The Podcast for (a or the)True Martial Artist
Philly Muay Thai controversy, Marc Laimon, and our preferred method of execution
On episode 35 Tim and Marco tackle some recent #metoo style controversy in the Philly Muay Thai community and discuss the dangers of relationships developing between students as well as students and instructors. They also discuss the classic match between Marc laimon and Ryron Gracie as an example of how to win under any ruleset. We also take questions about the difference between fundamentals and basics in bjj, sparring between men and women, last meals and our preferred method of execution when the time comes.
Serial killers, strip steaks, and a couple of questions
On episode 34 Marco and Tim discuss some of the lesser known aspects of the martial arts lifestyle, namely using the sous vide method of cooking steaks and researching true crime and serial killers through various books, podcasts and YouTube videos. We also talk some pure Jiu Jitsu and give some tips on etiquette for rolling and critiquing others, and how to study film for bjj.
It’s the Last episode of the year. We discuss our plans for the new year and/or lack there of, Gordon Ryan’s recent retirement, and Marco, Tim, and Devin give their respective metaphorical Mt Rushmore’s of both Jiu jitsu and Hip Hop
Our worst episode yet. Merry Christmas
It’s the Christmas episode. As a gift to the listeners, we kept this one short. We talk about the holidays, the Americana arm lock, who would win in an fight between Mike Tyson and a high school wrestler, how to find your style, and we reveal a few more vague details about the upcoming ninja rob trip to Brazil.
UFC 245 breakdown and how a phone call saves a life
On Episode 31 Marco and Tim sit down and talk about Marcos recent hospital visits. A student has a heart attack on the mats and we talk about handling medical emergencies in our schools. Devin joins us to review the recent UFC fights. We talk about the recent Gordon Ryan Bo Nickal match and give our opinions on gun, knife, and multiple attacker self defense training, and Devin shares some first hand experience with us.
Tim gives his opinion on organized crime, Marco respectfully invokes his rights under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on the grounds that answering questions may incriminate him
On Episode 30 Marco and Tim discuss the upcoming trip to Florianopolis Brazil and the grand opening of the new NJMA affiliate school Team Wolf BJJ and when it is the right time for a student to open their own gym and become an instructor. We also talk about the Bo Nickal vs Gordon Ryan mixed rules match and Ruiz vs Joshua rematch in boxing. We get to answer some emails from listeners that we had missed on the previous episode and re-visit the age old debates of Muay Thai vs Jiu Jitsu and Cats vs Dogs.
Is your instructor stale or fresh? We answer why Gordon Ryan isn't a Gi world champion.
On Episode 29 Marco and Tim grapple with emails from listeners. We discuss some interesting ideas about rule sets for the potential ninja rob universal grappling championship, Gordon Ryan in the gi, whether or not an instructor has a responsibility to continue to learn and stay up to date with current trends and techniques in jiu jitsu, is there an advantage to being a Brazilian in a IBJJF tournament.
Takedowns, Retro Gaming, and the Ninja Rob Universal Invitational Tournament
On Episode 28 Marco and Tim do a quick recap of the Spyder Korea $100k Tournament and discuss the possibility of a Ninja Rob Universal Grappling Invitational Tournament in the future and what ruleset the competition will follow along with how to come up with the prize money and who will be invited to compete. We also discuss promotions in BJJ and the recent upgrades in rank for the Hellfish Jiu Jitsu students. The mysterious Alpha and Omega is back with another question about how to effectively train takedowns in a BJJ class and attempts to clarify his attempt to chastise the hosts for the way they refer to Devin on the show.
Ninja Rob does Brazil
On Episode 27 Marco and Tim discuss the 1st Ninja Rob Seminar that recently took place and share some of their favorite moments from the event. Marco is flattered and confused to be invited to brunch by a strange man. A loyal listener tries to defend Devin from a possible racist attack, and we discuss one of the most fancy techniques in grappling and how to practice it safely.
Tim outs Marco, water gets spilled, and Seminar update
On Episode 26 Marco and Tim spend the majority of the show answering a lone Listeners question. They talk about the life of being a professional martial artist and business owner, and if there is anything they do outside of martial arts to make money, how to become an expert in your field in general and martial arts in particular, and finally how we decide on what and how to teach an advanced/Mixed level group of students.
How to best prepare young people for real life street combat, Keenan Cornelius’ American Jiu Jitsu, the Nicky Rod phenomenon, and our experiences with pet ownership.
