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On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the worst advice you can give to a strong athlete. We discuss training with people who are very strong and how it can lead to frustration, what your response should be to someone who uses excessive strength in training, advice you should give to strong athletes, how too much focus on strength can hinder you…
 
On this episode we discuss qualities 9-20 of a smart Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. This episode comes from an e-mail that Chewy had on his e-mail list. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and are the next 10 qualities that Chewy came up with. Here is #11-20: 11. Can roll at various speeds depending on the situation. 12. Is able to undulate between…
 
We are joined on the podcast by Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer “Suga” Rashad Evans. We are also joined by Del Jolly, who worked as part of Decriminalize Denver and Charlotte’s Web CBD before co-founding Unlimited Sciences, a psychedelic research nonprofit. Rashad and Del have partnered together to create a functional mu…
 
On this episode we discuss 10 qualities of a smart Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. This episode comes from an e-mail that Chewy had on his e-mail list. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but the first 10 qualities that Chewy came up with. Here is 1-10: Is motivated by their long-term goals, not short-term gratification or feelings. Can focus on a …
 
Echo Charles is a BJJ black and the co-host of The Jocko Podcast. Echo discusses getting his black belt, how focusing on the belt took the joy out of training, what Echo focused on when he wasn’t able to train due to Covid, Echo’s Jiu-Jitsu inspiration, flashy BJJ techniques, longevity in BJJ, shifting from a competitor to a hobbyist, the process o…
 
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by BJJ black belt Haisam “The Giraffe” Rida. Haisam shares his story of moving from Ghana, to Japan, and eventually coming to the United States. We chat about his start in Jiu-Jitsu while in Japan, why Haisam almost quit, how living with his BJJ coach changed his course in life and martial arts, making t…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss their thoughts on trash talking in BJJ and how top level grapplers approach trash talking. We discuss how trash talking is used for entertainment, we compare the trash talking of different athletes such as Muhammed Ali, Deon Sanders, Chael Sonnen, and Gordon Ryan. We also chat about creating a persona as an…
 
On this episode of the podcast, we chat about the “Myth of Sisyphus” written by Albert Camus, where we dive into the idea of the consistent pursuit of new heights. We also celebrate the 200th episode f the podcast by doing a live Q&A session and giveaway. Some of the topics discussed were: Suggestions on neck health and dealing with neck cranks in …
 
On this episode of the podcast we go through some questions we received on Instagram. Some of the questions we answered: Why do I feel guilty when I don’t train? Advice to someone who is helping coach for the first time. Has Chewy read the Koran? Do you stretch before or after training? Do professors hold students back to make their gym look better…
 
Daniele Bolelli is a BJJ black belt, history professor, writer, and runs a popular history podcast called “History On Fire.” Daniele shares his interest in studying history, how he learned to study more efficiently, the importance of ritual, not focusing too much on the results, the pros and cons of being a specialist, getting the most out of train…
 
On this episode Chewy shares a "dirty little black belt secret." Chewy discusses how motivation wasn’t something he needed for training, how to get to the gym even when you don't feel like it, how Chewy develops motivation for doing things he doesn’t enjoy, discipline vs. priority, how the end result can build motivation, why you should visualize a…
 
On this episode Chewy and Eugene discuss learning styles such as Intuitive and Mechanistic learning, the differences between these learning styles, and the benefits and drawbacks of each style of learning. We also discuss the process of breaking down and explaining Jiu-Jitsu techniques and positions when teaching, learning to improvise in Jiu-Jitsu…
 
On this episode of the podcast we chat with James Smith. James is a Personal Trainer, author, and BJJ purple belt from the UK. On this episode, we chat about “Liver King,” steroids, why James’ job is to make people’s lives “better but not the best," the pros and cons of using Testosterone, coming to the realization to quit Rugby, how Jiu-Jitsu help…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the importance of attempting to control your emotions, and how this can impact your Jiu-Jitsu as well as your life. We also chat about the value of stopping and seeking more knowledge to get the full picture, what to do when you get angry during training, how to learn from instances when you lose your tempe…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss some key concepts on how to train as you get older. They discuss the importance of adjusting your training, the value of listening your body, focusing on recovery especially after an injury, how to adjust your training, and how to increase longevity and improve your performance on the mats. Thanks to the po…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss how to develop an unstoppable Jiu-Jitsu technique. We dive into the various stages of motor learning, the initial inconsistencies in technique, the developmental process of a Jiu-Jitsu technique, the importance of properly performing the technique, varying setups, grip focus, the problems you run into and w…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we are joined by BJJ Black Belt Henry Akins. Henry is a BJJ Black Belt under Rickson Gracie and the founder of "Hidden Jiu-Jitsu." On this episode, we discuss teaching and learning Jiu-Jitsu, and how the way Jiu-Jitsu has been taught has not evolved with the sport. We also discuss the most beneficial type o…
 
