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June 1, 2020
Jimmy Smith is a BJJ black belt, former MMA fighter, and former Bellator and UFC commentator. Jimmy discusses his start in martial arts and the early days of his BJJ and MMA training, training with MMA legends and elite BJJ athletes, being on the show "Fight Quest," becoming the commentator for Bellator MMA and the UFC, and some great concepts for martial artists. Follow Jimmy on social media on Instagram @jsmithmma and Facebook Jimmy Smith MMA. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. JiuGo - The Original Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Card Game. Go to www.jiugoplay.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu and get 10% off your purchase.
May 25, 2020
Chewy discusses his inspiration for starting martial arts and the movie that started it all. We also discuss watching the early UFCs, our favorite fighting video games, favorite BJJ documentaries, why Chewy walked away from an undefeated MMA career, why Chewy continued to fight even though he knew he wanted to focus on BJJ, the importance of having a "battle buddy," and much more! Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
May 25, 2020
We discuss the plans for gym re-opening, difficulties that may arise with gym re-openings, new guidelines for BJJ gyms, how training will adjust and evolve, how to keep your immune system healthy, and the inconsistencies with the re-opening guidelines for businesses. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
May 18, 2020
Kyle Watson is a BJJ black belt, The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 contender, and former UFC Lightweight. Kyle joins the podcast to discuss his start in martial arts, opening and running a BJJ school, competing on "The Ultimate Fighter" and training with Georges St. Pierre, his thoughts on how he thinks BJJ gyms will re-open, whether there is any benefit in running "Zoom BJJ Classes," the future of BJJ, what makes a "tough gym," and much more! Follow Kyle on social media on Instagram @watson_martial_arts, check out his gym www.watsonbjj.com , and learn Kyle's passing system "Mastering The Knee Weave System" which can be found at https://bjjfanatics.com/products/mastering-the-knee-weave-system-by-kyle-watson  Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
May 11, 2020
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the evolution of Jiu-Jitsu from strictly a self-defense martial art to a sport and whether this growth from the original intent and style of Jiu-Jitsu has “mutilated” the art. We also discuss the history of BJJ, if Chewy thinks BJJ should be an Olympic sport, and what would happen if BJJ stopped evolving. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
May 4, 2020
This episode of the podcast was recorded live on Youtube including a Q&A and a giveaway. We discuss how BJJ gyms will handle social distancing, Chewy’s book recommendations, if Bigfoot exists, Chewy’s most memorable podcast moment, dealing with the fear of getting injured in training, and much more. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
April 27, 2020
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss what defines a cult and if Jiu-Jitsu is actually a cult?   We break down other known cults and talk about specific Jiu-Jitsu rituals and traditions.   Exclusive podcast content available at www.patreon.com/thechewjitsupodcast   Check out www.chewjitsu.net/time-off for a free resource with workouts, how to study, dieting, and stretches.   Thanks to our podcast sponsors:   Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.   Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
April 20, 2020
JP Dinnell is a former U.S. Navy SEAL Elite Sniper. and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front, where he serves as Director of Tactical Training Programs. JP spent nearly a decade in the SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. JP shares his desire to serve in the military, going through Navy Seal Training, going after your dreams, how to deal with stress, the importance of finishing what you start, fighting in MMA, training BJJ, and working with Jocko and Leif at Echelon Front. Follow JP on Instagram @jpdinnell, and find out how you can work with him at https://echelonfront.com/  Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
April 13, 2020
Chewy answers a questions from Jack, who is timid and nervous about starting BJJ and getting injured. Chewy shares his own experience of being timid and then overcoming his lack of self-confidence through wrestling. We also discuss the importance of setting long-term goals and how to deal with set backs. Chewy also discusses training with “JT” Torres and what makes JT so effective and impressive in his positional control. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
April 6, 2020
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Dr. Stu McGill, who is a world-renowned specialist in back pain, rehab, and performance. Dr. McGill shares his interest in working with the spine, researching back pain and developing the “McGill Big 3” exercises for core stability, the importance of the core for Jiu-Jitsu performance and injury-prevention, what occurs when you have a disc bulge in the low back, how to protect the low back in BJJ, and a bunch more, Check out Dr. McGill's website at backfitpro.com Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 30, 2020
Chewy discusses his expectations for each belt in BJJ and we answer a bunch of questions on the Youtube Live Q&A including book recommendations, how to train if you don’t have the money, favorite grapplers and MMA fighters, video games, dream BJJ matchups including Roger Gracie vs. Gordon Ryan, and much more. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 23, 2020
Tom DeBlass is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, multiple time ADCC American Trials Champion, and former MMA fighter. On this episode, we discussed the impact of the Corona Virus on the jiu-jitsu community, Tom’s start in BJJ and transitioning to MMA, competing in the ADCC, retiring from competition, coaching Gary Tonon, the mystique of John Danaher, his social media presence, and much more. Follow Tom on Instagram @tomdeblass and check out his gym, Ocean County Jiu-Jitsu. Link to extra content www.chewjitsu.net/corona Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 19, 2020
Chewy and Eugene share their thoughts on the Coronavirus, the closing of the gym, what to focus on if you can't train, meditation, diet, studying, building the mind-body connection, and returning to BJJ. Link to extra content www.chewjitsu.net/corona Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 16, 2020
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by 2 x ADCC and Pan Am Champion “JT” Torres. JT joins the podcast to discuss his start in BJJ, his first competition, the importance of mental toughness, giving up everything to train with some of the greatest coaches in BJJ, how he developed his pressure style, opening his gym, finally winning the ADCC, and proving the doubters wrong. Follow JT Torres on Instagram @jtorresbjj and check out his gym at www.essentialbjj.com Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 9, 2020
Frank Trigg is an MMA pioneer, former UFC Welterweight title challenger, UFC Hall of Famer, MMA referee, and actor/stuntman. Frank discusses his start in sports and wrestling, competing in MMA, transitioning to acting and becoming a stunt man, refereeing, sailing, and he shares some stories from his MMA days. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
March 2, 2020
Chewy shares how he gets the most out of himself and his students by creating buy-in, positive self-talk, how he uses enthusiasm to achieve goals, and discusses how he is able to use mental imagery when completing difficult tasks. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
February 24, 2020
Phil daru is the head Strength & Conditioning coach at American Top Team, one of the premier training facilities for MMA. Phil discusses his start in strength & conditioning, fighting in MMA, dealing with concussions, learning jiu-jitsu, his training philosophies, and much more. Check out Phil’s training products at www.darustrong.com as well as his instagram @darustrong and his YouTube channel. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
February 17, 2020
Ryan Ford is a Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt and the host of "The Grappling Central Podcast." Ryan discusses how he found podcasting after being laid off from his job, the passion he has for podcasting, dealing with OCD and how he used it as an advantage, his start in Jiu-Jitsu, living and training in Brazil, and his plans for the future. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.
