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44: Kurt Osiander on Good and Evil, Force and Diplomacy, and the Key to a Happy Marriage

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Kurt Osiander is a jiu jitsu black belt and the head instructor of Ralph Gracie Academy in San Francisco. He is one of the most unique personalities in the BJJ community and is well respected for his teaching style and his tough-as-nails approach to training. While in San Francisco on Valentine’s day, I stopped by his school for a quick conversation.

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Kurt Osiander Quotes

On what Kurt learned from his dad:

“Never ever give up. I never quit on anything. If it’s difficult I’ll go after it even more.”

Diplomacy or force:

“You can always try diplomacy, but some people are hammerheads. They won’t accept diplomacy. So then you have to take it to them.”

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39: Frank “Gorilla Hulk” Molinaro on Mental Toughness, Visualization, and Mastery of a Technique

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Frank Molinaro aka Gorilla Hulk is the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Champion, and a 4-time NCAA Division-I All-American; we talk about World Team Trials, last second victory, his day-to-day routine, diet, Vitamix, rehabbing injuries, sauna, cutting weight, leg killer video, cardio circuits, drilling, play wrestling, mastering a technique, 2011 NCAA finals match against Kyle Dake, wrestling the NCAA tournament through an injury, visualization, confidence, matches that haunt him, mental toughness, married life, coaching, and more.

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Video: What It Takes to Win a National Championship

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Quotes

Frank on what it takes to win an NCAA championship:

“You can’t just want to win a national championship. You have to see it every day in your head. You have to expect it to happen. When I made it to my first national finals, I was going in with the attitude that I’m going to wrestle 100% and I was going to make it happen, and that’s not how you win at the highest level. So I changed my approach the year after. I visualized winning probably 100 times a day, wrote it down first thing in the morning, had it on my phone, had it on my walls, had it on my locker. So when it happened it wasn’t a crazy jump up and down reaction, it was something that I expected to happen. My junior year I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to happen. I thought it could happen. But there’s a huge difference between when you want something to happen and you truly 100% believe something is going to happen.”

Frank on what it takes to be a winner:

“What it comes down is how badly do you want to win and what you’re willing to do.”

Frank on losing:

“Losing is something that I’ll never be able to get used to. I take losses very seriously. Losing will put me into depression for two weeks. I question everything in my life. I question what the heck I’m doing. I did this wrong. I did that wrong. So, I know how painful losing is every time I step on the mat and how badly I want to win. The moment you start to tolerate losing, you’re not going to reach your potential.”

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10: Angela Vogel on Women in Jiu Jitsu, Pastry Grips, and Game of Thrones

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josh-vogel-angela-vogel-podcastIn episode 10, Josh and I talk to Angela Vogel about women in jiu jitsu, Game of Thrones, being married to a black belt, warrior queens, Zenobia, working as a pastry chef, spider-man, knee cut pass, dieting, starting jiu jitsu, dance parties, country songs,  teaching with a focus on transitions, etc.

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Quotes

Angela  on approaching jiu jitsu with confidence:

“Your personality comes out in your jiu jitsu.”

Josh on ignoring belt colors:

“Don’t worry about the belt color, just pretend that everyone you’re rolling with is a white belt. I try to do that with my teachers. I try to pretend like they’re white belts and they still fuck me up but at least I don’t get in my own way.”

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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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