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A Mixed Martial Arts talk show featuring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts David Avellan (creator of the Kimura Trap System and ADCC 2009 Bronze Medalist) and Robert Drysdale (2005 IBJJF World Champion, ADCC 2007 Absolute Champion, co-founder of Zenith BJJ). Both of them have extensive backgrounds in MMA and BJJ as students, competitors, coaches, and school owners - pulling on their combined experiences to discuss the mental aspect of training, proper preparation, championship mindset, and more.
 
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2020 has thrown us so many curve balls that even Sandy Koufax would have to bow down to. In the fight world, we have had our share of these cruel jokes, and Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul is definitely among them. One of them is a boxing legend with an unblemished 50-0 record. The other is YouTube star with an 0-1 record. They aren't even remotely …
 
It's been 4 days since the 2020 US Election, and still no president has been called. It's a weird time and Rob and Dave dip their toes into the election and how IBJJF would have handled it better, lol! They then move on to UFC's Anderson Silva and Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirements, and David finally watches the Social Dilemma and Money Ball, and gi…
 
Rob and Dave welcome the master of BJJ memes, Drew Weatherhead aka @BecauseJitsu on Instagram. Besides being a funny man, Drew is also a BJJ instructor that has been focusing on refining the fine art of teaching. This podcast is all over the place, from talking about the importance of being able to laugh at yourself, the origin of memes, tips and t…
 
Rob and Dave come back to talk about one of the biggest developments in recent BJJ history - the IBJJF allowing heel hooks in the brown and black belt divisions of no gi competition. The two talk about all the implications of this move and how it can help the sport grow. Along the way, they discuss the pros and cons of active top class competitors …
 
Dave and Rob return after another month long hiatus, but this time they play catch up with each other. David has been in Florida, doing some firearm training with his brother Marcos, and then vacationing in the Florida Keys. Robert on the other hand, has been busy finishing his documentary, The Closed Guard. The two spend most of the episode talkin…
 
Dave and Rob return after a month long hiatus with UFC #1 Ranked Welterweight Contender Gilbert “Durinho” Burns. Durinho was slated to fight UFC Champion Kamaru Usman on Fight Island, but unfortunately fell ill to COVID-19 and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal. Burns fills us in on how it felt getting sick and watching the fight from home. He then sha…
 
Dave and Rob have a fun and informative chat with the creator of McDojoLife, featured on various media outlets, including the Joe Rogan Experience, Robert Ingraham to the podcast. Robert didn't create the term McDojo, but he definitely refined it and has went on a campaign to identify schools that qualify to be labeled as such for the good of the p…
 
Dave and Rob bring in ADCC Silver Medalist, Worm Guard and Lapel Guard Wizard Keenan Cornelius to the podcast. This was our longest podcast to date, weighing at just around 2 hours long, so they gang covered all sorts of topics. There is something for everyone to learn here, whether you are a school owner, a student, a competitor, or even a promote…
 
Dave and Rob bring in 3xADCC North American Champion, UFC veteran, Bellator veteran, coach, motivator, and savage Tom DeBlass. The conversation starts with a strong part of Tom's principles, loyalty. They then move on into his recent signing with OneFC, and why he made that move, discussing major differences in the philosophies between western prom…
 
Rob and Dave catch up with IBJJF Black Belt World Champion and all around stud Mahamed Aly. Many of us know him for his high flying throws, but in this interview, Mahamed reveals a humble and insightful martial artist looking to grow. They start off the conversation going over his ADCC experience and working the rule set, before going deeper into t…
 
Rob and Dave speak with former 2-time IBJJF Absolute World Champion Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros. They start off getting some history about Comprido and the formation of the Alliance team, followed by some funny childhood stories about him and Leo Veira, including the time they got in trouble with the police for a stolen fish. As the first IBJJF Abs…
 
Rob and Dave speak with American BJJ Icon and Bellator Middleweight Champion Rafael Lovato Jr. A true mixed martial artist in every sense, as he has been training martial arts his whole life, from Jeet Kune Do, Boxing, Wrestling, and of course Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The trio talk about Lovato's difficult journey to achieving one of his life long drea…
 
Rob and Dave come together with BJJ Living Legend Andre Galvao. Andre has won every major BJJ title out there, from IBJJF World Championships to ADCC, where he holds the record for the most Absolute Superfight Defenses (reigning champ from 2011 till 2019). The trio start off the conversation going over the match up between Vinny Magalhaes and Craig…
 
Rob and Dave chat up with the one and only Daniele Bolelli. He has a life long martial artist, historian, author, and podcaster – a modern day renaissance man. The trio talk about his journey through the martial arts, how a non-competitor handled competition nerves, the principles of teaching, and the challenges he faced being a single father raisi…
 
