AFSP Rollathon 2019

Yesterday we participated in the rollathon in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The turnout was amazing and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate everyones support towards such an important cause. Attached is the podcast we recorded prior to the event stay tuned for a post event recap!

Interview with my good friend Pasha Palanker at The Compound in Silver Spring, Maryland. We discuss our mutual interest in building a community for camaraderie and support to active duty, veterans, LEO, first responders, and survivors of domestic terrorism. Some great introductory discussion about depression, PTSD, and those who are suffering in silence.

Our interview with current IBJJF Black Belt World Champion, Mahamed Aly. Great conversation about Mahamed’s journey from a child in Brazil to the top of the podium and the mindset required to compete at the highest levels of Jiu Jitsu. Don’t miss our interesting discussions about fear management and giving back to your community, Jiu Jitsu’s impact larger than competition.

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with GFT black belt Gutemberg Pereira prior to his two seminars in Maryland. Gutemberg has quickly made a name for himself in the black belt super pesado division after capturing IBJJF World Titles at both purple and brown belt. We discussed his recent addition to the Trapp BJJ instructor camp and the pros and cons of utilizing online training videos to develop ones BJJ skills. I also pressed him on some additional interesting topics that you’ll just have to listen to the podcast to hear.

Saturday and Sunday Gutemberg and Trapp hosted seminars in Glen Burnie (Noel Smith BJJ) and Ground Control (Columbia) Maryland. I managed to attend the second session at Ground Control where we covered some of Gutemberg’s passing principles and techniques. I can honestly say that the term pressure passing is not just being thrown around lightly, the pressure is real, real painful. Some really good tips that I plan to drill and implement in order to bring my pressure passing up a notch.

The audio version of the podcast is below and is also available on SoundCloud, Podbean, Stitcher, and iTunes. The video version can be found on our YouTube page.

Hope you enjoy the interview. Until next time. Keep Grinding.


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