We finally got him. THE Micah joins us on this special episode of the podcast.
As he's been staying with us before he heads of to University to study film, the filmmaker in the family talks all the usual topics with Helene and Aaron.
We hear about his return to Brazilian jiu jitsu (after continuous pressure from our hosts), injuries, grave wounds, Facebook etiquette and bodily functions this time around. We also hear about that funny time the police raided Aaron's house while Micah was visiting a few years back.
It's a very random episode as usual so we hope it entertains!
Well...not quite, but close enough. Sakuraba is the nickname for a training partner and close friend of Helene and Aaron, and joins them as a special guest this episode.
As you may imagine, it's full of classic stories about BJJ, our mutual friend and coach Luiz "Manxinha" Ribeiro and Yoga. Namaste.
Originally we wanted Saku on to talk about the before mentioned yoga and how it's greatly helped his overall Jiu Jitsu game, but as you might imagine, we get pretty sidetracked with lots of other good stuff.
Anyone who knows "Sexyraba" will know his dry sense of humour, intelligent insights and way with words make him a great conversationalist, and those of you who don't; we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
We're back! This time with a special guest in the form of BJJ brown belt, Natalia Carriello.
The daughter of well respected Brazilian Blackbelt Eduardo Carriello, Natalia has been immersed in the sport from a young age. Experiencing the sport at home as much as on the mats, Natalia brings a unique perspective to training (hint, it's all about playing and dancing!).
Not only is was she the first person to show Aaron really what BJJ is all about, we hit her with few key questions, learn about the challenges of women's jiu jitsu (Helene will agree, finding opponents can be a challenge) and what to do when someone finds your BJJ diary!
This weekend we watched a good friend compete in the women only Invicta FC MMA show. With the huge surge in popularity MMA has gained over the last 20 years, women's competitions have steadily been increasing in exposure too. It was the first event of it's type that we watched and it didn't disappoint at all.
Training in a sport where ultimately the performance is done alone, it often opens up the possibility of fighting friends. Some of us have done it, some of us would never dream of it, but it's quite an interesting topic for martial artists to consider.
Also this weekend is Aaron's first tournament as a purple belt, so Helene quizzes him on his mindset and feelings running up to the show being held this Sunday!
After summoning up the courage to up roots in the UK and head back to Spain for her MMA career, Monica recently took a short detour to sunny California.
Not only did it give her a chance to train with some of the very best in the world of WMMA, the experience opened up some new friendships and offered new challenges along the way. She even got to stay at my mom's house for a couple days!
We'll miss her when she goes, but we've got her for now. As always she's a hilarious addition to the show and we're always happy to have her back on.
This episode Helene and I talk MMA, California, food and pets with our favorite female strawweight, Monica Nix.
What an episode.
We really had no idea what we were getting into with this one. Initially the plan was to talk about Yazid's upcoming project; Martial Beats. For those that haven't heard of it yet, it's something between a documentary and a music video focusing on the stories of martial artists.
After delving a little deeper into his life however, the story is far more complex. We learn the story of Yazid's life growing up in Syria before the more recent conflict developed. Not only do we gain an insight into how martial arts were viewed at the time within the country, but we also get a look into what life is like inside a Syrian prison. Needless to say, it's a harrowing story which our guest tells with genuine class.
Yazid's thoughts on martial arts music are definitely not to be missed in this very special episode. We hope you all enjoy!
This week we had a watch of a new TV show about survival. Where would we fit in if the world came to an end, governments collapsed and we had to start society from scratch? Helene's revelation about squashing rebellion towards the end of the show is quite an eye opener...
Government has a hand in so much to do with our lives. Whether it's covering up illegal wars, rigging elections, cheating at sports, they seem to do it all these days. The conversation comes full circle with a few of these realisations.
Also as sports lovers and with a whole heap of Brazilian friends, we take a little look at the Rio Olympics and the impact they are having on a country during a turbulent political time.
Recorded in bed at the height of a traditional English heatwave. Enjoy!
If there's one person who couldn't care less about any new craze sweeping the world, it's Helene. We talk a little today about the new Pokémon app neither of us has, tinder, and various other apps that effect our everyday lives.
Alcohol stories are always great to swap, especially when one of you isn't a big drinker. Turns out the culture of drinking here and in France is pretty different!
All this talk about nostalgic video games and drinking gets us on the topic of teenage rebellion. While Aaron had a whole bunch of it growing up, it looks like Helene might be going through that phase as we speak, despite denying it pretty heavily.
Classic Sunday bedtime chats for you all, hope you enjoy!
Today's episode we kick off with a recap from Aaron's run this past weekend for the Children of the Mekong charity. We dig a little into just how competitive he can really be...
Ego is a funny thing though. You need to keep it in check in training, but then harness it for competition time. It's a weird dichotomy to balance for martial arts.
While Aaron was off running his 10k, Helene made her very first trip to church with a good friend. Being raised in a pretty religiously relaxed household (kind of Buddhist?), some of the terminology in a typical Christian sermon sounded pretty bizarre to her, as you'll find out.
