The Raspberry Ape Podcast


A podcast hosted by BJJ black belt Daniel Strauss Aka the Raspberry Ape. Every episode I will be getting a new guest on to talk BJJ, training and everything else.


  • Episode 84 - Andrew Marshall 3: The Redemption

    Episode 84 - Andrew Marshall 3: The Redemption

    25/06/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    I'm joined again by strength and conditioning coach Andrew Marshall to discuss training, lifting and the passage of time.

  • Episode 83 - Rick Young

    Episode 83 - Rick Young

    02/04/2020 Duração: 01h43min

    Rick Young is a lifelong martial artist whos full list of accomplishments is too long to note but include: Scotlands first BJJ black belt, judo black belt, Karate black belt, full instructor in JKD under Guru Dan Inosanto, full instructor in CSW under Erik Paulson and much more. In this episode, we talk about Ricks early days into martial arts. His meeting with the Gracies and his experience learning under the legendary Dan Inosanto.

  • Episode 82 - The Stone Man - Martin Jancsics

    Episode 82 - The Stone Man - Martin Jancsics

    26/03/2020 Duração: 01h44min

    Martin Jancsics is one of the world's leading authorities on Stone lifting. In this episode, we talk all about historic stone lifting; its history, the culture, the stories, the myths and the stones themselves. We also discuss how Martin got into stone lifting and how he got so good at it.

  • Episode 81 - Steve Campbell

    Episode 81 - Steve Campbell

    19/03/2020 Duração: 02h04min

    Steve Campbell is Manchesters first BJJ black belt and owner of Stealth BJJ. In this episode, we talk about Steves BJJ journey which included living in Brazil for 8 years and all the stories that come along with that.

  • Episode 80 - David Horne

    Episode 80 - David Horne

    27/02/2020 Duração: 02h59min

    David Horne is a master of all things strength. Legendary in the grip strength world David has competed in over 300 contest including tug of war, strongman, powerlifting, arm wrestling and grip sports. We discuss Davids journey through strength and all the disciplines he's competed and trained in. He drops continuous knowledge bombs on grip, lifting, injury, strength for BJJ and much more.

  • Episode 79 - Sam Crook - The Francis Ngannou Foundation

    Episode 79 - Sam Crook - The Francis Ngannou Foundation

    16/12/2019 Duração: 01h36min

    Sam Crook is a BJJ black belt and head coach at the Francis Ngannou Foundation, a martial arts based social project in Cameroon. In this episode, we talk about how Sam came to head up the project, what it's like working with the kids, its challenges and how different life in Cameroon is. For more info on the Francis Ngannou Foundation visit:

  • Episode 78 - Pete The Greek Letsos

    Episode 78 - Pete "The Greek" Letsos

    01/11/2019 Duração: 02h11min

    Pete "The Greek" Letsos is a Carlson Gracie Jr black belt and founder Rio Jiu Jitsu club. Pete has been training BJJ for over 20 years, starting with Carlson Gracie Jr and spending years living in Brazil training with some of the biggest names in the sport. In this episode, Pete tells tales of old school BJJ in Brazil through the eyes of a gringo and explains why he wants to wristlock the world.

  • Episode 77 - Rosi Sexton

    Episode 77 - Rosi Sexton

    26/09/2019 Duração: 02h09min

    Rosi Sexton is a former professional MMA fighter, Musician, Mathematician, Osteopath and politician. In this episode, I chat to Rosi about her incredibly interesting life. Her unique combination of skills, how she transitioned from maths prodigy to pro-MMA fighter, we take a number of questions from listeners and get some great information on injury treatment and prevention.

  • Episode 76 - Klaus Yohannes - The Black Vikings

    Episode 76 - Klaus Yohannes - The Black Vikings

    05/08/2019 Duração: 01h44min

    Klaus is a strength and conditioning coach and founder of the Black Vikings movement. In this episode, we talk about the founding of the Black Vikings, the sagas, the movements, the mantras, injuries, struggle, axes and more.

  • Episode 75 - Alex Reid

    Episode 75 - Alex Reid

    10/07/2019 Duração: 02h37min

    Alex Reid is an actor, MMA fighter and Celebrity Big Brother winner. In this episode, we talk about Alex's acting career, his MMA career, being thrust into the media spotlight through big brother, the downside of fame, spirituality and much more.

