Khabib destroys Conor at UFC 229, becomes a victim of UFC

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Khabib submits Conor in fourth round of dominate fight

I am back on the articles! I have been very busy with a fire in my business location back in March, and new projects with our research foundation, and of course remodeling our academy and the new look.

At UFC 229 Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-0) out struck, outwrestled, outfought and dominated UFC superstar Conor McGregor (21-4) to defend his UFC lightweight title via fourth-round submission at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC has become somewhat of a circus. I hosted Khabib vs. Conor fight with guests, and it was in many ways the most appalling representation of mixed martial arts events. It was a shame and black eye regarding disrespect, dishonor, arrogance, narcissism, and a shameful display of a sport to Martial artists, fans, and especially to children.

But lets take a look at why. And no, Khabib is not the fault here.

Was it out of line to jump out of the ring? Yes. Was it his fault? No. Go look at the cause and effect of this problem.

Dana White.

Dana has been in the UFC for almost 20 years. He used to be a bellhop and later moved to Las Vegas, where he managed former UFC fighters Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell. Dana knew a Fertita brother who he convinced to purchase the UFC. Dana was made president. From there the UFC has had struggles and successes.

More up to modern day, when we end up with the UFC 229 fiasco, all the finger pointing has been at Khabib.

UFC chose to skip Nurmagomedov’s traditional post-fight interview in order to play it safe.

“If I put this belt on you, everybody’s going to start throwing s–t into the Octagon,” White told Nurmagomedov.

Ok, so what happened? What caused this, the intensity of the fight? No, it’s the same drama the UFC has to enact to enrage fans, fighters against each other for one reason, PPV orders.

Dillon Danis, a training partner with Conor was who Khabib went after outside of the ring. Then Conor was in an altercation in the ring. Then the entire brawl ensued.

Dana White seemed to point the finger at Khabib’s group:

“What happens here is, there have been three guys arrested, there are going to be files charged against them, I’m sure. God knows what the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to do to Khabib and his guys, I think they’re fighters,” White said.

“Are they ever going to get a visa again to get back in this country? There’s a lot of things, a lot of repercussions from what they did tonight. Ones that I don’t think they even realize yet.”1

At the post-fight presser, Dana said that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will launch an investigation into everything and is withholding Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse as they do. McGregor’s $3 million purse was not withheld as the NAC didn’t see any evidence to do so.

Above you can clearly see judge, jury and executioner regarding the charges on Khabib’s teammates. And remember Dana stated clearly they don’t know consequences along with possibly losing their visa. And they are still holding Khabib’s purse, but not Conor. Really?

Well, Conor refused to press charges, and Dana White angrily still promised they would be punished:

UFC president Dana White says ultimately McGregor opted not to press charges against them.

“Conor was one of the guy who was attacked. Conor refused to press charges,”

White revealed at the UFC 229 post-fight press conference. “So the guys that they did have were released. There were three guys from Khabib’s team arrested, I think they were from Khabib’s team.

“They were released because Conor didn’t want to press charges.”

As far as the athletes involved in the melee outside of the two main event fighters, White says that if they are under contract with the UFC, they’ll never compete in the Octagon again.

“The guys who jumped in will never fight he corner. They’ll never fight here,” White confirmed. It is believed that at least two current UFC fighters — Islam Makhachev and Zubaira Tukhogov — were part of Nurmagomedov’s and may have been involved in the brawl but nothing has been confirmed yet. White also added that Nurmagomedov had his paycheck withheld by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and will face potential sanctions as a result of Saturday night.”2

Radio host Joe Rogan, who was cageside at UFC 229, says Dillon Danis, a member of Conor McGregor’s fight team, was taunting Khabib Nurmagomedov, before the Russian lost his cool, and leaped out of the octagon to attack him.

