Ruadhan Mac Fadden Adventures to Kazakhstan to Climb Mountains and Train BJJ with Genghis Khan's Relatives

Ruadhan Mac Fadden is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a world traveler. You might remember Ruadhan from his first appearance on TrekJitsu when he came to talk about traveling to Svalbard near the Arctic circle. Recently, Ruadhan returned from a trip to Kazakhstan in Central Asia where he climbed some mountains, took an extremely long train ride, and trained Jiu-Jitsu with some of Genghis Khan's descendants. 

I hope you enjoy hearing about more of Ruadhan's adventures! I certainly learn a lot whenever we get together to chat. 

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SHOW NOTES!

Ruadhan's Gym at Team Choco Heidelberg

My first Podcast with Ruadhan

Dan Carlin's Wrath of the Khans Miniseries about Genghis Khan's lineage and the terrible conquest of the Mongol hordes. Best place to learn about some brutal world history. 

Astana, capitol of Kazakhstan 

Almaty, the old capitol of Kazakhstan

The Trans-Siberian Railway, Russia's super-railway. Ruadhan discusses how this system is utilized across many areas surrounding Russia and Central Asia 

Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia, by David Greene. Ruadhan talks about this book and how it's a great read concerning Russian/Central Asian train culture. 

A guide to Russian train culture, also alive and well in Central Asia

North Korean Labor Camps, a Vice Documentary Ruadhan and I discuss on the show 

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert MacFarlane

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Globetrotters Facebook Group, an awesome place to find training all over the world

Duolingo and Memrise, the two free online language learning systems that we discuss on the show

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan

Highlights from the ADCC Asia and Oceania Championships held in Almaty and attended by none other than Ruadhan Mac Fadden

The VK page for Atos Kazakhstan where Ruadhan visited for a day of awesome Jiu-Jitsu training

Choke - A Rickson Gracie Documentary 

The legendary Oleg Taktarov whose leglocks were so good that the Achilles lock is called the "Taktarov" in many places in Eastern Europe where I've traveled.

 

Ruadhan hiking mountain ranges in Kazakhstan

Ruadhan hiking mountain ranges in Kazakhstan

The Khan Shatyr, the largest tented structure in the world

The Khan Shatyr, the largest tented structure in the world

The gates of Astana, capitol of Kazakhstan

The gates of Astana, capitol of Kazakhstan

The chocolate wrapper where Ruadhan and his travelling companion were able to communicate during their long journey across Kazakhstan

The chocolate wrapper where Ruadhan and his travelling companion were able to communicate during their long journey across Kazakhstan

The mountain ranges in Kazakhstan hiked by Ruadhan during his trip

The mountain ranges in Kazakhstan hiked by Ruadhan during his trip