Showing posts with label Tim Cartmell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tim Cartmell. Show all posts

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

October 5, 2014

Thanks To Tim Cartmell

Had a great time last weekend training with my coach and friend Tim Cartmell.  As always solid basics were emphasized with realistic scenarios and varying degrees of uncooperative drilling.  It seems almost uncanny how every time I train with Tim in Portland he covers something that is an integral part of my game, such as this visit where we worked a figure four grip as you are being taken down with a single leg. 
Cartmell seminar September 2014
It was a great reminder that I have been blessed with solid teachers such as Tim Cartmell, Mike Martello, Hu Xi Lin, Brian Johnson, and Jeff Davidson.  Check out the pic below and you will see the level of training Tim Cartmell brings to the table as MMA professional Pat "Bam Bam" Healy even joined us on the Saturday sessions.  Tim remains one of the most underrated martial arts instructors accessible to the public. 

Thanks to Tim, Michael and Ecole de Budo. 

September 25, 2014

Tim Cartmell Will Teach You How To Be a Better Martial Artist

Hey guys, I need a training partner this weekend in Portland OR. for one of the best seminars you will ever participate in!!  

My friend and teacher Tim Cartmell will be visiting his students in Portland the weekend of September 26-28th.  All are welcome to the seminars which will be a combo of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and stand up self defense (bring both gi and no gi uniforms).

Friday September 26: 6-8pm
Saturday Sept. 27:      11-4 (one hour lunch)
Sunday Sept.28:          9am-11am

For further questions check out Ecole de Budo's website.  

August 22, 2014

Tim Cartmell Visits the Rose City

My friend and teacher Tim Cartmell will be visiting his students in Portland the weekend of September 26-28th.  All are welcome to the seminars which will be a combo of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and stand up self defense (bring both gi and no gi uniforms). 

Friday September 26: 6-8pm
Saturday Sept. 27:      11-4 (one hour lunch)
Sunday Sept.28:          9am-11am

For further questions check out Ecole de Budo's website.  

March 17, 2014

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.

January 12, 2014

Buchecha Teaches the Bow and Arrow Choke

Multi time world champ, and whom many consider the best in the world right now, Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida is an instructor at Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, CA. and has offered some of his trade secrets to being a dominant submission specialist in a Hayabusa video series. 

Check out Matt Wang getting choked by Buchecha's Bow & Arrow:

December 10, 2013

Tim Cartmell (Ace Jiu Jitsu) Promotion

I wanted to take a moment and say congrats to my friend, coach, and mentor Tim Cartmell on his recent promotion to 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Cleber Luciano.  Tim is one of the head instructors at Ace Jiu Jitsu with Asa Fuller, Chris Thue, along with Marcus Buchecha.  Tim is a consummate martial artist who has dedicated his life to training and teaching the martial arts.  Congrats on a huge achievement
my friend! 

September 10, 2013

Tim Cartmell Seminars in Portland, OR.

Very pleased to announce the return of my teacher Tim Cartmell to the Rose City (Portland, OR) September 20-22 2013.  Tim needs no introduction here as I have trained with him for over 10 years now and cannot credit him enough with taking my martial applicability and understanding to a whole new level.  Tim will teach a comprehensive curriculum that leads the student from self defense, to the ta
kedown, into a dominant position, and then finish with a submission.

Another seminar you surely do not want to miss!  Come join us in Portland:

Dates & Times
Friday, September 20
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday, September 21
10:00AM - 1:00PM
2:00PM - 5:00PM

Sunday, September 22
BB Testing - 10:00AM - 12:00PM

School of Budo Dojo

Portland, OR.

Friday Night - $40

Saturday Single Session - $60
Saturday All Day - $100

Full Seminar - $125

Please be prepared for both gi and nogi class. On Sunday, the 22nd we will be holding our next blue belt tests. Tamas and Rick will stepping up and taking their tests this time. Everyone is welcome to come and give them a bit of pressure by watching!!

