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Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County have no shortage of fantastic goods and services to offer! In this podcast, our host Mike Nelson will clue you in on the amazing gems hidden in your very own community!

Season 2, Episode 10

Atlas Jiu Jitsu - Anyone Can Roll!

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Joe "Josferatu" Zakriski from Atlas Jiu Jitsu! Joe's been rolling with the best of them for 18 years, but he's only worked out of Atlas Jiu Jitsu for 8... How did he come to run Atlas in South Glens Falls? How did the business rise and fall (and rise again) during the COVID pandemic? What does jiu jitsu have to offer? Hear the answers to these questions and many more by tuning in to this episode!

00:00 - Titles

00:21 - Community Partner Ad: Thoroughbred Advisors

01:23 - Show Begins: An Introduction to Joe Zakriski, AKA Josferatu!

03:11 - Atlas Jiu Jitsu: Why South Glens Falls Was the Right Choice

08:00 - Eight Years and Going Strong

09:10 - Nurses Know: COVID was a Tough Time!

12:51 - The Post-COVID Boom: Numbers Double!

14:18 - Spider-Man Battles Bullying

17:12 - Jiu Jitsu: The Right Choice! No Off-Season, Great Conditioning, Breaks Screen Addiction!

20:20 - The Nelson Jiu Jitsu Clan

20:51 - The Non-Striking Art: Controlled Deescalation

22:36 - Law Enforcement can Benefit, Too!

23:58 - Ten Years from White to Black… But Even White Belt Knows Useable Tech!

26:04 - New Students Funnel In! Can Muscleheads Compete?

30:42 - A Diverse, Solid Group: Women, Kids, Anyone Can Learn!

33:06 - Grappling Industries Coming Up!

35:00 - Tournament Strategy: Competitiveness is Your Choice!

37:02 - What’s Next? Expansion Plans

39:00 - Jiu Jitsu Health Benefits: Release That Cortisol!

40:51 - Two Classes a Week Can Work Wonders: Practitioners and Competitors Alike!

43:29 - How to Get in Touch and Get Started

46:11 - A Sneak Peak of a Future Episode!

47:26 - Closing Remarks

48:26 - Community Partner Ad: The Eden Center for Integrative Care

48:56 - Ending

PRODUCTION NOTE: The opinions reflected in this podcast are not indicative of the views of Saratoga Business Report, LLC, Saratoga TODAY, Glens Falls TODAY Business Report, or Five Towers Media.


  • Host

    Mike Nelson

  • Guest

    Joe Zakriski

  • Runtime

    49 min, 18 sec

  • Air Date

    May 20th, 2024