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In this episode I got to chat with James Dilley, Dr of Archaeology, experimental archaeologist, life long flintknapper, prehistorical tool expert and creator of AncientCraft. Ancient craft provides replica prehistoric artefacts, living history demonstrations, workshops and consultation for museums and media. I have about half the items they sell on…
 
In this episode I am joined by Naturalist and Thought Leader Bernie Taylor, author of Before Orion: Finding the face of the hero. Bernie talks to me about his work researching the Altamira caves in Spain, where some of the earliest Homo-sapien cave art has been found. He explains the idea that the stories told in ancient history by the Sumerians an…
 
In this first episode of the relaunch, I am joined by Briana Pobiner, research Scientist and Museum Educator at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Briana studied Evolutionary Anthropology and has researched into meat eating developments in early Hominins such as Homo Erectus. She has been on the podcast before and for more informatio…
 
Welcome to the Bunch of Apes re:launch! This time with the focus concentrated on Human Pre-History. Hello, I'm the host Sam Harris, a layman with a passion and a bit of chat [or at the least, enthusiasm to chat]. For the Bunch of Apes podcast, I get to meet and chat with some fantastic guests with huge insights and experience in the area of Human P…
 
Rick Young is a lifelong martial artist whos full list of accomplishments is too long to note but include:Scotlands first BJJ black belt, judo black belt, Karate black belt, full instructor in JKD under Guru Dan Inosanto, full instructor in CSW under Erik Paulson and much more. In this episode, we talk about Ricks early days into martial arts. His …
 
David Horne is a master of all things strength. Legendary in the grip strength world David has competed in over 300 contest including tug of war, strongman, powerlifting, arm wrestling and grip sports.We discuss Davids journey through strength and all the disciplines he's competed and trained in. He drops continuous knowledge bombs on grip, lifting…
 
Sam Crook is a BJJ black belt and head coach at the Francis Ngannou Foundation, a martial arts based social project in Cameroon.In this episode, we talk about how Sam came to head up the project, what it's like working with the kids, its challenges and how different life in Cameroon is.For more info on the Francis Ngannou Foundation visit: www.fran…
 
Pete "The Greek" Letsos is a Carlson Gracie Jr black belt and founder Rio Jiu Jitsu club.Pete has been training BJJ for over 20 years, starting with Carlson Gracie Jr and spending years living in Brazil training with some of the biggest names in the sport. In this episode, Pete tells tales of old school BJJ in Brazil through the eyes of a gringo an…
 
Rosi Sexton is a former professional MMA fighter, Musician, Mathematician, Osteopath and politician.In this episode, I chat to Rosi about her incredibly interesting life. Her unique combination of skills, how she transitioned from maths prodigy to pro-MMA fighter, we take a number of questions from listeners and get some great information on injury…
 
John Will is Australia's first BJJ black belt and one of the "dirty dozen" - The first 12 non-Brazilians to receive a BJJ black belt. In this episode, we talk about Johns journey in the martial arts, the creation of his magazine; Blitz, training under the Gracie's and Machado's, participating in challenge matches, travelling the world studying mart…
 
Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues is a multiple European champion and UAEJJF world championIn this episode we talk about Lucio’s journey into BJJ, having to fight strangers on the weekend before he was allowed to go surf, his friendship with Rickson Gracie, his move to Gracie Barra, his rivalry with Jacare, his battle with cancer and his competitions durin…
 
Braulio Estima is a multiple time BJJ World champion, ADCC weight and Absolute champion, and multiple time Pan-American and European champion. In this episode, I sit down with one of the greatest ever BJJ athletes to discuss his incredible career. From his first days on the BJJ mats to being crowned ADCC weight and absolute champion. This episode i…
 
Ben is an old school UK BJJ legend and one of the earliest British black beltsBen started training in the earliest days of UK BJJ and spent large periods of time training in Brazil with the Gracies. In this episode we talk about Bens journey into combat sports, training in his dads shed, judo legend Steve Gawthorpe, training in Brazil, nutrition, b…
 
Darragh O'Conaill is an Irish BJJ black belt competitor and coach who runs East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy.In this episode, we talk about Darragh's competition career, how he got into BJJ, his time at the brown belt kumite, how he balances running an academy and competing at an elite level, his and his student's upcoming matches on Polaris 8 and why t…
 
Hooman Tavakolian is a former wrestler, wrestling coach, sports diplomat and philanthropist. In this episode, we discuss how wrestling is deeply built into Iranian culture, an athletes responsibility to give back, Hooman's journey in wrestling after moving to the USA, how sport can help young people and the work that both Hooman and Saeed are doing…
 
Guro Bob Breen is a martial arts pioneer. Renowned in multiple disciplines including Karate, Kali/Escrima, Philipino martial arts and Jeet Kun Do.Bob has been teaching martial arts for over 50 years, he has trained under many of the biggest names in martial arts worldwide and is credited with bringing Filipino martial arts and JKD to the UK. In the…
 