February 10, 2020
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Rob from “McDojo Life.” Rob runs an Instagram page and Youtube channel that exposes fraudulent and fake martial arts. We start the podcast off by discussing the crowdfunding process he has going for the documentary he is planning to film, hang ups and pitfalls of filming a documentary, what “shady” gyms look like, how to tell if your instructor is a fraud, and much more. To help support the crowdfunding campaign for the documentary head over to www.mcdojolife.com and follow Rob on Youtube and Instagram @mcdojolife.
February 3, 2020
Chris Sizemore is a police officer, BJJ brown belt, and former MMA fighter. Chris shares his start in martial arts, fighting Chewy in an MMA fight, becoming a police officer, crazy fight stories, and he is also one of the co-founders of “Blue Jitsu,” an organization that offers free jiu-jitsu instruction and seminars for police officers in Lexington and the surrounding areas. Check out “Blue Jitsu” at www.bluejitsulexington.com to find out more.
January 27, 2020
On this episode we discuss how being involved in Jiu-Jitsu, and more specifically having a welcoming and supportive gym family is so important to changing lives and bringing people together.
January 20, 2020
John is a business owner, consultant, and the podcast host for "The John Bartolo Show." On this episode, we discuss John’s start in working with weapons companies and becoming a CEO of a rifle company, being an entrepreneur, podcasting, starting jiu-jitsu, the relationship between firearms and jiu-jitsu, what makes effective jiu-jitsu coaches.
January 13, 2020
Nikki Sullivan is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt that trains out of ATOS HQ in San Diego. Nikki shares her start in BJJ while going to college and the passion she had for training. Nikki discusses excelling in martial arts and taking the leap to quit her job and start training and competing full time. We also discuss the importance of positive influences and coaches to help reach your potential. Follow Nikki on Instagram @nikkicuddlejitsu and her website www.nikkisullivan.com
January 6, 2020
We are joined by Derby City MMA co-owner and S&C Coach Joe Clark to discuss the difficulties with starting and keeping a new routine, how tangible goal setting can help with improving your BJJ and strength, using negative emotions as fuel and why negative emotions are important for making progress, how much visualization can help your performance, and Q&A.   Q&A starts at: 30:00 30:45 Do you train at home, how, and what benefits? 36:15 What is the best way to increase flexibility? 40:00 How to respond when people make fun of BJJ? 43:43 Oldest person Chewy has ever tried in BJJ? 47:15 Leg locks for beginners? 51:30 How important is Diet vs. Strength Training vs. Flexibility? 59:30 Can you earn a BJJ black belt if you start training at 46 years old? 101:00 Should you call yourself a world Champion if you win in the Masters Division or non-black belt level?  
December 30, 2019
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by BJJ brown belt Justin Court. Justin is a BJJ Brown Belt and multiple time Pan Am champion and World Champion at various belt levels. We discuss Jiu-Jitsu competition including competing in Gi vs. No-Gi, the techniques that are used consistently at the highest levels of jiu-jitsu competition, working around injuries, the mental aspect of competition and training, and much more. Justin also discusses how he has kept his body healthy through strength training, diet, and recovery techniques.
December 23, 2019
On episode 80 of The Chewjitsu Podcast, we are joined by 2019 ADCC Absolute Bronze Medalist Lachlan Giles. Lachlan had an amazing run in the Absolute Division of the 2019 ADCC being the smaller competitor and using his unique leg log game to win 3 matches by inside heel hook to take 3rd place. On the podcast, Lachlan discusses the evolution of his leg lock game, developing his techniques, competition strategy, and how life has changed since his Bronze medal performance at the 2019 ADCC. Lachlan is currently on a jiu-jitsu seminar tour and also has some great instructionals out that break down his leg lock game! Check it out all of his instructionals here: http://lachlangiles.net/
December 16, 2019
Joe Armento is a BJJ brown belt and one of the coaches at Derby City MMA. We discuss a variety of topics such as the importance of a  morning routine, what it takes to be an effective coach, jiu-jitsu being a healthy way to stress your body, jiu-jitsu providing a healthier self-image, the most important aspects of being an effective instructor/teacher, and much more!
