Jan 21, 2013

Kyra Gracie Interview 2013

Kyra Gracie hosted a seminar at our school (a first for the Toronto area!) At the Seminar, the guys from JITS magazine stopped in to interview her.

I found this through DSTRYRsg blog post HERE

Cool Interview...We need more Role models in modern society

Some quick Seminar Photos

Jesslyn brought Mackenzie along to the seminar, and we snapped this pic...

Mack's Shirts Says "Jiu Jitsu Black Belt From Birth"..:)
Cool Seminar, filled with tons of small details and little "fixes" to help make certain situations more manageable. One of the more technical seminars I have been to, I definitely recommend her.


Jan 10, 2013

Team Lloyd Irvin Rape Allegations

As being reported by the mainstream media, there seems to have been an alleged rape of a woman on New Years Eve by members of Team Lloyd Irvin.

Here is the video of the news broadcast.

ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., provides more details:
"... the young woman, Maldonado and Schultz all know each other from the Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts School in Camps Springs where they trained. Police said the woman bumped in the two men at a club in D.C. They offered to escort her to an instructor's home, because she was too drunk to drive. But the men took her to the St. Matthew's Center parking garage instead, police explained, where surveillance cameras captured Maldanado raping the woman and Shultz joining."
Crazy... how could they do that to a teammate?

Things looked even more grim for Lloyd Irvin, as people dug around further into his past.

It might be a case of "same name, different person", but there is a "Lloyd Irvin Jr." being accused of gang rape back in 1990 in the following article


Not sure what to say... having a daughter, I can only hope for quick and swift justice for the victim and her family, and that the world as a whole doesn't look at BJJ in a bad light.

Jiu Jitsu is supposed to empower people to stop attacks and rape, not promote them..


Here is an exhaustive link-fest to all the details around this incident




Jan 2, 2013

"The Ground Is My Ocean, I'm The Shark, And Most People Don't Even Know How To Swim."

I love this quote.

It is hands down one of the most bad ass things to say to a newbie during their first class. I have heard it credited to Rickson Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Royce Gracie, and even Rolls Gracie.

Closer to it's originator (but still incorrect) is Jean Jacques Machado, and Rigan Machado.

Well, I found the source.. I was reading though old Black Belt Magazine issues in Google Books and came across this...

Black Belt Magazine, November 1994, Page 27

The quote is attributed to Carlos Machado and appears on page 27 of the November 1994 issue of Black Belt Magazine in an article about Royce Gracie's take-downs

The full quote is

"After the clinch, it doesn't matter what happens, one way or another, we're going to hit the ground, and we'll be in my world. The ground is my ocean, I'm the shark, and most people don't even know how to swim."

Cool quote... it's even cooler that it is attributed to the right person.