Gumby’s most recent writings, plus select articles from the past on Jiu Jitsu, downtown life, business and whatever else Gumby feels like writing about.

Gordon Ryan holding a Burritozilla
Two announcements were made recently that are definitely intertwined, but after some thought I decided on two separate articles.  To […]
When I first met Marcelo Garcia, I really wanted to not like him.  He had a rivalry with a teammate […]
When someone approaches me about starting to train Jiu Jitsu, one of the first things I try to impress on […]
I’m going to attempt to answer the question that school owners secretly dread:  “Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Safe?” The answer […]
During a lot of the Question and Answer sessions, private conversations, and previous class time I am often asked about […]
A favorite exercise of mine is to ask people, particularly people who are deeply involved with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, what […]
This article on Heroes Head Instructor Gumby’s thoughts on belt promotions originally appeared on Reddit in 2016 and can be […]
Article originally appeared Sept 6, 2016 I’m writing this on my 20th anniversary of my own appearance on a […]
The article originally appeared on OntheMat and this rule is still enforced at my gym. At the risk of […]
This article originally appeared on April 5, 2012 Since writing this article the IBJJF has essentially implemented everything I suggested in […]