PODCAST

BJJ Panda Journeys, Stories from the Mats

Nicholas Chernoff, Victor Gondim

Listen to the journey of people training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We talk to people of all ages, skill levels and styles. Each episode Nick and Vic will talk with a BJJ practitioner learning more about who they really are, where they started and what makes their journey unique.

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Episode 31 - The Journey of Dillon Vowell "The Cross Fit Panda"
Apr 25 2022
Episode 31 - The Journey of Dillon Vowell "The Cross Fit Panda"
This week we meet Dillon Vowell.  Dillon may be a white belt, but has an amazing journey that includes MMA fights, wrestling, No-Gi BJJ and a whole lot more.  Dillon has an amazing out look and an amazing Journey.  You can connect with Dillion on Instagram @relentlessdillonvowel  Also check out his sponsor, Driveway Dumpsters and Paper St Coffee, paperstcoffee.com  Thanks again to Dillonfor coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... Really excited to announce this is also our second episode that is available on YouTube, check out our channel BJJ Pandas!! BJJ Pandas Episode 30.To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJSpecial thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 31 - The Journey of Dillon Vowell "The Cross Fit Panda"
Apr 25 2022
Episode 31 - The Journey of Dillon Vowell "The Cross Fit Panda"
This week we meet Dillon Vowell.  Dillon may be a white belt, but has an amazing journey that includes MMA fights, wrestling, No-Gi BJJ and a whole lot more.  Dillon has an amazing out look and an amazing Journey.  You can connect with Dillion on Instagram @relentlessdillonvowel  Also check out his sponsor, Driveway Dumpsters and Paper St Coffee, paperstcoffee.com  Thanks again to Dillonfor coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... Really excited to announce this is also our second episode that is available on YouTube, check out our channel BJJ Pandas!! BJJ Pandas Episode 30.To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJSpecial thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 30 - The Journey of Drew Milden "The Podcast Panda"
Apr 4 2022
Episode 30 - The Journey of Drew Milden "The Podcast Panda"
This week we meet Drew Milden an fellow podcaster. Drew has a really cool journey that include more than just Jiu Jitsu, but is certainly passionate about Jiu Jitsu!  While he has just started his BJJ Journey he has certainly had an interesting journey in order to get to this point. Check out his podcast for more just search for "Drew Vs the World Podcast"Also find Drew on instagram @drewvstheworldpodcast Thanks again to Drew for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... Really excited to announce this is also our second episode that is available on YouTube, check out our channel BJJ Pandas!! BJJ Pandas Episode 30.To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 29 - The Journey of Ben Tallini "The Haven Panda"
Mar 28 2022
Episode 29 - The Journey of Ben Tallini "The Haven Panda"
This week we meet Ben, he is a Black belt, a coach, an academy owner and a really cool guy. Ben has recently opened his own academy Haven Jiu Jitsu in Baldwinsville NY (Central NY) and it is amazing.  Ben is also doing some really awesome work with the local police departments and Syracuse University to study the effects of BJJ training in Law Enforcement.  Not that you want to miss any of these episode, but this is a BIG ONE!! Thanks again to Ben for coming on the show!!!If you want connect with Ben you  can find him on instagram @havenjiujitsu or his website at back, relax and enjoy... Really excited to announce this is also our first episode that is available on YouTube, check out our channel BJJ Pandas!! BJJ Pandas Episode 29To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 28 - The Journey of Sebastian "The Traveling Panda"
Mar 21 2022
Episode 28 - The Journey of Sebastian "The Traveling Panda"
This week we meet Sebstian, he is currently a purple belt and trains from where ever he happens to be.  We get to walk through his journey staring in high school as a wrestler.  We get to hear about his experiences as he has traveled all over the country for work and has been able to train at the same time.  Thanks again to Sebastian for coming on the show!!!If you want connect with Sebastian you  can find him on instagram @seabass859Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 27 - The Journey of Dylan Gebhart "The Judo Panda"
Mar 7 2022
Episode 27 - The Journey of Dylan Gebhart "The Judo Panda"
