Eliot Andrew Marshall is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, author, UFC veteran, business owner, and host of The Gospel of Fire and Easton Online podcasts. Eliot holds a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder and currently co-owns 6 BJJ gym locations.
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It’s easy to give up on a goal when things get hard. Anyone that has ever been or done something great has had a rough time at some point. The difference between someone average and someone great is that the latter did not give up when things didn’t go their way. Don’t settle for average. Strive for greatness.
World-class MMA striking coach Brandon Gibson joined me in this week’s episode. Brandon is well-known in the MMA world for working with standout fighters Jon Jones, Rustam Khabilov, and Alistair Overeem, among others. In this podcast, we discuss our experiences as coaches, what it means to be a true martial artist, and much more.
One moment is no more important than another. We often get caught up with what we deem to be important situations, sometimes even neglecting our loved ones or our own enjoyment for this particular moment we may be anticipating. But why live in angst? Why choose to deprive ourselves of the experiences we want to have, simply because we are anxious about a particular event? There is no guarantee for tomorrow, so let’s make the most out of today. All we have is now.
We seem to live for our limits rather than our goals, but what if we lived a LIMITLESS existence? What if we BELIEVED in ourselves rather than sell ourselves short? As a professional MMA fighter, I often psyched myself out of believing in myself. I convinced myself that I could not hang with the best in the game. I sometimes even had arguments with coaches and teammates where I “justified” my complete lack of belief in myself. It’s impossible to know whether or not I would have ever reached the top of my division in the UFC, but my mindset most certainly did not help me reach my goal. I did not believe I could beat the best, so I was never the best. I cannot guarantee that you will reach the goal you’re chasing, but I can assure you this: regardless of the end result, you will have a much more meaningful, empowering journey if you CHOOSE to believe in yourself.
UFC host Karyn Bryant joins the podcast to discuss her career, her identity, racial and gender inequality, and her unique experience in the journalism industry.
Karyn began interviewing and commentating combat sports in 2006 when she joined the Showtime Championship Boxing team. She later began her career in the MMA industry with CBS. Karyn currently hosts and co-hosts most of the UFC’s Pre- and Post-Fight shows on ESPN.
Here’s where NEVER giving up took me. I’d been chasing my goal of qualifying for the ADCC World Champion since I was 20 years, and it always seems to elude me. I tried and failed to get into the most prestigious grappling tournament in the world for 18 years. I took 2nd and 3rd multiple times at the qualifers, and, as time passed, my dream seemed to distance itself from reality. Yet I kept training, I kept teaching, and I kept trying to become the best version of myself that I could ever become. Now at 38 years old, well past my physical prime, with two kids and a wife, I was unexpectedly invited to compete at the 2019 ADCC World Championship. Let this serves as a lesson for you and me: never let failure, others’ opinions or your own disappointment prevent you from chasing your goals. DON’T EVER GIVE UP.
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.
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.
Today, Eliot can be found on the mats teaching and training with his students and peers. He is an active philanthropist, and continues to donate his winnings to local charities--specifically to organizations that work with children or that support people suffering from anxiety, depression or other psychological afflictions.
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