Showing posts with label grappling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label grappling. Show all posts

September 27, 2015

Big Mike Finds Gold in the Nevada Desert

   My good friend and fellow martial artist Mike Gates has just taken gold in the old mans division at the 2015 IBJJF World Masters Tournament in Las Vegas Nevada!  Winning the gold with style by choking out his opponent in the final seconds of the final match.
    Mike is the epitome of why you do not want to lose the top position... just think, a few years ago this guy did not even know what grappling was.  Come a long way my friend.  Proud of you.
    Big Mike is a student of Marcos Santos, representing the RCJ Machado brethren of Dallas Ft. Worth. 

September 6, 2015

2015 Carlos Machado Seattle Seminar

We are very fortunate to have Red-black belt Professor Carlos Machado visit the Pacific NW once again on November 1st, 2015 for a four hour intensive seminar from 12-4pm!  If you have never had the privilege to train with Carlos then do yourself a favor a give yourself an early X Mas gift.  His grasp of the fundamentals... what can I say... he has forgotten more Jiu Jitsu than most of us will ever know!
   Come experience what over 40 years on the mat can offer you.  Visit the NW Jiu Jitsu Academy (941 N. 95th St Seattle, WA.) for more information or to register ASAP, as space is limited and this will sell out.

May 22, 2015

Rener Gracie Returns to the Emerald City

We are just over a week away from Rener Gracie returning to the Seattle area for another round of seminars.  Next Sunday will be a marathon day of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defense with four seminars back to back to back to back!! 

I have said it tons before but just in case you weren't listening... Rener is one of the young guard coming up under Rorion and Helio who is a bit of an anomaly.  For being so young he is without a doubt one of the best instructors I have stumbled across.  Confident, engaging, with a predetermined lesson plan that all gets packaged up with his quick witted humor a Rener seminar is not to be missed. 

Open to all experience levels and affiliations.


May 8, 2015

Metamoris = Mega Misogynistic

Spend any amount of time in the martial art / sport realm of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and you cannot help but notice an inordinate amount of machismo, and unfortunately machismo is accompanied by its close relative sexism.  It is something many of us ignore, or laugh off, but in reality it is becoming a serious issue in our community and it is perpetuated by folks such as Ralek Gracie and his promotion Metamoris which has a PPV event this weekend. 

As if trying to monopolize submission only events via offering exclusive contracts to stars such as Gary Tonon where one of the many ludicrous stipulations was that he can only fight in Metamoris events (keeping in mind there are only two a year), was not enough... Coupled with a purposeful ploy at bumping submission only PPV promoters such as Copa Podio where Metamoris scheduled there events on the same days as Copa twice in an apparent effort to directly compete with PPV audiences.  I suppose there is nothing technically "illegal" with these kinds of behavior but in general they are considered a giant dick move that really is not needed in such a niche community. 

But I personally draw the line when Ralek and his organization is blatantly sexist and misogynistic in there attitude and approach to once again not including any female fighters on the card! 
"We had one match and it was cool, but that was more of. 'Thats cool and that was interesting and I want to see that again if the girls are cute.'You know how it is.  The UFC wouldn't even have a women's division if it wasn't for Ronda Rousey."  - Ralek Gracie in response to no women's matches on the Metamoris 6 card. 

So prior to spending your hard earned money on the Metamoris 6 card this Mothers Day weekend, think about how you would like Ralek to address your mother, sister, aunt, or wife in one of his "Women Empowerment" seminars!?  We have enough problems in this world where we do not need to feed (literally) those who are just plain racist, sexist, or just down right assholish in our martial community.  Please do not support Metamoris for any of the crapola reasons I have listed.  Take your mom out to a nice meal on you instead.  Much better time and money spent, I promise. 

March 11, 2015

The NCAA Wrestling Tournament and THE Ohio State Buckeyes

Intermat just released their final rankings for the 2015 NCAA wrestling season with five of the top ten spots held by Big Ten squads, and with your Ohio State Buckeyes ending up third on the overall team rankings. 
    The NCAA also released the tournament brackets which will feature a Buckeye in EVERY single weight class!  This is very exciting news as Logan Steiber eyes his fourth straight NCAA title and the Buckeyes look to lay claim to the championship. Make sure you tune in March 19-21st for the tournament broadcast from St. Louis, MO. and cheer for the Buckeyes! 

Click here to see the brackets.


