Higher Jiu Jitsu Stories Show

22 EpisodesProduced by Higher Jiu JitsuWebsite

The HJJ Stories Show brings to light the joys of Gracie Jiu Jitsu for the everyday people that learn at our school.

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#019 Be Here Now w/ AJ Bhardwaj

February 22nd, 2019


AJ started at Higher Jiu Jitsu with the intention of building on what he already knew.

Little by little, he realised this wasn't enough. He couldn't …

#018 Start with Why w/ Jamil Ispahany

February 15th, 2019


Coach John talks to HJJ student Jamil. Growing up in a rough part of Sydney, Jamil was encouraged into the martial arts by his dad. From Kung Fu to boxing to Kali, Jamil has done it all. Early on, he was asked - 'Why?' …

#017 Girls in Gis w/ Emma Gibson & Phoebe Lawrie

January 25th, 2019


Brad sits down with Emma and Phoebe to discuss their recent competition at Australian Girls in Gi. 

Phoebe shares her jiu jitsu story to date, and Emma talks about her excitement and expectations around her upcoming blue …

#016 Leverage Jiu Jitsu w/ Phil Grapsas & John Smallios

January 18th, 2019


Brad and John sit down with Phil Grapsas, the head instructor of Leverage Jiu Jitsu to discuss his jiu jitsu journey.
Phil has been training jiu jitsu since February 1999 and is a black belt under Pedro Sauer. 
Phil …

#015 Impermanence of Jiu Jitsu w/ Josh Martin

January 11th, 2019


Josh has been training with Higher Jiu Jitsu since he started jiu jitsu. 
He has committed his time and efforts to learning jiu jitsu the right way. Accordingly, he has been promoted to blue belt recently.
This is his …

#014 Part 3 - A Lifetime On The Mats w/ Andrew Nerlich

December 28th, 2018


In the third and final episode Andrew outlines the details of a road rage incident and ensuing publicity that he was involved with in early 2018.

#014 Part 2 - A Lifetime On The Mats w/ Andrew Nerlich

December 24th, 2018


This episode of the podcast is part 2 of a 3 part series with Andrew Nerlich. This episode constitutes the last 20 years of martial arts training …

#014 Part 1 - A Lifetime On The Mats w/ Andrew Nerlich

December 14th, 2018


With over 40 years of experience Andrew Nerlich is a life long martial artist.

Andrew has a gold sash in Wing Chun and a first degree black belt in …

#013 Roots of Higher w/ John Smallios

December 7th, 2018


Brad sits down with the head instructor and owner of Higher Jiu Jitsu, John Smallios.

This episode explores the journey of John's path to starting Higher Jiu Jitsu and becoming affiliated with the Pedro Sauer …

#012 Life's a Beech w/ Tim Beech

November 30th, 2018


Tim Beech began his martial arts journey during the latter years of school. He started with Karate and Filipino martial arts. This led him into …

#011 Antediluvian Times w/ Oscar Loudon

November 23rd, 2018


Oscar Loudon has been training jiu jitsu since 29 January 2009. Coincidentally the date of death of the one and only, GM Helio Gracie. Since that time jiu jitsu has played a large part in Oscar's life. He has experience …

#010 The Scientific Method w/ Nick Avery

November 15th, 2018


Nick “MrFixIt” Avery has trained martial arts for the better half of his life. From the humble beginnings of Tae Kwon Do, his path led him to BJJ, and eventually Higher Jiu Jitsu.

With many fascinating stories to share, …

#009 A Deep Dive w/ Aaron Morelli

November 9th, 2018


Brad sits down with HJJ's Aaron Morelli. Aaron was introduced to martial arts through his father early on in life. Soon after he switched his attention to swimming, where he competed at an elite level.

Having stepped …

#008 The Impairo Life w/ Savvas Klerides

November 6th, 2018


John sits with Savva in Melbourne to discuss Savva's journey into the martial arts, his challenges with rheumatoid arthritis and persistent injuries, the birth of the Impaired Grappler, and the reasons for staying on …

#007 Violent Delights w/ Mr Minksy

November 2nd, 2018


With a martial arts background from early in life Mr Minksy has an interesting story to share. Which of course includes his journey with Higher Jiu Jitsu and the discovery that training martial arts doesn't always need …

#006 The Jits Life w/ Matt Voger Mason

October 26th, 2018


Brad sits down with Higher Jiu Jitsu purple belt Matt Voger Mason.

Matt shares his jiu jitsu journey including previous martial arts, his experiences with competition and his view on both learning and coaching jiu jitsu.

#005 Girls in Gis w/ Emma Gibson

October 19th, 2018


The JitsBros sit down with HJJLadies leader Emma Gibson to discuss her journey with jiu jitsu so far. We talk about the life changing effects of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, her intentions with competition, and what’s in store for …

#004 Joys of Higher Jiu Jitsu w/ Brendan & Matt

October 12th, 2018


Brad gets together with HJJ aficionados Matt Voger Mason & Brendan Byrne.

First part is a talk all things jiu jitsu including the experience of learning together at Higher under John Smallios.

In the second part, we …

#003 The Martial Arts Life w/Braden Anderson

October 5th, 2018


Brad is joined by his good friend Braden. They talk all things martial arts, from Braden’s 10 years experience working in the security industry to his training and fighting in MMA, Muay Thai and grappling. They also …

#002 Superpowers of Self Defence w/ Danny Willmott

October 4th, 2018


Brad sits down with Danny to discuss a recent event that occurred on the streets of Sydney and how his Gracie Jiu Jitsu self defence training kept him and his loved ones safe.

#001 The Benefits of Learning Jiu Jitsu w/ Brad & Leon

October 4th, 2018


On this episode the JitsBros Brad and Leon discuss all matters of the mats and how to get the biggest benefit from your training in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

#000 Introduction w/ Brad Hampson

October 4th, 2018


Brad introduces the HJJStories Show, outlines how it began, who the JitsBros are, and why we're doing this.

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