I’ve got another episode for you. You’ll have to excuse me because I made a pretty bad technical error when setting up the recording. What was the mistake? The track that held my voice got dropped somehow. For the most part, I asked questions to get thoughts shared and I’d say a very good majority of the episode is in tact though. You’ll catch the edits in the middle as to keep the flow going without causing too much confusion. So thanks for sticking with it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

I want everyone to meet, if you haven’t already met him , Andrew Smith of Revolution BJJ in Richmond VA. When we first were introduced, we started talking about competitions and how he went from being an extremely active competitor to evolving his martial arts practice. Listen in on how that happened.

  • Getting started in grappling and the pathway to competition
  • From Wrestling to Judo to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Beginning to favor BJJ competition
  • The need of immersion
  • Challenges faced on wanting to compete
  • Segue away from competing
  • The evolution into coaching
  • * Edit 1: I asked how a martial arts class environment affects the student
  • Thoughts on the scaling of training
  • Leadership for students
  • * Edit 2: Student spectrum from fitness oriented, the artist and, what I like to call the head rippers
  • The art through innovation and stoicism
  • * Edit 3: How to balance the “head rippers”
  • * Edit 4: Similar question about the learner that wants to unlock the aggression needed for competition
  • Focus and effectiveness.
  • Being a rock. Being water
  • The long game student
  • Calling out the imbalanced behavior
  • * Final Edit: The yin and yang of BJJ. Both sides giving the contrast needed on choosing the lifestyle
  • Final thoughts of BJJ philosophy

Contact Andrew Smith