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The Prodigy Podcast
69 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Episode 34: Thomas Owen
Thomas Owen is a 4-0 fighter under the tutelage of Dan Hardy and Jimmy Wallhead. Thomas talks to me about returning to the cage after a two year period off, how he first started training and why we need to remember too have fun. We decide that the Thomas Owen cooking show has to happen and why eggs are the best thing ever. Note: The curse of audio issues has returned so apologies if moments are not so clear.
51 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Episode 33: Jay Herridge
When Jiu Jitsu, coffee and anime combine! Today's episode we have Jay Herridge on, the nightmare of all competitors the kid who stuck with the sport. We talk origins story, Jay's change in focus over lockdown and why Michael B Jordan fighting zombies will be the movie on Jay's life.
62 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 32: Libby Genge
Welcome back my caffienated grappling friends! Coming off a big win on the Polaris Professional Undercard, Libby Genge chats with me about: fighting on a bigger stage, competing in Russia, Pan Ams and why being home schooled is becoming a norm for high level young athletes. It was a pleasure to sit down with Libby and I'm certain there will be even bigger things to come from her. (Unfortunately I had to use the dreaded Skype for this interview so the audio is not the best at times)
74 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 31: Darragh O’Conaill
My caffeinated grappling friends have I got a special episode for you. I chat with Darragh O’Conaill on his upcoming outing on Polaris Squads as captain of Team UK/Ireland. As well as that we chat about: why losses should be treated different in BJJ, the balance between entertainment and sport and why Monster energy drinks are only for emergency caffeine. Let us know what you think of the episode by leaving a review and check out Darragh on Polaris Squads this Saturday.
50 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Episode 30: Charlie Bowling
Today's episode I sit down with Team GB Wrestler Charlie Bowling. We talk about his learning experiences as a wrestler and what he learnt from his time in Canada. We also discuss his new facility Farmer Strong which was brought about by needing to continue his training during the pandemic. As well as that we touching on the rich history of UK wrestling and the quick fire round brings about some interesting answers!
92 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Episode 29: Sam Gibbs
Coming off his win on Alpha Grappling Sam Gibbs sat down with me to have a coffee to discuss why talent is well and truly a myth. The art of purposeful practice and how training with Ash Williams has aided him on his journey. I believe that Sam is one of the most underrated dangerous competitors on the rise in the UK, so enjoy and follow his journey on Instagram @Samgibbsbjj
77 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Episode 28: Danielle Tighe
We are back my caffeinated grappling friends with an interview with Euros Gold Medallist, purple belt, Danielle Tighe. We discussed being nasty in Jiu Jitsu and it's place in the sport. Using visualisation to help with competition, lifting atlas stones and what her admission of her other hobby is, I'm not spoiling that! Go check out Danielle on Instagram @danielle_tighe Go check out Danielle's favourite BJJ brand @inner_chimp
86 minutes | May 11, 2021
Episode 27: Georgij Rogolev
I chat with a brown belt that most people are well aware of in the UK BJJ circuit and with good reason. Georgij Rogolev has a goal orientated mindset and having won the IBJJF Europeans in 2018, he now has even bigger goals in mind. We talk about what it's like training in Hastings, mindset for competition and the sacrifices people don't see. Plus the big one, the art of napping at competitions. Go check Georgij out on Instagram @g_in_action
77 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Episode 26: Ross Connelly
Having competed in the commonwealth games at the age of 18, Ross Connelly has not lacked in experience as a wrestler and yet on today's episode one of the big topics is how much he has changed and matured as a competitor. We discuss what it would take to bring wrestling back to prominence in the UK, balancing athleticism and skill and most importantly.... Really getting into the netball at the games in Australia.
