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How and when you begin researching different aspects of Jiu Jitsu can have a major impact on your Jiu Jitsu journey. After speaking with Robert Degle and his love for research, Thomas and Gary discuss the benefits of doing your own research and exploration and doing wisely, with discipline, and free of distraction. http://www.therolradio.com https:…
 
On today’s episode, we have a black belt under Brandon Bennet of the Renzo Gracie Academy, Robert Degle. Today Robert discusses why he made the decision to forgo a master's degree in philosophy to become a full-time grappler, instructor, and competitor. Robert also shares how he deals with the nerves of competing, the differences between training i…
 
Are you part of a system? Is the academy where you train system or art based? After a great conversation with Alex Humen, Thomas and Gary discuss the differences between systems and art, and how culture affects them both. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 800 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey. http://www.therolradi…
 
On this episode, we have the owner instructor of the brand new Brabo Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Virginia Beach Virginia, Alex Humen. Alex has a very unique martial arts journey, one that started in his homeland of Ukraine where he wrestled for over 10 years. Then Alex traveled to several other countries as a college student and trained whenever…
 
Luca Atalla was the editor of Gracie Mag, a photographer, a journalist, and more. He never set out to do these things but always did what was necessary to make sure he did it well. Do you do what is necessary to achieve your goals or meet your responsibilities even though you might not like everything that it takes? www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount w…
 
Luca Atalla might not be a household name in the Jiu Jitsu world but he has been on the forefront of spreading Jiu Jitsu across the globe since the mid-1990s. Luca was Editor of Journal Gracie which later became Gracie Mag, and is one of the men behind Galler, the popular and influential Renzo Gracie online platform Here is The RŌL Radio with, writ…
 
Do you take responsibility for your education? In today's society of information overload can you weed out the nonsense and get to the truth? After speaking with Daniel Maira, Thomas and Gary discuss why it is important to invest into your own education. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jit…
 
On this episode, we have an IBJJF Gi and NOGI Pan American champion, and F2W featherweight champion, Daniel Maira. Today Daniel discusses his teaching philosophy and how it differs from many others, promoting students based on that philosophy, how to truly compare Jiu Jitsu to a human game of chess, rolling with Mikey Musumeci, and a ton more. Here…
 
Will you ever master Jiu Jitsu? Is mastering Jiu Jitsu even possible? Rafael Lovato Senior who even now, as a fourth-degree black belt says he approaches Jiu Jitsu with the mind of a student. On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be a student of Jiu Jitsu and if it is possible to master the art. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount wi…
 
On this, our 100th episode we are fortunate enough to have a true martial artist in every sense of the word, Rafael Lovato Senior. Rafael discusses growing up on the rough west side of Chicago, how boxing and traditional martial art changed his life, training smart for the older grappler, the combination of nature and nurture, and so much more. Her…
 
Do you love the process of Jiu Jitsu? Do you embrace the struggle and the grind? Felipe Costa struggled in competition for many years but his love of the process of Jiu Jitsu was what made him continue when most would give up. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of the process and not focusing on the end result. www.rolacademy.…
 
Felipe Costa joins us today to discuss life as a traveling instructor vs having his own academy, being an instructor while focusing on his own competition career, Jiu Jitsu’s development beyond Brazil and the United States, the struggles he faced as a colored belt never winning a major tournament, and how he became one of the most respected rooster…
 
SBG Athens coach Adam Singer believes in letting his students fail and fail repeatedly, letting them find their failure points in order to correct them. On this takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of not being given answers but failing and learning from those failures. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over…
 
On this episode, we have a world-class coach and one of the owners of SBG Athens, Adam Singer. Toady Adam discusses the anxiety he has instructing classes, his unique coaching philosophy, the importance of failure and what he calls failing smarter, his beliefs on what makes a champion, nature vs nurture, and more. This is a really deep conversation…
 
Has life ever forced you to pivot, fundamentally changing the path you were on? 2020 was a hard year for many and Drew Weatherhead was forced to make some life-altering decisions. After listening to Drew tell his story, Thomas and Gary discuss what it takes to make huge decisions when things seem out of your control. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount …
 
At the height of the covid pandemic and under strict Canadian lockdowns, Drew Weatherhead closed his academy, sold his house, put his family of six in a travel trailer, and hit the road. Now over a year later Drew joins The RŌL Radio from his makeshift studio in his SUV to discuss why he made such a drastic decision, the bonds and experiences he ha…
 
Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make your plan a success? Nick Salles opened an academy during the height of the pandemic. He knew it could be tough and asked himself if he would do whatever it took to keep the doors open. Would he work odd jobs? Would he deliver food? The answer was yes and now along with his co-owner Danny Maia he runs…
 
