Why I Started a BJJ Podcast and Website
Ever since I started doing BJJ, I have loved watching videos, reading articles, and listening to BJJ podcasts. I have consumed most of the media that is free and have paid for a number of memberships to sites like Marcelo Garcia, Flograppling, and more. During my time teaching beginner classes, I realized how many people don’t even have a basic understanding of the grappling vernacular. And yet, so much of the educational material out there is filled with BJJ jargon.
I wanted to provide a way for beginners or newcomers to learn the language, understand the context, and have an idea of what to expect before they stepped on the mat. Additionally, I have a marketing background with experience in website content management systems, SEO, front-end development, video and sound editing, content writing, social media, and paid online advertising. While I’m certainly not an expert in all of these skills, I thought that I could bring together my general knowledge to provide a quality experience for people looking to learn more about BJJ.
If you are curious to learn more about my background, how long I’ve been training, and why I started BJJ, I’ve provided some more of that info below.
What Makes me Qualified to Talk About BJJ?
As a 4-stripe purple belt, I’m certainly no expert in BJJ, but I can at least share info on the basic concepts and fundamentals to newcomers.
Who is This BJJ Website and Podcast for?
People who are just starting BJJ
People looking to try a martial art
People looking for a community to be apart of
People who are tired of weight lifting or working out alone
People who have never been or don’t see themselves as athletic
People who want to learn more about the basics and fundamentals
If you find yourself saying “well, duh” to anything, it’s probably not for you
What is my Athletic Background?
I took 1 year of wrestling in 8th grade, and I was awful. I started wrestling in 9th grade, but I dropped out almost immediately. I moved into track and cross country through high school. I wasn’t fast or competitive, and I didn’t particularly enjoy it. During those years, I wasn’t a huge fan of sports or being active.
It wouldn’t be until my early 20’s that I started gravitating towards being more active. I started to get into weight lifting around 22, but got bored and found BJJ at the age of 24. I started focusing on weight lifting again in early 30’s to compliment BJJ.
How did I get into BJJ?
I took my first BJJ class in the summer of 2011. A coworker asked about my ears and if I’d wrestled. I thought it was funny, since I had done so little wrestling in high school. At this time, I had been getting bored with weight lifting and looking into a sport I could try as a working adult. He said I should join him for a BJJ class at a local gym. I took a free class and immediately signed up. My coworker left the job a week later and I never saw him again. I stayed and fell in love with the sport.
How Often do I Train?
I train BJJ about 3-4 times per week and lift weights around 2-3 times per week. Additionally, I work a full-time job and am happily married. Like most of you probably experience, there never seems to be enough time in the day. That being said, I do what I can to maximize my training sessions, which usually includes staying 1-2 hours after class to roll with my training partners to work on takedowns and/or get in additional sparring.