67 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 25: Molly Lindsay
I chat with amateur MMA fighter Molly Lindsay, who has held the Battle Arena amateur title and since having her awesomely named son Odin has been breaking misconceptions on being a full time fighter and a mum. We touch on: taking the leap from studying at University to full time athlete, why being selfish can be a good thing, why prolapse can be more common in Athletes and much more. Check out Molly on Instagram @molly_lindsay This episode is Sponsored by Nitman Performance's new programme "Submission Strength". Go check it out and save 50% with the code "SS50" making it only £7.50 a month. Have a look yourself at www.nitmanperformance.co.uk
146 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
Episode 24: Richard Presley/Attack the Back
I sit down with the man behind some of your favourite BJJ photos, we talk about how taking photos can be dangerous when Nicky Rod is on the mat, the future of European BJJ media and why Justin Gaethje doesn't get the No Fear reference for his tattoo. Go Follow @attacktheback And check out https://theprodigypodcast.bigcartel.com/
77 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 23: Jack Brown
Jack Brown has had a wild six month journey, taking a break from work as a police office in Scotland to travel and teach. Visiting Greece, Serbia and now Kenya, where he teamed up with the Lionheart Foundation to teach in Mombasa and is now in Nairobi. It's fair to say he has a few stories to tell. We discuss how each place has it's own reasons for grappling, ambitions to teach in Asia, why Jack is entering the kids division in Serbia and what makes the best Morrisons meal deal. Go check out Jack on Instagram @jackbrownbjj Remember to like, subscribe and DM us on Instagram on who you want to see on the podcast next.
119 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Episode 22: Ben Robson
The OG guest returns to the mic. Ben talks to me about what he has been up to since the last time we spoke and how his perspectives have changed since. We also discuss his time in Italy, falling in love with the gi again, why young females are more likely to sustain knee injuries and more. A fantastic listen once again. Oh and there is a spicy new intro and outro for you coffee lovers, let me know what you think!?
67 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 21: Kate Bacik
For those of you on the UK BJJ scene this lady needs no introduction, Kate Bacik has been game for any fight over the past few years but that's not quite how she started. We talk about how she came into the wild world of fighting, her thoughts on growth and more. We also talk about her upcoming fight on Clan Wars and what has been a 3 year hiatus from the cage. Todays episode is sponsored by One South, the UK BJJ Brand that brings you everything you want and it's made from recycled material! So you can help mother earth out and rock your BJJ best. Go check them out on https://www.onesouthuk.com/ and check out their Instagram here. Stay up to date with Kate's training and fights on Instagram @purplesupernova7 and go watch her next fight on PPV on the 20th March on Clan Wars 39.
118 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 20: Ciaran Brohan talking about Learn Jiu Jitsu
Have I got a treat for you my caffeinated friends, Ciaran Brohan is coming onto the podcast to talk all about his new projects Learn Jiu Jitsu and how he is looking at the ways we can change both learning and teaching Jiu Jitsu. A truly fascinating conversation that will make you look at how your own learning could be changed for the better. Check out his page on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/learnjiujitsu_/ Topic Timings: 00:00:37 Why Learn Jiu Jitsu started 00:03:15 Kit Dale, teaching methods and a framework to Jiu Jitsu 00:05:24 Alignment Theory 00:10:18 Working in concepts 00:15:14 The logic behind learning this way 00:15:55 The Score card System 00:21:43 Jiu Jitsu is a form of education, treating it that way 00:29:13 Inspiration from others on Jiu Jitsu Teaching Methods 00:36:45 Taking away the mystique of time served 00:44:22 Changing how you tackle learning Jiu Jitsu 00:50:18 Getting past "is the Technique is right" 00:52:23 How would you approach analysing BJJ footage 00:57:22 The issues with drilling techniques and mental switch off 01:02:17 Being mentally engaged 01:06:59 Creating a feedback loop 01:14:26 Enjoying the drilling part of jiu jitsu 01:15:30 Gamifying Jiu Jitsu Lessons 01:19:17 Balancing Hard Sparring 01:25:15 Teaching Jiu Jitsu hasn't evolved 01:27:42 Coaches taking time to plan out 6 months of lessons 01:33:01 What is mastery? 01:38:59 Having fixed parameters 01:40:10 The issues with systems not teaching how to get to the starting position 01:43:46 Practically starting applying learning jiu jitsu in this new way 01:45:45 Quick Fire Round 01:54:20 Outro & Aspirations for how we change teaching and learning Jiu Jitsu