1 Iowa Iowa 99.5 Big Ten
2 Missouri Missouri 96 MAC
3 Ohio State Ohio State 93 Big Ten
4 Minnesota Minnesota 89 Big Ten
5 Cornell Cornell 84.5 EIWA
6 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State 60.5 Big 12
7 Penn State Penn State 60 Big Ten
7 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 60 ACC
9 Edinboro Edinboro 57 EWL
10 Illinois Illinois 54 Big Ten


March 9, 2015

Tim Cartmell Seminars Portland, OR. March 20-22nd 2015

Martial genius Tim Cartmell will be returning to the Rose City (Portland) on March 20-22nd of this year.  Truly not an opportunity you want to miss, Tim will be covering all aspects of self defense and grappling.

All Classes Held at Ecole de Budo (7506 N. Chicago Ave. Portland, OR.)

Friday, March 20th - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, March 21st - 10:00AM - 1:00PM / lunch break / 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 22nd - 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Price is $100 for SOB members and $150 for non-members

THE Ohio State Buckeyes: Your 2015 Big Ten Wrestling Champions

It has been over 64 years since the Ohio State Buckeyes last savored the sugary sweet taste of success in Big Ten Wrestling, and WOW what a season 2015 has been!  This past weekends tournament performance was quite impressive both on the individual side of the brackets as well as the team coming together and earning 120 points in a tie with Iowa.

To watch Logan Steiber wrestle on TV is truly amazing.  The dominance, the speed, the strength... amazing to say the least.  But to witness such an athlete in his own house at the peak of his career... I struggle to find the words adequate to describe such a wrestler.  Logan's last performance at St. John's Arena was arguably one of his most impressive.  As he scoops up his 4th Big Ten title and heads for his 4th NCAA title (first in Buckeye history), his explosiveness and back control is unparalleled in collegiate wrestling!   

The Buckeyes head into the NCAA tournament with the greatest prospects of winning a national title they have ever had with nine wrestlers hitting the mats in St. Louis.  Logan Steiber was named most outstanding wrestler of the Big Ten (first ever from OSU) as well as the champions, and coach Ryan was named the Big Ten Coach of the year!  

This past weekends Big Ten Tournament was a great time had by my family and I. I highlighted Steiber but in reality the entire squad wrestled well.  Nate Tomasello put on a clinic defeating Delgado and moving on to take the title.  Bo Jordan fought his cousin Isac Jordan (Wisconsin) in the finals getting narrowly beat in what was a great match.  Good time spent supporting some of the most amazing athletes in Collegiate sports, all for $15 a session!!!  The staff and customer service with the Ohio State Campus is typical of Midwest hospitality and care.  Also met with a smile and a hello, the only gripe one could have about the weekend was the overwhelmingly stifling air, but alas... it is wrestling. 


One noticeable exception to my above statements about Midwest pleasantries would be the Iowa contingent.  Both fan and wrestler alike were rather disrespectful and unsportsmanlike across the board.  From running off the mat without shaking hands, to leaving the medal podium prior to getting pictures taken with fellow champs when Iowa placed anything other then first, to the Iowa fans clapping only for Iowa wrestlers.  I have witnessed this before on TV, but observing it for the first time in person was a bit of a slap in the face.  The sweet couple I sat next to went to EVERY wrestling meet they could and said this was very indicative of Iowa and their fans.  Jim told me he had even asked Dan Gable about it stating that Gable was much  more respectful in his day.  The response was a shrug of the shoulders coupled with "We have the mindset that we must dominate."  Domination is one thing, but sportsmanship and respect are totally different.  One cannot argue the results of such a mindset/program, but I certainly can (and will) call them on the methodologies.  And shame on the majority of the fan base from Iowa too. 

Overall I cannot suggest enough that you and your family support your local wrestling at the high school and/or the collegiate level.  An amazingly affordable adventure for the entire family where you will witness some of the best athletes in the world! 

February 22, 2015

Your Triangles Suck... Here Is Rigan Machado To Help

Random rare Youtube find... I stand to be corrected but I believe this is a copy of the DVD that accompanied Rigan Machado's "The Triangle" book, coauthored by David Meyer, that has been long out of print.  Regardless this is a 90 minute tutorial gold mine of information for martial artists of all backgrounds.  Mastering the triangle choke will make you a more versatile martial artist.  Here is pretty much every detail of how to get into and finish the triangle choke from every conceivable position:


February 15, 2015

PED's and Weight Cutting Issues = The Unprofessional Fighting Championship

Rousey in the new SI swimsuit edition
The UFC fan seems to be a magnet for every feasible type of shit sandwhich that could be tossed at it!  Anderson Silva tested positive on a second post fight test, coupled with three more fighters not making weight this past weekend with UFC on Fox Sports One, is leaving the "leader" in mixed martial arts with black eye after black eye.  Now current champ Ronda Rousey and former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub are both chiming in with honestly sharp tongues. 