On Episode 25 listen to Marco and Tim give their post fight predictions of Masvidal vs Diaz UFC card along with Producer Devins take on the fights. We talk weight cutting controversies like Kelvin Gastelum and Daniel Cormiers tricks for cheating the scale and since we are part of the BJJ community we respond to an open letter from a transgender person to the BJJ community and give our takes on the idea of an open gender division in sports and the social implications. We also discuss frauds and scams in martial arts and how to avoid them before answering questions from listeners about how to best prepare young people for real life street combat, Keenan Cornelius’ American Jiu Jitsu, the Nicky Rod phenomenon, and our experiences with pet ownership.
Askren sucks, USADA sucks, and Cats suck
On this special Halloween episode, Tim shows up in costume on his way to a Halloween party to talk to Marco about the Maia vs Askren fight result and the upcoming BMF title fight between Diaz and Masvidal and predict the winner. We talk about the recent USADA controversy with Nate Diaz and the problem with having USADA involved in the sport. We take questions from listeners and discuss how to break through plateaus in training, switching to a plant based diet, local MMA prospects, and the difference between cat owners and dog owners in the BJJ/fighting community.
Tims awful match, inhalergate and Panama Lewis revisited
On episode 23 Marco and Tim breakdown some of the matches from Fight 2 Win in philly including the main event between Nicky Rod and Kaynan Duarte, Tim Williams, and Tims match against an opponent that refused to engage. Marco lays a guilt trip on Tim for not listening to his appearance on the Andocast and then they discuss the recent UFC fights including inhaler gate and Greg Hardy, and Chris Weidmans rapid decline in MMA and what it means for his legacy. In other podcast talk we talk about listening to each others recommendations and get deep into multilevel marketing and the mayhem and murder of Carl Panzram. We also answer questions from listeners about wawa donuts, favorite sports teams outside of combat sports, and training through injury and illness.
Kron Gracie losing, winning, and loyalty
On episode 22 Marco and Tim talk about Marcos recent guest appearance on the Andocast and Kron Gracies loss to Cub Swanson and what a Jiu Jitsu fighter needs to do in training in order to compete in the ufc. Tim and Marco discuss the upcoming Ninja Rob Super Seminar as well as the direction of the podcast and what podcasts we like to listen to when we are not listening to ourselves.
The seminar to end all seminars
On episode 21 Marco and Tim discuss the results of ADCC last weekend and some of the most talked about matches. Tim gives a review of the new joker movie and Marco reveals what he will be teaching at the upcoming Ninja Rob Seminar in November. After answering questions from the listeners they talk a little bit about some of the benefits of owning a Martial Arts school.
Who are Tim and Marco's biggest influences in teaching
On episode #20 Marco and Tim discuss Marcos most recent beef with fellow/rival podcast the Andocast. Marco is incensed that the Andocast recently featured Tim as a guest rather than himself. The podcast this week features some live play by play of ADCC along with some predictions and discussion of Keenan Cornelius and Marcos experience with Pink eye. Speaking of pink, the podcast discusses Team Balance promoting their 1st Female black belt. The challenges faced by women and men in BJJ, a fellow Martial Arts School recently burning down and how we can all help, and they also answer some questions about women in bjj, and who are the best instructors we have ever trained with.
Competing vs Training, Pace, Intensity and Technique
On episode #19 Marco and Tim discuss Marcos recent experience at the IBJJF nogi pans and the differences between competition and training, the difference in pace, intensity and the gap between techniques that work in training and techniques that work in competition as well as the importance of sticking with your most high percentage moves rather than trying something new in the heat of battle. The podcast also goes deep into the difference between “old school” and “modern” bjj techniques and which is better, who is the better cook between the 2 co hosts, and what tournaments are best for the average practitioner to get started. As a bonus topic the podcast also gets into some updates on producer Devins uncomfortable issues that are preventing him from training.
Size matters with Joe Szatmary
On episode #18 Tim and Marco welcome the Strongest man in the US on to the show to discuss strength and conditioning for the martial arts and martial arts for the conditioned and strong. US Strongman National Champion Joe Szatmary is the owner of The Lions Den Elite Training Center and also a student under Tim at Hellfish MMA in Chalfont. He brings a wealth of knowledge about training for strength and conditioning for various sports including BJJ and Muay Thai. Joe recently competed in his first BJJ competition and he shares his experience as an elite athlete crossing over into a new sport. The guys also answer questions about, who is the best pound for pound, what guests will be coming on in the future, what is the best cheesesteak in philly, and whose responsible for safety during training.
How to join a modern martial arts school (the episode for your friends that don't train)
On episode #17 Tim and Marco show up unprepared to do the podcast, but end up giving listeners a glimpse of what a beginner should expect to experience at each of their schools. They go over the process of someone trying out the classes and then joining the gym. They also discuss some upcoming plans for the podcast including a special seminar for Ninja Rob listeners. Producer and owner of SFX studios also shares some of his experiences as someone brand new to Jiu Jitsu.
