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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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GiReviews Podcast 005: William Wayland | Powering Through | BJJ Strength and Conditioning

Interview: William Wayland of Powering Through

In this fifth installment of the GiReviews podcast, we have a chat with William Wayland of Powering Through.  Most of you likely know him as a Strength and Conditioning coach that I have written about before in the past.  William puts out so much great information for free that I really couldn't resist having him on the podcast.

In this session, William and I chat about:

  • At what point should grapplers consider doing more than just going to classes
  • The statement “To get better at BJJ, all you need to do is more BJJ'
  • The biggest mistakes people make when doing Strength and Conditioning

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GiReviews Podcast 004: Tim Sledd | Black Belts for Autism Awareness



Tim Sledd | Black Belts for Autism Awareness

In this fourth session of the GiReviews Podcast, we have a chance to sit down with Andre Galvao Black Belt, Tim Sledd!

Tim has a really fantastic story and we're incredibly excited to support his

*Note: I'm super excited for the episode because we've finally fixed our recording problems and the audio clarity is infinitely better!

In this session, Tim and I talk about:

  • Tim's background in BJJ and wrestling
  • Why purple belts draw so many fans at major competitions
    Why Tim and I can't play BJJ like Keenan Cornelius
  • Andre Galvao
  • Black Belts for Autism Awareness
  • Why BJJ has had a huge impact on his trial skills as a lawyer
  • Why BJJ instructors can benefit from using a curriculum

To support Black Belts for Autism Awareness, click here (100% of proceeds go to charity)

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GiReviews Podcast 003: Tap Cancer Out | Jon Thomas


GiReviews Podcast 003: Tap Cancer Out | Jon Thomas

In this third session of the GiReviews Podcast, we have the honor to feature Jon Thomas of Tap Cancer Out.  Tap Cancer Out is an amazing Jiu-Jitsu based charity with a very cool story.  Thanks so much to Jon for being on the show!

In this session, Jon and I talk about:

  • The insane thing that Jon and I have in common
  • Where Jon got the idea for Tap Cancer Out
  • How much I hate getting hit in the face
  • The most heart-warming experience he's had with Tap Cancer Out
  • The most difficult thing about running Tap Cancer Out
  • Raising more money than I can fathom
  • The importance of goal-setting
  • The best way to support Tap Cancer Out
  • Plus a lot more

To donate to Tap Cancer Out's new IndieGoGo campaign, please click here!

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GiReviews Podcast 002 – An Interview with the Real Scrambleman – Scramble’s Matt Benyon

An Interview with the Real Scrambleman - Scramble's Matt BenyonIn this session of the GiReviews podcast, we get into the story of Matt Benyon, one of the owners of Scramble.  Scramble is known for its quirky, bold, and clean designs and after you listen to the interview, I am sure you'll see where they come from.  Thanks again to Matt for being on the show!

In this session, Matt and I chat about:

His experience living and training in Japan for 4 years

What exactly “Martial Farts” is

Where Scramble came from

Why I'm not man enough to go “full spats

Why Matt loves working with other brands

Why grappling spats are so addictive

How he stays focused and productive

His advice for people looking to live a fun and productive life

Plus a lot more…

Items mentioned in this podcast include:

An Interview with the Real Scrambleman - Scramble's Matt BenyonGiReviews woven gi patches

Martial Farts

Matt's Grappling Dummy videos

Remembering Grace – an amazing Sakuraba video

Darren Uyenoyama's videos about living and training in Japan

Scramble's Fashionable Pantaloons for Fighting Men poster

Condescending Corporate Brand Page


Scramble‘s Facebook page and Twitter account

Please take note: The way that I recorded this first podcast will be improved upon in future episodes.  Future podcast episodes will be much, MUCH better and we'll definitely have Matt on again!  Thanks for your patience!

Have a thought or question?  Leave it for me in the comments below!

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Gi Review: PODCAST

Even before I ever released the first episode of the GiReviews Podcast, I was a huge fan of podcasts in general.

I love things in audio format.  In fact, as I type this, I have a podcast interview of Josh Waitzkin playing in the background.

If you’re a fan of podcasts, I would first recommend that you download our first episode and check us out on iTunes.  But, admittedly, I’m biased.

If you want to really get some amazing content, I highly recommend these other BJJ podcasts:

Gi Review: PODCAST

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GiReviews Podcast 001: Me | You | GiReviews

GiReviews Podcast 001: Me | You | GiReviewsYES! It's finally freaking here!

The very first ever episode of the GiReviews Podcast!

(No Jar Jar Binks jokes, I promise)

If you look below, there's a handy-dandy link to let you save it to your computer, or you can click on the little play button below to listen to it here on the blog.

A lot of you already know a ton about me, but I think you'll learn a lot more in this first podcast.  I also go over how the show will run in the future and why type of ridiculousness you can expect in the future!

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5 reasons why I started the GiReviews Podcast

GiReviews PodcastI've gotten a lot of questions in the last few days about why I've decided to start a podcast.  Especially when everything that I might talk about is either on this site, or in the eBook you get from signing up for the mailing list.

There are essentially 5 reasons that I think it's important to produce a podcast, in addition to the content here on the website:

1. Reach

The stated goal of GiReviews.Net is to help as many people as possible with buying, using, and maintaining their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gis.

A podcast will help me reach, and help, an even wider audience with the added exposure on a new medium.Gi-reviews-episode-1-coming-soon

2. Convenience

fijiA podcast is vastly more consumable than a website, especially given the time and place.  Now you can enjoy new content when you are driving, travelling, resurfacing your driveway, taking your private jet to Fiji, etc.

There are just times when reading the site isn't very convenient and this will be a great alternative.

3. Interviews

One of the best interviews I've ever heard was Joe Rogan's podcast with Tim Ferriss.  It was roughly 150 minutes long.

Can you imagine trying to read the transcript from that?  It would be BRUTAL.  I think interviews in audio are WAY better than video.

I already have a lot of guests lined up for the show and I can't wait to get them on here!!!

4. More Interviews

finger-pointingSure, interviews with big names in the business and in BJJ are great, but now I can give back even more to my readers.  A few weeks ago I sent out an email about this podcast and not only did you help me create the tagline for the show, but you gave me the idea to interview the most important person in the GiReviews community: YOU!

You leave a lot of great comments on every single post and I think a lot of the discussions that go on here would be great for the podcast.

5. Challenge

I don't think you training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or any type of grappling sport, without enjoying being challenged.  Starting a new venture, on top of all of the other work on the site, social media, email, etc. is quite a task.  It's a challenege of learning all the new technology, paying for all the new technology, and finding the time to write, create, produce and coordinate content.

But I'm up for it. And I'm sure you are too!

And, to be frank, I'm freaking pumped about it.  Pumpitude is officially off the charts.

I sincerely hope this list has given you a bit more insight into why I've been so gung-ho about the new podcast.  And I hope that it's made you at least half as excited as it's made me!