Grappling Events for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Beyond (June 2011)

07/09/11: 2011 GrapplersQuest West Coast Championships, Las Vegas, NV

I know, a bit out of town, but this one is just for me since I couldn’t make it to Sub Hunt this year.

07/17/11: Submission Hunt Summer SubSlam!!! What? Couldn’t get enough? Well, here’s another:

Location:

The Academy
6840 Shingle Creek Pkwy #24
Brooklyn Center MN


Time:
Kids Gi & No-GI Divisions 9:00am-11:00am
No-GI Divisions 10:00am-2:00pm
Gi Divisions from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Muay Thai Kickboxing Smoker to follow event

Registration Fee:
$50- (Double Elimination for all brackets!!!!!)
Spectator Fee:
$10- (Kids 5 & Under FREE)

Weigh-Ins:
Sunday July 17th 8am-10am


Late July 2011: MKG Minneapolis No Gi Tournament (details to come)

08/21/11: Chicago Summer International Open IBJJF Championship.

Sorry, no info beyond the date. More to come later.

08/27/11-08/28/11: NAGA Midwest, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.

Fall 2011 (sorry, that’s what the site says) King Grappler, Madison WI. This event is put on by Badgerland Jiu-Jitsu. Check out the somewhat strange website HERE and do your best to negotiate the information.

11/12/11-11/13/11: NAGA Illinois, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.

Comp Review: Submission Hunt Spring 2011

For all us ya-you-betcha talkin, lutefisk eatin, Cohen Brother’s movie watchin’ kids from Minnesoooota, The Submission Hunt is as big as we get without making the trip to cities like Chicago and beyond.

With hundreds of competitors that come from all over the state- and surrounding states- it is the best time to go up against the most diverse group of grapplers around.

In theory.

Then there are some of us that end up going against the same two guys we have gone against for years, or several people from our own school.

Is this the Sub Hunts fault? Of course not, I just wanted to get that out of the way, because no competition is perfect, however, beggers can’t be choosers, either.

Put on by the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy (specifically Greg Nelson and Andy Grahn), the Sub Hunt is our bi-annual big show. We go to it hoping to show off what we have learned over the last six months.

And most of the time we get to.

Not always.

It seems that the main gripe this year is the same gripe that we hear every year: inconsistency in reffing.

There is a disconnect between judges, refs and organizers about what exactly is allowed and what denotes points.

The rules are all there in black and white on the Sub Hunt’s web site (HERE).

It is pretty much the exact same as any NAGA rules that you will see. However, human error seems to cause the biggest problem in a game that isn’t just about inches, it is about millimeters.

Personally, I don’t really care if points are missed, just so long as there isn’t an impact on the results. Let’s face it, sometimes that S*** is hard to see. And your coach yelling at a ref mid match while he is doing is best, isn’t helping.

So shut the f*** up and let the match go on before you throw everyone off because you are afraid of… well, I don’t know what you are afraid of. It’s just a medal.

So many people have flip cameras these days that it is just as easy to just walk over and show the judges and ref the footage afterwards. If the decision gets reversed, so be it. The other guy should understand.

He probably won’t at first and later he will be in the gym saying, “Yeah, the ref raised my hand then some dick complained and they gave the match to the other guy.” Get over it. Sherdog isn’t keeping track of your wins and losses.

The world will go on.

Of course, I say that in hindsight as it turns out the Rapture didn’t happen. Which sucks because I spent all my money on **** and getting my **** ******** by a ******** in **************.

The other gripe I personally have is the order that the events go in.

I understand having kids and teens go first. Parents are a pain in the ass and you don’t want to listen to them bitch all day. However, once they are done, why do white belts get to go first?

I want to see the black/brown belts roll and the absolute no gi competitors go before I pass out from carb depletion. 

I like Grapplers Quest for the simple reason that rank gets precedence.

Why should a guy that has been rolling for five or more years have to wait hours to roll while some kid that has been doing it for six months gets to compete right away?

Not only that, but most of the young guys leave when they are done, not bothering to hang around and see the upper level guys compete.

It shows a lack of respect for the sport. And by keeping the order as it is, we are perpetuating the error.

Beyond that, I had a good time. I didn’t get to roll this time (for the first time), but it seemed, as always that people were in good spirits. Andy did a good job keeping the pace of the biggest event in Minnesota.

Trust me. I have been to smaller events that took way longer. And frankly, I have been to Sub Hunts that took way longer.

Organizing and putting on any sized show isn’t easy. So before we all bitch that things took too long or whatever, why don’t you try it.

Go ahead. Whereever your gym is. Post something on facebook. Get 20 or 40 people there and get it organized. Get the refs and judges ready. Get the mat space. Figure out all the logisitics.

Then, if you do it better, go ahead and bitch about the Sub Hunt.

However, until someone does it better, I will still look forward to competing in the only competition that has been able to grow to their size.

And if you really have issues. Don’t go. Book a flight, hotel and car rental for some NAGA, Grappler’s Quest or IBJJF event.

Or, you can shut the f*** up and make that painful drive to Champlin.

Your choice.

F***ing Awesome Braulio Estima Vids from ADCC 2009

These were for me as much as any of you.

I love these kinds of videos and after the massive disappointment of the Drysdale Tapout Doc, I needed this.

