Video: Tim Ferriss Getting Thrown On His Head


I think being thrown at high impact, much like learning a foreign language or doing high-rep squats to failure, is something everyone should experience at least once.

It’s a brutal and beautiful thing when done well.

Not convinced? For your viewing pleasure, I strapped an Oregon Scientific flash memory camera to my head and let professional UFC trainer and international judo competitor Dave Camarillo destroy me.

Do I love you guys or what?

Enjoy :)

Posted on: April 22, 2008.

Watch The Tim Ferriss Experiment, the new #1-rated TV show with "the world's best human guinea pig" (Newsweek), Tim Ferriss. It's Mythbusters meets Jackass. Shot and edited by the Emmy-award winning team behind Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations and Parts Unknown. Here's the trailer.

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51 comments on “Video: Tim Ferriss Getting Thrown On His Head

  1. Hehe, nice. The head camera angle kinda reminds me of my first time skiing. I’ve always said falling was the best part of skiing. Of course, having a bunch of snow to land on probably hurts less.


  2. Good gawd, Tim.

    I’m sure Dave knows exactly what he’s doing and you’re in decent enough shape – and know how to fall properly – that you’re really not in any danger.

    But WHY, fercryingoutloud? What’s the appeal in having your body smacked headlong into one of those smelly blue mats?

    There are some things I just don’t understand. Calculus and women are two of them. This is another I can add to my list.


  3. Can you continue this….I need to see the head cam again…..maybe you could light the ceiling better… that seems to be what you see the most……..head butt him you might get one in……….good luck and good night…ha


  4. Nice falling technique Tim! I remember that stuff from Judo practice when I was younger but haven’t really kept up with it.

    The throws into submission at the end of the video were pretty insane!


  5. I replayed the “Kaptain Kirk” throw a few times and couldn’t figure out what happened. Somehow you were thrown sideways. And that DVD Promo of him spinning the guy on his feet, mon Dieu!


  6. I did a photo shoot not long with Dave Camarillo, and Tim was the dummy fighter. I didn’t know much about Tim’s martial arts background going into the shoot, but man, Tim has some skills. I’d have to say he’s as good at martial arts as he is at writing.


  7. Thanks for the Judo tutorial, been into the MMA thing ever since my buddy got me into Brazilian Jiujitsu. I think the best styles to learn if you want to get into MMA are Muay Thai boxing for striking and Brazilian Jiujitsu for your ground game. Judo probably helps if you’re Karo Parishian.


  8. You boys love to rough house aye? I especially love that you guys hug at the end. I know you boys were just playing and not hating on each other. Tim, I know it’s your man crush but someone may have needed to throw down. :)

    Girls get your man to do that, Oh the pain! LOL Best be done on a mat or mattress.

    Love and Hugs,

    I am glad your back on the blog. I was feeling withdrawal symptoms for sure ;)


  9. Hey Tim, I’m 26 – is it kinda too late to get involved in martial arts at all? I was looking into Aikido or something I did in college, Okinawan Goju Ryu karate

    The vid looks painful!


  10. Sweet Video,

    Yeah, what did you think of the Travis Lutter fight? Not a pretty site but Lutter definitely has skills. You need to come train with us over at Machado’s. Tim are you a blue belt in BJJ?


    Jose Castro-Frenzel


  11. Hi All,

    That was a fun video to put together. Believe it or not, there was no pain or injury involved.

    I learned breakfalls (ukemi) at the Kodokan in Japan, among other places, and judoka take hundreds or thousands of falls per week in training.

    A few answers:

    -I am a blue belt in BJJ under Dave but a black belt (1st degree) in judo from the Kodokan in Japan.

    -Never to late to start legit combat sports. I think both muay thai and BJJ can be done safely — judo as well — up to the 60s and 70s in age.

    -The Travis Lutter fight was great. I don’t look for flash, and he has some incredible skills. No Sakuraba, but I like him a lot :)

    Any suggestions for future videos?

    Pura vida,



  12. In highschool football, I got hit by a tailback that later went to play for college football for Arkansas. At 15 years old, he had the physique of full grown adult. He was benching over 315 lbs at that time. His name was Dexter Hebert.

    I went to tackle him. We collided squarely. Upon contact, I dropped to my knees and just knelt there for a while. I’m not ever sure if he noticed he hit me.

    It was an absolute amazing sensation of pain that I had never felt before or since. I felt the pain and I could swear – I *smelled* something weird. It’s as if I *smelled* the pain. I’m dead serious. It’s as if the neurons go crossed in my brain. Is that weird?

    I wonder if this is what you meant, Tim, that everyone should experience something like this once. I can definitely say that it was one of the most memorable experiences.


  13. Hey Tim,

    Looks like you guys were having some good fun in the gym. I think some of your fans and probably more of your critics would loved to have seen the camera angle from Dave’s head as he tossed you around. (First person Tim-Tossing) :)