Jeff Johnson and I took a hike at 630am then talked about Abraham Lincoln, Marriage, kids, and what to do when you don't want to be a Mormon anymore... yup! Cool conversation. Also Jeff will probably be a regular guy on my podcast. We have great comedic chemistry and he could use the exercise.
This episode is Jiujitsu heavy. Juan Aguilera is an important friend of mine and really interesting character. He was the first person I met when I began training at Mario Aiello BJJ in Valencia, CA and I was immediately impressed by his dedication to BJJ. I was also impressed by him seemingly being that classic case of a young dynamic guy who had a checkered past and Jiujitsu was his savior.
I have since found Juan to be that guy that can't hold his tongue when someone needs to hear a hard truth. He is one of those guys that we all envy a little because he seems ever prepared to "write checks and cash them."
We talked about his start in BJJ and quick rise to brown belt, the possible causes of his troubled youth, and his future competition plans for both Jiujitsu and MMA.
If you ever wondered what drives someone to become a professional fighter this is one example that is pretty interesting.
Episode #1 of my podcast is an awesome post roll hang with accomplished stand-up comedian and my good buddy Nicolas Anthony.
Nick and I have always orbited each other until last year when we had a conversation at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. In that conversation we had that "holy crap" moment when you realize you've know someone a while and never knew that you have almost everything that matters in common. All the ways I had been trying to leap forward and better myself, he was doing the same.
So Nick who had never trained jiujitsu before, came up to my town and hit the mat with me and the Gracie Humaita Valencia team one morning in Dec of 2014. We put some ice on Nick's neck and did our post roll convo about comedy, religion, health and some other weird tangents that really might give you the same "holy crap" moments we had.
Listen and enjoy. If you don't, I totally understand... that you're dead to me.