From Yahoo Sports:

"This is a combat sport, and we're not trying to hit a ball harder," Rousey said. "These drugs can make you hit a person harder. The only reason we're able to do this sport is that the level of human potential is just [low] enough that we can barely allow it. We're right at the threshold.
"It's not like we're getting to the point where it's, 'Oh, we're going to start to have higher world records for weight lifting.' No. We're going to be able to hurt each other more. That's what I'm worried about. I'm worried that this is going to keep escalating and escalating and escalating until somebody dies."

   In reference to those who criticize Rousey for not moving up a weight class to fight Cris Cyborg (who has tested positive for PED's:
 "I've been ready to fight her at any point. She's the one who left the UFC. She's the one who hasn't come to fight me. Because she's a cheater and a fraud, the last thing I'm going to do is make exceptions for her. I'm not going to move up and make things easier for her, because she's been making things easier for herself her whole life. She needs to learn a lesson that you can't do that [expletive] any more. And I'm here to teach everybody else that that is not acceptable. Cheating and bringing a weapon and trying to hurt someone with that weapon is not a way to get a consideration made for you."

   BJJEE.com offered this transcription from an interview with ex-UFC fighter Brendan Schaub:
“Listen, I would love to hear an argument for why I shouldn’t do steroids,” Schaub said. “Give me one. Let’s say I take steroids and test positive. Say I’m a young kid [getting to the UFC] and I ask my dad, ‘Dad, why shouldn’t I take steroids?’ Can I say, ‘Well, you’ll never be world champ.’ That’s not true. Anderson Silva’s world champ. ‘Well, you’ll never fight for a title.’ That’s not true.
   “Chael Sonnen tested positive, fought for a title. ‘Well, you’ll never be ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ coach.’ Nope, Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva. ‘Well, you’ll never be a main event.’ No, not true. Alistair Overeem’s a main event. Bigfoot Silva’s a main event. ‘Well, listen, you might get fired.’ No, not really. Guys pop all the time. If it’s cheating, everyone else is doing it and they’re getting rewarded for it.”
   “You know what’s infuriating to me? It’s not that I’m not champ,” said Schaub. “It’s not that I’ve lost some fights or won some big fights. It’s more that there’s just no reason everyone shouldn’t take steroids. There’s just not. In the UFC there’s no reason. Someone give me a legit reason why you would tell a young fighter not to take them. I would love to hear a good argument. ‘Well, you’ll get fined $3000 and you’ll have to sit out six months, maybe nine.’ I fight every six months anyway.”
   “I fought a guy named Lavar Johnson. At the weigh-in when he weighed in I went to [UFC president] Dana White like, ‘That guy’s on roids.” They laughed. Everyone’s like, ‘Come on.’ Are you kidding me? The guy is jacked. He could go win Mr. Olympia. My team’s laughing. I’m not laughing. I’ve got to fight him.”
   “So then I fight this guy. I don’t stand with him. I take him down over and over. I just kept taking him down because I knew he was jacked on steroids. I’m not going to play that game. I took a lot of heat for that. Everyone from the company, outside the company, fans, everyone. ‘Why didn’t you stand and bang with him?’ Well, I’m all natural and this guy’s jacked out of his mind on steroids. It doesn’t make sense for me. Make it a level playing field and I’m the Leonard Garcia of the heavyweight division.”
   “Anderson Silva landed some shots on Nick Diaz. Those shots, I promise you, are going to catch up with Nick down the road. Now, we don’t know how severe those shots were but I guarantee it’s more severe when a guy’s on steroids.”

Some solid truth in those words whether you like them or not.  I don't pretend to have all the answers but it is high time we stop pretending and either completely accept that the majority of athletes in ALL sports are juicing to some degree or another, or we completely ban the substances and the culture that surrounds them unequivocally. 

Uzbek Immigrants Invigorate Wrestling In NYC

Nice to hear a positive, non racially slanted articles on immigrants and one of the MANY positive attributes they  bring to this country.  The NY Times presented this great article on how immigrants from Uzbekistan have had an amazingly positive effect on the community in their New York City neighborhoods! 

