Steve Maxwell Interview Pt. 1

Steve Maxwell is an American fitness coach, physical educator, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor. Steve is noted as the first man to teach group kettlebell classes in the United States.
Steve's career as a strength & conditioning coach spans nearly 40 years and stretches from training professional athletes, to working with various US Government agencies, including the DEA, Secret Service and FBI, as well as many Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academies throughout the U.S.. Maxwell travels the world conducting seminars in strength conditioning, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kettlebells and joint mobility. In part one of this fast moving and entertaining interview we cover:

  • Teaching in Oslo, Norway.
  • Near sighted and introverted.
  • An outstanding high school and college wrestler.
  • Discovering Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.
  • First BJJ school on the East Coast.
  • From school teacher to his own gym.
  • Training with the Gracie family.
  • Paying tribute to his wrestling coaches.
  • Visiting the York gym and learning from the legends.
  • John Grimick.
  • Performance enhancing drugs.
  • Old school training advice.
  • Steve turns the tables on me.
  • Training a 3 time BJJ world champion who was blind.
  • The blindness was the easy part for this guy.
  • Training in the dark to enhance awareness.
  • Judo vs jiu-jitsu.
  • Jiu-Jitsu, the perfect martial art for a blind person.
  • How he discovered kettlebells.
  • Meeting Pavel.
  • The early days of the RKC.
  • The Turkish getup.
  • His advice to me on my HKC prep.
  • Why he eventually left the RKC.
  • Adaptations he made for Russell and how he would train me.
  • Training injuries vs sports injuries.
  • His thoughts on CROSSFIT.
  • Being ruined by your success.

Click here to listen to part 1.

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