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I Suck At Jiu Jitsu Show

203 EpisodesProduced by Josh McKinneyWebsite

Jiu-Jitsu is hard. Join host Josh McKinney on his forever quest to "suck less at jiu-jitsu." Learn from high level black belts, in depth conversations, and off the wall rants by the host himself.It is guaranteed that each episode will help you suck just a little less at jiu-jitsu, or your money back… read more

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#181: The Ultimate Guide For Starting(and Sticking with) BJJ

March 23rd, 2023


In this episode of the I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu Show, Jiu-Jitsu black belt and host Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) shares his insights and experiences on how to get started in BJJ. Whether you're a complete beginner or …

#180 The Myth of Mental Toughness | How to Strengthen Your Mental Toughness Muscle

March 16th, 2023


Join host Josh McKinney (@thejoshmckinney) on the latest episode of the I Suck at Jiu Jitsu show as he tackles the myth of mental toughness and the potential dangers of overemphasizing it.

While mental toughness is …

#179 Get Your Head in the Game, Not in a Guillotine | Simple Tweaks to your mindset to get you to the Next Level

March 9th, 2023


In this episode host Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) talks about the importance of having a growth mindset over a fixed mindset in jiu-jitsu.

As a practitioner of jiu-jitsu, it's easy to fall into the trap of a fixed …

#178 Main Event Recap, Mindset, and Creative Winning Strategies

March 2nd, 2023


As a fellow Jiu Jitsu practitioner who has struggled with competition anxiety, our host, Josh Mckinney(@thejoshmckinney) will share his recent competition experience and discuss the importance of having a positive …

#177 Simple Hacks to 10x Your Jiu Jitsu Progress | Building Black Belt Habits for Black Belt Progression

February 23rd, 2023


Are you stuck in a plateau in your Jiu-Jitsu training?   

In this episode of the “I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu” show, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) focuses on simple hacks to help take your Jiu-Jitsu progression to the next …

#176 Laugh Out Loud With Josh McKinney's Funniest Jiu-Jitsu Moments

February 16th, 2023


In this episode, we're thrilled to bring you some of the funniest Jiu Jitsu stories ever told, courtesy of the I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu show’s Josh …

#175 A Loser's Guide to Never Lose Again

February 9th, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks why the fear of losing will cause you to lose more.  

PLUS an actual method for never losing again  

PLUS PLUS Josh talks about some of his most brutal losses  

#174 3 Steps to Jiu Jitsu Greatness | The 3 Pieces of the Jiu-Jitsu Puzzle

February 2nd, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down jiu-jitsu progression into 3 simple steps.   

If you care about your jiu-jitsu progression, listen to this episode  

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#173 The 5 Most Important Decisions on YOUR Jiu-Jitsu Journey

January 26th, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he reveals the 5 most important decisions that EVERYONE makes on their jiu-jitsu journey  

PLUS some incredibly important tips on the student-coach relationship   

Watch …

#172 I was WRONG about BJJ Schedule | The Perfect Schedule doesn't exist?

January 19th, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he realizes he has been wrong about finding the "perfect training schedule" for the last 15 years of …

#171 Ask Josh Anything: Reaching Goals, Hair Care Tips, Finding Concepts, Competing on A Budget, and Much More

January 12th, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) on a Q&A day where he answers 17 different listener questions ranging from "Retaining more Knowledge" to "Keeping Your Hair Perfect in a Match."  

PLUS What Skills Every …

#170 3 Reasons You STILL Suck in 2023

January 5th, 2023


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he looks at HIS 3 biggest struggles in Jiu-Jitsu Progression, and how they can help you suck a little less.  

PLUS Find out why Josh thinks "Mastering One's Self" is …

#169 I Bought a Time Machine | What Jiu-Jitsu will be like in the Year 2033

December 29th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he takes a peak into the future of jiu-jitsu  

Imagine, 10 years into the future. Will it be gi or no gi? Will that even matter anymore? Will the I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu Show …

#168 Should You start a BJJ Podcast/Youtube/TikTok in 2023?

December 22nd, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he tries to convince you to start creating BJJ content!  

Not only will you learn why you should start …

#167 Jake Luigi | How to be Less Impressed, and More Involved (On The Mats)

December 20th, 2022


Jiu-Jitsu is changing every single day.  

Jake Luigi(@shorthairedjake) from  @LIMIBJJ  is on a mission to help you and I find the latest changes in jiu-jitsu so we aren't left behind! 

In this interview, …

#166 Can you get a Black Belt from ONLY YouTube?

December 15th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he explores a thought exercise...  

You and 5 other have no grappling experience. You have access to …

#165 Tum Energia | Creating a Great Culture for Learning

December 13th, 2022


Jiu-Jitsu is GROWING.   

My next guest Tum Energia (@tumenergia) is helping jiu-jitsu grow in the Netherlands and he has some cool ideas on how to …

#164 5 Lessons Every White Belt NEEDS to know | A lot of Black Belts Still Don't Understand These Ideas

December 8th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks about 5 important lessons that the mats will eventually teach you. 

Plus the WORST commercial in ISAJJ show history  

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#163 3 Ways to Never Get Injured Again

December 1st, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks about 3 concepts for longevity on the mats  

Plus Learn what Josh calls The Secret to Jiu-Jitsu Success  

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#162 Masters vs Adults, Christmas Movies, and Cops Who Don't Train | Random Show

November 24th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he delivers an unscripted and unedited random show.   

Plus Josh answers the question you've been …

#161 Don't Wish For Jiu-Jitsu to be Easier | Wish to be Tougher

November 17th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks about why you should cherish how hard jiu-jitsu is now  

Plus 3 tips for black belt level …

#160 Why Consistency Feels Impossible | Steps to make Consistency Possible

November 10th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he discusses one of his greatest struggles. Consistency.  

Oh really, you struggle with consistency too? Don't panic because we can tackle this one together!  

Plus find …

#159 How to Beat People Who are Better Than You | Breaking down Grappling into Smaller Parts

November 3rd, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down grappling to it's simplest parts.

