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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

G IN A DSTRYR/SG: PART I OF OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RALEK GRACIE ON METAMORIS II.


This kind of speaks for itself.  And, as much as I’d like to spend the next few minutes attempting to be mildly humorous, you have 10 minutes of Ralek Gracie Interview to consume and digest.

I’ll just say this – we had  great time sitting with Ralek and asking him a bunch of questions.  This is Part 1; it’s all about Metamoris II, and it gives you great insight into Ralek's point of view on his event and the state of BJJ competition among other things.  Part II, which is coming momentarily, is just your run of the mill DSTRYResque buffoonery.  We'll claim it’s hilarious, but maybe it’s just moderately humorous.  Either way, we expect you to watch it.

Special thanks to our comrades who made it happen – my old teammate and friend, John Salami, for fiming/directing, Mike Dytri aka Ludwig Van Clothing for providing an amazing location.  Of course, thanks to Ralek for coming out and being a great subject

Friday, October 12, 2012

YEAH, YOU WANNA WATCH AN HOUR LONG ROGER GRACIE INTERVIEW ... RIGHT NOW.


It's really difficult to criticize Roger Gracie.  He's chokes the crap out of most people who mix it up with him (I'm talking BJJ, but he's doing pretty well/better in MMA too), and he does so in a courteous and good-natured, seemingly well-adjusted way.  That's why you'll enjoy spending some time learning more about him.  Exactly one hour ... and 22 seconds.  Yes, that's a chunk of time, but, let's be honest, you have nothing going on.

We like Roger.  We think he may well be the best submission grappler/BJJ athlete of this era.  And, he's an interesting dude too, with a great attitude.  Listening to his story, you're bound to be inspired to go train and get great at Jiu Jitsu.

Since you have a lot of Roger watching to do, I'll leave it at that.  This is an interview Roger did a few days ago for London Real, a UK online talk show hosted by Brian Rose and Nic Gabriel.  Well done, guys.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

GAME ON! METAMORIS PRO INVITATIONAL IS HAPPENING OCTOBER 14.


OK, grapplers.  Aside from the fact that "metamoris" doesn't seem to be any kind of real word in any language, this event looks to be one of the most epic pro grappling events we've seen in a while.  I don't need to say much more - the lineup tells it all:
Roger Gracie vs. Buchecha
Andre Galvao vs. Ryron Gracie
Kayron Gracie vs. Rafael Lovato Jr.
Kron Gracie vs. Otavio Sousa
Jeff Glover vs. Caio Terra
Dean Lister vs. Kevin Casey
Jean Jacques Machado vs. Nelson Monteiro
I'm almost more psyched to see Galvao take on Ryron, only because we rarely get to see the Bros. Gracie compete with world elite athletes the likes of Galvao. Props to Ryron for stepping up.  The rest of the lineup is amazing.  Many grappling wars will be had.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

SPEAKING OF ROGER GRACIE, THIS IS HOW HE CHOKES PEOPLE.


Maybe you haven't been paying attention lately, but Roger Gracie's been making news recently.  First, he made a strong showing at Strikeforce last month beating Keith Jardine, and just this week he announced that he's facing Buchecha in a BJJ superfight in October.  Roger, of just Rog as we like to call him, is pretty much the man when it comes to being a legendary badass of Jiu Jitsu. So, none of this is surprising.

Now that we got you all Rogered up, it's time for your knowledge drop.  Roger's game is deceptively simple.  If you've seen him in action at Worlds or ADCC, you know - he keeps thinks basic.  Pass the guy's guard, get to mount, establish dominance and then collar choke him the sh*t our of him.  They all know it's coming and they do everything in their power to fight it off, but most of his opponents go down exactly this way (with some exceptions, we know). 

Check out a really succinct and precise demo of this choke from mount by Prof. Olavo Abreu, head BJJ coach at Phuket Top Team (our favorite team in Phuket).  Variations included!  Grapplers, this is real deal stuff; you've probably seen some of these techniques before or have even been coached in them.  Either way, this is excellent review with some quality pointers on the details. 

Monday, July 16, 2012

THE BLACKHOUSE INFUSED ROGER GRACIE IS LEGIT.