IBJJF No Gi World Champion, King of the Cage Champion, and all around amazing martial artist Alberto Crane joins Rob and Dave for a great discussion about his origins and why in the martial arts. Alberto is one of the early pioneers of BJJers transitioning into MMA successfully, and has continued to fly the BJJ banner. He shares with his experience…
 
3xIBJJF No Gi World Champion and ADCC 2019 Bronze Medalist Josh Hinger joins Rob and Dave for a great discussion about his training and competition mentality. This time around Rob and Dave manage to avoid talking about the Covid-19 pandemic (mostly) and focus on a champions mindset, along with what Josh learned during his time in the Peace Corps, a…
 
Rob and Dave welcome their first online guest Marcos Avellan to the podcast. Marcos is David's older brother, and the trio go over a variety of subjects, from making good use of the time we have, mental toughness, to how the Coronavirus can actually benefit serious competitors. You can learn more from Marcos Avellan by visiting his blog and social …
 
Being inundated with coronavirus news, Dave and Rob talk at length about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is effecting the world and the martial arts community. They also go on a tangent about truth, authority figures, and lies of omission. Visit our sponsors: DrysdaleBJJonline.com is your destination for learning from IBJJF Black Belt World Champi…
 
Robert returns from Miami off a major coaching win at Substars with Fellipe Andrew scoring another submission win against Patrick Gaudio and speaks about the particular way Andrew uses the foot lock. He also talks about how entertaining the sumo wrestling was, which brings about a conversation on how diversified grappling styles are being used in g…
 
Rob fills us in on his new gym he is opening up in Las Vegas that will be a new MMA training facility, and the reason why he is developing it, and then him and Dave talk about UFC Fight Night 167 with the Diego Sanchez vs Michel Pereira fight ending controversy, which had people questioning the warrior spirit and motives of the fighter in question.…
 
Rob and Dave discuss the recent match up between new black belt, Roberto Jimenez, and Keenan Cornelius and go into a deep dive between the importance of experience and rules. A bunch of martial arts history and stories from the two result for a fun discussion. *NOTE* Unfortunately, there was some ruffling from Robert's microphone, so excuse the occ…
 
Rob and Dave return from their travels to discuss recent tournaments, such as IBJJF European Championships and Kasai. They talk about Robert's two students, Fellipe Andrew and Luciana Mota, becoming the #1 ranked IBJJF athletes in the world, and the journey they had, which brings about a conversation about coaching, styles, labels, and more. Visit …
 
Rob and Dave discuss the topic of cross training - going to different teams to train and the consequences of it. We also talk about the Modolfo Camp organized by Mo Jassim, ADCC Coordinator, who has Henry Cejudo, Gordon Ryan, Craig Jones, Kaynan Duarte, JT Torres, and a host of other champions all training under one roof. We also talk about MMA for…
 
Training Light - is there a good reason to? Yes. Rob and I discuss the importance of having a safety first training approach, along with being team-conscious. Particularly when training with people smaller, weaker, or less experienced than yourself. We also talk about how the responsibility for training safely comes from both parties, big and small…
 
Back from the Holiday Break, Rob and Dave start off by catching up with each other, then discuss the upcoming UFC fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone, followed by the recently announced tag team match between Craig Jones, Nick Rodriguez, Vinny Magalhaes, and Kyle Boehm. They then go on various tangents talking about ancient societies, f…
 
Rob and Dave move to a new studio and talk about UFC 245 main event Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington. They then explore why curiosity is such an important factor in the growth of a person, how the fear of humiliation can prevent growth, how to make someone comfortable opening up, why Rickson Gracie wasn't chosen for UFC, and David's first and only g…
 
In this fun conversation, Rob and Dave talk about current events, then move on to leadership, politics, honesty, and MMA history. Some great nuggets of information about understanding gym cultures, and human psychology as well. Visit our sponsors: DrysdaleBJJonline.com is your destination for learning from IBJJF Black Belt World Champion and ADCC A…
 
Rob and Dave start off this episode talking about athletes crossing over sports, from MMA to grappling and vice versa, before going over the pitfalls of seasonal training, break down the myth of sex before competition, learning to lose, and BS techniques that they have used. Visit our sponsors: DrysdaleBJJonline.com is your destination for learning…
 
$100k prizes for grappling? It is now a thing, thanks to the Spyder Jiu-Jitsu Invitational that paid out not one, by two $100k prizes to their tournament winners Levi Jones-Leary and Kaynan Duarte. Robert and David talk about the implications of that, and go on a wide ranging conversation, moving from the rise of Asia in the martial arts scene, soc…
 
Why do we fight? Is it for ego, fame, money, or power? We discuss that, along with topical news related to that, with Gordon Ryan having a hard time securing an opponent - despite being the double gold ADCC champion with a huge draw in grappling. We also discuss different approaches to warming up, with both the physical and mental aspects of gettin…
 
