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BJJ superstar Tim "MUSHMASTER" Spriggs and BJJ practitioner / activist / journalist Nico Ball tell the stories of the people of the BJJ and Combat Sports community. New BJJ GOONS episodes every Monday at 12am (est) on all podcast platforms and YouTube. LIKE, SHARE, RATE, and SUBSCRIBE!!!
 
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This week the GOONS talk to Erick Nicholson. Erick is a educator in New York who runs a BJJ program at his school and is a member of the Secret Roll Club; a group of athletes that started rolling together to escape the strict rules of traditional Jiu-Jitsu schools. What started off as a handful of friends, has blossomed into large events with DJ's …
 
This week on the show: Nico talks about her car problems and battles with the US Healthcare System. Tim explains why he is stepping away from competition for the foreseeable future. Tim and Nico review HBO's new documentary "The Day Sports Stood Still". And they both reflect on how the quarantine has changed their lives. Subscribe to the BJJ GOONS …
 
This week the GOONS interview Nathalie and Osiris Feliz. Nathalie is a licensed massage therapist that owns and operates Alquina Massage & Wellness, Osiris is a yoga master who founded Air Fire Yoga a practice that focuses on developing: strength, endurance, proper body alignment, flexibility, relaxation, and vitality. Nat and Osi use their fields …
 
This week The GOONS kick it with Vannessa Griffin. Vannessa is a new bjj black belt under Team Lloyd Irvin / Crazy 88 and has already medaled in the IBJJF Europeans and Pans. She also runs a highly successful kid's competition team at Crazy 88, over the last two years her team has earned 9 IBJJF Kid's Pan Gold Medals from 7 competitors.…
 
This week the GOONS talk to Pabs Carela. Pabs is a black belt who's trained under Vitor Shaolin, Fernando Terere and Ricardo De La Riva. He's currently an instructor under Eduardo Santos at Lotus Club BJJ in New York City. Pabs uses his experiences of rough up bringing in NYC in the 80s and 90s to mentor local youth through various social projects.…
 
This week the GOONS talk to Lucas Gualberto a up and coming black belt fighting for team Dream Art under Isaque Bahiense who has already won the UAEJJF Grand Slam in Rio and the IBJJF South American Championship. Lucas tells Nico and Tim about training at the Dream Art facility, getting his education in the project, rest and recovery, and so much m…
 
This week the GOONS talk to 2020 PAN Ultra Heavyweight Champion Max Gimenis. Max talks about coming of age at GF Team headquarters training under legendary coach Julio Cesar, "Jungle Training" with Rodolfo Viera, Ricardo Evangelista and other world class black belts as a blue belt, the process or establishing himself in the United States and much m…
 
This week Nico and Tim talk to Devhonte "Bones" Johnson. Devhonte is 2x World Champion and Owner of Bones BJJ Academy in Clifton, NJ. In this episode we discuss how he's been killing the competition scene despite the pandemic, the development of his gym and his elite kid's comp team, fighting through New York City traffic to train, and much more.…
 
This week our guest is Aarae Alexander. Aarae is a Team Lloyd Irvin Black Belt and Engineer. We discussed how Aarae has balanced high athletic and scholastic achievement including: winning several world titles despite training only twice a week, earning a engineering degree from one of the toughest universities in the world, and advice for up and c…
 
This week the GOONS talk to Muhsin "The Technician" Corbbrey. Muhsin is a Judo and BJJ Black Belt as well as a Kru in Muay Thai. He has over fifty professional fights in MMA, Muay Thai/Kickboxing, and Boxing. In this episode we talk to about: Training under legendary coaches like Lloyd Irvin and Manu N'tou, whether Jiu-Jitsu is an actual fight, the…
 
This week Nico and Tim talked with Deon Thompson. Deon is a former D1 college basketball player who started training in his 30s. Since then, he became the only black martial arts gym owner in Northwest Ohio. He is a second degree black belt under 7x World Champion Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros. He's also won several IBJJF titles as well. In our talk …
 
Every BJJ competitor wants to get sponsored. Money and free gear is the goal. The question is, how do you get it? In this episode Nico and Tim spoke with Lionel Turner, the owner and founder of Leão Optics about athlete sponsorship from the perspective of a business owner and what they look for when selecting an athlete to collaborate with.…
 
PG County Maryland has been a breeding ground of athletic talent for decades. Kevin Durant, Sugar Ray Leonard, Len Bias, Riddick Bowe and countless professional athletes have grown up in this community outside of Washington, DC. PG County is also home to one of the best combat sports gyms in the world, Team Lloyd Irvin HQ. Team Lloyd Irvin's Kid's …
 
Alan "Finfou" Nascimento has had a hell of a journey. He went from growing up in one of the most impoverished and dangerous favelas in Brazil to coaching the best grapplers and MMA fighters in the world. His story is one of perseverance and faith. Despite all his trials and tribulations he beat the odds. In this episode we discuss Finfou's childhoo…
 
Tim and Nico felt that because of these trying times in the world instead of having a typical episode, they'd talk about their thoughts on the George Floyd situation, the protests, racism, police brutality, fascism, the Jiu-Jitsu community's response to it, and how we can help make the world a better place for EVERYONE. Black Live Matter Resources:…
 
Nico and Tim learn about the Lion Heart Initiative, a nonprofit enterprise to grow MMA in Africa by developing grappling, striking, and full spectrum skills to create opportunities in the industry. The GOONS spoke with AK Rupert (Managing Director), Kelly Grissom (Vice Chairman), and Moustapha Diop (Regional Dir., West Africa) about their work in t…
 
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