The world is full of unfairness and inequality.   The haves and the have nots.  Here's a perfect example: some of us have Showtime, and others are too broke or cheap and so they don't.  The consequence of such a failing is simple - you didn't get to watch Roger Gracie, now fully infused with the power of Blackhouse, dominating Keither Jardine for 3 straight rounds in a morbidly bloody battle.  Other people got beaten up too.  It was really fun.  You should have been there.

Here's the news - Roger Gracie, arguably the greatest and definitively the most dominant competitive grappler of this era fought in Strikeforce this past Saturday after over 10 months off.  And he looked good.  Not great.  But, very good and seemingly much improved.  He's fighting as a middleweight now and was apparently affected by a last minute cut.  Still, you could see he's gained some much needed standup and ground and pound skills since his move to train in Los Angeles with Blackhouse.  And, at the end of the day, he showed grit, looked confident and won.  [A note to the naysayers who might devalue a victory over Jardine: it's true Keith's by no means in his prime and may be considered a gatekeeper at this point, but Roger impressed us nonetheless.]

Now, go spend an hour looking for the fight on one of those bootleg, hacker sites.  You'll eventually it, along with a nasty case of Malware.  Or, just watch this vid of Rog being cool after he collected his W.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

QUESTION: WILL MY SWEET BERIMBOLO BE EFFECTICE IN A BATTLE TO THE DEATH? ANSWER: PROBABLY NOT, GRASSHOPPER.


People have been asking this question for as long as I've been training:  Does BJJ prepare your for street confrontations?  It's a good question, especially since we both know ever since you started training (6 months ago), you've been walking around with your head mighty high.  We wouldn't want you to have to back any of your training up without first understanding some critical stuff.  You clearly need the Brothers Gracie, Rener and Ryron, to primer you for 22 minutes on the importance of distinguishing sport from street Jiu Jitsu. Exactly that.

This video, although sort of an advertisement  for GJJ and its "Gracie Combatives" system, is informative and raises good points.  It's true that many of us spend a lot of time and effort perfecting techniques that are not valuable in a self defense or street fight situation.  Hopefully, most of us know this, and have the wherewithal to develop general combat/fighting skills that we can apply to all that mortal combat and battles to the death we participate in on a regular basis.

Seriously, good stuff from Bros. Gracie.

Monday, June 25, 2012

GRAPPLER, KNOW THY HISTORY: CHUCK NORRIS HOSTS GRACIES FOR SEMINAR BACK IN 1988.


What a lucky break.  We get to watch 26:38 of some sweet, ultra-rare, grainy and heavily aged VHS footage of a Gracie seminar hosted by, the man himself, Chuck Norris in Las Vegas from way back in 1988.  Pretty much all the Gracie's you could think of were assembled:  Rorian, Relson, Rickson, Royce, Renzo and Royler (a few others too, but I can't make them out in the vid). I believe that's Carlos Machado in the group as well (although I don't mention him in the title or banner; this is clearly a Gracie seminar).  It's a pretty awesome piece of history.  If you don't know, Chuck was very instrumental in bringing BJJ to the US. 

At a time like this, I usually talk about how I was still working my bo staff kata and my Ed Parker "star block" and 4-corner cover stance at David Torres' Kenpo Karate in beautiful Pico Rivera, CA back then.  That just how I rolled.  It was all about the jumping front ball kicks and tiger jaw strikes to the groin.  I could go on, but you have 26 minutes of viewing ahead of you, so I'll stop now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DSTYRYR/SG EXCLUSIVE: HIP HOP CHESS FEDERATION AND RALEK GRACIE.


Ralek has been training Jiu Jitsu since he popped out of the womb. Love him or hate him, he's pretty amazing at Jiu Jitsu, and not all that bad at MMA. Now, Ralek (HAA-LEK) has come under quite a bit of scrutiny since the surprise release of his debut hip hop album in 2011. It left a lot "WTFs" and head shaking. So, what's the deal with this? Is it just another case of someone using their popularity or power to sell something? Well, grapplers, lets take a closer look (as soon as I finish my Gracie smoothie.)

