The very popular Grappling Central podcast has been the #1 ranked podcast in the Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling category on iTunes for a while now, but last week the show became the #1 ranked podcast in the gigantic Amateur Sports category on iTunes.
This is a massive category that includes ESPN podcasts and over 5k other shows ranging from basketball to swimming to golf.
The Podcast has featured the biggest names in BJJ and MMA over the last few years thank to Podcast host Ryan Ford’s vast network.
Podcast host Ryan Ford stated:
“I am truly humbled by the growth of the show since we launched in October 2015. To see what started as a small, homegrown podcast becoming the #1 ranked BJJ/Grappling podcast on iTunes was really incredible
and the support from our listeners is what made that happen. My wife Karen and I put in countless hours into the show and when we recently got notified that The Grappling Central Podcast reached the #1 spot on iTunes in all Amateur Sports, we were blown away. There are literally thousands of very good podcasts in that category ranging from Golf, Swimming, Basketball and much more. Several of them are also run by huge organizations like ESPN, so it was really surreal to see our name at the top of the list. We feel that it wasn’t just an accomplishment for us, but an accomplishment for Jiu-Jitsu. The whole purpose of the show is to educate, entertain and grow this amazing community of people that make up our martial art. So to bring a show all about Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling to the top of the list of so many other sports that have much larger followings than BJJ felt amazing. It didn’t feel like a personal win as much as it felt like a win for the community. Our sport/art is growing at such a healthy pace, I believe that Jiu-Jitsu will eventually be a sport that is recognized on equal ground to many of the mainstream sports. Karen and I are very grateful to be a part of that growth in any way.”
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