March 29, 2014

Metamoris III - Results

"Old Guys Rule" proved to be the rule tonight at Metamoris III where Royler Gracie and Eddie Bravo fought a 20 minute half guard clinic with Eddie throwing on submission attempt after submission attempt including his famous Vaporizer leg attack to which Royler would not give the pleasure of a tap.  A match no one believed would happen until it was well underway proved to be one of the greatest rematches in grappling history where both fighters went for it playing their specific games; Bravo with his infamous 1/2 guard and Royler's renowned knee cut pass. 

I must admit a bit of confusion in that the initial rules stated that a match would not be stopped if a submission was on!?  Technically that match should have continued until a tap or Royler escaped.  Just saying...

Though this fight ended in a draw it proved to be one of the most exciting matches of the event as well as asserting the fact that Bravo's first win was certainly no fluke.  Both of these fighters are well into their 40's and proved to be some of the best conditioned athletes at Metamoris.  I personally would love to see more "masters and senior" fights at Metamoris.  The first Metamoris was supposed to showcase Nelson Monteiro versus Jean Jacques Machado but never happened because of an injury to Monteiro.  But the experience level of Gracie and Bravo combined is well over 50 years, and experience is exactly what shaped the fight of the night!  Imagine if Metamoris brought back some of the rivalries of old... Gracie vs. Machado!?!?  Make sure to vote to your right and leave any feedback in comments below ---- >

The master Jean Jacques Machado coaching his pupil
The third edition of the submission only super show proved to be the best.  Production quality was topped only by punctuality (an issue with past events), with excellent commentary from Kenny Florian and Jeff Glover.  Both of whom brought the right combo of humor and information without the awkward pauses with past commentators. 

Zak Maxwell vs. Sean Roberts
Surprisingly this match opened with a double guard pull which went back and forth until about the 5 minute mark where Maxwell passes Roberts guard and quickly follows into mount.  Attacks of Maxwell are defended to a draw. 

Gui Mendes vs. Samir Chantre
Gui set the pace throughout this match and it was clear early on that though Samir was certainly game, he was simply dominated this evening.  At the 13:30 mark Gui nails a baseball choke with the nights first submission. 

Babalu Sobral vs. Dean Lister
After a frustrating standup period Lister decides to pull guard and but scoot.  This leads to a great back and forth battle that includes the requisite leg attack flurry by Lister.  Though Lister attains mount he is unable to finish.  Awesome no gi battle that ends in the nights second draw. 

Kevin Casey vs. Keenan Cornelius
Originally Cornelius was scheduled to fight Vinny Magalhaes but a pre-fight medical check Magalhaes could not pass due to a staph infection.  Immediately the Gracie's (organizers for Metamoris) made phone calls and were able to grab Kevin Casey, MMA fighter and Rickson Gracie black belt, to fill in at the last minute... literally.  And let me tell you Casey stepped up, sweeping Cornelius several times from standing frustrating the younger fighter for the first half of the match.  But then Keenan's spidey sense kicked in and he noticed Casey tiring a bit and turned on the heat pulling into 50-50 guard, leg dragging Casey's leg to the opposite hip where Keenan attacked the inside heel hook securing the tap at 6:56.

Rafa Mendes vs. Clark Gracie

Simply put...a clinic on explosive Berimbolo attacks, which to the laymen sounds like something terrible you bring back from a trip to Guatemala, but to those who know Rafa this comes as no surprise.  Clark certainly was aware actively backing his hips out and barely squeaking out of Rafa's back control attempts.  Thankfully for Gracie no points were counted as this match ended in a draw.  

Eddie Bravo on Metamoris III

The extended Machado family up here at NWJJA in Seattle, WA. want to wish Eddie Bravo best of luck and godspeed beating Royler Gracie for a second time Saturday night at Metamoris III! 

Training w/ Eddie back in 09.  Miss you Fu and Doc! 

March 28, 2014

Head Trauma in Mixed Martial Arts - American Journal of Sports Medicine

Proponents of mixed martial arts (MMA) have long claimed it safe"er" then boxing and kickboxing due to the number of different ways one could win a match, not just percussive striking to the cranium.  That has always been the rub though, safer does not mean it is safe!  Obviously a number of factors and variables come into play with such a broad subject, but this is the first (to the best of my knowledge) academic study on head trauma in MMA. 

