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Jiu-Jitsu Outlet #46: Daniel Strauss - "It's Not Something You Do, It's Something You Are"

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Daniel Strauss "The Raspberry Ape" Interview - Jiu-Jitsu is "Not Something You Do... It's Something You Are."

Training in martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Judo, wrestling, & Muay Thai is my outlet for improving my mental health and becoming a better person.

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On this forty-sixth episode of the Jiu-Jitsu Outlet podcast, I sit down with the "Raspberry Ape": Daniel Strauss.

Daniel is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who has been teaching and competing actively since he was a kid. Daniel has competed on some of the biggest stages in grappling like the Polaris invitational, ADCC, and the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI). 

Daniel also hosts one of the most successful podcasts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: The Raspberry Ape podcast. On this show, Daniel interviews martial artists and shines a light on grapplers in the UK and Europe who are making big waves.

On this episode, Daniel shares about how Jiu-Jitsu has given him everything. We talk about what he has seen develop in students that he has coached and we hear about what high level competition did for Daniel's life.

Daniel is an avid chess player & we talk about Jiu-Jitsu and what it has in common with chess. 

Daniel shares about what he thinks we can do to spread Jiu-Jitsu to more people. We chat about how BJJ can help people grow and become more confident.

Daniel talks about the lifestyle of the martial artist and we get into a chat about the Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. He shares about how martial arts is something that permeates your life, on and off the mats.

This is a conversation you do NOT want to miss!

Favorite quote - "It's not something you do. It's something you are." - Daniel Strauss

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The information in this episode should NOT be considered medical advice but instead educational information. If you are struggling with your mental health and you want to speak with a professional therapist, I recommend This is the therapy service that worked for me when I was at my darkest moments in life and dealing with panic attacks everyday.