Once you know what each round of grappling consists of you will have an easier time dissecting why or even how you lost.  

#158 Designated Winner | The Only Training Method You Will Ever Need

October 27th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down his favorite training method(Designated Winner) and how you could be utilizing it to …

#157 5 Hilarious Stories that aren't Remotely Jiu-Jitsu Related | Halloween Spooktacular?

October 20th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as tells 5 Hilarious and Unfortunate stories from his childhood.  

People often refer to I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu as a Jiu-Jitsu comedy show, we don't think it is. Today, we …

#156 The Most Valuable Skill in Jiu-Jitsu | It's the same for Hobbyists, Competitors, and School Owners

October 13th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as focuses on telling you why focus is the most important thing to focus on in jiu-jitsu.  

PLUS a lookback at the most discussed topic of the first 80 episodes of "I Suck at …

#155 Andrew "MopJitsu" Ebers: UFC Coach Breaks down ADCC, Future of Amateur MMA, and Much more

October 6th, 2022


Two of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu Nerds in St Louis, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) and Andrew Ebers(@MopJitsu), were trapped in a hotel in Vegas …

#154 5 Things All Great Black Belts Understand | 5 mindsets to become a black belt

September 29th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he mulls over every black belt friendship he's had over the last 15 years and what separated the …

#153 BJJ, A Vehicle for Travel? | Feat. Chris Paines and Charles Harriott | Conversations with Globetrotters

September 22nd, 2022


Imagine having a universal handshake that allows you to travel anywhere in the world. You may already know this secret handshake and not even realize it...  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he is …

#152 Perfecting your Schedule, Chasing Greatness, and Steroids vs Natty

September 15th, 2022


"1 Minute Left in the Finals at Worlds. Your training schedule and mindset are going to decide whether or not you win."  

Join host, Josh …

#151 Mahmoud Jabr | Best Mindset Episode Ever

September 8th, 2022


"This guy doesn't want to be GREAT"  

This is the mantra Mahmoud Jabr (@mahmoudjabr33) said to himself at the Chicago Open while down on points against a super tough competitor with less than a minute left. Listen to …

#150 Chris Wojcik| From Up-and-Comer to Top 15 on Earth | Chicago Takeover Continues

September 1st, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) in week 3 of the Chicago Takeover as he interviews one of the best no gi grapplers in the country, Chris Wojcik(@chrismwojcik)  

 In this episode Josh gets to relive Chris' …

#149 Jeff Serafin | Perfecting Your Training Schedule | Training Smarter, Feeling Better, and Having Fun

August 25th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) in week 2 of the Chicago Takeover as he interviews High level jiu-jitsu coach, Jeff Serafin(@serafinbjj).

In this episode Josh gets to dissect the routine and coaching habits …

#148 Mark Vives| How to Compete Every Weekend | Every Competitor Should Hear this Episode

August 18th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he interviews Midwest Jiu-Jitsu Legend, Mark Vives.  

Josh Believes Mark has cracked the code of the perfect weekly routine for jiu-jitsu athletes.   

PLUS Marks great …

#147 Donivan Blair | A Story of Small Towns, Big Dreams, Rock n' Roll, and Rolling Live

August 11th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as interviews Toadies Bassist, Donivan Blair. Donivan has a very unique story of coming from a small town and having HUGE ambitions. 

PLUS An important piece of advice from …

#146 3 Lesson's from the Career of the GOAT | A Tribute to Leandro Lo

August 7th, 2022


Today the jiu-jitsu world woke up with terrible news. The loss of one of the Legends of the sport, Leandro Lo.   

Lo had always been my favorite grappler and I just wanted to put a short episode together not focused on …

"Am I Wasting My and My Coach's Time?" | SLS 11 | The Importance of Being Discouraged in Jiu-Jitsu

August 6th, 2022


"I am working hard but almost feel like I'm getting worse!"  

Today, we break down the 4 phases of learning and how they help with feeling discouraged in jiu-jitsu.  

PLUS, Learn why being discouraged in jiu-jitsu is …

#145 Turn Your Jiu Jitsu Into a Video Game | Crazy Hack to Increase Your Progression

August 4th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he looks at some simple tweaks you can make to your mindset that can change how you look at progression …

The 3 Types of Training Partners | Finding Your Jiu-Jitsu Soulmate | SLS 10

July 30th, 2022


Who should I drill with? How often should I be losing? Find out the answers to those questions and more on the all new Suck Less Saturday  Join host, …

#144 The Best Jiu Jitsu Advice I've Ever Received | "Learn to Roll Without Strength"

July 28th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down the best BJJ Advice he's ever received.  

PLUS A solid rant on the art of "practicing …

Open Mat or Structured Class, Which is better? | SLS9

July 23rd, 2022


A lot of coaches are anti their students going to Open Mats only.  

Today we explore the uses of an open mat and how to structure a training …

#143 Pro Wrestling is Real, Jiu-Jitsu is Fake | Future Predictions on the Business of Jiu-Jitsu

July 21st, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he discusses WWE, BJJ, Bowling, and Vacation Bible School and how all 4 are pretty much the same thing. …

How to Win a Competition That You Probably Can't | SLS8 | 3 Mindsets I stole from Mike Crisp

July 16th, 2022


How Much of winning a big tournament comes down to mindset?   

In today's episode we break down 3 mindsets from Mike Crisp's (@mikecrispbjj) recent interview on the I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu Show   

Join host, Josh …

#142 Mike Crisp: How to Be A Nice Guy, and a MEAN Competitor | ADCC West Coast Trials Bronze Medalist

July 14th, 2022


Ever wonder what kind of mentality it takes to place in one of the biggest divisions in grappling history?  

Mike Crisp(@mikecrispbjj) Knows!  In today's episode Josh(@thejoshmckinney) talks with Mike about his trials …

Is it disrespectful to not drill "the move of the day?" | SLS7

July 9th, 2022


How much can you change up on the "move of the day" before your coach gets angry? 

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he answers Suck …

#141 White to Black in 2 years | Is it Possible?

