Eliot Andrew Marshall is a martial artist, business owner, podcaster, and author. He was the first American to win the BJJ Pan American championship at blue, purple, and brown belt. After transitioning to MMA, Eliot fought on The Ultimate Fighter, earned a UFC contract, and fought for 4 more years. Upon retirement he became the co-owner of Easton Training Center, one of Colorado's leading martial arts schools, with 7 locations across the Denver area. Through his podcast, The Gospel of Fire, Eliot will help you realize that you have the power to do and be whatever you want.
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Noah Kagan is an entrepreneur, a marketing expert, and, as of recently, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiast. Noah worked for Facebook and other major companies and eventually decided to start his own projects. We discuss managing anxiety episodes, teaching and coaching techniques, intentional business tactics, and more.
I recently encountered a situation in my neighborhood that I could have easily been offended by, but instead it helped me realize how amazing of a neighbor I have. The story itself isn’t the important part, but rather the idea that I can look at one situation in two very different ways and thus CHOOSE how it affects my day.
Amy Fidelis is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu brown belt, an instructor at Easton Training Center, and a full-time public relations executive. Amy started training at 33 and has been on the mats for over ten years. We discussed her coming up in BJJ, developing a growth mindset, listening to one’s body in training, and more.
I like to think of January as the time to develop the mindset to crush my goals year-round, not just for the first few weeks of the year. Set goals, develop a mindset to crush them, and watch your actions align with the resolutions you made at the start of the year.
Jason Khalipa is a world-class professional Crossfit athlete and entrepreneur. A seasoned competitor, he participated in the CrossFit Games on 8 separate occasions, taking 1st place in 2008, as well as several other competitions. We discuss CrossFit and BJJ business practices, how competition shapes people, his daughter’s leukemia diagnosis, and more.
It’s impossible not to have bad days, weeks, or even months. What I like to do on those days is find success as soon as I start my day through habits I practice daily.
Professor Mike Tousignant grew up in Chelmsford, MA, and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been the General Manager of ETC Boulder since 2009, and received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Professor Amal Easton in June of 2014. We talk about the meaning of BJJ, managing relationships, and Easton’s community and growth as a company.
It’s easy to make a New Years resolution and stick to it on Jan 1st, Jan 2nd, maybe even Jan 10th. But how many people are sticking to their resolution in the middle of March? How about at the end of June? Only those that boss up and commit to their goal. Let’s get after it.
Eliot Marshall is a former professional mixed martial artist and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Amal Easton. Coming through BJJ’s belt system Eliot was a prolific competitor, becoming the first American to earn IBJJF Pan American titles as a blue, purple and brown belt. It was also while climbing the ranks of BJJ that Eliot decided to enter the world of mixed martial arts in 2006, eventually competing in TUF and then signing for the UFC, the most prestigious MMA promotion in the world. In 2011, after a few ups and downs with his MMA career, Marshall decided to hang up his gloves and open Easton Training Center in Denver along with his coach Amal Easton.
In addition to being the co-owner and head instructor at Easton Training Center, Eliot became the head coach of Elevation Fight Team, one of the country's most highly regarded MMA teams. Despite his success as a business owner and coach, in the summer of 2015 Eliot suffered through a bout of severe anxiety, insomnia and depression, which he hadn't experienced since his adolescence. Relying on support from his friends and family in conjunction with on-going therapy, Eliot has been able to overcome his anxiety and now seeks to help others who may be suffering from a similar affliction. Eliot returned to the BJJ competition scene in 2016 and began tallying wins against some of the best jiu-jitsu competitors in the world while donating his entire purse to help Easton students, who might be struggling with anxiety or depression, receive the care and therapy they otherwise couldn't afford.
In his book "The Gospel of Fire," Eliot shares his story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. Sharing the experiences and tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair, Eliot shows you how to discover your own “why” and refocus your days on “how” to achieve it.
Eliot Marshall has always been a fighter—from overcoming bullies and bigots who targeted his half-black, half-Jewish heritage to using his martial-arts prowess to become part of the UFC. But beneath his badass exterior, Eliot struggled with severe anxiety, until he learned to live a life of true purpose.
In The Gospel of Fire, Eliot shares his incredible story of breaking down and learning to build himself back up by acknowledging his shortcomings, accepting his challenges, freeing himself from fear, and maximizing his opportunities. Sharing the experiences and tools that helped him battle back from the edge of despair, Eliot shows you how to discover your own “why” and refocus your days on “how” to achieve it.
You past doesn’t define you, and your present can set you free. With Eliot’s example, you can find your path and the power to remake your life.
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