Warrior Kid Podcast 1: Ask Uncle Jake

0:00:00 – Opening

0:01:01 – How hard is it to become a Navy SEAL?

0:02:24 – What’s the best food to eat?

0:04:06 – Did Uncle Jake have a mentor growing up?

0:06:37 – How to keep on the path after the book is finished.

0:10:44 – Was Jocko like Marc when he was young?

0:17:28 – Should you try to motivate people that are okay with being average?

38 thoughts on “Warrior Kid Podcast 1: Ask Uncle Jake”

  1. Morning Jocko!

    My son, Connor, loved the first book. Starting the second one this week. We’ve also listened to the first 3-episodes of the Warrior Kid podcast.

    Without prompting, he asked if he could as you a question.. Soo.. What is the process to submit questions for the podcast?



    1. Kerri, the warrior kid principles of hard work, discipline, humility, and self control are universal in their application. You don’t need to have a gender specific book/program for a girl to see the bigger picture, recognize the inherent value of these virtues and then apply them accordingly.

  2. Dear Uncle Jake,
    we have 5 warrior kids in our house.
    Jackson (10), Brooklyn (8), Jameson (6), Colson (5), Bronson (2). We are half way through your second book and we love it so far.
    We have 2 questions for you.
    #1 I have been in jiu jitsu for 9 months and I am going to earn my grey belt soon. What rank are you and do you still like jiu jitsu?
    #2 Do have any pets? We have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 7 chickens.
    Thank you for your time.
    from Jackson and Brooklyn.

  3. I am a Warrior Kid named Everett and I listen to your Warrior Kid podcast every morning. I have a question: How many pull-ups can you do in one set? How long would it take you to get to 100?

  4. Afternoon! My sons love the Warrior Kid books and podcast. They want to ask Uncle Jake a question but we don’t know where to submit them.


  5. Greetings Jocko and Echo,

    My kids and I are big fans and she had a question for your podcast: Are pancakes warrior food?

    All the best

  6. Hi!

    My 4 year Luciano Francis old has questions for Uncle Jake.
    He would like to know what kind of training he does other than jiu jitsu and pulls ups, push ups, running, etc.
    He also wants to know if Uncle Jake likes broccoli and carrots (lol!)
    And – he said – uncle Jake, say hi to Marc for me and please tell him not to become a bully because we are the good guys. You see Luciano started training jiu jitsu a few weeks before turning four and is loving it. He also started his own code! So far he has:
    Be kind
    Work hard
    Don’t fight your friend

    Thank you for these wonderful books and for the message you share!!

  7. Jocko,
    My 8 year old son and I are huge fans of the book. When I heard via your podcast there was a Warrior Kid podcast I was excited to tell him about it.
    However, due to the amount of inappropriate content on Youtube, I recently stopped letting him watch it. He is still allowed to watch Youtube Kids in his free time – after his workout and chores. Is there any chance you would be able to post the video podcast on here as well?
    Thanks for everything either way. I find your military service and podcast very inspiring. You and Echo make a great team. Also, FYI just ordered the second Warrior Kid book.

  8. Dear uncle Jake,

    I am 26 years old, and enjoy listening to the warrior kid podcast.
    i am quite sure you don’t have to be a kid to learn a lot from it (and maybe, just because it is meant for kids, detaching and reflecting (at least somewhat) objectively about the things you discuss is slightly easier for people that don’t consider themselves kids).

    clearly i still have tons to learn from you, but i also have one thing i think you should consider:
    you sometimes say that when you were in college, whenever you didn’t get something, you raised up your hand right away and asked the lecturer about it.
    then you encourage us to do the same.

    in my opinion, it is probably a good advice for lectures.
    however, i think that when you are studying alone and struggling with some exercise etc., you should really try to first tackle it by yourself, and only in case you are still stuck after putting some time and effort into it, only then, maybe you should ask for help.
    and even then, ask for just a little hint, so that you would be able to figure most of it yourself.
    at least once a day while studying, i notice my brain telling me “give up, just move on to the next topic”, and i have a note for such moments that reminds me of the Seals’ 40% rule.
    i think that we often give up too soon, and trying some more might actually make the difference.
    and when we figure out a tough exercise on our own, not only do we probably understand the material much better, but we also gain some confidence in our potential to overcome obstacles, if we just throw enough time and effort at them.

    obviously, you don’t have to agree with me, but i just wanted to share this thought.

    thanks for everything 🙂

  9. What is the best vehicule to travel with when you go to war? Also, do you know anything about ice hockey, if so, what is your favourite team?

    7 year old warrior kid, Brady from France

  10. Uncle Jake, my name is Noah Marsack and I am in the seventh grade, I have two questions for you. First, will you be making a third WAY OF THE WARRIOR Kid book, and 2nd what can I do to not get so distracted while doing homework? PS I get distracted by a fly!

  11. Hey Jocko I am a big fan and listen to your warrior kid podcasts. I have a question for you, I am just starting your workouts and if I am not strong enough yet can I, instead of 8 sets of pull-ups, do 4 and when I get stronger go to 8 sets.

    Thank you for your time
    Brady (13)

  12. Hello Uncle Jake, my little brother sometimes annoys me. How do I ignore him when he’s annoying me?


    George (7), Illinois

  13. Hi Uncle Jake! I really enjoy listening to the Warrior Kid podcast with my mum and dad. My question is: Why was Marc a wimp in the first place, why wasn’t he eating right, working out, and training ju jitsu and swimming at all before Uncle Jake arrived? Please keep the great books and podcasts coming!

  14. Dear Uncle Jake,

    My name is Henry and I am in 2nd grade. I’m wondering, I get distracted during school and sometimes I get angry and frustrated. What are some ways I can stop myself from reacting and saying mean things to my friends?