December 9, 2019
Robin Black returns to the podcast and discusses traveling, the similarities of martial arts around the world, trends in martial arts, the evolution of his commentary, the importance of self-growth, meditation,  and much more! Follow Robin on Instagram @robinblackmartialarts and at robinblackmma.com Thanks to our podcast sponsor Charlotte's Web CBD: https://www.charlottesweb.com/ Use promo code Chewjitsu to receive 15% off of your total purchase!
December 2, 2019
Professor Jorge Gurgel is a BJJ black belt who is one of the pioneers of BJJ in the midwest. Jorge is also a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter ("TUF") Season 2 and The Ultimate Fighting Championship ("UFC"). Jorge joins the podcast to share his start in martial arts, he discusses playing sports in his youth and then discovering jiu-jitsu, moving to the U.S. and starting a Jiu-Jitsu school, fighting in “The Ultimate Fighter,” his thoughts on his UFC career as well as the current state of MMA, and his passion for coaching BJJ. Check out Jorge's gym at https://jgmma.com/ Thanks to our podcast sponsor Charlotte's Web CBD at https://www.charlottesweb.com/ and use the promo code Chewjitsu to receive 15% off.
November 25, 2019
Dr. Galpin is a tenured Professor at "The Center For Sport Performance" at CSU Fullerton, has earned a PhD in Human Bioenergetics in 2011, and runs the "Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Physiology Laboratory" at CSU Fullerton.  Dr. Galpin joins the podcast to discuss his work with athletes, his philosophies on improving performance, strength training, diet, supplements, and much more. Follow Dr. Galpin on Instagram @drandygalpin,  check out his youtube channel Andy Galpin, and his website www.andygalpin.com
November 18, 2019
On this episode, we start off the podcast by answering a question sent to Chewy by a BJJ white belt who is starting to lose confidence due to a couple of losses from competition. We discuss the importance of experiencing failure and the importance of looking at failure from a different perspective, sitting with your failures, and how to learn from these experiences. We also break down some details from Chewy’s matches at the recent IBJJF Nashville Open.
November 11, 2019
On this episode we discuss what to look for in a legit Jiu-Jitsu gym, Chewy talks about the pressures of teaching and eventually becoming the head coach of a gym,  the responsibility you have for the safety of your students, and the qualities Chewy looks for in a coach.
November 4, 2019
John Salter joins the podcast to discuss his career in wrestling and transition to MMA. John shares the ups and downs of his MMA career, overcoming a major neck injury, the story of how he got his black belt from Shawn Hammonds, how he comes up with his hilarious gym promo videos, and his upcoming Bellator MMA 233 Main Event fight against Costello Van Steenis. Follow John on Instagram @johnsalter_mma John's BJJ Gym: Salty Dog Jiu-Jitsu https://saltydogjiujitsu.com/
October 28, 2019
Joe is the Strength and Conditioning at Derby City Strength & Conditioning and trains many of the athletes at Derby City MMA. Joe is back on the podcast to discuss the updates that were made to “The Grappling Power Program,” tips on maintaining compliance with a training program, the importance of getting a safe One Rep Max, how Joe has  continued to get stronger as he has gotten older, finally achieving a 300+ lb. snatch, and a Youtube Live Q&A. Link To The Grappling Power Program: https://chewjitsu.clickfunnels.com/grappling-power-main-t30076843
October 23, 2019
A.J. is a gym owner, she runs the Extreme Grappling Open Tournament, runs the Roll Model Women’s Grappling Camp, and is a Jiu-Jitsu purple belt. A.J. shares the difficulties she had with starting and running a Jiu-Jitsu gym and how they turned the gym into a successful business, the unique challenges that women face on the mats, injuries she has dealt with, and her plans for the future. Indiana Brazilian jiu-jitsu Academy: https://www.ibjja.com/ Roll Model Women’s Only Grappling Camp: https://www.thefighthub.com/shop/roll-model-womens-only-grappling-camp-may-2020/ A.J.’s Podcast: "Beauty and The Gi"
October 21, 2019
On this episode we discuss Chewy getting fish hooked by his high school wrestling coach, the dangers of high school sports such as football, the toughness that high school wrestling builds, if Jiu-Jitsu would ever become a high school sport, having your “White Rabbit” to improve your jiu-jitsu, the importance of self-reliance, and other random thoughts.
October 14, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Jon “Thor” Blank returns to discuss what he's been up to since being on the podcast a year ago.  Jon shares how things have changed since he won The EBI Combat Jiu-Jitsu Middleweight Tournament in 2018, what its like competing in big tournaments such as the ADCC and Kasai Grappling, and the opening of his new gym "10th Planet Allentown." Jon also breaks down his matches from the 2019 ADCC tournament including his strategies going into each match, the wins, the losses, and the incredible atmosphere of the ADCC. Instagram @jon_thor_blank Gym: https://www.10thplanetallentown.com/    
October 7, 2019
Chewy answers a question about how to improve your ability to get a submission and how to become more submission-oriented. We discuss the mental and physical aspects of this type of training focus, how to study/research new techniques, the importance of ritual, and implementation of this type of mindset and style of grappling.
