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Jiu-Jitsu Outlet #43: Elisabeth Clay - "You Have To Stay Down In The Grind"

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3x IBJJF NoGi World Champion Elisabeth Clay On Mental Prep, ADCC, & Women In BJJ

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.

On this forty-third episode of the podcast, I speak with BJJ black belt Elisabeth Clay. Elisabeth is one of the best competitors in the world.

In 2022, she competed at the ADCC world championships and also took home double gold at the NoGi Pan-American championship. She is a BJJ multiple time world champion who just recently won the 2022 IBJJF NoGi world championships for a third time. 

After a childhood competing in gymnastics, Elisabeth committed herself full time to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After years of dedication to the art, she has become a fearsome competitor.

On this episode, we talk about Elisabeth's recent experience competing at the ADCC world championships. We chat about how to grow Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu - especially for women. Elisabeth shares about why she feels there needs to be more weight brackets for women to compete in at ADCC and other BJJ tournaments.

We get into a comparison about gymnastics and martial arts and how the two arts are similar. Elisabeth also shares about the mental preparation she does before tournaments and how high level competition has helped her mental health

Listen to this episode and learn about how competing in Jiu-Jitsu can help your mindset.

Favorite quote - "You have to stay down in the grind!"

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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 Talkspace... This is the therapy service that worked for me when I was at my darkest moments in life and dealing with panic attacks everyday.