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


Jiu Jitsu Battle 3: June 8

By Gumby / June 4, 2013

  Date/Time: June 8th 2013 Event Time: Start 12:00 pm till 6:00pm *Schedule are subject to change Location: Graffiti House L.A. 310 N.  West Moreland Drive Los Angeles, CA. 90004 Event Description Jiu-Jitsu Battle III will be a competition showcasing Blue, Purple LW, Purple HW & Brown Belts.  8 athletes per division have earned their […]


Jiu Jitsu Battle 2

By Gumby / March 27, 2013

 Los Angeles, CA – March 20th, 2013 – WANT VS NEED are excited to present their 16-athlete competition event, “Jiu Jitsu Battle II,” taking place March 30th, 2013, from 9:00 am- 6:00 pm, at art and event venue, Graffiti House LA. As a second installment of their extremely successful, “Jiu-Jitsu Battle,” this competition focuses on non-black belt […]


Jeremey Montes, Jr. Benefit Seminar

By Gumby / February 26, 2013

 Save the date! Benefit seminar 4/28, 2:00pm @ Kaijin MMA in Santa Cruz.   To our Family & Friends, thank you for your prayers, love and support that you’ve shown since the moment we all learned the news of Jer jrs condition. It’s truly a warmth in this very cold time; we are blessed to […]


Gumby’s Column: Rhonda Rousey

By Gumby / February 23, 2013

 In 2004 was the East Bay Judo Institute Shido, I had brought my video camera along to record my friends Dave Camarillo and Jose Bencosme.  They put on a show, as expected, even fighting each other in the finals (for the record Jose won, though Dave claimed the mat was slippery 🙂   One girl […]


Scotty Nelson gets his Black Belt from Jeff Glover

By Gumby / February 6, 2013

 Scotty Nelson, co-founder of OTM gts his well deserved black belt from none other than the Pipe Layer himself, Jeff Glover.   Scotty has been training for over 17 years now, so this has been a long time in the making.  In addition to forming OTM back in 1997, Scotty has also been a dedicated […]


RIP Mr. Jim

By Gumby / January 24, 2013

Just a quick note of condolences for the Alliance Team in Atlanta for the loss of Jim McPherson, passed away just shy of his 62 birthday after a yearlong battle with colon cancer, surrounded and comforted by loved ones. It’s always been a pleasure in my travels to encounter the McPhersons and  the were the […]


Drug Testing in the iBJJF

By Gumby / January 24, 2013

 USJJF is pleased to announce it has contracted with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to provide an anti-doping testing program at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships, to be held at the Bren Event Center in Irvine, Calif., on March 20-24, 2013. USADA is the national anti-doping organization for the United States, and runs the U.S. testing […]


Heroes Submission Only Tournament San Jose

By Gumby / January 22, 2013

  We are one week away from the Heroes Sub 1 Tournament on January 26 in San Jose CA!   Register here: http://www.strongvon.com/heroessubonly/   I’ve been intrigued by the concept of submission only tournaments, and I truly believe that they represent a pure vision of what Jiu Jitsu is about.   I really want to […]


Gumby’s Column: Holding Ourselves to a Higher Standard

By Gumby / January 19, 2013

  I had posted this on my Facebook page a few days ago, bait more off the cuff from my usual style, with the intent of expanding on this later.  But I am reposting this here on OTM word for word.     "Give a horrific and tragic turn of events in our community of […]

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