October 2, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by BJJ Black Belt, Dr. Chris Moriarty. We discuss Chris’ start in jiu-jitsu, what drew him to jiu-jitsu and what led him to becoming a Medical Doctor, dealing with injuries, injury-prevention tips, his research study on the prevalence of injuries in jiu-jitsu, and much more. Research Article: Injury rate and pattern among Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners: A survey study. Abstract of the study can be found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31288212 Grappling RX - The Warm-Up can be found here: https://jiujitsutherapist.com/products-gear
September 28, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we preview the upcoming 2019 ADCC grappling tournament. We discuss the rule set, why this tournament has so much hype, our thoughts on FloGrappling covering the event, our thoughts on whether the competitors get nervous, why some people perform better under pressure, and we make predictions on the winners for each division.
September 23, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined once again by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Brandon Mccaghren. We discuss diet, Brandon’s biggest fear, Combat Jiu-Jitsu, how Brandon started commentating events, how he studies jiu-jitsu, his training schedule, coaching MMA fighters, how he developed his flexibility and what he does to keep his body healthy, and his Youtube show. Follow Brandon on Instagram and Youtube @brandonmc.ninja
September 16, 2019
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by BJJ black belt Adam Wilson.  Adam discusses starting jiu-jitsu, what it was like changing gyms, getting recognized when traveling to other gyms, filming videos with Chewy, earning his black belt, and much more. The Q&A starts at 56:00 This podcast was recorded live on The Chewjitsu Youtube Channel. Check out the video version of the podcast here: https://youtu.be/5_6IbiO42Ps https://youtu.be/iLOllvzo1QU Thanks to our podcast sponsor Charlotte's Web CBD. Check them out at www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code chewjitsu10 to get 10% off of your total purchase.
September 9, 2019
Chewy discusses his tips for efficiency and improved productivity. We discuss the importance of taking adequate breaks to improve efficiency. Chewy also talks about why he only works for 33 minutes at a time, how to start delegating tasks to improve efficiency, and the importance of simplifying your life by getting rid of non-essential things.
September 2, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by BJJ black belt, The Ultimate Fighter ("TUF") Season 1 Middleweight finalist, and UFC veteran Kenny “Kenflo” Florian. Kenny shares his interest in martial arts and start in jiu-jitsu, how that transitioned to fighting in MMA, his career in the UFC, the evolution of his training, his injuries, retirement from MMA and moving on to work as an analyst, and we also end with a unique fight breakdown and prediction.
August 26, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we talk to BJJ brown belt Dru Phoenix. Dru shares his passion for working with under-privileged kids and how jiu-jitsu has been a positive in empowering those kids. Dru also discusses his military experience, overcoming depression, helping others with PTSD through performing and writing poetry, dealing with a severe knee injury, and how jiu-jitsu has impacted his life.
August 19, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy breaks down his recent wins at The IBJJF Chicago Open, the mindset that he has when going into competition, if Chewy gets nervous at competitions, and much more. Additional Show Notes: We discuss whether you should watch the matches at a tournament before you compete. If Chewy feels more pressure now that he gets recognized more at competitions. How being in the present moment can provide clarity. Why getting pre-match jitters is a good thing. Why Chewy almost did not do the open-division of the Chicago Open. How far out Chewy starts a tournament training camp and how he adjusts training intensity. How to build a cardio base for a tournament. What drill Chewy likes to improve cardio for BJJ. How much of your performance is mental vs physical. How do you build mental toughness and resiliency. Should you go easier on a training partner who is prepping for a big tournament. Chewy's thoughts on being called "the best grappler in Kentucky." Chewy’s thoughts on an opponent “gaming the system” or causing a DQ on purpose in a BJJ tournament. *We are always wanting to improve the podcast and would appreciate if you can fill out a quick survey to help us out: https://survey.libsyn.com/chewjitsu
August 12, 2019
Ben Eaton is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Xande and Saulo Ribeiro. Ben discusses how he found jiu-jitsu and the impact it had on him physically and mentally. Ben shares what the landscape of jiu-jitsu was like 22 years ago when he started, his thoughts on staying consistent with BJJ, training and teaching, and competing. We are always wanting to improve the podcast and would appreciate if you can fill out a quick survey to help us out: https://survey.libsyn.com/chewjitsu
August 5, 2019
Chewy discusses how he deals with and overcomes fear and negative self talk, why having some anxiety before a tournament is a good thing, how to adjust training intensity the week before a competition,  using exercise and stretching for mental health, how movement with meditation can help you focus, ways to stop worrying so that you can perform and function at your best, and much more!!!  
July 29, 2019
On this episode we talk about how going on an “Information Diet” can lead to an improved ability to focus, we discuss how routines help with self-care and productivity, some of the struggles of gym ownership as well as being a small business owner, how money can be the wrong motivator, and much more.