“Dillon was absolutely insulting Khabib, saying something to him and provoking him and then Khabib just jumped over the cage and attacked him,” Rogan, the presenter of the Joe Rogan Experience said on-air in the hours after the chaotic denouement to the title fight. “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought Khabib was just going to jump to the top of the cage and say ‘F*** you’.”3

Joe Rogan: Conor McGregor getting special treatment:

“I wouldn’t say it was a booze move, it’s more of a coke move. Or it could just be part of his act. What if that dolly hit the part where Rose was sitting and cut Rose’s face up? Michael Chiesa, I’m sad that he got cut but Chiesa is a tough bastard, he will be fine. He is probably pissed off, will sue Conor and make a s–t load of money suing him. But what if it hit Rose? The f——-g world would hate him. What if Rose was blinded in one eye because of that? Ray Borg got cuts in his eyes, so it’s entirely possible. He got glass shards in, he’s got a scratched cornea. Chiesa filed a complaint, which will lead to a lawsuit, I would imagine. If I was Conor, I would settle every f—-ing thing outside of a courtroom because if he loses and he gets a felony, he’s f—-d. He probably won’t even be able to come into the country. Switch it around; imagine if Ray Borg threw that dolly and Conor was inside. He’d be gone, his career would be over. That’s one of the more f—-d up things about this is that you know Conor is getting special treatment. He is, and that’s not good for anybody.”4

Let’s go back to these standards which were absentee for Conor regarding his bus assault:

– Conor agreed to a plea deal at a hearing at Kings County Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York which saw all felony counts against the popular fighter dismissed.

– Per the terms of the plea deal, McGregor pled guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and forced to undergo five days of community service, 1-3 days of an anger management evaluation, and required to pay restitution for the damage he inflicted on a UFC fighter bus during UFC 223 fight week.

– Three orders of protections were also served against McGregor, including two by UFC fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. McGregor will not be permitted near them until July 2020.5

– Not only was Michael Chiesa forced out of his lightweight tilt with Anthony Pettis after sustaining lacerations to his face from McGregor throwing a dolly through a glass window, but Ray Borg had to pull out of his flyweight matchup with Brandon Moreno after reportedly having trouble seeing.

– Dana White stated he would let the legal system take care of Conor.

– Conor received five hours of community service and mandated anger management classes after his lawyers copped a plea bargain.

– White, the UFC or Commission never punished Conor for his outburst.6

You can view the psychopathic, appalling behavior of Conor attacking a bus and injuring the fighters.7:

Remember, Dana said Conor would be punished by the UFC.8:

“We’ll see what happens,” White told TMZ.

“He’s got to be punished by the law first, let’s see what happens in New York. He’s gotta go through that first.”

Ignore Conor, punish Khabib

Dana then made a statement on Oct. 7, stating Khabib’s check is withheld, and he may face more fines. Keep in mind, Conor is already convicted, plead out on a prior charge and history, while charges against Khabib’s camp were dropped, Khabib himself faces no criminal charges, yet now it is assured he is guilty due to his actions, which were not professional, but compared to Conor? Conor should be serving at least 5 years in prison.9

Evidence

So here, Conor did not press charges. Why? Well, let’s look at the evidence. He would have perjured himself with a statement.

Above statement by Joe Rogan shows the taunting to Khabib and his camp. Yet, what else?

New camera angle shows Conor McGregor threw the ‘first punch’.10

Khabib’s teammate was on the fence attempting to call back or go pull Khabib back. This twitter account shows discussion, and photos along with videos clearly showing Conor striking Khabib’s teammate first, and unprovoked, which may be the underlying cause to exacerbate the ring fight.11

Here photos from video clips suggest Conor punched and kicked Khabib’s teammate.12

This photo enlarged clearly shows Conor striking first.13

  1. UFC didn’t suspend Conor when he threw that dolly through the bus.
  2. Conor jumped out of the ring and confronted Jose Aldo Junior.
  3. Conor threw the bottles at Nate Diaz.
  4. Conor called Khabib’s Dad a quivering coward.
  5. Conor called Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz a ‘f****** snitch, terrorist and rat’.

Where is fair justice with the UFC? What about Khabib? He is a Muslim, Russian that Conor attempts to insult and offend. Khabib stated:

“What about him talking about my family, my religion, the bus? Why are people talking about me jumping over the cage? My father talks to me about respect.”14

– Conor has stated in past news using racist and bigoted statements.

