Category: Podcast

How To Spar With Higher Belts [Podcast]

It’s the second to last day of podcast launch week! Today’s topic is how to approach sparring with higher belts so you don’t 1) act like a jerk or 2) flop like a corpse.

How To Spar With Higher Belts

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Thanks again for your support! Your donations have helped tremendously, and I’ll be upgrading the podcast hosting next week. If you a enjoying the podcasts (or the videos or anything else I make), please consider dropping a few bucks in the tip can. You can think of it as going out for a virtual smoothie after e-training and picked up the bill for the black belt who took the time to come down from his ivory tower and answer your questions.

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Being “Too Nice” [Podcast]

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time to for podcast #5! For those of you who haven’t been following along, I launched my new BJJ podcast on Monday and new episodes has gone up everyday this week. Today’s topic is how to stop being “too nice.”

Being “Too Nice”

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I still need more help covering the cost of upgrading my hosting for podcast streaming. Even a few bucks will help out. You can donate using PayPal here. The plan is to get listed in iTunes, Stitcher, etc., start transcribing episodes, and maybe look into doing interviews (if there’s a demand). I’d like to have be fan-supported so I don’t need to pick up any sponsors or run ads, and your donations help make that possible.

Thanks to everyone who has already donated already. A new week of recording starts soon, and your questions are in the mix. I really appreciate the support!

No money? The cheapest way to support is to share the content you like with your friends!


How to Have Good Hygiene for BJJ [Podcast]

Day four of podcast launch week! Yesterday was my opinion on schools forcing students to buy their gis. Before that it was how to defeat the smaller, weaker opponent and the pros and cons of submission-only vs points. As the saying goes, a podcast a day keeps the doctor away, and so does washing yo’ stank ass! That’s why today’s podcast is about how hygiene.

How to Have Good Hygiene for BJJ

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Listen to “How To Have Good Hygiene for BJJ” on SoundCloud 

This time I’ve got a poll for you. (If you’re reading this by RSS or email, you’ll need to click through to to answer it.) As you heard in the podcast, I gave the go-ahead to wash your belts, but this is still a touchy subject. What’s your opinion?

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Want more great BJJ content? Give a donation to  help support! Thanks to everyone who has already donated. Your questions are in the line-up to be answered and recorded next. A bit more is needed to cover the costs of the new podcast hosting and fund the launch of a new secret BJJ site.

No money? The cheapest way to support is to share the content you like with your friends!


What I Think Of Mandatory School Gis [Podcast]

Day three of podcast launch week! We’ve talked about submission-only vs points and how to crush weaklings. Today I spill the beans on what I think of school requiring their students to buy their gis. I talk about the Gracie Barra gis in particular, which you may remember earned a less than stellar rank in the 2011 BJJ Gi Survey Results. Have they improved since then? Listen to find out!

What I Think Of Mandatory School Gis

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Listen to “What I Think Of Mandatory School Gis” on SoundCloud

Does your school require you to buy their uniform? Tell me about your experience! Hit me up using the “Ask a belt belt” button it the top right corner of my site or on my contact page.


This site has been free since 2006, and I’d like to keep offering as much as I can to the public. Judging from my visitor traffic and the donations coming in from all over the world, I’ve got a lot of fans out there, especially in areas that don’t have much access to qualified BJJ instructors. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this site over the past 7 years, because I could use your help. Right now I’m in a crunch to pay for web maintenance bills and upgrade to podcast hosting, and I donations would help a lot.

If I’ve helped you out, maybe with details on a technique, or overcoming feelings of frustration as a beginner, or helping you pick the right gi, please head over to the donations page to help me cover the costs of running the new podcast. Any donations will help greatly, from the price of a single bowl of $5 acai, to a $300 Shoyoroll on eBay, or anything in between. Think of buying me an after-class smoothie because I’m the guy who stays on the mats for an extra hour to drill and talk BJJ.

Those of you who donate can include a short message (but be warned that PayPal cuts it off if it gets too long) or you can message me through my site afterwards. Your question will make it into the next round of podcast or video recordings, or you’ll get a personal email if that’s appropriate.

What if you’re broke?

Want to help out but don’t have the pocket change? It’s easy: Like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, subscribe by RSS, subscribe by e-mail, and share my content with your friends on Facebook! All of those are free and easy, and they will help support me immensely.


How to Defeat the Smaller, Weaker Opponent [Podcast]

Podcast launch week continues with another daily episode! Yesterday was Submission-Only vs Points. This time I show my love for the much maligned bigger, stronger opponents. Us weaklings are always crying about you, but big guys want to learn jiu-jitsu too.