July 22, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by BJJ black belt Ness aka "Zealjitsu." Ness discusses her start in jiu-jitsu, how jiu-jitsu has impacted her life, earning her black belt in 5 years, competing in and winning major tournaments, and how she balances work and life. Follow Ness on Instagram @zealjiujitsu
July 15, 2019
On this episode we are joined by Daniel Strauss aka “The Raspberry Ape.” Daniel is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under 10x world champion, Roger Gracie. Daniel is an active and successful jiu-jitsu competitor who has participated in some of the world's biggest grappling tournaments. On the podcast, Daniel discusses his start in jiu-jitsu, how a severe back injury changed his style of BJJ, and how he worked around his injury and returned to training. He also talks about his love for all types of weight-lifting and strength training and the impact it has had on his jiu-jitsu. Daniel is also the host of "The Raspberry Ape Podcast." Find out more about Daniel at https://raspberryape.com/
July 8, 2019
On this episode, we are joined by Strength & Conditioning coach Joe Clark. Joe is the co-owner of Derby City MMA and Chewy's business partner. He is also a former body builder, holds five state records in Olympic Lifting, and is the co-creator of the "Grappling Power Program" (a strength training program developed for Jiu-Jitsu athletes). On this episode we discuss how Joe got his start in lifting and strength training, how he started working at Derby City MMA and eventually became a co-owner of the gym, training BJJ, and the importance of strength training in performance and injury-prevention. Q&A starts at (56:00) and topics covered include mat fees, best lifts for BJJ, how cycling can help cardio for BJJ, what Chewy looks in a BJJ instructor, 1 Rep Max vs. 3 Rep Max, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), the importance of strengthening training for men vs. women, is "old man strength" real, and much more. 
July 1, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Echo Charles from The Jocko Podcast. Echo is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Dean Lister, he is the co-host of The Jocko Podcast, and is also a videographer. Echo shares his start in jiu-jitsu, how injuries led him to starting videography, and how The Jocko Podcast started. Make sure to listen to the entire podcast to hear from a "special guest" that joins the show.
June 21, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy starts with a ramble on what he would have told his younger self. Chewy and Eugene share some of the mistakes they have made in jiu-jitsu and in life, the importance of making mistakes, and how to learn from and move past the mistakes. Q&A (at 41 minutes) includes: Chewy’s thoughts on private lessons. How to return to BJJ after a long lay off. What is the “middle state” for training? How important is aggressiveness in BJJ? How to deal with shoulder injuries in BJJ. How to train if you have one-sided weakness in your body due to a stroke. How to deal with not having enough energy to train if you are an older grappler and work a lot. How to get over a groin strain. How to handle stress and anxiety before BJJ training. Tips for a brand new BJJ white belt.
June 17, 2019
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by BJJ black belt, Judo black belt, Byakuren Kaikan Black Belt, and former professional MMA fighter Brent Weedman. Brent discusses his start in martial arts, the early days of martial arts training and the first time he met Chewy, some of his most memorable fights in MMA, some of the mistakes he made when training for MMA, overcoming serious injuries, life after retirement from MMA and transitioning to becoming a coach, and working as a Fire Fighter.
June 7, 2019
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss the impact and importance of mentorship in life and also in BJJ. The Q&A starts at 46:00.
May 31, 2019
BJJ Black Belt Kristian Woodmansee joins the podcast to discuss what its like to be a full-time jiu-jitsu competitor while also running a gym, what its like be the smaller guy at the gym, how he overcame training slumps, and his thoughts on the split between Keenan Cornelius and ATOS.
May 24, 2019
Chewy answers a question about how fasting before BJJ training can effect your performance. Chewy also shares a few simple diet modifications that can help improve your energy and performance during jiu-jitsu training. We also discuss various jiu-jitsu injuries and how to come back to training after injury, how to train around injuries, and how to train with an injured training partner. We end the podcast with a Q&A session.
May 17, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene go through a list of things you should know and do to prepare for your first jiu-jitsu tournament. 1.a. Commit to the tournament as early as possible. 1.b. Get familiar with the rules and format of the tournament. 2. Have a game plan or opening to the match. 3. Know the weight classes. 4. Bring proper equipment. 5.a. Be ready for unexpected events 5.b. Focus on things that you can control. We also discuss weight-cutting for a tournament, diet for a tournament, when should you compete, and other useful tips. The second half of the podcast is a Youtube live Q&A session.
May 13, 2019
Ruben is a BJJ black belt and Miami area police officer. Ruben discusses his start in jiu-jitsu, competing and training full time in jiu-jitsu prior to becoming a police officer, his transition to becoming a police officer, the difficulties that he encounters as a police officer, how jiu-jitsu has been beneficial in keeping himself and others safe. Ruben also discusses why many police officers are resistant to learning BJJ, how “Sport Jiu-Jitsu” and the tournament environment is useful for defense.
May 6, 2019
On this episode, we are joined by Cameron Shayne who is the founder of Budokon Mixed Movement Arts. Cameron discusses his role in the training camp for BJJ World Champion and Bellator Middleweight title contender Rafael Lovato Jr. Cameron also shares his philosophy on movement, the important components of his movement system, and how his system can improve function and reduce injury risk. If you want to work with Cameron, check out www.budokon.com
April 28, 2019
On this episode, we discuss how Jiu-Jitsu can help build courage, and how those lessons learned in BJJ can translate into confidence in other aspects of your life.