August 11, 2013

Tim Cartmell Interview with AWMA -"True To The Original Directive"

My friend and teacher Tim Cartmell of Ace Jiu Jitsu was recently interviewed by Asian World of Martial Arts (AWMA) and offered some interested insights into the martial realm as well as sharing this video clip.  I've said it once I will say it again, Tim is one of the most underrated martial artist / instructors alive today.  relatively unknown.  An amazing competitor whose eye for detail is eerily perceptive, Tim is one of the martial arts best kept secrets! 

"In actuality, there is no ‘Internal/External’ dichotomy, nor even separate ‘styles’, there are only individuals moving and fighting.  Labeling movement and fighting skills as ‘styles’ is just a convenient way of organizing types of training and technique.” - Tim Cartmell

To read the full interview click here!

June 6, 2013

2013 IBJJF Mundials In Retrospective

What a whirlwind of a past week... month... year.  When I started getting serious about competing a few years back I was fortunate enough to go to the 09 No Gi Worlds and have a wonderful trip.  I told myself on that trip that despite my advanced physical age I wanted to compete in the Mundials, the Worlds, where there are no age categories; 18 years and up at your weight and belt!  After very little self deliberation I came to the conclusion that 2013 would be the year at purple belt.  And so I began training.

I was at the Worlds every day for at least a little bit and overall it ran very nicely.  Rarely a mat without action, though I did not hear final numbers the mats saw 100's of fighters a day and each division started on time.  Some participants I heard griping about how long their brackets were taking, lest they forget some brackets such as purple lightweight had 100 plus fighters in it!  But it was my observation and experience that most everything ran quite smoothly.

What can I say in regards to the refereeing?  I realize it is a tough position, but I see more and more blown calls / misunderstanding of muddled rules / poor communication (sorry... ref's should be at least bi-lingual) each and every tournament I attend.  Penalties are thrown around like candy when players are confused as to what they did and ask.  I agree if they are rude or inappropriate they should be penalized.  But if they are simply asking what they did wrong, an answer should be provided.  On the flip side of the ref coin I will say this... what happened to the days when we did not settle until a submission?  Who the hell wants to gain an advantage point and stall out for 5 minutes??  Not Tanquinho.  Not Braulio.  Not Buchecha.  

Courtesy of John Cooper Photography
The worlds truly bring together the best of the best in an open tournament format from all over the world.  Met some cats from Mongolia there.  Yes the blue belt champ at ultra heavy did beat a 350 pound man in the finals.  Said Mongolian mountain tipped the scales at 450 pounds and was about 2 inches taller then me.  I must admit the brown belt matches were some of the most exciting fights throughout as the top competitors in the world rarely stalled out.  I think brown belts still have that impatient eagerness to attack like a teenage puppy which makes for some fun matches.  And of course watching the black belts thin out competition over two days was amazing for the most part.  

Overall great fights and competition, though I have one request of the IBJJF.... please bring back heel hooks! I have grown tired of the double guard pull into 50-50 guard where two "grapplers" play footsie all day and win by an advantage point.  This is not Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!  And one simple solution to all this.... allow heel hooks, with the experienced levels at the very least.  I  must admit it was nice see the Mendes brothers knocked out rather early, though we did have to suffer through the Miyao love of 50-50.

