Because of the internet, devastating news travels so fast now and the recent rape arrest of the Lloyd Irvin Medal chasers, Maldonado &Schultz, have gotten a lot of us thinking. Some of us were already doing that but heinous crime has a way of putting a big fire under folks and even though some of the discussion in BJJ circles has slowed down, the impact has not. It is a reminder that although we would like to believe this recent rape case and the 1990 arrest of Lloyd Irvin are isolated, sex crimes are rampant everywhere and these are not the only serious crimes by martial artists. Jiu-jitsu is not immune.
Instead of engaging in a fight over one topic, one faction, one person, can we take a break and ask ourselves a larger question? What is really going on in martial arts and where are we headed?
Of course these horrific events are not the norm and do not represent a cross section of the high caliber individuals who train and practice the arts. For those who have devoted their lives in an honorable and forthright manner to training, teaching methods, and business practices, the notion that these events and other various abuses of power that occur in our industry could ever reflect the actual “culture” of what we do every day is heartbreaking to say the least. Abuse of power is not what we do, it is the thing we learn how to stop doing.
The BJJ industry has seen enormous growth and with that comes ever increasing responsibility. In the 90’s very few people in the US had even heard of BJJ or MMA, or the UFC. Most of us think everyone follows the UFC, but just ask your fellow PTA moms if they watch the fights and you will often get a blank stare. Many know about BJJ but everyone knows about martial arts and they will automatically attach BJJ to what they already know about martial arts.
January 10th 2012 Matthew Maldonado, 26, and Nicholas Schultz, 21, were charged with sexually assaulting a woman New Year’s Eve in a church parking garage. The event was recorded on surveillance video. Both the men and the victim are students of Lloyd Irvin. Those involved are people first and that they are BJJ practitioners is irrelevant. That the woman was a victim of her teammates is truly sickening. As when a person taps from a choke, they trust the other person to let go, she trusted her teammates to get her home safely.
All of the talk of blood lust, retribution and punishment is disheartening. We are not vigilantes. Instead, we should talk and educate. Talk to anyone who will listen. Most importantly support the victim and support creating an environment of trust and equality. The accused will be handled by the courts of law and their instructor has, quite frankly, exploited this situation to the point were I don’t want to type his name anymore. If you’ve felt bullied or shunned, talk about you’re school. Talk to everybody especially people outside of BJJ. Silence is deadly.
This is a hobby for almost all of us. You are paying to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Treat your dojo the same you would your health club. If something doesn’t jive, move. It’s your money. The term ‘creonte’ is someone who cheats on their team. It is an out of date concept and often is taken out of concept of the original situation to which it was first applied. BJJ is a long journey and it is worth the extra time to find a good fit, a family. It is our responsibility to find out who is teaching us. As you get higher in rank you have a responsibility for those new to the school.
February 20, 2012 Cal State Dominguez Hills Carson California
Guam is a very small island in the South Seas with a population of 170,000. Mind you, Los Angeles has a population of 9 almost 10 million and the City of Orange CA (home of BJJ Legends) 136,000. So why were there so many competitors at the 2012 Pan Kids from Guam?
I spoke with Guam’s self-appointed representative Ramon Dela Cruz. He emphasized how the BJJ life style took hold of Guam in the mid-nineties with the dawn of the UFC. He describes how the fit culture fit the Guam lifestyle. Where there once was intermittent surfing there now was year round training with nice surfing on the side. In Guam, a vacation paradise, the businesses have embraced Jiu-Jitsu and come together to support their competitors with sponsorships and publicity Read More>>
While most forms of marital arts rely solely on katas, forms, and constant repetition, in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu... most of the techniques we learn must be used with a training partner. Everyday on the mat we come in contact with different people each with their own unique style of doing Jiu-Jitsu, some providing a great help in our training, while others crippling our progression. Over the years there have been different opinions on what defines a good training partner. In an effort to find out the mystery to this question, I got the opportunity to interview someone that knows what being a good training partner all about...
[social][/social][einset][/einset]Team Lloyd Irvin Black Belt Jay Hayes is a BJJ practitioner that has been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over seven years. With a several wins in many tournaments and running one of the best schools in New Jersey (NJ United MMA-www.NJUnitedMMA.com), Jay Hayes is considered by many as one of the best American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts out there today. Aside from being a great competitor and coach, Jay has also been the training partner for many notable figures that you see ripping up the tournament scene today and has been quoted by Jiu-Jitsu phenom JT “Spiderman” Torres as the guy that has helped him prepare and win at some of the toughest BJJ tournaments such as: the Pan American Games and Brazilian Nationals.
Ships May 15, BJJ Legends Mag. With a massive 32 techniques and bringing Legends of Jiu-Jitsu, MMA and Grappling to you. Royler Gracie, World Champion, Wander Braga - MMA champ, Megumi Fujii: ADCC, MMA and grappling Champ plus 2 young guns of Jiu-jitsu from the East Coast: JT Torres and Jarad Weiner both with significant wins under their Black Belts in major tournaments.
Then learn more about the Knee, injuries and rehab with Dr. Park and Missy (MisfitLA.com) shows how to work the Kettlebell for strength and endurance.
Alliance Team with the Novice Pan Am JiuJitsu Championship Win
Alliance, gained great ground with their win and 40 points in the lead, followed by Gracie Humaita and in third Carlson Gracie. In town [einset][/einset]include Fabio Gurgel (flying in from Bahrain and a week of Seminars), Cobrinha (who we are interviewing for the World Famous, BJJ Legends Mag & DVD) and Rafa Rosendo.
DJ Jackson wins Absolute Blue Belt
This Lloyd Irvin BJJ team carried both 1st and second in the finals with a little dispute about the submission by Willian Leanard who was disqualified due to an illegal choke. Lenard contested but in the end he stood as #2 - the two teammates swapped medals as DJ showed what honor and competition is about in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In the female division. Tracey Goodell, won at lightweight, by armbar against Maia Matalon, from ATT.
In the absolute purple belt, gold went to New York. Renzo Gracie Academy’s Kay Stephenson over Ana Lowry, of Barbosa JJ