Cauliflower Ear, the Badge of Combat

Robert Jenkins has been struggling with cauliflower ear lately.  It reminded me of the Greek statues of the old days.  He sent me this pic today!               Here is the bronze Boxer of Quirinal, also known as the Terme Boxer, is a  Hellenistic Greek sculpture dated around 330 B.C. […]

December 9th Belt Promotions

Here is an incomplete list of those who are due to be promoted on December 9th at the start of the seminar with Luiz Palhares.  Some others are close and some are still being considered.  It looks like June will have a nice graduating class of blue belts as well. E-town Students: Blue Belts:  Tyler […]

Jimmy Pedro

Mr. Jimmy Pedro is arguably the greatest Judoka the United States ever produced.  He  is a World Champion, double Olympic Medalist and the most decorated judo players in American history. Jimmy is world renowned for his judo expertise, coaching ability, and training methods. A newaza (ground techniques) specialist.  He is currently the 2012 US Head Olympic […]

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Gobble Gobble!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday.  I had a great break personally.  Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving Day training in E-town was excellent!  Great numbers and a lot of fun.  Someone of facebook commented that they were surprised we had a training session on Thanksgiving.  They shouldn’t be.  Many of us have been training […]

A Quote to Ponder

“Jiu-Jitsu is a circle some of us transform into a circus.  We go and try more advanced and complicated options.  But at the end of the circle we come back to the simple basic position.”  -Helio Gracie

Casca Grossa!

Casca Grossa is a Brazilian Portuguese Jiu-Jitsu term used to describe someone seasoned on the mat.  It means “tough as nails” or “tough guy.”  More literally it means toughened skin or shell like a callous.  Basically it is that guy with the worn gi, cauliflower ear, jacked up fingers and intensity in his eyes!  Coming […]