Just this week the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine released an article entitled "Head Trauma in Mixed Martial Arts" in their journal American Journal of Sports Medicine.  Using a descriptive epidemiology study, the doctors surveyed over 840 UFC matches between the years of 2006 and 2012 (this is notable as the UFC has been fully compliant with regulations and rules by this stage of their development ie. must wear 4oz gloves / banning of soccer kicks and stomps to the head etc.).  Thanks to my teacher Meynard for turning me onto this article.

The results are quite interesting, click here to read the entire abstract.  
Some serious food for thought for both professionals and hobbyists alike.  Lots of information coming to light regarding just how fragile our brain really is.  Below is the conclusion of the study:

Conclusion: Rates of KOs and TKOs in MMA are higher than previously reported rates in other combative and contact sports. Public health authorities and physicians should be cognizant of the rates and mechanisms of head trauma. Preventive measures to lessen the risks of head trauma for those who elect to participate in MMA are described.

March 27, 2014

NWJJA Fighting at the Revolution

I want to send out my love and support to a big NWJJA crew fighting at the Revolution this weekend.  Kick ass and play your game; Spider / Ivan / Mighty Quinn / Cody / Jesse / Christian / Rachel / and anyone else I am forgetting.  Have fun at the best local tournament in the Pac NW! 

March 26, 2014

Marine Corp Combatives

A shout out to my brothers and sisters serving in all of our Armed Forces, this first video is a great report on Sgt. Julia Henley, one of the female martial arts instructors in the USMC.  Her quote is great:
"Lot's of women say they really aren't that aggressive.  Why are you in the Marine Corp then??"  LMAO! 

And here is a quick video showcasing the combatives program the USMC employs, "One Mind, Many Weapons." 

Thank you to all who serve, even Uncle Sam's misguided children! 

March 25, 2014

Haru Basho 2014 Final Day

I recently found a GREAT Sumo channel on under the moniker of Kintamayama, and he does an amazing editing job on each day's bouts showcasing the actual fights as well as records and signifigant notes.  Here is his video of the final day of the Haru Basho where Kakuryuu earns his first title!

March 24, 2014

Jiu Jitsu Magazine Appearance

Yours truly got a quick shot in the latest issue of Jiu Jitsu Magazine (much thanks to my homie Kyle for finding it).  A pic of my promotion to brown belt with my coach Brian Johnson and his black belt Denise Holcomb, both of which have been the biggest influences on me both on and off the mat!

I will be at the BEST Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in Seattle, WA. NW Jiu Jitsu Academy all week and will have limited availability for pictures and autographs. Warm your wrists and come play!

I will get a copy tomorrow.  Shout out to Mike Velez the hardest working editor in grappling.  Thanks for the recognition brother. 

March 23, 2014

Penn St. NCAA Div. I Wrestling Champs

A big congrats goes out to Penn St. for their fourth consecutive NCAA Team Wrestling Title under Cael Sanderson, who has been coach at PSU for just five years.  An amazing tournament capped off by the dominant performances of seniors Ed Ruth and David Taylor who will close out their college careers with a combined record of 270-6, five individual titles, and four team titles!

A shout out goes to Logan Stieber who won his third consecutive title this time moving up a weight class to 141 as well as his Ohio State Buckeyes who wrapped up the tournament in 6th place overall.  A stronger season is coming next year for the Buckeyes! 

To read the entire recap click here. 

Stieber on his way to a 3rd consecutive title! 
Team Standings:
1. Penn State 109.5
2. Minnesota 104
3. Oklahoma State 96.5
4. Iowa 78.5
5. Edinboro 62
6. Ohio St. 57
7. Cornell 53
8. Virginia Tech 49
9. Northwestern 46
10. Oklahoma 45


