About the author


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


Mark Schultz Seminar in San Jose February 12-13

By Gumby / January 20, 2011

Mark Schultz Seminar Heroes Martial Arts, in conjunction with OntheMat.com and Dollamur is proud to bring in Olympic, World and UFC Champion Mark Schultz to San Jose for one of a kind clinic February 12-13! Mark Schultz is a legend in the grappling community and has 3 NCAA titles, 2 World Titles, and an Olympic […]


Hi, I’m Gumby, and you might remember me from such sites as this one….

By Gumby / January 2, 2011

Resolution for 2011:  Write/Post something on OntheMat at least once a week. Hi, I’m Alan Marques, but my friends call me Gumby, and you might remember me from such websites as this one.  Actually, despite my lower profile lately, I’m one of the founders of OTM. From 1997 to 2008 I posted content on a […]


My E-mail Blew Up

By Gumby / September 15, 2010

Just a quick note, if you’ve been trying to get ahold of me through my OntheMat e-mail address, I blew my client up (and my computer to an extent) a few days ago and I’ve been trying to fix things here.  So I haven’t been ignoring you!  With all the great new contributers to OTM, […]


Critical Thinking in Jiu Jitsu: A word on CONTROL

By Gumby / May 3, 2010

It should be no surprise to you that I love Jiu Jitsu. I think it’s the greatest art in the world and ultimately the most challenging. Why is it the most challenging?  To my students I often summarize a Jiu Jitsu mindset in three words (those words being: SAFETY, POSITION, and FINISH), but if I […]


Dynamix Martial Arts Grand Opening

By Gumby / March 31, 2010

Head Instructors Henry Akins (Rickson Gracie BJJ blackbelt) and Antoni Hardonk (protege of Johan Vos, K-1 and UFC fighter) would like to invite everyone to the grand opening of their new gym. Dynamix Martial Arts is a training facility offering the highest level of technique in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Dutch Kickboxing, we are also offering […]


NorCal BJJ for Haiti raises $4221 for Charity

By Gumby / February 24, 2010

On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti.  An estimated three million people were affected by the week, and as of now over 200,000 people have been identified as dead with another 300,000 injured who have been treated.  In addition to the human catastrophe, the infrastructure of the country of […]


My NEW Favorite Gi

By Gumby / June 16, 2009

Hate to turn into a shill, but I’m honestly extremely excited my personal gi has been released to the general public: The OTM Medieval Gi (Scotty came up with the name, not me, lol) in my mind is the perfect combination of style, comfort and functionality. To be honest, gi preferences are a largely individual […]


Heroes Martial Arts Grand Opening Party on Feb 14th!

By Gumby / February 9, 2009

High Level Black belt instruction in downtown San Jose! Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling. Come to our beautiful 4700 square foot facility located in the heart of downtown San Jose. Head instructor Alan “Gumby” Marques is co-founder of OntheMat.com / OTM and a black belt under Ralph Gracie. Teaching judo is Chuck Jefferson, former […]


RIP Helio Gracie

By Gumby / January 29, 2009

More news as it comes in. A very sad day for all of us that Jiu Jitsu has touched, and for OTM in general

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