Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

FnF Grappling Smokers Videos

Mike's 1st Fight (L 6 - 5)


Eldin's 1st Fight (L)

Ricky's 1st Fight (W 11 - 6)

Ricky's 2nd Fight (W 7 - 0)

Josiah's 1st Fight (W 7 - 5)

Josiah's 2nd Fight (L 8 - 7)

Monday, November 24, 2008

FnF Grappling Smokers (11/22/2008)

I just want to say congrats to all who went to the smokers on Saturday! (Josiah, me, Eldin, and Mike). Everyone did well, and we certainly represented our team very well. I'm sorry for not having the videos up yet. I'm trying to find a video editing program that will let me cut the video up into it separate fights. Does iMovie do that too, Jim, or do you use another program?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My New Team in the Philippines



My new trainer, Li'l Earl, shows me the Tumbada Squat.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Eulogy for Evan Tanner


A website that I go to often has an eulogy up for Evan Tanner. Pretty good read.


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jim's Matches at the Gracie Open 2008

Jim's first round match.

Win by tapout (mata leon).

Jim's second round match.

Loss 2-4.

Ricky's Matches at the Gracie Open 2008

Ricky's first round match

Win 8-2

Ricky's second round match

Loss 0-8

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Gracie Open Registration?

I haven't been able to find the online registration for the Gracie Open yet. Anyone else have any luck?

Friday, August 8, 2008

Team logo?


I found an old picture that I drew a while back, and I thought it would make a cool team logo. Any suggestions about the pic or possible background would be cool.

BTW, I've tried to call the Gracie Academy, but I keep getting the voice mail. I'll keep calling until 5pm, and update if neccessary.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Alternative Training Site

Hi, my fellow grappling teammates!

I have called the Gracie Academy at Concord yesterday, and I was told they had open mat night tomorrow (Fri., 8/9) at 6 p.m. It's pretty useful for those who are competing in the Gracie Open, because most of the grapplers in there are at a high level. I tried calling today for confirmation and if there was a walk-in cost, but I only got the answering machine. I'll try to contact them tomorrow for more info, so be ready for an update!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Jim's Matches at the Battle of the Bay


6-4 Loss


2-0 Win

Josia's Road to the Championship

The Quarterfinals

The Semis

The Finals

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mike's Match at the Battle of the Bay

Gracie Invitational

1793 Vineyard Dr.; Antioch, CA. 94509

Registration is online at
Adult/Master $40
Kids $35-$50

No registration after 3pm Friday August 1st, 2008; Registration can be closed if full capacity is reached on or before August 1st.

Weight divisions:
Bantam - 140lb
Feather - 153 lb
Light - 166lb
Middle - 180lb
Medium Heavy - 195lb
Heavy -210lb
Super heavy - over 210 lb

Master is over 34 years of age

There is another Tournament tentatively scheduled for August 23rd in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Battle of the Bay Photos

Battle of the Bay Photos II

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Tuesday Night Mini trip on 7/08/08

Health & Fitness Plus
3120 Crow Canyon Rd, Suite D
San Ramon, CA. 94583

About a ½ mile east of 680, behind Chili's Restaurant and next to Bikram's Yoga studio.

We are going a mini field trip t San Ramon to train with some old school players.

6:30pm is the event

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Battle of the Bay 2008 (UPDATE)


I received this email yesterday after coming back from Jiu Jitsu (WELCOME BACK, BIG E!):

Last chance for low registration price! Price goes up June 1st, 2008!
Battle of the Bay 2008 - No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament
July 12th, 2008 - Pajaro Valley High School
Register online:
Please let me know if you have any questions!
See you soon!
Shelley Morris
Program Director, Tiger Martial Arts

As usual, I'm down to go. However, I don't wanna go alone ... Who wants to come w/ me???


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Battle of the Bay 2008

Here is the registration link for Battle of the Bay

The Team at the Capital City Grappling Challenge

Left to Right: Jim-- 3rd place 185lb, 3rd place open weight; Daniel-- 3rd place 155lb; Coach Earl; Ricky-- 1st place 135; Brian-- moral support.

Jim's matches in the open-weight tournament - Capital City Challenge

Match #1

Match #2

Match #3 - How to get mauled.

Ricky's Road to the championship



Daniel's Semi-Final Match at the Capital City Challenge

Daniel took 3rd place in his weight class.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Capital City Challenge

Thanks for registering us, Ricky.

It says here that the weigh-ins are from 8-11 tomorrow and the matches start at noon. It's at Ultimate Fitness. 1705 I Street, Sacramento.

Here's a map.

I'll probably swing by the gym tonight to see what the deal is tomorrow, but are we planning on riding up together? I can drive.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Capital City Challenge


It's decided that I will pay for everyone. Please bring in $50 tonight, and I'll make a list for your name, DOB, and hometown.

You will not get signed up if you do not pay me first.



I got an email back from the webmaster on, telling me that each person can sign up and pay individually. However, I tried to figure out how that would work on the website, but I couldn't do it. I was hoping maybe Jim or somebody else would have a better chance of figuring it out. If not, then I will go with the original plan, which was signing up anybody who would want to participate, collecting the money tomorrow (on Weds. 5/7). Just in case nobody can figure it out, please email me your first and last name, your hometown, and your date of birth. I will register everybody tomorrow or Thurs., and pay on Thurs.