Finals Results:
174: No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) dec. No. 2 Andrew Howe (Oklahoma), 4-0
184: No. 2 Ed Ruth (Penn State) dec. No. 1 Jimmy Sheptock (Maryland), 7-2
197: No. 2 J'den Cox (Missouri) dec. No. 1 Nick Heflin (Ohio State), 2-1
285: No. 2 Nick Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State) dec. No. 1 Tony Nelson (Minnesota), 4-2
125: No. 1 Jesse Delgado (Illinois) dec. No. 2 Nahshon Garrett (Cornell), 3-2
133: No. 3 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 5 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin), 3-1
141: No. 2 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) maj. dec. No. 4 Devin Carter (Virginia Tech), 10-1
149: No. 5 Jason Tsirtsis (Northwestern) dec. No. 11 Josh Kindig (Oklahoma State), 3-1 SV
157: No. 3 Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) maj. dec. No. 9 Dylan Ness (Minnesota), 13-4
165: No. 1 David Taylor (Penn State) dec. No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma State), 6-0

March 21, 2014

Kotooshu Retires

One of my favorite Sumo wrestlers, Bulgarian born Kotooshu has announced his retirement from professional Sumo.  The first European ever to win the Emperors Cup, Kotooshu's 12 year career has been plagued with injuries which seem to have become too much to handle.  I just wanted to say thank you for the past decade of amazing fights in the art of Sumo. 

Here is video of day 12 of the Haru Basho which includes the announcement of Kotooshu as well as a great match at 11:19 between Hakuho and Kisenosato.  Kisenosato attempts to be "cute" and play a bit of a mind game with the yokozuna which in general is typically not a good idea.  Lessons were learned:

An interview from 8 years ago:

Arguably his greatest match defeating Asashoryu on his way to winning the Emperors Cup in 2008:

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

No class on Saturday March 22, 2014.  Apologies for any inconvenience, enjoy your weekend.

March 19, 2014

Sumo... Old School MMA

Just a gentle reminder from day 11 at the Osaka basho... Sumo is a full contact sport that allows open palm striking:

March 18, 2014

Uzi Tactical Pen - The Pen Is Truly Mightier Than the Blade

Uzi Tactical has released what could arguably be the best self defense tool created post 9/11, with the Uzi Tactical Pen w/ Glassbreaker #7. A completely functioning pen that is essentially a thrusting and hooking weapon in the trained hand, Uzi Tactical has designed an affordable, functioning self defense tool.

Available with a variety of ends including glass breakers and DNA catchers, as well as being available in black or gun metal, Uzi keeps things reasonable with all of their models coming in under $25 USD.  These vicious little beauties are perfect for those wanting a non-lethal alternative to a knife or gun, but not cinching in the leverage department.  Used just like a knife in either a standard grip (point up) or an "ice pick" (point down) grip, though the pen does not have a sharp edge on it the tapered point can easily penetrate skin and do enough soft tissue damage to be a serious deterrent.

You may recognize the brand Uzi as being synonymous with 1980's action flicks in that EVERYONE used an Uzi machine gun back then, with it being the THE go to in terms of compact machine guns.  In the past 30 years Uzi has branched out to include all sorts of tactical gear including self defense pens, watches and flashlights.  Though I have never owned one of their guns, Uzis tactical pen has really impressed me with its durability and flexibility of use. 

Intelligent design is paramount in the manufacture of any tool and Uzi has some smart engineers at the helm with this aircraft aluminum production.  For instance the flattened thumb pad a third of the way down the 5 3/4" shaft allows more leverage and power when using a thrust or conversely as a hammer fist with the glass breaker tip.  Both ends are easily removable / replaceable, and the length affords easy manipulation using as a hook.  

Absolutely the pen is effective as a thrusting and stabbing weapon, but as with ANY tool used for self defense training is key essential ingredient.  Melding quite smoothly with all the essentials of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, the Uzi Tactical Pen fits nicely in the hand regardless of grip and has a decent heft to it weighing in at just over 50 grams which offers enough bulk to pack a punch and not warp or break, all the while not being a burden in the pocket.  A strong clip secures the pen in any pocket with minimal to no wear and tear on the pocket lip.  That said I do not regularly wear dress pants so pay attention if you choose to wear it in business attire. 

The Uzi Tactical Glassbreaker #7 retails for $23.96 and is available by clicking here.  I look forward to reviewing other Uzi products, but in the meantime check out this affordable non-lethal self defense tool for every day carry. 