A few other quick observations from the tournament:
  • Andre Galvao is a sore loser...chewing the head referee's ear for over 10 minutes after Rafa Mendes  lost to Tanquinho
  • Dude... you are a black belt.  At this stage in the game I should not have to explain to you that it is gross beyond comprehension to be barefoot in the bathroom changing!!!!!
  • The level of BJJ has drastically improved even in the 4 years since my first IBJJF tourney!  
  • Always, ALWAYS, bring an extra gi and belt.  Too many BS DQ's because of stupid gi issues.
  • The camaraderie amongst BJJ brethren is second to none.  Heard nothing but positive encouragement before, during, and after my match! 
  • Leo Lo has a sick guard!  Period! 
  • We all love Brazilian BBQ and Acai bowls, but do we really need to inflate the prices so high?
  • UC Long Beach is a MUCH nicer venue then UC Irvine for both the competitor and the fan alike.
  • Apparently standing in front of folks trying to watch a fight is par for the course in Russia, Bulgaria, and Brazil! 
My fight...
First and foremost a HUGE shout out to my friend Asa Fuller at Ace JJ who was gracious enough to coach my big dumbass!  I really appreciate it Asa.  And a second HUGE shout out to John Cooper at John Cooper Photography for taking AMAZING shots.  I will write a separate review of John Cooper's services and photography later this week, but if you have not already make sure to check him out! 

John Cooper Photography
Overall I feel this is the most prepared I have ever been for a tournament. My physicality is great. I feel my rolling has been sharp, focused, and in general I have a firm grasp of my game. Brian my coach really helped stitch up some of the holes in my top game (yeah... I'm kinda weird like that.... big guy with great guard, and so-so top game!). Mentally it is the most focused I have been ever tournament wise. Coming into a tournament like this I had to impose my will from the get go, and my apologies to my training partners who bore the brunt of said training.

One of the most positive observations I gleamed from this past weekend was my ability to finally control my nerves. Don't get me wrong I still get the little butterflies just before stepping onto the mat, but overall I felt comfortable, confident I had been here before and it was just a fight. This is helped by my avoidance of the bullpen for the most part. The testosterone and nervous energy is unwelcoming to me, so I typically stay on the peripheral where I can still hear announcements but am away from the stagnant air.
As to how I fought.... what can I say?  I fought a decent guy but overall I know I could have beat him and feel like I was doing well throughout until I made a fatal flaw.  I opened his guard once by pressuring his throat.  He ends up scrambling and getting me back into guard.  Holding my elbows strongly I could not open his guard with pressure on his legs, so I reverted back to the throat press pass.  In hindsight he was TOTALLY anticipating me doing it and threw on the armbar quickly. 

I apologize for the limited camera view.  People were rather rude in regards to standing in front of others!

This is frustrating because I should know better and have a number of different looks.  Overall I was happy with my open guard.  His balance was good and I should have mixed it up giving different looks to him.  I suppose these are the lessons we learn, but they are frustrating none the less when you have poured out the sweat and tears (thankfully very little blood was shed!) into the hours of practice.  I keep reminding myself that if I'm going to swim I will most likely get wet, and there was only one champion last Friday. 

As you watch the video you will most likely notice a small lull in action.  Yes, thats right, for the first time ever the referee noticed (kinda weird) my piercing and made me remove it!  I have no complaints as it bought me an extra 40 seconds or so.  I thought it was pretty damn amusing. 

Much thanks and love goes out to my coach Brian, my sponsor 1914 Kimono's (the best gi's on the market), my mom and pop, my mat family at NW Jiu Jitsu Academy, and my coach Tim Cartmell. Also thanks to Chad Hospodar at Arm Bar Soap Co. for keeping me cootie-free!  I hope to offer a much better showing in the future. 

Train Hard.  Train Smart.

May 8, 2013

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Training w/Tim Cartmell - Portland, OR. May 17-19 2013

Once again my coach and friend for well over a decade Tim Cartmell, will be returning to his affiliate Michael Selin at Ecole de Budo in Portland, OR. May 17-19th 2013.  For those of you unaware Tim is not only a 30 year veteran of the Chinese martial arts, but also is Cleber Luciano's first black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where Tim currently holds the rank of 2nd degree black belt.  A multi time Pan Am medalist, 7x Copa Champ, Tim's tournament prowess is overshadowed only by his teaching ability.

