Ryan Bernardino is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt out of Gracie Humaita in Las Vegas, NV. He just beat cancer and is looking forward to another strong performance at the IBJJF Pans tournament this year in Southern California. Ryan is sponsored by Want vs Need @wantvsneed and is joined on the show today by our friend and owner / founder of the brand Al Lagura . He's been on the show once already so this should be a good time.
Keith Fukumae is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under One World Jiu Jitsu.
Mike Prudencio is the leader and founder of One World Jiu Jitsu, a Dave Camarillo Black Belt and my long time instructor.
I have been training with these guys for years. I have learned so much from both of them. They are my friends. They my instructors. They are my training partners. Catch Fookie at Fight 2 Win Pro on February 10th 2018 as he makes his professional debut for the promotion in a Gi Jiu Jitsu super fight. It is going to be awesome.
Had a great time talking to Sabre Jiu Jitsu main man Bryant Pangelinan . Brought Bailey along so our two American bullies got hang out too. Bryant is a 1st degree black belt with a laundry list of accomplishments in the grappling world. He's also the owner of a couple really awesome dogs. We hung out today and recorded a show for the podcast while our American Bully dogs hung out and chilled. Bryant is a former law enforcement officer and has been training since 2003 so be sure and check this episode out. He's got some really great perspective .
From the Sabre Jiu Jitsu website:
Bryant was born in Germany, while his father was in the military. His family originates from the island of Guam. Having lived and traveled all over the world, his family settled in the East Bay of Northern California.
Bryant attended De La Salle high school and wrestled for the Spartans. He later finished college at Saint Mary's in Moraga, and began his JiuJitsu journey in 2003. He pursued a career in Law Enforcement and served as a patrol officer and also a Recruit Training Officer.
Bryant was awarded his Blackbelt in 2012. He followed his dream of opening an academy, and in 2014, Sabre JiuJitsu was established. A year after opening the academy, he was awarded his First Degree by Carlos Sapao in 2015.
9 Time No Gi Worlds medalist
37 time IBJJF medalist as a blackbelt
Pan No Gi blackbelt Champion
3X No Gi Worlds Champion
And other titles at Blackbelt include...
3X IBJJF American National GI Silver Medalist
IBJJF American National No GI Bronze Medalist
IBJJF European No Gi Championships Silver Medalist
San Francisco Open Champion
Houston Open Champion
Houston Open Absolute Runner Up
Asian Open Champion
Las Vegas Open Champion
Triple Gold Chicago Open Champion
American Cup Champion
All Star Challenge Absolute Champion
S7 Grappling No Gi Expert Champion
US Open Silver Medalist
Rome Open Silver Medalist
KO finisher Superfight Competitor
Five Grappling 8 man Black Belt Competitor
Marianas Open Invitational blackbelt competitor
Fight to Win Superfight competitor
Gracie Nationals Black Belt SuperFight Champion
Brew-Jitsu Black Belt SuperFight Winner
Happy 2018 everyone. There's been a whole hell of a lot of ups and downs. W's and L's but we made it. It's a brand new year. In this episode I'm taking a drive through the Nevada desert two days after Christmas 2017. I spent some time with family, put in some rehab work for my torn MCL, and took a 1200+ mile road trip round trip with Bailey the Wonder Dog. ( She's my American Bully dog ). Anyway happy near. Thanks to everyone who helped make my year amazing.
Billy Hong and Eric Stang in Studio today! Billy Hong is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, graphic designer, videographer and cartoonist. He is known throughout the grappling community for his work as @immortalchoke . Be sure to check out his Instagram and Patreon page for more information.
Eric Stang is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt instructor, competitor and practitioner. He and his family produce some amazing organic honey here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hit him on Instagram @ninja.stang to check out some of the best honey you've ever had and catch him teaching at One World Jiu Jitsu and AKA Sunnyvale if you're in the Bay Area.
Thanks to Billy for todays podcast artwork.
On today's episode we talk about Jiu Jitsu competition.
David Mitchell is an accomplished amateur wrestler and jiu jitsu competitor. He will be competing at Fight to Win Pro in San Jose, CA on Friday December 8th against the super talented Benji Silva.
Tyler Shew will be competing on the event as well in the purple belt division. He is an up and coming competitor under the One World Jiu Jitsu banner.
Jason Yago returns to the podcast as a CHAMPION after winning the open weight purple belt masters division at the Jiu Jitsu Grand Prix in Pleasanton, California this past Saturday.
Gary Menezes is a hardworking blue belt competitor. First guy on the mat last guy off. He brought home some nice hardware from both the Jiu Jitsu Grand Prix and Jiu Jitsu World League tournaments this weekend competing in a total of 3 divisions across two tournaments in less than 24 hours.