Why are they so great? Because, if you haven’t noticed, BJJ DVDs are f***ing expensive and the Estima/Galvao match on vid 2 is awesome.

Also, I’m not particularly bright and I would forget how to find these videos so I wanted to post these.

That’s it.

What?

Am I supposed to make some kind of joke? Like I’m here for your amusement?

Please, don’t go… I’m sorry. I need this.

I love you very much. I’ve never said that to anyone before, but I’m doing it now, because I believe it.

I feel it and I know you do, too.

DID HE ALMOST DIE!?!?!?!?

Okay, I know it might have sounded little over dramatic, but I really wanted you to watch this.

It’s such a weird f***ing variation anyway. And what the f*** do you mean, “after a technique gone bad you will still usually have this grip”?

That grip is tits! I wish all my techniques went so bad as to have that control after one of my typical s*** fits on the mat!

The guy doing the demonstration is 3rd degree black belt in Judo Angel Perez, owner of Champion Martial Arts in Miami, Florida.

The dude gurgling is his brother.

So many things to love about this clip. First is the authority of the judo guy who is presenting a BJJ submission (yeah, I know there are subs in judo, shut up).

Then there is the idea that his brother doesn’t know to tap.

Of course, we can blame homeboy Angel Perez. He even says, “obviously he can’t move from there.” Hmmm… maybe that should have been a clue.

As much as I really hate it when I see people snap instead of tapping the mat or their opponent, it would have been acceptable in lieu of almost choking a sibling to death.

Sure, it happens. Chokes can sneak up, they are cumulative. If you don’t pay attention when you are demonstrating them your partner can start to black out before you get to the end, it happens.

The real lesson here?

DON’T PUT YOUR EPIC F*** UPS ON YOUTUBE!!!

On second thought, ignore that last bit. If not for this stuff, I would run out of material real quick.

Congrats to Next Level Combat’s Newest Purple Belts

It has recently come to my attention that the instructors at Next Level Combat in Woodbury- Tim Gillette and Nate Kleinfled- have both been promoted to the rank of Purple Belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.

Of course, this may be old news.

I also just downloaded Karen Black’s “Friday” onto my ipod. I just saw the youtube video of the laughing baby. And I just bought a pair of Crocs (Vikings purple of course).

You know what, now that I brought it up, I gotta see that clip one more time.

Man, I love that s***!

Now, I’m not a Next Level Guy. I have neither the lower-body flexibility nor the, uh…um… lung capacity… to be an Eddie Bravo disciple. However, I love Jiu-Jitsu.

And I really love it when people keep rolling beyond the rank of blue belt…er, shirt.

When one person improves, we all improve. Especially in our backwaters little state. And especially when it is a head instructor that is getting the promotion. We can quibble over business and other s*** some other time. These promotions help our community.

As far as I know, I have never competed against either Tim nor Nate, so I can’t attest to their style or skill. Or even if they are stand-up kinda guys (not actually stand-up, I am at least a little familiar with 10th Planet ways). But they run a BJJ gym and are responsible for teaching the sport to impressionable minds.

Let’s keep in mind they could have gone the shady route (as many have done in the past) and self-promoted, or even wore a black belt for no other reason than they are instructors. Instead, they started their gym with their actual rank (of blue belt), which takes no shortage of drive and courage.

So, from those of us that love the sport and don’t give two s***s about any kind of gym rivalry, I just wanted to say congratulations and wish you two both the best of luck with your gym and your members.

Congrats, boys, you’re now a part of the less than 25% of all people that start BJJ.  How do those big purple targets on your backs feel?

The Best Choke Ever: The X-Choke!!! You need to see this one!

Listen, I don’t know much.

I don’t know my anniversary.

I don’t know my parents’ birthdays.

I don’t know how many beers are too many beers.

But I know chokes. And this is the choke you need to learn.

Thank God for The Submission Commission!

I have seen a lot of bad chokes before. People don’t feed the first hand deep enough for a cross collar. People don’t use the hip as a pivot point to tighten a triangle. People don’t even know what the f*** a short choke is.

So when I see something that will work (especially at the upcoming Sub Hunt), I want to make sure that as many people as possible will learn it and try to use it.

Preferably around someone with a flip-camera and a willingness to post on YouTube.

I hope you enjoyed.

Grappling Events for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Beyond (May 2011)

05/21/11: Submission Hunt (Back at Champlin Park High School… Thank God!) Click HERE for website and details.

Pre Registration Fee:
One Division = $50- (Kids & Teens may compete in both divisions for the price of one)
Both Divisions=$70
Late Registration Fee:
One Division = $60- (Kids & Teens may compete in both divisions for the price of one)
Both Divisions=$80

Oh, and did I mention… CASH PRIZES FOR ALL GI AND NO GI OPEN WEIGHT CLASSES!!!

07/09/11: 2011 GrapplersQuest West Coast Championships, Las Vegas, NV

I know, a bit out of town, but this one is just for me since I can’t make it to Sub Hunt this year.

08/21/11: Chicago Summer International Open IBJJF Championship.

Sorry, no info beyond the date. More to come later.

08/27/11-08/28/11: NAGA Midwest, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.

Fall 2011 (sorry, that’s what the site says) King Grappler, Madison WI. This event is put on by Badgerland Jiu-Jitsu. Check out the somewhat strange website HERE and do your best to negotiate the information.

11/12/11-11/13/11: NAGA Illinois, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.