May 31, 2010
May 28, 2010
I want to offer a huge congrats to the following folks whom were promoted last night at the dojo. Brian does not "give" belts, they are earned at our academy. A lot of people cannot handle not getting a pat on the ass every other month and quit, but those of us who endure know the value of a rank when you earn it under Brian. Rest assured if he hands you a belt, you have been that belt for quite sometime. (I did not think to bring my camera last night, so I subbed this suitable image in lieu;)
May 25, 2010
I sparred and grappled for many a year with little to no mouth guard or any type of protection for my teeth and mouth. Put quite simply, it was stupid! God knows how much stress and damage I did to the enamel and structure of my teeth over the years.
May 24, 2010
World Sumo Champion Byamba has a brand new site up and running. He has training tips, video clips, as well as some of the acting roles he has partaken in. Byamba has fought professional Sumo and grown up grappling in his native Mongolia. I am hoping to connect with him and Andrew Freund of USA Sumo while visiting Tim next weekend in LA. If I do get the chance to train, and my elbow is feeling okay, I will let you all know how the training goes!
May 23, 2010
Any true fan of MMA does not need to be reminded of the glory days of Pride FC when Kazushi Sakuraba (one of the best) took on the Gracie family (this will be the 5th member over 6 fights), and one can glimpse of the outcome by the moniker that Sakuraba quickly took to... the Gracie Hunter!
May 21, 2010
May 20, 2010
Grapplers Quest has announced four awesome super fights for there upcoming tournament and show in Vegas Memorial Day weekend:
For those of you who do not follow the links on my blog roll (look down and to the left), I got this from Kid Peligro at ADcombat.com: Robert Drysdale has announced he plans on fighting his first pro-MMA match with Armageddon Fighting Championships on July 17th. No opponent has been announced yet.
May 17, 2010
Last week while visiting my broski Shadow, my timing just so worked out that I would have an opportunity to take a 3 hour seminar with Pan Am Silver Medalist Abmar Barbosa. Just a week away from the Pan Am's, Abmar paid a visit to 50-50 Jiu Jitsu and Ryan Hall in DC.
Sorry embedding was not available for this clip, but here is the clip of Asasekiryu doing a pulling heel hook on Wakanosato at the May Sumo Basho. Called a Chongake in Sumo. Rarely seen in Sumo this technique is similar to a ankle pick in wrestling, and is quite a common move seen in Judo, as well as Northern Mantis.
May 14, 2010
May 13, 2010
Allen Pittman is just short of a legend in the Chinese martial community. Being a student of Robert Smith he was one of the first to appear in an English language book on the arts of Xing Yi, and Bagua.
May 11, 2010
The tournament director announced over 300 competitors from child through master levels. Few belts higher than blue attended that I saw, but some decent matches none the less. Admirably they have adopted 98% (I never heard what 2% was missing) of the IBJJF's rules. Many local tournaments are heading in this direction which I think has both positives and negatives (again, more on that later). But one positive aspect is the elimination of rules meetings which inevitably eat up TONS of time before tournaments! You are responsible for understanding the rules prior to coming to the tourney.
Here on the east coast I guess they do no gi first then move on to gi competition. I was not aware of this, as on the west coast it is flip flopped. No biggie though as I signed up for both.
Naturally not a god damned thing started on time. I literally sat around for 6 fucking hours waiting for my first match. I must say this has gotten really, REALLY old in my young career. IBJJF gives you times that your division will start, and in my experience (only two official events) they are pretty close (within a 1/2 hour). Not knowing when you go forces you to try to balance staying warm and loose while not wasting energy. Up and down, up and down gets screws with your body and mind.
A total of 8 mats were available, but (again, on par) at any given time there were as many as 6 (no not a typo) that were stagnant and down with ref's and time keepers playing titley winks (how do you spell that???). This is par for the course even in WA. where the Revolution usually only has 6 mats and 1/2 are often down for up to 20 minutes!!
Around 2pm I was warming up (again) on the side of the mat waiting for my division to be announced to be on deck. I was not totally warm, but not cool. I flew in the previous afternoon but jet lag had not hit yet, though I was stiff. I was starting to get hungry even though I had eaten and munched on some protein bars from home (homemade, not the store bought crap!). When all of the sudden out of nowhere I hear a ref yell my name. "What the...." (fill in the blank) is what I mutter to Shadow.
I go to the ref, and he says "You're up."
"Sir, no one called our division yet."
"I know, we are squeezing you guys in right now."
Fuck me, no prep time, or perhaps too much prep time. Oh well, on the street you have no time to prep for an altercation, man up and put your big girl panties on Jake!
Long story short(ish)...
I am squared up against a young kid who is a bit chubby but strong. We scramble about four or five times sweeping each other in a flury (no one gets points). He ends up in side control. No problem I think, I have really been working on the subtleties of my Ballard Bridge Sweep, so I start to work to set it up (sorry kids, not letting you on to my secrets. It is bad enough 1/2 the academy has figured it out!). He falls for the bait, but as I sweep him he transitions smoothly, I have underestimated my opponent (fatal). He moves to the other side of me maintaining side control and immediately wipes my arm away with his head into a key lock. I try to escape... then shit hits the fan... I hear three distinct tears (much like celery being broken), and tap!
My opponent was super cool and stopped immediately but it was too late, my arm was hurting. He heard it as did the ref who immediately asked if I need a doc. I said no, I am fine (sorta hurt at this point). My opponent is apologizing and I reassure him he has nothing to apologize for (again the awesome brotherhood and camaraderie of BJJ shines through), it was a great key lock and the injury is my own fault.
