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Gumby

Gumby is the co-founder of OntheMat.com back in 1997 with Scotty Nelson.

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Gumby’s Column: The Ways Jiu Jitsu has changed my life

By Gumby / September 6, 2016

I’m writing this on my 20th anniversary of my own appearance on a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu mat, and on the eve of a new Fundamentals cycle at my gym Heroes Martial Arts preparing for an influx of new students and I am reflecting on all the ways that Jiu Jitsu has changed my life and […]

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Gumby’s Column: Some thoughts on Olympic Judo (from an American BJJ’er)

By Gumby / August 9, 2016

*I watch the Olympics because I love grappling. I will be following Judo and Wrestling in part for my own enjoyment, in part because I understand and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices these athletes make and partly because I am trying to learn.   *That being said, I recognize that the Olympics Judo and […]

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Gumby’s Column: Fight to Win Pro Thoughts

By Gumby / July 24, 2016

I have been to many events over the years, but I think what the promoters of Fight to Win bring to the table is unique and exciting. The idea is create a huge card, over 20 matches in all largely showcasing local talent with a couple of super fights, give everyone the rock star treatment, […]

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Gumby’s Column: My Least Favorite Thing Ever

By Gumby / July 12, 2016

At the risk of sounding like the crotchety old man telling the kids to get off my mat, I have to get this off my chest: As much as I like an informal environment at my own gym (Heroes Martial Arts), I really only have three rules I rigorously enforce:   1: Display Common Courtesy […]

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Garry Tonon & Gordon Ryan Seminar – Heroes Martial Arts

By Gumby / July 12, 2016

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/garry-tonon-gordon-ryan-seminar-heroes-martial-arts-tickets-26511810539?aff=es2 Gordon Ryan and Garry Tonon are black belts under Tom Deblass & John Danaher, based out of New York City. They are known for their submission oriented style on the biggest stages from ADCC, Polaris, EBI, and Gracie Nationals, and now Fight to WIN. The Danaher Death Squad members are excited to be back […]

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Gumby’s Back!

By Gumby / July 7, 2016

“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. “ Muhammad Ali I have more than a few more years before I get to 50, but the quote above is still applicable. Heck, I don’t view the world the same way now […]

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STOLEN TRAILER AND BJJ TOURNAMENT EQUIPMENT

By Gumby / June 9, 2014

On Friday night, June 6, at 9 pm The person in the pictures below stole a white, 20 ft cargo traile from 11357 Deerfield Dr in Truckee, CA. He is cleary seen on video pulling up next to the trailer in a late model chevy suburban and tampering with the back of the trailer.  It […]

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EUROPEU de JIU JITSU ESPORTIVO – Itália – 14 e 15 de Dezembro

By Gumby / November 13, 2013

 Está confirmado o evento Europeu de JJ Esportivo, será nos dias 14 e 15 de Dezembro, onde teremos no Sábado o Europeu de Kimono e no Domingo o Europeu sem Kimono ( Submission). Em breve mais detalhes do evento.                 – Inscrições Abertas       Associazione Italiana Brazilian Jiujitsu e D.A      – Associação de […]

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US Open XVIII Free Stream this weekend

By Gumby / October 18, 2013

 Exciting weekend in combat sports but one event that might be overlooked is the US Open of BJJ in Santa Cruz. This is the 18 year making it the longest continually run Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament in the United States. It largely showcases northern California talent (which is deep) and they are offering a free […]

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Gracie Worlds June 29-30 Santa Clara CA

By Gumby / June 19, 2013

 Be a world champion that TAPS OUT everyone else! I love the rules set and the way this tournament is run.  I’m also managing the women’s division so I’d love to see a big turn out for the ladies (I know there is a lot of up and coming talent in NorCal especially).  If you […]

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