Jiu-jitsu greats Roger Gracie, Romulo Barral, and Braulio Estima working out at Martin Rooney’s facility in New Jersey.
Martin Rooney, a returning guest on The FightWorks Podcast, is an elite trainer for combat sports athletes and the author of the popular book Training for Warriors: The Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout. Rooney was introduced to jiu-jitsu as a result of his Olympic bobsled teammate Todd Hayes’ participation in the mixed martial arts tournament shown in the movie Choke with Rickson Gracie. Since then Rooney has been associated with Renzo Gracie‘s crew in New York City and has trained some of their toughest jiu-jitsu competitors.
Although there is no formal time of the year where jiu-jitsu competitions are officially held (as iCompete.org shows, they are held all the time these days) some might say this time of year can be considered “BJJ competition season”, as the BJJ Pan-Ams took place about a month ago, the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup was held this very weekend, and the World Championships are around the corner. With that in mind, in this episode of our BJJ radio show, Rooney shares tips with the Mighty 600,000 on physical and mental preparation for Brazilian jiu-jitsu competition. Who knows, maybe listening to this week’s show will bring you one step closer to performing like Roger Gracie on the mats!
We will also discuss the 2009 World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Cup, listener mail, review of our latest BJJ Poll, and tons more!