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The Code Podcast is hosted by Rob Magao, 25 year law enforcement officer, second- degree black belt in Gracie Jiu-jitsu, academy owner and head instructor of the Officer Survival Series. Throughout history those who are trained in Martial Arts live by a code... a code of honor, respect, and tradition. A code that both law-enforcement officers and martial artists live by. We will interview unique people that live by this code and hear their stories.
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Episode #23 of The Code Podcast is live! CJ Delaney is a 20+ veteran LEO, first-degree BJJ black belt (Monster MMA) founder of 10-01 BJJ, Level 5 Officer Survival Series Coach , Invictus Sponsored Athlete, and unfortunately a Mets fan... You can watch on YouTube link below or listen to the audio version on Spotify or Apple podcasts. ￼
Episode #22 is up on YouTube! We will have the audio version available soon on Spotify and Apple Podcasts (The Scarecrow takes a little longer with his editing lol). In this episode we talk with Chris Chappell and Jeremy Clark of the CT SWAT Challenge/Our Heroes Fund about the upcoming 2021 CT SWAT Challenge coming this August! The video only shows Rich McKeegan and Rob Magao. We had a recording glitch, but most just listen anyway. Thanks to our sponsors, Just For Police, Jiu-jitsu Five-O, Manchester BJJ, Hebron BJJ, The Officer Survival Series and Storm Training. Enjoy!
Episode #21, We interview Jiu-jitsu Pioneer RICHARD BRESLER and chat about his book "Worth Defending, How Gracie Jiu-jitsu Saved My Life". It documents the early stages of Jiu-jitsu in the United States. Richard is widely recognized as the first student of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the USA. For almost twenty years he worked closely alongside Rorion Gracie, helping to grow Jiu-Jitsu through the Gracie Garages, the Gracie Academy, and the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the first Americans to earn a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He still teaches Jiu-Jitsu and practices alternative healing in Los Angeles, California. Enjoy!
Episode #20, Dr. Yoni Elder. BJJ Blackbelts Rob Magao and Rich McKeegan of "The Code Podcast" interview Dr. Yoni Elder. Dr. Elder is a Trauma Surgeon, Former Israeli Special Forces member and BJJ Blackbelt. In this episode they discuss Dr. Elder's growing up in Israel, his time in the military, his path to becoming a doctor, dealing with Covid-19 as a doctor and his BJJ journey to blackbelt. Enjoy!
Episode #19 is up! For those CT residents and LEOs that have expressed questions and concerns about the proposed Police Accountability Bill #3471 being introduced in CT. Do your research and contact your state representatives if you have concerns about this bill.
In this episode, BJJ black belt and Career LEO Rob Magao, along with Career LEO Det.Tom Ganley Interview Attorney Elliot Spector in regards to the CT Police Accountability Bill (CT Bill #3471). Attorney Spector serves as a law enforcement expert for Hassett & George. Elliot was a Hartford Police Officer from 1971 through 1980. Elliot's practice concentrates on the representation of law enforcement officers and municipalities. He also acts as a law enforcement advisor for police departments and individual officers on policy issues, critical incidents and law related questions. With Thomas P. Ganley
Episode #18! BJJ black belts Rob Magao and Rich McKeegan of "The Code Podcast" interview BJJ black belt, LEO and BJJ Competitor Tom Menton. Tom is a 13 year LEO with vast experience and education in Use of Force, SWAT and running a Police BJJ Mat Club for a major city police agency in the midwest. In this episode we discuss Tom's journey into police work, his passion for teaching cops and competing in BJJ. Tom is also one of the instructors for Storm Training Group which specializes in teaching LEOs to protect themselves. Enjoy!
Episode #17 is here! BJJ Blackbelts Rob Magao and Rich McKeegan of "The Code Podcast" interview 2nd Degree BJJ black belt Chad Lyman. Chad is a 20+ year LEO with vast experience and education in Use of Force and he is also a BJJ Coach at Extreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this episode we discuss Chad's journey into police work and BJJ, current issues around the country regarding use of force and training of police officers in areas of defensive tactics and use of force. Enjoy!
Episode #16 of The Code Podcast we have fellow Connecticut academy owner 5th degree black belt Luigi Mondelli! Luigi is owner and head instructor of KORE BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts with his wife Silvia Mondelli who is also a black belt in Danbury, CT. He has been a pillar in the CT jiu jitsu community and has an incredible wealth of knowledge in martial arts and self defense training. We bounce all over covering topics ranging from bjj, weapons training, and mental health in this episode. To listen to a person that has come from Brazil and evolved with all the seasons that jiu jitsu has gone through over the past 20 years is awesome, enjoy!
On episode #15 of the Code Podcast we have an absolute legend! Greg Nelson of Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts was Pedro Sauer’s first black belt, and amazing MMA coach, and a two time cancer survivor just to name a few of the accomplishments. We get into all sorts of great stories that you’re going to want to hear, so tune in and find out about Brock Lesnar’s rise in the UFC, to training with the most elite of services here in the USA! We had a blast, we hope you do to!
Episode #14 of The Code Podcast is off the rails with Minnesota 1st Degree black belt Tim Blackstone! Pedro Sauer black belts Rob Magao and Rich “The Scarecrow” McKeegan are back with a great episode. Tim is a high level competitor and silent pillar in the jiu jitsu community, he’s a father, coach, and a mustache aficionado! We talk about competing, the clashes of self defense vs sport, gi vs no gi, and geek out on all things Star Wars. It’s our longest episode to date but we jammed packed it and had a blast!
