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Chewy discusses the difference between ruts, blocks, and grooves and how they pertain to BJJ and life. We talk about why taking a break from something can renew motivation and interest, why its important to not expend all of your energy on a task, how to get out of a rut or block, how to stay in a groove, how to stay consistent and inspired by a ta…
 
Nick joins the show to discuss his venture into coffee and the vision for starting"Ground Shark Coffee," the connection "Ground Shark Coffee" has to BJJ, how coffee can help with recovery, Nick’s favorite way to drink coffee, how Nick transitioned from Lacrosse to BJJ, Nick's desire to fight in MMA, how getting a concussion impacted Chris’s mindset…
 
Paul Hogan is a police officer, BJJ brown belt, and is one of the founders of “Blue Jitsu,” an organization that offers free jiu-jitsu instruction and seminars for police officers in Lexington and the surrounding areas. Paul shares his start in wrestling and finding BJJ soon after becoming a police officer. Paul discusses the significant benefits t…
 
Tom Halpin is an Irish born BJJ black belt under Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu. Tom is the 2019 ADCC Euro Trials champion and Combat Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Tom discusses his travels from Ireland to Miami and how the training in Miami impacted his development and lead to earning his Black Belt. Tom also shares his mentality for competing, using inspiration fr…
 
Matt is a BJJ brown belt and owner of Epic Roll BJJ (a jiu-jitsu apparel and lifestyle brand). Matt joins the podcast to discuss his start in BJJ, being an entrepreneur, the idea behind Epic Roll BJJ, fighting in MMA, his new product “The One Bottle,” the bond and trust that comes from jiu-jitsu, and Q&A from YouTube. Q&A starts at 1:20:00: 1:20:00…
 
Brian Mackenzie is an innovator in human performance on stress adaptation and a pioneer in the development and application of custom protocols to optimize human health and performance. His work harnesses and integrates respiratory, movement, strength, conditioning and endurance-based training approaches to elicit unprecedented positive results. (Bi…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy shares his thoughts on a quote that he read from a Steve Jobs (former apple CEO) autobiography that said “We’ve had some good times, we’ve had some hard times, but we’ve never had bad times.” Chewy shares a story from a tournament where he had a frustrating match and how he used this experience to adjust his ga…
 
Dr. Steve Mora is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports-related trauma, knee, shoulder and arthroscopic treatment of the hip and the elbow. He has been practicing for 18 years. Dr. Mora has worked with many MMA fighters and UFC world champions. Dr. More shares how his injuries at a young age impacted his li…
 
Devhonte "Bones" Johnson is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Murilo Santana and represents Unity Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the sport’s competitive circuit. On this episode Devhonte talks about how a hand injury got him training BJJ, what got him hooked on jiu-jitsu, the importance self-reliance, the importance of having mentors and accepting help,…
 
Chewy answers a fan question about what advice he would give his younger self. Chewy discusses the importance of “designing your life,” having the ability to say no, deciding to take the leap on a new career/life path, developing a strong work ethic at a young age, how making different decisions could have impacted Chewy’s jiu-jitsu journey, how to…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss the illusion of perfection and how this idea can impact your progress and also be the enemy of taking action. They also chat about the ability to adjust to changing circumstances, learning from doing, Chewy taking the leap with creating content on Youtube, dealing with uncertainty, how to handle criticism, some benefits fro…
 
Chewy discusses how you can develop an aggressive mindset in BJJ that will lead to increased success in BJJ and in life. We also chatted about increasing success with BJJ moves by choosing techniques wisely and understanding what to do if a technique fails, how to not get discouraged with training or learning new positions, and the importance of Ma…
 
Joe De Sena is the CEO and founder of Spartan. Joe talks about growing up in a rough neighborhood, starting multiple businesses, his desire to go to Cornell, where he gets his hustle from, hiring a Karate master to live with his family but then discovering the intensity and effectiveness wrestling, "The Marshmallow Test," how the idea for Spartan R…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss using structure, boundaries, and limitations to spark creativity in BJJ and in life. Chewy discusses how he uses this process of using limitations to improve his BJJ, how BJJ learning/techniques have evolved over the past 10 years, how to know if a BJJ move is legit, going on a “diet of information” to improve creativity, h…
 
Bernardo is a multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, owner and head coach of The Bernardo Faria Academy, and one of the co-founders of the popular martial arts website www.bjjfanatics.com Bernardo talks about taking the unusual path of making a career out of Jiu-Jitsu, why winning the Jiu-Jitsu Worlds at purple belt was a pivotal point i…
 
Dominyka Obelnyte is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and multiple time world champion. On this episode, Dominyka shares her story of immigrating to the United States, her start in martial arts and specifically BJJ because of being bullied, having her father as a coach, her initial dislike of Jiu-Jitsu, accessing a state of flow in training and com…
 
