Archive for the ‘Fightin Round the World’ Category

Blue belt!

September 4, 2010

Today I earned a BJJ blue belt under Shane Rice, who is a black belt under Rickson Gracie. It took 19 months. Here is a picture.

For those of you wonder what a BJJ blue belt means, I’d consider a BJJ blue belt to be roughly equivalent to a first degree judo black belt in terms of difficulty of getting one and how good a fighter is. I regularly beat the crap out of Judo black belts in Judo tournaments before starting BJJ and then got the crap kicked out of me by blue belts when I started BJJ. My gi record in tournaments in white belt was 5-1.

I’ve done three combatives sports pretty seriously, wrestling, Judo and BJJ and I can honestly say that BJJ is superior to the other two both in terms of its fun level during training and the fun of competitions.

Next step on the path is the purple belt.

NAGA win

May 12, 2010

189.9 pound win at NAGA event in Newark.

Macho Man >> Infinity

January 30, 2010

Fightin round the holidays

January 3, 2010

Some pics of training last week. This is me staring slack-jawed into space.

This is me arm throwing Sebastian.

Body slamming Sebastian.

Triangle choking somebody.

Here is me firemans carrying Sebastian.

I’m going to see if I can get some video of me and Cena wrestling + me and Shane rolling. Cena is very good… been wrestling since he was like 5, and learned to wrestle in Iran… and Shane is a top BJJ black belt…

Old Skool G Dot 2

December 17, 2009

This is me in my afro head days vs. (believe it or not!) Owen Dawkins in 1988 at the Scarborough international tournament. I beat Derek Jacobi in the final to win, and beat Owen 12-0. Note the referee (Homie!) and Jay Bradbury (my old high school coach) looking all concerned.

Old Skool G Dot

December 16, 2009

Amateur Wrestling Rules In Pictures, published 1989. I am the one in the red singlet. This was taken at the US Cadet Nationals in 1988 in Indianapolis when I was 16, I came 5th of 78. I stole the draw sheet, I still have it. The Canadian team included Scott Nichol and Fernando “Hot Tub” Galvez, although I seem to remember they called him “fly man” back then. Also Sly Sinclair and Richard Pryzslak were there.

This was a match with the eventual gold medal winner. I lost 4-2. This was a weird match because I did an arm throw and knocked myself unconscious with about 30 seconds left by slamming my head into the mat. My first recollection after this was about 30 minutes later lying on a gurney. After I watched the video of the fight and after the throw I got up immediately and finished the match but I seriously had no memory of doing it.

Fightin round the world with Greg Jackson

December 4, 2009

Me in Albuquerque teaching GSP etc. some REAL fightin skills. Watch for the five fingered death punch next time Nate Marquart or GSP is in the Octagon.

Possibly the greatest song ever written… this speaks to me.

December 2, 2009

Fightin around the Vancouver

December 2, 2009

Me and Shane after practice…

The Begley Strikes… Like a Cobra!!! Who will win… power or technique???

November 27, 2009

The Begley, now running a hot air balloon company in Japan after a brief stint as prime minister of Australia, after being a snowboarding pro at Whistler, after owning a copper mine in Venezuela, after a brief stint chasing Naked Jose around campus with a stick. Seriously.

Oh yeah he also worked as a sparring partner for Rashad Evans prior to the Machida fight.

Here he is beating the crap out of some Japanese guy.