Travis Davison is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the owner of Straight Blast Gyms in Kalispell, Whitefish, and Missoula Montana, as well as the Vice President of SBG International.

John Frankl is a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a professor in Seoul, and the man responsible for bringing BJJ to the Korean peninsula.

Both men are masters of their craft, and continue to both educate and expose people like myself to BJJ. I have less than two months under my belt, pun not intended, and was able to attend a two day John Frankl seminar at SBG Kalispell.

I have many questions about BJJ, it’s origin, future, and current state, as I am sure anyone who begins the journey does.

Enjoy.

JT Holmes is a man who makes the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man Alive” look as if he has lived a boring life. JT is a professional skydiver, BASE Jumper, Ski BASE Jumper, Skier, Speed wing and Speed flyer (the first does not use skis, the second does), truck and Razor racer, public speaker, stuntman, and occasional actor.

He calls the Lake Tahoe area home, and travels the world extensively creating content for his sponsors, and in general, pushing the limits of what is considered possible.

Here are some of the links we discussed in the episode:

Top 5 Crashes – He is of course number 1

GoPro line of the winter

Enjoy!

Chris Spealler is a return guest on the podcast. He is a former college wrestler, and most often known for his competitive days as a CrossFit Athlete. He had top ten finishes at the CrossFit Games in 2007, 2008, and 2010, and winning the Master category for 35-39 year old athletes in 2017. He is the owner of CrossFit Park City in Utah, a husband and father, and a passionate archer (sort of).

The training program referenced in the podcast can be found here, at: Grunt Works, and can be used as a stand alone program, or as accessory training to your current program. It is designed for capacity in the outdoors, not inside of the walls of a gym.

Robb Wolf is a 2 x New York Times best selling author with his books Wired to Eat, and The Paleo Solution. He is considered one of the worlds foremost experts in Paleolithic nutrition, but also has a diverse background in strength and conditioning, as well as academia as a research biochemist.

He is the host of The Paleo Solution podcast on Itunes, and his website RobbWolf.com is a vast resource for anyone with questions or interest in the Paleolithic approach to nutrition.

Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, Author, Speaker, host of the Jocko Podcast, owner of Echelon Front and Victory MMA and Fitness, as well as being a black belt in BJJ.  If you are serious about leadership, his book, Extreme Ownership needs to sit on your bookshelf and be referenced often. 

John Dudley is a world class archer, coach, founder of Nock On Archery, host of the Nock On Podcast, and as of last week, a skydiver.  John’s breadth and depth of archery experience spans decades of competition and hunting, as well as countless sessions coaching and teaching archery at all levels. 

In a 72 hour period we trained archery, skydiving, and BJJ.  The results were the same for all of us, a sense of invigoration and appreciation for pushing our boundaries and learning something new. 

Leadership, discipline, archery, BJJ, skydiving, decentralized command, failure and success.  This podcast has it all. 

Enjoy

Jeremy Jones is a professional snowboarder, and the founder of Jones Snowboards. Paired with his brothers, who created the extreme sports media company Teton Gravity Research, they created an amazing trilogy of snowboarding movies: Deeper, Further, Higher.  

In addition to his amazing snowboarding ability and innovation, he is a passionate advocate for combating climate change.  In 2007 he created POW – Protect Our Winters, an organization dedicated to reduce the effects of climate change through education, activism, and community based projects. 

John Dudley and Chard Ward are both return guests. 

John is an archer, a hunter, a coach, and as far as I am concerned, a chef.  Chad is a pit master, which I believe stands for chef that uses a barbecue instead of a kitchen top.  Both Chad and John taught at the inaugural Nock 2 Fork event held at Traeger HQ, which I highly recommend attending. 

We discussed a wide range of topics from favorite BBQ, to favorite BBQ techniques, archery, and a little leadership. 

The most important aspect of this podcast for me is around the 1 hour mark, when John and I are able to finally discuss a concept that we have been working on for a year.  It went live today, and is about all of you, and what we can all do together. 

www.freerangeamerican.us 

Mark Twight is a man who has found success in many arenas.  When I first heard his name, he was described as an Alpinist, an expert in the outdoors.  The description did not do the man justice. 

Mark was not only an alpinist, he is an author, the founder of Gym Jones, an accomplished cyclist, and at one time a trainer to many stars that most would recognize from movies such as 300, and Man Of Steel. 

Mark and I met in 2005, while I was slowly climbing out of the hole that an injury from work, plus my own poor choices, had put me in.  Our initial encounter was “exercise” based, and the lessons he exposed me to still frame the way I train now, and eventually led to a short lived career in the “fitness world.” 

He is one of the most unique human beings I have ever encountered, with an intensity and drive that can burn most to the ground.  It is what I admire most about him. 

This conversation was over 1 year in the making.  We both wanted to wait until we were in the right spot, and I believe we finally arrived there. 

Todays episode is Q and A from the internet, with a twist.

As fate would have it, my father and brother in law are here in Montana on vacation. As I was reading through the questions, I realized that they are both a wealth of knowledge from different backgrounds, and that their insight into the questions is equally, if not more valid than my own.

Jason has been serving as a firefighter for the city of San Diego for over ten years. They operate in small elements, requiring teamwork, communication, leadership, and individual responsibility. I would say the community has more similarities to the SEAL Teams than differences.

My father has worn many hats throughout his life. He is a Vietnam veteran, small business owner, school teacher, sport coach, and after today, a podcaster! I learned many of the lessons that have served me well throughout life working beside him on construction sites.

Between the three of us I think we had some good answers.

Enjoy

At the age of 19 Jessica Lynch joined the Army, and just over one year later she found herself staged for the invasion of Iraq.  During the initial surge towards Baghdad, her unit became separated from their convoy, and found themselves in the town of Nasiriyah.  Her smaller unit was ambushed, and she became the first American POW (Prisoner of War).  

As Jessica and her unit were staging for the invasion in Kuwait, my unit was in Saudi Arabia, doing the same thing.  As the war began, we began working through our target deck, until actionable intelligence was received about her location.  After a quick forward staging, planning, and limited rehearsal, we assaulted the hospital, and recovered her on 1 April 2003.  It was the first successful of an American POW since WW2. 

Jessica was immediately taken to a higher level of medical care, and slowly began her journey home to the US via Germany. 

There has been much controversy over what happened during the events leading up to the rescue, and of the rescue itself.  It is safe to say, in my opinion, that the military used the operation to serve their needs at the time. 

I had not spoken to her until this recording, and it was great to revisit the events of 15 years ago from both sides of the same coin.