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Grappling Hour

Summary: A show hosted by Verbal Tap's Raf Esparza, featuring a mix of athlete interviews, on-site coverage, and commentary.

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 LIVE CHAT... on Recovery | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:16

As part of our weekly live chat series, I put up a prompt about recovery methods and was surprised by some of the responses that we got. After this week’s episode with Sven Manseau, I took some time to chat with the audience and read some of the best responses that we got. Be sure to keep a look out on our social media as each week we’ll ask a question and then respond to some of the prompts on the show. ALSO: Apologies on the slight dip in the audio quality after the intro. One of the audio settings changed mid-stream and I did a pass at fixing the audio to be clearer. Next time we’ll make sure to make the proper adjustments! Thanks for understanding!

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Sven Manseau | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:44:29

It's #StrengthMobility week here on the show. Today we air an interview that I did with co-owner Sven Manseau all the way back in January of 2020. A simpler time some might say. It's all a part of our Strength Mobility appreciation week here on the show. Because this Saturday, we will have our #UFC270 FIGHT COMPANION airing live from there. So make plans to watch the action along with us. But sit back and get to know why I think Sven has some of the best grappling and kickboxing the valley has to offer. And to book a visit at Strength Mobility, simply click the link right here:

 LIVE CHAT - BJJ GOALS FOR 2022 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:06

Fans were kind enough to share their grappling goals for the year with us.

 INTERVIEW SERIES with Brent Primus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:44

This was recorded back in June, but it stands out as one of our favorites. Give a listen to find out why.

 GRAPPLING HOUR with the Ruotolo Bros and Garry Tonon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:36:07

The Ruotolo Bros tell us the secrets behind their success, including notes about their epic matches at Combat Jiu Jitsu and ADCC. Then Garry Tonon stops in to talk about his very first win via decision in MMA and the big change that's coming up in his life. Tune in.

 GRAPPLING HOUR with PJ Barch | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:17

We've got your Sin City Submission winner and upcoming Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds competitor PJ Barch returns to the show.

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Ash Williams and Damien Anderson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:58:54

GRAPPLING HOUR with Ash Williams and Damien Anderson

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Derek Rayfield | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:11

It's been a minute since we've last chat with Derek Rayfield, but today we get to find out what he's been up to. We chat about his qualifier experience and even chat about how wrestling has influenced his BJJ game.

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Elijah Carlton | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:15

GRAPPLING HOUR with Elijah Carlton

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Mason Fowler and Mercedes White | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:44

Mason Fowler returns to tell us what it's like to go from winning at Submission Underground to winning a Gold medal at Pans six days later. Then Mercedes White gives us the low down on on the upcoming Bullpen Submission Series quintet-style event, previewing some of the stellar teams they've got up their sleeve.

 GRAPPLING HOUR with Geo Martinez, William Tackett, Kody Steele, Andy Varela, and Aaron Tiegs (Season Premiere) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 03:09:36

No better way to start off the third season of our show than to get five athletes that made a huge impact on two major grappling showcases: Submission Underground and Who's Number One. On today's show, we chat with William Tackett, Kody, Steele, Andy Varela, Geo Martinez, and Aaron Tiegs

 INTERVIEW SERIES: Collin Anglin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

It's been a wild month for Collin Anglin. From moving to Colorado to winning a UFC contract on Dana White's Contender Series, we find out more about his story on this episode.

 INTERVIEW SERIES: Darrick Minner | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:07

Straight off a win at UFC Vegas 11, Darrick Minner we take a fe

 INTERVIEW SERIES: Jordan Patrick | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:40

Submissions on the Shore winner Jordan Patrick hops on the show to talk about her 155 division win and describe how it felt to get back to competition during the COVID era of BJJ.

 INTERVIEW SERIES: Emil Fischer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:35

Emil Fischer talks about his upcoming matches against Keith Kirokiran and Hunter Colvin.


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