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Here are some interesting snipets from it.
Question: Which throws and takedowns do you feel work best against the greatest number of BJJ guys?
I guess what I'm interested in is whether there are habits ingrained in BJJ training that someone with a good understanding of judo can exploit.
Answer: The short answer is foot sweeps and the list is so long its hard to find a foot sweep that doesn't work. The Complicated move that works best is a drop sode double sleeve grip because when they try and take the back they dont realize until its to late that they have no grips and cant secure it LOL
Question: Can you talk a little about that ridiculous training schedule of yours that got shared around. how long do you maintain that kind of training, whats your diet like during it?
Answer: I have been told by a lawyer I'm not aloud to talk about my diet since I'm not a nutritionist someone tried to sue me over cutting weight once.
I train 5 times a day monday through thursday and 3 times on friday and twice on saturday and sundays. The biggest thing people need to realize is I'm a professional there is no reason you should ever have a schedule like that if your just a hobbiest. The other thing you need to realize is this only came up when I had started BJJ because I loved it so much I wanted the extra training. I'm also the biggest strongest guy in the room so after sessions i wouldnt be that tired because my training partners couldnt push me as hard as I liked so I would take 30 min breaks then jump right into hour and a half long sessions just to push myself that extra little bit.
Question: I've always wondered about this, it's been one of my main reasons why I've been hesitant to train Judo. How well does fundamental Judo throws move over to no-gi/wrestling/MMA?
Answer: At the end of the day being on the mats will help you be a better grappler but your better off finding a great wrestler to teach up upper body locks if your looking for just help with nogi.
Question: You have been doing judo for a very long time. I'm guessing since you were young. Then you started bjj. So my question is, how the heck did you make it in judo? I mean financially, did you work a bunch of crap jobs and train when you could? Did you have the support of your family, not just financially but were they understanding of your dreams? I'm trying to make it in Jiu Jitsu, so i just want to know what you had to do and what you had to overcome. Also, how much training did you/still do? Thank you for your time Travis.
Answer: I live a very focused life and people tend to think of me as being an ass most of the time because of it. I dont do things that dont help me accomplish my current goal. That doesn't mean I dont hangout for fun you do need to relax. But everyone in my life helps me accomplish my goal if they dont then they just are not in my life. I did work a lot of jobs from roofing to landscaping to mowing lawns. I also did a lot of labor ready through my years at san jose state. You would be surprised how far your money will go when you only spend it on what you need. I see people all the time holding a starbucks coffee talking about how they cant afford something. Most things in life are luxury things that you dont need strip it down to only the essentials and stretching your funds is how you make it. I worked a job at a restaurant once just to steal the food to eat for the week. I also use a full to to accomplish as much as I can I work like 18hr days and accomplish as much as I can toward my goal split between training an work.
Question: Judo obviously boosts your takedown game, but how about your ground? Is there any particular execution method or judo trick from ne waza you feel really improves your jiu jitsu? I mean the way they perform certain submissions, or transitions, for example.
Answer: Yeah the aggression at which I have from judo Breaks most half ass black belts and under they just cant handle the pressure or speed. But that doesnt fly with qualified training partners.
Question: With the exception of Ronda Rousy, there are very few accomplished Judo competitors in MMA: What are your thoughts on the effectiveness of Judo in a no-gi MMA landscape? Also, how would you compare a new student with a wrestling background vs a new student with a Judo background? do you think one has a leg up or is it apples to oranges?
Answer: No sport is effective in a cross over unless you have an qualified athlete who can relate everything they know. Most athletes are only great in their own sport and cant cross it over so it doesn't really matter. Wrestling is better for nogi and judo is better for gi.
Question: How often do you train bjj?
Do you go to Renzo's often?
Are you good with Leg locks?
If you had to win a bjj match, would you pull guard?
Congrats on all your success! It's incredible that you're able to compete at the very top level of judo and compete with the best in the World in bjj.
Answer: I train 8 times a week I go to renzo's when i can on weekends which since the olympic run has only been 1 every 3 months where as before it was every weekend Good is a relative term, I'm better than most but not as good as the Garry Gordon Eddie Depends on the rules rules dictate strategy but in an IBJJF match I would pull/Jump Guard
Question: Who is an upcoming American Judoka we should keep a look out for?
Answer: I have no idea
Question: Which "Jiu jitsu guy" that you have trained with has impressed you the most with his stand up skills?
I'll admit, those last two answers surprised me. Anyway, a lot of other good information here. Travis is definitely not shy about sharing his opinion.