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Welcome to the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Rocks! podcast, a podcast dedicated to Gracie Jiu Jitsu and all things Gracie, including self defense, competition, anti bullying, women's self defense and empowerment, nutrition, and most especially the people involved in GJJ..........This podcast is for the average Joe; it's for anyone who practices, trains, teaches, or just loves to talk about or hear about Gracie Jiu Jitsu. We'll explore the lives of Gracie JJ practitioners, how they got involved with the ...
 
Created and hosted by Ian Rickson, one of British theatre’s most celebrated directors, What I Love is a series of intimate conversations with actors, writers, comedians, and producers, conducted on the empty stages of some of Britain’s most iconic theatres, shut down due to the pandemic. Against this backdrop of isolation and loss, guests explore what matters most to them through sharing three cultural highlights: a cherished piece of writing, a memorable song and a favourite film. Guests in ...
 
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Davina qualified as a music therapist from Anglia Ruskin University in 2006 and has been working in wide variety of settings ever since. She specialised in a brief therapy model, writing her masters these in this field. She has continued to explore this model in special educational needs settings with children and adults in schools and residential …
 
Associate Professor Daphne Rickson, PhD, teaches music therapy at the New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has practiced music therapy and undertaken research with a range of client populations but particularly with children and adolescents in schools. Her research has involved critical analysis…
 
Alexia Quin is the director of Music as Therapy International, a charity which she founded in 1995 and which seeks to embed music into the care and education of vulnerable people worldwide. Alexia trained at Roehampton in the late 1990s and worked as a music therapist in the NHS for 15 years. In 2017 she was awarded the WFMT Advocate of Music Thera…
 
Sensei/Coach Erik Paulson is a champion fighter, world renowned instructor/coach, and founder of Combat Submission Wrestling. He discusses how he stayed productive this past year, transitioning from fighter to coach, changing universal energies, UFOs, being ready when the creative juices come, writing dvd project on a napkin on an airplane, changes…
 
Ray Travasso is a Music Therapist and has been working in children’s and adult services for 18 years. He trained at the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London and graduated with a Masters in Music Therapy in 2002. He has a background in paediatric and adult palliative care and currently works part-time as a Music therapist and Team Leader at …
 
Featuring 2020 Episode Clips from Evandro Nunes (The Lion and when to let him out), Matt Thornton (training with Rickson, Chris Hauter, fundamentals as universal concepts), Ricky Lundell (starting BJJ as a kid with Pedro Sauer, the time he “fought” Pedro’s daughter Taissa), Scott Nelson (Emotional Intelligence and its impact on his life and Jiu Jit…
 
In This episode we talk about challenges, triumphs and lessons learned in 2020. Joining me for this episode I have Pedro Sauer Black Belts: Randy McElwee Gracie Jiu Jitsu Athens (Athens, GA) Mark Cukro Integrated Martial Arts (concord, NC) Alan Baker Atlanta Martial Arts Center, (Woodstock GA) Dan Berry Integrated Martial Arts of Utah (Salt Lake Ci…
 
Episode 45 is part 2 of Luke's interview with Alex Maguire, music therapist at Broadmoor high security hospital. Alex talks in some detail about his clinical work in this episode, and some of the important theories he draws on to support his work. The episode also includes Alex's interview with Shamrat Sengupta. Shamrat Sengupta is an Indian renais…
 
Rickson is a world class martial artist that has changed the world view of jiu jitsu. In this episode he talks about growing up training and how his dad inspired and supported him. Other topics are how jiu jitsu helps law enforcement officers and people of all walks of life find balance. He also describes how fear can be useful and his view of beco…
 
Richard Bresler is back on the show. Bichard is a 6th degree black belt and Rorion Gracie’s first US student. In this interview he discusses his new book, Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life, and the process of writing it with Scott Burr; stories of the original UFCs, receiving his black belt; biggest influences on his life; Pedro S…
 
On the stage of the Hackney Empire in East London, Ian Rickson and folk musician and actor Johnny Flynn discuss the cultural highlights that bring Johnny inspiration: D. A. Pennebaker’s seminal documentary ‘Don't Look Back’, which charts Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of England; Alice Oswald’s epic poem ‘Dart’, which tells the sprawling stories of …
 
Jim Kelly, Pedro Sauer Black Belt, and owner and head instructor of Cincinnati Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, discusses his life growing up, his time in the Marine Corps (forced recon), his martial arts journey, including discovering BJJ while looking for Tae Kwon Do, stick fighting at The Gathering with the Dog Brothers, training with Paul Vunak, The “marti…
 