A noted author, head coach at Ace JJ in Fountain Valley, CA., and the inspiration for Ace Ventura...Come train with one of the best kept secrets in the martial world.  If you are sincerely disappointed I will reimburse you personally!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar
May 17th, 6-8pm
May 18th, 10am-12pm / 1-4pm
May 19th, 10am-1pm

Members of Ecole de Budo - $100
All others - $150

Michael Selin
School of Budo - USA
7506 N Chicago Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97203
Tel - 503-705-5275

January 31, 2013

Tim Carmtell Visits Portland, OR. Feb 8-10th 2013

There is a TON of BJJ related events coming up here in the Pacific NW, with David Meyer visiting Portland this weekend, we also are lucky to have Tim Cartmell visiting Portland, OR. and the Ecole De Budo Dojo the weekend of February 8-10th 2013.

Here is Tim on Budo Video's "Rolled Up":
Rolled Up Episode 27: The Never-Ending Path of a Martial Artist with Tim Cartmell

Tim Cartmell
Feb. 8-10 2013

Ecole De Budo Students: $100
All other Guests: $150

Friday Feb. 8th, 6-8pm
"Standing Self Defense with a focus on developing striking power"

Saturday Feb. 9th, 11am-4pm
Gi Grappling

Sunday Feb. 10th, 9am-12
No Gi Grappling

For those of you unaware Tim Cartmell is a 35 year veteran of the martial arts and a 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu where his accomplishments are overshadowed only by his ability to teach and convey complex principles to students of all levels.  

Students of all levels and ranks are welcome to join us for this great opportunity to train with one of the best kept secrets in the martial arts, in one of the most beautiful dojo's in North America.  

January 10, 2013

Coach Asa Fuller on "This Week in BJJ"

Budo Jake runs a weekly web cast called "This Week In BJJ" and the first show of the season features our good friend and coach Asa Fuller in an hour long sit down interview followed by a few self defense techniques.  Asa is a first degree black belt under Cleber Luciano, and the head coach at Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, CA.  alongside Chris Thue, Tim Cartmell, oh and this one guy teaches several days a week.... Buchecha, I think is the name.  Pretty much considered THE best in the world BJJ wise (and Ace has one of the coolest logo's out there)! 

Many do not realize just how experienced Asa is both in regards to training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but also competition (made it to the ADCC a few years back in Spain!).  The amount of experience and level of skill at Ace Jiu Jitsu certainly qualifies it for one of southern California's best kept secrets considering the student to black belt ratio on any given evening is 5-1, 7-1 on a busy night!

Check out the interview and techniques segment below:

September 28, 2012

Grappling Weekend

Wow their is A LOT going on this final weekend in September here in the Pac NW!  First and foremost want to wish my brother-in-stache Spider best of luck at the Oregon Open down in Portland, OR.  He will be fighting blue belt medium heavy.  Kick ass, learn something, and most of all have fun! 

While you are down in Portland make sure to check out Tim Cartmell and Asa Fuller's seminar at Ecole de Budo.  Starting Friday night, Tim and Asa will be showing techniques from all ranges of combat both gi and no gi.

And if you are not able to make it down to the Rose City, the one and only Rener Gracie will be here in the Emerald City throughout the weekend starting with a back mount mastery seminar tonight, then doing mount mastery and his bully-proof program for kids tomorrow. 

Great opportunities to learn and grow for grapplers of all levels.

Train Hard.  Play Hard.


September 8, 2012

Shin Bu Jiu Jitsu Seminar w/Tim Cartmell & Asa Fuller

September 28-30, 2012 Ace Jiu Jitsu coaches Tim Cartmell and Asa Fuller (black belts under Cleber Luciano) will be visiting the Rose City (Portland, OR.) for a weekend of seminars.  Below is all the info:

School of Budo
7506 N Chicago Ave.
Portland, OR. 97203

Friday September 28: 6-8pm
Saturday September 29: 9-12noon / 2-5pm
Sunday Belt Testing

One Session: $40
Whole Weekend: $100

Visit Ecole de Budo for more info. 

