Roy Dean's Becoming a blackbelt book

So a couple of days ago I picked up Roy Dean's book, and I finished it on the same day.

It was very interesting to me. The things that were happening along the way, bumps on the road, things that kep him return to it, various perspectives and reflections (and how they change during life), happenstances, coincidences, opening an academy (and picking the city for it), the entire path of his; and how his jiu jitsu journey intertwined with all the other life’s paths.

I was wondering, what was the next step he took, after he left his academy? It seems he didn’t got back to the audio business, either.

Is he still training, what’s he doing, what’s he building?

I thought he gave away his academy in the NW to focus on his online business but I still see him on YouTube promoting people so idk what that means.

Hey Stipe,

Thanks for taking the time to read about my journey. Coincidentally, I just finished reading an audio version of the book, which should be released shortly through Audible, iTunes, etc.

Since I wrote the book 4 years ago, I've had some great adventures teaching and traveling, and I've been quietly working away in many different areas, including several media partnerships.

First off, I've been building an affiliate network of Academies, inside the USA, and abroad.  I only promote affiliates these days, and have a strong queue instructors making their way down the path.

Second, I've expanded my media reach to Amazon, BJJFanatics, and my own OTT subscription channel and app.

I've also been teaching and training with my friends in SoCal at Coachella Valley Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and made a little web series where I'm one of the characters.

Finally, I've been working with my friends at Aikido Journal, and partnered with Josh Gold to create the Aikido Journal Academy, creating some of the technically progressive and beautiful instructionals ever produced for the art.

So that's some of what I've gotten into.  Stepping away from running an Academy was a big shift, but it's made all of the difference.  I feel very fortunate to do what I love for a living, and hope to continue to contribute to the art for years to come.


Roy I've always admired your approach to Jiu-Jitsu. Glad you're still teaching. 

Great book. I'm reading it again for the second time

Thank you for the reply, Roy!

So now it is all about martial arts.

Your path has been very interesting, and the one you’re taking now is even more rare and new.

Best of luck in the future. Hopefully we get another book a decade from now!