The test on March 22 is fast approaching with only 18 days left to brush up on those techniques. To help you guys out we're offering two specials that will expire the day of the test.
The coupon code marchtest will get you 50% off the first month of your membership to www.onlinebjjproject.com which gives you 24/7 access to all the techniques on the curriculum as well as full classes.
Beau and Jay are both offering 50% off private lessons until March 22. This means you'll get an hour of training for $43 with Beau and $50 with Jay. If you buy a block of ten your tenth lesson is free! This offer is limited to 10 lessons.
Polyface Farmer Joel Salatin may be one of the most well-known farmers on this planet. The self-described “Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer” is famed for his counter-conventional animal husbandry wisdom, and is a prolific author who doles out scathing criticisms of Industrial factory farming methods and government involvement in food.
In this interview with the Paleo Movement Magazine, Salatin addresses every facet of his “Christian Libertarian Environmentalist Capitalist Lunatic Farmer” description— answering 22 political, personal, general, and hypothetical questions from Eat Paleo Save the World author Karen Pendergrass.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewiston, Maine (February 26, 2014) – New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) is pleased to announce the addition of a professional bantamweight bout to the fight promotion’s May 10, 2014 card scheduled to take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The fight card, titled “NEF XIII,” will feature a double professional debut between Elias Leland (3-1 amateur) and Brandon Bushaw (8-3 amateur) at a weight of 135-pounds.
Leland is undefeated in the NEF MMA cage, having won his three amateur bouts with the promotion. Most recently, Leland was victorious over Trevor Hebert (1-4) in August 2013 at “NEF IX.” He has not been known to “leave it up to the judges,” downing all three opponents by submission. Leland’s only loss as an amateur came at the hands of current Maine State MMA Featherweight Champion Ray Wood (4-0) in what was Leland’s debut. He currently trains out of the Academy of MMA in Portland, Maine under the watchful eye of combat sports pioneers Jay Jack (12-7) and Amanda Buckner (11-5).
“Good luck, Brandon, bring your best,” was all Leland had to say on the fight when reached for comment.
Brandon Bushaw, while fighting out of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is no newcomer to the NEF MMA cage. He has competed three times for the promotion previously and, like Leland, is undefeated within the company. Also like Leland, Bushaw last appeared in a Maine fight at “NEF IX” last August where he defeated Derek Shorey (2-8) via first-round submission. Bushaw is a native of Westbrook, Maine where he won state wrestling championships for Westbrook High School in 1998 and 1999. He would go on to wrestle at Michigan State University alongside former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans (21-3-1) before a shoulder injury cut his college career short. Bushaw now trains out of Serra BJJ in his new home of Myrtle Beach.
“I am very happy to be welcomed back to Maine by NEF for the fourth time,” said Bushaw when reached for comment. “This time is extra special because it will be my pro debut. I love competing in my home state of Maine. The fans there make me feel as if I never moved away! I’m excited to put on a show alongside my Serra BJJ teammate Amos Collins! The Bushaw’s Brigade will be there in full force and you better believe we plan on leaving with a couple W’s! I want to thank Matt Peterson and Nick DiSalvo for bringing me back to fight for NEF! Embrace The Grind!”
“NEF XIII” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine with a bell time of 7:00 pm. Already announced, Maine State MMA Bantamweight Champion Paul Gorman (10-8) defends against undefeated Kin “Kong” Moy (5-0). In addition, “The” Ryan Sanders (6-4) will rematch Maine State MMA Welterweight Champion Gil de Freitas (15-5) nearly two years after de Freitas defeated Sanders for the inaugural title. Tickets for “NEF XIII” start at just $25 and are on sale now at www.TheColisee.com or by calling The Colisee box office at 207.783.2009 x 525. For more information on the event and fight card updates, please visit the promotion’s website at www.NewEnglandFights.com. In addition, you can watch NEF MMA videos at www.youtube.com/NEFMMA, follow them on Twitter @nefights and join the official Facebook group “New England Fights.”
About New England Fights
New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (“NEF MMA”) is a Mixed Martial Arts promotions company. NEF MMA’s mission is to create the highest quality events for Maine’s fighters and fans alike. NEF MMA’s executive team has extensive experience in combat sports management, events production, media relations, marketing, legal and advertising.
My teacher Amal Easton was there. And, he was interviewed about the experience. Here’s an excerpt:
“I scraped up enough money to get back to the states from Brasil to compete. The weigh ins took about 6 hours, and it was brutal. Then I waited since 8AM to go as they didn’t give times so I sat and tried to hear my name all day. My first fight was around noon and my last fight was at almost midnight with Rolles Gracie. I believe I submitted three fights before the finals. I thought they were going to do the finals the next day so I was walking out the door, I said good night to Carlinhos (Carlos Gracie Jr) and he asked if I wasn’t going to compete in the finals. So I put my gi on and fought. I had only eaten 4 power bars all day cause you never knew when you were going to go so I was afraid to eat all day. I remember three of my fights including Rolles. I believe he was like 17 or 18 and I had trained with him as I spent a little time in Florianopolis with Rillion Gracie. All the people I considered my coaches were in a spot where they pretty much had to cheer for him. Carlos Machado was the only one in my corner as I had started with a student of his and had trained a few times with him before I moved to Rio in 1995. I’ll never forget Carlos for that. It was a competitive match with him getting the advantage the whole time. I got stuck on bottom in half guard and he either passed or almost passed the whole time. I was happy I felt in the game the whole time, back then we were similar sizes, because now I get smashed by Rolles and we are friends.”
Blue Belt medium heavy podium: Amal, Rolles, Max Araujo Photo: Rolles Gracie Archives
Apparently, this is a lesson I need to ponder. Cause the world keeps throwing it at me.
On this weeks podcast, we talked about someone on Reddit bashing the site for being lame BECAUSE we do online testing. And that, in his eyes, makes us a joke.
Of course….. After I vent a little, I admit that there’s no way for that kid to know I’m NOT full of shit. Most online testing is junk. And he doesn’t “know” my character, to know I’m different. But realistically, I was still pissed.
Then this morning on facebook someone was saying how tattooed people are assholes. (in case you’ve never seen a video…. I am heavily tattooed). People were kinda being pissy with him. This was my response:
“The general state of humanity is shit. Gotta wade through a lot of mud to find gold. The gold shouldn’t be offended by being covered in the mud. That’s the only reason it’s valuable. If gold littered the road….. it’d be the new mud. It’s special because of it’s rarity. So….. to recap…… most people tattooed or not…… are shit. People who are mistaken for that shit shouldn’t be mad at the person making the mistake. You just haven’t shown through yet. When you do…. no one will mistake you. If you don’t shine through……. Maybe you ain’t so gold.”
Stay tuned for more info on stuff we'll have going on that day but for now make sure to save that date. Have a little stress about all the techniques you need to know and all the little details you need to remember? Say no more.....we've got you covered:
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