June 7, 2012

Buchecha; The Reigning Champ

Marcus Vinicius Oliveira de Almeida, or as most of the world now knows him: "Buchecha" has quickly become the best in the world winning this years Pan Am's, and now taking double gold at the 2012 World Championships in the super heavy and absolute divisions tearing through opponents such as Tussa Alencar, Rodolfo Vieira, and Bernardo Faria just to name a few.  In the 2012 Worlds Buchecha amassed 6 submissions, beating his remaining opponents with a combined 20-13 pretty much ensuring the next year will be his to bask in the glory as being the best in the sport of BJJ!

Student of Rodrigo Cavaca, (who gave Marcus his nickname Buchecha, which basically means "chubby cheeks," referencing Marcus being a bit overweight), Buchecha is now in the US teaching exclusively at Ace Jiu Jitsu in Fountain Valley, CA. alongside head instructors Asa Fuller, Chris Thue, and Tim Cartmell. 

I have yet to have the honor to train with the man, but from what I have heard he is an amazing instructor with solid English and is VERY much competition oriented focusing on unique drills and a sport oriented approach to the art.  He is teaching group classes at Ace as well as taking a limited number of private students.  For more information contact Ace JJ: 714-964-4488 or stop by at 18225 Brookhurst St. (right off the 405) Fountain Valley, CA. 92708

Speaking of competition and its role in your approach to BJJ, just what elements factor into your decision to train under a certain instructor?  Is his/her competition record a factor?  Rank?  Affiliation?  Before checking out Buchecha kicking ass below take a moment and vote on my poll to the right ---------------->


April 19, 2012

"Being Able to Learn" - Tim Cartmell Seminar Review

When I asked my good friend Scott Stilwell to be my first guest author on "The Ground Never Misses" I never imagined our good fortune as to how gifted of a writer he is!  Scotty and I went down to Portland this past weekend to train with my teacher Tim Cartmell who was in town offering seminars all weekend.  I am sure you guys are tired of hearing me rant and rave about Tim with biased opinions swinging left, right, and center.  So I thought I would offer you a fresh perspective from someone who has never met, nor trained with Tim.  

Much thanks to Scott and the crew at 1914 Kimono's!  Enjoy!

"Being Able to Learn"
written by Scott Stilwell

   For a student, the ability to learn is a skill passed on by their coach.  It sounds pretty obvious; the better the teacher can teach, the better the learner can learn.  Knowledge is transferred from the teacher to the student through realizing the desire to learn – the beginner’s mind.  This ability to teach develops a technical ability for the student, not just for what they learn specifically but how they learn broadly.   

   But teaching is not – at all – as simple as ‘I show you the move, you do it.’  And unless the student has the ability and experience to recognize good instruction, a lot of technique can go glossed over or completely missed.  Acquiring knowledge is a technique built through instruction.  Tim Cartmell, I have discovered, is a master of instruction.   

   Tim’s ability to engage his students during demonstrations proves that his goal is not to show you a move and let you drill it, but to open the students mind and allow them to absorb his teaching.  He does this by showing you exactly what to do, why it works, what to avoid and why to avoid it – all before he even lets you go to start drilling.  I don’t know the skill levels of all the other students joining us in the seminar, but regardless, we were all on the same page, learning at the same rate.  Tim has a real grasp on the beginner’s mind, which is a concept every learning person should strive for.  He doesn’t need to convince you to pay attention; you do it all on your own, with an inherit understanding that you have something in common with the guy in front of you – you’re both there to learn.  

   Saturday afternoon Jake and I arrived at Ecole de Budo (beautiful dojo!) for a session of no-gi grappling instruction.  The day’s curriculum was composed of leg locks – submissions for the first half and escapes for the second.  Right away, my approach to all submissions, not just leg locks, was improved.  Tim does a great job of showing you how to get the most power out of your body, stressing the importance of angles in your setup.  There are very fine lines between getting the tap and missing it, and these lines were made strikingly clear by attacking the legs, which for me, has been an area of difficulty.  Each attack had a corresponding escape, and at the end of the day, Jake and I were able to drill our way through each attack and escape in succession.   

