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Interview with Richard Dimitri

The owner and founder of Senshido is something of a controversial figure in the martial arts world. He has been criticized for his views on personal protection training, but his passion and drive cannot be questioned.

In this interview, Mr. Dimitri discusses his business, his views on "Reality-based" instructors, his training, and much more.

Interview with Jermaine Andre (Part I)

In this first of a 2-part interview with MMA champion Jermaine Andre, the champ talks about his MMA training, his Muay Thai training, his experiences in both the WFA and the UFC, and the future of Mixed Martial Arts.

Interview with Jermaine Andre (Part II)

The second part of our interview with the MMA Champion! In this section, Mr. Andre talks at length about his teacher and mentor, Ron Smith. Also discussed are his days in prison, the realities and myths of knifefighting, and his varied interests outside of the martial arts.

Interview with Pedro Carvalho

With one of the most critically acclaimed video instructional series on the market, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stylist Pedro Carvalho is definitely an expert in his field. In this interview, he talks about MMA, Sport Jiu-Jitsu, his instructional materials, and more.

Interview with Kirik Jenness

The Underground Forum is probably the most popular martial arts forum on the Internet today. owner Kirik Jenness shares with us the beginnings of his site along with the renowned Underground Forum and his widely sold book, The Fighter's Notebook.

Interview with Keith Pascal

Author Keith Pascal's credits include 3 books, 12 eBooklets, and many articles on a variety of martial arts topics. He is also the managing editor of Martial Arts Mastery: A Tell-All of Tips, Tactics, and Techniques- an e-zine that boasts some 2,000 subscribers.

Mr. Pascal talks with Martial Direct about his background, his publications, and his teacher- Steve Golden, among other things.

Interview with Rodrigo Vaghi

Rodrigo Vaghi is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association. He studied at the original Gracie Academy in Rio de Janeiro with the likes of Grandmaster Helio, Rickson, Royce, and Royler Gracie.

In this interview, Mr. Vaghi speaks of his training, his students, and what it's like to train with Rickson Gracie.

Interview with David Peterson

David Peterson is a Wing Chun teacher/practitioner from Australia. He has written numerous articles on Wing Chun and his famous instructor, Wong Shun Leung, as well as written a book about his instructor.

In this interview, Mr. Peterson shares his thoughts on training, his instructor, and Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do, among other things.

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