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Houston BJJ Championships

July 28, 2008

Good afternoon everyone… how’s the work day treating you?  I for one accomplished my most productive task of the day when I visited my mother’s house for lunch and hand washed my car.  Not bad for a Monday work day huh?  Now to the topic of this post which is the Houston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships that was held on July 26th at Legends Sports Complex.

First off, I have to congratulate those who won and those who competed for there were some hard fought matches.  Competitors from Elite included Jason Soliz, Elliott, Frankie, John Pierre, Pilot Joe and myself.  Now I’ve only competed in one other tournament (Dungals ’08) but with that as a reference and with the opinions of other grapplers there I can safely state that the tourney was poorly ran.  For instance, stopping a division and starting another in the same mat space to finish the division at a later time is just plain idiocracy.  To have grapplers warm up/cool down all day long is just ridicolous but that is no excuse for any one of us but just more of a nuissance.  Now that I got that out, a recap of my matches and the lessons learned.  Videos to follow.

First match started right off the bat following the singing of the national anthem which shocked the whole division since it is a general thought that the kids started first.  Warm/Cold we rolled nonetheless and the match summed up with me going for 3-4 submission attempts while my opponent won on points.  Lesson learned, get back to Fundamentals!!!  2nd match went well with me winning via points.  3rd match lost by submission to the guy that won the white absolute division.  My one match in No-Gi was a dissapointment due to inactivity on my end.  I was at the bottom of half guard throughout the match and didn’t work hard enough to win. LESSON BEING TRAIN HARDER and with more emphasis on points and guard work.  Here are some pics of me from the tourney (thanks Frankie!)

Lonestar Beatdown 4 and an Austin Vacation Weekend

July 17, 2008

We took an awesome vacation this weekend!

Well…. not quite THAT awesome but we did manage to party in four cities in one day!

From Lonestar in College Station to Houston to San Marcos to Austin to San Marcos to Houston!

You know there are people who always say they are tired of ‘the routine’ and are going to do something new crazy and exciting. Yet they usually end up doing the same old BS time after time after time…

And then those like us who just live in the moment and always have fun.

“You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening. Back then I thought, well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that; that was the only day.” – Field of Dreams

The weekend officially kicked off on Thursday with Joe Rogan’s stand up comedy show at Laffstop. He and The Amazing Racist were hilarious! And I guess we were too! By the time left that night, we had our very own fans thinking we were famous. LMAO @ silly starfucker girls! “Are you famous?” … lol.

Friday after a good day at work, my bro and I booked it to college station for Lonestar Beatdown. Little did we know that we were going to be the official timekeepers for the event. It definitely got really real when we got ringside and saw the cowbell, bullhorns, crowbars, and stopwatches. We did an A+ job, if I may say so myself. In any case, after 14 fights and several shots & beers afterward, we ended up tearing up Northgate until a pizza-devouring Eric Williams came by to collect his drunken students.

We stayed at the Hilton which seems like status quo for our out of town trips. Saturday morning was going to be sauna/hot tub relaxation time but we decided on going back to houston instead. We were back in town for a grand total of two hours. Just enough time to do laundry and pick up some stuff. Next thing you know and we were off to continue the mini-vacation weekend in San Marcos and Austin!

Saturday ended up being awesome also! Did the college thing. Saw a bunch of peeps we hadn’t seen in awhile. Adrian, Chris, Sam, Heather, Allison, Caitlyn, etc. etc. Everyone ending up driving to Austin where we met up with a bunch of people on 6th. street. After the Library, Aquarium, Moose Knuckle, and Maggie Mays, we ended out the night watching Bono in concert! I don’t even remember the ride back to San Marcos.

Anyways, back in Houston now. Going to end up the weekend with Sunday Funday Somewhere. Beautiful weather out….

Dungals 2008

July 17, 2008

FANTASIC job to the Elite MMA Competition Team at the Dungal World Championships in Pasadena. 1st, 2nd, and 4th place in the Absolutes as the very best in the tournament shows the level of training at our gym. My brother competed for the 1st time ever and got 2nd place. Jason, Hyper, Kevin, Frankie, etc. all medaled and did well. Anyways, pics below of the Dungal’s as well as the rest of last week.

pics from this past week


Wednesday – Kris and ?


