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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Dec 11, 2018

If your dad is a Navy Seal, chances are you’re going to learn how to defend yourself pretty quick — at least that was the case for today’s guest, Matt Lucas. Early on, his dad got him into martial arts as a way to practice discipline and personal responsibility. Since then, he has tried a multitude of styles out, settling on a rather unique one for the premise of his current school (The Open Matt), called: Yama Series Yoga. On top of that, Matt is also a Lead Stuntman for the show, Into the Badlands, on AMC — a show about a mighty warrior and a young boy searching for enlightenment in a ruthless territory controlled by feudal barons.


Matt is not shy, nor short on opinions. You’ll definitely want to tune into today’s episode to hear his take on teaching in the martial arts; martial arts systems and the hierarchy of the black belt; the different ways men and women compete; the art of self-defense; how martial arts has changed in the last 20 years; why he loves teaching martial arts; and what we, as martial artists, should all strive for.


Key Takeaways:

[:45] About today’s guest, Matt Lucas.

[1:31] Wade welcomes Matt to the podcast.

[1:47] How Matt got involved in Into the Badlands.

[3:56] How Matt originally got into martial arts.

[7:28] Beyond Judo, what else has Matt practiced? What does he practice now?

[12:02] About Matt’s current school, The Open Matt, and his teaching career.

[14:17] Matt’s thoughts on martial arts systems, the different ways men and women physically compete, and the art of self-defense.

[20:22] How has Matt seen martial arts change in the last 20 years?

[24:17] The difference between MMA schools and traditional martial arts, why Matt absolutely loves teaching martial arts, and his thoughts on the hierarchy of the black belt.

[28:02] Matt speaks about why you shouldn’t be competing with those much younger than you.

[28:46] The difference between rites of passage between Matt’s experience (growing up in the south) and the Bay Area.

[31:00] Matt speaks on the role of teaching in the martial arts.

[32:50] What Matt believes we, as martial artists, should all strive for.

[35:10] Matt tells a story of a discovery he made from the time when he was filming Into the Badlands.

[37:98] What Matt teaches at his school.

[39:45] Where to learn more about Matt and his school online!


Mentioned in this Episode:

The Open Matt

Into the Badlands

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s Dirty Dozen, David Meyer” (BAMA Episode)