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About this Episode Dan Gable is the most popular American wrestler of all time. As a wrestler, he was undefeated through high school and college before losing his last collegiate match. He rebounded to win a world title in 1971 and the Olympics in 1972 without surrendering a single point. He was the head coach at the University of Iowa for 21 years and during that time, won 21 straight Big 10 titles and 15 NCAA titles. In this episode we focus on Gable’s loss to Larry Owings and how that shaped and molded the rest of his career.  About...

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In the sport of jiu-jitsu there is a long history of games within the game of competitive grappling.  This is commonly referred to as the “meta game” and every few years the prevalent metagame changes to something new.   Looking at the metagame, and predicting it, can be a fascinating way to analyze current competitive game play.  Looking at the past few years of meta-games shows some clear trends.   One great example of a meta game is The Berimbolo.  The Berimbolo was initially pioneered by Samuel Braga but was later popularized by the Mendes Brothers and the Miyao Brothers.  Interestingly the...

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About This Episode Mike Barwis is a strength and conditioning guru. He’s trained Olympic athletes in over 40 sports, works with pro teams such as the Red Wings and Mets, and is the CEO of Barwis Performance Centers.  On this episode, we focus on the work Mark did with Brock Mealer.  Brock was involved in a car accident in 2009 and was paralyzed from the waist down.  After 2 years of physical therapy, Brock was unable to walk. Then he met Mike Barwis.  Tune in to hear the full story.     About the Podcast Spartan Combat is a new series...

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About the Episode Do you ever sit and wonder if the elite among us experience self-doubt? I know I do and on this episode, we talk with 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat about a trying 14-month period of his life leading up to the 2008 Olympic trials. During that time Andy lost and regained his place on Team USA. The big takeaway for me is that we all experience self-doubt and by battling through those fears and insecurities, we become a different person in the process. About the Podcast Spartan Combat is a new series for the SpartanUp Podcast where we...

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Before we get started here, just a quick shout out to @mattrattbjj for perfecting this complex technique in the photo ....and now, on to your regularly scheduled article.The Covid19 situation affects everyone, but one group of people that are more affected by it are martial artists, and, more specifically, grapplers.  Grappling, whether it’s judo, wrestling or jiu-jitsu require other human beings for proper, complete training. No matter what you think about the virus, the effort to stop it and your role or risk in all of this, if you are a grappler your ability to train is down to nothing…  ...

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