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Brand new White Belt Josh Lu calls on Jake Luigi, BJJ Youtuber from "Less Impressed More Involved BJJ", and other guests for help on the path to improvement, performance, and enjoyment in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Follow the journey!
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In this episode, Joe interviews Alyssa Gursky, LPC: artist, research associate and study therapist at the Social Neuroscience and Psychotherapy (SNaP) lab, and founder of Psychedelic Art Therapy LLC, which pioneers ketamine-assisted art therapy. She talks about her first mushroom experience and how her art and creative process instantly felt differ…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Matthew ‘Whiz’ Buckley: former decorated US Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot and now, founder and CEO of No Fallen Heroes Foundation, a non-profit focused on healing veterans and first responders with psychedelic-assisted therapy. Buckley met Joe in D.C. while they were both campaigning for psychedelic therapy to any…
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In this episode, we talk about what submission Josh should learn next. The only one he's focused on so far has been the rear naked choke, but is looking into what submission to focus on next. We talk about the six submission systems that Danaher teaches: Rear Strangles, Kimura, Triangles, Heel Hooks, Guillotines, and Armbars. We also talk about the…
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In this episode, David interviews Saga Briggs: freelance journalist and author of "How to Change Your Body: The Science of Interoception and Healing Through Connection to Yourself and Others." A collection of interviews, peer-reviewed research, and personal story; the book dives deep into the mind-body connection, how to become more embodied, and o…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Steve Rio: psychedelic guide, performance and transformation coach, musician, and co-founder of Enfold, a retreat center in BC, Canada. While Enfold caters each experience to each client, they largely work with 5-MeO-DMT (which is unregulated in Canada); partly because of its power, and partly because Rio realized ho…
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In this episode, we talk with Miles Lukas! Black Belt under Dave Camarillo, Certified Wim Hof Instructor II, and all-around fun guy to listen to. We discuss the various benefits of breathwork, protocols for competition nerves, breathing during hard sparring/rolls, ice bath protocols, breathwork tips for the cold, the Wim Hof Method, and a few other…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Ayize Jama-Everett: author, educator, filmmaker, and therapist with a long history of work in substance use and mental health services. When Jama-Everett was last on the show, “A Table of Our Own” – a film focusing on healing, psychedelics, and bonds within the Black community – was still in its infancy. It’s now com…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Dr. Peter Grinspoon: primary care physician and cannabis specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital, TedX speaker, certified physician life coach, and author of the new book, Seeing Through the Smoke: A Cannabis Expert Untangles the Truth about Marijuana. He tells his story of growing up in a house where academics …
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In this episode, we catch up on all things ecological approach, and constraint-based learning. We riff on lessons learned, reflections of how Jake's been teaching, what games we enjoy using to learn new skills, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out submeta.io and use the code "BJJHELP" to…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Dr. Kate Pate: Ph.D. neurophysiologist; Founder and CEO of Coruna Medical; founding board member of the Psychedelic Medicine Association; and Founder of The Way Back, a company that will provide education and coaching services related to military, veteran, and first responder health – often in wilderness settings. Sh…
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In this episode, Joe speaks with Paul F. Austin: Founder & CEO of Third Wave, Founder of Psychedelic Coaching Institute, and host of Third Wave's The Psychedelic Podcast. Recorded in-person at this year's reMind conference, this episode – a shared release with Third Wave – is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of both Psychedelics Today and Thi…
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In this episode, we Have Stan Pogrebinsky on. He's a certified Physical Trainer, Massage Therapist, and jiu jitsu Black Belt. We talk about the most common imbalances in the body from jiu jitsu, what that leads to, common jiu jitsu injuries, how to release and stretch those parts, and the top three things you should be doing to take care of your bo…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Ryan Latreille: Founder of Hearthstone Collective, which sells functional mushrooms and low-dose kanna designed for microdosing; and Kanna Extract Co., which is focused on offering high-potency kanna extracts more for ceremonial and recreational use. He talks about how he found his way to kanna; his first psychedelic…
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In this episode, Kyle interviews Emma Knighton: Somatic trauma therapist, Vital instructor, and psychedelic integration therapist focusing on consciousness exploration, complex PTSD from childhood abuse, and queer identity development. This episode is a bit of a masterclass on consent and boundaries within the client/practitioner relationship. She …
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In this episode, we talk about wrestling up. We go over a general overview of what wrestling up is, when to use it, the advantages and disadvantages, wrestle ups and leg entanglements, the newer "rumble passing" style of jiu jitsu players, the overlap between wrestling and jiu jitsu, and we end with a few insights Jake learned from Danaher himself.…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Erik Vaughan: Co-Founder and Manager of Epiphany mushrooms, a mushroom and mental health company based in Akron, Ohio. Epiphany mushrooms will initially be selling Lion's Mane, Reishi, and Cordyceps, and they plan to expand into more functional mushrooms while also pursuing a license to operate healing centers in Col…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Christine Calvert: Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and certified Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator. She talks about how addiction led her to breathwork, how breathwork has helped her over the years, how breathwork can be a compliment to other self-work, and how becoming comfortable with breathwork first could…
