In bed with Aaron & Helene Podcast

Apparently you spend 25 years of your life in bed and some of the best conversations you'll ever have happen between the sheets. It's comfy, cosy and chilled out. So come join us in ours! In Bed with Aaron and Helene is a new podcast hosted by a young couple obsessed with all things fighting, family and food related. Mixed in with a bit of a culture clash and recorded all from the comfort of the bedroom and voila! You have the IBAHpod!
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Family, Friends, Fighting and Food

Jul 14, 2017

After recording this episode both Helene and Aaron had the strength to run through brick walls. We gained the power of flight and unlimited cardio and strength too...Cyborg is just that inspiring. 

Today we interviewed a real life superhero, hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Jun 30, 2017

Another month, another show for you all! This episode we recap the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu British Nationals, tasty treats from cheat meals gone by and the new Okja film out on Netflix.

Apr 24, 2017

This week we managed to get long time boxing coach at London Fight Factory Silviu Vulc, to join us on the podcast.

We follow his journey from 7 year old scrapper to coach of the Romanian national team and training partner to Fedor Emelianenko, stopping off in the woods, villages and discos of communist Romania on the way.

Apr 8, 2017

This episode our dear friend Pedrinho joins us on the show! We've wanted him as a guest a bunch of times but he always seems to have to get on a plane before we pin him down.

Pedro is a world traveller, champion competitor and black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Juninho Crivelari.

Feb 26, 2017

This morning we had an interview planned which sadly fell through. Instead we decided to hit record right as we woke up, and ended up having an interesting conversation about the differences between BJJ and Muay Thai both physically and mentally.

Feb 5, 2017

This week we start off focusing on a couple of new healthy tips that we'll be trying in our diets. Aaron also takes us through his first week as head Muay Thai coach at London Fight Factory.

Jan 29, 2017

In today's episode we recap the brilliant seminar with Cobrinha this past Saturday. We get into the benefits of inspiration, training in different ways than you are used to, and even a little bit of Chinese mythology.

Jan 15, 2017

In today's episode we give a rundown of our top 4 culprits for martial arts nonsense. We can't believe that people still pay money to learn how to blast people with Chi, but it happens.

Also, what does Meryl Streep know about martial arts?

Listen to the end for our song of the week from our friends at Act Cool.

Jan 8, 2017

In this episode, we review the outrageous discrepancies in UFC fight purses, including the recent Rousey vs Nunes match.

Discover all about Helene's weekend of delicious food and pole dancing, as well as her love of gypsy callout videos on youtube.

Also this episode, our song of the week is brought to you by the fantastic Marble Eyes from here in London.


Dec 25, 2016

The best thing about the IBAHpodcast is absolutely all the friendships we have created and deepened as a result of a few recording sessions. Not only do we get to meet new people, but we get to learn so much more about those closest to us.

We originally met Bain (we say "bah-een", you probably say "bayn") through BJJ and as a result have become a small part of his journey founding It's such a unique concept combining real artwork and clothing in a very special and interesting way.

Not only that but today is a double header! We also have our other good friend and sponsor (and Bain's missus herself), Lauren Roerick, founder of The Undepression Project on the show too.

As we're releasing this on the 25th December, we'll also wish you a Merry Christmas. Whatever you do during the holiday period and whatever it means to you, it's still just a great excuse to get together with family and friends, enjoy some great food, and hopefully avoid fighting one another, even just for a day.

This is our last episode until 2017! It's been an amazing year for the show and we can't wait to keep it going in the new one!

Dec 18, 2016

This week we bring you another very special guest. BJJ black belt and coach "Mineiro" is a long time friend of our club, and an inspirational character to have on the mats with us. We get a little into the philosophy of BJJ, team spirit, loyalty and the lifestyle of a martial artist in this episode.

We've wanted to have Marcelo on for a while so we hope you enjoy the episode as much as we did!

Dec 3, 2016

After a well deserved rest for Aaron after his fight last week, we're back with a reflection on the stress we've been through in the last month running up to his MMA comeback.

In this episode, we visit not only the difficulties of getting mentally ready as a fighter but also of accompanying a fighter to the cage on fight day.

We both go through some stressful moments in our childhood and how we overcame them in our own ways and we finish off with Helene's best dad joke, beautifully delivered, of course.


Nov 6, 2016

You asked for him and we got him! Our guest today is a well known face on the BJJ competition scene and a well loved face at our gym too.

"AP" talks to us today about his journey through martial arts, how it helped him to grow as a person and what he's realised it taught him throughout the years.

He not only takes us through his mentality and approach, but we even get into the all important questions on diet, breathing, and how to deal with a bully.

As usual it was a pleasure to have one of our friends to talk with on the show. Not only is "AP" a great teammate, but he's also an inspiration to us both.

Oct 22, 2016

Today's episode we cover the past week where we went down to support the team at the London International Open here in the UK. 

As part of the growing women's team at LFF, Helene gives her insight on the stresses and strains of coaching the new team, and the effects that competition can have on everyone, usually in quite  different ways.

The core of this episode is that internal argument between discipline and motivation. Do they always go hand in hand? Which should you feed more, if any? What do you do when one goes away for a period of time? These are all things we go through regularly, and hopefully you will understand what we mean as we explore it a little in this episode.


Aug 13, 2016


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!

Aug 6, 2016

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!


Jul 30, 2016

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!


Jul 27, 2016

She's back! 

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.

Jul 22, 2016

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!

Jun 28, 2016

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!

Jun 25, 2016

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! 

Jun 18, 2016

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!

Jun 8, 2016

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!)


Jun 4, 2016

We're back! This time we got Monica Nix for you all! 

She has a lot of, 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!

May 31, 2016

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! 

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