July 7th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he sketches out a plan that he would give to someone who was required to go from white to black belt in …

"My Progression STOPPED" | SLS6 | Top 3 Reasons Your Jiu-Jitsu Progression Might Stall out

July 2nd, 2022


Has Your Progression Stalled Out?  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he looks at 3 reasons that you might be in the "I can't get better" mental loop. Throughout the episode, Josh breaks down a few things …

#140 Using The Force | How to Feel Effortless in Jiu-Jitsu

June 30th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks through a jiu-jitsu term that you've probably never heard of... in jiu-jitsu at least. 

The mastery of the Force is probably the main difference in between "good" …

The Grind | SLS1 | How to Tough it Out

June 29th, 2022


Day 6 in the 7 Days to Suck Less and THE RETURN OF SUCK LESS SATURDAYS  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down... and then he composes himself and tries to grind through a great episode.  

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The Art of the Rest Day| SLS5 | How to Train Full-time Without Steroids

June 25th, 2022


Are you tired of being tired?  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down his current routine.   

ALSO, a secret that Josh stole …

#139 Simplifying BJJ Travel | Competition/Cross-Training/Seminar Travel Tips

June 23rd, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he gives very simple tips on getting the most out of your BJJ Travel Experience.  

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Watching Tape From 3 Perspectives| SLS4 | How to watch Jiu-Jitsu Tape

June 18th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he discusses the best ways to watch tape as a scientist, an athlete, or an artist  

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Check out the …

#138 Mentors, Learning in Concepts, and the Future of The Show | Random Show

June 16th, 2022


Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) in this installment of the Random Show. 

Today, he recaps the Midwest BJJ camp, and a few of the lessons learned on the way.  

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How to "Flip the Switch" on Command | SLS3 | 3 Tips to get into the "Just do Jiu-Jitsu" state

June 11th, 2022


Can you go from average joe to kill mode in 3 deep breaths?  

 Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he discusses some simple practices to be able to find the "flow state" in jiu-jitsu, on command.  

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#137 The ONE Skill ALL Blue Belts Should Have

June 9th, 2022


The one skill every blue belt must have is... SHRIMPING! 

Just Kidding  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks about what quality he looks for before promoting to blue belt and how you can develop …

The Mental Battle of Jiu-Jitsu Injuries | SLS2

June 4th, 2022


Suck Less Saturday is back in full effect!  

Today Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down how to deal with BJJ injuries and some really interesting …

#136 3 Life Lessons That Jiu-Jitsu has Taught Me | Why to have a focus

June 2nd, 2022


A bit philosophical, a bit funny, and a big announcement!  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks about 3 important lessons that he's learned from jiu-jitsu that apply to every day life! 

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# 135 Everything's great Let's Innovate! | What Should We be Innovating on in Jiu-Jitsu?

May 29th, 2022


The last day of the 7 Days to Suck Less  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he talks how to innovate and what he views as the important things to be innovating on in jiu-jitsu!  

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#133 A Guide to Finding Online Instructors | How to Get the MOST Out of Your Instructionals

May 27th, 2022


Day 5 in the 7 Days to Suck Less  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down his method for finding the right online instructionals.  He also breaks down exactly how he likes to watch instructionals …

#132 The 4 Hour Workweek for BJJ Schools | The ABC's of Running a Martial Arts School

May 26th, 2022


Day 4 in the 7 Days to Suck Less  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down the 3 things you need to run a successful martial …

#131 3 Ways to Fix Your Competition Anxiety

May 25th, 2022


Day 3 in the 7 Days to Suck Less  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down the 3 ways that you can beat your competition anxiety and then your next opponent! 

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#130 The Athlete, Artist, and Scientist | The 3 Lenses

May 24th, 2022


Day 2 in the 7 Days to Suck Less  

Join host, Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) as he breaks down the 3 ways that people tend to learn jiu-jitsu, and how to hack this information to get better than ever before!  

Get …

#129 Learn to Master The Flow | NEW TRAINING METHOD | Designated Winner

May 23rd, 2022


The 7 Days To Suck Less Starts Now!  

Join Host Josh McKinney and learn his favorite new training method, designated winner, and how it can help you master your flow!  

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#128 How(and Why) to Build a great BJJ Team | The Mindset of Unstoppable Progression

May 12th, 2022


Get to the academy, we're about to build something great!  

In today's episode Josh(@thejoshmcknney) gives his favorite ways to build a great BJJ team and why that is even important!  

Join the FREE Simplifying …

#127 How to Steal Ideas, Techniques, and Strategies | Inspiration

May 5th, 2022


I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story. That's kind of silly. "Hey, Mitch, did you hear that story about that lady who drove her car into the lake with her kids and they all drowned?" "Yeah, I did, and …

#126 10 Mistakes Most White Belts Make | Some Black Belts Still Make These Mistakes

April 28th, 2022


Getting frustrated after losing? Being a Creonte? The North South Knot??  We all know white belts make a ton of mistakes! They're supposed to, they're white belts after all!  Here are the 10 most common mistakes that …

#125 The Two Types of BJJ | Chaos Jiu-Jitsu vs Control Jiu-Jitsu

April 21st, 2022


Is it bad to be physical?   

Today Josh tackles this question and A LOT more to help us all understand the difference between chaos and control …

#124 Staying Positive in a Negative World | ADCC Trials/Pans Recap | Worst Travel Experience Ever

April 14th, 2022


7 Cancelled flights later...  

Here Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down some of his favorite ways to keep and smile and even find enjoyment in terrible situations!  

PLUS this episode has some vivid descriptions of …

#123 Recovery for Jiu-Jitsu | How to Deal with Small Injuries and Prevent Big Ones

April 7th, 2022


"I'm tired, I should try to force the techniques that I know by using even more physicality(strength/speed/explosiveness)." -The way most grapplers …

#122 Staying Consistent: Building Macro and Micro Routines

March 31st, 2022


"Just keep showing up to training"  

This was the advice of most of the black belts I have interviewed on the show when asking, "how do you suckless at jiu-jitsu?"  

Most of these black belts recognize that …

#121 Matt Wahlstrom: Epic Roll, Networking, and Art

March 24th, 2022


Passion and Art.  

