All posts in "Gumby’s Column"

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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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