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In this episode, we revisit the back! We talk about Jake's motivation behind revisiting the back study, controlling the back, finishing the rear naked choke, trapping the arm on the top side vs bottom side, the mandible strangle, one arm rear naked chokes and more. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8…
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In this episode, recorded in-person at the recent reMind conference, Joe interviews Kaci Hohmann and Dave Kopilak: business attorneys at Emerge Law Group and co-chairs of Emerge’s psychedelics practice group. Hohmann also serves as Chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Cannabis and Psychedelics Law Section. They were both drafters of Oregon Measure 109 (…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Mike Margolies: community catalyst; conversation creator; Founder of Psychedelic Seminars; and Co-Founder and Co-Steward of the Global Psychedelic Society. The Global Psychedelic Society was created for all of the different psychedelic societies that have sprung up over the world to connect, share resources and infor…
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In this episode, we talk about inversions. Is this movement necessary to learn? When are inversions used? We talk about using inversions of defense vs offense, how to approach starting to learn the movement, and when to use inversions. We also cover a couple of items on the safety/risk of inversions. Hope you enjoy! Here's a youtube video of Lachla…
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In this episode of Vital Psychedelic Conversations, David interviews Christine Caldwell: graduate of the first cohort of Vital and Founder of End of Life Psychedelic Care (EOLPC); and Mary Telliano: end-of-life coach, psychedelic facilitator, and Founder of The Anam Cara Academy, which trains people in the art of end-of-life coaching. Whether we’re…
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In this episode, we toast to the beginning of an exciting and hopefully groundbreaking 2024 by switching things up a bit. Christopher Koddermann, Co-Founder and Chair of Board of the International Therapeutic Psilocybin Rescheduling Initiative (ITPRI) will be conducting some interviews for PT, and in this episode, he does his first – with our Co-Fo…
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In this episode, we catch up and talk about Josh's meditation retreat, lessons from meditation applied to jiu jitsu, Jake's experiments with Jiu Jitsu "Labs" for his morning training sessions, and thoughts on Jozef Chen's new instructional on BJJ Fanatics! Hope you enjoy. Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try your first month for only $8! Use the…
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In this episode, Kyle interviews Kayse Gehret, the Founder of Microdosing for Healing, an international virtual community and coaching program supporting microdosing practice. She tells the story of embracing microdosing and her grand mal seizure disorder going away, and how the inability to touch people during the pandemic led to the creation of M…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Mike Finoia: standup comedian, Producer for the hit show, “Impractical Jokers,” and co-host of the Comes a Time Podcast with Dead & Company bassist, Oteil Burbridge. His new Special, “Don’t Let Me Down,” is out now. He talks about his early days of recreational drug use at jam band shows; a powerful psilocybin experi…
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This episode is a little different. We took the audio from Jake's Youtube Video of the full conversation he had with Jozef Chen and his coach Dima as they shared their tactics and strategies for helping Jozef prepare for ADCC. Super insightful and we're hoping that hosting the audio here on the podcast will make it more accessible to you all and gi…
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In this episode, Joe and Kyle are honored to welcome back Stanislav and Brigitte Grof: Stan being the person who kickstarted their interest in non-ordinary states of consciousness, breathwork, and this podcast; and Brigitte: his other half, co-creator of Grof® Legacy Training, and support system (and often, voice) since his stroke a few years back.…
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In this episode of Vital Psychedelic Conversations, Johanna interviews Angie Leek, LMFT/LPC-S, SEP: Vital instructor, Founder of the Holos Foundation for Transpersonal Healing, and psychotherapist offering KAP through her private practice, Holos Counseling; and Justin LaPree: Vital graduate, decorated Marine, former firefighter, and Founder and Pre…
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In this episode, we catch up on how our training has been lately, thoughts on the UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5, Josh's experience going through John Danaher's newest instructional about back attacks and the rear naked choke, his experience working on jiu jitsu outside of the gym, personalizing training, and our favorite mouthguards. Hope you enjoy…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Mason Marks, MD, JD: drug policy analyst, writer, Professor at the Florida State University College of Law, and senior fellow and project lead of the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation (POPLAR) at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. As somewhat of an expert on drug poli…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Flor Bollini. Named “The Corporate Shaman” by Forbes Magazine, she is an entrepreneur, medicine woman, and the Founder and CEO of NANA Health. NANA Health is a platform that provides best practices, educational content, and peer to peer support around a framework that is fully personalized, using what they call “psyc…
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In this episode, we talk about the pros and cons of passing standing vs kneeling, and how to exploit those dynamics. We also talk about the pros and cons of focusing on passing standing vs passing kneeling as a beginner, and what advantages there are to learning one style first over another. Hope you enjoy! Use code “BJJHELP” at submeta.io to try y…