"After the Soviet Union collapsed in the early 1990s, many high school teams drew Russians, Ukrainians and Poles, followed by immigrants fleeing conflict in the Balkans, helping to fuel an expansion of wrestling in the city.
   There are now 78 boys’ wrestling teams in the city’s Public School Athletic League, compared with 25 in 2005. (Two years ago the league opened wrestling to girls, and there are now 20 girls’ wrestling teams).
But the Uzbeks’ arrival over the last five years has been of a different magnitude.
   “The Uzbek influx has certainly brought a great deal of energy and excitement,” said Ken Bigley, the Public School Athletic League wrestling supervisor and the director of programming for Beat the Streets, a nonprofit group that promotes wrestling and provides supplies to the league."

Click here to read the entire article.

February 10, 2015

Traditional Wrestling Styles

This is not it... click link below
Once again I owe a tip of the hat to Wrestling Roots for turning me onto this work in progress by Yasuyuki Fujikura who is documenting the various wrestling styles the world over.  Unfortunately the majority of it is in Japanese but the link provide pictures and video of some amazing grappling that I am sure you have never heard of.

Once again this proves how integral grappling is for cultured society (obviously not news to anyone with a couple of five year old boys).  Fascinating google map:

Click here to be redirected to the interactive map.

February 9, 2015

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Red Belts

Much love and respect to Muito Mais Acao Jiu Jitsu (and BJJEE) for publishing an updated list of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu red belts the world over.  The red belt is symbolic of the ninth degree presented on a black belt, often awarded in honor of a lifetime of achievement and work in the grappling arts.  To give some perspective on just how difficult it is to attain, if you were awarded your black belt at 19 years old, the earliest age you would be eligible for the ninth degree / red belt would be 67 years old! 

So here is to those who have spent the past 5 decades training the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

9th degree
BJJ Red Belt
1.Pedro Hemeterio – The first student under master Helio Gracie to achieve the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught jiu-jitsu in São Paulo State for more than three decades.
2.João Alberto Barreto – A Grand Master and one of the most important figures in the BJJ community. A red belt under Helio Gracie, he is famed for his unbeaten competitive record in the 1950s. He is the brother of GM Alvaro Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
3.Alvaro Barreto – Grand Master Alvaro Barreto is a Brazilian jiu jitsu red belt (9th degree) and one of the most important men in BJJ, being also the brother of GM João Alberto Barreto and GM Sergio Barreto.
4.Flavio Behring – head coach of Behring Jiu-Jitsu Association, Flavio teaches seminars over the world and hold affiliated academies in Europe.5.Carlson Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie, trainer of UFC fighters, with a very successful professional fight career.
6.Carley Gracie – Son of Carlos Gracie and former Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo Champion.
7.Geny Rebello – Grandmaster given a commemorative tournament by the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
8.Armando Wridt – Undefeated vale-tudo fighter who is one of only 7 people to receive a red belt from Hélio Gracie.
9.Oswaldo Fadda – Perhaps the only individual coming from a non-Gracie lineage to earn a red belt, the Fadda academy was instrumental in bringing Brazilian jiu-jitsu to the poorer areas of Brazil.
10.Pedro Valente – A famous plastic surgeon, Dr. Valente is the father of the Valente Brothers, Pedro, Gui Valente, and Joaquim. Student of Hélio Gracie since 1953.
11.Wilson Mattos – Perhaps the oldest student of Oswaldo Fadda.
12.Luis Carlos Guedes de Castro – Another black belt under Oswaldo Fadda. Among many accomplishments as a teacher and competitor, Guedes disarmed a gangster in a crowded Rio de Janeiro train who was robbing the occupants with a pistol.
13.Francisco Mansur – One of only six people to be granted a professor’s diploma by Hélio Gracie. Founder of Kioto Academy.
14.Rorion Gracie – One of the founders of the UFC who was instrumental in bringing No-Holds Barred Fighting to North America.
15.Osvaldo Alves – Studied under Carlos Gracie and is the current IBJJF Technical Director.
16.Relson Gracie – Son of Helio Gracie and Brazilian national champion for an unprecedented 22 years. Founder of Relson Gracie gyms.
17.Carlos Antonio Rosado – Carlson Gracie Sr. only red belt student; the highest ranking member of Carlson Gracie’s academy.
18.Renato Paquet – A grandmaster who had a judo black belt and two boxing titles in addition to his red belt.
19.Pedro Valente Sr. – Close friend of Hélio Gracie, in younger years took up arms to defend the former governor of the state of Rio, Leonel Brizola.
20.Francisco Sá – Known for his morals and honor in martial arts and in particular our Jiu-Jitsu, he died in 2013 at age 77.
21. Robson Gracie (also known as Carlos Robson Gracie) – President of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of Rio de Janeiro.
22. Amelio Arruda: started in Jiu Jitsu at 27.
23. Arthur Virgilio Neto : He was a student of Carlson Gracie, received the red belt and the ninth grade in April 2014
24. Candido Casale “Candoca” :  “Candoca” as he is known, was a student of George Gracie, and received the red belt and the ninth degree of Jiu Jitsu in September 2012.
25.Crézio Chavez: Competitor Jiu Jitsu in the 1950s, was called by Helio Gracie’s “young goat” because of his speed and technique.
Master Deo
26.Deoclécio Paulo: Major of the Army, Master Deo as he is known in the 40’s trained at the Academy of Oswaldo Fadda. Instructor taught Jiu Jitsu in several regions of Brazil and also in Chile.
27. Eduardo Gomes Pereira: Eduardo Pereira, trains Jiu Jitsu since 1951 having learned from the great George Gracie.
28. Geraldo Flores: He was a student of Oswaldo Fadda, one of the main developers of Jiu Jitsu in the north of Rio de Janeiro.
29. Helio Vigio: Legendary Police delegate.
30. José Higino : Red Belt 9 degrees, started in Jiu Jitsu when he was 11, and was a master student Adherbal Bapstista
31. Julio Secco: started in Jiu Jitsu at 12 years old until 62 years. Lives in Rio Grande do Sul, where it manages 3 academies.
32. Luiz Franca: He was a direct student of Mitsuyo Maeda and Satake Soishiro, and had as a student Grand Master Oswaldo Fadda.
33. Nahum Rabay: Wrapped with Martial Arts for over 60 years, Nahum Luiz Rabay is a strong advocate of the use of Jiu Jitsu especially as self-defense
34. Nilton Pereira da silva: started in Jiu Jitsu at only 7 years old. His father Joao Ignacio Pereira, placed him to train Jiu Jitsu.
35. Octavio de Almeida: George Gracie student, Octavio was crucial figure in the development of Jiu Jitsu in the state of São Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60 .
36. Oswaldo Carnivalle: George Gracie student, was one of the pioneers of Jiu Jitsu in the city of Sao Paulo in the decades of 50 and 60. He faced many difficulties to keep his academy, was forced to participate in championships of other sports such as Judo and Wrestling, to defendthe name of Jiu Jitsu.
37. Oswaldo “Paqueta”: With origins in Judo and weight lifting, he was a great friend of Carlson Gracie, and one of the best Jiu Jitsu competitors of the 1950s and 1960s.
38. Paulo Mauricio Strauch: The Red Belt 9 degrees Paulo Mauricio Strauch, was Reylson Gracie’s student and in 1984 founded his own academy, revealed numerous fighters gentle art, including no less than Caio Terra.
39. Pedro Emerito: The first student with Helio Gracie to reach the red belt, represented the Gracie Academy in many challenges and taught in São Paulo for more than three decades.
40. Walter Nogueira: Red Belt 9 degrees of Jiu Jitsu, is now president of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Olympic (CBJJO).


