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138 minutes | Nov 1, 2015
Riccardo Ammendolia Jiu Jitsu Pioneer
Riccardo Ammendolia returns to OMR and things get interesting. This time we delve into his jiu jitsu journey on and off the mats. Riccardo discuses his training history including his time on the mats with the greats like Terere, Leo Viera, Comprido, Jacare and the Mendes Brothers. We discuss some big things happening at Atos, Gui Mendes’ decision to retire from active competition and much more. This is just the first half! Later in the show we get an insider’s breakdown of how events are put together. Riccardo may be the most active behind-the-scenes man in the game. He has worked with ADCC, World Pro, Five Grappling, Copa Podio, Ultimate Absolute and more. Widely regarded as the best commentator in jiu jitsu Riccardo discusses what makes a quality grappling broadcast and event. We also discuss what it was like running a fight shop in the MMA/BJJ boom after TUF 1. Whether you compete, host tournaments, run a jiu jitsu realted business or just love to train this is a must listen to episode. Without Riccardo’s support and guidance Open Mat Radio might not even be around. Please enjoy the show! Open Mat Radio is brought to you by OnTheMat Lucky Gi Jiu JItsu Style Mag ScrambleManto Please support the show by dropping a rating and review on iTunes. Looking for more off the mat content? Check out theJourneyPodcast
108 minutes | Sep 20, 2015
Kenny Savercool Training, Traveling and Giving Back
We welcome Kenny Savercool to this weeks episode of OMR. Kenny has trained with Ryan Hall since the inception of Fifty50. We discuss what it’s like training with Ryan, how Ryan’s game changed since focusing on MMA and what might surprise people about training at Fifty50. We also discuss Kenny’s training and competition in both Santos and Rio in Brasil. Kenny gives advice for life on and off the mats when traveling to Brasil. Learn what it’s like to navigate the favelas, train with Terere and live with Michelle Nicolini. This episode is brought to you in part by VaiCantagalo.com Learn more HERE Shop and Support HERE Special thank you to everyone that listened to the last episode of theJourneyPodcast and has given/offered me support. This week’s News:
188 minutes | Sep 17, 2015
Sambo Steve Koepfer on World Combat Wrestling Championship and an Intro to Sambo
“Sambo” Stephen Koepfer joins the show to breakdown the inaugural World Combat Wrestling Championships that were just held in Bulgaria. Steve is the President of the American Sambo Association, head coach of New York Combat Sambo and a producer on “Girl Fight: A Muay Thai Story”. For more on Girl Fight check out www.TheGirlFightStory.com including where you can see a festival screening this month! In this podcast we get an introduction to the art of Sambo. We learn the parallels and differences it shares with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and other martial arts. Steve also explains the resurgence of Combat Wrestling. We learn which EBI fighter beat the great Roli DelGado to win gold at the inaugural World Combat Wrestling Championship? How did Team USA do overall? We also learn how YOU can get involved for the next season. New York Combat Sambo http://www.nycombatsambo.com/ Sambo Summit this October http://www.ussambo.com/summit/index.html Rare Opportunity to attend a seminar with Red and Black belt Sergio Penha after the Master’s World’s in Las Vegas. Register by emailing or messaging us on Facebook Check out an amazing social project helping kids get gis in the Cantagalo Favela
115 minutes | Aug 25, 2015
James Puopolo – Modern Martial Artist
James Puopolo returns to OpenMatRadio! James is an American grappling standout representing Ribiero/Lovato. In this interview we discuss James’ transition from full time school teacher to professional jiu jitsu competitor. James explains how he found the balance between work, home and competition. We discuss various educational and learning strategies borrowed from an eclectic range of disciplines including meditation, buddhism, wrestling and of course jiu jitsu. Learn what had to happen for James to say, “Now i’m a martial artist.” All this and much more on this week’s episode. Thanks to those that support OpenMatRadio: Onthemat.com Manto Fight Logs Jiu JItsu Style Magazine How to reach James: Facebook InstaGram: jrpuopolo Salem-Keizer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy • 4122 River Road N., Keizer, Oregon 97303 • (503) 877-7356 Resources discussed inculde: Water the Bamboo: Unleashing The Potential Of Teams And Individuals Teach Like a Champion Headspace App Support those that Support James: Rafael Lovato Jr, Xande and Saulo Ribiero, Ben Baxter, Andy Hung, Luke Tirey, Elite Flexability with Rob Nahar, Hyperfly, Five grappling, Iron Lion Soap, FloatOn
70 minutes | Aug 16, 2015
Tom DeBlass on ADCC, MMA and much more!
