I'm pretty sure we said something about making this a really cool and regular thing, and, check it it, we came thru again. Grapplers, we're pleased to offer our 4th installment of The Grappler's Interrogatories, featuring those same 11 questions, this time posed to Budo Jake [McKee], co-founder of Budo Vidoes. We all know BudoVidoes.com has set the industry standard as the best in of BJJ gear (including kimonos), equipment, apparel, DVDs and books. And, as an organization, Budo's extremely active in helping propel and grow the sport of BJJ/submission grappling. Case in point, their live streaming of IBJJF Worlds, Pan, No-Gi Worlds and ADCC Finals. More so, these guys walk the walk and we're stoked they participated.
At this point, we'll spare you another explanation and let you get right into it. Enjoy. And, many thanks to Jake for taking the time to have fun with us. You get extra points for answering question 7 correctly. Mullet. Always mullet.
1. How did you get your start in BJJ ?
I've been involved in martial arts training for 25 years now. I've always been fascinated by the arts. I didn't start BJJ until I was 30 and funny enough, it was my wife that urged me to go with her! She had to quit (due to a medical reason) but I was hooked early on and haven't looked back. Now I'm a 3 stripe brown belt and train as often as I can, both at Gracie Barra America, at Budo HQ, and wherever we may be filming an episode of one of our shows.
2. How did Budo get its start?
I lived in Japan from 1999-2002 and was spending all of my hard earned yen on martial arts media that I couldn't find back in the states. I started to think, there had to be more people like me who are looking for this stuff! So when I moved back to So Cal my long time friend - Budo Dave - and I put our heads together and started the company. Mainly we imported products from Japan in the beginning before branching out into carrying almost every brand of BJJ kimonos, creating our own web shows, DVDs, and live broadcasts.
3. How has your experience in BJJ influenced your approach to Budo as a business?
My training philosophy parallels our company philosophy in that I think we should always be improving. You can never settle for the status quo. There are always ways to improve.
4. Do you have any advice for someone who has a business idea in a niche market like yours?
5. Favorite BJJ Fighter of All Time?
6. Closed Guard, Open Guard or Fancy Guard?
7. Fauxhawk, Mohawk, Mullet or Fabio?
8. Fight/Board Shorts, Vale Tudo Shorts, or Spats (i.e., tights)?
9. Triangle, RNC, Armbar or Other? If other than triangle, please explain.
10. What Animal Best Defines You as a Grappler (e.g., I am like a snail. I am slow and get smashed a lot)? Note: Answering with Fictional Animals (e.g., Unicorns, Sasquatch) Not Permitted.
11. Favorite Gracie? If other than Rickson, please explain.