8: Brothers in Jiu Jitsu with Drew and Josh Vogel

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josh-vogel-drew-vogel-ricardo-migliarese-phil-migliareseIn episode 8, I talk to the Vogel brothers (Josh and Drew) about going from white belt to black belt together, training at Balance, competing, training with Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, teaching, the loss of their mom, support from Brian Cimins of Grapplers Quest, Rafael  and Guilherme Mendes, Tom and Terry Brands, the evolution of “basic” jiu jitsu, etc.

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7: Tim Carpenter on Women, Relationships, Iceberg Slim and Pimp Philosophy

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icerberg-slim-women-relationshipsIn episode 7, I talk to Tim Carpenter about Iceberg Slim’s book “Pimp: The Story of My Life”, relationships, furry parties and other sexual perversions, women in jiu jitsu, the decline of  marriage, monogamy, lying, cheating, murder, Facebook, Scarface, gorillas, bonobos, and much more.

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6: Niko Dax on Elite-Level Judo and BJJ

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niko-dax-with-georgii-zantaraiaIn episode 6, I talk to Niko Dax, a judo black belt, instructor, and the most knowledgeable dude on the elite-level judo competition circuit than anyone I’ve met in the judo community. Here are some topics we  talk about: The role of sport judo in growing the art. The top American judoka. The difference between ground work in judo and BJJ. History of judo and  japanese  jujutsu. The  ratio of tachiwaza (standing technique) to newaza (ground techniques). “Crazy” is the best technique in a street fight. New judo rules on leg grabs and gripping. Tamerlan Tmenov striking  fear into the hearts of his opponents. Etc.

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Niko Dax on a rule  of thumb to use when learning a technique in judo:

“If you feel that the technique requires power, then you’re doing something wrong.”

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5: Competing as a Black Belt, Antifragile Cats, and Megaton

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whatever-the-weatherIn episode 5, Josh and Lex talk about competing  as a black belt, Antifragile by  N. N. Taleb, Wellington “Megaton” Dias,  uncertainty of competition, No Gi Pans, New York Open, taking the bus, winning and losing, competing as a recreational player, masters vs adult divisions, posting results to Facebook, cross training as a pastry chef, etc.

And also the evolution of opportunistic cats was mentioned:

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4: Olympic Wrestling: Past, Present, and Future

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Dan-Gable1In episode 4, Tim, Josh, and Lex talk about the IOC recommendation to remove wrestling as one of the core Olympic sports, the history of wrestling in the Olympics, IOC, FILA, Dan Gable, Aleksandr Karelin, Rulon Gardner, pankration, professional wrestling, squash, facing an aggressive opponent in competition, etc.

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Here’s a good video on “The Fight to Save Olympic Wrestling”. This Sunday, September 8, the IOC will vote on whether or not to include wrestling in the 2020 Olympics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWZkzik2Ejw

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3: A Riddle Within a Riddle

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badwater-ultramarathon-runnersIn episode 3, Lex and Josh talk about the ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes, the many different flavors of Josh Vogel, twitter stardom, burning off excess pain, MovNat, learning new languages, handstands in French, levels of immersion, Josh’s birthday, John Danaher, Royce Gracie, skating in the 90s, Thrashin’, True Romance, Steve Plyler’s black belt hair, money in sports, a “fight is never over”, catch wrestling, Salt n  Pepa, nut butters, flow rolling, etc.

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2: Hero Worship and the Resolute Acceptance of Death

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tim-carpenterIn episode 2, Lex and Tim talk about Miyamoto Musashi, the iTunes explicit rating, hero worship, the value of getting punched in the face, fear of losing, learning from fighting, battling to the death in West Philly, hipsters at the Piazza, Sex at Dawn, A Book of Five Rings, romantic relationship with jiu jitsu, risk aversion, karate vs wrestling, breaking your opponent, training mental toughness, and not giving any respect to your opponent even if your opponent is Roger Gracie.

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1: Unbroken Rapscallion

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In episode 1, Lex and Josh talk about Louis Zamperini, the four minute mile, white belt problems, grace in movement, and kneebars.

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Speech excerpt in the intro song comes from JFK’s speech at Rice University in 1962. Here’s the relevant part, but I urge to go read the whole thing:

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? … We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.