    Thank you for your advice,
    Henry (age 8)

  15. Uncle Jake,

    My name is Diego and I am 8 years old. I want to know what uncle Jake’s biggest fear is, please.

    Thank you

  16. Uncle Jake,

    My name is Cruz Londono and I’m 5. I was curious to know if you have worked around explosives and if so, how often?

    Thank you

  17. Dear Mr. Jocko Sir,

    I have been inspired to do better because of your podcast. My name is Miriam Ballard and I am eleven years old. I have a few questions. I heard your real name is John, is it true? Did you name the characters in your books after your friends that were killed in action? They have a special place in my heart too. Will your next character be called Ryan? I know you like to hear about what kids do so I will tell you even though I don’t want to sound like a goody two-shoes. I worked hard and got straight A’s. I do gymnastics, jiujitsu, spearfishing, and big wall climbing. My Dad and I climbed a 3000 ft vertical face in the Italian Dolomites this year and then we ate a whole pizza and gelato. It took us 7 and a half hours! My Mom and Dad took all us kids (5) out of school for the year to travel the world and learn about wars and history, culture, and the environment. We live in a new place every week. It has been hard to keep doing jiujitsu. How do I still maintain my skills? My Mom is a really fast runner and she has been waking me up early and taking me and my brother to the gym so now I can flag pole and deadlift 1.5 times my weight. All thanks to your podcast! I have more questions so I will keep writing you. One last thing, I looked up your picture and you look so serious, what makes you smile?

    -Miriam Ballard

  18. Hey Uncle Jake i have 1 question for you . What is the best way to get big muscles when you are a couch potato? William Hammond [10]

  19. Dear Uncle Jake,

    My name is Courtney I am 8 years old and I do jiu jitsu. At school I have a problem I don’t play, because none of the other kids invite me. I don’t know why. I just don’t like playing, I like reading and math. I can do math at recess but I’m soon going to finish my logic packet so I won’t have anything else to do. Also my hands get tired of doing monkey bars and pull-ups. What can I do?

  20. So at school my class and the fourth grade is doing a fitness gram. We had to do all these easy workouts then we had to do pushups. I practice pushups every day. I’m not the best but I need more arm strength because one of the stages are pullups. Can you give some advice on arm strength, I’m pretty strong but it’s required.


  21. Hi, my name is Elise and this is the question.
    If it is a school day and you want to work out, what time do you think we should wake up?

    Elise (almost 7)

  22. I am Calvin and I am 7 years old. What would you do if you got lost or separated from the SEALs when you were on a mission? And have you ever been lost?

  23. I have 50/50 custody of my 8 yr old son. We have a12 yr old Labrador that we are religious about walking every night. I’ve taken this opportunity to play your Warrior Kid podcast for us to listen to together while we walk. Sometimes I think he’s listening and other times I think he’s not. We had only listened to about 5 podcast. After being at his moms for several days and returning to our home, we set off for our nightly routine. We were just walking and talking, catching up when suddenly he cuts me off and says “dad, are we gonna listen to that podcast like we usually do?” I have to say it was at that moment I realized he was getting more out of it that I thought he was. So from my son, Logan, and I…..thanks. As an aside he took his first Juijistu class tonight secondary to an event that happened in school last week. If you know of any instructional YouTube videos geared more towards kids, could you mention it in one of your podcast. Thanks for helping make a difference in children’s lives.

  24. Uncle Jake:

    My name is Toby and I am a 6 year old from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    What was the hardest thing about being a Navy SEAL?

    Thank you.

  25. Uncle Jake, my name is Sadie, I’m 10 years old and in the 4th grade. My friend at school is being bullied, and I’ve stood up to the bullies a couple times, I spoke to my teacher already and also brought up the subject of bullying in circle time. My question what should my next steps be?

  26. Hi Uncle Jake
    Our family lives in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
    Our son Jacob (8) asks: A lot of my friends watch a lot of TV like Ninjago and play video games like Minecraft, when we play those are the only games they play, it’s like they dont have an imagination of their own anymore… how do i get them to stop watching so much TV and playing video games all the time?

  27. Dear Uncle Jake,

    My name is Alissa Barta and I am 10 years old and in fourth grade.

    My dad and I want to start jiu-jitsu this summer and we are looking at a few jiu-jitsu schools but they all look pretty good. What are some good things to look for in a jiu-jitsu school?

    Also, I’m doing ballet 3 times a week. If I’m also doing ballet should I still do jiu-jitsu? I’m concerned that I might be doing too much at once.

    I’m very excited to read the new warrior kid book!!!


  28. Dear Jocko,
    How can you help me get stronger as a cowgirl in Wyoming and I have to take care of cattle everyday in the summer. Can you give me some tips?

  29. I am seven years old. My dad is reading the Warrior Kid books with me and my sister. My question is what if you want to go to Jiujutsu class but it costs a lot of money?

  30. Hi Uncle Jake! I am seven years old. My dad is reading the Warrior Kid books with me and my sister. My question is what if you want to go to Jiujutsu class but it costs a lot of money?

  31. Dear Mr. Willink,

    My name is Charlie and I am a six year old warrior kid from Dana Point, California. Two of my favorite activities to do are surfing and baseball. I have a couple questions for each sport.

    What should I do, or how can I practice holding my breath longer for when I go under waves? How can I feel more comfortable when bigger waves come in? I surf with my dad all the time and he keeps me safe but these are two things I would like to work on.

    I am in the shetland league for baseball and I was wondering what I can do to be a leader on my team? I also get frustrated when I miss a few pitches when I am at bat and if I miss a catch when the ball is thrown to me. What can I do to help not get frustrated?

    Thank Mr. Jocko, I like listening to your podcast with my dad.



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