Wild West – DNC Boys


Girls we stood up for 3am 59 Diner


Friday – George’s Pastaria w/ Lesli and Kris

Dungal World Championships


1st match ever


like a bear!


going for a rear naked choke


Kris won his 1st with a guillotine choke


Kris letting go after the tap


start of match


end of match ….triangle / 15 seconds


Kris controlling his 2nd match


Kevin winning his match outside


hot chick fight


gargantuan super heavyweight action


double leg


Frankie after his MFS battle


Kris after the finals with his bloody mouth


Me on the mat


Jason winning in the absolutes


Co-Champ: Hyper – Triangle


Co-Champ: Jason – Triangle


Elite MMA Competition Team

Renegades & Afterparty at Fix

July 17, 2008

Renegades on Saturday night was non-eventful. My hats off to Tim Snyder, who beat our man Steve Garcia for the featherweight title. No excuses from the boys at Elite MMA. Steve trained hard and was dictating the fight for the better part of 3 rounds but got caught with a well-placed left hook that hit on the button. What can you do you know? We as a group didn’t even stay for the rest of the event. In fact, I was bummed and didn’t event want to party at all at first. But well… let’s just say we mourned our loss at Fix.

‘Lonestar Beatdown 3’ Back in College Station

July 17, 2008

Wow, what a fun, frenzied, and furious weekend it has been so far!

After a very busy week, I hurried home to meet up with Andy & Spencer to head up to College Station for Lonestar Beatdown 3, promoted by Elite MMA and Mick Maynard. We ducked, dipped, and dodged our way through Houston rush hour traffic and got to College Station just in time to get to our posts. I had to role of guarding the blue corner and walking fighters to the ring. 15 fights, good friends, and a fun night taking over College Station..

Here are the pics from the night…

10/6 Elite MMA Test

July 17, 2008

A few pictures from the Elite Martial Arts Test on October 6th. CONGRATS to everyone but especially to Ed Liem, who earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jordan Rivas, who earned his brown belt. A special note to my brother as well. He got his first stripe!


The Test Crew


Kris getting launched en-route to earning his first stripe!


Alaina and Thales watching Papa Jordan get his brown belt!


Prudhomme earns his blue belt!


Armbar.


Thales Rivas – 2020 Mundial Gold Medalist.


Junker’s Secret Move.


A tired Eric P.


Setting up the Omo Plata


Ed getting killed by Eric, Ratinho, and Hai to earn his black belt!


Elite’s Black Belts.

Also… A few extra pics from last week….


Octavio “Ratinho” De Souza & I at dinner (Emporio Brazilian Cafe – outstanding food!) after the Battle of H-Town Tourney last weekend.


Patti & Stephen’s visit to Houston from Boston


Amanda and friend (from the new Sherlock’s in River Oaks


Patti & Amanda (Bostonians) & our friend from Queens, NY

Elite MMA In-House Tournament

July 17, 2008

The weekend of the in-house submission grappling tournament turned out to be a wonderful success. Thanks to Chris R, Steve Garcia, Eric, and all the others that contributed to the event. Hopefully all the competitors, win or lose, gained some good experiences from participating. Awesome job to both teams and everyone who helped put it together! It was a lot of fun!

After the fights and food, some of the team came over to watch BJ Penn hand Jens Pulver his ass and drink the night away. That was before our three vehicle caravan followed me to pick up Laura M, who I missed dearly and is back from Boston. We head off downtown to the Roof, where we spent the rest of the night enjoying shot after shot en route to the laziest Sunday of our lives. We finished off the weekend watching Entourage, which might have been the most productive thing we did yesterday…


Vincent and Steve had an awesome match to kick off the action for the adults!


Drew and Clint displayed their technical prowess!


Junker enjoys his first jiujitsu victory!


Adrien showed heart and resiliency to score for her team!


Eric P – Team Player Award for the red mohawk!


Dallas and Fury look on!


The Superfight Begins!


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Blue Steel!

(No After-Party or Midtown Pictures. Was too tired.)