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The Chewjitsu Podcast

The Chewjitsu Podcast features your host BJJ Black Belt Nick "Chewy" Albin of chewjitsu.net and his co-host BJJ Brown Belt and Physical Therapist Dr. Eugene Tsozik.The show covers topics such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, training, diet, health and injury-prevention, Q&A sessions, and interviews.

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Episode 75 - The Value of Failure

On this episode, we start off the podcast by answering a question sent to Chewy by a BJJ white belt who is starting to lose confidence due to a couple of losses from competition. We discuss the importance of experiencing failure and the importance of looking at failure from a different perspective, sitting with your failures, and how to learn from these experiences. We also break down some details from Chewy’s matches at the recent IBJJF Nashville Open.


18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 53 - Echo Charles

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by Echo Charles from The Jocko Podcast. Echo is a Jiu-Jitsu brown belt under Dean Lister, he is the co-host of The Jocko Podcast, and is also a videographer. Echo shares his start in jiu-jitsu, how injuries led him to starting videography, and how The Jocko Podcast started. Make sure to listen to the entire podcast to hear from a "special guest" that joins the show.

1hr 17mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 20 - Traditions In Jiu-Jitsu, Suit Rolling, and Q&A

On this podcast, we start off with a "Chewy Ramble" on "what is your biggest enemy in Jiu-Jitsu?" Chewy and Eugene also discuss traditions and uniforms in BJJ, "Suit Rolling," and a Q&A full of great questions.

1hr 41mins

25 Oct 2018

Rank #3

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Episode 43 - Become the Grappler You Hate

On this episode, Chewy discusses how you can become a better grappler by “becoming the grappler you hate." By training with and learning from training partners that challenge you the most, you will be forced to improve and evolve your BJJ game. 3:30 Chewy discusses not having a fixed schedule and how this benefits his productivity. 4:45 What is a movement meditation and what are its benefits. 19:00 Is it better to learn how to apply a technique or learn to defend it when learning a new technique? 31:00 Start of Q&A 31:30 Do heavier and stronger grapplers not get promoted as quickly as lighter weight grapplers? 35:30 Whats the most important thing to work on as a white belt? 37:30 What strength of Charlotte’s Web CBD we use. 41:00 Is it offensive to ask a female training partner if you are going too rough with them? 45:00 Should the majority of your rolls be with training partners who are below your skill level? 48:00 As a more experienced white belt, should you “smash” the beginner white belts? 52:30 How to pick up the pace against bigger and stronger grapplers? 55:00 Should you strength train for BJJ? 1:01:00 How many times a week should you weight train? 1:05:00 What is the most dangerous submission? 1:10:00 Best submission to humble a wrestler? 1:13:45 Best advice for a first jiu-jitsu competition. 1:17:00 Book recommendations. 1:20:00 Chewjistu seminar information.

1hr 22mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 95 - Expectations of White Through Black Belt and Live Q&A

Chewy discusses his expectations for each belt in BJJ and we answer a bunch of questions on the Youtube Live Q&A including book recommendations, how to train if you don’t have the money, favorite grapplers and MMA fighters, video games, dream BJJ matchups including Roger Gracie vs. Gordon Ryan, and much more. Thanks to our podcast sponsors: Charlotte's Web CBD. Head over to www.charlottesweb.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase. Epic Roll BJJ. Check out www.epicrollbjj.com and use the promo code Chewjitsu to get 15% off of your total purchase.

2hr 13mins

30 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 21 - Overcoming Competition Anxiety and Tournament Prep

Chewy and Eugene discuss overcoming competition anxiety, the benefits of competing in a jiu-jitsu tournament, why you should or shouldn't compete, and Chewy talks his preparation for the ADCC trials.

1hr 43mins

1 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 40 - Richie "Boogeyman" Martinez

We are joined on the podcast by 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez. Richie talks about how he got started in jiu-jitsu, earning his black belt in under 4 years, opening his own gym, and what it was like competing at a high level.

1hr 12mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 68 - Developing A Submission Mindset

Chewy answers a question about how to improve your ability to get a submission and how to become more submission-oriented. We discuss the mental and physical aspects of this type of training focus, how to study/research new techniques, the importance of ritual, and implementation of this type of mindset and style of grappling.

1hr 5mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 54 - Strength & Conditioning Coach Joe Clark

On this episode, we are joined by Strength & Conditioning coach Joe Clark. Joe is the co-owner of Derby City MMA and Chewy's business partner. He is also a former body builder, holds five state records in Olympic Lifting, and is the co-creator of the "Grappling Power Program" (a strength training program developed for Jiu-Jitsu athletes). On this episode we discuss how Joe got his start in lifting and strength training, how he started working at Derby City MMA and eventually became a co-owner of the gym, training BJJ, and the importance of strength training in performance and injury-prevention. Q&A starts at (56:00) and topics covered include mat fees, best lifts for BJJ, how cycling can help cardio for BJJ, what Chewy looks in a BJJ instructor, 1 Rep Max vs. 3 Rep Max, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), the importance of strengthening training for men vs. women, is "old man strength" real, and much more. 