March 17, 2014

Jordan Burroughs: Bronze Freestyle World Cup

Jordan Burroughs remains an inspiration for any aspiring athlete as he personifies discipline, commitment, and drive!  This past weekend the Nebraska alum took third place in the 74kg division at the Freestyle World Cup beating the Ukraine's Giya Chykhladze, below is the full match:

Chinese Martial Arts Training in Seattle

Private lessons, small group classes, and seminars are certainly available in the Chinese martial arts here in Seattle, WA.  Jake Burroughs has trained in the martial arts for over 20 years and is a student of Tim Cartmell and Hu Xi Lin.  With experience in Baji, Qigong, weapons, Tui Na, etc. the core arts taught are:
  • Song Family Xing Yi Quan
  • Sun Taiji
  • Sun Bagua
  • Northern Praying Mantis
Lessons are open to all ages and levels of experience.  Please contact Jake at: [email protected] for more information or to schedule your lesson today.

March 15, 2014

2014 Mens World Freestyle World Cup

Not only does So Cal host the 2014 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Am's this week, but the 2014 Mens Freestyle World Cup is taking place today and tomorrow as well with over 50 nations offering their best grapplers in Los Angeles as well. 

Here is the schedule for today:
Session I
11:00 a.m Armenia vs. USA Mat A
11:00 a.m India vs. Turkey Mat B
12:00 p.m. Iran vs. Armenia Mat A
12:00 p.m. USA vs. India Mat B
1:00 p.m. Georgia vs. Japan Mat A
1:00 p.m. Mongolia vs. Russia Mat B
2:00 p.m. Japan vs. Mongolia Mat A
2:00 p.m. Ukraine vs. Russia Mat B

Session II
5:30 p.m. Armenia vs. India Mat A
5:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Iran Mat B
6:30 p.m. Turkey vs. Armenia Mat A
6:30 p.m. Iran vs. USA Mat B
7:30 p.m. Mongolia vs. Georgia Mat A
7:30 p.m. Japan vs. Ukraine Mat B
8:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Ukraine Mat A
8:30 p.m. Russia vs. Japan Mat B

And click here to watch a free stream of the matches throughout the weekend!

Jordan Burroughs is once again the 74 kilo favorite.  A funny Tweet from him the other day is sad but very accurate and indicative of the importance and relevance wrestling has in our society:

"I just walked into Dick's, asked for & bought a pair of my own wrestling shoes, JB Elites and no one recognized me lol. Life of a wrestler."

March 11, 2014

The UG and Sherdog Censor It's Members Regarding Lloyd Irvin Rape Case

It seems that there is no limit that Lloyd Irvin and his merry band of molesters will go to in an effort to threaten and scare folks away from the truth about the rape culture he is propagating at his schools throughout the Metro DC area.  About a month ago lawyers threatened the owners of the MMA Underground forums and Sherdog with legal action about threads highlighting the rape case involving Lloyd Irvin's students Matthew Maldonado, and Nick Schultz.  (Click here if you are unfamiliar with the rape case in question, or if you would like to know the truth about Lloyd Irvin)

It is scary how easily some online cave to Lloyd and his bullying.  But the more we speak the truth, the more the truth will shine through. 
Click here to read the entire forum thread over at

On a similar note, Draculino insists he has banned Nick Schultz from training at his Houston, TX. academy, but some rumors in the mill suggest that perhaps senior members of the gym are sneaking him in.  These are unconfirmed and hopefully not true.  I respect the hell out of Draculino and would hate to see his school (which has both children and adult classes) infected with undesirable individuals such as Nick Schultz. 

And as a closer I want to offer a shameless promotion of some patches our friend Georgette is selling that I thought might be fitting of the subject matter:

They are $6 and available by clicking this link to be re-directed! 

This is what the Red Menace offers in regards to the above patch:

For those who ask, why wear their names on my gi/shorts/etc.... my answer is this-- I think there's nothing wrong with shaming wrongdoers in a very public way.  That's my intent.  If that makes you feel uncomfortable or if you think people might not "get it" then I offer it as a conversation starter to help educate the public.

