I’ve decided to start a new site dedicate to collecting stories of BJJ in action. I hear so often about the conflict between sport and street BJJ. All the masters of BJJ always emphasize the importance of why Helio Gracie created BJJ for self defense. There are tons of sites out there that service the sports side. I don’t know of any specifically about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in practical use on the street or self defense. Ok, I shouldn’t forget GracieCombatives.com but for the most part you understand what I’m saying.
I got the domain StreetJiuJitsu.com and I need to start collecting some stories to offer for the initial launch. Please send me your stories. Fictions great but I want true life experiences. I have one from a friend who was a bouncer. I’m sure if you train BJJ you can come up with at least one first hand tale.
Please send them to me by replying to this post and I’ll post them at StreetJiuJitsu.com for everyone to read and as testament to what Helio Gracie wanted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to be.
The ad reads: “Never again be humiliated, afraid. Fearlessly defend yourself against any and all attackers. Defeat brawlers, karate, judo experts, even trained boxers! Black Belt Vern Schroeter has invented powerful easy-to-learn Unbeatable Self Defense system. Brand new book teaches you quickly with step-by-step drawings and text. . . Yes Vern! Rush me my book at once . . .”
My BJJ instructor did a post awhile back about these comic book ads. They give me a good laugh so when ever I see one I have to stop and read it. This is one of the best I’ve seen. I think Black Belt Vern Schroeter has created a self defense system around putting his nose in his arm pit from the picture. I did a quick Google on ol’ Vern and found some 1970’s Black Belt magazines that showed a “Vern Schroeter” participating in some competitions but from what I read he didn’t win anything. Maybe Vern’s “Unbeatable” system was in the rough stages then. What ever the case he never became a Chuck Norris or Gracie. I’m sure there is a good explanation as to his anonymity. I imagine it is something along the lines he has gone under cover or . . . comment on this post and tell us what you think Vern is doing now with his terrific new defenses.
“Anyone trying to make or sell Jiu Jitsu Mom shirts are infringing on a registered trademark Serial number: 77-173996 Filed 5-7-2007” – Kelly Boccadoro
“I have all Jiu Jitsu Mom T shirts for sale….call XXX-XXX-5218!!!!!”- Kelly Boccadoro
Talk about going for the takedown and submission at the get go. Jiu-Jitsu moms take no prisoners. Needless to say her selling technique didn’t win me over either. I reviewed my post saw a comment about a t-shirt being made. I’m sure our Jiu-Jitsu Mom has her trade mark as does Soccer Mom, Hockey Mom, and Badminton Mom. But I’m not making shirts and I’m definitely not making any with her logo. But like I said in my post Jiu-Jitsu Moms can be shoot-and-ask-questions-later.
After looking at Wikipedia.org on Trademark Infringement I’ve come to the conclusion that using her logo to sell shirts would be an infringement but creating your own shirt with the words “jiu-jitsu mom” on it wouldn’t hold up in court any more then McDonald’s saying they have trade marked “hamburger”.
You may recall that Rigan Machado was scheduled to come to Utah 2009 when I posted “Rigan Machado Comes to Utah”. It never worked out. For what ever reason it was canceled. It looks like this time its going to happen. Here is the information I’ve received about the forth coming seminar by Rigan Machado:
Date and Time: Thursday April 7th 5:30 – 7:30pm for Kids 7:30 – 9:30pm for adults
Last night was the first night I used them. I usually wear ankle high white cotton socks.
Getting on the socks was like pushing my feet into sausage casings but when they were on they weren’t too tight and they didn’t slip the whole night. I immediately noticed the increased grip. They made a annoying sticky sound as I walked around on the mat. I didn’t mind after we got to rolling. The increased grip really did help. I didn’t realize how much slipping was going on with my cotton socks until I got these. Upa’s and other moves that required me pushing off my feet went much better. I really do like them. The only negative I have is that the top of my toes got mat burn. This was especially bad on my largest toes. The simple solution is to either have hobbit toes that sport their own hairy defense or wrap some sports tape around them.