Comedian, actor and, latterly, life-guru Russell Brand meets with host Ian Rickson on the stage of his local arts centre, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Russell's cultural choices include the film of seminal stand-up Bill Hicks’ blistering stage show ‘Revelations’; Oscar Wilde’s 19th century fable ‘The Selfish Giant’, which offers u…
 
Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor meets Ian Rickson on the empty locked-down stage of the Young Vic theatre in London in July 2020. They discuss the deep resonance of Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful song ‘Love & Hate’; Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 expressionist political drama ‘Il Conformista’, a film which profoundly altered Chiwet…
 
Alex Maguire is Senior Music Therapist at Broadmoor high security hospital specialising in working with high dependency and intensive care patients. He has presented his work at numerous conferences and has contributed to the books Forensic Music Therapy (JKP 2012), ‘Forensic Arts Therapies –Anthology of Practice & Research’, (FA Press 2016), ‘Work…
 
The Young Vic theatre, London, August 2020. On the stage where she was due to take on the role of Hamlet before lockdown intervened, actress Cush Jumbo discusses her three cultural highlights with host Ian Rickson. These include the transcendent nature - and the producer’s health and safety headache - of classic musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’; the c…
 
On the darkened stage of the locked-down Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Ian Rickson meets with Bafta and Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Whishaw, in July 2020. They discuss pioneering American independent director John Cassavetes’ 1984 film ‘Love Streams’; Joy Williams’ moving and mysterious short story ‘Chaunt’; and the solace offered …
 
Scott Burr is a black belt professor and the first person to earn the rank of black belt from legendary BJJ pioneer Professor Steve Maxwell. He also holds black belts in Kodokan Judo and the Kuk Sul Do, and is a MaxwellSC-certified Pro Trainer, holding Level 1 and Level 2 certifications in both the MaxwellSC Kettlebell and Bodyweight Training syste…
 
Nate Holder BA, MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He is an advocate for decolonising music education and has been writing, speaking and consulting on the subject for the last five years. Nate brings his passion and skill in public speaking into leading CPD training and workshops; helping address bia…
 
Marianne Rizkallah is the Director and Head Music Therapist at North London Music Therapy, 'Music Therapy Outreach and Enterprise Tutor' for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Vice Chair of the British Association for Music Therapy. Founded in 2018, North London Music Therapy provides music therapy for anyone, of any age, with a mental …
 
Luke interviewed eight colleagues from the team at Oxleas Music Therapy Service about their experiences of adapting practice during lockdown. This has inevitably included a wide range of experiences, some very positive, some frustrating, but all of them demonstrating the ability of music therapists to adapt and improvise in a crisis, keeping the ch…
 
Roger Gracie is one of the best BJJ players of all time and he tells us how his determination and acceptance of loss gave him the tools to become a World Champion multiple times. His story about not being the best athlete and struggling for so long, but knowing it was supposed to be hard and difficult really gave some good perspective on what it ta…
 
Rigan Machado is one of the pioneers of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as we know it. He competed for almost 9 years undefeated and has done amazing work in Hollywood with stars and movies. His stories are amazing about his time with the Gracie family, getting over his medical issues through jiu jitsuBy Kaleb Plank / Rigan Machado
 
Belisa Vranich is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and founder of The Breathing Class. She has been an active consultant and columnist in popular US Journalism, promoting intentional breathing practices to improve health. Belisa Vranich received her doctorate in Psychology from New York University and completed an internship at Bell…
 
Jack talks about his 25 years in the military and how the training influenced him. He also tells about his constant search for improvement, which led him to change a lot of courses in the military with a more principle focused learning structure that he is still teaching. He also tells us the story of meeting Rickson Gracie, training with Johnny Le…
 
Nicolas is a highly talented jiu jitsu practitioner that moved from South Africa and started training with Roger Gracie to become his first black belt. He tells us how he approached training and didn't realize the level of proficiency that could be achieved in BJJ until years later as a black belt still learning day after day. Nic also tells about …
 
Carlos Machado is one of the pioneers of Jiu Jitsu all over the world, from his time with the Gracies to his television career with Chuck Norris he has always been an advocate of BJJ. Professor Machado now has a worldwide organization helping schools teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he continues to be an ambassador for good, helping anyone he can.…
 
Amelia Oldfield feels incredibly lucky to have worked as a clinical music therapist in the NHS for 40 years. In the early 1980s she worked full-time with people with learning disabilities for six years, and then part-time with pre-school children and their families referred from a child development centre, as well as with primary aged children and …
 