April 22, 2019
On this episode, Chewy discusses how you can become a better grappler by “becoming the grappler you hate." By training with and learning from training partners that challenge you the most, you will be forced to improve and evolve your BJJ game. 3:30 Chewy discusses not having a fixed schedule and how this benefits his productivity. 4:45 What is a movement meditation and what are its benefits. 19:00 Is it better to learn how to apply a technique or learn to defend it when learning a new technique? 31:00 Start of Q&A 31:30 Do heavier and stronger grapplers not get promoted as quickly as lighter weight grapplers? 35:30 Whats the most important thing to work on as a white belt? 37:30 What strength of Charlotte’s Web CBD we use. 41:00 Is it offensive to ask a female training partner if you are going too rough with them? 45:00 Should the majority of your rolls be with training partners who are below your skill level? 48:00 As a more experienced white belt, should you “smash” the beginner white belts? 52:30 How to pick up the pace against bigger and stronger grapplers? 55:00 Should you strength train for BJJ? 1:01:00 How many times a week should you weight train? 1:05:00 What is the most dangerous submission? 1:10:00 Best submission to humble a wrestler? 1:13:45 Best advice for a first jiu-jitsu competition. 1:17:00 Book recommendations. 1:20:00 Chewjistu seminar information.
April 12, 2019
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene Cover a variety of topics including: -How techniques spread across Jiu-Jitsu. -Why asking your training partner to teach you a technique they were able to use against you will help you both become better. -Chewy’s 3-Step process for incorporating new techniques into his Jiu-Jitsu game. -The "ego" and why its a good thing for competitions and hard training sessions in BJJ. -Our thoughts on accepting a tournament medal even if you lose. -Chewy’s most important piece of advice when putting out content on social media.
April 4, 2019
On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss proper jiu-jitsu training etiquette, the importance of communicating with your training partners when on the mats, and Chewy addresses and responds to being called “The Softest Bitch In Jiu-Jitsu.”
March 25, 2019
We are joined on the podcast by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez. Richie talks about how he got started in jiu-jitsu, earning his black belt in under 4 years, opening his own gym, and what it was like competing at a high level.
March 18, 2019
Ethan is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Specialist In Performance Nutrition, and Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. Ethan discusses diet for BJJ and performance, how to calculate how much to eat, his thoughts on different types of diets such as Keto and Vegan diets, his opinion on fasting, ideal body fat for performance, and why he recommends eating Pop-Tarts. If you want to work with Ethan or get additional information check out his website bendafitnesscoaching.com
March 11, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Del from Charlotte’s Web CBD. On the podcast we discuss what CBD is, how it works, how CBD is responsibly sourced, and what are the positive effects on the body from taking CBD. Below is a breakdown of the episode: What makes Charlotte’s Web CBD products different from the other brands? How did the stigma about marijuana, CBD, and Hemp start and how to change the stigma. Del shares how he got involved with Charlotte’s Web. (14:00) How does CBD work? (19:30) What is the Endocannabinoid system in the body? (20:00) What is the difference between CB1 and CB2 receptors? (20:50) Consistency is one of the most important aspects to getting positive effects from CBD. How CBD effects your sleep cycle. How Charlotte’s Web got started. (28:00) Why is Charlotte’s Web a reputable brand vs. CBD you buy at a gas station? (33:00) What is the difference between full spectrum and broad spectrum CBD? (39:30) Dosage and how long should you use CBD until you know if it will help you? (43:00) The different products that Charlotte’s Web offers and the best way to take CBD. (59:15) Use the exclusive Chewjitsu Podcast coupon code chewjitsu10 to get 10% off of your total purchase of CBD products at www.cwhemp.com
March 7, 2019
We start the podcast with a Chewy ramble discussing how "Spring Cleaning" or clearing out clutter and allowing yourself to focus on a specific and few selected techniques during training can give you motivation and provide direction to improving your Jiu-Jitsu. The podcast also includes a Youtube Live Q&A section with the following topics: Why people are shy when walking into a new gym? Should you work take downs on people your size or different sizes? As a brand new blue belt, should I have a game plan or should I experiment? What Chewy’s thoughts are on flashy internet moves and if they work or not? Advise for coaching kids? Tips on starting a vlog. How to work BJJ into your schedule if you are very busy? Thoughts on training Judo and BJJ? Should you try if you are ill? What to expect from first No-Gi class? Most effective techniques in Gi vs. No-Gi? How to separate weight-training and jiu-jitsu? How to ask your gym owner to help with gym fees if you can’t afford them? How music effects training intensity. How to get decrease nervousness before jiu-jitsu class? How do you know you are ready for your first competition? This podcast was also recorded live on the Chewjitsu Youtube Channel https://youtu.be/ESVdLt5uPWY
March 4, 2019
On this episode Chewy and Eugene discuss belt promotions, what Chewy looks for before promoting a student to another belt, and the pressure of competition. Other Topics Covered: What it means to be an upper belt at the gym. Pros and Cons of getting promoted too quickly to a higher belt. How Jiu-Jitsu can help grow confidence in other areas of life. One thing that Chewy feels someone must do to get promoted. Why Blue belts quit BJJ. Some tips to keep you motivated when you feel that you are losing enthusiasm for BJJ/training.
