On Sunday, I ran the 3rd Grapplethon Day 2 event at the Westside Training Center in Culver City. For the 2nd day, there were over a dozen people that came in from mainly from that gym. There was no open ceremony, since everyone knew each other at the gym, but we did take a couple of group pictures. Once again, I was unable to roll due to having a shoulder injury and I'm competing this weekend at NoGi Worlds.
There were different BJJ players ranging from white to black and most of the people got a roll in. There were a lot of good rolls and ton of information given out on techniques and strategies on passing the Z guard and Spider guard. I got to enjoy hanging out with the guys from the gym and take a bunch of pictures. My mom had a good time talking and meeting everyone, and seeing what Jiu Jitsu is all about. It was great seeing a smile on her face.
This place is home to me. I remember starting out here earlier this year, because I needed a place to cross train, when I worked in El Segundo. They were open to me training with them for that part. Ever since then, I've been part of their family. They've helped me out so much in my game and in my life. I've very greatful to them f
After over an hour of rolling, we went over the raffle. The prizes were Tapout shirts, a free Gi, and a free pink Vale Tudo shorts. Thanks to the Westside Training Center for donating the free Gi and shorts. In total, we raised $290 for this day.
Thank you everyone that came out to support and contribute to this fundraiser. Also, I would like to thank again the Westside Training Center, Kris Novell, and Fernando Villavicencio for allowing me to host the event at the gym. Thank you to my wife and my mom for their help and support for the 2nd day in a row. Without you guys, I wouldn't been able to do this. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!!
The Jean Jacques Machado Charity In-House Tournament returns this December. This annual event is a great way for all competitors to end the year on a high note. The price for competing is one unwrapped toy and will make the holidays a little brighter for children in need.
DATE: Dec 7, 2013
LOCATION: Tarzana Academy Headquarters
On Saturday, I ran the 3rd Grapplethon in LA. I held it as a 2 Day event, since I couldn't get long hours for a one day event and that the set up for the event was in short notice after my father's death. My dad passed away on Friday 10/11/13 due to heart problems. I've been taking care of him for over 10 years, but unfortunately I was unable to get him life insurance due to his health issues. He was mainly battling heart and kidney problems. The sad part is that I'm having a son on the way and I wanted my dad to meet my son.
On Day 1, there was over 20 people that came in from various gyms. There was an open ceremony and everyone got the chance to introduce themselves. Unfortunately, I was unable to roll due to having a shoulder injury and I'm competing this weekend at NoGi Worlds. People at the event ranged from white to black and everyone got a roll in. There were a lot of tough rolls and a lot people helping out each other on techniques and strategies. It was a great thing to see. That was the first time my mom got to see Jiu Jitsu in person.
At the 2nd hour, Scott Ross from 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, was giving a brief class. He went over set ups and finishes on the knee bar. He helped out a lot of the novices that weren't rolling, so that was a big help to me and the event.
After a dozen rounds, we went over the raffle. Tapout shirts, tickets to fights, and free gym membership was given out. I got a hold of some extra shirts, so 9 were given out. Thanks to the Tapout gym in donating the free membership and fight tickets. In total, we raised $290 for this day.
I would like to thank everyone that came out to support and contribute to the fundraiser. Also, I would like to thank the Tapout Training Center and Brandt Stebbins for allowing me to host the event at the gym. Thank you to George Jauregui, Scott Ross, Bill McCaslin, Steve Carrello, my wife, and my mom for their help and support that day. Without you guys, I wouldn't been able to do this. Mabuhay, Namaste, Dattebayo!!!
Ronnie Castro is a Big Filipino Strongman, Powerlifter, Muay Thai, BJJ, and MMA practitioner, computer geek that reads manga and watches anime while saving the world, bringing back sexy, and eating like a madman at a buffet, one day at a time..