#223 Dave Camarillo and Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu

Dave Camarillo Brazilian Guerilla jiu-jitsu

He’s back! Dave Camarillo of Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu fame has returned to the audio home of Brazilian jiu-jitsu this week. Camarillo started his career as a judoka, training under his father in the judo-rich area of northern California. Later Camarillo started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ralph Gracie alongside other jiu-jitsu names like BJ Penn and Gumby & Scotty from OnTheMat.com. As his career progressed, his significant judo experience and aggressive offense made for some wild highlight reels.

Today Dave Camarillo is a coach to UFC fighters and runs his own Brazilian jiu-jitsu school. In today’s conversation with Chris Simamora we learn about the difference between grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, what being a martial artist means, and much more.

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16 Replies to “#223 Dave Camarillo and Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu”

  1. I have to categorically disagree with Dan’s comment regarding wrestling not being a martial art. It most definitely is. Just because there is an organization that runs tournaments around wrestling doesn’t mean it’s just a sport.

    A martial art is a set of techniques designed for self defense. I’m pretty sure Dan could’ve used his wrestling in a fight in high school and over came his opponent. It seems like he’s discounting that, which isn’t fair to wrestling.

  2. And Dave is very right about the integration of wresting into his system, i think he is pretty much in line with the Rolls Gracie approach…

  3. Caleb and Dan, so happy to see that little notification in iTunes letting me know there was another episode! This was robably one of my favorite episodes so far – Dave brought up some really interesting food for thought. And props to Chris for a great interview.

    The timing of this is impeccable for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about the combination of BJJ and wrestling. On my blog, I just interviewed Brandon Ruiz, an all-american wrestler, greco champ and BJJ black belt, and he had some similarly interesting things to say about the wrestling influence in his jiu-jitsu. There are a number of world-class wrestlers in my area who also train BJJ, so wrestling gets mixed into the curriculum naturally, which I’m appreciating more and more as I continue to train.

  4. interesting show. i liked it. especially you and dan arguing over the poll. where in the comments section it seemed i was one of the few who, like caleb, doesnt feel i am a martial artist.

  5. Great show! That is the 2nd time I heard Malcolm Gladwell’s name dropped on the Fightworks Podcast. The first time was when I heard Lloyd Irvin on the show and he mentions Outliers. I’m on the boat with reading Malcolm Gladwell and the 10,000 hour rule. Again one of my all time favorite grapplers and author is Dave Camarillo. I also applaud Chris Simamora for his intelligent questions. Simamora researched very well for the interview.

  6. Continues current issues about combo training, comp. styles v. pure submission, etc. I train solely BJJ, but paying attention to wrestling concepts helps me understand how to maximize reults in spite of my small size. Got a long way to go of course… Great interview- worth the wait.!

  7. I left thinking about so many things after this interview. …Achievement requires suffering and enduring through that. …The idea that training is NOT supposed to be fun all the time. …Am I reading enough? …How can I incorporate more wrestling given that it’s not a focal point at my academy? …I was blown away that he asserts John Danaher is on his level for judo instruction without ever having competed in Judo.

    So many things to ruminate on.

    I’m happy you all found it as thought provoking.

  8. Mega Props! For conducting a great interview with Dave Caramillo! I heard it twice already.. and may hear it one more time this weekend, because I enjoyed it that much Chris!

  9. look… martial arts originate in asia no matter which way you cut it. It doesnt even make sense to ask if high school wrestling is martial art. Jiu Jitsu on the other hand…

  10. Wrestling was the base for much of the Greek and Roman military training in ancient times. It teaches so many things while allowing the contestants the chance to test themselves. The only thing missing from sportive wrestling are finiishing holds. They are probably one of the easiest things to add to the puzzle.

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