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!