Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Fighting, the Brain and Human Potential
Very proud of this young man. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow in to the professional martial arts instructor he’s become. We took the moment to reminisce his journey to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.
Matt Afifi is a BJJ Black Belt and Firefighter. It’s been a big pleasure and honor to watch Matt grow up over the years. He’s been on the mats with us since he was 15 years old.
Fun time sitting down with this super dad and amazing human. Steven is the dad to Jonny and Ollie, also known as “The Twinjas”. Steven is a martial artist, stunt coordinator and stuntman. He was also well regarded for his work as Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and his role as "Chan" in Mortal Kombat.…
Eliot is a four-time Pan-American Jiu Jitsu champion and UFC Veteran. He has since retired from professional fighting, and is now the co-owner of Easton Training Center. Eliot is a Podcaster, Motivational Speaker, Author and good friend. Always a great time and I always learn spending time with him.
Great conversation with TACFIT Country Director of Peru Jesus. Jesus held his Certification and this October in Lima Peru, where I was able to have the great pleasure to spend time with him and see the great work he is doing.
Great conversation with Ralek Gracie talking about his new project, GENZAI Magazine bringing the past and present of martial arts together and much more. If you appreciate the quality of Japanese Martial Art Magazines and old Gracie or Tatami Magazines from Brazil like I have you will love GENZAI.
Legendary Kru Walter is a former Muay Thai Champion and veteran Muay Thai Coach. Loved hearing some of his origins and how he brought the world famous Sityodtong name to LA. Kru Walter was my former Muay Thai Coach so it was an honor to finally sit down with him after all these years.
“Pavão” Jessica De Lima Moran & “Chegado” Sean Moran are Capoeiristas, movement coaches and owners of Counter Balance in Eagle Rock, California! Pleasure to finally sit down with this power couple and discuss Capoeira, TACFIT, Human Connection and more!
George “Keto George” Harris has been working hard in our Alta MMA @trainalta program at Legacy for the last few months. George has lost about 260 lbs in the last 2 years and at his heaviest tipped the scale at 451 lbs! George shares his story of how he did it and more.
Always a fun time spent with the talented Coach Kevin “CaveMan” Tomacino. Kevin produces the Alberto Crane Show when he’s not on the mat training, teaching BJJ or MMA, he works as one of Legacy first impression specialists as well.
Mestre Mascara has been teaching in San Francisco for the last 5 years. Love connecting with the Capoeira community. Great to get to know Mestre Mascara and hear his story.
Pleasure to finally sit down and connect with Dylan Lipari of SUPERARE and hear their story of how they started in New York in 2011. Superare has grown to be a favorite among our students and around the world with cool life style fight inspired apparel and the top quality training gear, from Grappling to Muay Thai and a whole lot more! With stores …
Bear is the founder and genius behind Shoyoroll. Jiu-Jitsu’s favorite Kimono and Lifestyle brand. It has been a big pleasure to watch Shoyoroll’s growth since the beginning. I appreciate their support and friendship over the years.
Great to sit down with friend Prof Thomas. He is the Owner and Operator of RŌL Academy of Jiu-Jitsu in Orland Park in the Chicago Area, as well the the host of RŌL Radio.
Samuel Braga is a multiple time IBJJF Black Belt World Champion and was the first to develop the Berimbolo game. Great to sit down with long time friend and teammate to talk Jiu-Jitsu, training and more.
Always great spending time with my talented brother Coach Esik. Founder of Viking. Ninja, TACFIT USA director and Steel Mace Master.
Coach Brandon “Hapa” is a Fitness Coach, Bodyworker, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Athlete, Capoeirista and TACFIT Senior Instructor. Always a good time catching up with my talented friend.
Always great to catch up with TACFIT Senior Instructor Chris Kirk and talk all things TACFIT and Health First Fitness.
Gokor Chivichyan is an Armenian-born American judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Chivichyan currently trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, California, United States. With his extensive knowledge in judo, sambo, catch wrestling, freestyle wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jits…
Coach Bernardo Steinberg was the first TACFIT Team Leader from Brasil. The person along with Celina Toledo and Allan Moura to help organize the events in Brazil. Bernardo has helped Brazil’s Legion to get prepared for all the regions Certifications over the years so it very special for me to watch Bernardo teach the TACFIT Certification in Portugue…
Coach Celina has been instrumental in bringing TACFIT and this type of Flow State training to Brazil so it was great to catch up with this amazing Coach and person at the TACFIT Certification in Belo Horizonte Brazil. Hear what she has been up to, talk about Flow and more!
Former D1 Wrestler, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Husband, Father. Great to finally sit down with our friend, coach, team mate and all around great guy to share some of his journey.
Great to finally be able to connect with Dennys after many years. He grew up skateboarding and spent many years designing Skateboarding Shoes. He received his Black Belt from the legendary Nino Schembri. Gentlemen’s Fight Club was a way to merge his passions of punk rock, skateboarding and the fight scene. You can find him at his clothing store Eas…
Professor Wander Braga is a 6th degree black belt under Jorge Pereira, being one of the most well known competitors in the BJJ and no-holds-barred (NHB) circuit during the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s decades. Wander Braga is also revered for his coaching success, having co-founded the famous Big Brother team and formed high calibre grappling compet…
Sophia McDermott is a 4 time Pan American Jiu Jitsu Champion, as well as the first female Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt of Australian Nationality. Regarded as one of the top grappling competitors of her generation, Sophia is also known for her work in the fitness industry, having developed several programs for women.…
. Great to catch up with my friend Aaron and talk about Jiu-Jitsu, TACFIT, Marketing and a lot more!
