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14 Jun '16

American Ninja Warrior is a great show.

Posted by Matt Grant in martial art training, ninja, sword, warrior

Just started to watch the latest American Ninja Warrior Show and I am amazed at how over the years the course has gotten more difficult but the level of athlete competing is getting better and better.  I can see (guess) that this is in direct correlation to prize money and fame.  In the early years it was mostly just rock climbers and Parkour hobbyist that but as the prize money has become more substantial the athletes have became better and better.  

The money is getting to the point that many are able to train full time and listening to the announcers speak many of the contestants have started their own training schools to train young athletes to prepare for the show.  I have no problem with this.  In fact I think that is the way a free market economy should work.  It is great to live in a place where you can make enough money doing what you like to be able to do what you like.  I know that sounds redundant but if you read it again you will see what the point is.  We can make enough money in our hobby to support our hobby.  Really why do we need anything more then that.  


I do BJJ and I see a similar kind of professional.  They start an academy and they get several students and end up making enough money so that they can continue to do Jiu Jitsu.  To be honest it does not really pay to try and become really really good at it because even though you might be able to win some big tournaments and get a bunch of followers on Instagram or Facebook you really are not able to pay the bills with those followers.  Banks don't really care how many followers you have when they give you a loan for a house or car etc.  


There are a lot of people in the Jiujitsu Community who are trying to get the winners to get paid and if they ever get to the kind of payouts or incentives as American Ninja Warrior has then you will see the athleticism increase.  Right now most of the ones who want to make big bucks are heading to the UFC and trying to make their big bucks while they are young.  It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  


18 May '15

Why do we sell this stuff

Posted by Matt Grant in cosplay, katana, martial art training, ninja, warrior

Our whole lives we have been trying to pay the bills.  Doing this and that whatever it takes to get the bills paid and provide for the family.  This used to be much harder in the 80's and 90's when you were pretty much limited to the things you could do to cover your costs.  

Then the internet came about.  All of the sudden you could start to do the things you like and play with your hobbies even with limited funds.  Then all of the sudden you find you can start selling stuff on Ebay and Craigslist and making enough money to make ends meet.  Then you get a website and put some items on their and find people with similar interests to you and wham you are covering your bills.  

Of course you still work everyday but it is fun to come to work because the people that call you are people who have similar interests to you.  They like the things you like.  Social Media has helped us all to find so many more friends with similar interests.  

I have to say I feel very lucky to be living in these times where you can do what you like to do and still make enough to pay your bills.  

20 Mar '15

Last week I met Brian Freeman at Pan Ams.

Posted by Matt Grant in american ninja warrior, bjj, pan ams, war vet, warrior

What a great experience.  I am always amazed at how the Jiujitsu and other martial art communities really accept each other.  I met a guy there who was in a wheelchair.  He was about 35 years old and was a disabled Vet.  He had no use of his legs but he was out their competing with able bodied competitors.  

An important part of BJJ is being able to hold your opponent with your legs.  If you have no use of your legs it eliminates this component for you.  That means that people will easily pass your guard and can easily choke you.  No off course he is used to this and because of his lack of legs strength he has far superior grip and also is a master of wrist locks if you are haphazard, taking it easy or overlooking this opponent you will be tapping to a wrist lock before you know it and the match will be over.  He got Choked out in one of his matches and I talked to him afterwards and asked him if he was okay.  He told me he was and that he never taps he would rather just pass out.  I thought the guy was probably pretty good at dealing with pain and if that is what he wanted then okay.  Then I saw he just posted this picture on his Instagram and I thought it was funny.  

BTW his name is Brian Freeman and he did get a 3rd place finish at Pans so major props to him.  It was an 8 man division.