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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.

Ep. 27-Pati Fontes

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Pati Fontes is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Lucas Leite and one of the most successful members of the Checkmat Team. As a kid through the age of 16, Pati was very found of Ballet dancing and becoming a ballerina, but choose to abandon that life for a life competing in BJJ. Pati came to America and joined Leite’s team and has since gone on to become one of the most successful athletes in the sport. Since becoming a black belt, Pati has devoted more of her time to teaching at the various Checkmat locations to promote and spread women’s Jiu Jitsu. Join me as Pati helps me Unite Jiu Jitsu.

 

Ep. 26-Denny Prokopos

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Denny Prokopos is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo. He owns and operates 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu-San Francisco. Denny is the first black belt that Eddie awarded and the beginning of the lineage of the 10th planet Jiu Jitsu system. He is also also a yogi and and avid world traveler. He has trained with and taught several high ranking no-gi grapplers including Jake Shields, and the Martinez Brothers. Join me as Denny and I Unite Jiu Jitsu.

Ep. 25- Jon Thomas(Tap Cancer Out)

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Jon Thomas is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown Belt under Luigi Mondelli, and serves as CO-Founder of Tap Cancer Out. Tap Cancer Out is a jiu-jitsu based 501(c)(3) nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community. Listen as he talks about his BJJ beginnings, the challenges of starting a non-profit, and the growth of BJJ.