   Sunday morning the second session began, this time with gi.  Similarly to the day before, the first half of class was devoted to sweeps, while the second focused on guard passing.  Once again, Tim was very good about breaking down the sensitivities of angles when you set up your sweep.  I play a lot of open guard with hooks, and as before, I was made aware of how small the margin for error can be when playing off your back when the guy on top is doing everything he can to keep you there.  But this wasn’t really clear to me until we began to work passes.   

   Now, I can’t be certain, but I’m pretty sure Tim has magnets in his body, pulling his center of mass toward the core of the f***ing earth.  That’s how heavy he feels on top.  Which is pretty remarkable when you consider that the guy is about 5’ 9” and weighs 150 pounds.   That kind of pressure is insane, and comes from total knowledge of how his body works and how to distribute his weight, which is yet another indicator that the guy has some serious knowledge for the art.   

(L-R) Jake and his shiny new 1914 Gi, The man himself
Tim Cartmell, author and general ass kicker Scott!
   As before, Jake and I drilled through each sweep and pass seamlessly.  Doing this, I learned that the keys to success for your setup are the areas your opponent wants to shut down.  Tim did a beautiful job of subtly imposing the general principles of attack and defense through combinations of drills that compliment each other. 

   When it was all said and done, I think we both left the dojo as better grapplers.  Not only is Tim a great teacher but also a very nice person, and his enthusiasm is fantastic.  Like I said, it’s very clear what kind of coach you have when you feel like the guy teaching you is actually participating in your learning.  I’ve been very fortunate to find that in my coach Brian Johnson, whose desire to learn is coupled beautifully with his ability to teach.  Seeing these qualities in my coach has allowed me to recognize them in others, and Tim Cartmell is no exception.  Excellence, in any facet of life, begins with an understanding that you are always learning and striving to improve, and Tim is one coach who personifies what it means to have the beginner’s mind. 

April 5, 2012

Tim Cartmell Visit's the Rose City (April 14-15, 2012)

I apologize for the EXTREMELY short notice, but I literally just got word myself and I live up I-5 from these guys!

Tim Cartmell returns to the School of Budo for a weekend seminar in Self Defense and Jiujitsu.

Saturday 4/14/2012

9:00AM - 12:00PM - Standing Self-Defense Work

12:00PM - 1:30PM - Lunch Break

1:30PM - 4:30PM - No Gi Jiu-Jitsu

Sunday 4/15/2012
9:00AM - 12:00PM - Gi Jiu-Jitsu

Price for entire seminar is $100. Single sessions and privates available.

Really hoping that everyone can join us! Please let me know if you have any questions.


Michael Selin

Ecole de Budo - USA

7506 N Chicago Avenue

Portland, Oregon, 97203

Tel - 503-705-5275

e-mail - [email protected]

December 21, 2011

A Martial Artists Gift Guide: Tim Cartmell Edition

Alright you procrastinators, here is your last chance to make Merry that fool in your life who gets enjoyment out of punching others in the head, getting round kicked in the thigh, and knows how to deal with skin diseases you never knew existed!

I have trained under Tim Cartmell for over the past decade.  Mostly in the stand up arts, but as I have dedicated my life to BJJ Tim has been instrumental in my grappling game.  Below are a number of gift ideas that are sure to please the most finicky of fighters, as Tim's info is top notch!

Granted all opinions on this blog are biased because they are my opinions, but I really don't think anyone can argue that the one pivotal book EVERY martial artist needs to have actively resting on their bookshelf is "Effortless Combat Throws" though it looks like it is currently out of print.  Regardless of experience or background, this text is the quintessential book on throws and takedowns as it is principle based, not stylistically based.   The DVD of the same title is excellent as well!

