Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast Ep. 6: Football And Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with John Owning

Football analyst John Owning, an instructor and international competitor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, stops by Matt Waldman’s RSP Cast for a conversation about the martial art and how it helps him analyze football.

If you subscribe to the RSP Film Room, you probably saw Owning and I break down Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa’s film while he was at Ohio State or Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett at Texas A&M. Owning, a graduate of Dan Hatman’s Scouting Academy, brought up Bosa’s footwork as an edge rusher that needed to be addressed in the NFL — an insight that few, if any, mentioned pre-draft.

Owning and I spent a half-hour discussing a variety of topics focused on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and football, including his thoughts on Chuck Liddell’s PR event with the Browns:

  • Owning’s 100-pound transformation from a 275-pound lineman to an international competitor in BJJ.
  • Where BJJ and football have commonalities.
  • The football positions that would benefit most from BJJ training — there’s at least one that will surprise you.
  • Why leverage is more important than power on the football field — including player examples.
  • Why Chuck Liddell’s PR event in Cleveland was not a worthwhile teaching session for the Browns and a disappointing representation of the martial art applied to football.

This was another fantastic guest appearance. If you think so too, rate and review the show after you give it a listen.

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