October 24, 2014

2014 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp Day 1

NWJJA has arrived and the 2014 RCJ Machado 5 Brothers Camp is underway!  Practitioners from Mexico, Canada, and all over the US have flown in to train with the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Family on earth.  As with every year Prof. Carlos Machado started off the festivities offering the his latest findings in his infamous hook sweep game.  A teacher beyond compare whose conceptual learning method I find the most symbiotic with my frantic learning style.  The three hours on the mat went by in no time.  And speaking of which... we are down to the last 7 days to register for Carlos Machado's seminar November 1st in Seattle, WA. 

This evening we have John Machado, with Roger and Rigan tomorrow followed by a feast for warriors at Fogo de Chao!!!! 



October 22, 2014

Buckeye's Wrestling Pre-Season Ranking... 2nd

'Nuff said...


Attn: Three Harmonies Students

Apologies for any inconvenience but there will be no class Thursday October 23rd and Saturday Oct. 25th.  Have a great rest of the week and we will see you Tuesday the 28th. 

October 17, 2014

RCJ Machado Five Brothers Camp

In less then a week you could be sitting on the mats with five legends of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu... the Machado brothers invite you to an opportunity of a lifetime where all five of the brothers (Carlos / Roger / Rigan / Jean Jacques / John) and over 150 fellow practitioners will share one mat for three days of great instruction. 

Then literally the weekend after (Nov 1st) we will be hosting Carlos Machado here in Seattle, WA. for his first seminar in the Pacific NW!  Over 18 hours of grappling in 7 days with 5 of the best in 2 of America's most vibrant cities.  That is 1 hell of an opportunity not to be missed! 

October 16, 2014

Knifemaker Jeff Crowner: Buyer Beware!!!

Buyer be ware... knife maker Jeff Crowner previously of Oregon, now living in Texas, is keen on ripping off customers!  If you are thinking of buying a custom made blade for your self or a loved one this holiday season I certainly would suggest you spend your money elsewhere.

I first spoke to Jeff nearly a year ago at the suggestion of my then Kali teacher Meynard, who claimed Jeff was an amazing craftsman whose blades were little known but some of the best he had seen.  So I reached out to Mr. Crowner in an effort to help promote and get some word out about his blades via my blog.  I explained I was a freelance writer who ran a blog and was working on a couple of articles for possible submission to various magazines and if possible I would like to somehow incorporate his blade work into said articles.  I told him I had never reviewed a blade before and he seemed genuinely excited about working together and even offered the opportunity to write for some online ezines and what not that he was involved with.  He also stated that he would have to charge me something and I said that was fine if he did not mind me paying it off in several payments.  No problem says he.  That was last fall.

Fast forward to June 20th of this year... after $300 of checks to Jeff had been cashed I was patiently waiting for my blade as he had told me he was sending the blade ASAP.  I get a random text stating "No way I am making a blade for you.  I will refund your money."

Naturally I tried to get ahold of him to ask if this meant for me and if so, why!?  But got no reply and to this day have no clue why he decided to back out of his side of the agreement.  But whatever, I gave him my address once more and waited for a check.

To save a long drawn out story, Jeff has yet to reimburse my money and it seems he has no intention to.  He has tried to slander me even getting to the point where lawyers were calling me and naturally when I explained they were being led on a wild goose chase they scoffed at the waste of time.  I have no clue what his problem is nor do I care any longer.  Buyer beware with Jeff Crowner and his collaborations.

Jeff's old site is still around but is most recent one Jeff Crowner blades states the account is suspended and it seems he is trying to erase his presence online.  Looks like he moved to Texas and now wants to hide how much of a rip off artist he is.  His previous number I have is 541-852-6039.  Buyer beware my kali and silat heads! 


October 13, 2014

No Gi Baseball Bat Choke

Magid choking out Zac Maxwell with a baseball bat choke
 Scott Sievewright has been nailing a no gi version of the baseball bat choke (typically done with a gi) with a modified S grip.  What I love about the grappling arts... once you think you have learned every possible way to do something, some kid in the Midwest decides to blow all of our collective minds by simply thinking slightly outside the gi, er... box!
Principle... don't skip this pic

Here is the man himself Magid Hage showcasing the Baseball bat choke with a gi:


Here is our friend Ari up in Victoria teaching the no gi variation:


And finally we have Scott Sievewright (one of Red Schafers students) who has been nailing fools with this:



October 12, 2014

A Historical Developement of Western Wrestling by Antonio Graceffo


Antonio Graceffo over at Wrestling Roots has just written a comprehensive and impressive chronological overview of the development of wrestling in the west.  Accompanied by a great bibliography make sure to check this out and spread word to any students, scholars, or other interested historians. 

Click here for the entire article.

1848, Greco-Roman wrestling was born in France. The Greco Roman style is unique in that it forbids attacks to the legs. The wrestlers must possess powerful upper bodies and have the ability to lift and throw their opponents. (Sparta Club, history of the Greco)
1870’s Catch-as-catch-can, or Lancashire wrestling, or just “Catch wrestling” was invented in Lancashire, England. Catch wrestling matches can be won by pin, choke, or submission. They had no time limit. And a title fight once lasted for over 11 hours. (Launchpad)
1896 Greco-Roman wrestling was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every summer Olympics held since 1908. (Olympic.org,WRESTLING GRECO-ROMAN)
1904 Catch wrestling was included in the St. Louis Olympics. All of the competitors were Americans. And consequently, the US won all of the medals. It was also included in the 1908 London Games and the 1920 Antwerp Games. (Nash Aug. 2012)