I'm riding down Highway 160 from the scenic desert of Nye County Nevada on over to Sin City. Las Vegas, Nevada has become something of a second ( or third or fourth ) home to me over the years. I've got family and friends that live in the area plus I spent a few years living out there myself back in the early 2000's. On this episode we take a little ride across the desert and talk about the last couple of weeks since we last had one of these conversations. I hope that everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving ( to those who celebrate of course ). We've only got about a month left in 2017 so whatever goals you had for the year it's time to get to work ! Start planning your 2018 now so we can attack it full force before it even knows what hit it .
Aaron and I talk about the upcoming movies from DC and Marvel: Thor Ragnarok and Justice League. We also talk about some Jiu Jitsu stories from back in the day. We have been training partners from a long time but clearly we have a lot of catching up to do.
Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu x Checkmat Jiu Jitsu black belt pow wow
Anthony Baker is the founder and CEO of Omni Physical Solutions. He is one of the premier trainers in Northern California. He's also a USMC vet and Jiu Jitsu purple belt competitor.
Nima Moridi is a life long marital artist and Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt. He is also the ninja realtor. Check him out for all of your Bay Area real estate needs.
It's official. I am a type one diabetic. I was basically sick all summer since I had no idea what the hell was wrong with me. I've got everything all sorted now. My doctor has smartened me up to what I need to do and everything is under control. My father had the same thing so I knew what I was going to have to deal with. No big deal. I adjust, move forward and keep kicking ass. Nobody wants to hear a grown ass man complain so I'm not about to start that crap now.
On this show we are flipping the script all together. I had the pleasure ( and honor ) of being a guest on the MMA Dude Bro Podcast and this show will feature a clip of that interview. For more info on the MMA Dude Bro Podcast just search for them on Apple Podcasts and if you like MMA you'll love these guys. Thanks to Kenneth for the opportunity. I hope everyone likes the show.
Al Lagura is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt under Alan "Gumby" Marques and trains out of Hereos Martial Arts in San Jose, CA. He's a long time car enthusiast and his early work as a videographer is well known throughout the BJJ scene. This led to the creation of Want vs Need which is one of the most highly sought after brands on the market . Al's creativity and passion are a huge asset to the Jiu Jitsu community in the Bay Area California and beyond. It's a pleasure to finally sit down with him on the podcast.
I also open up about some personal stuff I usually don't dive into on the show. I took a few weeks off and I offer a little bit of explanation as to why about 2/3 of the way through the show. I may make a separate video for this and throw it on YouTube at some point. Anyway, thanks for listening. If you like it please share it with your friends and subscribe ! Much love - Clint
Javier Mendez started training in martial arts in 1978, studying the discipline of Tang Soo Do. Mendez started his kickboxing career in 1985 in exhibition bout against Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, after which he began his pro kickboxing career. Shortly thereafter he established American Kickboxing Academy out of Capital Glass Shop and started training with a small contingent of students. After fighting his way through the kickboxing ranks, Mendez won his first world championship in 1992 when he became the ISKA Light-Cruiserweight Champion. After defending the title for two years, Mendez moved up in weight and won the ISKA Light Heavyweight Championship in 1995.
Mendez would also train several amateur and pro kickboxing champions such as pro champions like Travis Johnson, Jerome Turcan, Jean-Claude Leuyer. His amateur champions include Derek Yuen and Gary Owens.
In 1996, Mendez had his first foray into the world of mixed martial arts, when local UFC fighter Brian Johnston sought out Mendez to help him improve his kickboxing ability. Mendez then found his new career, becoming a MMA trainer. Mendez would train his first UFC champion in 1997, when Frank Shamrock would join American Kickboxing Academy. Mendez would be his trainer until his first retirement, which included being in his corner for his perfect 5-0 UFC run as UFC Middleweight Champion.
Mendez’s next big star would be B.J. Penn, whom was already a highly respected grappler but needed to learn how strike and become a complete fighter. Under Mendez, Penn would win his first three fights by knockout, earning the young fighter a title shot against then UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver. Although unsuccessful in his attempt to become champion, Penn’s training with Mendez would lay the foundation for his successful UFC run down the road.
Mendez would slowly build his stable of MMA fighters, which initially included Bobby Southworth, Josh Thomson, Mike Swick, Paul Buentello, Jon Fitch and Mike Kyle, all who would eventually find themselves in the UFC at some point in their careers. After the success of the Ultimate Fighter and with MMA booming, more fighters would seek Mendez’s tutelage like Ultimate Fighter standout Josh Koscheck. More and more fighters would join AKA’s stable of MMA fighters like Trevor Prangley, Phil Baroni, Nate Moore, Justin Wilcox, Kyle Kingsbury, Luke Rockhold, Cung Le, Mark Ellis, Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. Mendez would also prepare former Heisman trophy winner Herschel Walker for his MMA career, training him and cornering for all his fights so far.
