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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Shannon Sovndal is an ER doctor, BJJ practitioner, podcaster and author of several books. Shannon serves as a physician and medical director for multiple EMS agencies and fire departments. Due to the nature of his job, Shannon has seen a lot of suffering over the years. His most recent book Fragile discusses these very experiences and the lessons that they have taught him. We discuss his view on COVID-19 and re-opening the economy, how he copes with patient suffering, and more.
How does this continue to happen? Why does this continue to happen? What is it going to take to make a change? When is every human life going to have value, regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, status, and criminal record. Something needs to change!!!
The words we use and say to ourselves are so important. I should have done something means that I had the ability to but I didn’t and now I am shaming myself for that. I agree with the first part but what is the use of the second?
Amanda Leve is a BJJ brown belt, an amateur MMA fighter, and a young gym owner. Amanda began training when she was a kid and eventually decided to pursue a professional career in martial arts. She is the most recent female ADCC North American trials winner in the over 60 kg division. We discuss her career and mindset, her ADCC experience, her thoughts on training with the opposite sex, and more.
Braulio Estima is a 4th degree black belt in BJJ, a multiple time ADCC and IBJJF World champion, and one of the greatest competitors of the 2000s decade. Braulio came up in a small Brazilian town, far from Rio and other major BJJ hubs, and made his way up the ranks, winning the most prestigious tournaments in the world along the way. We discuss his training philosophy, how to better yourself during quarantine, and more.
What happened to us that makes us think we are so correct all the time. So correct on topics that we have no clue about. How many things are you really good at and do you really understand deeply? For me it’s not many, so why do I have such strong opinions on all the others?
Why in every picture of Buddha that we see are his ears so big? Is it because he had those weird earrings? Probably not. We probably don’t actually know how big his ears were, but what the big ears are trying to tell us are that maybe we should do a little more listening and a little less talking
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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