Stephan Kesting

266 - ADCC and IBJJF World Champion Yuri Simoes on Switching to MMA

266 - ADCC and IBJJF World Champion Yuri Simoes on Switching to MMA

Yuri Simoes is a two time ADCC World Championship, a two-time IBJJF black belt Absolute No-Gi World Champion, and a two-time Pan American Champion. In our chat we go deep into developing the motivation required to train at such a high level, the importance of self defense, how he took down a Olympic Judo champion in competition, and much more. I hope you enjoy it! 00:44: Growing up in Brazil 03:07: Training self defense 05:38: On making BJJ your way of life 10:08: Judo and BJJ cross training 14:40: Yuri's match against Travis Stevens 17:30: On making the switch to no gi grappling 20:42: On coming to North America and training with Caio Terra 27:54: Is it OK to train at different schools? 31:06: New jiu-jitsu vs traditional jiu-jitsu 36:25: On switching from no gi to MMA 38:04: What made Yuri so stubborn? 42:25: Dealing with major injuries 49:50: Biggest adjustments in switching from jiu-jitsu to MMA 51:33: What's a typical week of MMA training? 59:59: Good days and bad days of training 1:02:56: Signing to fight with One FC 1:04:58: Where to follow Yuri If you get the chance, check out my Grapplearts BJJ Master App.  There's a TON of free high level content in that app, giving you the opportunity to learn BJJ on your phone. Download the Grapplearts BJJ Master App for free at Thanks! Stephan Kesting  

Duration: 1 hr 6 min

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