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Ep. 37 Sean Kennedy

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Sean Kennedy is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple belt, who just so happens to be highly ranked in Goshin-Budo Ju Jitsu and Judo as well.  He is an assistant professor at the NY based, Nice Guy Jitsu. When he is not on the mat, he is busy learning about Physics, (the dude has a Graduate Degree in Theoretical Physics !) and amassing an impressive Shoyoroll collection.  Join me as we discuss the importance of achieving a blue belt, the “no politics” school and amazing upcoming events on this edition of UTP.

Ep. 36- Kristian Woodmansee

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Kristian Woodmansee is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt from the World Famous ATOS Academy in San Diego, CA. After training in locations such as Philly, Miami, and Las Vegas with some of the World’s Best, that has translated into championships in IBJJF Worlds, Pan Am’s and Euro’s. Now his attention has turned to Sub only and MMA, where he looks to shine as well.

Ep. 35- Michael Jen

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Michael Jen is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Joe Moreira, and Head Jiu Jitsu Instructor at all three Smash Gyms Locations in the San Jose, CA area. In addition to being a outstanding teacher, he is an accomplished author, creating the book, The Science of Submission: A principal based approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu( with Co-author Geoffrey Gluckman). During the interview, Michael discusses how he started his BJJ journey, to leaving a business behind to train in his garage, to joining Smash Gyms. As a bonus, we discuss the pitfalls of owning a business and some issues that you may not think about. Join me as Michael and I Unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep.34-Alex Ecklin

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Alex Ecklin is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, and owner and operator of Masterskya BJJ in Brooklyn, NY. Drawing from a local yoga studio, Alex got the idea of a donation based school, where you can donate based on the class, week, month, year, or a lifetime donation. During the episode, we discuss how Alex would rather roll, then go to the prom, his thoughts on keeping his students motivated by keeping Jiu Jitsu fun, and his plans after EBI 7. Join me as Alex and I, Unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep.33-Seth Daniels

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Seth Daniels is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and is the CEO of the Fight to Win Brazilian Jiu Jitsu promotion, based out of Denver , CO. Seth has an extensive history in rock concert promotion and MMA promotion, but it was only when he focused on BJJ, did he find what he was looking for. Along with a team of close family members and close friends, Fight To Win has spread like wildfire, combining high quality lighting and visual effects, with the very top athletes the sport has to offer. Listen as Seth and I, Unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep. 32-Jee Kim (JJ in the Park)

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Jee Park is a a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blue belt under John Ouano, at Tsunami BJJ, and one half of the duo who have formed the movement, Jiu Jitsu in the park. What started out as a group of friends just wanting to get together to roll a bit and enjoy the California sunshine, has transformed into a grassroots movement that is quickly spreading. Listen as Jee talks about muay thai roots, her transition to the gi, and how she and Mike work through all the challenges of trying to spread JJIP to different locations. Listen as Jee and I unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep.31-Update w/ Anton

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Hello and Happy Memorial Day. I want to first start by saying God Bless all of our service members who have died on foreign and domestic soil, affording me the opportunity to follow my dreams by giving the ultimate sacrifice. I have also grown to know a lot of service members over years and lots of them have a difficult time today because family members have died in service. If you are reading this, keep them in your prayers.

There will be no guest this week. One of the things I’ve learned is, when I drop shows on the same week as major tourneys, the listening seems to be very low.

Instead I will take this opportunity to update people on three new projects coming to www.uniteonthemat.com . The first being a new written blog portion of the site called, The Clean Gi. Inside the blog, you will get the chance to read articles from some of the most well respected BJJ athletes and company owners who support the sport. Always wanted a way to expand your blog writing chops, but didn’t have the outlet? Here is your chance. I will be reaching out, just as I have for U.T.P. for the best and the brightest, and that includes you.

The second thing I will discuss is your opportunty to document and discuss your most recent seminar. I plan on adding a section to the site tentatively called “seminar reviews”. In this section I will post YOUR reviews of seminars for others to see. They can be either written, video, or both.

Third, I will be giving permission for YOU to add your own seminar posters to Unite on the Mat. After you submit me an email, I will provide you will a login and password. Afterwards, you can create your own promo post of your upcoming seminar. Have video that you want to add? Do it!, the more the merrier.

As you can see, these updates are all about you. This project has always been about you, the roller and it will always remain that way.

 

Later,

 

AK.

Ep. 30-Brian Marvin

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Brian Marvin is a Brazilian Jiu Black Belt under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and the owner and Head Coach of Gracie Barra Sugar Land in Texas, USA. After proudly serving in the United States Army for 20 years, Coach Brian went looking for the next new challenge, which was BJJ. In Texas, he found World famous Professor Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes, and that lead him to creating GA Sugar Land. Coach Brian is widely known for his incredible tournament pace in which he aims to compete at least once per month, as well as MMA, where he has a 7-1 record. Join me as Coach Brian helps me Unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep. 29-JM Holland

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JM Holland is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt Under Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. After training MMA for several years, JM decided to focus heavily on BJJ and along with his business partner, Zachary Maslany, created Finishers MMA (10th Planet Bethlehem) in Easton, PA. JM and Zachary also host the popular podcast Finishers Podcast: Mixed Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle.

Ep.28-Shanti Abelha

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Shanti Abelha is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt based out of Copenhagen, Denmark. Shanti represents the Checkmat team and has received all of her belts from Leo Viera. Since starting Jiu Jitsu in her early 20’s Shanti has excelled at Jiu Jitsu, even though she admits to not being a natural at the art, through dedication and hard work has established herself as one of the top athletes in Europe. When she isn’t training, she has a full time job, and organizes world class women’s BJJ camps such as the BJJ Bonanza in Copenhagen. Please listen as Shanti and I Unite Jiu Jitsu.