90 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Episode 19: Lloyd Cooper
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Lloyd Cooper, Competitor, Coach and lover of short shorts. We touch on balancing life whilst competing at a professional level and learning to love the process. A truly fascinating interview and a recommended listen. Plus Lloyd sets himself a challenge. Topic timings: 00:00:47 Do we deserve anything/ Are we entitled to anything Mentality 00:10:58 Enjoying the process 00:16:09 Focusing on your interpretation of events 00:19:21 Putting yourself in difficult positions 00:21:02 Specific sparring VS General Sparring 00:29:04 Being eager to work with higher belts 00:32:15 Pushing yourself physically 00:34:26 Winning the Euros and taking gratification in the process 00:38:03 The pitfalls of professional athletes replacing competition in their lives 00:42:29 Have you reframed how you treat competing? 00:45:53 Gripper Jiu Jitsu challenge up a mountain 00:47:03 Skydiving 00:48:48 Challenge Accepted, Running a Marathon in 2021 00:50:46 The social side of BJJ 00:53:24 How have you balanced work/family/BJJ life 00:57:36 Focusing on using your time 01:02:11 Advice you wished you gave your younger self 01:05:35 Approaching improvement 01:07:56 Quick Fire Round 01:35:20 Sponsors Don't forget to check out Lloyd's sponsors: https://scramblestuff.com/ http://www.xsguardmouthguards.co.uk/ and his own Page and Teams page: https://www.instagram.com/gripperjiujitsu/ https://www.instagram.com/yorkshiregripper/
65 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Episode 18: Team Police BJJ/ Tom Wilson
The first interview of 2021 and we're back with UKBJJ Emergency Services Representative, Tom Wilson. Coming on to talk about UK’s first national Police BJJ association – Team Police BJJ. Tom is the chair of Team Police BJJ and been involved in both BJJ and policing for nearly 20 years. We had a great conversation, touching on mental health, community out reach and how his spine held up for so long (listen to find out why!) For more information on Team Police BJJ check out their Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/teampolicebjj_uk/ Thank you again to Tom Wilson for coming on.
23 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Instructional Review: Wrestling for Jiu Jitsu
Hello my caffeinated friends, a different kind of episode from me today. I am reviewing Kam Atakuru's instructional produced by The Grapple Club. I have written a longer full review that you can check out below. Check out my full written review here: https://theprodigypodcast.medium.com/review-wrestling-for-bjj-e2ce31f0bd1a If you like the sound of the instructional you can pick it up here: https://thegrappleclub.com/pages/wresting-for-jiujitsu
1 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
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61 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Episode 17: George Stephens
I sit down with George Stephens who after spending time living in the States has come back to the UK and is now training with the fantastic team Stealth BJJ and will be making a stamp on the competition scene in the UK next year! 00:00:44 Combining maturing your BJJ skills with your maturing as an adult 00:10:52 Finding BJJ through MMA Classes 00:13:44 Thoughts on competing in the UK 00:15:10 Fast Pace style 00:17:34 What he wants to work on 00:18:42 Love/Hate relationships with footlocks 00:19:37 Competing against Adults and First comp in the adult category 00:24:49 Is there pressure at the highest level of kids competition 00:26:01 Is putting on a show important 00:29:39 Training with Lucas Lepri 00:33:07 Working with Rob Nitman and importance of conditioning 00:38:59 Having a competition Family at the gym 00:41:41 Legalising footlocks in BJJ 00:43:30 Wrestling in the states 00:49:49 Who are the people you look up to 00:53:58 Quick Fire Round
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