This letter send from Afghanistan touched me and I want to share it. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community is a community that is tighter than most. What I find surprising is the reach of the community. Also if you have friends who train and are currently serving or about to be deployed let them know that training is available.
Hello from Afghanistan....
I just read your words in BJJ Legends about the New Year’s Eve rape. From here in Afghanistan, I hadn't heard about it at all, and to be honest, I'm not very plugged into the BJJ community yet anyway. But I have to say.... I'm crushed. I guess I'm not so naïve that I think there are no douchebags in BJJ. But it still sucks soo bad what happened. And esp by people in the BJJ family. I read that it's similar to getting caught in a choke. I have no real fear of it when I get caught up and choked, because I totally trust my opponent to release me when I tap. I trust my BJJ family.
Over here, we're nothing special. All of us at the very beginning of our journey. But trusting each other in a choke or armbar etc, has brought us closer as a small family here.
The trust feeds the family feeling, and the family feeling feeds the trust. And because of that I think maybe we grow in our BJJ better. Let alone the violence & mental anguish of the act, I can't imagine the absolute betrayal this poor woman must have felt (still feels) from her BJJ family. the confusion, the shock, the betrayal. It just turns my stomach to think about it.... It's all just sad & disgusting.
Patrick Whelan Born & raised in St Louis, MO 1 of 4 kids, rowdied around a lot. Played lots of diff sports growing up. Joined the Coast Guard at 17, while still in high school. Joined the Air Force active after high school and worked in Electronic Warfare. Retired from the Air Force reserves after 23 years as Master Sergeant. Did Volunteer Fire & Rescue for 10 years. When stateside, white belt under Prof Marcelo Alonso at a center in Fife, WA. Now working as civilian advisor to the Afghan army on tech issues. Been deployed to Afghanistan for over past 3 years. Open FaceBook group Jiu-Jitsu Afghanistan.
Date: July 27 & 28 2013 Location:5440 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91601 Description: A no-gi submission only tournament like no other. Our tournament format is unique. In each division there will be a maximum of 8 competitors. These 8 competitors will be split into 2 groups, Group A and Group B. The competitors in these groups will fight everyone in the group round robin style. Each match will be scored as follows, 3 points for a submission, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. The winner will be the competitor with the most points once the round robin is complete. The winners of group A and B will advance to the division final! Each match is 8 minutes long (3 minutes for kids).
Sofia Amarante wrote on her donations page, “I have a great chance to become the First American Female to win the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship as a black belt.” It is 2013 and there has never been an American to win gold in the Female black belt division?
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship came to the US from Rio de Janeiro Brazil in 2007. This move helped make the sport much more accessible to American athletes male and female. In 2007, Emily Kwok won the middle weight black belt division. Emily, “Japan, to be more specific I was born in Aomori, Japan.” She is the first Canadian to win the worlds and one of the first non-Brazilians. “I was 19 when I moved to the US. We immigrated to Canada when I was one and a half years old and I was raised speaking Japanese only until I went to elementary. My father is Chinese from Hong Kong and tri-lingual.” She continues, “Try Penny Thomas or Laurence Cousins.”
BJJ Legends: Tell us a bit about yourself Guillaume Huni: Hi guys, My name is Guillaume "Gile" Huni, I'm 33 years old. I'm actually not originally from Eastern Europe, I'm 1/2 French, 1/2 Filipino and live in Belgrade, Serbia with my Serbian wife. I really consider myself a citizen of the world, as I've grown up, lived and worked in 8 different countries. I work as a marketing director at Belgrade Metropolitan University, and also run a BJJ news website called BJJ Eastern Europe. I'm a BJJ black belt under Jovan Zerjal, training at Zerjal Team Serbia (Fernando Pinduka/ Carlson Gracie lineage).
BJJL: What got you started in BJJ? GH: I had first heard of BJJ around 1995 when I watched Royce at UFC 1, but it wasn't until 2001 when I started training BJJ in Paris, France at Alliance Paris. I spent a few months in Rio de Janeiro the year after, training and soaking up the local culture. I was competing and training all over the world, and made a lot of contacts and friends in the process.I now have been living in Serbia for the past 7 years.
Former UFC fighter and BJJ World champion says, "When I went into MMA I lost my BJJ." This prompted a lively exchange about training and the philosophies around training and cross training. As an example Marcio states, "In MMA when someone has you in side control you push away, in BJJ you don't, you have more options." He has the perspective of a seasoned Brazilian black belt and knows the power of Jiu-Jitsu. He continued, "I believe you're not going to be good without the gi."
Márcio is a third degree black belt. He received his black belt in four years from Carlos Gracie Jr. When I countered with, "Carlinhos? Carlinhos doesn't do that!" Pe de Pano said, "That's what Carlos said when he gave me the belt."
He began training in 1996 when he was 18. In 1999 he ran the ladder going from blue to brown in one year.
He competed in the 1999 Pans in January as a blue belt and won his division and absolute. He competed in the 1999 Worlds in July as a purple and won his division. He competed in the 1999 Nationals in October as a brown belt and placed second.
He went on to win the 2000 Worlds in his division and & absolute as a brown belt. Later in 2000 he won Nationals in his division and absolute as a black belt. In 2002 he won gold at the Worlds in his division and absolute.
Conca “Our goal is to provide the best quality gi possible at the lowest cost. We strongly believe that everyone should be able to acquire the best quality gi to represent themselves and their schools while on the mat.”
The Joker Lightweight Gi by Conca
Style The Conca Joker is a white gi with colorful, what I like to think of as Mardi Gras colors. My teammate referred to the gi as my Miami Dolphins gi. Truth be told the color scheme was inspired by DC Comic’s Joker.
When I called to talk with Gary, he couldn't believe that the Jiu-Jitsu folks had organized a fundraiser seminar for him telling me, "I'm a two-strip blue belt, a nobody in the Jiu-Jitsu world." This is despite the fact that we trained together at Rigan Machado's academy back in the late '90s. He says, "I've been doing jiu-jitsu here and there with a lot of people." He's trained with Rigan Machado, Rey Diogo, Perry Hauck, Jordan Collins, Marc Laimon, Mike Rose, Gary Endo, Michael Jen, Roy Harris, Ethan Milius, Richard Bresler, Mike Ancheta, Andreh Anderson. Lonnie Phillips, Cindy Omatsu, Felicia Oh, Jimmy Tang and Dale Frank.
He trained in JKD and the Filipino Martial arts under Guro Dan Inosanto for 6 years. And has trained in the backyard Lameco Eskrima group under the late Pungong Guro Edgar Sulite.
Because Gary's Lung cancer is stage 4 and metastasized to his bones, the doctors have ruled out surgery. They have put him on a regimen of a cancer drug called Tarceva. Doctors are hopeful this will slow the cancer's growth.
Here are the details for the BJJ Mega Seminar for Gary Quan
Roli has sent us this video of his setup for the Belly Down Ankle Lock. He is promoting his Legal Leg Locks DVD and will be giving us one IBJJF legal leg lock a week. If you want more go to http://www.legalleglocks.com/ and register your email. Watch here for next weeks legal leglock. Our thanks to Roli Delgado.
Roli has sent us this video of his setup for the One Legged X-Guard Straight Ankle Lock. He is promoting his Legal Leg Locks DVD and will be giving us one IBJJF legal leg lock a week. If you want more go to http://www.legalleglocks.com/ and register your email. Watch here for next weeks legal leglock. Our thanks to Roli Delgado.