The Baddest Man in Jiu-Jitsu: Jocko Willink, Navy Seal & BJJ Black Belt

The Baddest Man in Jiu-Jitsu: Jocko Willink, Navy Seal & BJJ Black Belt

The Baddest Man in the BJJ World is Jocko Willink.

From September of 1990 to 2010 Willink was a Navy SEAL Platoon Commander and Seal Task Unit Commander leading hundreds of operations in combat. He earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from world champion Dean Lister, competed at the national level in Submission Grappling, and has trained dozens of professional fighters. He has also coached and cornered fighters in numerous King of the Cage, Pride, and UFC events.

Jocko started training BJJ in 1995 under the Fabio Santos. He then started training 2-3x a day.

He now owns Victory MMA together with Dean Lister. He is a black in BJJ under Dean Lister.

He is a lean 230 pounds and he used to tap out 20 Navy SEALs per workout. He is a legend in the Special Operations world.


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In this great podcast with Tim Feriss, Jocko talks about the following topics:

How Jocko would design training for someone who wants to add lean muscle mass [13:49] The story of how Jocko Willink got involved in jiu-jitsu [15:44] How Jocko Willink’s SEAL military experience influenced his business [19:24] The story of how Jocko Willink became a SEAL [22:14] Where mental toughness comes from [30:04] Describing the Battle of Ramadi [31:04] On the leadership and strategy required to take over a city [47:14] The great tacticians that Jocko Willink respects, [52:44] What makes a good leader and the things to look for when identifying good leaders [53:59] How to teach the skill of detachment [1:01:34] Jocko Willink’s workout that would cause entire platoons to “tap out” [1:09:14] What are you world-class at that people might not know? [1:12:49] Morning rituals [1:14:49] When you think of the word successful, who are the first people that come to mind? [1:18:54] Non-military leaders that Jocko Willink admires and considers role models [1:29:45] Skills and/or experiences that every man should have [1:33:34] Fear inoculation for civilians [1:40:14] The books Jocko likes to give as gifts [1:42:20] Common misconceptions about Navy SEALs [1:49:34] If you could have one billboard anywhere, where would it be and what would it say? [1:55:59] Explaining the purpose of his business, Extreme Ownership [2:00:14] Discussing lessons from Extreme Ownership and the value it brings to private companies [2:06:19] What SEALs discuss between themselves that they don’t discuss with civilians [2:12:44] Which historical figure does Jocko Willink identify with? [2:18:29] Something people would be surprised to learn about Jocko Willink [2:19:22] Cheesy questions: What do you order at a bar, favorite music, advice for your 25- and 35-year-old self [2:22:49]

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