.Met Professor Jimmy years ago at a local BJJ tournament and then would see him at all other tournaments, either as a competitor or referee and most of the time as both. It was great to hear from a few of our senior students at Legacy that they began their training with him at Dan Inosanto Academy and Jiu-Jitsu Club at UCLA and the influence he had…
First American to win a world judo championship. She has founded four companies, raised four children, been one of Forbes 40 Women to Watch over 40, a Next Gen Leader of the International Game Developers Association Foundation. Sensei Ann Maria De Mars and her daughter, Ronda Rousey, are the only mother-daughter combination in the International Spo…
Ron is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Bang Muay Thai Orange Belt when he’s not training he works in Medical Device Sales. He shares how he changed his lifestyle after beginning training in the martial arts. It’s been an honor watching his growth and transformation over the years.
John is an Animator, Life Long Martial Artist, Wrestler, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, TACFIT Certified Instructor and more. Loved hearing some of our talented “Medium” John’s Journey.
Had a blast listening to Sensei Ron share some of his history in the Martial Art/Sport of Judo and more. From his dad enrolling him in Judo at a Young Age to representing his Country of El Salvador on the World Stage and his travels around the World. It is an honor to call him a friend.
The very talented Rikki is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, was a Sprinter for the Slovakian National Team, speaks multiple languages and a lot more! Great to sit down with my brother Rikki and hear his journey from Slovakia to Los Angeles.
Great getting to know Capoeiristas Professor Saracuru originally from France who runs Capoeira Brasil DTLA and Felipe Urso Werdum also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who runs Werdum Training Center in Venice. I enjoyed hearing stories of his brother Fabrício Werdum UFC/ADCC/IBJJF World Champ as well.…
Hector is the Head Instructor and Co-Owner of the Academy in Downey, California. Had a great time sitting down with him and getting to know him better.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar is an American actor. He is known for his television roles, most notably as Zack Morris in Saved by the Bell. It’s been a pleasure to get to know Mark on the Mats and his growth in his Jiu-Jitsu Journey.
Fun conversation with Professors Adem Redzovic of Downtown Jiu-Jitsu Club Chicago, Arman Fathi of Gracie Laguna Hills and Ray Young of Redzovic and Legacy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Always fun to discuss all things Crypto and Metaverse with Legacy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Coach and Campetitor Ben Stream.
Entrepreneur, Businessman and Jean Jacques BJJ Black Belt. Had a blast sitting down with Janie and listening to old Jiu-Jitsu stories with him from the late 90’s , early 2000”s. Helping Eddie Bravo prepare for ADCC , personal training Joe Rogan, his Brazil adventures and more.
Always an honor to spend time with American BJJ Royalty. Loved hearing some of his old stories coming up, his mindset and more. Rafael was the first ever Black Belt Grand Slam Champion winning the IBJJF Europeans, Pans, Worlds and Brasileiro the same year.
Professor Andre Harutyunyan is the Head Instructor of Legacy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Yerevan, Armenia. Its been an honor to watch his improvement as a Jiu-Jitsu Practitioner, Athlete and Teacher over the Years. It was honor to promote him to Black Belt, I had to seize the moment and sit down with him to talk a bit about his journey.…
Pro BMX rider since 1995, Stuntman, TV Host, Speaker. Mike has visited 63 Countries around the World. Always great time sitting down with him and hearing some of his stories.
Had an amazing time in beautiful Playa Venao training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Surfing with John Boyle and their Team at Beach Break Surf Camp in Playa Venao Panama. John is an Easton Black Belt and shares some his Jiu-Jitsu Journey and how he ended up in living in Panama.
“Savage” has been an inspiration to me for many years. So it was an honor to promote him to Black Belt this last month at 75 years young.
Born and raised in Culver City, Arash is an expert in elite human performance, movement science, and martial arts. He graduated from A.T. Still University with a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, emphasis in Orthopedic Corrective Exercise and Movement Assessment. He is a 3rd degree Black Belt in Judo and pursuing a black belt in Jiu Jitsu. In over 15…
Felina originally from the Bronx, New York, moved to Burbank, California to live together with her girlfriend Lissettte. Soon after they found Tough Girl Bootcamp inside of Legacy Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Eventually Felina tried a BJJ class and never looked back! Felina and Lissettte have been huge supporters of Women’s BJJ. Organizing many events and …
Mark Kerr “The Smashing Machine” during his MMA Career was regarded by many as the best fighter in the World. He was a World Vale Tudo Tournament Champion, a two time UFC heavyweight tournament winner and a PRIDE FC Competitor. Valentino Morales a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Actor, Producer, Writer and a former New York State Golden Gloves comp…
Had a great time with Juan David during our TACFIT Certification week and learned a lot! Really enjoyed hearing his thoughts on Nutrition especially considering his education and experience in his profession.