Darin Brudigan set to defend his belt on May 1st

Darin Brudigan, my first Jiu-Jitsu instructor, is set to defend his Middleweight title with Victory Fighting Championship this Friday, May 1st, 2009 at VFC 27: Mayhem, against Chris Comozzi. Darin holds a professional record of 10-10-0. Comozzi holds a professional record of 10-3-0. Darin earned the Middleweight belt on December 12, 2007 when he beat Jason Louck by rear naked choke at VFC 21: Infamous.

Since that fight, Darin moved to Scotsdale, Arizona where he initially took up training at Ken Shamrock's Lion's Den. Darin eventually landed at Arizona Combat Sports where he trains with notable fighters such as Ryan "Darth" Bader and Carlos "Natural Born Killer" Condit.

During his short visit to Lincoln, Darin plans on visiting Roseberry's Martial Arts Center on Saturday, May 2nd, during the afternoon sparring class.

VFC 27: Mayhem
DATE: May 1st, 2009 at 7:30 pm
VENUE: Mid-America Center
PRICE: $80, $60, $40, $30, $15



Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Spring 2009 Journal

There's a lot going on at Roseberry's Martial Arts Center, much of which goes on behind the scenes. Of course there are the many events hosted throughout the year, and the community involvement with demonstrations and outside teaching that all keep our dojo in the spotlight, but none of these things happen without the hard work and dedication from the numerous volunteers here at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan. The selfless contributions by your fellow students and teachers make our dojo what it is.

One way to keep up on what's going on is through the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan newsletter. The recently published Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan Spring 2009 Journal has a nice article about our Jiu-Jitsu class. Frauke Hachtmann and Sensei Ed have put a lot of work into producing this journal for some time now, and it keeps getting better.

Sensei Gary Gabelhouse wrote,

"I'd like to take a second and voice how much I appreciate the job that Ed and Frauke are doing in putting together the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan newsletter. The issues are getting increasingly better and their lay-out and design are simply ichi ban, and highly professional.

Also, thank you to the contributors. Such sharing confirms the considerable equity of understanding held by this very special group of people. By sharing your mind, body and spirit with your Budo family, the dojo floor truly lives on...

Again, thank you Ed, Frauke and to the newsletter contributors."

To view past issues, click on the links in the right sidebar under the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan patch.

All of the little (and big) things that happen at Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan happen because someone stepped forward to make it happen or someone volunteered to help out. If you're interested in helping out in someway or have something in mind that you'd like to do for the dojo, let me know and we'll get you hooked up. Some of the ways folks have assisted in the past have been through helping out with the tournaments, painting, repairing, improvement projects. It's a great way to truly experience the Sho-Rei-Shobu-Kan family and feel like you have ownership to your dojo.



Mandy Moore Jiu-Jitsu or Another Loss for Chuck

This has not been a good week for my boy Chuck Liddell. First comes the devastating loss to Shogun from a punch he clearly would have weathered a few years ago. Then Dana White announces his retirement, no word from Chuck on that yet. Finally, we get this devastating news. Chuck's most recent loss to...you guessed it Mandy Moore. Check out the video of this mythical dojo. There a nice arm bar in there and a couple of other good moves before sensei Chuck gets knocked to the ground again. More importantly I want to know why they didn't film this Mandy Moore video here? I thought the website was big enough that we would surely be in consideration for these types of things. Conan, can you at least make sure we are in the running for the next Hannah Montana video? Brent's a big fan and I wouldn't want him to miss out.



Women's Jiu-Jitsu Class

There was another historic event at the dojo last week with the advent of the first all-female Jiu-Jitsu class on Friday. From our humble beginning of four lovely ladies, we hope to grow much larger as word gets around. If any of you guys have wives, girlfriends, sisters, etc. who are interested, let them know that they can come and try it out with no obligation. Amy Willadson-Lesan is an excellent Sensei. Friday's class was fun, informative, and practical. You boys better watch out, because she knows all the tricks that you can't do, and don't know how to defend against! Soon the playing field will be leveled. The class is held on Friday's at 4:00, help us get the word out.

Gina Ethridge



All Instructor Workout

It was a historical occasion, marking the first time in Shihan’s thirty-five years of teaching that he organized an all day, all instructor workout. Black Belts and senior students from all of his disciplines gathered on Saturday morning to step outside of their comfort zones to train together in each of our various disciplines. It could have been any number of scenes out of a science fiction moving, depicting Judo masters performing Karate katas, Jiu-Jitsu instructors learning the finer points of wielding the bow and Karate senseis ground grappling. It was like some sort of crazy mixed up martial arts world where everyone was working outside of their area of expertise.

The disciplines being represented were Karate, Kobudo, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido and Aikijujitsu. Once one realized that this event was in fact taking place and not part of an alternate reality, it became clear as to the purpose of such training. Shihan often talks about the core of our system being like the trunk of a tree. Each of the branches can be looked at as each of our individual disciplines. Although they may appear to be separate at first blush, one need only look a bit closer to see how they are all interconnected and related to one another. Just as the tree trunk needs all of its branches to survive and be complete, all of our individual disciplines depend on one another to form a complete system.

Shihan has talked many times about how it’s all in there. When a Karate student learns the movements of her art, she may not realize or understand in the beginning, however, within those movements are the various elements from Judo or Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu or Aikijujitsu. Looking at this solely from a Jiu-Jitsu perspective, it is obvious this is the case. Since the Jiu-Jitsu I teach is not solely based on sport Jiu-Jitsu, the discipline contains strikes, kicks, joint locks and throws. It’s easy to see how each of our disciplines remain separate, as in Jiu-Jitsu, our focus is on ground techniques. Even the Kobudo (weapons) movements overlap. While learning and practicing a bow kata, Sensei Brian emphasized how the movement of one’s hand in the performance of a particular bow strike was comparable to an empty hand strike. The movement of one’s hip for punching or kicking is just as important when wielding a weapon.

While practicing a Karate kata, I had the honor of working with Sensei Brian Gorman. In our small group, we had two Judo instructors, two Karate instructors and I. Sensei Brian was not focused on having us perform the kata perfectly step by step. Rather he encouraged us to adapt appropriate elements from our disciplines and apply them accordingly throughout the kata. In other words, in was about maintaining the overall concept of the kata, but incorporating techniques that came naturally to us. For instance there was one particular part of the kata that involved defending against an attacker who was rushing in as for a tackle. The kata called for an elbow strike to the back of the head. A movement that came naturally to me was to follow up with a guillotine choke. By allowing us to experience the katas in this way I didn’t feel so far outside of my element.

Aside from the learning and open sharing of information, the day was filled with opportunities for building friendships and growing together as a family. We will all be able to tell stories for years to come about the highlights of the day, the funny things that happened and humorous comments that came out of a day filled with fellowship.

The day ended with a gathering at Lazlo's for food, drink and a heartfelt recounting of the day's events.