In this episode I interview Jiu Jitsu black belt Marysia Malyjasiak (yes I butcher her name on the podcast) on behalf of Trapp BJJ. Marysia is the newest Trapp BJJ instructor and second instructor to sit down with me for an interview. For those who may not have accessed Trapp BJJ, the app and website provide detailed Jiu Jitsu tutorials  and is available on all Apple and Android devices.

During the podcast we discuss a host of items from the beginning of her training in Poland to her plans for the future. In particular,  I don’t want you to miss the discussion we have on the key components to success in competition and the little things that will make a huge difference. Marysia describes it as “the triangle” and you’d be surprised about one of the key components which technically has nothing to do with training.

I’ll wrap it up there because I don’t want to spoil it for you. Competitor, coach, parent, or mentor it’s definitely worth the listen. IBJJF DC and New York Open are right around the corner, this could be the key ingredient to your success.

Anyway guys, until next time, KEEP GRINDING

Episode I of the Why We Compete series recorded at Standard BJJ in Rockville MD. Big thank you to Gregg Souders for extending the invitation. In this episode I sit down with several people competing in the upcoming IBJJF DC Open on 7-8 April. We discuss various themes related to competition as well as their individual approach to Jiu Jitsu training. It’s interesting to note the common theme of the desire to the effectiveness of the art as motivation to compete for all of the people on the show.

As a bonus I invited Lanky Fight Gear sponsored athlete Alex Coleman to close the show out. She  brings us an update (but no chocolate) on her worldwide tour of training and competition.

Please excuse some of the sounds quality, we recorded on the spot, in between rounds, in order to limit the amount of time off of the mats for the competitors. I’ll admit, the volume is a bit off and there is a bit of heavy breathing (guilty). Its the first time back, we’ll fix it.

I hope you enjoy this episode. Until the next time, KEEP GRINDING

This episode is a special collaboration with TRAPP BJJ, full training library of world class black belt video instruction. We catch up with Ground Control and Shogun Fights owner John Rallo in between recording clips for the video library. We discuss the growth of Jiu Jitsu over the years and the increase in accessibility of Jiu Jitsu instruction both in person and online and whether or not this is a good thing. The actual recording is the audio captured from the live streaming video interview which can be found on Facebook at TRAPP BJJ. If you have time I recommend you check out the video. We are pretty entertaining guys.

This week new co-host Alex Coleman heads out to New York City to participate in the inaugural  Rag Dolls Camps. While she was there Alex grabbed the opportunity to conduct a round “mat” discussion with Rag Doll Camps coaches / instructors / mentors: Dominyka Obelenyte, Vedha Toscano, and Callie Brennan as well as Mackenzie Fingerhut, camp photographer and training partner extraordinaire. Alex proposes a series of questions to these well established coaches / competitors specifically, the difference in coaching men and women, issues facing women’s Jiu Jitsu, why men should cry, and also the recent accomplishments in women’s BJJ. The episode closes with a short discussion about the mission of Rag Doll Camps as well as the future goals for this wonderful endeavor.

In Episode 22 we introduce our show’s new co-host Alex Coleman.  Alex has been on the podcast multiple times, and I highly recommend that you check our episodes 7 and 15 and hear her background and numerous accomplishments.  In this episode Alex turns the tables, grabs the mics, and interviews me! We discuss the idea behind the website / podcast, where the concept originated, and the meaning behind the Work Play Obsession logo design. It is our first step towards expanding the scope of the show and producing more content for our listeners.

Hope you enjoy.