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In this episode of Vital Psychedelic Conversations, Johanna interviews Daan Keiman, MA: Buddhist, Psychedelic Chaplain, and Co-Founder of the psychedelic think-and-practice tank, Communitas Collective Foundation; Aura Ahuvia: Rabbi who served five years as President of the ALEPH (Alliance for Jewish Renewal) Board and is now the Founder of Psychede…
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In this episode, Kyle interviews John H. Buchanan, Ph.D.: certified Holotropic Breathwork practitioner; contributing co-editor for Rethinking Consciousness: Extraordinary Challenges for Contemporary Science; and author of the new book, Processing Reality: Finding Meaning in Death, Psychedelics, and Sobriety. Recorded shortly after a week-long philo…
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In this episode, we revisit the question of maximizing open sparring. At most gyms, there's a portion of class dedicated to open sparring, and how to truly gain the most during that time. For beginners, we feel like most of open sparring is spent in so many positions, it can be challenging to close the loop on specific positions or lessons of what …
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In this episode, David interviews Shauheen Etminan, Ph.D. and Jonathan Lu: Co-Founders of Magi Ancestral Supplements. Through studying ancient Zoroastrian writings and 2,000 year-old Chinese texts in search of compounds and formulations forgotten by history, Etminan and Lu co-founded drug discovery company VCENNA in 2019 to use extraction technolog…
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In this episode, Kyle interviews Bessel van der Kolk, MD: pioneer clinician, researcher, and educator on traumatic stress; Founder of the Trauma Research Foundation; Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School; Principal Investigator of the Boston site of MAPS’ MDMA-assisted psychotherapy study; and author of the #1 New York Times S…
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In this episode we breakdown Jake's lessons and takeaways from Gordon Ryan vs Patrick Gaudio. We focus mainly on guard passing techniques and principles around pummeling, the dilema between splitting the legs vs smashing the legs/knees together, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next level, check out subme…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Dana Lerman, MD: a decade-long infectious disease consultant who has since been trained in psychedelic-assisted therapy, ecotherapy, and Internal Family Systems, and is the Co-Founder of Skylight Psychedelics, where she prescribes IM ketamine and trains therapists who work with it. Lerman tells her story: how working…
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In this episode, Joe interviews neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur, inventor, and Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Apollo Neuro: Dr. David Rabin, MD, Ph.D. He talks about his path to psychiatry; his realization that trauma and chronic stress were primary themes at the root of most mental illness; and the cre…
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In this episode, we talk with Eric Uresk. Eric has lived many lives, formerly a homeless drug addict who grew past his criminal life and moved into the martial arts. Eric is a black belt in jiu jitsu and judo, spent over a decade as a professional fighter, is the former head coach at Phuket Top Team, and co-head coach at Tiger Muay Thai. He's worke…
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In this episode of Vital Psychedelic Conversations, David speaks with two current Vital students: Certified Depth Hypnosis Practitioner and Founder and Executive Director of Zoo Labs, Vinitha Watson, CHT; and artist and outdoorsman with decades of experience in bodywork, structural integration, and Vipassana meditation: Judson Frost. They talk abou…
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In this episode, Joe interviews internationally renowned musician, comedian, writer, and actor, Reggie Watts. Watts starred on “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” most recently was the bandleader on CBS’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden” for the last 8 seasons, and just released his memoir, "Great Falls, MT." Watts discusses his early days of LSD use and h…
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In this episode, we catch up on Jake's visit to Renzo's, taking classes with John Danaher, Nicky Rod, Jozef Chen, and more. We cover topics on learning how to wrestle, how hard to go when visiting a new gym, a few fundamentals of wrestling and the standing position, and more. Hope you enjoy! To support the show and take your jiu jitsu to the next l…
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In this episode, Kyle interviews Ted Riskin, LCSW: psychotherapist running group KAP sessions and certified in Core Energetics, Internal Family Systems, and Holotropic Breathwork, which he has taught in various forms for 26 years. He discusses group ketamine-assisted psychotherapy: how he runs sessions, why being welcomed and loved in a group seems…
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In this episode, Joe interviews Imran Khan: Executive Director of the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. Khan shares his journey into the world of science and policymaking, beginning with science journalism and inspired by David Nutt’s famous ‘Equicy’ paper and subsequent firing for telling the truth. Realizing how strong the disco…
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In this episode, we talk about learning to focus, prioritize, and plan what skill areas to work on. There's a balance between jumping into something new every class vs sticking with one skill for way too long. We discuss watching instructionals, working on offense vs defense, the fun factor, and balancing the technique of the day in class. There ar…
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In this episode of Vital Psychedelic Conversations, David interviews Erika Dyck: Vital instructor, historian, professor, author, and editor of the new book, Expanding Mindscapes: A Global History of Psychedelics; and Jono Remington-Hobbs: graduate of the first cohort of Vital, coach, facilitator, and now, Co-Founder of Kaizn, an experiential wellne…
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In this episode, David interviews Alexander Beiner: an Executive Director of Breaking Convention; writer of The Bigger Picture substack; and author of The Bigger Picture: How Psychedelics Can Help Us Make Sense of the World. He tells his personal story and how his first psychedelic experience felt like a homecoming; discusses his Rebel Wisdom media…
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