This originally wasn’t going to be a podcast of sorts, but it went so well that I thought may as well release the interview. Robbie works as a Senior Behavioral Analysist, specializing in working with children with autism, teaching and giving them skills to improve their lives and to allow them to become more independent. and is an instructor at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Burwood, he has a black belt under 3rd Degree Black Belt Professor David Krstic. We cover:
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu vs Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
- How he got into Jiu-Jitsu.
- The difference between most martial arts and Jiu-Jitsu, the effectiveness of each against more athletic or stronger opponents.
- How Jiu-Jitsu has not only helped him lose weight but also changed his mentality.
- How JJ checks your ego.
- The common mistakes he sees students do.
- His role models that have helped shape his life.
- The humble beginnings of his family.
- His connection with Rener Gracie and the contagious (R)energy he brings.
- His ‘a-ha’ realization of the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu.
- His long-term goals for the club and himself.
- Turning negative events into positive outcomes.
- The importance of culture in clubs.
- Increasing awareness of Jiu-Jitsu to Australia.
- Books he read before using Gracie University to learn techniques and the Gracie philosophy.
- His favourite techniques, to show when demonstrating, to use and most used.
- Not listening to negativity and learning to listen to constructive criticism.
- Loving Jiu-jitsu even when you are getting submitted.
- The mindset change once you start jiu-jitsu. And the contagious positive effects of it.
- Getting parents down to the academy, and how his mum was his first women empowered student.
- The effect of advertising the culture of the club on social media.
- And a little gift from Robbie to the listeners.
Unfortunately being a rookie in the audio world the sound quality is not the best, I am open to suggestions as to how to improve the quality of the podcasts. I am also looking for others to interview.
Shout out and thank you to Robbie for taking time out of his day to come on and share his knowledge and experiences. You can follow him at:
Facebook: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Burwood
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See you on the mats.