Brandon Mccaghren is a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Eddie Bravo and head coach at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Decatur. Brandon joins the show to discuss the first season of his jiu-jitsu grappling league, The PGF (Professional Grappling Federation). Brandon chats about the thought process behind having a “season format” for a jiu-jitsu tourname…
 
Chewy discusses drilling techniques and using BJJ World Champion Bernardo Faria's methods as an example. On this episode we talk about: the variety of ways to drill, Passive vs. Active Drilling, how to drill as a white belt and as an upper belt, how many repetitions you should perform when developing a move, how you should adjust drilling when prep…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast we are joined by BJJ legend Dean Lister. Dean shares his story of growing up in Panama and the importance of learning to fight, his start in martial arts, and training Sambo to develop his leg lock game. Dean discusses his mindset for competition, fighting for "Pride FC" and the "UFC," how Dean and Jocko met…
 
On this live Youtube Q&A, we answer quite a few questions including: 7:30 How to get your significant other to train BJJ. 13:00 How to train at home alone without being able to go to the gym. 20:00 Tips on time management. 30:40 How to stay motivated with training BJJ. 38:20 Should police be mandated to train BJJ to blue belt level 49:00 Safely ret…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss how to return to BJJ after the quarantine or just a long layoff. Chewy shares a cautionary story about getting back to BJJ improperly after a long layoff and getting injured, the importance of the right mindset for getting back to training, how injuries can be cumulative, listening to your body, having the right environment…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy answers a question from a fan who enjoys training at his gym, but has different beliefs than some of his training partners and is trying to decide if he should go back to his current gym or find a new one. We also discuss Jiu-Jitsu being a “social glue,” the importance of BJJ in creating a community, the benefi…
 
Ben is a BJJ blackbelt and co-founder of Guardian Gym, which is a non-profit gym created for interested youth to have an opportunity to fall in love with martial arts and have their lives changed both on and off the mats. Ben discusses how he accidentally stumbled into martial arts, what got him hooked on BJJ, the idea behind starting a non-profit …
 
Jacob “Stitch” Duran is a professional cutman in boxing and MMA. "Stitch" discusses growing up in a small farming town, his early years as a boxing trainer and also running a kickboxing gym, his transition to becoming a cutman and eventually working with elite level martial artists and boxers, starring in movies, how he got his nickname, getting co…
 
Chewy answers a question from Johnny, who has dreams of owning a gym and being a high-level BJJ competitor while managing a job and family. Chewy discusses the three pre-requisites you need prior to going after a goal, the importance of taking time to think, how to make the leap to go for your passion, how to balance life and going after your goals…
 
Jimmy Smith is a BJJ black belt, former MMA fighter, and former Bellator and UFC commentator. Jimmy discusses his start in martial arts and the early days of his BJJ and MMA training, training with MMA legends and elite BJJ athletes, being on the show "Fight Quest," becoming the commentator for Bellator MMA and the UFC, and some great concepts for …
 
Chewy discusses his inspiration for starting martial arts and the movie that started it all. We also discuss watching the early UFCs, our favorite fighting video games, favorite BJJ documentaries, why Chewy walked away from an undefeated MMA career, why Chewy continued to fight even though he knew he wanted to focus on BJJ, the importance of having…
 
We discuss the plans for gym re-opening, difficulties that may arise with gym re-openings, new guidelines for BJJ gyms, how training will adjust and evolve, how to keep your immune system healthy, and the inconsistencies with the re-opening guidelines for businesses. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlotteswe…
 
Kyle Watson is a BJJ black belt, The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 contender, and former UFC Lightweight. Kyle joins the podcast to discuss his start in martial arts, opening and running a BJJ school, competing on "The Ultimate Fighter" and training with Georges St. Pierre, his thoughts on how he thinks BJJ gyms will re-open, whether there is any bene…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu from strictly a self-defense martial art to a sport and whether this growth from the original intent and style of Jiu-Jitsu has “mutilated” the art. We also discuss the history of BJJ, if Chewy thinks BJJ should be an Olympic sport, and what would happen if BJJ stopped evolving. T…
 
This episode of the podcast was recorded live on Youtube including a Q&A and a giveaway. We discuss how BJJ gyms will handle social distancing, Chewy’s book recommendations, if Bigfoot exists, Chewy’s most memorable podcast moment, dealing with the fear of getting injured in training, and much more. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web C…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss what defines a cult and if Jiu-Jitsu is actually a cult? We break down other known cults and talk about specific Jiu-Jitsu rituals and traditions. Exclusive podcast content available at www.patreon.com/thechewjitsupodcast Check out www.chewjitsu.net/time-off for a free resource with workouts,…
 
JP Dinnell is a former U.S. Navy SEAL Elite Sniper. and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front, where he serves as Director of Tactical Training Programs. JP spent nearly a decade in the SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. JP shares his desire to serve in the military, going through Navy Seal Training, going after your dre…
 
