PODCAST EPISODE 3: Who is Bolsonaro and why should we care? With BJJ Black Belt Robert Drysdale

Brazil has just finished what has been a politically charged and violent presidential election, with one man coming out on top: Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro’s campaign has sparked worldwide controversy, leaving many people concerned over the future of Brazil due to his inflammatory views on a variety of important issues.

And yet, there are numerous people in the BJJ and combat sport community who support his ascent to power, from members of the Gracie family to popular fighters like Cyborg, Andre Galvao, Jose Aldo.

Who is Bolsonaro, and why should we, women in the combat sport/martial arts community, care?

Join Robert Drysdale and I for I Hit Hard’s third podcast, focusing on understanding the politics of Brazil’s new president elect, Jair Bolsonaro. As both a Brazilian citizen and BJJ coach, Robert also shares his thoughts on the repercussions Bolsonaro’s politics may have in BJJ gyms, and why it will become increasingly important to fight for BJJ gyms to be inclusive and safe spaces for all.

Podcast Episode 2: A Toolkit For Boundary Setting with JKD black belt Eve Parmiter

Have you ever felt uncomfortable with a sparring partner who has gone too hard? Agreed to ‘flow roll’ only to find that your partner is definitely going hard? Or, have you struggled to articulate how you feel with your training partner when you’ve had a shitty day that you know will effect your training?

Join Eve and I for I Hit Hard’s second podcast, focusing on setting boundaries in a martial arts/combat sport setting. Using Eve’s experiences as a JKD black belt as well as a master practitioner of cognitive hypnotherapy, this episode looks at a few tools people can use to set and maintain their boundaries in a space where our physical and mental limits are often challenged.

Episode 1: ‘What Makes a Good Teacher?’ with Susie from Pretty Deadly Self Defence

Welcome to I Hit Hard’s first ever podcast! We hope to use our podcasts to platform incredible women from a range of martial arts, combat sports and self defence disciplines around a variety of topics related to navigating the fight world as women, and beyond.

Our first podcast today is with Susie from Pretty Deadly, a self defence school based in Berlin. Pretty Deadly focuses on training women from any background in self defence based on real-life situations. This is no ordinary self defence school, with Pretty Deadly addressing not just the physical dimension of defence, but arms their students with a strong grounding in understanding boundaries, trust and summoning inner power and confidence.

Susie herself has a background in Ninjitsu, having trained in the martial art for almost 18 years and even helped to establish Bosen Chicago Dojo in the US. Susie is also a violent crime survivor, and she has used this experience to sculpt Pretty Deadly into what it is today.