Summary: This is a Radio Podcast, we promote individuals, jiujitsu practitioners, athletes, coaches and combat stuff around the country. The podcast is a platform hosted by Mohit Chawla & Ashwin Hoon. We speak to Jiujitsu and Combat Athletes, Coaches, Industry veterans, Training partners, International connections and friends where we discuss everything. Open forum. Long format. Sit back and enjoy. If you do like the content leave a comment below, like, share and subscribe or not. Peace homies Follow us on Instagram @Leverageworks
On Leverage Radio this week, we had Jitendra "Vicky" Khare on as our guest. Jitendra is the Head Coach at Team Relentless and is the Founder of Evolution Fitness & Combat Sports Academy, in Mumbai. Having brought up in a disciplined boarding school environment Jitendra shares with us his Journey through Martial Arts. He talks to us about his motivation for teaching and training, life as a father and family man, the joy he feels for his work and the evolution of MMA in India. Jitendra is honest, composed and knows what he is doing. He is also a passionate coach and competitor, who possesses an analytical mind necessary for success in this game. We wish him nothing but the best for the future. Oss!
Arun Sharma is India's First and only Jiu jitsu Blackbelt. Arun is a Black Belt under Professor Rodrigo Teixeira. He is certified in BJJ, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali, PFS & Shaolin Kung Fu with 14 years of training experience. Arun has also trained various Military & Law Enforcement agencies, having certification from The US, The Philippines, Brazil & China. Arun's path in martial arts is one many of us could relate to. Having suffered through significant trauma as a youth (full story in the podcast), Arun went in search of the tools to help him defend himself for the future. Along the way he developed several skills in armed and unarmed combat. Arun is an avid member of his community wanting to give back, he is very candid about his martial arts philosophies and how he views jiu jitsu as a means for self improvement. He was a fascinating guest to have on the podcast, we hope to see him put on a Gi and compete soon to truly bring the Jiu Jitsu community full circle in India.
Back with a banger of an episode. After a brief Hiatus we had the privilege of speaking with Professor Carlos Almeida on this edition of Leverage Radio. Professor Carlos is a 3rd degree blackbelt and carries all the wisdom that comes with the territory. He was kind, humble and simply inspirational. We speak to him about his journey through the sport and his life, the struggles from the professional aspect, his competitive philosophies and a whole lot more. Jiu Jitsu is about giving back, to help others and build a community, that is evidenced by the work Prof. Carlos has done and continues to do. Truly an Honour to speak with him. We hope to have him out for some seminars, as soon as he can travel. Oss! P.S - He loves the idea of Heel Hooks in IBJJF
The super-talented and high flying Dhruv Chakkamadam was on with us this past week. For many who don't know Dhruv, he is a serious wild man. Dhruv is an outdoor adventurer at heart, a slackliner, a jiu-jitsu guy, a modern yogi, a phenomenal artist and a good vibes generator. Dhruv is a free spirit who brings genuine joy to those he meets and has a positive attitude that is absolutely infectious. We speak to him about balance, how his passions led him to jiu-jitsu and the journey since. We had a ton of laughs on this one and can't speak highly enough of his artistic prowess. A great conversation with a great guy. Check out his artwork, it is seriously mind blowing.
We have the pleasure of speaking with Karan Chauhan. Karan is a young MMA prospect from Pune, Maharashtra. Over his short career, Karan has faced adversity and some challenging circumstances that would have stopped lesser men. He has an insatiable desire for combat, a maturity well beyond his years and has developed a penchant for hard work. We discuss at length his origins, his career, overcoming an losing (0 - 2) record to get to a winning (11 - 4) record and the role jiu jitsu had in the evolution of his overall game. Karan is a brave young man, he has a great head on his shoulders and really is a true student of the fight game. No doubt, we will see him compete on the biggest stages soon. We wish him nothing but the best for the future. Special shout out to Lew Sports for sponsoring this young man aiding him in his attempt at glory. The best Indian MMA gear powering the best young Indian athletes. Hope you Enjoy!
This week Leverage Radio speaks to Anand Sharma. Anand is the founder of OmJiujitsu - an organisation helping develop grappling & Jiujitsu talent in Rural India. Anand is a highly decorated multiple time national champion including wins in ADCC India 2018, GFI, SJJIF and various overseas tournaments. Coming from humble beginnings, Anand has worked hard his entire life, He spent the early part of his career as a Deep sea diver with the Merchant Navy. Following a devastating hip injury, he found Jiu-jitsu and the rest is history. We talk in great depth about his obstacles in the early days of training, overcoming his problems and how he accomplished his goals. Anand's story is one of determination and not succumbing to the situations and conditions around you. Where there is will, there is a way. It was an honour to have him on. Hope you Enjoy
Caleb Khan is a black belt under Eduardo Fraga and Ralph Gracie. Originally a high school wrestler, Caleb began his jiu-jitsu career in 2007 at Ralph Gracie Berkeley. He is an instructor, competitor, and the head of the grappling program at Guardian Gym in Oakland, CA. Caleb is THE Journeyman grappler because he travels the world showcasing his jiu jitsu, good vibes and humor. We discuss his role as the Chief Grappling Officer of the Guardian gym, a project started by Ben Kovacs & Joel Lunenfeld - a truly monumental effort showing the power of community through jiu jitsu and martial arts (We highly recommend looking them up and all the great work they do). The Guardian Gym has more than 400 students, which consists of roughly 160 FREE youth students. We talk jiu-jitsu and what it means to Caleb, we discuss his journey including training with former UFC champion Rafael Dos Anjos, we pick his brain on competing as you get older and keeping up with the demands of the teaching & training on the body. Caleb's story is remarkable and he reminds us that having the opportunity to teach, train and give back through jiu jitsu is a blessing. We learnt a lot listening to him and his Journey with the Guardian Gym, some truly inspiring stuff. Hope you Enjoy. Oss!