Chewy answers a questions from Jack, who is timid and nervous about starting BJJ and getting injured. Chewy shares his own experience of being timid and then overcoming his lack of self-confidence through wrestling. We also discuss the importance of setting long-term goals and how to deal with set backs. Chewy also discusses training with “JT” Torr…
 
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Stu McGill, who is a world-renowned specialist in back pain, rehab, and performance. Dr. McGill shares his interest in working with the spine, researching back pain and developing the “McGill Big 3” exercises for core stability, the importance of the core for Jiu-Jitsu performance and injury-prev…
 
Chewy discusses his expectations for each belt in BJJ and we answer a bunch of questions on the Youtube Live Q&A including book recommendations, how to train if you don’t have the money, favorite grapplers and MMA fighters, video games, dream BJJ matchups including Roger Gracie vs. Gordon Ryan, and much more. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlot…
 
Tom DeBlass is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, multiple time ADCC American Trials Champion, and former MMA fighter. On this episode, we discussed the impact of the Corona Virus on the jiu-jitsu community, Tom’s start in BJJ and transitioning to MMA, competing in the ADCC, retiring from competition, coaching Gary Tonon, the mystique of John Danaher, his soc…
 
Chewy and Eugene share their thoughts on the Coronavirus, the closing of the gym, what to focus on if you can't train, meditation, diet, studying, building the mind-body connection, and returning to BJJ. Link to extra content www.chewjitsu.net/corona Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the…
 
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by 2 x ADCC and Pan Am Champion “JT” Torres. JT joins the podcast to discuss his start in BJJ, his first competition, the importance of mental toughness, giving up everything to train with some of the greatest coaches in BJJ, how he developed his pressure style, opening his gym, finally winning the ADCC,…
 
Frank Trigg is an MMA pioneer, former UFC Welterweight title challenger, UFC Hall of Famer, MMA referee, and actor/stuntman. Frank discusses his start in sports and wrestling, competing in MMA, transitioning to acting and becoming a stunt man, refereeing, sailing, and he shares some stories from his MMA days. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlot…
 
Chewy shares how he gets the most out of himself and his students by creating buy-in, positive self-talk, how he uses enthusiasm to achieve goals, and discusses how he is able to use mental imagery when completing difficult tasks. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjits…
 
Phil daru is the head Strength & Conditioning coach at American Top Team, one of the premier training facilities for MMA. Phil discusses his start in strength & conditioning, fighting in MMA, dealing with concussions, learning jiu-jitsu, his training philosophies, and much more. Check out Phil’s training products at www.darustrong.com as well as hi…
 
Ryan Ford is a Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt and the host of "The Grappling Central Podcast." Ryan discusses how he found podcasting after being laid off from his job, the passion he has for podcasting, dealing with OCD and how he used it as an advantage, his start in Jiu-Jitsu, living and training in Brazil, and his plans for the future. Thanks to our podc…
 
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Rob from “McDojo Life.” Rob runs an Instagram page and Youtube channel that exposes fraudulent and fake martial arts. We start the podcast off by discussing the crowdfunding process he has going for the documentary he is planning to film, hang ups and pitfalls of filming a documentary, what “shady” gy…
 
Chris Sizemore is a police officer, BJJ brown belt, and former MMA fighter. Chris shares his start in martial arts, fighting Chewy in an MMA fight, becoming a police officer, crazy fight stories, and he is also one of the co-founders of “Blue Jitsu,” an organization that offers free jiu-jitsu instruction and seminars for police officers in Lexingto…
 
John is a business owner, consultant, and the podcast host for "The John Bartolo Show." On this episode, we discuss John’s start in working with weapons companies and becoming a CEO of a rifle company, being an entrepreneur, podcasting, starting jiu-jitsu, the relationship between firearms and jiu-jitsu, what makes effective jiu-jitsu coaches.…
 
Nikki Sullivan is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt that trains out of ATOS HQ in San Diego. Nikki shares her start in BJJ while going to college and the passion she had for training. Nikki discusses excelling in martial arts and taking the leap to quit her job and start training and competing full time. We also discuss the importance of positive influences a…
 
We are joined by Derby City MMA co-owner and S&C Coach Joe Clark to discuss the difficulties with starting and keeping a new routine, how tangible goal setting can help with improving your BJJ and strength, using negative emotions as fuel and why negative emotions are important for making progress, how much visualization can help your performance, …
 
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by BJJ brown belt Justin Court. Justin is a BJJ Brown Belt and multiple time Pan Am champion and World Champion at various belt levels. We discuss Jiu-Jitsu competition including competing in Gi vs. No-Gi, the techniques that are used consistently at the highest levels of jiu-jitsu competition, working a…
 
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