Chris Bradford is a multi time champion Muay Thai and MMA fighter. He has been training most of his life in Australia and has learned how to take the struggles of life and turn them into lessons to pass on to his students. He still trains hard and never quits!By Kaleb Plank / Chris Bradford
 
Elvis is well known in the mma world as an exciting athlete and fan favorite. He has fought in many promotions including the UFC and has also been an active commentator. Now his focus is on helping his students and trying to inspire people to live healthier more fulfilled lives.By Kaleb Plank / Elvis Sinosic
 
Kit Cope has been training martial arts most of his life and his love for striking has carried on. Kit was a World Champion striker and then transitioned to MMA for a short time. He has coached some of the best fighters in the world and travels all over Coaching and inspiring his students. Kit became famous when he was on MTV and his relationship w…
 
Professor Sauer tells stories of Helio getting him off childhood medication and the Gracies teaching him how to train hard and be a fighter. He also talks about the "Socialization" part of Jiu Jitsu and his structured approach. This episode has so much history, wisdom and positive energy!!By Kaleb Plank / Pedro Sauer
 
Kristina Castle is a Professional Boxer, but she also has 17 years of experience in Hapkido. She is a unique blend of a traditional martial artist with a modern competitive edge in Boxing and Kickboxing compiling a record of 17-0 before going Pro. She loves teaching others and has grown into many roles as a competitor, teacher and training partner.…
 
Egan tells us how he started in BJJ and his growth in the sport. He also was the first non brazilian world champion in IBJJF/CBJJ World Jiu Jitsu Championships. Egan tells us how he stays in shape, achieves his goals and leads students to achieve theirs. This episode has amazing content from an amazing coach!…
 
Mr. Kovar is a world renowned martial artist and business consultant that has built an amazing organization and has helped people find self actualization. He talks about his structured steps and systems he uses to keep moving forward, stay positive and find joy in all things. This episode is jam packed with wisdom and life changing advice.…
 
Jake tells us about the origins of Catch Wrestling and its pure form and how it has evolved into different ideas and iterations. We discuss the idea of "pinning" and "submissions" being a concept that has complemented mma and bjj plus some information about the old school founders he has trained with. A lot of history in this one and Jake has tons …
 
Andrew West is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Oxford. He graduated from Cambridge University with First Class Honours in Natural Science, Part 1a in Law. He went on to study Anatomy at Leeds University and then Clinical Medicine at Oxford. He worked for several years in New Zealand, completing an internship in Psychotherapy and Counse…
 
Draculino is known throughout the world for his accomplishments in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but its his growth as a person and the people he shares the journey with that are worth more than any medal. He tells about growing from being an aggressive person to learning how to harness that energy and turn it into something productive. The stories go on and…
 
Master Ken has been educating the martial arts world for years explaining how all styles are "BS", in this episode he continues our education explaining why he is so awesome and why the rest of us are so terrible. He also tells the story of his past relationship with Madonna and how the UFC is starting fight island but afraid to call him.…
 
Felicia discovers finding martial arts later in life, being intimidated by it and then overcoming the challenges of training. Her story of good training partners and the support system of the gym is inspiring. Felicia also talks about a health issue that almost convinced her to give up BJJ, but she found a way to endure. Felicia also creates artwor…
 
Stephen K Hayes has been training martial arts most of his life, his time in Japan is well known due to being an outsider and getting to train with the Grandmaster of the Ninja. He has written 22 books and has traveled the world sharing his teachings. Hearing these stories of ninja takes a lot of us back to childhood, but Mr. Hayes has taken the di…
 
Evandro Nunes is an instructor at Gracie University HQ. He’s a highly successful former competitor, winning numerous high level competitions, including world championships. He is a genuine, authentic, and highly insightful person, and this was a very interesting interview. In This interview he discusses what the Lion is and when to let it out, less…
 
Melissa has always been outspoken and driven, Jiu Jitsu provided an outlet for her energy and helped increase her focus. She tells several stories of struggles she has had in life and how she has learned to cope with challenges and overcome obstacles. Melissa also explains how she likes to train with different influences to help her game evolve. Sh…
 
Mr. Dillard tells amazing stories of his martial arts beginnings and how martial arts has enriched his life in all areas. This humble story has some amazing funny moments of Mr. Dillard working out with some of the worlds best martial artists. He also tells of starting the Century company and major transitions of growth over the years. So thankful …
 
Marcus Vinicius has spent his entire life becoming a Master level instructor in all senses of the word. He outlines how he feels instructors need to take their job very serious and study all aspects of the human experience to be able to help people. Marcus is known for being a legendary coach and also instructing several Hollywood stars, but he exp…
 
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