"Standing Grappling: Escapes & Counters" is another essential stocking stuffer.  Again, not sportive in it's approach Tim offers escapes and counters for a variety of common holds and pins one potentially could run into in a self defense situation.  Based on leverage and technique, size and strength are not needed for these easy to learn techniques.  PERFECT for women training for self defense!  Click here and go to the bottom of the page to order your "Escapes and Counters" DVD!

Following in the footsteps of "Standing Grappling," Tim put his "Ground Proofing" curriculum on disc.  Geared towards practitioners and teachers who do not have any ground fighting in their school curriculum.  Again not sportive based Tim and his Shen Wu crew teach how to safely fall down, protect yourself on the ground, escape common holds and pins, attain the dominant position, and safely rise to your feet!  If you are training in a system / style that has no training on the ground then this disc is a MUST HAVE!


Wrapping up the grappling aspect of Tim's work is THE book on guard passing, aptly titled "Passing the Guard" Tim and co-author Ed Benneville share the secrets to effectively pass the guard (arguably one of the most difficult tasks ALL grapplers need to deal with!).  Packed full of techniques, this text delves into the strategy and tactics as well in order to make a more complete game for the reader.  I also love the 2nd edition incorporation of solo drills and added techniques!  Again THE essential book on the subject of guard passing.

From here we delve into the more specialized works of Tim Cartmell, namely translations and DVD's of the classic Chinese martial arts.

Tim has translated, and co-authored some great titles including:

  • "Xing Yi Nei Gong" co-authored with Dan Miller, this text offers great insight into the ancient art of Xing Yi Quan including important translations and basic theories.  Again this title has been OOP and hard to find, accompanied by exuberant prices when it is found.  I suggest ebay as a source for any hard to find books.  A DVD was also produced of "Xing Yi Nei Gong."
  • "The Method of Chinese Wrestling" is a great translation of Tong Zhongyi's classic on the Chinese wrestling art of Shuai Chiao.  Very little quality work is available in english on Shuai Chiao, and this translation is a great addition.
  • "A Study of Taijiquan" by Sun Lu Tang was one of the first books ever written on Taijiquan, making it historically a very important text.  Expert translator Tim Cartmell offers his translation of the art he studied under Sun Jian Yun (Sun Lu Tang's daughter).  Tim is one of the foremost experts in the United States on Sun Taijiquan.  
  • "Chin Na Fa" by Jinsheng Liu, was a fun project Tim embarked on as he felt this text offered some insight into grappling applied in self defense situations from a traditional Chinese martial point of view.  
  • "Practical Chin Na" by Zhao Da Yuan is again, arguably THE text on joint manipulation (again from a Chinese based stand point, obviously not applicable to ground grappling today).  And yet once again I write with bad tidings... hard to find, as are the DVD's that were made in conjunction!  Click on the title link and Amazon will redirect you to some used sellers.  

Tim's latest project involved a comprehensive overview of the Sun Taijiquan system that was encapsulated in a text book and DVD set that has set new standards in terms of production quality and detailed information.  "Traditional Sun Style Taijiquan" co-written with Troyce Thome, covers the entire Sun Taijiquan curriculum minus combative techniques.  Posture testing, footwork, proper alignment, and the entire traditional form are taught in a succinct manner.  This text offers details on Taijiquan that any practitioner can benefit from, not just Sun players.  

And I must mention that the second chapter on the history of Taijiquan is probably the most eloquently written piece I have ever seen.  ;)

To go hand in hand with the oversized text Tim also produced a 5 DVD set that students can learn the entire Sun Taijiquan system from.  Techniques are demonstrated but a more thorough disc is upcoming regarding applications.  Sold individually at $40, or as a set for $150 click here to order!

One way or another I think you can find something of interest on this list.  If you are in the So Cal area stop by Ace Jiu Jitsu and train with Tim in person!  His lessons will take your skills to the next level.

Merry Holidays,

December 19, 2011

Technique Outtake From Rolled Up

Here is a slick takedown Tim is renown for, from the Budo Jake Rolled Up Episode 27: