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Raf's Recollection | If there’s one thing you’ve come to know about me, it’s that I am a perfectionist.
I’ll spend hours revising and polishing drafts because I truly loathe turning in a sub-par product. It’s part of my overall commitment to an audience and readers: these things may not always be pretty, but we always try to give you 110% here at Verbal Tap (that’s right, we go the extra 10%—even if it means stealing another 10% of energy from other podcasts).
Which is why it pains me to inform you that YES there is a slight audio glitch in the podcast around the 50 minute mark.
There’s a distorted vocal effect that makes us sound like we’re transformers (good news is: if you’re tripping on acid, we sound perfect). For whatever reason, the podcast Gods overheard me and Kevin having a blast while recording the podcast in the same room (for the very first time) and thought it’d be a perfect time to mess with us.
Nonetheless, the glitch only runs for about a minute or two and I’d hate for that to deter any of you from listening to the awesome shout outs we have to close the show (who knows, one of them might even be YOU!).
Not only was it the first time Kev and I have been in the same room together in over four years, but it was the first time that we got to cover an event as a united Verbal Tap front. And let me tell you, the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo was an absolutely amazing experience for us.
We make no secret of the fact that Kevin and I are two huge BJJ enthusiasts and nerds, but this… this was another level all together. We got to connect with so many individuals who share our passion for our favorite sport and even discovered fans we didn’t know existed (when Keenen Cornelius tells you he likes your stuff, you’re doing ok in the jiu-jitsu community).
Not only did we record a slew of interviews with some of your favorite jiu-jitsu fighters and personalities, but we also recorded a series of video shorts that we are going to be working overtime to try and get up for you guys. As it stands, we have over 5 hours of content that need to be processed and edited—so I hope you’ll all understand if it takes a little while to sort through all of it.
In the podcast, we talk about our experience at the Expo (including run ins with Renzo Gracie, Big John McCarthy, Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu, MacKenzie Dern, and, hold your breath, Kevin’s man crush Carlos Condit. We’ve got a Top 10 list of our favorite parts of the World Jiu-Jitsu Expo and we do our best to try and describe the overall experience to those who didn’t (or couldn’t) make it on out.
So please keep a watchful eye on the website. There are gonna be some great videos from the WJJE (and some other really, really fun stuff as well).
Next week on the podcast we will return with not one, but TWO One-Minute reviews of The Ultimate Fighter. Plus, I’ll be reporting live from UFC 167 in Vegas this weekend. So be sure to keep all eyes on VerbalTapCast.com and @VerbalTapCast on Twitter.