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


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 […]


Gumby’s Monday Column

By Gumby / October 15, 2012

 I’ve promised more than a few friends plus myself that I was going to get back to writing again on the regular.  The last couple of weeks in particular have lit a fire under my butt.  So I’m aiming for a weekly column?  Keep stroking my ego and I might actually stick to it this […]


Can S7 change the landscape of Submission Grappling?

By Gumby / August 22, 2012

I met S7 founders Dayan Henderson and Paul Paterson at the Jiu Jitsu Expo in Long Beach a few months ago.  The on the spot presentation they gave me was very polished, very ambitious, but in 16 years it wasn’t necessarily promises that I haven’t heard before.   Dayan and Paul admittedly didn’t have too much […]


Henry Akins Seminar in San Jose – Friday, July 13th!

By Gumby / July 10, 2012

Henry Akins Seminar in San Jose! Friday, July 13, 6PM-8PM HENRY AKINS is a black belt under the legendary RICKSON GRACIE. The third American to receive his black belt from Rickson, Henry began his training in 1995 at the Rickson Gracie Academy in West LA.  Having spent more time on the mat with Rickson than […]


Gumby’s Column: A suggestion for the IBJJF

By Gumby / April 5, 2012

Note that this is not necessarily a complaint. But I’m pretty sure this is not going to be a popular opinion. This past weekend we saw the 16th annual Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships, the largest ever at some 3200 competitors over four days. This represents a eightfold increase of competitors from the first Pan American […]

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