A Jiu-Jitsu roundtable with Jared Weiner
On episode #16 Tim and Marco welcome their 1st guest and longtime friend Jared Weiner, owner of BJJ United and Commander in Chief of the TAC team association. This episode is a Jiu Jitsu roundtable discussion covering topics like BJ Penns recent street fights and his past altercations at Jiu Jitsu competitions. The roundtable also cover topics like the importance of understanding the various rulesets of different competitions and what set of rules each of the guys prefers, what is the “IT” factor when it comes to a competitor, the importance of a competitor believing in his coach, the pros and cons of social media and the martial arts, belt demotions instead of promotions and much much more.
Beef, Bootleg Instructors and Bobos
On episode #15 Marco is obsessed with beef. The episode kicks off with beef between Marco and Podcast contemporary Gillie the King on behalf of producer Devin based on some disparaging remarks Gillie made about Marco. Tim has some serious questions about the process and value of beefing. Marco and Tim have some beef of their own. Continuing the theme of beefing in the martial arts world, Marco and Tim discuss some recent incidents of both verbal and physical altercations between some big names in the BJJ community. There were a lot of questions this week covering topics like, Mcgregor vs Khabib 2, some of our favorite tournament experiences, should a white belt focus on position or submission, the steep learning curve of BJJ, whats up with Marcos finger, the BJJ specialist, and applying concepts of bjj to normal life.
Tim shows us that Bro-science is the only science when it comes to PEDs
On episode #14 Tim and Marco talk about the current state of the amateur fight game and what it takes to compete and fight. Tim gives Marco an education on a popular new class of PEDs called SARMS and Marco flirts with the idea of enhancing his performance. The guys discuss the importance of strength and conditioning for both competitors and recreational Martial artists as well as a weird story of an instructor giving students a personality test before rolling and pairing students up according to the results. Listeners ask and we answer questions about asking a higher belt to roll, how to escape when a man is sitting on your face, and will th PFL ever be successful in the fight game.
Hostage crisis averted.
On episode #13 Marco and Tim continue to seek the truth about Bruce Lee and his fighting prowess after his controversial portrayal in the new Tarantino film. Marco reads an unfavorable review of a local martial arts school and takes a deep dive into what makes a martial arts school successful. Tim and Marco discuss what amenities are necessary at a martial arts school and Marco shares a story about saving a friend who had been held hostage in Pakistan from the comfort of his south philly home. Loyal listener Gabe Lackfella asks the guys what their favorite guard passes are and how they prefer to finish.
The oxford comma, proxy wars, butt scooting, and fan mail
On episode #12 Tims groin is once again the focus of the show, as the guys discuss his recent groin injury and why he had to pull out of his Fight 2 Win match last week. Tim and Marco go back to a question from last week about the debate over the oxford comma. Tim has some strong opinions on the seated guard/butt scooting position in grappling and how it is bad for the sport. Questions this week cover topics like Donald Trump training bjj, who are your favorite BJJ/MMA competitors of all time, and how to make the decision to pull out of a competition.
Tims groin, Marcos fetishes and the harsh realities of professional fighting
On episode #11 Tim turns 39 and Marco discuss Tims upcoming fight to win match and dealing with a recent groin injury, and touch on the topic of weight cutting in both bjj and MMA. Marco comes to terms with his obsession with Tims sexual exploits and makes a commitment to letting it go. Other topics covered include the idea of “slow practice” in learning guitar and martial arts, the oxford comma debate, gym wars and whether or not they are necessary or beneficial. how to handle the criticism from untrained armchair warriors. After the tragic death of Maxim Dadachaev in a recent boxing match Marco and Tim talk about the responsibility of a corner/coach in the safety of a fighter and when to throw in the towel, whether it is better to be a specialist or a generalist in BJJ, and how to properly be selfish as a fighter/competitor without being an asshole.
Tim is back to rescue the podcast
On episode #10 Tim returns from his vacation in Hungary to rescue the podcast. Marco and Tim discuss the how to’s of training while traveling and talk about some of the benefits. Tim will be competing in Fight 2 Win soon and the guys talk preparation for competition. Tim and Marco figure out whats up with the term and concept of the “Creonte” and get into a heated debate on the “gaunlet” that is used at many bjj gyms as a right of passage. Tim and Marco talk about how Bloodsport is their favorite Martial Arts movie and Finally Tim discusses the extraordinary amount of transgender students that have recently trained at his gym and Marco attempts to get him to fully commit to allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community.