There are not many better words to describe an interview with today's guest, Matt Wahlstrom(@epicrollbjj).  

Listen as Matt and …

#120 Kyle Watson: Finding Success After Failure

March 17th, 2022


One small decision can change someone's life.  

Today I(@thejoshmckinney) sit down with Kyle Watson(@watson_martial_arts) who's decision to let me train jiu-jitsu completely changed my life.  

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#119 Coty Kellison - Most Powerful ISAJJ Interview Ever

March 10th, 2022


"You can change this, YOU just have to change it"   

Words that black belt Coty Kellison told himself at one of the lowest points of his life.  

#118 Does Drilling Work? | Simple hacks to enjoy drilling

March 3rd, 2022


Drillers Make Killers!... Right?  

Learn not only why but how to properly drill.  


Find out why some people who never drill are still incredibly good  

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#117 Let's Get Physical... Physical | How/When/Why to use Physicality

February 24th, 2022


Does Strength even matter? Or Does Technique conquer all?

Technique Conquers All!  

...To an extent at least. Understanding Physical Limitations(yours or your opponents) is one of the most important things while …

116 Random Show: Artist vs Athlete, Everyone is on Steroids, and Why Most Seminars Suck

February 17th, 2022


The Most Random Episode of all time!  

 If you've ever wanted to spend an hour inside the head of Josh Mckinney (@thejoshmckinney) then this episode is your chance. You have been warned. 

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#115 Logan Wayne: Teaching with Simplicity

February 10th, 2022


Could Jiu-Jitsu be simplified? Logan Wayne and Josh McKinney have been trying! 

Here is a great conversation about teaching yourself and teaching …

#114 Steve McKinney: Train Forever, Live Forever | Secrets of a 62 Year Old Black Belt

February 3rd, 2022


Steve McKinney has discovered the BJJ fountain of youth and he wants to tell you about it!  Join The Patreon:  Receive a FREE copy of Simplifying Jiu-Jitsu:

#113 Double Your BJJ Speed in One Hour | Distance Management

January 27th, 2022


Double your speed in one podcast. Need I say more? 

Join The Patreon:  

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#112 Pacing(part 2): "The Prevent" | Never get tired again

January 20th, 2022


Resting while training? Oh, you mean "preventing?"  Learn the secrets of the prevent on today's episode!  Join The Patreon: Receive a FREE copy of Simplifying Jiu-Jitsu:

#111 BLITZING, the most offensive strategy that there is | Pacing(part 1):

January 13th, 2022


Want a secret strategy that can help a blue belt beat a black belt?  

Then you're in the right place! Let's talk about... BLITZING!  

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#110 How to Accomplish Impossible Things

January 7th, 2022


I have set an "impossible" goal for myself, in today's episode I talk about how I am going to approach this goal! 

Let's all try to accomplish the impossible in 2022!  

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#109 Random Show: Cancel Culture, Warm Ups, Steroids, Die Hard, and A Whole Lot More

December 30th, 2021


In this episode Josh gives his unedited opinions about cancel culture, warm ups, steroids, coaches abusing their power, and a whole lot more! 

#108 Chris Paines: Talking BJJ Theory After an Hour Roll

December 16th, 2021


What is it like rolling with the "How to Defend Everything guy?"  

Well it's as frustrating as you would assume.  

Immediately after that we sat …

#107 Everything to know before starting a BJJ School

November 26th, 2021


If you build it, they will come.

Just kidding, but if you build the right gym in the right place and attract the right people, they will come.

Today Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down every question he asks someone before …

106 John Will: Improve Your Situation By 5%

November 18th, 2021


Imagine being credited with bringing jiu-jitsu to an entire continent!  

Well that's exactly what my next guest, John Will, did.  

Today I(@thejoshmckinney) get to sit down with Member of the Dirty Dozen, John Will. …

#105 The 5 Layers of BJJ Competition

November 4th, 2021


Competing in Jiu-Jitsu is HARD!  

Learn about the 5 most important parts of jiu-jitsu competition and how you can be better prepared than anyone else in your division!  

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#104 Chris Wojcik: Progressing as a Grappler, Writer, and Coach

October 28th, 2021


A Jiu-Jitsu Writer? Is that a thing?   

Apparently it is a thing, and Chris Wojcik is very good at it!  

In this episode Josh(@thejoshmckinney) sits with purple belt no gi world champ Chris Wojcik to talk about …

#103 5 Tips to Train BJJ Forever

October 21st, 2021


You love jiu-jitsu now, do you think you will love it when you're 70?  

Do you think that you will even be able to train at 70?  

Check out these 5 tips and you might!  

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#102 Thomas Rozdzynski: Simple Training Methods, Structured Curriculums, and Running a School

October 14th, 2021

There are a lot of layers to running a successful Jiu-jitsu school. Thomas Rozdzynski (@rozdzynskibjj) seems to understand all of them. 

This …

#101 How to make money doing BJJ | Without starting a school

October 7th, 2021


It took me 7 years to make my first dollar in jiu-jitsu. Over the last 6 years I have realized that not only can ANY practitioner make money with …

#100 Jon Thomas | Progressing on your own

September 30th, 2021


One of the sharpest jiu-jitsu minds, Jon Thomas(@jonthomasbjj) jumps on the show to talk learning from youtube, training method, and how to break down technique.  

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#99 Developing Healthy Habits On And Off The Mats

September 24th, 2021


We all struggle with consistency, some more than others. Today, Josh explains some simple ways to develop more consistency on and off the mats.    

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#98 Strategy: The Essential Part of BJJ that No One Talks About

September 9th, 2021


Ever wonder how a good wrestler on the right team can quickly come into jiu-jitsu to beat some of the top competitors in the world? It's not that he has better techniques, he has been given the right strategy for his …

#97 David "Vava" Littlewood: Training Smart(and sometimes harder)

September 2nd, 2021


How do you train injured? Is starting a gym a good idea? What the heck does "vava" even mean??  

Vava(@davidvava)answers these questions and more in his conversation with Josh(@thejoshmckinney).  

