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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Jul 31, 2018

Today Wade has a fun interview with his good friend, Raphael Gutierrez. Raphael is a lawyer on Uber’s legal team, leading the trademarks group, and has a black belt in Krav Maga. Raphael has a full life, from a day job of supporting the Uber trademark globally — whether that’s overseeing disputes, to managing licensing and domains — to balance his family life, and training in Krav Maga.


This episode, Raphael talks about his first introduction into martial arts, his journey to earning his black belt in Krav Maga, his day job as a lawyer, how Krav Maga has impacted his personal and professional life, how he balances training and home life, and his advice for those considering joining a martial art.


Key Takeaways:

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

[1:37] How and when Raphael got into martial arts.

[3:47] What Raphael’s first week was like at Krav Maga Worldwide (LA).

[5:41] Raphael’s process of becoming a black belt through the practitioner route.

[9:21] About Raphael’s day job as a lawyer for Uber.

[10:39] How the transition from a solo attorney to working for Uber has been for Raphael.

[12:12] How has Krav Maga impacted Raphael’s professional and personal life?

[14:18] How Raphael balances training and home life.

[16:35] Does Raphael plan on enrolling his child (or future children) into martial arts?

[19:53] If Raphael could match up anybody in the UFC, who would he like to see?

[20:54] Raphael’s advice for those considering practicing a martial art.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Krav Maga Worldwide


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