In conversation with Arko Dasgupta, the Head Coach of The Combat Clan in Kolkata. Arko is a Radio Jockey by night and a full-time MMA coach by day, he is a blue belt under Rhys Dykes and a stalwart of the MMA scene in Kolkata. We discuss his origins in the sport and his long standing friendship with our pal Shiba Banerjee. We talk about the "fakes" in the game, the Dana White of Kolkata is brought up again, we talk about his story and discuss the scene moving forward. Arko is unapologetically brash, upfront, unfiltered and extremely entertaining. We had a ball having him on the podcast and can't wait to bring him back on.
A very special guest on this episode, as we speak to Gautam Raj Anand, the founder and CEO of Hubhopper. Gautam is a pioneer with numerous accolades to his name including 'Entrepreneur of the year' and was on the 'Forbes 30 under 30' for his work on Hubhopper. We follow his story on how he started Hubhopper years ago and how it has become the juggernaut it is today. We discuss the future of podcasting and internet radio in India and how the Hubhopper machine is working to make that happen. We go deep into the working of Hubhopper, the relevance and difference of the Auditory medium, the importance of following your passion with a boat load of laughs along the way. Gautam is funny, highly intelligent and very humble for someone so young and successful. It was a pleasure to have him on the podcast and hopefully we can get him back for another one sometime soon.
A woman of many talents, Avantika Kochar is a writer, a dancer, a Yogini, a somatic healer, a Physiotherapist and much more. We had an extremely interesting talk with Avantika on her reflections during the lockdown. We talk about solitude and its role in our life. We discuss movement, morality and motivation for life and work, How to incorporate the concept of play in life, if you love what you do - you don't have to work a day in your life. We talk about the emotions related to any process, while working toward a goal. A yogi in the true sense, Avantika provides a very intelligent, truly unique and creative perspective on life, yoga, discipline and the self. We really enjoyed hosting her and look forward to following her work in the future.
We speak to Khriemelie Metha, one the top minds in Indian MMA. Head Coach to the Combat Academy Nagaland, his analytical approach to all facets of combat is very intriguing. What truly stands out is his analysis and breakdown of the mental side of the game. We discuss at length the Mindset required for fighting, training strategies for combat, wrestling's relevance in MMA, the Combat Academy Nagaland and his Pro MMA promotion X1.International. It is always refreshing to speak to open minded and spirited self starters like Khriemelie, it gives us all inspiration to work that much harder. Hope you enjoy!
Pushkraj Shirke is the Director of Project Battlefit. He is an advertising creative director and fitness photographer with a passion for strength training, motorbikes and teaching Krav Maga. He is a K11 trained fitness and nutrition consultant, a fitness columnist for THE DNA, a guest editor for KRUNCH Fitness Magazine. Pushkraj is a digital marketing savant, a filmmaker and one of India's top fitness photographers. In this episode we speak extensively on training habits, nutrition knowledge and the misconceptions people have, we then go DEEP into the world of mexican supplements (Steroids) and get an idea of who would be taking what. Pushkraj is unapologetically up front, honest and very easy to speak with. It was a pleasure to host him and we hope to have him on again soon. Enjoy!
In conversation with Devesh Thakur. Devesh is the 88kg ADCC India champion and is one of the top prospects out of the institute of Jiu Jitsu in Bangalore. We discuss missing training due to Covid, training with injuries, working in Jiu-jitsu full time and the mindset necessary to accomplish your goals. He is a meditation master, highly positive and motivated, super insightful and humble. It was a pleasure speaking with Devesh and we can't wait to see what's next for him.
Had a very interesting chat with Kush Dhebar, who is a Phd Candidate at Deccan College in Pune. Kush is an archaeologist who's work is dedicated to the finding of traces of sophisticated grappling through history in India. He shares part of his research, which was spectacular and fascinating, we speak about the past and the role of grappling in culture. Kush is humble, learned and has a very positive disposition, the kind of energy we need to bring more people together. Hope you enjoy!
We literally had the best time speaking with Miles Lukas. Miles is a certified Wim Hof Method Instructor & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, who has developed a comprehensive breath system applicable for just about everyone. We speak to him about his journey through jiu jitsu, his infamous match against Mike Murrell, how this breath work has changed his game, the chemical changes in the body through breathing and how he incorporated the Rickson Gracie breathing techniques to the Wim Hof Method plus a heck of a lot more.