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#96 Todd Fox: Protecting Yourself with Mindset and Jiu-Jitsu

August 26th, 2021


It's no secret that a majority of people start jiu-jitsu to better learn to protect themselves and their families.   

Today, Josh(@thejoshmckinney) talks with Todd Fox(@tourtraining), a man who has made a career out of …

#95 Charlie Hiersche: Jiu-Jitsu, Greek Food, and Mindset

August 19th, 2021


What mindset can get you to black belt coming out of Lawrence, Kansas?   

Today, Josh asks Charlie Hiersche(@chazbuckett) exactly how he looks at jiu-jitsu, mindset, and greek food!  

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#94 3 Steps to Beat BJJ Burnout

August 12th, 2021


Burnout? No, that's a bad word!  

My name is Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) and I was completely burnt out on jiu-jitsu!   

Today, I want to show you the three steps that I took to be excited about jiu-jitsu again.  

#93 James Clingerman:Using Jiu-Jitsu in Your Business(es)

August 5th, 2021


OG Black Belt James Clingerman (@james_clingerman) breaks down what it's like to run 9 different businesses including 2 schools. On top of his …

#92 The Simplest Way To Progress at Jiu-Jitsu... Again?

July 1st, 2021


A walk through of Josh using the end goal method as a black belt.  

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#91 Q&A: Are steroids a crutch? What was Josh's Jiu-Jitsu Low Point

June 24th, 2021


In today's Q&A Josh answers A LOT of questions including, his thoughts on steroids in bjj, politics, and how to develop attributes

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#90 The Mindset All Competitors Must Have | 3 Tips For A Better Competition Mindset

June 10th, 2021


No two competitors are alike, should their mindset be?  

Today, Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down 3 important tips on competing better!  

#89 Shawn Williams: Simple Tips for Faster Progression

May 27th, 2021


Shawn Williams(@shawnwilliamsbjj) breaks down what are some of the best strategies to progressing at jiu-jitsu. Whether you are a beginner or a black belt you will benefit from some of the tips that Shawn gives.   

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#88 Is Shrimping A Waste of Time?

May 20th, 2021



I(@thejoshmckinney) have always hated going to other schools to train in actual classes because it's so common that they are …

#87 The 4 Stages of Jiu-Jitsu Learning

May 13th, 2021


Did you know there are 4 stages to learning jiu-jitsu?  

Well at least for Josh(@thejoshmckinney) there are. Note: He could be wrong, he's no rocket …

#86 Jon Perrine: Roadmap to the Jiu-Jitsu Lifestyle

May 6th, 2021


Have You Sold Out For Jiu-Jitsu?  

My next guest has!  

In todays Episode, Jon Perrine talks about what it was like moving to St Louis to train …

#85 Progressing While Injured, Exhausted, and Unmotivated

May 4th, 2021


Jiu-jitsu progression is tough. 

Add in injuries, over training, and lack of motivation and then it's impossible, right?  

Today, Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down how to keep outside forces from stopping your …

#84 Devin Pirata: How to Train Tough

April 29th, 2021


A lot of people think that mental toughness comes natural.  

Either you have it or you don't.  

Devin Pirata proves that you have to earn being mentally tough!  

In this Episode, Josh(@thejoshmckinney) sits down with …

#83 Derek Maguire: 17 Years to Black Belt

April 8th, 2021


We all have a plan of how we're going to get our black belt and what we will do once we get it. 

 Sometimes, plans change.  

Today, Josh talks with his newest black belt Derek Maguire about what it's like to have to …

#82 Chris Paines: Technique Vs Concept | Artist Vs Athlete

April 1st, 2021


In this new Joint Podcast format, Josh sits down with Chris Paines of The Villaincast and they break down the value of concepts and techniques, How to learn, and why you may struggle in competition.  

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#81: Should Your Coach Yell at You?

March 25th, 2021


In this episode, Josh gets a listener question on how coaches should and shouldn't treat their students.

As always he takes a round-about way to …

#80 Eric Huebner: Mindset of a Competitor

March 18th, 2021


Are you born mentally tough?  

Combat Wrestling World Champion, Eric Huebner, doesn't think so.  

Join Josh(@thejoshmckinney) as he interviews his brand new Black Belt, Eric(@erichueb12).  They dig deep into what it …

#79 Getting A Black Belt is EASY

March 10th, 2021


Josh McKinney(@thejoshmckinney) has lost his mind!  

You can't claim that "getting" a black belt is easy, right?  Wrong. 

You could order one off …

#78 Should You Train With an Injury?

March 3rd, 2021


One of the toughest things in jiu-jitsu is navigating injuries.  

In todays episode of The I Suck at Jiu-Jitsu show Josh(@thejoshmckinney) breaks down exactly how he teaches his students to manage injuries and what he …

#77 Luigi Fioravanti: From UFC to BJJ Hobbyist

February 18th, 2021


Let's say you make it to the biggest stage in MMA, where do you go after?  

Today I sit down with my good friend Luigi Fioravant. Former UFC fighter and now a pure jiu-jitsu artist. 

It was awesome to get to pick …

#76 The Biggest LIE in Jiu-Jitsu

February 9th, 2021


You Either WIN or You LEARN  Wrong! 

 It is very easy to lose and learn nothing. Jiu-Jitsu progression is all about becoming a good learner. It's not as easy as just losing.  

We have to fight the enemy of …

#75 Ryan Ford: Risking it all for a podcast

January 14th, 2021


Today Josh gets to sit down with the host of the Grappling Central Podcast, Ryan Ford.

Ryan is the brown belt who has probably gotten to conversate with more high level black belts than anyone on earth! Getting to hear …

#74 ChewJitsu Returns!

January 8th, 2021


Can you learn Jiu-Jitsu on Youtube? 

 Of Course!  

But how do you do it? 

How do you know what you're watching even works?  

Chewjitsu aka NIck Albin weighs in on this topic. Plus, he gives an incredible amount of …

#73 Josh vs The Rona(Q&A)

January 2nd, 2021


In the first Q&A of the year Josh(@thejoshmckinney) talks about how he finished the year sick and in quarantine.  