The idea of the episode is to not focus on what happens, but more importantly how you respond to the things that happen. We discuss dealing with difficult situations in Jiu-Jitsu, Chewy shares a story of an unsuccessful marketing idea for his gym, and how he responded and adjusted tactics. We also share a story about one of Chewy’s black belts, who…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss New Year’s resolutions and goal setting. We discuss being careful not to get obsessed with a goal and what to do once you reach your goal, the importance of the person you are developing into instead of the importance of the goal, when do you change a goal if its unattainable, the value of journaling to fig…
 
Kody Steele is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and MMA fighter. On this episode, we discuss Kody’s start in wrestling, what he feels are the most important aspects of wrestling, Kody’s favorite competition ruleset, if you should you modify your game based on your opponent, learning from your losses, the adjustment period at every belt and his toughest belt …
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss the idea of discipline and how you can access more of it in your life. We also chat about how discipline for Jiu-Jitsu can be the conscious effort of working on techniques or positions that you’re not as good at, lining up your habits achieve your goals. how being disciplined is demonstrated as being more thoughtful with yo…
 
On this episode, we discuss gym culture and its impact on Jiu-Jitsu, training, and life in general. We discuss how the gym culture at Chewy’s gym has evolved and changed over the years, traditional gym environment vs. a relaxed gym environment, the values that we set for our gym, unwritten rules, how your actions reflect what you say, shaping stude…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss the idea of not judging a book by its cover. We discuss over-estimation and under-estimation of others and yourself, importer syndrome, letting go of expectations, drills in Jiu-Jitsu to help with opening up your game, why you shouldn’t perceive things as positive or negative in regards to Ji…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss why you shouldn't call Jiu-Jitsu a "grind." Chewy discusses how incorporating joy and fun into Jiu-Jitsu will help with progression, what changed that helped Chewy’s Jiu-Jitsu improve, one of the best things to do if you dislike drilling, how Jiu-Jitsu changes your life perspective,…
 
Deon Thompson is a 3rd degree Jiu-Jitsu black belt and the head coach and owner of "Ohio Brasa." On this episode, Deon discusses his start in Jiu-Jitsu and what Jiu-Jitsu was like in the early 2000's. Deon also talks about his desire to compete at a later stage of his career, why cross-training is more accepted now in Jiu-Jitsu, how basketball was …
 
PJ "The Butter Panther" Barch is a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and high level competitor. PJ joins the podcast to discuss his start in wrestling and martial arts, the Jiu-Jitsu environment compared to the Wrestling environment, the pros and cons of tough training, the evolution of his jiu-jitsu game, the job of the coach, ADCC trials trends, w…
 
David is a Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, multiple time IBJJF champion, "Who’s Number One" and "Fight 2 Win" competitor, and the owner of "Assembly Jiu-Jitsu" in Bloomfield Hills, MI. On this episode David discusses preparing for the ADCC East Coast Trials, how to structure a warm-up, his start in martial arts, where his competitive drive came from, how to …
 
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Jacob “The Hillbilly Hammer” Couch. Jacob is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, No-Gi Brown Belt World Champion, and trains out of Pedigo Submission Fighting. Jacob discusses how he got his name Hillbilly Hammer and the saying “Biscuits and Gravy,” what its like being a late replacement for tournaments, Jacob’s…
 
On this episode we chat with Pake McNally. Pake is a BJJ black belt, Blacksmith, former Wildland Firefighter, and the owner and fabricator of "Become Stronger Industries." Pake talks about how he became a Wildland Firefighter, learning Blacksmithing, his introduction to BJJ and the parallels of metal work and BJJ, starting his metalworking business…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the need to remove your dependency on the outcome and trust the process. We also discuss the need to recognize good performances and bad performances, and be able to break down the bad performances to get the lessons to be learned from the experience. We also chat about the difference between a good perform…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we recap the 2021 No-Gi Worlds, discuss some competition takeaways, Chewy's experience competing on a gas tank that was a quarter full, and do a live Q&A. Q&A Includes: What to do when getting fatigued holding closed guard, how to get competition intensity into regular rolls, how to stop thinking about BJJ …
 
Brandon Reed is a 3x NAIA College Wrestling Champion, 2021 NAIA Wrestler of the Year, and recently became the 2021 No-Gi Blue Belt Ultra Heavyweight World Champion. On this episode Brandon discusses his childhood and feeling like he didn’t fit in, being out of shape as a kid, discovering wrestling, getting adopted by his wrestling coach, developing…
 
Heather Jo Clark is a retired professional mixed martial artist, former UFC Strawweight, and the head MMA coach and co-owner of "10th Planet Denver." On this episode, Heather discusses her upbringing, playing professional Ice Hockey, finding MMA, being on "The Ultimate Fighter" Season 20, and starting her gym, “10th Planet Denver.” Heather also sha…
 