Many of AKA’s fighters would go on to win various championships in several different MMA organizations. In King of the Cage; Daniel Cormier would claim the heavyweight title and Mike Kyle winning the light heavyweight title. In Strikeforce alone, several of Mendez’s fighters won several championships titles; Cung Le becoming the middleweight champion by stopping former Mendez trainee Frank Shamrock; Josh Thomson becoming the lightweight champion; Bobby Southworth becoming the light heavyweight champion and Luke Rockhold as the Strikeforce Middleweight title.
Last but not least is Cain Velasquez, who became the UFC Heavyweight Champion at UFC 121 by stopping then champion Brock Lesnar with strikes.
In 2015, Javier became the ONLY trainer to have 3 concurrent UFC Champions (Heavyweight – Cain Velasquez, Light Heavyweight – Daniel Cormier, Middleweight – Luke Rockhold).
Mendez has built up AKA to be one of the more respected MMA camps in the world and he isn’t done yet, having many young fighters in the pipeline to become the next MMA stars.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nathan Mendelsohn at Claudio Franca Jiu Jitsu Academy in Santa Cruz, CA. Above all other things Nathan is the direct embodiment of BJJ lifestyle here in California. He trains it, he lives it, he breathes it . He's a true martial artist, an avid competitor, a well respected instructor and an all around great guy to know.
Nathan Mendelsohn is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Cláudio França and a representative of the Coalition 95 BJJ, a team based in Santa Cruz, CA. One of the top American grapplers of his generation, Mendelsohn is known not only for his tremendous list of achievements but also for his open minded attitude towards training – often breaking strict team taboos to practice with the best in this martial art/sport.
Justin Wren is an American humanitarian worker and a professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. For more information check out Fight for the Forgotten and Water4.org
I catch up with my good friend Kyle Kingsbury in Las Vegas hot off the launch of his new hit podcast "Current Space" . If you didn't know Kyle is a former UFC light heavyweight, and Ultimate Fighter Alumni. Kyle is an expert in all things related to health, exercise, body and mind optimization. His appearances on shows like the Joe Rogan Experience really opened a lot of peoples minds up regarding nutrition and diet so be sure to check that out if you want to learn a little bit more about our guest Kyle Kingsbury this week. This show is a sample of the work you can find on Kyle's new show called Current Space. It can be found on Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else high quality podcasts can be found. As always it's a real pleasure to be able to spend time talking with my friend and since my first two podcast episodes were done kind of as a beta test with Kyle it's a real honor and privilege to be able to launch this show across both of our shows. Congratulations to Kyle on the launch of his show ! Be sure and subscribe to Current Space -- you won't regret it !
McGregor Mayweather, Spiderman Homecoming, SDCC 2017 with Aaron Ryan
Aaron Ryan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Leo Viera / Checkmat I finally get to spend an extended period of time talking about comic books, comic book movies and jiu jitsu on my podcast. I'm pretty stoked. This show is damn near three hours long so enjoy ! Be sure and like, share, subscribe
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Last week I drove down to Los Angeles for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s first US based event . Whether you love or hate pro wrestling the level of entertainment you get from Japanese wrestling is insane. The fans are crazy about it and for good reason. The stuff these guys are able to do it a wrestling ring is insane. Since it’s Japanese based there’s more of a “shoot style” kind of mma influence in a lot of the stuff they do ( when they’re not bouncing off the roof flying and stuff lol ) !
Anyway! From there I drove down to Palm Springs to hang out with Roy Dean and record some content for our channels. We did a 2 hour podcast which is linked on this post. His videos and teaching style are something I’ve really appreciated about Roy for a long time. We have been in contact online for quite some time but actually spending time him was pretty cool. He went out of his way to be accommodating and actually taught me a lot of stuff about video editing I just didn’t know. I’ve always really liked the way he produces his videos. I remember buying his “blue belt requirements” dvd set 10 years ago or something crazy like that since back then a blue belt was this whole huge deal. ( Belt promotions tended to be few and far between back then at least where I trained and no one really knew what it took ).
I’m back in Las Vegas since Friday now ( I spent a few days at home back in Sunnyvale ( near San Jose, CA ) but had to come out for international fight week. I went to the TUF finale with some friends ( actually got hooked up with some sweet box seats at the T-Mobile arena which was pretty amazing. I’m probably going to head back to Robert Drysdale’s place and get some training in before heading back to California. I’ve got some shows coming up later in the month I’m extremely stoked about.