My email is, and the cost to participate is $50.


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gracie Open - Josia 1st Match

Five pretty slow minutes with occasional action.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

Capital City Challenge

We are going to the Capital City Challenge in Sacramento the weekend of 5/10 instead of attending the Milpitas sub grappling event. Please see the following link for registration and information:

Open door BJJ

We are going to Open Door BJJ to roll tomorrow night at 7:00 pm please see the address below:

We are located in-
1706 Lincoln st


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gracie Invitational info

EDIT: The original link that I posted on Monday (the previous post) for the sign up was wrong. I had to re-register on the website. If you signed up w/ the wrong link (the right registration page should say "Gracie Invitational" on the top), re-register. I called Gracie's gym, and I was told that you won't be charged if you signed up in the wrong registration page.

This page contains new info and a link for registration. Seems to be only Gi-Less for adults, which should make things go much faster than last time.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Gracie Registration is working!

EDIT: The original link for the sign up was wrong. I had to re-register on the website. If you signed up w/ the wrong link (the right registration page should say "Gracie Invitational" on the top), re-register. I called Gracie's gym, and I was told that you won't be charged if you signed up in the wrong registration page.

Finally! I called Gracie's gym, and apparently they are still having the tourney this Sat (on the 26th). However, the schedule during the day has changed. The changes has been made on the website. Here's the link for online registration.

I hope to see most of the team there.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Gracie Open

It that time mark your calendars for the Gracie Open 4/26 in Antioch

Date: April 26, 2008
Time: 10:00AM
Location: Gracie Sports center, Antioch


Description: The Gracie Invitational
Gi April 26th No-Gi
White Belts – 10am Beginner – 3:30pm
Blue Belts – 12pm Intermediate – 5pm
Kids – 1:30pm Advanced – 7pm

Up to 140 lb. 140 to 155 lb. 155 to 170 lb.
170 to 185 lb. 185 to 200 lb. Over 200 lb.
* Kids will be matched by age, weight and belt on the day.
Registration at
Adult/Master Gi or No-Gi $40 Adult/Master Gi & No-Gi $60
Kids Gi or No-Gi $35 Kids Gi & No-Gi $50

Medals and gifts will be awarded to the champions of each weight category.
Medals will be also awarded to 2nd and 3rd places.
Rules will be the same as International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
Heel Hooks, Leg Locks and Toe Holds will be allowed only in the Advanced No-Gi.
No registration will be accepted after 11am Friday, April 25, 2008.
The Gracie Federation reserves the right to close the registration when we reach full capacity or April 25, whichever comes first. Make sure to register early to save a spot.
Before the first fight, the athletes will check his/her weight with the gi. In case of no-gi, the athletes will weigh-in with shorts and t-shirts/rashguards. Please make sure you are in the correct weight division. Changes will not be accepted in the tournament day, no refund.
Location: Contact:
1793 Vineyard Dr (925) 827-5455
Antioch, CA, 94509

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Unlimited Kickboxing's Open Mat Submission Challenge

Unlimited Kickboxing changed the date of their open mat submission smoker from May 17th to May 10th. Here is the link for registration.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Open Door BJJ

Hey, I spoke to Sergio and we are on for 4/1 No-gi rolling at Open door. Let's get ready to do our thing.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Single-leg Defense

Once we get these single-legs down, I want see Ricky pull this off.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Single leg finishes

Please note the technique at approximately :41 sec the finish off the single leg.

Technique highlights

Some very technical takedowsn and positions from around the world.

Familiar wrestling techniques

Please notice the Russian Two on one position, the foot sweep and body lock throws

*** Movement can be yoru friend or enemy.

Some of these techniques are very high-level but others should be familiar to some of the older crew.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Marcelo Garcia Seminar!!

Hey everyone, here is a link to the Marcelo Garcia Seminar Flyer. It's going to be held in Monterey. If anyone wants to go let me know. I don't know if it's going to be gi or no gi, or possibly both.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Mata Leon

This is a good example of someone fighting for the " Mata Leon" choke during a live match. Matt Serra V Takanori Gomi I believe circa 2000 at ADCC: Pay close attached at about 2:30 onward as Serra Battles unitl he finds his spot.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Gift Wrap from the guard

Earl was showing us a Gift Wrap choke last night - here's a pretty simple video on how to use the Gift Wrap to sweep from the bottom.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Some of the guys I came up under

Dave Terrell against Ricardo Almeida 2003 ADCC competition Brazil

Jake Shields against Renato Charuto

Nick Diaz

Gil Melendez

Yves Edwards Finish

Yves Edwards, making up moves as he goes. Spectacular finish.

Daniel's Matches

Here's Daniel's first matches from last Saturday. I'm working on getting all the other matches from our team up as well.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Unlimited Kickboxing's Thread

The thread on the Underground Forum about the open mat challenge last weekend at Unlimited Kickboxing.

Dan Henderson on Anderson Silva

Pacific Ring Sports MMA Blog

Now that we've had a consistent crew together for awhile, it's feeling like we're a team instead of just a bunch of guys who train together. And since we have some videos and photos from last weekend's open mat challenge in Milpitas, it seemed like a good idea to start a blog.

So feel free to post anything relevant. Some technique videos, MMA news, upcoming events or field trips, whatever.