For those of you that are Hip Hip fans (true hip hop fans, not those that think Drake is the best rapper alive) you'll be familiar with the Dialated Peoples. The trio has pretty much stayed underground since there debut in 1992. Despite that, they have garnered a large worldwide fan base, hit the Billboard top 200 several times, and have been featured on several video game soundtracks. The groups MC, Rakaa Iriscience, has been training at the Gracie Academy for almost a decade and has a close relationship with the Gracies and Ralek himself.

Ah, now there's the connection. Despite those facts, some of you may still think all of this is kinda weird or could just be a ploy to sell some Ralek albums...

Check this out - the brothers Gracie rocking out on a rooftop with the Dialated Peoples in their 2006 video "Back Again." You can also check out this Okayplayer interview of Raaka training with Ralek from 2008, and our post from just over a year ago when we broke the news of Ralek jumping on stage at a concert and spittin some rhymes. As you can see, this is pretty legit and not as out-of-the-blue as it first seemed. I wouldn't go as far as saying Ralek is an amazing rapper or artist, but I give him credit for following a passion and fulfilling it. He's really not all that bad and clearly has some great mentors to learn from. I'm sure everyone reading this can just as easily turn on the radio and hear mainstream hip hop that's far worse than anything Ralek could put out. He probably isn't quitting his day job for hip hop, but just like most of us, he has hobbies and passions in addition to martial arts - so, who are we to knock that?

And before we get to our exclusive, here is another amazing musical tidbit that shows 6 Degrees of Jiu Jitsu Separation. Take a look at this Eddie Bravo music video featuring his band, Rakaa Iriscience, Arianni Celeste and Coach Alder on the turntables. I know, I know, mindbottling isn't it?

So anyway, our buddy, Adisa Banjoko, otherwise know as the Sheik of the Iron Hook and Founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation, has a candid interview with cross-over rapper Ralek Gracie. This interview is definitely insightful and you get to learn a lot about Ralek's passion for music and hip hop. I was thrown off a bit with Ralek's blue belt and A6 kimono, but, despite the distractions, Adisa delivers a great two-part interview that Jiu Jitsu heads can appreciate just as much as Hip Hop fanatics.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

GRACIE STEET CHOKES A/K/A CHOKING FOOLS IN CARDIGANS (OR, DEEP VEES, OR WHATEVER).


I don't own a cardigan sweater, and I don't intend to anytime soon.  Maybe you do.  And, that's forgivable, assuming you're 11 years old and it's part of your parochial school uniform (or, you're a girl). If you're wearing one right now, please remove for the remainder of your time here at DSTRYR/SG.

I actually don't own any Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructional DVD (or video) either.  But, from all I've seen on YouTube, I'm certain they are filled will top notch and necessary BJJ knowledge.   Their "Combatives" series seems very thorough, but for me, as someone who's trained under another coach for the past 12.5 years, I've never considered buying them.  However, I'm pretty intrigued by this new DVD release dedicated solely to chokes you can employ in street situations (using commonly worn clothing).  Check out this teaser/promo vid featuring the always adorable Bros Gracie, and have your credit card ready.


[Side Note: In the title, I really wanted to say "douchebags" instead of "fools," but it seemed a little to crass.  Still, I think you could have handled it.]


Monday, April 2, 2012

DSTRYR/SG EXCLUSIVE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE LEGENDARY RICKSON GRACIE.


If there ever was such a thing as peaking too soon in the world of kickass BJJ/submission grappling websitery, it might well be the Rickson Gracie interview.  It's, in my mind, like the Holy Grail of what we strive to do here (and sometimes achieve).  You may disagree, but the DSTRYR/SG crew views Rickson as the greatest living mind and spirit embodiment of Jiu Jitsu.  I'm not going to say we worship the ground that he walks on, but I will say that ground is pretty special (and we would not begrudge you for praying to it periodically). 

Last week, DSTRYR/SG videographer-at-large, sgCRSHR (aka Ruben Vera), had the opportunity to ask Rickson a few choice questions on camera.  The edited version is what you see below (thanks to the talented Demolisher [aka Allen Chambers]).  We're excited to bring it to you, not only because it's Rickson Gracie, but because we believe Rickson's eloquence and wisdom on the subject of BJJ will mean a lot to you.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SKY JITSU? NO. THIS IS SKATE JITSU (FEAT. KRON GRACIE).