– In 2016 McGregor called Nate Diaz a “cholo gangster from the hood.”

– McGregor told Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo, “I own this town, I own Rio de Janeiro. I would invade his favela on horseback and would kill anyone who wasn’t fit to work, but we’re in a new time, so I’ll whoop his ass instead.”

– McGregor pulled out his “Dance for me, boy!” line to Floyd Mayweather Jr..15

– Now, White says NSAC could fine Khabib $2 million. White says he keeps his title, but then states Conor got suspended from New York. (Implying Conor was punished for bus incident). He also thinks Khabib will get suspended — and believes he deserves to be shelved for 4 to 6 months.16

The UFC should be very careful on too much favoritism to Conor. Overall, their ticket gates do ok, and they have video games, but their overall pay per view has been a flop. For example, here are their own recent numbers:

UFC 221 estimated at 130,000 buys

UFC 222 estimated at 260,000 buys

UFC 223 estimated at 210,000 buys

UFC 224 estimated at 85,000 buys

UFC 225 estimated at 250,000 buys

UFC 226 estimated at 380,000 buys

UFC 227 estimated at 300,00 buys

UFC 228 estimated at 130,00 buys

Anderson Silva is probably semi retired. Jon Jones has so much steroid damage on him, his greatness is always marred, and may or may not see him again. Rhonda Rousey was Dana White’s biggest investment. He named her as the greatest fighter, yet when she fought an actual striker who has professional striking (Holly Holm) it was an embarrassing loss to her. And Amanda Nunez destroyed Rhonda, her Judo, and her career. Yet Amanda was never promoted like Rhonda. This favoritism is what will cost the UFC.

Conor is not, and has never been the greatest fighter of all time. He is a good fighter with good skills, yet when we look at his promo, look at these points on his opponents short notice:

  1. Nate Diaz took to Instagram and refuted White’s claims that he was getting ready for a triathlon. He instead was on a beach in Mexico with his teammate Gilbert Melendez when the UFC called and asked him to take the McGregor fight.17
  2. Chad Mendes had two weeks’ notice to challenge McGregor for the UFC interim featherweight title.18

I think Nate beat Conor both times, as even in the last round of their second fight, Joe Rogan comments that Nate got the takedown and that may have sinched the decision. Why didn’t Khabib, or even Nate get the title fight with Eddie Avelar?

The UFC will not have another Rhonda or Conor. Both were priorized for the UFC. Yet if Rhonda lost to Holly, who at that time wasn’t even a top five, and Conor lost to an out of shape Nate Diaz who wasn’t even in the top five, how can they ignore so much talent for the future of the UFC?

Dana, you’ve seen all the good and the bad. Conor is not your only star. Remember the fans need to see people they root for. Clean up the foul mouth, swearing every other word with you and your fighters during Fox interviews that have to be bleeped out on TV. Get speaking coaches so you can get your crowd back. Consider lowering that PPV. Don’t attack religion because you are an atheist, like you did Yoel Romero stating this:

“America doesn’t want to hear your thoughts on Jesus. Keep that stuff at home – religion, politics, all the stuff. When you’re fighting and being interviewed, they want to hear about the fight. It’s awesome you love Jesus. Love Jesus all you want. You just don’t have to do it publicly.”19

No Dana, your wrong. We have a first amendment right, and is not subject to the whims of your views against race, color, creed or religion. Just like our Supreme court of the USA found secular humanism a religion (Torcaso v. Watkins the Supreme Court), all religions are to be respected, including atheism, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim.

In the end, Dana White feels Conor’s actions are well worth it:

“Conor works very well with us. We’ve worked very well with him. There are obviously certain things you have to deal with, with a Conor McGregor,” White told ESPN’s “Get Up” (via MMA Weekly). He’s worth it.”20

One last look at possible fairness:

NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN on Monday (October 8) the commission is conducting a full investigation into the melee that took place after Nurmagomedov’s championship victory against McGregor. The investigation includes lengthy film review and interviews with people involved.

It released McGregor’s $3 million payday but now intends to file a complaint against the Irishman as well, after reviewing tape that was not immediately available on fight night.21

Stay tuned.

