GiReviews Podcast 006: Tom Callos

GiReviews Podcast 006: Tom Callos

Interview: Tom Callos

In this sixth instalment of the GiReviews podcast, I got to chat with Tom Callos, father of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu phenom Keenan Cornelius.

Most of you likely know Tom through in ongoing dialogue regarding martial arts instruction and the recent controversy surrounding Team Lloyd Irvin.  But, even if you haven't heard of him and have no idea what I'm talking about, this is going to be a truly enjoyable listen.

In this episode, Tom and I talk about:

Interview: Tom Callos

  • Our mutual love of living a simpler, happier life
  • Tiny houses
  • Advice for being a BJJ Father (his answer to this is hilarious)
  • Keenan's time at Team Lloyd Irvin
  • The ‘Medal Chaser' Mentality (his answer to this surprised me!)
  • Keenan moving to team Atos
  • Personal growth through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Character Education in martial arts
  • Continuing to train martial arts at an older age

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  1. Aloha Brendan,

    Good show on Tom Callos. He is an old and dear friend (I remember Keenan as a 6-year-old TKD white belt). I am a professional journalist who lived many years in Japan (where I trained stand-up martial arts). I met Tom in Hawaii and wrote this article about him and BJ Penn. I was so impressed with the whole scene that I began my BJJ journey under BJ after filing the story.

    Keep up the good work,


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