Karel Pravec, AKA the “Silver Fox,” is a 4th degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, and one of Renzo Gracie’s very first students in the United States. Pravec’s BJJ expertise has him regularly sought out for seminars and classes across the world, and his Silver Fox BJJ Academy in Northern New Jersey has been grooming grappling and MMA champions since 2006. Karel joins Eliot on the Easton Online Podcast to discuss the business of Jiu Jitsu, including how...
Michael Garaguso has been running his school, Garaguso Karate, since the early 1980’s. He is professor Eliot Marshall's first martial arts instructor. Garaguso is also a master at adapting to the times, including adding BJJ into his curriculum. In this podcast he discusses how he has adapted his business practices to remain successful as times continue to change.
Chris Mierzwiak is a BJJ black belt with a background in MMA, and he has been part of the Easton community since moving to Denver in 2013. Today he joins the podcast as the new general manager of Easton Training Center - Arvada. He and Eliot discuss his journey from finding his passion for MMA in Ohio at 19 to his professional development at Zen Planner and his eventual decision to come on board at Easton full time.
Sean Madden is the Muay Thai Program Director for all Easton Training Center academies. In this episode, Eliot speaks with Sean about how he got involved with Muay Thai, and the experience of growing the Muay Thai program at Easton, which was first founded as a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school. They discuss the development of the curriculum and the Easton Muay Thai ranking system, and the progression of skills that students gain as they advance through the classes.
Jordan Shipman the general manager of Easton Training Center - Longmont, the newest of the Easton academies. It opened on January 13, 2020, and just 2 months later, on March 13, Easton had to close all schools due to the coronavirus crisis. In this episode, we discuss Jordan's experience as a brand new manager of a fledgling martial arts academy, what other managers and owners can do to protect their schools during this time, how to grow during a crisis, and...
Mike Tousignant is a Jiu Jitsu black belt, and CEO of Easton Training Center. In episode 18 of the Easton Online podcast, Eliot and Mike speak over Zoom, 2 weeks after all Easton academies temporarily closed their doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rebecca Baack has been working as a leader in the fitness industry for over 13 years. She founded and opened CorePower Yoga's first franchise and expanded to two successful yoga studios before merging with another franchise, Level 4 Yoga, which now owns 34 CorePower Yoga locations across the country. She recently left Level 4 Yoga to work on a new fitness concept she's passionate about, Boulder Movement Collective. We discuss balancing parenting and running a business, working hard to earn...
Matt Bloss is a Muay Thai coach, a martial arts enthusiast, and the general manager of Easton's largest location. Matt began training martial arts at an early age and eventually found Muay Thai and Easton. We discuss him leaving his old job to fulfill his passion, his belief in Easton's community, and more.
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Welcome to the Easton Online Podcast. I'm your host, Eliot Marshall, and what this podcast is here to
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Jeff Suskin is an Easton BJJ black belt and publisher of DiningOut Magazine, a successful publication that showcases the restaurant culture in Denver and Boulder since 1998. Jeff came from a humble background and worked his way up through the magazine and event management industry. We discuss his coming up in business, measures of success, and more.
- Welcome to the Easton Online Podcast. I'm your host, Eliot Marshall and what this podcast is here to do, it's here to...
First impressions specialist Ayesha Hussain is a nursing student, a regular BJJ and Muay Thai practitioner, and a committed employee at Easton Training Center Denver. Ayesha joins the podcast to discuss her position, how she came across Easton, and how she has found her place through the work culture and environment at the front desk over the past 3 years.
- Welcome to the Easton.Online Podcast. I'm your host, Eliot Marshall, and what this podcast is here to...