This episode was recorded at about 1am, so excuse the occasional yawn here and there!
In the immortal words of our host Helene: HI EVERYONE!
Today we're back in bed covering the things we know and love. A talk about south east asian cooking methods kicks us off today. Turns out that having a three course meal comprised of three different soups is pretty standard in Helene's family home.
Next up we get into the world of fighting with some updates after the latest batch of MMA matches this weekend. Well...everything but UFC 200 as we haven't watched it yet!
Do famous fighters try and become role models, or is that sort of status pushed upon them? Talking of those fighters that attract the most attention and whether or this is actually the case leads to a wider discussion about role models and those who inspire us.
It's good to be back and bring you another show!
We were supposed to talk about bullying in today's episode but flew way off course unfortunately. This is what happens when you leave recording to the very last minute!
But, it's good old fashioned bed time as usual with plenty of family history and the usual nonsense for you to enjoy.
Today we talk about old friends and how they become acquaintances, as well as interviewing Helene "special guest style".
Worst injuries, super powers and last meals on earth are the order of the day in a classic IBAH episode!
Our guest today is a good friend and medical professional, nurse Angela!
Hailing originally from the Philippines, Angela details a story something like that of a disney princess. Raised in a big house with a huge extended family, and never really needing anything as it was all provided, Angela always wanted more. So, not being your typical Filipina "Maria Clara" (more on that on the show...), she made the decision to leave it all behind and pursue life as a surgical nurse in the UK. It was a brave decision and to be the making of her.
You just can't feel bad or help but laugh around Angela. Enjoy her unique perspective on all things health, training, nursing and looking for love, as well as a sprinkling of disney magic and her love of all things pop culture. It's not really me and Helene's thing but you can't help but get drawn in to Angela's enthusiasm.
From the sprawling favelas of Brazil, to the international hub of activity that is London, Jackson Sousa has seen a broad cross section of the world in his martial arts journey.
Possibly one of the most inspiring guests we've ever had on, Jackson's achievements in the sport are astounding, especially considering his background in Brazil. Some of his titles simply as a black belt include the no-gi world championship, European open championship and Pan-American no-gi championship.
We learn how a broken kite kick started his journey in BJJ, how his deep friendship with Alan "Finfou" Nascimento (BJJ coach of UFC light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson) kept him on the straight and narrow early in his teens, and how a little coconut water led to his first meeting with IBAHpodcast regular Luiz "Manxinha" Ribeiro and his first trip to London, England.
We also gain Jackson's insights on training and competing. It's one of our favorite stories to date, and an absolutely invaluable lesson from one of the best competitors in the sport today, as well as a good friend to both Helene and myself.
So sit back, grab a bowl of Acai and a coconut juice and enjoy today's show with Jackson Sousa! OSS!
So this weekend it's the IBJJF Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Nationals where our team will be competing for gold in various divisions across the tournament. We start by getting into the ins and outs of further weight cutting, competition mindset and some highlights from our time doing BJJ recently.
Obviously, we're still reeling a little from the Brexit vote this past week so it obviously makes it's way into the conversation just a little. Helene offers her opinion on the queen of England and the monarchy in general, and Aaron shares a little on some of the basics of Libertarianism.
It's a philosophical and political one today, but with plenty of the nonsense you're probably used to from us!
We're back in bed for today's show, covering a whole range of topics. This past weekend we went to IBAHpod alumni Alex McDowell's wedding, so that's where we start off!
Aaron needs to distract himself from the whole losing nine kilograms for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament thing... so Helene shares some lovely childhood stories about Madame Lin, her piano teacher. Turns out staying the night at your music teacher's house isn't the fun scene out of a movie you would imagine it to be!
Just as dieting down for a fight has it's purpose, we look at the discipline it takes to stick with anything, be it music, art or fighting in martial arts competitions. It's not always fun, but it is almost always worth it.
Today is an eclectic mix (as always?), so download the show, climb into bed and enjoy!
Today's guest is a huge inspiration to us both.
For fight fans he'll need no introduction but for everyone else John Wayne Parr is a 10 time world Muay Thai champion, Cage Muay Thai (CMT) champion and Australian middleweight boxing champion. Suffice it to say, he's very good at what he does! One of the best.
He very much stands for everything we care about so we get right into it all. We talk about the support he gives and gets from his amazing family (fighters all, obviously), his relationship to food while cutting weight, some of his friends in the fighting world and of course, a few highlights from his fighting career.
We're very honoured to present this show to you, and hope it inspires you as much as it did us!
Today we've got some good old fashioned IBAHpod for you all: me and Helene, back in bed talking about our favourite subjects.
We start off with a turtle update and somehow end up back in Cambodia with a little history lesson from Helene's side of things. We "touch base" on crazy grandma, distant relatives, mountain fingers, NASA, tall tales, family businesses and the various wars both our families seemed to be involved in.
