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    Gumby's Column: Holding Ourselves to a Higher Standard

    Fri, 2013-01-18 16:05 — Gumby


    I had posted this on my Facebook page a few days ago, bait more off the cuff from my usual style, with the intent of expanding on this later.  But I am reposting this here on OTM word for word.  


    "Give a horrific and tragic turn of events in our community of Jiu Jitsu, I've had a number of conversations and have been asked to share my thoughts with quite a few people. I am shook by what happened as well, and I'm measuring my response now to be thoughtful and responsible.

    Heroes Sub 1 - Submission Only Tournament | San Jose, CA | Saturday, January 26th

    Fri, 2013-01-04 13:26 — Gumby

    Heroes Submission Only Tournament


    When:  January 26, 2013


    Where:  Heroes Martial Arts 460 South Market St San Jose CA 95113


    Why:  The ultimate goal in Jiu Jitsu is not to win on points!  The Ultimate Goal is to try to finish your opponent.  Round robin format, so everyone gets lot of matches and mat time, no time limit finals!


    Register here:


    Gumby's Monday Column

    Sun, 2012-10-14 23:50 — Gumby

     I’ve promised more than a few friends plus myself that I was going to get back to writing again on the regular.  The last couple of weeks in particular have lit a fire under my butt.  So I’m aiming for a weekly column?  Keep stroking my ego and I might actually stick to it this time.

    Can S7 change the landscape of Submission Grappling?

    Tue, 2012-08-21 15:22 — Gumby

    I met S7 founders Dayan Henderson and Paul Paterson at the Jiu Jitsu Expo in Long Beach a few months ago.  The on the spot presentation they gave me was very polished, very ambitious, but in 16 years it wasn’t necessarily promises that I haven’t heard before.   Dayan and Paul admittedly didn’t have too much of a background in the martial arts and they seemed very nice but I’d believe it when I saw it. 

    Gumby's Column: A suggestion for the IBJJF

    Thu, 2012-04-05 01:37 — Gumby

    HHCF V-Day this Saturday in San Jose! Chess, BJJ, Hip Hop and More!

    Thu, 2012-02-09 09:46 — Gumby

    HHCF Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary With Youth Tournament, Jiu Jitsu Exhibition and Live Performances

    Rapper Asheru from Boondocks & MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie Team with Hip-Hop Chess Federation for Nonviolence

    The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it will be hosting its 5-year anniversary youth chess tournament February 11th, 2012 at the Alum Rock Youth Center in San Jose, CA.

    Entitled V-DAY, the event is to honor their five year anniversary, as well focus on life strategy themes like, Victory.

    What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Gumby!

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    Hi, I'm Gumby, and you might remember me from such sites as this one....

    Sat, 2011-01-01 11:41 — Gumby

    Resolution for 2011:  Write/Post something on OntheMat at least once a week.

    Hi, I’m Alan Marques, but my friends call me Gumby, and you might remember me from such websites as this one. 

    Actually, despite my lower profile lately, I’m one of the founders of OTM.

    Ask a Black Belt - Episode 2

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    Ask a Black Belt Chapter 1

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