This week we meet Dylan Gebhart, Dylan is currently a white belt in BJJ and ranked in Judo.  We get to talk to Dylan about his Journey and what he has experienced just starting out. It was a lot of fun chatting Dylan and hearing his perspective and thoughts.  Thanks again to Dylan for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 26- The Journey of Bella Gondim "The Little Sister Panda"
Feb 21 2022
Episode 26- The Journey of Bella Gondim "The Little Sister Panda"
This week we meet Bella Gondim, Vic's little sister.  She is an amazing blue belt and at only 18 years old has a very promising Jiu Jitsu journey in front of her.  It was great to hear about her starting her journey and some of the people that have influenced her life in a positive way through Jiu Jitsu.Thanks again to Bella for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 25 - The Journey of Chris Ziegler "The Early Morning Panda"
Feb 14 2022
Episode 25 - The Journey of Chris Ziegler "The Early Morning Panda"
This week we meet Chris Ziegler, the most consistent member of Panda Power Hour. We always say we want to hear journeys from White to Black and everything in between... So we have our first adult white belt.  Listen to how it began for Chris and why he continues to train.Thanks again to Chris for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 24- Pandas Chatting
Feb 7 2022
Episode 24- Pandas Chatting
This week we bring a little different spin on our normal conversations.  We sat down with Aaron Vince "The Philosophical Panda" and just talked... We talked about Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Martial arts in general along with some other random topics.  We plan to bring a little different spin once per month so let us know what you think.Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 23 - The Journey of Nakana Costa "The Hawaiian Panda"
Jan 31 2022
Episode 23 - The Journey of Nakana Costa "The Hawaiian Panda"
This week we meet Nakana Costa "The Hawaiian Panda".  Nakana has been training Jiu Jitsu for over a decade. He also has three kids that train and plenty of crazy stories!!  He is a Black Belt that trains under Professor Shawn Hammonds out of Guardian MMA in Nashville, TN. One of the funniest people I know and a ton of fun to talk with. Thanks again to Nakana for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 22- The Journey of Betty Broadhurst "The Roll Forever Panda"
Jan 24 2022
Episode 22- The Journey of Betty Broadhurst "The Roll Forever Panda"
This week we meet Betty.  You may remember her from her instagram fame a couple of months ago when she won double gold at Worlds, but that wasn't the coolest part, she was also awarded her Black Belt by Professor Diego Bispo at age 65!!She started training BJJ at 54 years old because... she didn't want to join a book club! This is truly one amazing Journey with so many fun stories.  Thanks again to Betty  for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy...If you want to support betty and her work you can go to:RollForeverbjj.comTo join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies we have some good stuff in stock and are offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 21 - The Journey of "The Panda Family"
Jan 17 2022
Episode 21 - The Journey of "The Panda Family"
This week we meet the Pender's. Marissa and Jeremy Pender, husband and wife, both black belts under the Team Shawn Hammonds. We hear not only about how they started their martial arts Journey, but also how they started as a couple. This is truly one amazing family that is all in when in comes to living the Martial Arts lifestyle.Thanks again to Jeremy and Marissa  for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy...If you want to support the story you hear today you can do so by going to:Fight 4 Jada or VisionMMA.com To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 20 - The Journey of Aaron Vince "The Philosophical Panda"
Jan 11 2022
Episode 20 - The Journey of Aaron Vince "The Philosophical Panda"
This week we meet Aaron, the "The Philosophical Panda".  Aaron has been training Jiu Jitsu for over three year and has also trained in Karate, Krav Maga and Kick Boxing. He has a very different approach and a very cool story.  This episode was really fun and you get to hear how Aaron has progressed on his Journey and brought friends along with him.Excited to see where this Journey leads Aaron in the future.Thanks again to Aaron for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJIn Memory of Brad Chernoff, the best Dad a son could have!! Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Welcome to the new Year New Episode Tomorrow
Jan 10 2022
Welcome to the new Year New Episode Tomorrow
Hello Everyone,Due to some technical issues, we will be posting this week's episode tomorrow instead of the normal Monday.  Stay tuned, it is going to be good.