Should women be paid equally to men? That question and many more are answered by Rob and Dave is they explore the concept of equality versus the demands of society. They also go into our obsession with violence, why most of us are white belts in breathing, importance of bare knuckle training, and why David might be a hoarder. Check out our sponsor,…
 
Rob and Dave go over the recent bout between Demian Maia and Ben Askren in the UFC, and break down the differences between BJJ, Wrestling, and MMA and who represents what. They also go into the reluctance wrestlers have to learning more BJJ, and a bunch of other topics along the way. Check out our sponsor, the Drysdale Cradle Series: https://BJJcra…
 
Robert fresh from a European tour comes back to discuss with Dave the importance of order and discipline. The two talk about Keenan Cornelius' new academy, Legion and his position on uniforms and calling himself American Jiu Jitsu, as an example about order that should serve both school owners and students alike. They then talk about the importance…
 
Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir joins the podcast, and we discuss his affinity for submissions, the problems with giving entitlements based on sex or race instead of performance, driving in a silent car with family, and Frank's mental approach to a fight. Check out Frank Mir's podcast, Phonebooth Fighting:http://phoneboothfighting.com F…
 
Rob and Dave have Australian funny man, BJJ extraordinaire, and rising Hollywood star Kit Dale on the show to talk about his favorite subject: drilling. :) We also goes over his origin story in the martial arts, going from Rugby, to BJJ, and leading into acting. We then discuss his methodology of learning, contrasting drilling with a more conceptua…
 
Rob and Dave discuss one of the most important aspects of becoming an elite competitor and a highly successful individual - your training mindset. Everyone has heard that the way you train is the way you will compete. Likewise, the way you train your mind is the way your mind will be when you compete. If you just show up to training without setting…
 
Rob and Dave, just back from Anaheim, review the 2019 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships. With so much to cover, they focused on the highlights of the event, such as Lachlan Giles breakthrough Absolute performance, Gordon Ryan's double gold, Andre Galvao's superfight defense, and upsets from Jon Blank and Ffion Davies. They also talk abo…
 
Robert and David go over the day 1 match ups from the ADCC 2019 World Submission Wrestling Championships, and make predictions on who will make it into the semifinals on day 2. For the brackets, visit: https://grapplinginsider.com/adcc-2019-brackets-released/ Visit our sponsors:KimuraTrap.com for the ultimate DVD set and online course and mastering…
 
Robert and David go over nutrition, diet, and lifestyle balance in a practical, easy to approach way. Neither are nutritionists, but have done their research and have plenty of experience trying various diets. David discusses his diet, which you can learn more about here: https://davidavellan.com/outline-of-my-diet-plan/ They also go over the prope…
 
Rob and Dave interview 3-time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion and all around class act Mikey Musumeci. At only 23 years old, he has already reached what many believe to be the pinnacle of the sport - yet he is as humble as can be and wise beyond his years. Perhaps it's because he has been training Jiu Jitsu since 4 years old. Mikey gives insights i…
 
Rob and Dave talk about UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov latest title defense, and the return of the grappler in the UFC - going into what techniques allow him to succeed and the ebb and flow of styles in MMA. They also discuss the relationship between athletes and coaches, performance anxiety and how visualization can overcome it. Visi…
 
Rob and Dave sit down and give their names to look out for in this years ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championships in a detailed look at each division. Along the way, they talk about the challenges of being a school owner and a competitor simultaneously, being a fast and loose grappler versus a slow and tight grappler, the glitches in the ADCC …
 
David and Robert discuss the origins, problems, and reasons for the contempt of the creonte - a term created by grandmaster Carlson Gracie to describe a person who switches teams. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, being called a creonte is like having a scarlet letter on your back. They also discuss different training regimens, such as altitude training vs u…
 
David Avellan and Robert Drysdale sit down to talk about achieving life balance between goals, competition, training, and stress management. They also touch on the importance of ambition, but the draw backs it comes with as well. They then go into talking about fairness, going from weight classes, to physical abilities, and their trip to Costa Rica…
 
David Avellan and Robert Drysdale sit down to talk about one of the most debated points in BJJ: the importance of training in the gi for MMA and no-gi competition. They also go on a few rants about what it means to be a black belt, social media influence on martial arts culture, and why being the best fighter is not the end goal of the martial arts…
 
David Avellan and Robert Drysdale get top Lightweight Kevin "Motown Phenom" Lee on the podcast to share his perspective on how adversity has made him rise to fame and power so quickly. We dig into Kevin's roots, and learn the origin of the nickname "Motown Phenom" (which is deeper than you might expect). We also talk about how the MMA game is chang…
 
David Avellan and Robert Drysdale host their first episode of Breaking The Guard, a podcast dedicated to studying the inner workings of top athletes in the martial arts. Starting our first episode with reigning ADCC 2017 Absolute World Champion Felipe Pena. We talk to him about his rise to the top, what Everyday Porrada means to him, and his match …
 
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