We are happy to welcome back long time friend and fan favorite guest, Tom DeBlass back to the show. This time around we check in on the status of Tom’s MMA career, his match with nogi specialist Joao Assis at Sub Series Pro, exclusive contracts in grappling and of course ADCC preparation. Aside from Tom we also discuss his student Garry Tonon and Garry’s student Gordon Ryan. Learn more about the Renzo/Almeida/Danaher system and how their footlock game might just change grappling and MMA forever. For more about Tom be sure to check out our podcast archive as well as the following links… Facebook info@OceanCountyBJJ.com http://www.oceancountybjj.com/ As always, a huge thank you to our supporters. Onthemat.com, Jiu JItsu Style Magazine and TheJourneyPodcast.com Photo Credit: Jeff Chu
107 minutes | Jul 26, 2015
Dominyka “Double Gold” Obelenyte
Once again Dominyka has made history by becoming double gold champion in the Women’s Blackbelt division of the IBJJF. How many people outside of Brazil can claim such accolades at such a young age? Aside from crushing double gold this year she also has the distinction of being Marcelo Garcia’s first female blackbelt, at under 20 years old! We discuss her journey from a child taking private lessons to the double gold champion she is today. Dominyka introduces us to her campaign for equal rights in the competitive jiu jitsu scene. Check out EqualPayForBJJ on Instagram and www.EqualPayForBJJ.com (coming soon). We also preview the next few shows and ask for feedback on the NEW OMR design. Thanks as always to OTM, Lucky Gi, Five Grappling and Jiu Jitsu Style for supporting the show, each in their own way. Save a few bucks on the FiveGrappling Super League by using code OPENMATRADIO at FiveGrappling.com before July 30!
94 minutes | Jul 9, 2015
Marshal Carper Jiu Jitsu Renaissance Man
Marshal Carper is today’s jiu jitsu renaissance man. He is a highly respected author of jiu jitsu instructional books such as, Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced Jiu Jitsu, his fantastic autobiography The Cauliflower Chronicles: A Grappler’s Tale of Self-Discovery and Island Living, and even a new video game (Super Dojo Storm). Marshal is an accomplished entrepreneur with his company ArteChoke Media and expert in marketing/social media. This interview has something for everyone. We discuss the second edition of Cauliflower Chronicles and what Gawakoto had to do with it. How making your drilling dirty could improve your game. Why we shouldn’t always look at our stars on the podium to model our games after and much more. Check out the links below to see how you can support ArteChoke Media and Marshal! www.superdojostorm.com http://artechokemedia.com/mtc/
108 minutes | Feb 1, 2015
Pete The Greek Letsos returns to Open Mat Radio!