Episode 19 - The Journey of Sadie, Calvin, Lilllian and Emma "The Panda Cubs"
Jan 3 2022
Episode 19 - The Journey of Sadie, Calvin, Lilllian and Emma "The Panda Cubs"
Happy New Year!!! This week we meet we have a very special episode.  We talk with four kids that train BJJ. Meet Sadie Chernoff, Calvin Rogers, Lillian Upchurch, and Emma Ziegler. All four of these kids work hard, train hard, compete hard and know how to have fun.  This was such a great episode to record, talking to these kids and hearing about the Journey they have been on.  Some people are intimidated by combat sports, but these kids have not only jumped right in, most of them have also gotten their parents to start training as well.  Super Proud of all of these little Panda Cubs.  Great Job Kids!!!Thanks again  for coming on the show and thanks to the parents for all you do!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... This episode is Dedicated to my Dad, Brad Chernoff!! Love you Dad, thanks for all you did!!To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas DiscordMake sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 18 - The Journey of Ryan "The Mind Panda"
Dec 27 2021
Episode 18 - The Journey of Ryan "The Mind Panda"
This week episode is a little different.  This week we meet Ryan, the "The Mind Panda".  While Ryan doesn't train Jiu Jitsu, he does understand the mental aspect of combat and combat sports.  During his time on the show we talk about the different ways your mind and body can work together to help you be more comfortable in uncomfortable situations. Ryan works with vets from all walks of life, helping lift up their experiences and lives after life in the uniform.  Ryan also has a podcast, "Vets with a Mic" so make sure to check him out.Vet With a MicThanks again to Ryan for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy... To join our Discord Community Click here: BJJ Pandas Discord Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 17- The Journey of Mike Schaffeld "The Big Strong Panda"
Dec 20 2021
Episode 17- The Journey of Mike Schaffeld "The Big Strong Panda"
This week we meet Mike Schaffeld, the Big Strong Panda.  Mike has been training for over three years.  In this episode we hear about the apprehensions that people can have just starting this sport. We also get to hear how training Jiu Jitsu has impacted not only Mike's life, but his family in a positive way. Oh yea and we also hear about the time Mike almost got sick on the mats!! HahahaHear about his very first days starting as a "fighter" training in a trailer with shag carpet for mats!!Thanks again to Mike for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy...  Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 16 - The Journey of James Fisher "The On Fire Panda"
Dec 13 2021
Episode 16 - The Journey of James Fisher "The On Fire Panda"
This week we meet James "On Fire" Fisher.  James has been training sine the mid 2000s, and has certainly had one heck of a journey.   Hear about his very first days starting as a "fighter" training in a trailer with shag carpet for mats!! You can learn directly from James via his Patreon Page: you can subscribe and get videos weekly showing detailed descriptions of different positions. James will be fighting this coming weekend in 12/19/2021 at the Kumite II at the Madison Theater if you are in the Greater Cincinnati area come out and see him along with a few of our other guests compete!! You can get tickets at: Thanks again to James for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy...  Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 15 - The Journey of Gabe Slone "The Long Lost Panda"
Dec 6 2021
Episode 15 - The Journey of Gabe Slone "The Long Lost Panda"
This week we meet Gabe Slone.  Gabe has been training for just over 13 years.  Most recently competed at the Worlds and won GOLD in Brown Belt Masters Open weight!!! He as also competed and won Silver and is currently ranked number 3 in the world at Brown Belt Masters level!!  Hear about his very first day on the mats and gain insight and wisdom he shares from his years of experience.  Gabe also started a Non-Profit that helps young people in the community develop through Jiu Jitsu by providing them scholarship money to pay BJJ school dues. If you want to know more check out  again to Gabe for coming on the show!!!Sit back, relax and enjoy...  Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.comAs a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including T-Shirt and Hoodies and will be offering pre-orders on rash guards and Gis .  Check us out at  www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ  Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 14 - The Journey of Logan Glass "The Lanky Panda"
Nov 29 2021
Episode 14 - The Journey of Logan Glass "The Lanky Panda"
This week we meet Logan Glass.  Logan has been training for just over 3 years.  In that time he has had some amazing personal growth.  Hear all about how he got his start and what he has overcome in just the past year alone. Thanks again to Logan for coming on the show!!!As a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including rash guards and Gis ARE OUT and ready for Pre-Order.  You can order yours at www.ShadowRealmBJJ.com or check us out on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Sit back, relax and enjoy...  Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.com Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast
Episode 13- The Journey of Levi Batta "The Soon to be New Dad Panda"
Nov 22 2021
Episode 13- The Journey of Levi Batta "The Soon to be New Dad Panda"
This week we meet Levi Batta of "Bright Jiu Jitsu" in Bright Indiana. Levi has been training for over 13 years and has seen a lot.  Not only does he talk about his experience on the mats, he also talks about person struggle and victories that his family has endured. Levi is getting ready for a Super Fight you can see him in Kentucky at the Madison Theater.  For tickets you can go to: Thanks again to Levi for coming on the show!!!As a reminder we have a new line of BJJ apparel including rash guards and Gis coming out soon and can be found on Instagram at Shadowrealmbjj and Facebook at  Shadow Realm BJJ Sit back, relax and enjoy...  Make sure to let us know what you think by commenting on our Facebook Page: Panda Power Hour, Instagram: BJJ_Pandas or at our website BJJPandas.com Special thank you to Drew Knote for supporting the podcast