10th degree
BJJ Red Belt.
The 10th degree red belt was given only to the pioneers of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the Gracie brothers:
1. Carlos Gracie – (Brazil, 1902–94) was taught judo by Otávio Mitsuyo Maeda, a Japanese emigrant to Brazil who was then a 4th dan Kodokan judoka. Carlos then passed the teachings on to his brothers Oswaldo, Gastão Jr., Jorge, and Hélio. In 1925, the brothers opened their first academy in Brazil, marking the beginning of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
2. Gastão Gracie
3. Jorge (George) Gracie
4. Hélio Gracie – (Brazil, 1913–2009) was a Brazilian martial artist who, together with his brother Carlos Gracie, founded the martial art of Gracie jiu-jitsu, known internationally as Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ). Until his death, Gracie was the only living 10th degree master of that system, and is widely considered as one of the first sports heroes in Brazilian history.
5. Oswaldo Gracie

January 31, 2015

Hakuho - 33 Tournament Titles - Quite Possibly the Best

Hakuho has taken his 33rd tournament title and simultaneously becomes the sole leader in tournament victories, surpassing the great Taio (32).  This would also be his 11th undefeated championship which proves to be another record. 

Click here to read the entire article.

Grappling fans in general and Sumo fans in general are quite possibly bearing witness to one of the greatest periods of wrestling history ever..  Hopefully you all are tuning in;)  Though my coach Tim claims his all time favorite Chiyonofuji is the best of all time, this 33rd tournament victory makes Hakuho arguably the best ever.  And the best news is he still has several more years in him!!

Congrats Hakuho!