When your last name is DSTRYR/SG, they don't ask you to make cool video montage things of you doing crazy sh$t with your homies.  They do periodically inform you that you misspelled words or are clearly wrong about something you wrote or don't know enough about the De La Riva guard.  Life is good.

I don't even know how I feel about this.  Maybe we're giving the Gracie Bunch too much press.  At the same time, it's kind of interesting.  Plus, we know you can't get enough Gracie-related material.  Consider yourself spoon fed.

Side note:  The use of Blink 182, is again a bit of a fail.

WATCH KRON GRACIE X ZAK MAXWELL/WORLD PRO SAN DIEGO TRIALS/163 LB FINAL.


Time to eat yer meat n' potatoes, grapplers.  We sincerely hope you've already spent the time studying this match between to top level black belts.  But, we don't trust your commitment, so we're helping you out.  Kron Gracie met Zak Maxwell (son of Steve Maxwell - kettlebell/bodyweight fitness guru and BJJ black belt) in the final at the San Diego World Pro Trials last week.  The result was a fierce battle with very little margin for error.

Go.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON ON GRACIE VS. KIMURA, PROVING HELIO WOULD, IN FACT, ROLL.

We get the that you're really, really busy, grappler.  You have a lot going on.  First, there's the day-to-day BJJ drilling and sparring, but, on top of that, there's all that  Mendes-style "physical preparation" you're doing.  You're world class.

You got that Bulgarian bag-thing going, your shaking the crap out of big heavy ropes, swing'in 24 kg RKC kettlebells, busting out some burpees, wind sprinting, doing weird stuff with medicine balls and Bendo boards ... the list goes on.  Hopefully somewhere in your schedule you find time to either earn a living or properly mooch of your parents and/or girlfriend.  You might need to attend to "personal relationships" in between vertical jumps and wind sprints (just send a text).

Point being, you may have missed this insanely well-crafted docu-thing (which is sort of a cleverly disguised t-shirt ad) about the historic Helio Gracie v. Masahiko Kimura match in 1951.  This some good stuff.  Makes me wanna buy a t-shirt commemorating the whole thing ... 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A PLAYFUL TEASE FROM KYRA GRACIE? THIS IS AS CLOSE AS YOU'RE GONNA GET.


And, by tease, we mean a 1:46 trailer for what looks to be a very interesting and inspiring  20-minute documentary about Kyra Gracie and her charity organization, Instituto Kapacidade.  You're playing it cool, grappler, but we know your strange obsession with her.  It's creepy, but she is pretty charming.  So, you get a pass.

As the granddaughter of Carlos Gracie, Kyra is BJJ royalty, so to speak.  That's a good place to start, but she's gone much further than that, claiming several BJJ titles (including 4 World Championships, 5 Pan Am Championships and 3 ADCC Championships) and being an overall icon for women in grappling. From this trailer, it sounds like she's a doing good in the world as well. 

This is what looks to be yet another excellent bit of filmmaking from Stuart Cooper Films and BJJ Hacks (teaming up this time).  These guys are dominating in this arena and I still haven't figured out ISO means on my point-and-shoot.  DSTRYR/SG fail.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

BROTHERS GRACIE BREAK DOWN BENSON'S BICTORY (i.e., GRACIE BREAKDOWN/UFC 144 ).

C'mon, grappler.  You're hardly even hiding your strange man-crush on Rener Gracie.   You just went out and bought a $400 Vitamix Juicer.  You're eating those oven baked Kale Chips.  You probably even buzzed your hair and bought the Bullyproof DVD's (which is weird, because you're like 32 years-old).

Alright, alright.  Gracie Breakdown.  The UFC 144 edition.  You love this stuff.  Go.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

THAT'S RIGHT, RALEK GRACIE HAS A NEW MUSIC VIDEO ... AND IT'S ABOUT MMA.

Of course, it is, grapplers. 

We posted
Ralek's "GINAGI" video a while back, and a lot of you trashed it (shame on you).  But, now he's got a new track and a new video - "Fight Night." It even features a little Sakuraba (losing, of course to Ralek at DREAM). So, what say you, grapplers?

Speaking for myself, I kind of dig it and I definitely respect it.  I think we can all agree the world needs a Gracie hip hop artist, especially now that Whitney's gone.  Or, it could be I have a soft spot for these Gracie heirs?  They don't have any challenge matches to fight or rivalry's to quell.  So, they spread the word of their grandfather's art (and by all accounts are excellent and very technical grapplers) and sometimes rap about it and make smoothies.  I'm cool with that. 