  • Episode 74 - John Will

    Episode 74 - John Will

    03/07/2019 Duração: 01h35min

    John Will is Australia's first BJJ black belt and one of the "dirty dozen" - The first 12 non-Brazilians to receive a BJJ black belt. In this episode, we talk about Johns journey in the martial arts, the creation of his magazine; Blitz, training under the Gracie's and Machado's, participating in challenge matches, travelling the world studying martial arts and much more.

  • Episode 73 - Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues

    Episode 73 - Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues

    17/05/2019 Duração: 02h15min

    Lucio “Lagarto” Rodrigues is a multiple European champion and UAEJJF world champion In this episode we talk about Lucio’s journey into BJJ, having to fight strangers on the weekend before he was allowed to go surf, his friendship with Rickson Gracie, his move to Gracie Barra, his rivalry with Jacare, his battle with cancer and his competitions during and after.

  • Episode 72 - Samantha Cook

    Episode 72 - Samantha Cook

    02/05/2019 Duração: 02h29min

    Samantha Cook is a BJJ black belt and one of the UK's finest competitors. In this episode, we talk about Sam's heavy competition schedule, travelling, weight cutting, the growth of women's jiu jitsu, mental health, sleep and near death experiences.

  • Episode 71 - Braulio Estima

    Episode 71 - Braulio Estima

    09/04/2019 Duração: 01h56min

    Braulio Estima is a multiple time BJJ World champion, ADCC weight and Absolute champion, and multiple time Pan-American and European champion. In this episode, I sit down with one of the greatest ever BJJ athletes to discuss his incredible career. From his first days on the BJJ mats to being crowned ADCC weight and absolute champion. This episode is sponsored by Yoga for BJJ visit

  • Episode 70 - Ben Poppleton

    Episode 70 - Ben Poppleton

    03/04/2019 Duração: 02h26min

    Ben is an old school UK BJJ legend and one of the earliest British black belts Ben started training in the earliest days of UK BJJ and spent large periods of time training in Brazil with the Gracies. In this episode we talk about Bens journey into combat sports, training in his dads shed, judo legend Steve Gawthorpe, training in Brazil, nutrition, breathing, strength and conditioning, teaching, learning and much more.

  • Episode 69 - Lachlan Giles

    Episode 69 - Lachlan Giles

    26/03/2019 Duração: 01h53min

    Lachlan Giles is an elite competitive black belt, coach and physio. In this episode, we talk Australian jiu jitsu, coaching, competition, leg locks, rule sets, running an academy, injuries and more.

  • Episode 68 - Darragh OConaill

    Episode 68 - Darragh O'Conaill

    14/03/2019 Duração: 01h58min

    Darragh O'Conaill is an Irish BJJ black belt competitor and coach who runs East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy. In this episode, we talk about Darragh's competition career, how he got into BJJ, his time at the brown belt kumite, how he balances running an academy and competing at an elite level, his and his student's upcoming matches on Polaris 8 and why the Irish are so tough.

  • Episode 67 - Eric Uresk

    Episode 67 - Eric Uresk

    16/02/2019 Duração: 01h43min

    Eric is a former professional MMA fighter and the head coach at Phuket top team. In this episode we talk about Eric's pretty wild childhood and youth, how he escaped it, how he got into fighting, his retirement and the move to coaching, nutrition, training and more.

  • Episode 66 - Hooman Tavakolian and Saeed Esmaeli

    Episode 66 - Hooman Tavakolian and Saeed Esmaeli

    08/02/2019 Duração: 01h46min

    Hooman Tavakolian is a former wrestler, wrestling coach, sports diplomat and philanthropist. In this episode, we discuss how wrestling is deeply built into Iranian culture, an athletes responsibility to give back, Hooman's journey in wrestling after moving to the USA, how sport can help young people and the work that both Hooman and Saeed are doing, through wrestling, to help their communities.

  • Episode 65 - Tom Barlow

    Episode 65 - Tom Barlow

    24/01/2019 Duração: 01h59min

    Tom is a BJJ black belt and multiple time nogi world champion. In this episode Tom and I discuss how he got into BJJ, his gymnastics background, training with some of the best in the world at some of the highest level gyms in the world, what's made him successful and how he almost got involved in a gang duel.

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