William Vandry

CSMT, CSIS, CSN, CCPSI

• Sports medicine specialist

• Sports injury specialist

• Sports Nutrition specialist

• 6th degree black belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Sources:

1.THREE OF KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV’S TEAMMATES ARRESTED AFTER CONOR MCGREGOR ATTACKED

https://www.mmaweekly.com/khabib-nurmagomedov-teammates-arrested-attacked-conor-mcgregor-ufc-229

2.WHITE: CONOR MCGREGOR REFUSED TO PRESS CHARGES, TEAMMATES INVOLVED IN BRAWL WILL NEVER FIGHT IN UFC AGAIN

https://www.mmaweekly.com/white-conor-mcgregor-refused-to-press-charges-teammates-involved-in-brawl-will-never-fight-in-ufc-again

3.Joe Rogan says he heard Dillon Danis ‘absolutely provoking & insulting Khabib’ before their brawl

https://www.rt.com/sport/440602-khabib-danis-joe-rogan/

4. Joe Rogan: Conor McGregor getting special treatment following Brooklyn rampage is ‘f—ked up’

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/18/17253282/ufc-joe-rogan-conor-mcgregor-special-ufc-treatment-brooklyn-rampage-f-ked-up-mma

4.All fighters removed from UFC 223 due to McGregor fiasco will be paid

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/6/17207580/all-fighters-removed-from-ufc-223-due-to-mcgregof-fiasco-will-be-paid-mma

5. Conor McGregor sentenced for UFC 223 bus attack

https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/7/26/17614442/conor-mcgregor-sentenced-for-ufc-223-dolly-incident

6. Conor McGregor escapes felony charges for bus attack, sentence includes community service and anger management

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/7/26/17616710/ufc-conor-mcgregor-escapes-felony-charges-bus-attack-sentence-community-service-anger-management-mma

7. Raw video: Conor McGregor crashes UFC 223 media day, Michael Chiesa cut during wild bus attack

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/5/17203380/video-conor-mcgregor-crashes-ufc-223-media-day-michael-chiesa-cut-wild-bus-attack-arrested-brooklyn

8. White: UFC will punish Conor McGregor after NY court disciplines ‘Notorious’ for Brooklyn bus attack

https://www.mmamania.com/2018/4/30/17302196/white-ufc-will-punish-conor-mcgregor-after-ny-court-disciplines-notorious-brooklyn-bus-attack-mma

9. Dana White: Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 check being withheld, suspension and fines could follow

https://sports.yahoo.com/dana-white-khabib-nurmagomedovs-fight-check-withheld-suspension-fines-follow-063918659.html

10. UFC 229: Fans claim new camera angle shows Conor McGregor threw the ‘first punch’

UFC 229: Fans claim new camera angle shows Conor Mcgregor threw the ‘first punch’

11. However, it can then be seen, that the Irishman throws a punch at one of Nurmagomedov’s crew-mates, as he is on top of the fence along with McGregor.

 

12. How shocking McGregor brawl started: New footage suggests Irish star threw first punch to spark fight

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/mma/article-6249187/New-footage-suggests-McGregor-threw-punch-spark-brawl-Khabib.html

13. New Footage Emerges Showing McGregor’s ‘First Punch’ At Khabib’s Team

https://www.balls.ie/mma/new-footage-emerges-shows-mcgregors-throwing-first-punch-398275

14. FOLLOW CONTACT Sport MMA Monday 8 October 2018 ‘He talked about my religion, my country and my father’ – Nurmagomedov explains why he attacked McGregor team

https://www.independent.ie/sport/mma/he-talked-about-my-religion-my-country-and-my-father-nurmagomedov-explains-why-he-attacked-mcgregor-team-37392589.html

15. Yes, Conor McGregor Is a Racist

https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/yes-conor-mcgregor-is-a-racist-1796876545

16. http://www.tmz.com/2018/10/08/dana-white-khabib-ufc-229-fine-brawl/

17. https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/story/ufc-nate-diaz-conor-mcgregor-yacht-cabo-mexico-got-the-call-to-fight-030716