January 16, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Double Tidal Lock

Thanks to our friends over at Wrestling Roots for the tip on this story.  Famous physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke on Fox (sorry, not my choice) sports about his physics based "Double Tidal Lock" that he used while captaining the Bronx High School of Science wrestling team.


Read the article by clicking here

And here is the 17 minute video:



January 15, 2015

Bas Rutten and Self Defense

Legendary MMA champion, lifetime martial artist, and all around nice guy Bas Rutten recently took to social media to share his thoughts on self defense, grappling, and the best art for self protection in todays world.  As always Bas offers some great insights and food for thought, morsels we should all chew on given this mans pedigree.

Bas recently answered a fan’s question on his Facebook page regarding BJJ and self defense. Check out his answer:
” Question from fan, this is like the 8th I get about this, I answered a while ago on one of the posts, this time I figured to post it so that you can read it as well
QUESTION:
I have been hearing about your amazing work with Judo, Catch Wrestling, Jujitsu and I need your help.
I have been studying Mauy Thai for 3 years and I want add an good grappling art for real life street self defense.
In your expert opinion which good grappling art offers real life street self defense ?
Many Thanks.

 ANSWER:
    I would say BJJ with and without a Gi would be good. Of course you don’t wanna end up on the ground with friends of the attacker trying to kick you in the face, (that’s what people always say, and that’s why they say it’s “not good for street fighting” but that is of course BS)
    Just understanding leg locks and all other locks is very important, in a street fight you can submit somebody really fast (if he doesn’t know the ground) so even when his friends are helping, its ALWAYS better to have ground experience as well. A good grappler doesn’t have to really look to slap on submissions, meaning, he can keep an eye on the other guys, make sure he keeps his opponent between him and the other guys and go for a submission, when he has the submission, break whatever submission he has so that guy can’t fight anymore or with less “weapons” (like one arm or one leg only)
   For the people who say BJJ is not effective on the street I say: “What if you trip and fall on your back, you don’t think it’s better to understand the ground game? Of course it is, because like I said, you can simply trip and fall.



    I give you an example how it helped me once:
    I was fighting three guys one time in Holland, one broke a glass on my head so I was bleeding profusely and felt my neck get warm, I felt what it was and I saw my hands were full of blood. So my thought was “OK, he has me, but I am going to return the favor”. So I grabbed him in a Thai clinch and pulled him forward and slapped a guillotine choke on. The other guys were trying to hit me, but I simply kept the guy in between myself and his friends and just deflected their punches with head movement and my shoulders (You don’t need to look at the person you are choking you since you have done this many times in training) When he fell down (was choked out) I kicked him first in the head (I had like 39 stitches in my head afterwards, I was pissed) and than I fought his buddies.
    Without grappling training I wouldn’t have known this. Also when somebody grabs you from the back, front, side, anywhere, “standing” you can still do a whole bunch of submissions, and quick ones that can dislocate shoulders, break arms etc
    But if you want to keep it simple, best thing for you, since you are a Thai Boxer already, go wrestle, so they can’t take you down, and even when they are better on their feet than you, you can take THEM down and go for G&P. Train for the G&P though, so that you can make quick work, because again, when his friends come to help him you don’t have a lot of time there
    This is what I always say, “It’s better to know and don’t need it, than to need it and don’t know it”
    When you train in BJJ with and without a Gi, focus a lot on reversals, in street fighting that’s pretty important
Godspeed!
Bas

January 11, 2015

Martial Arts DVD Sale

Once again I am cleaning out the closet so to speak of media in which I no longer need nor desire.  It is my hope that you can find a gem in this hodgepodge of titles well over 50% off.  As always shipping and handling is not included.  Email me for further information or questions: [email protected]

DVD:

"Neckbreaker" vol. I & II - Erik Paulson       $25/set

"The Mount"  - Erik Paulson                          $10

"Tackles, Takedowns, Throws & Counters"   $10
                      - Erik Paulson

"Quick Kills"   - Erik Paulson                         $10

"Killer Chicken Wings"   - Erik Paulson          $10

"Sun Style Taiji - Master Lei Shi Tai's Short Form"    $10

"Muay Thai Kickboxing w/ Rob Kaman
Vol. 2 Clinching and Knee's                            $10
Vol. 7 Advanced Fighting Techniques              $10

"Xande: Instructional Series / 5 DVD Set         $50
        - Xande Ribiero

"Showdown" - Superbrawl                              $10

"ADCC 2001: Over 99kg"                              $10

"Best of ADCC vol. Two"                               $10

"7 Star Beng Bu and Applications" - Pong Lai  $10

"Beng Bu & Knock Downs" - Ray Hayward    $10

"Omopolata Game" - Four Disk Set w/Joao Crus   $25

"Defensor Method Kali"                          set  $45
 - Espada y daga pt 1
 - Knife Tapping
 - 64 Attacks
 - Stick Dumog