It's a funny one this time round and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
This episode we delve as deep as we can into the whole EU referendum issue.
Simply put: I'm British, Helene is French. So to be honest it's kind of a big deal to us!
What would happen to us if the British public votes out? What if they vote in? What does it all even mean? A lot of people have an opinion but the facts are so hard to come by in a clear and concise way. So, we did the research! Piece by piece we break it down for you in a way that regular people without a degree in environmental engineering, social science, immigration law, international relations AND military defence can somewhat understand.
We're as thorough as we can be but it's not perfect and we might have missed something. Hopefully though, this episode will serve to enlighten some of those on the fence a little, or it might even sway those who have made up their minds already on this very important decision.
Also, tune in for our usual chat, laughs and other important questions like: Will Helene ever learn the name of the show and get it right first time? Download and find out!
We're back, he's back, all is right with the world!
By popular demand we bring you another instalment of our favourite guest, Mr. Luiz "Manxinha" Ribeiro, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and head coach at London Fight Factory gym, England.
Last time it was the life story, now it's some of the details. Who is the mysterious "Osvaldo"? How did he impact the life of our coach so much.
We get a little philosophical this episode, talking about the past, the present and the even a little of the future of our beloved gym. We also dip a little into nutrition, vegans and the importance of varied and balanced training for martial arts.
Thanks again to Luiz for allowing us to "kidnap" him again for this instalment of the show. (His words...not ours!)
We're back! This time we got Monica Nix for you all!
She has a lot of nicknames...one-take, matadora, two-lanes...but she's our very own bundle of strawweight MMA awesomeness. She's a great friend of ours and if you met her, you would never guess how dangerous she really is!
We get into what got her started, her background in music and where she's going in the future so fans of WMMA and girls that fight, sit back, relax and enjoy!
So this past weekend we had a trip up to Birmingham to support a few of our friends fighting at a regional MMA show. It was very much the definition of "you win some, you lose some", with one fight cancelled last minute, one loss, and one of our team winning a bantamweight championship!
We took the train up with head coach (and IBAHpod alumni) Jeremy "Ninja" Petley, along with Monica Nix, our good friend and women's strawweight MMA fighter. Helene had a feeling the conversation might be worth keeping so we hit record along the way!
It's a great little insight into the minds of a team before a fight, and what goes on behind the scenes leading up to competitions.
Life, death, weight cutting, chemtrails, and the return of Shrek, as usual we hope you enjoy it!
In today's episode we interview Jean-Marc Debricon, founder of Children of the Mekong in the UK, a charity sponsoring children across south east Asia helping them with food, education and living costs.
This particular charity is very close to Helene's heart in particular. We discuss the work done by the charity in Cambodia with two generations of children, rebuilding lives and livelihoods since the damage done by the Khmer Rouge.
We couldn't do this one indoors unfortunately. We planned to visit Jean-Marc at his office but they were closed for an event. Instead we met at the Buddhist pagoda in Battersea Park, so this episode comes complete with birdsong, helicopters and crows...
You can find out more about the charity at www.childrenofthemekong.org
Our guest today is Helene's older brother, "Chou".
It's almost a follow on from #9 in that it continues the sibling theme, but this time with a bit of a twist. Despite the fact that in his younger years he tried dating women, Chou always knew he was attracted to men. When he finally got around to coming out to his family (well when he was forced by their quite formidable oldest sister...!), he recruited the support of the entire family, especially his siblings.
We get into what it's like coming out to your parents in an asian family (which is a lot like an intervention it seems), we learn that they might not be as traditional underneath the surface as people may think, and we look at how powerful the love and loyalty of the people closest to you growing up can really be in tackling the most complex of problems.
We also discover we may need to do a video special with Helene's sister (complete with subtitles as she only really speaks French!). Turns out she might be the absolute leader where family matters are concerned...
It's a very personal episode, but we think it's one that you'll all enjoy.
Coming at you from Paris, France!
Today we woke up first thing in the morning after a night out at a friends wedding and hit record. Staying true to the show's title, this podcast was recorded at Helene's childhood home and in the bed she grew up sleeping in.
We try and stick to the the whole siblings topic, but seeing as Helene's parents were initially refugees to France from Cambodia, we do get a little sidetracked.
We also touch on some outrageous wedding dance moves, brotherly love, family rankings and transgender kids! This episode is an absolute buffet of topics that we'll most likely return to at some stage or another!
Today we have a very special guest for you all. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, head coach at the London Fight Factory gym here in the UK, and the major papa himself Luiz "Manxinha" Ribeiro.
We discuss his journey from white to purple belt, spanning multiple continents, multiple teachers and multiple crazy situations.
What started as a quest for a Motorola Startac mobile phone and a Vauxhall Corsa evolved into a journey through martial arts that has since touched many peoples lives.
It's intense, complicated, sometimes hilarious and sometimes tragic, but it's an uplifting and amazing story. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.