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Steve Maxwell - How To Defend Yourself From Death: Sparring With An MMA Pioneer


The First American Certified Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Teacher

Steve Maxwell is an American fitness coach, physical educator, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. Maxwell was named one of the top 10 trainers in the United States by Men’s Journal.

Steve was the first man to teach kettlebell workout classes in the United States. He holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

BJJ & Kettlebell Workout Master

Let me ask you something? If someone came at you would you be able to protect yourself from being attacked?

Well, that’s is what this episode is all about.

I was lucky enough to train with my good friend Steve Maxwell, where he showed me the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu self-defence.

Steve was the first American to be certified as a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Teacher and was named one of the Top 10 trainers in the United States by Men’s Journal.

Steve holds a master’s degree in Exercise Science from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, and trains professional athletes including players for the Philadelphia Phillies, LA Dodgers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

The Basics of Self-Defence

Steve has also has worked with various US Government agencies, including the DEA, Secret Service, and FBI as well as many BJJ academies throughout the country.

In this episode, Steve Maxwell covers the basics of this fighting art and I think it’s the single most important martial art you can start with.

So pay attention. What you learn today could improve your safety in the future.

Join us as we discuss:

  • The Gracie Academy, judo, and wrestling
  • Rio de Janeiro dojos, Mark Kerr, and Kron Gracie
  • UFC, Mitsuyo Maeda, and street fighting
  • The NFL, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Gi, and purple belts
  • The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self defence, and the Valente Brothers
  • Helio Gracie, the Global Jiu-Jitsu Tournament, and the proper way to headbutt


00:00 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
02:29 | Brian meets Steve Maxwell on the mat to be taught the Gracie Jiu Jitsu form of self-defence.
07:42 | Warm up exercises, how to stand up and sit down.
11:33 | Standing up and base plus a kick and monkey hop
20:00 | Bump and roll for when someone is sitting on you and you must escape, plus sit back skill.
27:40 | The star pattern.
29:16 | Past fights to watch for good examples of Jiu Jitsu practice.
33:50 | Prelude to learning falls. Useful if you are thrown to the floor.
37:49 | What differentiates the Gracie form of Jiu Jitsu.
38:29 | Three principles of self-defence.
39:35 | Stun and run
45:55 | When someone sneaks up behind you and grabs your neck.
57:20 | Using inside control if someone appears threatening by invading your personal space.
1:02:20 | How to know when to up the anti on this approach.
1:03:51 | Inside control with the typical thug.
1:09:08 | In praise of the Gracie family and why they developed this style of Jiu Jitsu self-defence
1:12:38 | Thanks to Steve Maxwell.


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