Other topics: What should …

#72 What if my training partner sucks?

December 16th, 2020


Dealing with a "boneless" or a "this doesn't work" training partner can be so frustrating! 

In today's episode Josh@thejoshmckinney) shows some of his favorite methods to deal with bad partners, how he finds the right …

#71 Beating Plateaus in Jiu-Jitsu

November 20th, 2020


The feeling of "I'm not getting better" is one of the most frustrating things that can happen in Jiu-Jitsu!  

Today Josh(@thejoshmckinney) shares some of his simple methods to breaking through plateaus.  

There are …

#70 Miles Lukas: Breathing for BJJ

November 17th, 2020


Different types of Breathing?  

I wasn't aware!  

Jiu-Jitsu Black Black belt Miles Lukas blows my mind with different breathing techniques in …

#69 Techniques Vs. Concepts

November 12th, 2020


Which works better, techniques or concepts?  

This is something that id debated among jiu-jitsu coaches.  

 "Should I teach a broad concept or a …

#68 Chris Paines: How to Escape Everything

November 2nd, 2020


There are no concepts that cover everything in jiu-jitsu, right? 

Chris Paines may have one. 

Today I get to interview the BJJ Black Belt who has never trained BJJ and his ideas on training jiu-jitsu are jaw dropping! 

#67 Sam Rivera: Overcoming

October 26th, 2020


What does it mean to overcome?  

I decided to ask film maker, Sam Rivera this question. Considering he built his entire brand on this powerful word, …

#66 Eric Huebner: Transitioning from Wrestling to Jiu-Jitsu

October 14th, 2020


We always talk in jiu-jitsu about how easy guys who wrestled in school have it.  

 "They just need to learn some submissions."  

I hear that all of …

#64 Why I Almost QUIT BJJ | How I overcame it

September 14th, 2020


I nearly quit jiu-jitsu as a purple belt.   

This isn't something that I talk about very much, or even at all really. I used to try to get …

Why People Quit BJJ | How to Make Sure It Doesn't Happen To You

September 7th, 2020


We've all had a friend that seemed like they were in it for the long haul all of the sudden stop showing up. It sucks because you feel like you're …

Jiu-Jitsu Warm-Ups Are Stupid | Suckless Saturday

August 29th, 2020


I know I will take heat for this episode. But, like I say at the end, I would love to hear your opinion if you're pro warm ups in a class …

#62 Alex Mazhukhin: Mr. Build It Does Jiu-Jitsu

August 26th, 2020


As a grappler, do you ever watch a tv show or youtube channel and think, "This guy is so cool, I bet he'd love jiu-jitsu?"  

Maybe I am the only …

Who is on MY BJJ Mount Rushmore| Tournament Advice | Should Your Gym Be Open Right Now

August 21st, 2020


Today I will attempt to answer an impossible to answer question and probably offend everyone who listens. Who in my opinion should be on the BJJ …

#60 Jw Wright: Growing Jiu-Jitsu

August 12th, 2020


For me(@thejoshmckinney) coming up in the St Louis Jiu-Jitsu scene there is one person that was never a part of my team, whom I believe had a huge influence on my jiu-jitsu. Whether by creating tournament series/super …

Beating a Victim's Mindset #SucklessSaturday

August 8th, 2020


Happy #SucklessSaturday! I'm today's short episode we dig in on one of the worst mindsets for jiu-jitsu(and success in general). The victim mentality. Learn some really quick tips to identify and defeat this poisonous …

#59 Use the 85% Rule To Speed Up Your Progression

August 5th, 2020


Ever wonder why you roll with some people and it feels like they're not even trying? Want to know a secret? They AREN'T!  

These are the people that …

#58 Justin Huff: A Black Belt with a 9 to 5

July 30th, 2020


Do you ever get discouraged in your training? Work or school getting in the way?  

Well today I get to sit down with one of my best friends, Justin …

What to do if Your Gym SUCKS!

July 23rd, 2020


What should I do if my training environment isn't what I feel that I need? What if I'm my teams only competitor? What if I'm by far the best guy/girl …

Does Your Coach Suck?

July 17th, 2020


In this episode Josh discusses the questions to ask yourself to find out, are you at the right gym?


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How to pick "Your Move"

July 8th, 2020


Completely random episode dedicated to helping others find "their position."


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What are the Fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu?

June 30th, 2020


I ask, "How do I suck less at Jiu-Jitsu."  

Everyone says, "Focus on the basics."  What does that mean? Is it like when you're 6 and ask where babies …

#53 Adam Meredith: MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and Sleep

June 24th, 2020


Josh(@thejoshmckinney) sits down with friend and brown belt Adam Meredith(@adammeredith_) to talk about his transition from mma to jiu-jitsu. As they dig deep on the topic of brain health Adam drops some really good …

#52 Jordan Peitzman: Bjj Woodstock

June 19th, 2020


What does the future of competitive jiu-jitsu look like? Well, we really believe that Jordan Peitzman(@jordan_jitsu) has the answer(or is really dang close). The Bjj Woodstock!  

The concept is a really amazing idea, …

The Most Important Advice for White Belts

June 18th, 2020


It's been a long time since I have had a question and answer on the podcast and since releasing simplifying jiu-jitsu, I have gotten quite a few …

Jeff Shulze Returns: Mental health and Training Methods

June 15th, 2020


Jeff Shulze( is arguably one of the toughest red heads on the planet(second to WWE's Sheamus). On top of being a jiu-jitsu black belt Jeff is also …

#50 Super Show: The Perfect Practitioner

June 8th, 2020


On the Episode 50 Super show, the Perfect Practitioner, Josh(@thejoshmckinney) sits down with 3 of the best black belts that he knows to discuss what …

The Biggest Problem Facing Jiu-Jitsu #SucklessSaturday

June 6th, 2020


In today's episode of SuckLess Saturday, Josh discusses how archaic training methods are limiting our speed of progression. 