March 10, 2014

Mat Manners Monday

Every now and then I like to offer a little PSA for those new to the martial arts mat, or simply those in need of better manners.  Today lets discuss body language and position on the mat while receiving instruction.

One of my, and many instructors out there, biggest pet peeves is when a student lays down or sprawls out and back, resting on their arms and/or sides.  This presents an air of disinterest and laziness, neither of which is desired in the dojo.  You should be actively engaged in your learning, and subconsciously your central nervous system goes into a state of relaxation and rest when the body is physically put into a position of relaxation.

Often times it is necessary to move and switch positions to better see your teacher and the details they are expounding, and this is perfectly acceptable.  But it never ceases to amaze me that grown adults will be so unaware of their surroundings that they will literally sit/stand in front of someone else with complete disregard for blocking their training partners view.  Pay attention to your surroundings and make sure to walk behind fellow students when repositioning yourself.  Attention to these subtleties will improve not only your martial abilities but also your social etiquette. 

March 9, 2014

Forbidden Techniques in Judo

Here is a great HL clip entitled "The Bright Past" from JudoAttitude on Youtube, a reference to Judo competition prior to absurd rule changes that essentially eliminated any kind of leg attack that involved grabbing the gi pants.  No reasonable rationale was offered but the discerning observer could read between the lines and see that the governing body of Judo was trying to discourage anyone with a western wrestling background from competing in Judo tournaments.  Essentially too many wrestling stylists were dominating the Judoka not used to explosive shots with single and double legs. 

This is an unfortunately common approach the Japanese seem to have in their approach to native arts, as not so long ago we will remember that the governing body of Sumo made a new rule stating only one foreign Rikishi (professional) could compete from each Beya (sumo school).  A direct response to the dominant grapplers from Mongolia who were making the Japanese look foolish in their native sport! 

So here is JudoAttitude's homage to the great throws of the past:

That is not to say that some rules are put in place for a reason.  For instance if the scissor takedown is done wrong in training or competition, or if your partner resists such as in the video below, it will destroy a leg.  Sometimes rules are for the better of the sport and competitors.  Sometimes not so much.

March 7, 2014

Uchimata Friday

At the end of some Fridays I just feel like so many folks would benefit from receiving a loving Uchimata from me, but since that would legally be frowned upon I bring you Uchimata Friday.  Yup, that is a solid 11 minutes of Uchimata ippon action, followed by an amazing Uchimata breakdown from Sensei Yoshida (thanks Roy Dean):

March 5, 2014

Sambo Motivation

FIAS released a HL reel of sport and combat Sambo from last years tournaments.  Exciting fun stuff here:

March 4, 2014

CACC's Billy Robinson (1939-2014)

Wanted to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Billy Robinson who passed away in his sleep yesterday at the age of 74.  One of modern MMA's most influential coaches and figures, Robinson taught his style of Catch As Catch Can wrestling to the likes of Sakuraba, Yoji Anjo, and Megumi Fuji.  Most viewers of the UFC will never have a deep understanding of just how important Billy Robinson was to the sport.

Rest in Peace.

March 3, 2014

Gun vs Knife: Bringing a Knife to the Gun Fight

Ever hear the saying "Don't bring a knife to a gun fight?" It did not work out so good for the dude in Raiders even though that was more like a sword!

 Thanks to Big Stick Combat I stumbled across this video series brought to us by Funker Tactical and presented by Instructor Zero and Doug Marcaida. I am not familiar with either of these men nor their skills. I am not sure I would want to be hitting the ground with an armed attacker but these two present some interesting food for thought:

Attn: Three Harmonies Students

Apologies for any inconvenience but there will be no class on Tuesday March 4, 2014.  Practice your footwork and angles and I will see you Wednesday. 

March 1, 2014

Arm Bar's in the Mail

When I was a kid I loved getting mail.  It was always something cool be it a card from grandma, a new comic book, or the latest Victoria's Secret catalog getting mail as a adolescent was great.  Fast forward to adult hood and most of us cannot claim such enthusiasm for checking the post, so it put a big smile on my face when I got this little care package from my bro Chad at the Armbar Soap Co.  

Expect a review in the coming month on this new all natural body wash.  In the meantime grab some after training soap to keep it clean.  Keep it real.  Keep it real clean! 

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