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.
Today's special guest is our good friend, training partner and sometimes coach Jeremy "Ninja" Petley who is a pro MMA fighter training at the well known London Fight Factory gym based in the UK.
Shrek is love, Shrek is life. A strange motto to live by but one in which Jeremy tries his hardest to honour. As well as discussing the finer points of disturbing internet videos, we chat about reasons for fighting, the effect it has on our families and friends and what keeps us going.
Today we discover what it was like growing up in Helene's family, where love and beatings went hand in hand apparently.
What's the main differences between how each of your parents raised you? For us, it was quite subtle it seems, though one thing is for sure, our parents were united on the discipline front.
Although as usual, Helene's were slightly more severe...
Being a competitive athlete is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand you can push yourself to do something only a small percentage of the population does physically and mentally. On the other hand that also essentially means that apart from competition days and the odd weekend, you generally feel sore, hungry and beat up.
This week Helene vents her frustrations at her current injury. It was a tough one to record, but we're glad we did.
We also touch on how to deal with people when giving them bad news. Helene shares some French management techniques, and as you might imagine, they aren't incredibly subtle...!
In this episode we try and explore what it means to want to make a difference. Whether that's in the world around you, or something bigger.
To be honest though we still get very distracted hearing about Alex's background and music!
We find out that apparently we don't have real fat guy problems, Alex drops the knowledge on that #cruiselife and we realise it may have been him that inspired the whole podcast in the first place!
Alex McDowell is the bass guitarist for Marble Eyes, a new band performing here in London. Stay tuned till the end for the special bonus track: You come by!
Two formerly chunky kids discuss all things that food means to us. It was about time!
Do you love food like we do? Maybe...maybe not. Today we discuss the challenges of wanting to eat 24/7, but balancing that with work, life and training.
What does food mean to you? Is it just about getting full, or is there more to it? Growing up, apparently we had pretty different values placed on it in the home...
In this episode we have a look at Helene's recent trip to Paris to visit a long time friend. We take a look at creativity and where it comes from, is it nature or nurture?
The comfort zone is a place we absolutely love (obviously...) but absolutely force ourselves out of as much as possible. This episode we have a look at why that is, and ways that you can too in order to grow, learn and develop!
We also spend a good time talking shit and dealing with Helene's rudeness...hope you enjoy!
Welcome to the brand new podcast brought to you by Aaron & Helene!
Coming at you from London, England!
We are both crazy about martial arts and food, and alternate between stuffing our faces and hitting the mats for Brazilian jiu jitsu, boxing, muay thai or even wrestling. Then we chat about it from the comfort of our bed at home.
We're not big, we're not famous, we're just like our listeners and we hope you enjoy our perspectives on life!
It's only our first podcast so bear with us, they'll get better as we learn how the hell to do it!
If you like the same things we do, stay tuned in future for conversations on food, fighting, friends and family, interviews with fighters, coaches, bakers, comedians, whoever we can get our hands on!