This week we are excited to bring you another history lesson from fan favorite guest, Pete The Greek Letsos! PTG was training with the best in the world when others hadn’t even heard of jiu jitsu. Find out what it’s like to roll with Carlos Gracie Jr, survive the brutal training from Osvaldo Alves, have BJ Penn get you into a bar scrap, train with Carlson Gracie Sr, Carlson Gracie Junior and Terere plus much more! To learn more about Pete be sure to check out: http://riojj.com/ https://www.youtube.com/user/PTGRIOJJ/videos https://www.facebook.com/riojiujitsuchicago Please help support the show by writing a review and rating on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/open-mat-radio-podcast/id507025250?mt=2 and check out theJourneyPodcast.com here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-journey-podcast/id721817391?mt=2
81 minutes | Jan 5, 2015
Mike Fowler Returns to Open Mat Radio
This week we welcome back Mike Fowler! We discuss Mike’s upcoming match against the legendary Eduardo Telles at Polaris Pro. Mike also takes us through his pilgrimage through over 100 Japanese temples, on foot! We learn what Mike gained from this over forty day journey, the dangers involved and some of the folks that met him along his path including MMA Hall of Famers Megumi Fugi and Enson Inoue. We wrap up with a candid discussion on the perils of the competitive jiu jitsu scene. This is a must listen for any competitor. Also on this episode, Level Ground MMA/Newaza Apparel contest details, TapCancerOut Winter Open news and the details for Polaris Pro!
81 minutes | Jan 1, 2015
Tap Cancer Out, Orlando Sanchez and Josh Valles Episode 110
Happy New Year! This week we are lucky to have Jon Thomas update us on what TapCancerOut.org has been up to. We also discuss the upcoming Tap Cancer Out Winter Open in San Diego on January 17th. Registration ends the 13th so sign up now! We dig into the archives for interviews with Gracie Barra star Orlando Sanchez and his student Josh Valles. These interviews were recorded at the OnTheMat booth at the Long Beach Expo. In the news section we give some new details regarding Polaris Pro, Garry Tonon’s upcoming superfights and how you can win some Newaza Apparel while supporting Boston’s finest non-profit Level Ground MMA. Home
105 minutes | Dec 27, 2014
Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts Ali Fuller and Freddy Episode 109
We are honored to have Ali Fuller and Freddy (her student) from Level Ground Mixed Martial Arts on the podcast. Level Ground is an amazing program in Boston that motivates and empowers at risk populations through the power of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. Learn how Ali founded, molds and maintains Level Ground, the impact it has made on Freddy’s life, how LG ensures success on and off the mat and much more. Please visit their IndieGoGo Campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/create-a-level-ground-for-boston-s-urban-youth–2#home Anyone that shares this post or any of our posts regarding Level Ground on social media and/or the martial arts message boards we frequent will be entered to win prizes from Newaza Apparel. We will pick a winner at the end of their IndieGoGo Campaign.
112 minutes | Nov 10, 2014
Denny Prokopos and Travis Newaza Return!
This week we welcome back fan favorite guests, Denny “3oo” Prokopos and Travis from Newza Apparel! Denny and Travis breakdown Eddie Bravo Invitational 2, which resulted in a 10th Planet Civil war with between Denny and Nathan Orchard (all love of course). Denny breaks down the positive, and potential negative side, of adding yoga into your game. We discuss how he overcame mental and physical barriers to return to his winning ways. Do you crosstrain with other teams? We discuss how this can be beneficial for your game and how to go about it in a respectful way. We push the positivity and find out tips from Travis and Denny on how to find happiness on and off the mat. Before the interview you can learn about Polaris Pro, where in the world Mike Fowler is, how to support OMR, Stuart Cooper’s Marcelo Garcia film and more. Stay tuned to Facebook.com/OpenMatRadio to learn more about our upcoming contest with Newaza Apparel. To learn more about Denny and Travis check them out in our podcast archives and at their sites below: http://10thplanetjiujitsusf.com/ http://newazaapparel.com/ http://www.10thplanetjj.com/ Home http://eddiebravoinvitational.com/ Support OMR by using our affiliate link to ArteChokeMedia! http://artechokemedia.com/omr