 Going old school now with VHS:

"Dynamic Sumo"                            $5

"2003 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"2004 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"Combat Shuai Chiao: 3 vol set       $20


Roy Dean's "Pure Rolling" - 2014 DVD of the Year

Not that anyone asked but my nomination for martial arts DVD of the year for 2014 is unquestionably Roy Dean's "Pure Rolling."  A three disk DVD unlike any other you have seen, as it is not proper to categorize it as an "instructional" as it does not offer a traditional lesson.  But "Pure Rolling" is much more then a pure documentary as to the trained eye there is actually a TON of lessons to be seen.  A unique offering from one of the most philosophical grapplers out there, Roy Dean. 

Filmed by renowned documentary film maker Stuart Cooper, Pure Rolling brings the best out of the two sharpest minds in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu today.  Roy Dean and seven of his students are filmed free rolling/sparring at their home dojo in Bend, OR. where slow motion, replays, and commentary offer the viewer a glimpse into the strategy and application of students when they free roll.  Analysis by Roy Dean himself as he watches the film with you offering commentary and slowing down critical key points and elements.  Coupled with the technical prowess of Cooper along with his understanding of how to film rolling, makes this one of the best DVD's I have seen in quite some time. 

The complexity is actually in the simplicity of this film, and if I may be so bold to say so... I can't believe no one thought of this years ago!  I mean professional sports teams have used video technology since it has been affordable, why shouldn't grapplers?  One of the best things I have ever done as a stand up martial artist and a BJJ grappler is analyze myself on film.  Be it free rolling, competing, or simply practicing, one can see many areas that are in need of improvement from video analysis.  This video offers insight into a handful of different games, sizes, ranks, and experiences.  The diversity of which is well represented and caught by Stuart Coopers sharp eye, alongside the commentary by Roy Dean (competitor, teacher, student of Roy Harris) whose experience speaks for itself.

A great idea that I am sure is going to be mimicked and become standard in no time, but remember where you saw it first.  Oh... and did I mention the cost?   Free.  Yeah, you read that right... free.  Click here to get your free MP4 download now! 

January 8, 2015

Carlos Machado Exclusive Seminar in Waterford, CT.

(My vote for seminar flier of the year!!)
Speak of the devil...here is an awesome opportunity to share the mat with one of the best, Prof. Carlos Machado will be visiting Waterford Connecticut in a couple of weeks at Crossroads BJJ.  Don't miss this opportunity if you are in the area!  

December 24, 2014

NWJJA Seminar & Tournament

Join the NWJJA affiliate in Maple Ridge, BC. for a weekend of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training and competition.  Brian Johnson will be teaching seminars for women, kids, and adult's which will be followed by a tournament. 

December 9, 2014

Martial Arts Book Collection For Sale

Stuck for stocking stuffer ideas for the martial artist in your life?  I have been slowly culling my redonkuless book collection.  In addition to the various martial arts texts I also have a number of Asian philosophy, religion, and healing books.  Contact me for more info.  I am happy to ship anywhere, but keep in mind none of the prices reflect S&H.
   I have a number of various Chinese manuals on Praying Mantis Boxing, and Baji Quan that are not listed.  These are in Chinese, email me for more info. [email protected]