Ralek's "GINAGI" album is available on iTunes:

Friday, January 27, 2012

WATCH KRON GRACIE TALKING GJJ ORIGINS, BREATHING, LEVERAGE AND LEGACY.

I don't know Kron Gracie.  His academy is not far from ours, and although I came close to facing him in a tournament a few years back, we've never met.  But, here's my opinion on the young Gracie:  he's got great Jiu Jitsu skills, a great approach to competition and some real wisdom when it comes to BJJ.  DSTRYR/SG approves.

Below is a Q & A with Kron from a recent seminar in Vancouver.  He talks about a lot of things, including his outlook on improvement, his grandfather's approach, breathing and his personal approach the modern BJJ tournament style competition.  He's got some swagger that one could argue is borderline arrogant, but I don't blame him. He's got some big shoes to fill.  Plus, he lays it on the line and competes in all the major tournaments to test his JJ. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

RALEK: HE'S NOT ANOTHER GRACIE IN A GI.


The Gracie Family is kind of like the royal family of BJJ.  It's sort of an odd, enigmatic thing, in my opinion.  Even though people have been training BJJ for decades now, the individuals with direct lineage to Helio and Carlos are set apart from the others (and one could argue for good reason, since Helio and Carlos are the men who essentially created the style as we know it today). 

Gracies are held to a very high standard by their own family and by the rest of us within the world of BJJ. They are clannish, yes, but at the same time, they are not out of reach (you can train with them, if you like).  Some of them choose to compete in BJJ and grappling.  Some fight in MMA.  Some teach and do seminars.  Some even make smoothies and invent sandwiches.  Yeah.  Gracie stuff.  It's its own thing.

Ralek Gracie, third son of Rorion (son of Helio - if you need me to tell you that) is really doing his own thing. He's got serious BJJ black belt skills and fighting skills in general, having fought and won three times in Japanese MMA (DREAM and Hero's, the highlight being his victory over legendary "Gracie Hunter," Kazushi Sakuraba).  He even competed in BJJ against me once and won! It was my first tournament 12 years ago.  Damn him.

Ralek's also an emcee.  He's been in the hip hop game for a long time now, and he finally released a record.  Check out his video for his single "GINAGI" and let us know what you think.     

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WATCH A LIGHTENING FAST ARMBAR FROM KAYRON GRACIE AT 2011 NO GI PAN AM.

The 2011 IBJJF No Gi Worlds just went done this past weekend in NYC.  Check out the results here

I didn't get to see the action live, but it looked to be a strong event, despite the obvious absence of a lot of notable black belt talent on account of ADCC Finals taking place one week prior in the UK.  Regardless, some top grapplers showed up and many a great grapplings was had. 

Kayron Gracie won his Medium Heavy division and took 2nd in Absolute (getting sub'd by Davi Ramos).  Check out an ultra slick inverted armbar from a back-taking scramble.  I don't know who Kayron beat here and the competition may have been below his level; still, it's still a fine submission.  DSTRYR/SG approved. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MITSUYO MAEDA: GRANDFATHER OF BJJ. PLAYER OF GUARD.

I think we can all agree that family is important.  It's even more than that - it could be everything.  Your family nurture you; it molded you into the person you are today.  You rely on your family and it relies on you.  In your case, grappler, it's mainly you relying on your parents for financial support and them being bled dry by your irresponsible lifestyle.  You really need to move out and get a job (unless that would interfere with your training).

Furthermore, knowing where you come from is equally important.  I, for example, come from a long line of Mexican farm workers and good-for-nothings, some of whom served time in the finest penitentiaries in the state of California.  But, not everyone is as fortunate as me.  Family.  Yeah. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that we too, as grapplers, share a long storied history, a lineage, that dates back to a man called Mitsuyo who taught a man called Carlos how kick some serious ass on the ground.  Carlos taught his some Carlos Jr. and, in turn, Carlos Jr. taught a man called Renato.  And, Renato taught me everything I know.  And, the rest is history.  And, it's ours.  I'm getting a little teary eyed.