Interviews

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    University of Illinois Head Coach Jim Heffernan

    ” You can watch videos for days on end but you still have to go out on the mat and beat your opponent. With all this technology and everything that’s on the websites, you can call up video on anyone at any time and sit down and watch for hours to come up with a strategy, but the bottom line is that you still have go on the mat and physically do it.” University of Illinois Head Coach Jim Heffernan

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    Budo Jake

    “I think it’s a fallacy that the instructor should always be stronger than a student. I think that it should be the other way around. You should be developing students that some day get better than you and therefore the art evolves and doesn’t die out.” Budo Jake

    Ohio State

    Coach Tom Ryan

    From a teaching standpoint you should really stick to the basics. Rather than doing a thousand things a few times, do a few things a thousand times.

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    Terry Brands

    “… mental toughness and fortitude, emotional stability, your physical attributes, all of that stems from your accountability to your work ethic. If you’re not willing to make the decision in your brain to get off the couch or get out of bed in the morning or not put your head on the mat, all those things will suffer.”

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    Marcos Torregrosa

    “The Gracies have the last name behind them. You’ve got guys, all due respect, Caesar Gracie for example, that have not really done anything as individuals per se. The Gracies have a last name and I don’t have that last name so I have to set myself apart from the group …”

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    Eddie Bravo

    “The ego will want to tell your students that all they need to know is what you know and that they don’t need to know anything else. You’ll do and say whatever you have to in order to keep that illusion strong that you as the head instructor know everything there is to know.”

    UVA Wrestling Head Coach Steve Garland

    Steve Garland

    “One thing we do in our program is we’re constantly trying to reiterate positive life habits. If you’re hearing those life habits over, and over again over a long period of time it becomes a part of the fabric of who you are as a person…”