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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Ruadhan's Gym at Team Choco Heidelberg
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
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
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.