Ant Lambert is a former Marine and adventurer.One half of the two-man team; the Mad Explorers. The Mad Explorers have undertaken a challenge they have named "Expedition 5", in which they will attempt to be the first people to cross the worlds 5 biggest Islands by manpower alone.I sit down with Ant after just returning from Greenland, their 4th isla…
 
Tom Watson is a former BAMMA Champion and UFC veteran. In this episode we talk about Tom's journey into martial arts, his time training at some of the best MMA camps in the world, including; Jackson, Tristar and Blackzillians. His huge match with Alex Reid, rules sets in MMA and grappling, he return to competition and much more.…
 
We are joined once again by Health & Fitness expert I James Buckingham of Precision Fitness Performance. In this episode we discuss the details of intermittent fasting and host Sam Harris realises he missing breakfast doesn't count, does his best to get another expert to say Vegan's are crazy [with a little bit more success this time] and James giv…
 
In this episode Bunch of Apes regular and host Sam Harris's Brazilian Jujitsu coach Andy Costello joins us for a catch up. Starting with an update on both of their attempts at stand up comedy, Sam's desperate ploys a using children's light entertainer type approaches to get a clap and ignoring all Andy's advice to keep it short, stick to what you k…
 
Kurt Osiander is one of the most well-known characters in all of BJJ, known for his crazy personality and zero-fucks-given attitude Kurt talks about his split from longtime coach Ralph Gracie, how he got into BJJ, the zombie apocalypse, trying to kill a dove, his MMA career, drawing naked women, being a role model, training over 50, drinking, party…
 
Briana Pobiner is a paleoanthropologist whose research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as human cannibalism and chimpanzee carnivore. She leads the Human Origins project at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and is a total expert in her area. This was an incredibly fascinating e…
 
Recorded a month or so ago, we are joined by Experimental archeologist and stone-age living expert James Dilley to give us a run down of all the top stories from Archeology. Plus, about an hour in, host Sam drags James into a fanciful love story between a human hard up for a same species relationship [played by James], and a young Neanderthal maide…
 
Rob Long is a blind veteran injured in Afghanistan and a BJJ competitor. In this episode, Ron talks about his experience in the army, his training, what it's like living in one of the most dangerous places on earth, the accident that took his vision, the immediate aftermath and recovery from his injury and how BJJ changed his life. To find out more…
 
Recorded a few weeks back before Exeter Chiefs run up to Twickernam I joined regular guest, England and Cheifs prop forward Harry Williams in his garden [in case some of the background noises are confusing - definitely some seagulls on their at some point...].Harry is still carrying an injury and as per usual we don't exactly cover much rugby relat…
 
Ffion Davies is one of the UK's top BJJ competitors and a Judo black belt. In this episode we talk about how Ffion got into martial arts, her judo career, how she got into BJJ, breaking down her competition success, and covering a lot of women related topics in BJJ including women teaching, should you date your instructor and dick pics, probably to…
 
Daniel Strauss, World class Brazilian Jujitsu competitor with one of our favourite nicknames is back. The Raspberry Ape rejoins the Bunch of Apes, fresh from his recent success in major grappling team tournament Quintet. We chat about Quintet as an event and Daniels match Vs one of the greatest of all time, Sakuraba. We also discuss the greatest Ju…
 
Lee Kemp is a 3 time wrestling world champion and hall of famer. Saeed Esmaeli is a renowned wrestling coach working with some of the top wrestling, MMA and Jiu Jitsu competitors. In this episode we talk about Lee's and Saeed's journey in wrestling, how Lee improved as quick as he did, beating Dan Gable, what drives people to succeed, working with …
 
This week Sam is joined once again by his Brazilian Jujitsu coach, ex MMA pro and Judo champ Andy 'The Rock' Costello. 'Andy calls out Joe Rogan for a scrap! In Devon.' In this episode they discuss both of their recent forays into stand up comedy, how Sam 'died' for the first time, that Andy isn't his comedy coach so unashamedly did really well to …
 
Maximiliano Ulloa York is a paraplegic jiu jitsu competitor and runs the International Jiu Jitsu without Limitations Federation and Para Jiu jitsu magazine. Maximiliano started jiu jitsu whilst fully abled and through an accident became paraplegic. In this episode he details his accident, recovery, getting back into jiu jitsu and how it helped him,…
 
Bunch of Apes is joined by James Buckinghamq, owner of Precision fitness Performance, a 24/7 gym based in Exeter and s (South west UK). James is an expert in Fitness and Nutrition and has an online book available called 'The Leaner living book' available on the PfP website. In this episode James and Sam discuss approaches to training, strength and …
 
James Dilley is back to join host Sam Harris for another round up of the latest and biggest headlines from the world of the past. This week, both James and Sam unfortunately pick stories from Chine, leading to some terrible pronunciation attempts and we find out if either of them would drink 2000 year old white liquid.There are some hard hitting qu…
 
Shaun Escoffery and George Asprey star in the London production of The Lion King musical. Shaun is a BJJ black belt and George is a blue belt. I sit down with Mufasa and Scar to talk about their professional careers, Shauns history from the early days of UK BJJ, Georges introduction to Jiu Jitsu and journey since, training on the stage in between s…
 
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