Would you take everything you have and dump it into making your dreams come true? Today’s guest was still a Brown Belt when he decided to do just that and open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He took his savings, bought a gym out of state, didn’t pursue a comfortable living in the field in which he earned his college degree, and did it all during the he…
 
Matheus Lutes' singular focus from the time he was a Purple Belt was to open his own Jiu Jitsu academy. He had no Plan B and knew every decision he made would have an effect on reaching his goal. On this Takeaway Thomas and Gary discuss the pros and cons of having a Plan B and if having one is a distraction and a possible excuse for failure. www.ro…
 
On this episode, Matheus Lutes joins us to discuss his road from one of the Jiu Jitsu world’s top competitors to a new academy owner. Matheus knew from the time he was a purple belt that he would be an academy owner and he never had a Plan B. Today he describes how everything he did while training and competing was to help him achieve his goal of o…
 
Ricardo Almeida is one of the most influential people in BJJ and MMA. After a great conversation with Ricardo, Thomas and Gary discuss the influence Jiu Jitsu, Jiu Jitsu academies, and their culture can have on people and communities. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey. http://w…
 
This week’s guest has done it all in the world of Jiu Jitsu and MMA. He is a former Pan American Champion, 2x Abu Dhabi Silver Medalist, veteran of Pride FC and the UFC, owner instructor at RABJJ, and coach of multiple BJJ world champions and former UFC champion, Frankie Edgar. Ricardo Almeida joins The RŌL Radio to discuss the evolution of Jiu Jit…
 
Newly promoted Black Belt Marcus Johnson said his life has had many chapters. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how life takes us through chapters, how we categorize our life's events, and how we can learn from our past to positively affect our future. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your J…
 
This week’s guest is a newly promoted black belt under Essential Jiu Jitsu’s legendary JT Torres, Marcus Johnson. Marcus sits down with us to discuss his 13-year journey from a high school wrestler with a 0 and 30 record to becoming the high-level Black Belt he is today. He details how his early struggles framed his mindset, how external factors af…
 
What is your definition of a good work ethic? After speaking with UFC vet and SBG Athens owner/instructor Rory Singer, Thomas and Gary discuss what they believe it means to have a good work ethic and the effect it can have on those around you. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey.…
 
Today’s guest had a front-row seat and an insider’s point of view during one of the biggest moments in MMA, The Ultimate Fighter season one. Rory Singer was in Forest Griffin’s corner during the fight that many still consider the greatest fight in MMA history, the TUF Season 1 finale. But Rory was an impressive fighter in his own right, having been…
 
What does it take to survive in the business of Jiu Jitsu? Fabio Clemente opened one of the very first academies in New York and over 25 years later his Studio X BJJ is still going strong. On this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss what is necessary to succeed long-term in the world of Jiu Jitsu. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at …
 
Today’s guest has been a major influence in Jiu Jitsu in the United States starting back in the mid-1990s. Not only did he open one of the first academies on the east coast but he has trained under, and with some of the biggest names in the sport. The Machado brothers, Marcello Garcia, Team Alliance, and Checkmat just to name a few. Professor Fabio…
 
Struggles are a huge part of life and Jiu Jitsu. How you deal with struggles has a major impact on your life. After speaking with Fabio Caloi, Thomas and Gary discuss how struggles can make you a stronger person both on and off the mats. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. Over 600 videos for your Jiu Jitsu journey. http:…
 
On this episode, we have another amazing competitor and Alliance Black Belt under Fabio Gurgel, Fabio Caloi. Fabio joins us from a beautiful Brazilian backdrop to discuss his training regimen, what it means to train smart, not hard, what it takes to be a world champion, his amazing recovery from hip surgery back to major competitions, and why you c…
 
What is an instructor's intent? Does it benefit his students or is the instructor's intent self-serving? Or both? After speaking with Robert Ingram of McDojoLife, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be a leader and instructor, and what to look out for when it comes to people's real intentions. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code …
 
On this episode, we have Rob Ingram. Rob has spent 25 years in the world of martial arts but he is most notable for creating the Youtube and Instagram platform McDojoLife. As Rob states, his goal with McDojoLife is to keep the martial arts legit by exposing the fakes, frauds, and phonies in the martial arts community while promoting the martial art…
 
How do you manage your time and what does time management mean when it comes to Jiu Jits? After speaking with Carlos Maia, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of time management in life and how it relates to the mats. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ https://graciebarragraz.c…
 
On this episode, we have Carlos Gracie Junior Black Belt, Carlos Maia. Professor Carlos has been at the forefront of spreading Jiu Jitsu in central Europe and today he shares with us what it was like opening an academy in Slovenia without even speaking the language, his teaching philosophy, the changes he has seen in Jiu Jitsu since the 1990s, the …
 
