July 23, 2014

Uchimata - Judo's Gem

A beautiful compilation of the most scored throw in Judo competition; Uchimata.  One of Judo's core techniques, Uchimata seems easy to execute but in actuality it is quite hard to set up.  Subtleties of balance and weight distribution make this a tough throw to nail, but when you do... fight ender!
Enjoy this awesome compilation:

July 21, 2014

Baret Yoshida Choking the Competition at Gracie Regionals

I had the pleasure to fight in the same tournament (NAGA Worlds 2010) as Baret Yoshida where I met him and had the pleasure of watching him devour the competition!  This man has been training, AND competing for decades... truly an inspiration as apparently he has not slowed down one bit at all as evident with his killer back attacks:

Machado BJJ Coming to Austin

Jean Jacques Machado has two affiliates that are going to be offering Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Austin Texas very soon.  I have no open date yet, but here is Mark Armstrong and Todd White with a video promo which looks nice.  Always great to hear about Machado academies thriving and expanding.  Lucky Austin-ites!

July 18, 2014

Brian Johnson Featured on Jiu Jitsu Olympics Blog

Jared Loper over at the blog Jiu Jitsu Olympics stopped into NW Jiu Jitsu Academy the other night and wrote up a short review of our academy and coach Brian J. Johnson.  A blue belt from Idaho, Jared was kind enough to drop in on his visit to Seattle which is always the case with out of town guests as all are welcome to our dojo. 

"Some great competitors struggle with teaching. Brian is not one of those people. He explains complex techniques very simply, and his students reflect his skills and abilities."  Click here to read the entire review.

July 17, 2014

Couture vs Inoue - Throwback Thursday

Here is a great clip of Randy Couture fighting early in his career against one of the best ever... Enson Inoue!  This was early in Coutures MMA history and you will notice the relative lack of exposure to BJJ that he had.  Great job muscling Enson down to the ground, but Randy ends up in his guard with an arm trapped.  Significant because I do believe this was Randy's first pro loss!
  I thought this would be a great teaser for Enson's new book I received to review yesterday, "Live as a Man, Die as a Man, Become a Man." 

July 16, 2014


I cannot wait for November in the heart of wrestling season for the release of "Foxcatcher!"  The sad, disturbing story of John du Pont's  involvement in the training and Olympic fervor of wrestler Mark Schultz in the 80's.  Much of the Hollywood scuttlebutt is that this is Carell's best work yet, but regardless of accolades I cannot wait to watch the only wrestling movie since "Vision Quest."

July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Kazushi Sakuraba

Join me in wishing my favorite fighter of all time, Kazushi Sakuraba as he celebrates another pass around the sun today.  The Gracie Hunter is without a doubt one of MMA's most exciting fighters and unquestionably (to a fault) had the biggest heart as he would fight to the end with anyone... ANYBODY!! 

Hope your day is full of joy and spent doing whatever you wish to spend it doing.