Episode #13 is up! It was great catching up with my friend Jeff "Big Frog" Curran. Jeff has fought all over the world in the biggest promotions during his 20 year career; Pride, UFC, WEC, IFL, and Bellator to name a few. Jeff is 4th Degree Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt under Master Pedro Sauer and also owns Curran Jiu-Jitsu in Crystal Lake, IL. In this episode we talk about how he got started training, fighting and the thrill of competing at the highest level.
It’s Episode #12 of The Code Podcast with (Pedro Sauer Blackbelts) Rob Magao and Rich “Scarecrow” McKeegan. This episode we have fellow Pedro Sauer black belt Chris Bumgarner from Dover, DE. Chris is a First Degree black belt and an active duty LEO. We discuss training, lifestyle, and the real truths about having an impassible guard! Join us for a great episode as we continue to balance jiu jitsu and law enforcement topics!
Episode #11 of The Code Podcast was fantastic, with Rich McKeegan and I having an awesome time interviewing our friends James "300" Foster and Ron Garney. James is a multiple time black belt Master's IBJJF World Champion, a 4th Degree BJJ black belt and the owner of Foster BJJ in Kent, Washington. Ron Garney is a 1st degree BJJ black belt and a career Marvel Illustrator known for his incredible comic book illustrations in the Marvel Universe including Captain America, Hulk, and Dare Devil.
In Episode #10 of "The Code Podcast", Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belts (Team Pedro Sauer) Rob Magao and Rich "Scarecrow" McKeegan talk with Bryant Pangelinan. Bryant is a 2nd Degree BJJ black belt, prior LEO, 3X NoGi IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF PAN AM Champion at black belt and the owner and head coach of Saber Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Concord, CA. In this episode we talk about owning an academy, competition training, LEO and BJJ! And we delve into the dark secrets of cross training at other BJJ schools!
Episode #9 of "The Code Podcast", Gracie Jiu-jitsu Blackbelts Rob Magao and Rich "Scarecrow" McKeegan talk with Eric Marandino. Eric is a career EMT, a lifelong martial artist holding a 2nd Degree BJJ Black Belt under TEAM LINK and black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hap kido. Eric has competed extensively with the IBJJF and is a coach at TEAM LINK HQ in Ludlow, MA. We talk about his dealing with COVID-19 as a first responder, his experiences in martial arts, competing in IBJJF and Reality Fighting Grappling Matches and his passion for teaching jiu-jitsu.
In Episode #8 of "The Code Podcast", Gracie Jiu-jitsu Blackbelts (Team Pedro Sauer) Rob Magao and Rich "Scarecrow" McKeegan talk with Eric Lundell. Eric is a career LEO, SWAT Team Leader and BJJ Brown Belt under Jay Bell of Gracie Farmington Valley. Eric is an adjunct instructor at DARC (Direct Action Resource Center) in Arkansas where he assists in teaching active shooter courses to law enforcement. Eric has fought MMA, served overseas and at home and continues to teach LEOs in the areas of arrest and control, firearms and active shooter.
In Episode #7 of "The Code Podcast", Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelts (Team Pedro Sauer) Rob Magao and Rich "Scarecrow" McKeegan talk with Ben Sonstrom of Storm Training and Consulting LLC. Ben is a career LEO and has worked as a firefighter/paramedic as well as a K-9 officer. Ben is the owner of Storm Training and Consulting LLC www.stormtraining.org providing tactical medicine, firearms and K-9 training programs.
In Episode #6 of "The Code Podcast", Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelts (Under Pedro Sauer) Rob Magao and Rich AKA "Scarecrow" McKeegan interview Eli Knight of Knight Jiu-Jitsu. Eli is a 2nd Degree black belt under the legendary Royce Gracie, and operates one of the most successful BJJ Youtube Channels on the internet (Knight Jiu-jitsu). He also has videos with BJJ Fanatics, and his recent release with Budo Brother's, Deep Dive Jiu-Jitsu
Episode 5 of The Code Podcast welcomes Jason from Jiu Jitsu Five-O. Jason is an Alliance brown belt, active duty Minnesota LEO, and a huge advocate of combining the two! Jiu Jitsu Five-O believes Jiu Jitsu is the solution to most problems surrounding police use of force. They show cops how to train for real and look good while doing it, through technique videos, articles, promoted courses and the freshest apparel and gear. This episode is no fluff and straight to the point…Go Train!
Episode 4 The Code Podcast has our next guest…The Rhino! We are joined by Professor Keith Owen who is a Third Degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. We cover all topics from how to lure back blue belts who quit, law enforcement engaging in training jiu jitsu, to Bruce Lee himself! Never a dull moment and always a straight shooter, Keith Owen hits the mark on many topics in this episode.
In our third edition of The Code we met up with Alana Galvin who created Just for Police and Just for Firefighters. Just for Police is a Service and Reward program established to show respect to, and provide professional services for, Police Officers who are buying and/or selling Real Estate. LEO Matt Hogan joins us to share his experience and how amazing the service is. A really humanitarian story as well as our usual interaction between each other, which is never a dull moment!
In our second edition of The Code we have an amazing LEO organization from our home state of CT, Our Heroes Fund! We chop it up about jiu jitsu and law enforcement, the importance of training. The amazing event held here in CT, The SWAT Challenge. And a whole lot of other great topics!
In our maiden voyage of The Code Podcast hosted by Pedro Sauer black belts Rob Magao and Rich “The Scarecrow” McKeegan. We kick off the first episode wit none other than the man himself, Prof Pedro Sauer! We sit down a couple of hours before Rich McKeegan’s black belt test and talk about Prof’s journey with jiu jitsu and where we are today in the martial art and sport. A fantastic way to start this podcast, so many stories and an amazing outlook on training and immersing yourself into the jiu jitsu lifestyle.