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Jiu-Jitsu Outlet #42: Richie Jewell - "It's A Crazy Love Story" - Autism & BJJ

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Richie Jewell Interview - How Does BJJ Help With Being On The Autism Spectrum?

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-second episode of the podcast, i talk to BJJ blue belt Richie Jewell. Richie is on the autism spectrum and has experienced immense benefit from training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

After suffering from seizures that left him unable to compete or drive a car, Richie was able to persevere and begin competing in combat martial arts.

After his first tournament, Richie was promoted to a blue belt in BJJ. On this episode, Richie shares that emotional experience and what it was like to go through the nerves of competition.

Thanks to a supportive community at his BJJ academy, Richie has been able to experience the benefits of martial arts training. He is a dedicated student who is growing more every week.

On this episode, Richie shares about his experiences competing on the autism spectrum and he shares about his Jiu-Jitsu journey.

We talk about the benefits that training in martial arts can have for mental health and why its important for everyone to have an outlet that helps them grow.

Listen to this episode and learn about how Jiu-Jitsu can help with life on the autism spectrum.

Favorite quote - "It's a crazy love story!"

Follow Richie Jewell on Facebook or Instagram to learn more about how BJJ can help with life on the autism spectrum. Richie is an advocate for people who are on the spectrum.

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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.