How to Defeat the Smaller, Weaker Opponent

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Listen to “How to Defeat the Smaller, Weaker Opponent” on SoundCloud

Here is the Stephan Kesting video I mention in the podcast: How to Defeat the Smaller Opponent

Thanks for your support!

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help cover the costs of hosting the new podcast! To contribute, please follow the link on this page to PayPal. A few donors have sent in their own questions, and I’ve got them at the top of my list to record next. (Up first: how to make the best out of a grappling club while stationed in Iraq.) The podcast currently has no sponsors or commercials, and I’d like to see how long I can keep it that way, but I’m also jobless. That is why I’m asking for donations like a NPR host.

This is what your donations will help me do:

  • Upgrade to SoundCloud Pro Unlimited for $132/year
  • Get listed in iTunes, Stitcher, Instacast, etc. for easier subscriptions
  • Transcribe podcasts for easy reading
  • Buy higher quality recording equipment
  • Cover the costs of hosting and maintaining
  • Fund upcoming secret projects like new ebooks, videos, surveys and BJJ websites!

If you feel like any of those are worth supporting, please go here to make a donation. Any amount is appreciated! I’ve been running this site for free since 2006 just because I love sharing my enthusiasm for BJJ, and your donations will help me keep it that way!

After listening, please let me know how you’re liking the podcast! I’m new to this and any feedback–positive or negative–will help a lot! Thanks!


Listen to the New Podcast!

Last week when I released a 15 minute video on standing up from guard, I let slip that I’ve been working on a podcast too. The first episode is up now. You can hit play below to listen while you keep reading about the new podcast:

Submission-Only vs Points Tournaments

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Listen to “Submission-Only vs Points Tournaments” by Aesopian BJJ on SoundCloud

My goal for these podcasts is to answer the questions I receive through my site’s “Ask a black belt” widget (seen up in the top right corner). Each podcast is only between 4-15 minutes, with most at about 8 minutes. I am recording these using my iPad whenever and whenever I have free time. Editing is minimal and I don’t have any music or sound effects or co-hosts. As you can hear from the background noise of cicadas buzzing and birds chirping, I’m often outside in park.

Over 120 questions came in through my site’s “Ask a black belt” feature, and while I tried to answer as quickly as I could (seen here), I quickly got overloaded. That’s why the recording for this podcast are so quick and simple. They wouldn’t get done otherwise. I can record 4-5 of these in the time it takes me to type up my blog post.

Please send me any feedback you have on the podcast. I’m not used to sitting alone and talking to “myself” and my iPad, but I’m trying to work on my radio voice. Let me know if anything distracted or annoyed you so I can try to do better in the future!

If this podcast proves popular, I’ll see about making improvements like generating transcripts, getting better recording gear, seeking out interviewees, and getting listed in iTunes and Stitcher.

Want to do me a big favor?

Since quitting my job and moving to a new state, my funds are getting low. In the past (probably 7 years ago), I’ve asked for donation when I’ve needed help paying for web hosting costs, and now I’m asking again for this podcast.

The basic SoundCloud (my podcast hosting) plan cuts off at 2 hours of audio, which I have already passed. It costs $132/year to upgrade to the Pro Unlimited plan. People often tell me my site helps them more than most DVDs, and I don’t even charge for it. If you’d like to help keep this site going and support the new podcast, please follow the link on this page to donate via Paypal.

Let’s spice up the deal a little. If you donate through Paypal and contact me afterwards, your question will go to the top of my list. You’ll get an answer from me, maybe by video, a podcast, a blog post, or a personal email. Be sure to include which email you used on Paypal and how much you donated.

With your support, I’ll keep putting out new podcast episodes (and videos) on a regular schedule! Here’s what’s coming soon:

Future podcast topics (already recorded!)

  • How to defeat the smaller, weaker opponent
  • What I think of mandatory school gis and Gracie Barra gis
  • How to be less defensive and loosen up in sparring
  • How to spar with higher belts without spazzing or self-defeating
  • Caring for jacked up fingers
  • Hygiene tips to keep you from being a social outcast
  • What to do while recovering from injury
  • How a good gi should fit
  • How to stop being “too nice”
  • If grappling dummies are worth the time and money
  • Earning belts when you only train no-gi
  • Should you be offended if you don’t have a blue belt but are sure you’re awesome?
  • Training without the desire to earn belt rank

I’ll be posting one of these a day for the rest of the week to launch the new podcast. And I’ve got another 15+ minute video ready too!