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#49 Jake Watson and Danny O'Donnell: Open Guardcast takeover

June 1st, 2020


In today's episode Josh sits down with fellow podcasters Jake Watson and Danny O'Donnell to discuss everything under the sun. We hope you will enjoy this lighthearted and informative episode


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Kristen Beatty: Mental Health and Jiu-jitsu

May 27th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews teammate Kristen Beatty on how jiu-jitsu has helped her mental health, how to overcome being a "bad  competitor," and proper grammar.

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#SucklessSaturday: Just Choose!

May 23rd, 2020


Learning to make decisions is one of the easiest ways to increase efficiency. Learn how now!  

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Lionel Turner: LEaO Optics

May 20th, 2020


In today's show Josh interviews one of the first sponsors that he ever got in jiu-jitsu, Lionel Turner, owner of LEaO Optics. This is probably one of the most wide ranging episodes we've ever released. Enjoy!

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#46 Mark Vives: Overcoming

May 18th, 2020


In today's interview Josh talks to long time friend Mark Vives. In this interview Mark shares his story from opening his school, overcoming a suicide …

#SucklessSaturday: Preparing for Opportunity

May 16th, 2020


#SucklessSaturday is here! Today Josh talks about a big opportunity that he is looking for and the mistake most people make when it comes to opportunity.

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#45 Logan Wayne: Coming Back to Jiu-Jitsu

May 11th, 2020


Today Josh interviews his long time friend and business partner, Logan Wayne. Logan is a brown belt who currently operates Headnod Training Center Jerseyville. As discussed in the episode Logan has battled with mental …

#44 Jeff Serafin: The Future of Jiu-Jitsu

May 8th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews Jeff Serafin. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable people that you will ever meet when it comes to competitive jiu-jitsu.


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#43 My Biggest Embarrassment As A Black Belt

May 7th, 2020


In today's episode, Josh describes what it's like to lose when everyone is watching.

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#42 Chris Papandria: Making A Difference In A Small Town

May 4th, 2020


In today's Episode Josh sits down with Bjj Black Belt Chris Papandria. They discuss many things but the big point is that you can use jiu-jitsu to make a difference no matter where you are.

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#SucklessSaturday: Do You Deal With This Too?

May 2nd, 2020


In today's episode of #SucklessSaturday Josh discusses whether or not it's okay to use jiu-jitsu to ignore the negative in your life.


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#41 Mark Reding: Never Stop Learning

May 1st, 2020


In today's episode Josh Interviews fellow Tac Team Black Belt, Mark Reding. Mark's perspective is incredibly unique due to the fact that he holds 5 …

#40 Tanner Rice: Illegal Jiu-Jitsu

April 30th, 2020


Tanner Rice has been in the media a lot lately for his reopening of his Jiu-Jitsu school during the shelter in place orders of California. Some make …

#39 Kenny Florian: Simplifying Jiu-Jitsu

April 29th, 2020


In today's Episode, Josh interviews former 3x UFC title contender, Kenny Florian. Kenny does an amazing job explaining progression in jiu-jitsu on top of giving some amazing insight on the difference between fighters, …

#38 Jason Neef: the steps for your business to survive.

April 28th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews Jason Neef, the CEO of kicksite. Jason probably has more direct contact with school owners than anyone else and …

#37: Kyle Watson Returns

April 27th, 2020


In today's episode Josh sits down with his long time coach Kyle Watson as they discuss what it's like filming an instructional and what Josh plans to have done with his own ashes.


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#SucklessSaturday: What can we control

April 25th, 2020


In today's episode of #sucklesssaturday Josh talks about finding the ability to win small battles in your life and the importance of doing so.

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#36 Kristian Woodmansee: The Competitor to Coach Transition

April 24th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews brown belt world champion and Atos black belt Kristian Woodmansee. They dig deep on helping students progress and what the transition from competitor to coach is like. 

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#35 Jt Torres: Finding Motivation

April 22nd, 2020


In Today's episode Josh Interviews 2 time ADCC Gold Medalist and owner of Essential bjj Jt Torres. They dig deep into the topic of goal setting and …

#34 Jamie Kilstein: Pro Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, and More Pro Wrestling

April 20th, 2020


In today's episode Josh sits down with comedian, podcaster, and bjj brown belt Jamie Kilstein to talk about everything under the sun. This conversation takes a lot of turns but it primarily focused on art and other …

#SuckLessSaturday: Finding Motivation

April 18th, 2020


In today's episode of Suck Less Saturday. Josh explains his struggle of not being motivated and how to deal with it.

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#33 Andrew Sabens: Passion for the Art

April 17th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews Good friend Andrew Sabens as they talk how they're dealing with the Pandemic and how they're handling missing the team.


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#32 Ryron Gracie: Be Present

April 15th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black belt, Ryron Gracie. As they talk a wide range of topics Ryron really drives one main point home. Being present. Listen today as Ryron Gracie teaches Josh what …

#31 Jena Bishop: Winning Worlds, PEDs in Jiu-Jitsu, and Training with your spouse

April 13th, 2020


In this Episode Josh interviews No Gi World Champion, Jena Bishop. They talk about what's dangerous about the way a lot of athletes train, if she's …

#SuckLess Saturday: Don't Cheapen Losing

April 11th, 2020


In todays #SuckLess Saturday Josh talks about what he thinks way too many people do in jiu-jitsu. MAKE EXCUSES.

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#30 Josh McKinney: Do less stuff and have more success

April 8th, 2020


In today's episode Josh is on the opposite end of the questions as guest host Jeff Hartsoe interviews Josh McKinney about his beginnings into bjj, his opinions on pizza, and why he doesn't give stripes.


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#29 Junior Silva: Moving from Brazil, Drilling vs Sparring, and why Josh is the WORST training Partner

April 6th, 2020


In this episode Josh sits down with his friend and training partner Junior Silva. They get into what is't like to train with a mat bully like Josh …

#28 This mindset change can turn you into a great Practitioner

April 4th, 2020


In the first installment of #SuckLessSaturday Josh discusses what it takes to accomplish great things on and off of the mat.


