About the author


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


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 […]


Fight Life South Bay Premiere

By Gumby / April 4, 2012

Fight Life, the groundbreaking MMA documentary(starring Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, Gilbert Melendez, Frank Shamrock) that has MMA community buzzing is making its South Bay California film premiere on: Friday, April 6th (7pm & 9pm) @BlueLight Cinemas (21275 Stevens Creek Blvd Cupertino, CA 95014). Get your tickets now before they sell out like it did at […]


HHCF V-Day this Saturday in San Jose! Chess, BJJ, Hip Hop and More!

By Gumby / February 9, 2012

HHCF Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary With Youth Tournament, Jiu Jitsu Exhibition and Live Performances Rapper Asheru from Boondocks & MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie Team with Hip-Hop Chess Federation for Nonviolence The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it will be hosting its 5-year anniversary youth chess tournament February 11th, 2012 at the Alum […]


Gumby’s Blog: Rafael Lovato Jr

By Gumby / September 6, 2011

I’ve known Rafael Lovato Jr for a long time now.   We’ve followed his career from his very early stages, sponsored him and became friends.  His career has been quite remarkable, with dozens of important titles but his two most important accomplishments thus far has been his BJJ World Championship title at Black Belt (only the […]


Shawn Williams Seminar in San Jose

By Gumby / May 11, 2011

Our good friend Shawn Williams is coming to Heroes Martial Arts to conduct a seminar on his tournament tested techniques, including his own famous development, the Williams Guard, Saturday May 21st from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Just $75 for a day of instruction and fun.   Shawn Williams was born on the 7th of […]


RIP Luis “Sucuri” Tongo

By Gumby / February 17, 2011

We’re sorry to report that Luis "Sucuri" Tongo has passed away on February 16, 2011 following a car accident in the Carolinas. Sucuri was one of the early contributers to OntheMat, and often shared technique pictorials and tutorials.  I had the opportunity to meet him when travelling out to the Bud Cups and found him […]

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