Fixed mind state vs growth mind state
On episode #9, of The Ninja Rob Podcast Marco welcomes guest host NJ Campbell, MD (Psychiatrist) while Tim is off gallivanting across Europe. They discuss NJ’s ability to juggle jiu-jitsu, school, and work while in pursuit of his black belt. They discuss the myriad health benefits of practicing jiu-jitsu as a coping mechanism for everyday-life-stressors and to fend off mild cases of depression and anxiety. They go on to discuss the benefits of using a growth mind state vs. a fixed mind state to improve one’s jiu-jitsu and to help cope when life gets difficult. With Tim’s up and coming Fight to Win match they discuss techniques to help prepare for tournaments that include drilling, visualization, and picking the right training partners. After Marcelo Garcia made a statement against trash talk Marco and NJ debate the risks and benefits of “talking shit.” Finally,in response to a listener’s question they discuss what it takes to stay humble, friendly, and ego free while having fun on the mat.
A crappy day on the mats
On episode #8, of The Ninja Rob Podcast Marco and Tim answer questions from the listeners starting with a question from a brown belt about what should the focus be at that stage of the jiu-jitsu journey. A listener questions Tims knowledge of Bruce lee, and we go over some of the mandatory movies, fights, and matches that all martial artists should see. Other questions include, Are the Gracies part of the Illuminati? Is using the bottom of your foot to finish a choke a dirty move? Who would win a fight between Tim and Batman? Is training while high on Marijuana a good idea? What should a fighter need to hear from his corner and what should a corner be looking for from his fighter?
How much is your Jiu-Jitsu worth?
On episode #7, of The Ninja Rob Podcast Marco and Tim answer questions from the listeners starting with a great hypothetical about how much money it would take for each to give up all of their jiu-jitsu skills and experiences and start back over from a day one white belt. Other questions include does the “training mask” help you get in better shape? How to deal with a nuisance student or an overly opinionated parent of a child student? What is “black belt entitlement”? What is the meta game of BJJ? How do Tim and Marco break down a 1 hour Jiu-Jitsu Class? and more. We also discuss the profundity of some of Mike Tysons recent statements on his podcast.
Promotions, Belts, Stripes and the chase for recognition
On episode #6, Marco and Tim talk about promoting students in Jiu-Jitsu class. What are some of the metrics used to promote students and the dreaded curse of the blue belt. They also discuss a viral video of an instructor punishing a student and injuring him to demonstrate his personal disdain for a certain technique. As usual, they answer questions from the listeners covering topics like overcoming the urge to quit training, how to handle training while injured, flow rolling, combat Jiu-Jitsu, and training for longevity rather than trying to get “good” quickly.
Rear Naked Choke vs Heel Hook which submission is king?
On episode #5 of The Ninja Rob Podcast, Marco and Tim answer some great questions from the listeners. Some of the questions we answer include, Is Marco as racist against Asians as he seems? How a does a fighter get into one of the big time fighting organizations? Should warm ups be a part of a BJJ class? What is the difference between training too rough and too soft? Should BJJ be mandatory for law enforcement? Is the Wim Hof method useful for bjj? Tim and Marco get to the bottom of these questions and more along with a breakdown on the most effective submissions from the ADCC trials and the death of notorious MMA Fighter and sex offender Pat Smith.
Helio Gracie vs Bruce Lee a definitive breakdown of an imaginary fight.
On episode #4 Tim and Marco answer some fantastic questions from the listeners. We reveal how to become more “technical” at jiu jitsu, how to use the jiu jitsu belt ranking system in the wrestling world, what techniques are considered to be “dirty” or “meathead” moves in jiu jitsu, how to recover from hard training, and who would win in a fight between Helio Gracie and Bruce Lee. We also do a quick recap of the recent World Championships in Jiu Jitsu and Boxing.
On episode 3 of The Ninja Rob Podcast, Marco and Tim answer several questions from the listeners ranging from spirituality in the martial arts to dealing with the challenges of competing. The age old debate of Gi vs No-Gi comes up and is finally settled once and for all. Finally, Marco shares a harrowing tale of how he was able to use his Martial Arts training in everyday life.
On this week’s episode of the Ninja Rob Podcast with Marco Perazzo and Tim carpenter, we discuss some recent events in the mma/fighting world including Malinaggi spitting on Lobov with a friend of ours getting sprayed in the crossfire, Urijah Faber vs Nicky Ryan in Polaris, and if Nicky Ryan is a prodigy, if a prodigy even exists. We also touch on Sage Northcutts face getting smashed into pieces, the efficacy of leg locks in MMA or the lack thereof.
Our debut episode, we talk about MVP getting starched, world class striking in mma, BJ Penn, Keenan Cornelius and toxic environments, competing and its responsibility, the future of Ninja Rob Podcast and some of the not so fun things of owning a martial arts school.