#118 Xande Ribeiro Talks 2008 BJJ Worlds, Black Belt Ed Kennedy

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Xande Ribeiro.

The 2008 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships are just around the corner! For those who have been living under a rock, they will take place June 5-8 at Cal State University in Long Beach. Chatter is heating up about how the black belt divisions are shaping up and who will come away with the gold medals this year at the Mundials.

One very interested party is Alexandre Ribeiro, who won the gold medal in the 2006 heavyweight and absolute divisions, and won the heavyweight division again in 2007. This week we speak with “Xande” about his preparations for the Worlds and his intentions to expand his legacy in 2008.
We will also have a conversation with BJJ black belt Ed Kennedy. Kennedy trains at Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti‘s Alliance school in Atlanta and, like most of us, has a nine-to-five job, family responsibilities, and other obligations. We talk about the long and rewarding journey of BJJ, and balancing the obligations an everyday working man or woman inherits when choosing a life of jiu-jitsu.

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4 Replies to “#118 Xande Ribeiro Talks 2008 BJJ Worlds, Black Belt Ed Kennedy”

  1. While I enjoy all the podcasts, this one in particularly I really took to since I have to remind myself that I’m not training to become a mundial champion, I’m just a regular guy who’s a BJJ-addict. Great insight for what it’s like for most of us and what we should be aware of as we continue to train throughout the years, past the black-belt. Thanks Caleb!

  2. Great podcast. It was nice to hear an interview with an “everyday working man” juggling family and work with the logistics of regular BJJ practice.

    BTW – I look forward to the podcast every week. Keep up the great work Caleb!


  3. Awesome show. I loved Ed Kennedy’s insight on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Really motivates me to train hard. I’m only 17 so I don’t really have those responsibilities that most of you adults have but I know that i’ll have to set my priorities straight in the future. Regardless, BJJ will always be there.

    I also liked Xande’s take on competition. Sweep, Pass, Mount, Submit!

    Thanks again Caleb!


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