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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Oct 9, 2018

In today’s episode, Wade has a fantastic conversation with Tryfon Stathopoulos of North Bay Jiu Jitsu. This episode touches on the theme of choices and choosing what matters the most to you as a person. Tryfon tells the story of how he ultimately chose the path of training in Jiu Jitsu — then, later on — choosing the path to become an instructor and open up his own school.


Tryfon is a black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, under the 4th-degree black belt, Professor Eduardo Rocha; a 3rd-degree black belt in Freestyle MMA, under Sensei Mike Valentine; and is certified in F.A.S.T. defense under Bill Kipp.

In Wade’s conversation with Tryfon, Tryfon explains how he got started in the martial arts, how martial arts translates to his life outside of the school, how he sees BJJ developing in the future, how he instills the idea of being patient and pushing forward in those he trains, how he decided to become an instructor, about his school (North Bay Jiu Jitsu), and his thoughts on the upcoming Khabib vs. Conor fight.


Key Takeaways:

[:43] About Wade’s guest today, Tryfon Stathopoulos.

[1:24] Welcoming Tryfon to the podcast.

[1:43] How Tryfon got started in the martial arts.

[3:26] Tryfon’s story on having to choose between two different paths.

[6:32] The story of how Tryfon opened up his own school and choosing the pathway of becoming a teacher (rather than a professional MMA fighter).

[10:09] How martial arts translates to Tryfon’s life outside of the school.

[12:41] Has Tryfon gotten his children into martial arts?

[14:14] Where Tryfon sees BJJ changing, going forward.

[18:32] How does Tryfon instill the idea (in those he trains) of enjoying the process, pushing forward and being patient.

[22:58] Tryfon’s experience with Khabib, and his thoughts on the upcoming Khabib vs. Conor fight.

[26:35] Where to learn more about Tryfon’s school, North Bay Jiu Jitsu.


Mentioned in this Episode:

North Bay Jiu Jitsu

Mike Valentine of Practical Martial Arts

BAMA episode: “How Martial Arts Impacts Your Life Outside the Dojo with Mike Valentine”

Jocko Podcast

BAMA episode: “Damon Evans on the World of Jeet Kune Do”

Roger Gracie