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#27 Jared Weiner: Jiu-jitsu in the 90's, Parents fighting at Hockey Games, and Philly Cheesesteaks

April 1st, 2020


Jiu-jitsu is something we all love. But, will you love it after 25 years of training? Jared Weiner does! Listen in as Josh hangs out with the head of the TAC Team affiliation. Jared never fails to have some great …

#26 Adam Marburger: Meeting Bruce Buffer(Kinda), Setting Goals, and What is HeadnodSquad

March 29th, 2020


In today's episode the Headnod Squad reunites for the first time since the quarantine. This episode is one giant tangent. Listen to it.


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#25 Q&A: Washing gis, My GOAT Opinion, and Dumb stuff people say at tournaments

March 27th, 2020


In today's Question and Answer Josh goes on 30 tangents and doesn't directly answer a single question asked.


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#24 This Pandemic is like Jiu-jitsu

March 25th, 2020


In today's episode Josh gives a different perspective on how to look at situations out of our control whether they be on or off the mats.


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#23 Jeff Shulze: Progressing while you can't train through imagery training

March 18th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews fellow black belt and doctoral candidate Jeff Shulze. 

Imagery acronym: PETTLEP – physical, environmental, task, …

#22: Don't Call it a Comeback

March 9th, 2020


In today's special "I'm locked out of my house so I guess I'll record" episode. Josh talks about how to comeback from injury or layoff in jiu-jitsu.


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#21 Nick Sanders: Receiving a purple heart, getting your significant other into jiu-jitsu, and dealing with competition anxiety

March 4th, 2020


In today's episode Josh interviews 2nd degree black belt Nick Sanders. Nick talks about his unique journey that includes joining the army, becoming  a US marshall, and then a physical therapist by day and Jiu-jitsu …

Positional Paradox: This Thought Process will Increase Your Progress by 10x

March 3rd, 2020


In today's quick solocast, Josh talks about what he calls the "positional paradox." This is a Jiu-jitsu high-jack that you can use to increase your …

#19 Claudia Do Val: Winning World Titles, Traveling, and Creepy Instagram Messages

February 26th, 2020


Here Josh Interviews 3x world champion Claudia Do Val. She offers an incredibly unique perspective on bjj considering she has done over 200 seminars and gotten to train at more academies than most of us can imagine. 


#18: Enjoying Jiu-jitsu

February 21st, 2020


In this episode Josh discusses the importance of enjoying jiu-jitsu no matter what spot you're in.


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#17: I Lost. This is How I'll Deal With It

February 10th, 2020


In this episode Josh discusses how much losing in jiu-jitsu can suck but also how we can use a lose to suck less at jiu-jitsu.


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#16 "Chewy" Nick Albin: Being a Great Teacher, Using Simple Moves, and What It Means to Be A Man

February 5th, 2020


In this episode Josh interviews YouTube Jiu-jitsu star Chewy. Chewy really breaks down how to be a great teacher, why he started a youtube channel, and how he got his start in jiu-jitsu.


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#15 How to Beat People Who Train More Than You: High Efficiency Jiu-jitsu Training

January 31st, 2020


In today's short solocast Josh explains his approach on being efficient in training, deciding what position to work on, and how to beat the people …

#14 Steve McKinney: Strength and Conditioning for The Natural Athlete

January 29th, 2020


Steve McKinney returns to talk about his strength and conditioning routine for combat athletes and the way he built it.


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#13: Top 5 Things That I Wish I Knew Before Starting Jiu-jitsu

January 23rd, 2020


Here Josh talks about some of the most important lessons he wish he knew when he was a newbie.


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#12 Ezra Lenon: Die Hard, ADCC, and Training Twice a Day with a Full Time Job

January 22nd, 2020


In this interview Josh interviews his long time friend/enemy Ezra Lenon. This is by the the most wide ranging episode to date. The best way to see what it's about is to take a listen!


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#11 Eli Knight: Self Defense vs Sport, Training Jiu-jitsu in the 90's, and Berimbolo Gun Disarms

January 15th, 2020


In this episode Josh interviews YouTube Jiu-jitsu star Eli Knight. They get into great discussion about training, self defense, and Eli's hair vs Chewjitsu's beard.


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#10: My First Competition, don't make the same mistakes I did!

January 13th, 2020


First times competing can be scary. This is the advise I give to my students about competition.


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#9 Jiu-jitsu Plateaus suck. Here's how I deal with them.

January 6th, 2020


In today's episodes Josh discusses 4 questions that he asks himself anytime he's dealing with a plateau.


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#8 Q&A: Gym egos, unwritten rules, what I ate over the holidays, knee cuts

January 3rd, 2020


In this Question and Answer Josh talks about what he disagrees with about jiu jitsu politics, the part of guard passing that people are missing, and …

#7 Kyle Watson--How to be a great learner, dad jokes, what it's like to have super human strength

January 1st, 2020


Today Josh has the pleasure to sit down with his long time coach, Kyle Watson. Kyle is a black belt in bjj, a UFC veteran, a semi finalist on the …

#6 How to Progress From Every Single Round

December 30th, 2019


In this episode Josh discusses how to get better no matter who you're training with. From the 110 pound teenager to the 220 pound black belt. Listen to this episode to learn how to get the most out of every round.


#5 Goal Setting: The Reason Most People Quit BJJ

December 27th, 2019


In the episode Josh discusses the importance of setting large goals in jiu-jitsu and then mini goals to accomplish them.


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#4 Jiu-Jitsu is not like chess

December 23rd, 2019


In this episode Josh discusses the importance of focusing on positions individually and not as a whole.


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#2-Steve McKinney: How to train into your 60s

December 18th, 2019


In this interview Josh interviews his father, Steve. Steve is a BJJ Black Belt, instructor, a personal trainer, and a pastor. We focus on longevity in jiu-jitsu, strength training for bjj, and balance of training.


#1: The Simplest Way to Progress at Jiu-Jitsu

December 16th, 2019


The pilot episode of the ISAJJS. Here Josh discusses something he calls the end goal method of training. This is what he believes to be one of the most efficient ways to suck less at jiu-jitsu.


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