Do you Rubber Duck? After a great conversation with Kristina Barlaan, Thomas and Gary discuss Rubber Ducking. Rubber Ducking is the act of saying your problem out loud to an inanimate object, breaking down the issues in the simplest terms, and figuring out the answers all by yourself. Find out the benefits of Rubber Ducking on this Takeaway from Kr…
 
Kristina Barlaan didn’t start her martial arts journey until the age of 20. First in Muay Thai, then after a year, she moved to the mats becoming a phenomenal competitor, winning major tournaments from Blue Belt all the way to Black in both gi and nogi. On this episode, Kristina discusses a wide variety of topics from, how she had to trick her mom …
 
Do you deal in absolutes? Does saying things like never or always limit what you can learn and keep you stagnate? After speaking with Thomas Lisboa who tells his students to never say always, Thomas and Gary discuss the limitations people can put on themselves by not keeping an open mind. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkou…
 
On this episode Thomas Lisboa discusses being a new father, the early reputation of Jiu Jitsu in Brazil, how Jiu Jitsu can make a person a fighter on and off the mats, how the technical aspect of Jiu Jitsu is what makes it so much fun, and what it was like coming up and receiving his Black Belt from the legend, Master Fabio The General Gurgel. Here…
 
You love Jiu Jitsu so don't go home! Felicia Oh would sit in the parking lot of her academy after work for over an hour before classes started. Why? Well, sometimes when we go home, we get comfortable and start making excuses to not go to class. Felicia's advice, don't go home. After a great conversation with Felicia, Thomas and Gary discuss the be…
 
Today’s guest Felicia Oh has the distinction of being one of the first women outside of Brazil to receive a black belt, which she received from the legend, Jean Jacques Machado. Felicia is also a Worlds Masters Champion, Pan American Gi and Nogi Champion, and US Open Champion. Listen as Felicia Oh opens up about her unusual introduction to Jiu Jits…
 
They say curiosity killed the cat, but why? Isn't being curious and asking questions a good thing? After speaking with Kenny Florian, Thomas and Gary discuss how being curious can be either a bit dangerous or beneficial, depending on your approach. www.rolacademy.tv 30% discount with ROLRADIO code at checkout. http://www.therolradio.com https://www…
 
On this episode, we are excited to have with us someone who is and has been one of the biggest names in martial arts and MMA since the early 2000s. Whether on the mats, in the octagon, or behind a microphone today’s guest has done it all with a warrior's spirit, professionalism, and a passion second to none, Kenny Florian. Kenny discusses his rise …
 
How do events, either positive or negative impact our lives, and why do the negative events seem so much more impactful? Victor Estima had a horrible experience at his first Jiu-Jitsu class, one that almost ruined Jiu-Jitsu for him and it left a long-lasting impact on his life. In this Takeaway, Thomas and Gary discuss how a singular event can leav…
 
On this episode, we have another world champion and innovator in the world of Jiu-Jitsu, Victor Estima. Victor has achieved great heights in the world of Jiu-Jitsu which is a true blessing considering that a bad experience very early on in his journey turned Victor off to Jiu-Jitsu for years. Listen as Victor describes that childhood experience, ho…
 
Are you your authentic self? What does being authentic even mean nowadays? After speaking with Erin Herle, Thomas and Gary discuss what it means to be authentic in life and on the mats. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolradio/ https://www.instagram.com/erinherle/ https://www.instagram.c…
 
On this episode of the RŌL Radio, we have an incredible guest. She is an athlete with a fantastic competition career, an instructor, writer, and founder of the nonprofit #SubmitTheStigma which gives people a platform to discuss and seek help for mental health issues. Erin Herle. Erin opens up about her own mental health issues, how they affected he…
 
The first episode of 2022 is here and it is The RŌL Radio’s 2021 Recap. Take a listen as Thomas and Gary look back at the 50 plus episodes of 2021. They discuss the biggest surprises, lessons, mishaps, and favorite moments of the first full year of The RŌL Radio with clips from Dedeco, Robert Drysdale, Chris Haueter, and more. Thomas and Gary want …
 
When you have something you wish to obtain do you seek out what is necessary to get it? After speaking with Braulio Estima, Thomas and Gary discuss how without truly and thoroughly searching through something you may not find what you are looking for. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/therolr…
 
On this, the last episode of 2021 The RŌL Radio has another legend in the sport of Jiu Jitsu. Someone who is one of the greatest competitors and coaches in BJJ, and creator of the Estima Lock, Braulio Estima. Listen as Braulio discusses his conceptual teaching philosophy, the importance of focusing on the journey not the destination, his if I can d…
 
Holding onto things for too long can often have a negative impact. What prevents us from letting go, whether on the mats or in life? After speaking with Master Mauricio Gomes, Thomas and Gary discuss the importance of being able to let things go and move on. http://www.therolradio.com https://www.instagram.com/therolradio/ https://www.facebook.com/…
 
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