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#17 Alastair Bishop

17th May 2018 | Thoughts Podcast | Featured | 2:02:00

Alastair Bishop is the host of the Big Al Podcast (a Mixed Martial Arts based show) and heads up the newly launched MMA Republic Media House. Joining me as co-host was Richie Quan (Head coach of Fight Fit Militia and Gracie Barra Sunninghill). We sat down at the Tellytrack studios and discussed how Alistair got involved in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts, why he started The Big Al podcast, we discussed EFC, Fightstar, the problems with amateur MMA in SA, the state of BJJ in the country. The inception and concept of MMA Republic and what his plans for the future.

#16 Colin J Browne

9th May 2018 | Thoughts Podcast | Featured | 1:55:20

Colin J Browne is an author and business consultant, co-founder of Sales Guru, founder of West St. Floyd (professional self-publishing service), author of How to build a Happy Sandpit (outlining how organisational culture leads to employee engagement and the role of leadership in that mix) and founder of Happy Sandpit Think Tank. We sat down at the Tellytrack Studio’s and discussed Colin’s early years working abroad, the formation of Sales Guru and why he left. How a bad employee changed the course of his life and the subsequent 2 years of research put into his book. We also discussed all things business touching on culture and management and the focus of his new book.

#15 Jaryd Smith

3rd May 2018 | Thoughts Podcast | Podcast | 1:54:25

Jaryd Smith is a musician, looping artist and song writer from Johannesburg South Africa. In addition to being an incredible musician he is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner and coach, main sponsor and sound engineer of the Thought Lab Podcast and a great brother. We sat down and discussed, the music industry in South Africa, how he started his music career his breakaway as a solo artist under the Jaryd Smith project, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, how he put together his album Charcoal Sketching and his plans for the future.

Behind The Mic

Huntley Smith

Huntley Smith

Huntley Smith is a director of BSG and Managing Direct of Accelerator Consulting Services which specialises in performance management and brand positioning.

Huntley is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Brown belt and co-Founder of Arte Suave Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which has multiple clubs in South Africa and Mauritius.

In addition he is also the president of SABJJF (South African Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) which is affiliated to the Sport Jiu Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF).

And now, Huntley is your host of the Thought Lab Podcast

His passions and interests include:

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About Us

"For many years I have questioned everything, my thirst for knowledge is as insatiable as my love for martial arts and developing those around me in business and life" – Huntly Smith

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