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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10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt Brandon McCaghren joins the podcast to discuss YouTube as a learning tool for BJJ, the martial arts business, having a mastery mindset, and his take on coaching. Brandon earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Eddie Bravo and was the first 10th Planet Instructor in the entire Southeastern United States. He is highly respected both as a competitor and as an instructor. Brandon currently owns a 10th planet school in Decatur and shares his BJJ knowledge to a large following on social media channels.
How can one avoid burning out when working towards a goal? To me, part of the answer is taking days off to recharge. This doesn’t have to mean expensive vacations or long breaks. It means spending quality time with those closest to you, turning your phone off, and really being present with those that surround you.
In this week’s podcast, I sat down with Scott Strode to talk about addiction recovery, finding a purpose, and about The Phoenix, the addiction recovery program he co-founded. The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life.
Most of our bad days come as a result of other people’s actions, but why let someone else ruin your day? I choose to live a better life not allow for that to that happen. I have a very simple rule: unless someone in my close circle passes, I don’t allow anyone to ruin my day.
In this week’s podcast, I was joined by Forrest Knutson, a meditation and yoga expert with an active YouTube channel for educational content, meditation, and yoga techniques. Forrest and I discuss the practice and benefits of yoga and meditation, the physiological effects of breath work and heart rate variability, and western views on Eastern philosophies.
It’s easy to get caught up in people’s opinions about, I think, things that don’t matter (politics, economics, etc). Of course, these things do matter in the grand scheme of society, but why let someone’s OPINION on them make or break your relationship with them? I prefer to focus on what brings me together with someone to get past our differences. Here’s my challenge: find where you disagree with someone, and choose to connect with that person regardless of said difference. It certainly isn’t always the easiest path to navigate, but it is the most rewarding.
American BJJ pioneer and 6th degree black belt Phil Migliarese joined this week’s episode of The Gospel Of Fire to discuss the history of BJJ in the US, his own martial arts upbringing, the business aspect of martial arts, sport BJJ , and his opinion on trash talking on social media. Phil first began training BJJ at 12 years old, and by age 17 he was traveling to Hawaii and California to learn from the Gracies themselves. Phil has been practicing BJJ for 32 years and now owns several BJJ school in the Philadelphia area.
When can we stop working hard? When will we reach such level of comfort that we don’t have to get after it every day? I personally hope that day never comes for me. When I stop grinding, when I get too comfortable, that’s when I lose sight of what matters. If you love what you do, working hard for your goals is a blessing.
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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