ideas for Grapplers
Struggling to think of a great gift for your favorite grappler? Yourself? Here are my picks for Christmas this year.
December 12, 2019
A white belt student told me my move doesn’t work!! How do I handle that? How did I handle that? What we can all learn from that situation!
December 10, 2019
Gordon Ryan vs Bo Nickals Recap
What I thought about the match. Who I think Gordon should face next. Two other exciting matches and who each winner should compete against next!
December 09, 2019
Dojo Storms
Detailed history of challengers that have come through the doors at Tenth Planet Decatur. From older meat heads, to guys off the street, we’ve had a ton.
December 07, 2019
Gordon Ryan vs Bo Nickals preview
Huge matchup between Gordon Ryan and Bo Nickals taking place at Third Coast Grappling Saturday. I Breakdown the rules and what I think Gordon’s mindset is going in. Also highlight a couple other guys competing this weekend.
December 05, 2019
Strength and Conditioning
I detail my strength and conditioning routine. What I like to do, my goals, and advice on how to get started!
December 03, 2019
BJJ Recap: Ashley Williams stars and Pj Barch is back!!!!
I recap 3 big matches that went down and talk about a couple of up and coming stars.
December 02, 2019
Dirty Moves
Are you grappling like a jerk? Is one of you training partners being a dick? I give you guys three questions that will answer those questions!
November 30, 2019
Grappling preview: Luke Rockhold vs. Nick Rodriguez
Polaris 12 features a very interesting matchup of Rockhold vas Rodriguez. It also features the most exciting match of the weekend in Pj Barch vs Marcin Held.
November 29, 2019
Learning to Survive
Why survival should be the foundation of every martial art. A beautiful lesson from Saulo Riberio about learning to survive at white belt!
November 26, 2019
Grappling preview: CJJ 185, Garry Tonon, Craig Jones and Meregali
4 major tournaments. 3 must watch competitors. 1 must watch event!!
November 22, 2019
Grappling with strikes
I detail my experiences with grappling with strikes, and how training cjj has made me feel more confident and given me a passion for wrestling and playing for points.
November 21, 2019
My Coaching Process
I break down the process I like to go through before cornering students at a tournament. There are things I like to do before, during and after the tournament. I know coaching can be a daunting task so I’m hoping this list can be a guide for anyone with coaching aspirations!
November 19, 2019
Bjj Recap: Finishers 10 and bjj fanatics
Detailed recap of two major tournaments from this past weekend. And what I’d like to see if a competitor egregiously breaks the rules! Tenth planet vs DDS has never been better!
November 18, 2019
BJj Fanatics Sub Only Grand Prix and Finishers 10 preview
I preview two major tournaments coming up this weekend. Both are EBI sub only and in my opinion are a must watch! Look for Grace Gundrum to be the star of the weekend!
November 14, 2019
Questions, the importance of diving deep
Why constantly asking questions is important and how trying to answer them deeply will push your jiu jitsu to the next level.
November 13, 2019
Bjj Recap and the future of Professional Grappling
Brandon and I talk about Fight 2 win 131 and the future of bjj promotions. How to make professional jiu jitsu bigger and better!
November 11, 2019
Holiday challenge
I give you guys three challenge options that I use to get better during the holiday season!
November 08, 2019
The Grappling Preview- F2W 131
Brandon Mccaghren and my self talk about tomorrow nights main event , Tye Ruotolo vs Vagner Rocha, and take questions from YouTube. Brandon exposes how big a fan he is of Gordon Ryan.
November 08, 2019
Training with people who are trying to hurt you
I talk about how to handle training with the three types of training partners that your most likely to get hurt training with.
November 06, 2019
The Differences Between Flow Rolling and Slow Rolling
One of the most misunderstand ideas in jiu jitsu. Learn how to take your training to the next level with these two ideas.
November 01, 2019
Rough and tumble fighting, Abraham Lincoln the wrestler
I look at the savage fighting style of rough and tumble as well as some of the documented accounts of our greatest wrestling president, Abraham Lincoln.
October 31, 2019
5 minutes
I talk about the strategy I used to finally start consistently practicing yoga after years and years of starting and stopping. Use this strategy on anything you are trying to make a habit! Writing in a journal, working out, yoga, etc...
October 28, 2019
Lessons from my first competition
I talk about my first competition and what I learned from it. A must listen for white belt and blue belts thinking about competing!
October 25, 2019
Quentin Rosenzweig
I talk with Quentin Rosenzweig, one of the top bjj competitors in the world. We discuss competition, leg locks, mind sets, philosophy, fear and much more.
October 24, 2019
I talk about quitting and the 7 reasons usually behind that thought.
October 21, 2019
The Blue Belt
Earning a blue belt is one of the hardest and most rewarding things a person can do. I give a list of things I’m looking for when evaluating when a students ready for his first promotion.
October 19, 2019
The Power of 3
Training philosophies to help you get better faster, feel more confident while keeping you motivated to train.
October 16, 2019
King of the Mat Grappling and FTW 128 preview
I break down Saturdays pro bjj events!
October 16, 2019
My Leadership Revelation
I talk about a couple of leadership revelations I’ve had this year.
October 15, 2019
The Ten must watch NoGi matches of all time
I give my list of the ten most exciting no gi matches of all time. These are my favorite matches to watch and study, All are a must watch!
October 14, 2019
Difference between Coaches and Instructors
I break down what I think makes a good coach and a good instructor. A must listen for anyone interested in teaching or coaching!
October 12, 2019
My Top ten P4P no gi Competitors
I break down my criteria for choosing the top ten current pound for pound best no gi practicioners!
October 11, 2019
Elbow and collar wrestling, George Washington and the Flying Mare
A brief look into a style of grappling that was popular in early America.
October 10, 2019
5 Tips for beginner grapplers
I give 5 training/mindset tips that aim to keep you healthy and happy while you get the most out of your training.
October 10, 2019