February 25, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Rome, a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt, entrepreneur, and owner of Hero Academy, a jiu-jitsu school in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Rome discusses immigrating to the US from Chechnya and always being a sick kid growing up. He started a journey of seeking out holistic and alternative methods of improving his health through supplements, diet, and lifestyle changes. He shares information on his supplement company, learning from the world-renowned movement coach, Ido Portal, and going on excursions with “The Iceman” Wim Hof. We also discuss his non-profit jiu-jitsu gym called “Hero Academy” where he provides jiu-jitsu for at-risk and underprivileged kids in Costa Rica. Podcast notes:  Coffee enemas help stimulate liver to produce Glutathione which is a strong antioxidant. Oregano Oil to treat staph infections Tea tree oil to treat ring worm Dr. Ian Stern and how he has helped Rome avoid neck and shoulder surgeries. How movement and posture helps physiologically improve and change your health. Also, movement assists with retention of information. Why you should avoid “Night shade’ vegetables. The supplements that Rome recommends and what makes the supplements he takes unique, different, and better than the rest. Drianstern.com and use the promo code “chewjitsu” to get 10% off of your purchase of the supplements Rome uses.   The non-profit organization he runs is a jiu-jitsu gym in Tamarindo, Costa Rica called Hero Academy, www,bjjincostarica.com.  
February 21, 2019
On this episode, Chewy starts off with a ramble on a question he received. The question comes from an older grappler who asks about being surpassed by younger grapplers in the gym and having doubts about his ability, progress, and is it worth it to train BJJ and keep pushing forward? The second part of the podcast is a Youtube Live Q&A session where we address questions such as: What instructional videos does Chewy recommend? Has Chewy ever had an instructor make fun of him because he wasn't good at BJJ? What are ways to motivate yourself and push yourself to train harder? How do you go from drilling a technique to hitting the technique in live rolling/training? Would Chewy ever do a satellite or affiliate gym? Can you start training jiu-jitsu if you are an amputee? Can you be effective training BJJ 2-3 times per week? Quick tips for first tournaments? What solo drills to work on for takedowns? Is wrestling or BJJ better for MMA? How to set up techniques and escapes in BJJ when you are the smaller grappler? How to improve hip mobility? Should you care about your rank in jiu-jitsu and is rank meaningful?
February 11, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene interview "Master Ken" from "Enter The Dojo Show" which can be found on Youtube. Master Ken discusses how he developed "Ameri-Do-Te," his toughest challenger, why other martial arts are bullshit, and his new book, "The Dow of Master Ken, Vol. 1." The video version of the podcast episode can be found exclusively on The Chewjitsu Podcast Patreon page at www.patreon.com/thechewjitsupodcast.
January 31, 2019
On this episode, the podcast starts out with a Chewy ramble on whether jiu-jitsu is mental or physical. We also discuss the benefits of breathing for recovery and as part of a cool-down after a hard training session, proper breathing technique, how breathing effects the nervous system, and some different types of breathing that Chewy finds beneficial. The podcast also includes a Q&A session.  
January 25, 2019
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy joins me from Costa Rica as he is on vacation at the Puravida BJJ and Surf retreat. The podcast starts out jiu-jitsu related but transitions to a discussion on meditation, choosing an unconventional path and career in life, adjusting your life to fit your wants and needs, and what Chewy does to “re-set” if he feels he is getting worn out.
January 17, 2019
Mahamed Aly is a 2018 BJJ World Champion. He joins the podcast to share his progression in jiu-jitsu, his mindset for competitions, and what it was like to win the world championship. Mahamed also discusses how he overcame injuries, learning techniques and growing in jiu-jitsu, and also hangs out for a Q&A session.
January 4, 2019
On this episode we are joined by MMA analyst Robin Black. Robin discusses his start in martial arts, how a serious health setback changed his life and reignited his passion in martial arts which ultimately led to fighting in MMA, becoming an analyst for martial arts all over the world, how and why he started his "One Minute Breakdown" videos on Instagram, and his plans for the upcoming year. Follow Robin on social media @robinblackmma.
December 27, 2018
On this episode we are joined by 2018 No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and ADCC East Coast Trials winner Tim Spriggs. Tim discusses his ups and downs as a jiu-jitsu athlete, quitting jiu-jitsu and working a regular job and then eventually returning to training and becoming a world champion, his training regimen, his toughest training partners, how he drills to improve his techniques, how he feels about trash talking, the origin and meaning of "Mushmaster," and much more. Follow Tim on Instagram @timspriggsbjj and check out his podcast "The BJJ Goons Podcast" on iTunes.
December 12, 2018
On this episode, Chewy starts off the podcast with a rant on the importance of diet for jiu-jitsu and the impact of diet in performance. We also discuss supplementation, caffeine, and when are the best time to eat around training. We also open the podcast up to questions from the listeners and answer questions on getting back to training after a long lay off, the importance of drilling for jiu-jitsu, how to properly lose weight for jiu-jitsu, how to get better sleep and rest, how to prepare a game plan for a tournament, and much more.
December 7, 2018
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss strategies for longevity in BJJ, using CBD oil for recovery, and give predictions on the Holloway vs. Ortega UFC main event.
December 3, 2018
Stuart Cooper is a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, head coach at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand, and is Jiu-Jitsu and martial arts documentary filmmaker. Stuart joins the podcast to discuss his start in jiu-jitsu and filmmaking, his travels, overcoming injuries and illnesses, and his plans for the future. Check him out on Instagram @stuartcooperfilms and on Youtube at Stuart Cooper Films.