112 minutes | Oct 31, 2014
Tom DeBlass Returns to OpenMatRadio
This week we welcome back Tom DeBlass to OMR. Tom is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu based mixed martial artist fighting for Bellator. We discuss his upcoming fight with King Mo on the Nov 15 Bellator card. Outside of MMA Tom is a successful grappler. We discuss his very controversial match with the legend that is Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros at the most recent IBJJF NoGI Mundials. We discuss how a rematch between his student Garry Tonon and Kron Gracie might go and whether Tom would like to see that happen on the tatami or in a cage! We had to discuss what the upcoming Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba match means to Tom and the Renzo Gracie/Ricardo Almeida Association. Finally, Tom gives some great advice to anyone looking to improve their training, how to become a better training partner and much much more. For more about Tom please check out http://www.oceancountybjj.com/ and our first show with Tom www.openmatradio.com/?p=1805 As always thanks to our friends at http://onthemat.com/ where you can save 20% by using code OMR20 at checkout. Shout out to our friends at Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine http://www.bjjstyle.com/ Check out http://www.polaris-pro.org/to learn how you can watch one of the best Professional Jiu Jitsu events in the near future! If you’d like to support OMR while getting some amazing instructional material please visit our friends at ArteChokeMedia at artechokemedia.com/omr
82 minutes | Sep 25, 2014
John Kavanagh Engineering Excellence
John Kavanagh joins OMR for an enlightening feature length interview. John is Ireland’s first blackbelt, a lear in the Straight Blast Gym training methodology and the coach of Connor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson, Patrick “The Hooligan” Holohan and Ais Daly. We discuss John’s analytical, evidence based, approach to martial arts, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. How does the gi factor into today’s MMA training? What does creativity have to do with success? Why does John hate the words “Faith” and “Talent”? Lear all that and new regarding Copa Podio, Metamoris and Kazushi Sakurba! For more information about Coach Kavanagh visit www.sbgireland.com and www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IA3k5wagGrw Please support our friends at www.thejourneypodcast.com/ www.onthemat.com/ www.bjjstyle.com/
53 minutes | Sep 16, 2014
Marshal Carper of Arte Choke Media and Travis From Newaza Apparel
On this episode of our Stripes Series we welcome Marshal Carper from ArteChoke Media and Travis from Newza Apparel. Marshal stops by to discuss the Instructor of the Year contest and how YOU can help choose the winner. We also discuss all things ArteChoke Media, the most innovative instructional publishing company on the scene. Then we catch up with Travis from Newaza Apparel. Travis and I discuss what it’s like building a brand in the grappling world, the power of the grassroots grappling scene, Catch Wrestling, advice for sponsors and those looking to get sponsored! Travis’ interview was recorded at the Long Beach Expo, huge thanks to OnTheMat.com for letting us record in their booth! Travis and Marshal are two of the most dedicated grappling junkies on the scene today. Please support their projects by visiting their sites: ArteChoke Media http://artechokemedia.com/blog/2014/09/02/2014-instructor-year-contest-presented-artechoke-media-open-mat-radio-rbjj/ https://www.facebook.com/ArtechokeMedia Marshal’s Blog http://marshaldcarper.blogspot.com/ Newaza Apparel http://newazaapparel.com/ https://www.facebook.com/newazaapparel
102 minutes | Sep 3, 2014
Special Presentation:Beyond the Mat