"Mastering the Rubber Guard" - Eddie Bravo                   $30
"Mastering the Twister"            - Eddie Bravo                   $15
"Mastering Sambo for MMA"  - Scott Sonnen                 $15
"Mastering MMA: The Guard" - Antonio Nogueria          $10
"Advanced BJJ Techniques"     - Marcelo Garcia              $50
"BJJ Theory & Technique"       - Renzo and Royler Gracie $25
"Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao" - Daniel Weng                   $25
"Warriors of Stillness vol I"       - Jan Diepersloot              $20
"Tao of Yiquan: Warriors of Stillness vol II"                       $20
"Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua Throwing" - Mark Small                 $25
"Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" - Kostas Deruenis         $10
"Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" - Villa Lobos               $10
"Muay Thai Textbook"                                                    $20
"Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na"
                                                    - Yang Jwing Ming       $10
"Muay Thai Advanced Thai Techniques" - Delp                $10
"JuJitsu: Japans Ultimate Martial Art - Daniel Craig         $10
"Baguazhang Theory & Applications"
                           - Liang Shou Yu & Yang Jwing Ming    $15
"Healing Art of Qigong"                - Hong Liu                   $10
"Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua"
                                                   Lu Shengli                     $15
"Essential Guide to Sumo"              - Buckingham              $5
"Father of Judo - Jigoro Kano"      - Brian Watson            $30
"Dictionary of Martial Arts"            - Frederick                 $5
 "Last Samurai"                               - Marc Ravina            $5
"Gaijin Yokozuna: Biography of Chad Rowan"
                                                      - Paenek                   $10
"Root of Chinese Qigong"               - Yang Jwing Ming     $5
"Yiquan and the Nature of Energy"  - Fong Ha                 $10
"Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts"
                                                       - Tedeschi                $5
"Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health - YJM            $5
"Wrestling Tough"                           - Mike Chapman       $5
"Chinese Healing Arts"                    - William Berk          $2
"Dachengquan"                              - Wang Xuanjie         $20
"Nei Gong Authentic Classic"         - Tom Bisio              $10
"Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy" - Jerry Allan Johnson $250
"Zen in the Martial Arts"                 - Joe Hyams              $2 (or a beer;)
"Wushu Among Chinese Moslems" - U/K Author            $5
"A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth"   - Tom Bisio               $5
"The Way of Qigong"                      - Ken Cohen            $12
"Wu Style Taijiquan"                        - Wang Peisheng      $10
"Body Mind Mastery"                     - Dan Millman          $5
"Light of the Kensei"                       - G. Bluestone          $10
"Karate"                                         - Bruce Tegner         $5
"Seven Star Mantis: Section I & II  - Lee Kam Wing      $20 ea.
"Soft Weapons: Nine Section Whip & Rope Dart"
                                                      - Li Keqin                $10
"Chinese Weapons"                        - ETC Werner          $5
"Sword Polishers Record"              - Adam Hsu              $5
"Iron Palm in 100 Days"                 - Lee Ying Arng        $20
"Ultimate Iron Palm"                      - Wing Lam               $10
"Dynamic Strength"                        - Harry Wong           $5
"Kama"                                         - Toshishiro Obata     $30
"Chinese Gung Fu"                        - Bruce Lee               $5
"Ip Man"                                        - Ip Ching                 $5
"Jeet Kune Do: Entering to Grappling" - Hartsell              $5
"Scholar Warrior"                          - Deng Ming Dao      $10
"The Martial Way and its Virtues"   - FJ Chu                   $5
"Secrets of Iron Fist Training"         - Jamal                      $30
"Iron Fist Training in Hung Gar"      - Jamal                      $30
"Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do Textbook" - Chris Kent             $5
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu vol. 1-5"  - Paul Eng                $10 ea
"Praying Mantis Seizing the Cicada" - Stuart Alve Olson  $20
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu"               - HB Un                   $5
"Taiji Praying Mantis Freehand Routines vol I & II"
                                                      - Lam Wing Kit        $10 ea
"Kung Fu Basics"                           - Paul Eng                 $5
"Qigong Empowerment"                - Liang Shou Yu         $10
"Still as a Mountain, Powerful as Thunder"
                                                     - YP Dong                $5
"Chi Kung Way of Power"             - Lam Kam Chuen    $5
"Creating an Abundant Practice"    - Andrea Adler         $10
"Who Can Ride the Dragon"          - Zhang Yu Huan      $10
"Taichi Health for Life"                   - BK Frantzis           $5
"Mastering Kung Fu"                     - Garrett Gee           $5
"Chinese Wrestling" Written by Dong Zhong Yi
                              Translated by Marcus Brinkman      $20
"Art of Throwing"                           - Tedeschi               $10
"The Gracie Diet"  Signed               - Rorion Gracie       $20
"Jiujitsu Vol III"                               - George Kirby      $5
"The Complete Kano JiuJitsu"         - Irving Hancock    $10
"A Discourse on the History of Praying Mantis Boxing
in China for the Last One Hundred Years"                     $15
"Jade Emperors Mind Seal Classic"  - Olson                $5
"Dynamic Jiu Jitsu"                          - Wally Jay            $10
"Kwan Dao"                                   - Leung Ting          $10
"Hsing I"                                        - Robert Smith        $5
"Illustrated Shaolin Grappling Kung Fu" - Yong Wun     $5
"Secret Chin Na Techniques of Hung Gar" - Jamal        $20
"Simplified Capture Skills"                                           $5
"Essence of Shaolin White Crane"   - Yang Jwing Ming $10
"Hsing Yi"                       - Liang Shou Yu & YJM       $10
"Wu Shu Standard Course"             - Joseph Eager     $20