In the fourth installment of "Rules For Jiu-Jitsu," we discuss the concept of rolling to win and how to train to your full potential. Chewy shares a couple of stories he received, one from an athlete who rolls well at the gym but doesn’t compete to his potential. The other story is from an athlete who was able to use the idea of "competing without …
 
On this episode, Chewy discuses his COVID experience, his symptoms, how he recovered, and how he is doing now. Chewy’s shares his biggest concern when he got sick, how he will decide whether he will compete in IBJJF Worlds, why he avoided working while recovering, helpful ideas for maintaining a positive mindset, getting clarity from rest, if there…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene are joined by BJJ Black Belt Tomer Alroy. We discuss the growth of BJJ in Israel, Tomer's start in Jiu-Jitsu, when his Jiu-Jitsu started to evolve and improve, the benefit of competition, how to study your matches, warm up ideas/tournament prep, how to build confidence/get out of a mental funk, Tomer's other intere…
 
On the episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the concept of how increased quantity of work performed will increase the quality of work produced. In Jiu-Jitsu, this is a focus on increased attempts at a position or technique to increase the quality and effectiveness of those techniques. We also discuss why long-term consistency trumps short-term intensi…
 
On this episode, we answer a question from a newly promoted BJJ Blue belt, who doesn't feel that they are up to the standard of the other blue belts at their gym. We discuss the magical powers of Jiu-Jitsu belts, growing into your Jiu-Jitsu belt, which belt ranks are the largest jumps, underestimating and overestimating your abilities, the belt whe…
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss their recent trip to Colorado to visit one of the Charlotte’s Web CBD research farms and also get some training in while in Denver. We discuss our visit to the farm, what sets Charlotte’s Web apart form other CBD companies, their farm practices, how CBD can effect the body and how it is absorbed, and the be…
 
Chewy and Eugene discuss the altercation between Mikey Musumeci and Geo Martinez at a recent match and discuss the idea behind whether a Jiu-Jitsu black belt should be a better person. We also talk about the “ego” that high level Jiu-Jitsu practitioner have, whether you can become a better person through Jiu-Jitsu, how Chewy has gotten better throu…
 
On this episode of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we are joined in studio by the 2018 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Mahamed Aly. On this episode, Mahamed discusses his approach to grappling, how he structures seminars, getting into new hobbies, how he sees Jiu-Jitsu everywhere, getting worse to get better, ​an important lesson Mahamed learned from Henry Cejudo,…
 
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss the importance of establishing your grips for Jiu-Jitsu techniques, and how this has an immense impact on your Jiu-Jitsu game. We discuss different types of gripping, using feints with gripping, modifying grips to make techniques work, problems that white belts have with gripping, decreasing …
 
Richard Bresler is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Rorion Gracie's first Jiu-Jitsu student in America, and the author of the book "Worth Defending: How Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Saved My Life." Richard shares his story of how he met Rorion Gracie, how he started training , how jiu-jitsu offers a new beginning, what it was like training with Rorion Gracie, me…
 
On this episode, we discuss the concept of being an "Anti-Martial Artist." We also chat about the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu and the importance of learning new techniques influenced by other martial arts, being a “technique mercenary,” maintaining a “beginner’s mind,” the importance of training strikes with Jiu-Jitsu, using instructionals, and watching…
 
Joel Blanton is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has been training for over 20 years. Joel and Chewy share their first encounter at a tournament, how training in Professional Wrestling led to Joel's start in MMA, what the MMA scene was like in the early days, his start in Jiu-Jitsu, the ability to avoid confrontation, how to come back from a loss, tips f…
 
Kade Ruotolo is a Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt who trains out of Atos HQ. We start off the podcast discussing Kade’s recent victory at Who’s Number One by “Buggy Choke.” We discuss how Kade developed this new technique and how he implemented the submission into high level competition. Kade shares what it was like starting Jiu-Jitsu at 3 years old, the rela…
 
On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene discuss the recent viral video between ADCC Champion Orlando Sanchez and Professional MMA fighter Sean Strickland. We break down the technique Orlando used in the video, whether it was a "dick move," and give our thoughts on the situation altogether. We also discuss what makes something a "dick move" …
 
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the "rules for Jiu-Jitsu." The rules discussed were: Jiu-Jitsu is a marathon, doing something new to shake things up, having a clear vision to what you’re chasing, pacing yourself, and accepting failure as the currency for progress. Thanks to the podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to https://b…
 
On this episode, Chewy discusses something that he learned from the books With The Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and The Things Our Fathers Saw by Matthew Rozell. The part that was interesting was the key difference between veterans and new soldiers and how the acceptance of the idea of death from the veteran soldiers allowed them to be more aggressiv…
 
Eliot Marshall is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and former Mixed Martial Artist. Eliot is also a business owner, podcaster, and author. He was the first American to win the BJJ Pan American Championship at blue, purple, and brown belt. After transitioning to MMA, Eliot fought on The Ultimate Fighter, earned a UFC contract, and fought for 4 more years. Upo…
 
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