Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jiujitsu Geeks Podcast Episode 7 / Gustavo Machado and Nino Schembri

Oh man do we have an awesome episode this week. Two legends of BJJ were kind enough to give Aaron and I some of their time. Gustavo Machado and Nino "Elvis" Schembri sat down to discuss their beginnings in BJJ, their friendship, the early days of Gracie Barra, Pride and a whole lot more. This was recorded after Nino put on an awesome seminar at Gustavo's VA Beach academy. Hopefully Nino won't be a stranger to east coast and can be on the podcast again in the near future. A big thank you to Gustavo and Nino for honoring us with this interview. Thanks for listening!

You can visit Nino on the web here..

and Gustavo here...

Here is part 1 of Nino's fight against Kazushi Sakuraba at PrideFC 25.

Here is part 2..actually the full fight. There is no sound in this video so you can imagine how brutal the knees and soccer kicks Nino landed to the face and head of Sakuraba were!

Photos courtesy of Brian Ingle Photography. If you like these you can find more at


Sunday, April 22, 2012

JiujitsuGeeks Podcast 6 / Jimmy Yax

On this episode of the podcast Aaron and I have the pleasure of talking to BJJ black belt Jimmy Yax. Jimmy and his family are not only BJJ enthusiasts but they run the chain of Hot House Yoga studios in Virginia. Jimmy is easily one of the most relaxed dudes I know but what do you expect from someone who fills their life with copious amounts of BJJ, yoga, and surfing? Visit Hot House Yoga online at

Jimmy's great grandfather (bottom right) posing with his grappling club in Germany.

L to R - Chis Yax, John Yax, Gustavo Machado, Jimmy Yax

Jimmy surfing in Mexico. 

Young Jimmy Yax catching some air on his skateboard. 


Sunday, April 15, 2012

JiujitsuGeeks Podcast 5 / The Return of Chris Mahan

The Jiujitsu Geeks were lucky enough to nab some more time with BJJ black belt and super guest Chris Mahan. Chris is always an interesting person to talk to and after we recorded this I thought of questions that I should have asked. Perhaps a part 3 is in order sometime in the future.

Friday, April 6, 2012

In case you thought the honey badger was the baddest thing on Earth...

I've prepared a short homage to Kurt Osiander to prove otherwise. 

MMA Video Magazine spends a day with Kurt Part 1:

MMA Video Magazine spends a day with Kurt Part 2: 

Kurt's Move of the Week on YouTube:





Thursday, April 5, 2012

Learn to Swim

To train in BJJ is to continually drown—or, rather, to be drowned, in sudden and ingenious ways—and to be taught, again and again, how to swim. - Sam Harris

Sam Harris diverges from his usual topics in his blog with the  post The Pleasure of Drowning. Harris does a remarkable job describing what it is to train in the gentle art. He also presents an interesting view of jiu-jitsu's place in self-defense. Along with the post The Truth about Violence, Harris aims his writing talent toward martial arts and I hope it isn't a rare occurrence.

In the words of Maynard, learn to swim.



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Nick Diaz News

Love or hate Nick Diaz, he really does not care. Nick is perhaps the most polarizing fighter in the MMA scene. Currently on suspension for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 143, Diaz’s camp announced yesterday that he will participate in a super fight at the World JiuJitsu Expo in Long Beach, Ca the weekend of May 12th. Diaz is a BJJ black belt under famed MMA trainer Cesar Gracie. His opponent has yet to be announced.
Later this month MMA action figure makers Round 5 will release a Nick Diaz figure as part of their Ultimate Collector line. I can’t wait to add this one to my collection though I do need to warn my other action figures to be respectful towards the mean mugging plastic representation of Nick.