Most people in the Jiu Jitsu scene know Roy Dean for his videos. He’s a 3rd degree black belt under Roy Harris and his game is very slick. He’s very deliberate and well spoken in his instructional tapes and one I definitely recommend for people who want to come in and drill useful techniques with their friends. While belt requirements from gym to gym are absolutely not standardized the techniques that were shown in his blue belt requirements are still things I use to this day even as a black belt. Grab that dvd for sure if you are a white belt wondering kind of “where you are” or what is generally expected. Roy is very well spoken and the production quality of his stuff is top notch.
Baker is in the house. We talk current events, jiu jitsu, social media nonsense, responsible gun ownership, and the 4th of July !
Don't drink and drive !
Anthony Baker is live every Monday night on Facebook Live to motivate you into a healthier lifestyle. He's a personal trainer with a BS in Kinesiology, a veteran of the US marine corps, a BJJ purple belt and much more. He was on the show tonight. Follow him at @ajb1371 on Instagram. If you're in the SF bay area be sure and hit him up if you need a little bit of motivation to shed those holiday pounds.
One last stop before I head home and it's with one of the true legends of the sport and easily one of the top places to train in Las Vegas. Robert Drysdale is one of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure of learning from.
Possibly the most accomplished American Grappler of his generation, Robert Drysdale is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a rank he earned training with the legendary coach Leonardo Vieira. Born of an American father and a Brazilian mother, Robert Drysdale grew up, for the most part, in Brazil, training with one of the most talented teams of the 2000’s era (Brasa). Robert Drysdale was also the 2nd American to win an IBJJF World Championship (2005), later going on to win the ADCC (2007) in the open weight category. Robert Drysdale also competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) reaching the pinnacle of the sport, the UFC. By the end of 2013 Drysdale joined forces with Rodrigo Cavaca to form a new grappling team – Zenith BJJ.
Miami Beach. Warm water, beautiful beaches, perfect weather, amazing food. It's also home to one of the founding families of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Valente Brothers are based in Florida and have been part of the Jiu Jitsu scene since the very beginning. From their beginnings as part of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy in Brazil dating back to the 1950's their work speaks for itself. Their new headquarters in North Miami Beach, FL is very, very impressive and is absolutely worth a visit to anyone interested in learning more about the history and tradition of the beautiful art of Jiu Jitsu. I had the pleasure of visiting their academy this past week. In this episode I talk about my recent travels as I have been on the road fairly extensively lately ! Again, thanks for listening as always - much love - Clint !
Of all of the Jiu Jitsu seminars I have been to over the last few years Henry really stood out to me. After spending the day with him in Concord, California this year I was compelled to take the trip down to Los Angeles to learn more. The way he uses weight, space and most significantly pressure efficiently made me drive nearly 400 miles to attend his classes at Dynamix, MMA off of Santa Monica blvd. I was absolutely not disappointed. I appreciate the training, the wisdom and the opportunity to have Henry on the show . Hopefully everyone enjoys the episode ! For more information on Henry check him out at http://hiddenjiujitsu.com and be sure to visit Dynamix MMA in Los Angeles for awesome training, a great vibe, great people and some of the best jiu jitsu instruction available anywhere, ever. Thanks again for checking out the show. Lots of love - Clint
This week I'm on location with Eric Medina and Joey Hauss at the Los Angeles Jiu Jitsu Club. The Jean Jacques Machado Jiu Jitsu stand outs are well known from competition success in both gi and no gi action and have even taken to organizing their own tournaments under the USSGL banner in California . Their LA Jiu Jitsu Club is an awesome place to visit and train. It's basically AirBNB meets a Jiu Jitsu academy. The place even has a swimming pool.
Eric Medina: https://www.instagram.com/darceknight/
Joey Hauss: https://www.instagram.com/joeyhauss/
LA Jiu Jitsu Club: https://www.instagram.com/thelajiujitsuclub
United States Submission Grappling League: https://www.instagram.com/ussgl/
Today on the show we've got an unreleased episode from "the vault" . This one took a while to get edited as we were having some technical difficulties with a mixer at the time. We initially recorded this following John's win at Bellator ( Fedor vs Mitrione ) in San Jose a few months ago . The last weeks have been so busy it's actually taken quite a while to go back and get the audio sorted for this one.
We are one day removed from Memorial Day so I want to send a big " thank you " to all of the veterans past, present and future . You put your lives on the line and many do pay the ultimate price for our freedom back home so, again, thank you.
John Cardenas is a friend, training partner and an undefeated mixed martial arts fighter out of the American Kickboxing Academy.
KAINE "KONG" MARZOLA is a USMC Infantry Combat Veteran (0311), Blackbelt Instructor (0916), Real Mixed Martial Arts Champion, Promoter, Model/Actor, RealWater Athlete!
Follow Kaine at @kainekong and check out his website at http://kainekong.com
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