- Get warm and stay warm. If local tournaments cannot maintain decent schedules don't support them.
- When you are caught just tap. Not worth it in the end. My ego caught me and taught me a lesson.
- I am a true believer that pain is in our life to teach us. I learn a lot from pain (emotional, physical, mental) and use it to grow. I have already learned a lot from this (most likely my most serious injury other than a couple of rib injuries I have had, which I do not consider too major).
- Get on top as soon as possible and maintain position. Dominant positioning is paramount in BJJ (all martial arts really). I have fucked around too much the last couple of tourneys. Not aggressive enough!
Not too wax too much woo woo shit here, but I had a strong premonition for over a month that I would get hurt at this tourney. Shadow asked why I still competed (and berated me for not telling him prior). Simple answer... because this was my fate. I needed this lesson. I will grow stronger because of this.
Overall it was an okay tourney. The lack of medical staff is a serious concern. Paramedics NEED to be on site. Makes one wonder if they even had insurance! Obviously I did not go on to compete that day ($80 down the tube). I did not have faith in my arm to continue in the gi and absolute divisions. After the adrenaline kicked down I realized I made the right decision.
Not to worry folks... I immediately began my rehab protocol of 12 ounce (actually Stella is only 11.2) curls when I came back. The arm is in decent shape. I only tore the ligaments, no ruptures. I tested the arm out last night at the seminar with Barbosa and it was touchy but good. I will be back in the academy Thursday night when I get home.
Hopefully some of you can learn from this,
May 10, 2010
The one shining star was Johnny Fu with his Fu Jitsu on Monday night. Johnny had written out on 3x5 cards the previous evening various "handicaps" accompanied by a goal. For example: you must keep your dominant hand in a fist and finish a darce in free rolling. Now obviously ones partner had a different card. We picked new cards each round making sure everyone got different cards then the previous round.
In my humble opinion this was great! Johnny has a knack for making us think outside the box of conventional martial arts. These types of restrictions (for lack of a better term at 1 in the AM) forces us to approach our art in a different manner, which in turn forces one to become creative. Was it easy? No. Did the handicap work smoothly? Of course not. Many did not match up with what our partners goals were, but that is the frickin' point!! We had to adjust and move differently, just like BJJ!! Brilliant class Johnny! The academy will suffer when you leave us brother.
And with the positive of course comes the negative. It seems like some students have an attitude that if Brian is not teaching then they do not have to show up to class. What these students fail to realize is that though Brian is certainly the captain of our ship, it takes more than just a great teacher to make an academy. We are no greater than the parts that make up the academy, so when students ditch classes because a black belt is not there it only weakens the academy as a whole. This is frustrating especially to those who are training to compete! Not to mention it obviously makes those students all the weaker in their game, and really shows some true colors of their attitude and approach to training.
So for those who were at the academy all week training hard and helping me prepare for the Copa Nova I want to offer my heartfelt thanks! I was all the better because of you and your efforts. For those who decided their time was better spent elsewhere, well... what can I say ... your selfish approach to the arts will only make your progress stagnant in the grand scheme of things.
Train Hard. Train Smart.
May 6, 2010
School of Budo Proud to be hosting
CECIL BURCH - July 17 & 18, 2010
Please join us for this unique opportunity to study and train under BJJ black belt and CMD master instructor Cecil Burch.
Cecil Burch has been pursuing his passion for Martial Arts since he was 16. After studying Shotokan, Kenpo, and Tae Kwon Do, he moved to Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts under Dan Inosanto and Paul Vunak. Cecil was one of Vunak’s first certified Full Instructors. In 1990, he began extensive study in Savate under Salem Assli. He also spent time learning Muay Thai and a number of different Pentjak Silat systems.
In 1994 he began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Megaton Dias. Cecil is currently a black belt under Megaton and has competed extensively. Including the 2010 Pan-Am as the Bronze Medalist (as a black belt), 2009 American National Gold (brown belt – super heavyweight) & Silver medal (brown belt – absolute division), and the 2006 Pan-Am gold medal (purple belt).
In 2003, he started training with Rodney King, creator of the Crazy Monkey Defense (CMD) boxing system. Cecil was one of the original people authorized by Rodney to begin teaching CMD in 2005 and was a founding member of PCWA (Performance Coaching World Alliance), the umbrella group of CMD trainers. He is currently one of the four highest-level CMD trainers in the world.
Cecil has been conducting seminars for the past few years and enjoys passing on whatever he can to anyone interested in functional fighting arts.
Times and Class Blocks:
Sat, July 17, 10:00 AM – 12:30PM - Fundamental building blocks of CMD - philosophy and reasoning behind the method, basic defensive platform, footwork, basic offense, core drilling and training
Sat July 17, 2:00 – 4:30PM - Streamlining BJJ for non-attribute based street self-defense - surviving, defending, and escaping from the bottom
Sun July 18, 9:00 – 11:30AM - Building on baseline CMD and focusing on applications and drilling/sparring
Location: School of Budo – 7506 N Chicago Avenue, Portland OR 97203
Cost: $80 for EBR dojo members / $100 for non-members
We are limiting the seminar to 20 participants so please reserve your spot as early as possible.
For questions please contact – Michael Selin 503-705-5275 / [email protected]
May 3, 2010
Thanks to Marks Daily Apple for the following article from Scientific American. It looks like carbs are starting to be recognized as the evil we should avoid in our diets, not saturated fats like we have been led to believe for the past three decades. Those who follow Primal dietary guidelines will not be surprised by this, but those of you still digesting that bread from last night might find some of this article eye opening.