We are proud to present “Beyond the Mat”, an audio documentary over a year in the making that focuses on the aspects of Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) that carry off the tatami. In this work, Suresh Eswarathasan interviews an eclectic array of practitioners, namely Ryan Hall of 50/50 BJJ, Valerie Worthington of Breaking Muscle magazine, Paul Moran of the Open Mat Radio podcast, Mark Colangelo of Gracie Barra Montreal and Manulife Securities, Bruno Fernandes of Gracie Barra Montreal, and Hywel Teague of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu video production company BJJ Hacks. Each interviewee shares his/her own unique experiences relating to the psychological and philosophical lessons from BJJ. The purpose of this work is to elucidate the tremendous benefits of our beloved martial art that are beyond the obvious ones of physical health. Please support the interviewees and visit these webpages: Ryan Hall: http://5050bjj.com/ Valerie Worthington: http://breakingmuscle.com/coaches/valerie-worthington Paul Moran: www.openmatradio.com ; www.thejourneypodcast.com Bruno Fernandes: www.gbmontreal.com Hywel Teague: www.bjjhacks.com Mark Colangelo: http://www.manulifesecurities.ca/
30 minutes | Sep 3, 2014
Alan “Gumby” Marques & Instructor of the Year Details
Welcome to the Stripes Series. For many, stripes on your belt represent time you’ve been training. This time is not enough to jump an entire belt but many believe the effort should be recognized, so you get a stripe. The “Stripe Series” is a series of short interviews and grappling news that will be released between feature length interviews. Our first interview for this series was recorded at the KO Finisher/Hip Hop Chess Federation event in Anaheim on February 16, 2014. It was a huge honor for Paul to interview one of his heroes Alan “Gumby” Marques. Gumby is a founding member of OnTheMat.com, the premiere site for news and gear since the 90s. Gumby has dedicated countless hours to the jiu jitsu community through his journalism, philanthropy, teaching, reffing and competing. He was awarded his blackbelt from Ralph Gracie in 2006. Today, Gumby is the head instructor at his Heroes Martial Arts in San Jose. A true martial artist and community activist Gumby has worked closely with the Hip Hop Chess Federation to educate the community, especially at-risk youth. In this interview we discuss mastery, The Hip Hop Chess Federation, KO Finisher and of course jiu jitsu theory. Stay tuned to OpenMatRadio for more content with Prof. Marques in the near future! For more information check out: http://heroesmartialarts.com/ http://www.onthemat.com/ (save 20% using code OMR20) http://hiphopchessfederation.org/ We also discuss our latest collaboration with ArteChoke Media and r/Bjj! Please Check out the Instructor of the Year contest and nominate your coach now! http://www.reddit.com/r/bjj/comments/2f9n70/the_2014_instructor_of_the_y
83 minutes | Aug 19, 2014
Mark “Tricky” Dickman
We’re back from a summer off with a huge episode featuring Mark “Tricky” Dickman. Mark is an accomplished collegiate wrestler turned MMA star. Mark secured a shot at the RFA belt with his submission victory over Nova Unaio’s top prospect, Raoni Barcelos. In the interview we discuss Mark’s path to success in wrestling, jiu jitsu and MMA. Find out what Tricky has found to be the most effective training methods for success on the mat and in the cage. Mark is also an accomplished grappling coach, so we pick his brain on how to build a better grappler! Thanks to OnTheMat.com, LuckyGi, Manto, Q5SN.com, Datsusara and ArteChoke Media for supporting OpenMatRadio!
102 minutes | May 13, 2014
Episode 101 Seph Smith 5050BJJ
This week we welcome 50/50 BJJ’s Seph Smith to the show! Seph is a blackbelt under Ryan Hall and one of the head instructors at Fifty Fifty Jiu Jitsu. We discuss his path through the ranks including his time at Lloyd Irvin’s academy, conceptual vs procedural training/teaching, sloths, what it means to be a martial artist and more. Check out http://5050bjj.com/ for more information about classes, how to secure Seph for a seminar and the upcoming Michelle Nicolini/Sofia Amarante Seminar at 5050.
130 minutes | Apr 27, 2014
Episode 100: Tyler and Jena Bishop of BishopBJJ.com
Tyler and Jenna Bishop of http://bishopbjj.com/ stop by to discuss a wide range of topics. We discuss their path through jiu jitsu from white belts that were dating to competitive black and brown belts that are now married. We get advice from Jena and Tyler on navigating romance on the mat.We discuss PED use from the male and female perspective, Royler vs Eddie, learning styles, David Adiv, training and fighting in Abu Dhabi at the World Pro and much much more. Please take a moment and help support a good friend of the show Stuart Cooper’s Indiegogo by visiting https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stuart-cooper-films#home
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