November 26, 2018
Lachlan Giles is a BJJ Black Belt and high-level Jiu-Jitsu competitor from Australia. He is the head jiu-jitsu coach at Absolute MMA in St. Kilda, Australia. Lachlan joins the podcast to discuss his start in martial arts and jiu-jitsu, coaching, training, overcoming injuries, competition prep, and he also shares some of his favorite memories from jiu-jitsu training and competition.
November 18, 2018
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Brandon Mccaghren. Brandon shares his start in jiu-jitsu, his philosophies on training, coaching, doing seminars, and he also shares the back story of his viral youtube video where he was challenged to a grappling match in front of his students.
November 10, 2018
On this episode, Chewy talks about competing and getting 3rd place in the 98.9 kg division of the ADCC East Coast Trials. We talk last minute tournament prep, how to recover between matches, the ADCC ruleset and strategies, and end with another great Q&A session.
November 1, 2018
Chewy and Eugene discuss overcoming competition anxiety, the benefits of competing in a jiu-jitsu tournament, why you should or shouldn't compete, and Chewy talks his preparation for the ADCC trials.
October 25, 2018
On this podcast, we start off with a "Chewy Ramble" on "what is your biggest enemy in Jiu-Jitsu?" Chewy and Eugene also discuss traditions and uniforms in BJJ, "Suit Rolling," and a Q&A full of great questions.
October 18, 2018
This episode starts with a "Chewy Ramble" on setting an intention for your BJJ training. We then discuss the events that occurred before and after the Khabib vs Conor fight, what our opinions are on trash talking in martial arts, and we end with a Q&A session from the listeners.
October 15, 2018
On this episode, we are joined by Jiu-Jitsu Brown belt and EBI 17 Combat Jiu-Jitsu Champion Jon "Thor" Blank. Jon joins the podcast to discuss his recent tournament win and becoming The Eddie Bravo Invitational Combat Jiu-Jitsu Middleweight Champion. Jon also talks about his start in jiu-jitsu, choosing a gym, his training regimen, how wrestling has influenced his jiu-jitsu, and how he has gotten to such a high level of grappling so quickly.
October 8, 2018
Our guest on the podcast is Rob from the Instagram channel, @mcdojolife.  This channel uses humor to expose what Rob considers "fake" or ineffective martial arts. On the podcast, Rob discusses what he considers to be a fake martial art, what makes these martial arts ineffective, some great stories from his experience with running the channel, and exciting new projects he has in the works.
October 1, 2018
This recap episode of the podcast is a collection of videos from the Chewjitsu Youtube channel where Chewy answers questions on getting good at BJJ. The first video is " Can Anyone Get Good At BJJ?" The second video is "Can I Get Good At BJJ Without Competing?" The third video is "Why Do Some People Get Better At BJJ Faster?"
September 27, 2018
On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene sit down with BJJ black belt Chad "The Beast" Hardy. We discuss a funny story from the No Gi Pans, following your path in life and BJJ including making tough decisions and taking risks, and Chad discusses his decision and plans for leaving the gym and moving to Tennessee.
September 24, 2018
This recap episode of the podcast is a collection of videos from the Chewjitsu Youtube channel where Chewy tackles the debate of Gi or No-Gi BJJ. The first video is "Should Beginners Focus on Gi or No Gi BJJ (Is the Gi Unrealistic)." The second video is "Should I Train Gi or No Gi (Which One Is Right). The third video is "BJJ Gis Are Stupid and We Should Stop Wearing Them." The fourth video is "Should I Quit Gi BJJ and Do 10th Planet (Frustrated With Grips).
September 17, 2018
This episode of the podcast is a recap of two videos from the Chewjitsu Youtube channel. Both videos discuss Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and its use in self-defense. The first video is "Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu of Japanese Ju Jutsu?" The second video is "How I Used BJJ In A Street Fight and Why I Like The Belt Gauntlet."
September 13, 2018
On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss recovery tips for BJJ including diet, supplements, stretching, meditation, tips for improved sleep, and much more.
September 6, 2018
This episode recaps three videos from The Chewjitsu Youtube channel all dealing with tough lower belts beating upper belts. Video one is "Why am I a 1 stripe white belt (I'm smashing people." Video two is "Frustrated higher belts are upset with this tough blue belt." Video three is "Beating a purple belt when I was a white belt."
September 4, 2018
In this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss how to find BJJ gyms when traveling to cross-train, the do's and don'ts when visiting a new gym, how hard should you train when visiting a gym, and what to look for in a good vs. bad gym environment. 
August 30, 2018
This podcast episode recaps two videos from the Chewjitsu Youtube Channel. Both videos are dealing with aggressiveness in BJJ. Part 1 of the podcast is the video "How to handle aggressive guy who injures his female training partners." Part 2 of the podcast is the video titled "Tips for a non-aggressive white belt." 
August 28, 2018
On this episode Chewy and Eugene discuss the weekend's IBJJF Master Worlds, rule changes that we would like to see implemented for the IBJJF, learning and implementing new techniques, training around injuries, and Q&A from Youtube live.
August 24, 2018
This episode is another recap of two videos from The Chewjitsu Youtube channel. Video 1: "Training BJJ 2 Days A Week Is A Waste Of Time" Video 2: "Tips To Improve With Only 2-3 Days A Week Of BJJ Training"
August 21, 2018
On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene interview Eli Knight. Eli is a BJJ Black Belt who also has experience in numerous other martial arts. He is the head instructor of Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy and runs a successful Youtube channel.
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