1hr 55mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 52 - The Necessity Of Mistakes In Jiu-Jitsu

On this episode of the podcast, Chewy starts with a ramble on what he would have told his younger self. Chewy and Eugene share some of the mistakes they have made in jiu-jitsu and in life, the importance of making mistakes, and how to learn from and move past the mistakes. Q&A (at 41 minutes) includes: Chewy’s thoughts on private lessons. How to return to BJJ after a long lay off. What is the “middle state” for training? How important is aggressiveness in BJJ? How to deal with shoulder injuries in BJJ. How to train if you have one-sided weakness in your body due to a stroke. How to deal with not having enough energy to train if you are an older grappler and work a lot. How to get over a groin strain. How to handle stress and anxiety before BJJ training. Tips for a brand new BJJ white belt.

1hr 42mins

21 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 41 - BJJ Training Etiquette

On this episode, Chewy and Eugene discuss proper jiu-jitsu training etiquette, the importance of communicating with your training partners when on the mats, and Chewy addresses and responds to being called “The Softest Bitch In Jiu-Jitsu.”


4 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 63 - Being Efficient On and Off The Mats

Chewy discusses his tips for efficiency and improved productivity. We discuss the importance of taking adequate breaks to improve efficiency. Chewy also talks about why he only works for 33 minutes at a time, how to start delegating tasks to improve efficiency, and the importance of simplifying your life by getting rid of non-essential things.


9 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 6 - BJJ Black Belt Eli Knight

On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene interview Eli Knight. Eli is a BJJ Black Belt who also has experience in numerous other martial arts. He is the head instructor of Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy and runs a successful Youtube channel.

1hr 27mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 4 - 8.13.2018

In this episode we discuss pre-order information for the exclusive Chewjitsu gis, the Chewjitsu Youtube channel reaching 100K subscribers, coaching and cornering fighters at a local MMA event, training with BJJ black belt Eli Knight, predictions for the upcoming Rousimar Palhares vs. Craig Jones grappling match, and much more.

1hr 33mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 12 - Recovery For BJJ

On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene discuss recovery tips for BJJ including diet, supplements, stretching, meditation, tips for improved sleep, and much more.

1hr 33mins

13 Sep 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 15 - Following Your Path with Chad "The Beast" Hardy

On this episode of the podcast Chewy and Eugene sit down with BJJ black belt Chad "The Beast" Hardy. We discuss a funny story from the No Gi Pans, following your path in life and BJJ including making tough decisions and taking risks, and Chad discusses his decision and plans for leaving the gym and moving to Tennessee.

1hr 43mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #16

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Episode 74 - Legit Gyms and Becoming A BJJ Coach

On this episode we discuss what to look for in a legit Jiu-Jitsu gym, Chewy talks about the pressures of teaching and eventually becoming the head coach of a gym,  the responsibility you have for the safety of your students, and the qualities Chewy looks for in a coach.


11 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 47 - Preparing For Your First BJJ Tournament

On this episode of the podcast, Chewy and Eugene go through a list of things you should know and do to prepare for your first jiu-jitsu tournament. 1.a. Commit to the tournament as early as possible. 1.b. Get familiar with the rules and format of the tournament. 2. Have a game plan or opening to the match. 3. Know the weight classes. 4. Bring proper equipment. 5.a. Be ready for unexpected events 5.b. Focus on things that you can control. We also discuss weight-cutting for a tournament, diet for a tournament, when should you compete, and other useful tips. The second half of the podcast is a Youtube live Q&A session.

1hr 35mins

17 May 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 62 - Kenny Florian

On this episode of the podcast, we are joined by BJJ black belt, The Ultimate Fighter ("TUF") Season 1 Middleweight finalist, and UFC veteran Kenny “Kenflo” Florian. Kenny shares his interest in martial arts and start in jiu-jitsu, how that transitioned to fighting in MMA, his career in the UFC, the evolution of his training, his injuries, retirement from MMA and moving on to work as an analyst, and we also end with a unique fight breakdown and prediction.

1hr 7mins

2 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 82 - Goal Setting and Q&A W/ Joe Clark

We are joined by Derby City MMA co-owner and S&C Coach Joe Clark to discuss the difficulties with starting and keeping a new routine, how tangible goal setting can help with improving your BJJ and strength, using negative emotions as fuel and why negative emotions are important for making progress, how much visualization can help your performance, and Q&A.   Q&A starts at: 30:00 30:45 Do you train at home, how, and what benefits? 36:15 What is the best way to increase flexibility? 40:00 How to respond when people make fun of BJJ? 43:43 Oldest person Chewy has ever tried in BJJ? 47:15 Leg locks for beginners? 51:30 How important is Diet vs. Strength Training vs. Flexibility? 59:30 Can you earn a BJJ black belt if you start training at 46 years old? 101:00 Should you call yourself a world Champion if you win in the Masters Division or non-black belt level?

1hr 18mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #20