March 22, 2015

THE Ohio State University & Logan Steiber - NCAA Wrestling Champions

March matness wrapped up with a bang for 2015 as THE Ohio State Buckeyes won their first NCAA wrestling title in 94 years of grappling in Columbus!  Nothing short of a storybook season for the Buckeyes who claimed the Big Ten title just a couple weeks ago, the NCAA tournament was back and forth until the finals where the Bucks clinched the team title.  In a nice show of respect and love the entire squad wore patches on their singlets emblazoned with "KK" in honor of Kosta Karageorge, the wrestling/football team mate who took his life last year after suffering from concussions and the depression often associated with such head trauma.  A class act by a world class team. 

Led by senior Logan Steiber who won his fourth individual title, only the fourth in NCAA history to ever do so (Pat Smith / Cael Sanderson / Kyle Dake ).  Sink your teeth into that... only four individuals ever to win four titles.  More folks have spaced walked, climbed Everest, and been to the moon.  An absolute cherry ending to a storied collegiate career and it could not have happened to a more humble, gracious athlete.  

 "I'm extremely proud of my teammates," said Stieber, who finishes the season with a perfect 29-0 record. "As an individual to win it's amazing. For the team, it's something I've dreamed of ever since I came to Ohio State. When I was a freshman in high school I dreamed of doing it my senior year of high school. We did it and I've been dreaming of it for four years here at Ohio State and to finally do it, it's unbelievable." - Intermatwrestle
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Nathan Tomasello also took his first title at 125 with outstanding wrestling by Jordan, Courts, and the entire wrestling squad coached by Tom Ryan who could not be prouder of his boys!  

I cannot express my happiness for the Buckeye squad, but even more fulfilling was the fact I got to share dual meets and the Big Ten Championships live with my family and girl.  One of the greatest sports on earth shared with the greatest family and loved ones.  What more could one ask for? 

Well... I won't lie... a National Title certainly does not hurt;)

Team Standings (Top 10):
1. Ohio State 102
2. Iowa 84
3. Edinboro 75.5
4. Missouri 73.5
5. Cornell 71.5
6. Penn State 67.5
7. Oklahoma State 65
8. Minnesota 59.5
9. Nebraska 59
10. Virginia Tech 56

March 12, 2015

How To Properly Argue by Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler is one of my favorite authors and overall somebody that is educated, articulate, and down to earth.  He runs a blog called Heart of the Matter which is primarily political based but he has laid out a very simple format, a guideline if you will, to help folks argue better in the world of keyboard experts/quarterbacks/trolls (pick your term). 

I put this up in an effort to help some of my internet "friends" on how to properly handle themselves in an argument as the age of Facefuck has given many folks an unspoken 'rite' to spew their opinions and stances often out of context, and usually without logic. 

I hope these guidelines help in your overall internet / day to day experience when sharing your opinions on diet, guns, education, global climate change etc.  In the end I would suggest the majority who troll around the interweb arguing for arguments sake should go buy the John Rain series by Eisler and read them.  Some of the most entertaining books on the market. 

From Barry Eisler:
Judoka and author Barry Eisler
There are a lot of terrific blogs out there on the world of writing, but Heart of the Matter isn't one of them. HOTM primarily covers politics, language as it influences politics, and politics as an exercise in branding and marketing, with the occasional post on some miscellaneous subject that catches my attention. 

HOTM has a comments section. Sounds simple enough, but as even a cursory glance at the comments of most political blogs will show, many people would benefit from some guidelines. Here are a few I hope will help.  

 1. The most important guideline when it comes to argument is the golden rule. If someone were addressing your point, what tone, what overall approach would you find persuasive and want her to use? Whatever that is, do it yourself. If you find this simple guideline difficult, I'll explain it slightly differently in #2. 

2. Argue for persuasion, not masturbation. If you follow the golden rule above, it's because you're trying to  persuade someone. If you instead choose sarcasm and other insults, you can't be trying to persuade (have you ever seen someone's opinion changed by an insult?). If you're not trying to persuade, what you're doing instead is stroking yourself. Now, stroking yourself is fine in private, but I think we can all agree it's a pretty pathetic to do so in public. So unless you like to come across as pathetic, argue to persuade. 

3. Compared to the two above, this is just commentary, but: no one cares about your opinion (or mine, for that matter). It would be awesome to be so impressive that we could sway people to our way of thinking just by declaiming our thoughts, but probably most of us lack such gravitas. Luckily, there's something even better: evidence, logic, and argument. Think about it: when was the last time someone persuaded you of the rightness of his opinion just by declaring what it was? Probably it was the same time someone changed your mind with an insult, right? And like insults, naked declarations of opinion, because they can't persuade, are fundamentally masturbatory. And masturbation, again, is not a very polite thing to do on a blog. 
 
Argue with others the way you'd like them to argue with you. Argue with intent to persuade. Argue with evidence and logic. That shouldn't be so hard, should it? Let's give it a try.

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


Polish Wrestling Stamp

On the subject of wrestling, much thanks to our friend Felix who was kind enough to share a great classic stamp (for you youngin's a stamp is how one paid for a letter to get sent back in the dark ages before the interweb!) from Poland circa.1985.  I have had a hard time finding much (in English that is) but I think it is great none the less.  Thanks Felix! 


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

Machado Talks About the Hammer and the Nail

Make sure to check out Prof Carlos Machado's latest article in issue #24 of Jiu Jitsu Style where he offers sage advice on humility, learning from all our partners, as well as the ebb and flow of training.  Check out the "Hammer and the Nail" on your local newsstand now!