Episode 18: A talk in the forest with Chris Haueter on tribalism, hierarchy, personal relationships and status symbols in Jiu Jitsu

Chris Haueter has had a big influence on my Jiu Jitsu and even on the creation and philosophy of BJJ Globetrotters. I sat with him in the forest at our camp in Maine and had a little chat about random things that came to mind.

Episode 17: Bobby and Amanda started BJJ program in Moldavian village, now run a pay-what-you-can academy/campsite/community in North Carolina

In this episode I’m talking with Bobby and Amanda McMasters who I met in Romania during my trip around the world back in 2011. They had volunteered through the Peace Corps and Bobby had been setting up a small Jiu Jitsu project in a village in the middle of nowhere with population of just 2000 people. Later, they’ve moved back home to the United States, where they’re running a membership-free Jiu Jitsu academy and campsite with various self-built accommodation options.

Episode 16: Heather quit her office job, bought an old VW bus, drove it across the US and lived in it so she could train Jiu Jitsu full time

In this episode, I talk with Heather Raftery about how she quit her office job to become a Jiu Jitsu Gypsy, living in a 50 year old Volkswagen bus and training Jiu Jitsu full time. We also talk about how you can use changing your voice for getting out of dangerous situations.

Episode 15: Ordering pizza online for Valerie who got stuck in Kazakstan’s pandemic quarantine after taking up a controversial offer to go teach Jiu Jitsu there

Valerie Jean took up a much controversial offer on the Members of BJJ Globetrotters Facebook group to fly to Kazakstan and teach Jiu Jitsu, all inclusive. Those who were nervous for her to get stuck there indefinitely, had probably not imagined that would actually happen because of a world wide pandemic. After many unsuccessful attempts at catching a flight out of Kazakstan to get home to Canada, we managed to call her during the quarantine and hear her story. [Quarantine special]

Episode 14: A long walk on the beach with Ben Westrich for a talk about IBJJF, hierarchies, belt promotions and other weird things. [Quarantine special]

Quarantine special! The first in a series of podcast episodes I’ll be recording while under lockdown due to the Corona virus. I can’t record at home, so I took a long walk on the beach and called my friend Benjamin Westrich for a talk about IBJJF, belt promotions, hierarchies and other weird things that humans take seriously.

Episode 13 – How Priit Mihkelson from Estonia suddenly became one of the world’s most sought after BJJ instructors

If you’re training BJJ and have been online for the last few years, chances are very high that you have come across some of Priit’s recent instructional videos. In this episode, I speak with him about how he has done the seemingly impossible and become one of the most sought after BJJ instructors in the world at the moment, based purely on his technical material and not on being a celebrity competitor or coach.