I get soooo much SPAM

I know I don’t blog as regularly or as much lately. Part of the reason is I get sooo much spam that it puts me off even making an attempt to blog.

I have over 5000 comments to sift through, 99.9% are spam. But this is the best one in a long while though:

spam message

Funny spam message

 

If you want to get in contact with though, the best way is through my Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gregory-Pe%C3%B1aloza/103197323091766

Screen shot 2014-03-14 at 9.36.05 PM

 

OR Twitter
https://twitter.com/DirtyWhiteGi

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 10.39.01 PM

Go watch The Raid 2: Berendal!

The Raid 2: Berandal

 

Watched The Raid 2: Berandal on Saturday night. If you’re a fan of martial arts/action movies then you HAVE to go see this one! It’s the best one I’ve seen in years! There’s some epic, brutal and blood soaked fight scenes in there. Some parts are so brutal/painful looking they make you cringe, but I fully enjoyed it.

There’s some amazingly choreographed hand to hand fight scenes, baseball fights, hammer fight scenes, gun shoot outs a car chase and knife fight scenes. What more could you want in an action movie?

Check out the trailer for the film below.

If you’re still not convinced to watch it in a cinema (if available in your area) then here’s a little taste of what to expect. A deleted scene from the film, described below by the director Gareth Evans:

“This is one of a few deleted scenes taken from the film. Reasons to cut were entirely down to pacing issues. This was probably the hardest for me to cut due to the fact that the production on this scene lasted around 6 days of shooting, it cost us a f**k load to make and it served to escalate the gang war out onto the streets involving people outside of the closed off inter-gang politics.

At the end of the day though, after discussing its worth it took us away from the central theme for a little too long with characters that would only exist in this scene alone.

Whenever I edit a film – every scene feels like a precious moment. “No fucking way can I cut this” is a regular phrase I utter at Aram (one of the producers at XYZ Films who patiently worked with me to get the film to it’s final cut) but his patience was always a virtue and it’s when you make a cut and no longer miss it from the bigger picture a few days down the line that you realise it was the right decision to make.

But I still want you guys to see the chaos and the mayhem we had in store, and so with the release of the film coming in a few days time – here’s a sample of one of the action scenes that simply didn’t make it.”

Warning: NSFW .. the scene below is pretty brutal and violent. But only a scratch on the surface compared to the rest of the film.

 

Do yourself a favour and go watch this film. Also, if you haven’t yet, get yourself familiar with the first one The Raid: Redemption.

Gordo the Creator of Half Guard

Check out this cool little mini documentary below about Roberto “Gordo” Correa; founder and owner of Gordo Jiu Jitsu Academy in Barra da Tijuca, Rio De Janeiro. I’m honoured to say I have spent time training with this man at his academy in Brasil and even got a few privates too. I also feel quite priviledged that I can say I was given my blue belt from him and Rommel Cardozo in front of the class after months and months of training day in and out on the mats.

That was back when I really started getting into BJJ and training for MMA. All the techniques I learned there built a strong foundation which I still use in my game today. I can’t stress enough the importance of building strong basics. Anyway, tune in below to watch the video and check out the source material the Connection Rio Blog for more BJJ training related stories and tips & advice for training BJJ in Rio.

Professor Roberto Gordo Correa BJJ

With ‘Gordo’ after morning training on the day I left Brasil

If you’ve never heard of Roberto “Gordo” Correa, he is a two-time world champion in 1996 and 1997 and is often credited as being the creator of the half guard as he was the first person to really begin using the position as an offensive position to sweep and submit his opponents.

Check out this mini-documentary that I created to highlight Gordo’s story on how he created the half guard position.

Source:
http://www.connectionrio.com/2014/01/22/gordo-creator-half-guards-story/

Follow me on Facebook

Screen shot 2014-03-14 at 9.36.05 PM

Click to go to my Facebook page

For those that follow the blog check out my Facebook page. It used to be ‘The DirtyWhiteGi Blog’ page but I recently changed it to an athlete page for myself.

Click HERE to go to and ‘Like’ my Facebook page.

Thanks :)

RIP Billy Robinson 1939 – 2014

For those unaware of who Billy Robinson then take the time to educate yourself on this recently passed legend of Catch-as-catch-can wrestling.

Billy Robinson Wikipedia

Or even better buy his book, Physical Chess. It gives a nice little history on his background and what it was like growing up in England at the time and how he was introduced to Billy Rileys gym in Wigan (The Snake Pitt) and catch wrestling. The book is a great little read especially for grappling aficionados and those that like to learn history about things.

A great little read

His influence extended beyond Catch Wrestling circles and into Pro wrestling and even MMA (mentor to Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett amongst others). There are a TONNE of videos of his instructionals and even pro wrestling fights. Below is a video where he talks a bit about catch wrestling today.

Another great video is the old documentary below briefly featuring a younger Billy Robinson in his hey day.