18. https://www.mmafighting.com/2015/8/9/9113975/chad-mendes-on-conor-mcgregor-with-a-full-camp-i-win-that-fight-every

19. https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/dana-whites-shocking-comments-jesus/

20. Dana White on Conor McGregor’s troublesome antics: ‘He’s worth it’

 https://www.mmamania.com/2018/9/25/17902330/ufc-229-dana-white-conor-mcgregor-troublesome-antics-worth-it

21. http://www.espn.com/mma/story/_/id/24933080/conor-mcgregor-khabib-nurmagomedov-face-nsac-complaints-brawl

The journey of a BJJ black belt, and obligations

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Photo: New promotions September 8, 2018: Brown belt Justin Toler, Purple belt Nan Zhang, Black belt Chris Davis, 1st degree Jeff Anderson, Professor W. Vandry, Black belt Myron Dixon, Black belt Ben Williams

I just finished a very busy six months. We had a fire in the commercial building where my academy resides in March. I have upgraded and had all smoke damage removed, new mats, new walls, new energy!

I was very proud of my students from all over Texas, including my locals for their progress, advancement, and development of leadership as Martial artists, a very important point we have less of in BJJ.

What happened to this art? The magnificent Gracie family from Brazil introduced us into Jiujitsu, and now every major MMA fighter does it, and of course we have all the watered down versions on every other block. Schools are growing more as clubs, or places to ‘roll’. Now you see some places where half students have a gi, other half have a rash guard, or tshirt and shorts. We are a Martial art, and should enforce a code of honor. Does that exist anymore? Yes and no.

Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and later Helio Gracie had a goal of overcoming in combat. They sought to prove the style of Jiujitsu.

Photo: Grandmaster Carlos Gracie

When the Machado brothers came to the USA, and Rigan was the first, he competed in the California state wrestling championship, Sambo, Judo and of course Jiu-jitsu tournaments.

Today, there are people who go through four or five schools until someone gives them a black belt. This is a shame and disgrace. Of course people move, or travel, or have an unethical instructor and those points exclude them from the original point. I used to travel three hours every Tuesday to train with my instructor, do a private lesson, and train a little of the 6pm night class before I had to drive three hours back to Killeen, Texas.

We take on challenges in the Martial arts, but our real challenges are overcoming ourselves. Challenges such as overcoming injuries, trauma, and others are part of being a Martial artist. I had my first challenge match in 1997 on Ft. Hood, texas. A Captain who was not participating in a seminar I was teaching (I was a young kid blue belt at that time) approached me and challenged me in front of everyone. I could tell he thought I was going to back down or reason with him. It’s a bully tactic. I told him: “Lets go.” I took him down and did a nasty crank/choke because at that time I felt a challenge was not just against me, but to put down the art Grandmaster Carlos Gracie and others had to defend before I was born.

Photo: 1997 Very young William Vandry as a blue belt taking down opponent in challenge match

I stress to my students the essence of overcoming injuries, nutrition, health, spiritual strength, honor, and a sense of decency. I remember my path to black belt. I never thought I was smarter or some gifted guy. I took notes all the times in classes because I thought I would miss points.

I’ve trained with all major Gracies and all five Machado brothers along with other non Gracie black belts from Brazil.

History:

1995 My first time training With Carlos and John Machado

 

Photo 1: 1996 training at RCJ Dallas with Carlos and Rigan Machado

Photo 2: 1996 Two months later attending Royce Gracie seminar Plainview, Texas

photo: 2018 Royce Gracie and William Vandry at Bellator

Photo: 1997 My first blue belt Jarred Manbeck and I with Carlos Machado at Community Center, Killeen Texas.

1998

2001 Carlos Machado seminar Austin, Texas.

2003 Pan Am finals against the Great Jorge Pereira, now is a Brazilian Gracie jiu jitsu coral belt (7th degree) who earned his black belt training under Rickson Gracie (1986). Jorge was also a well known figure within the vale-tudo (no-holds-barred) circuit during the 1990’s. We ended in a stalemate 0-0 match, Judge’s gave him advantage.

2006 Hosting John Machado seminar (Carlos, William and John in pic)

2009 September seminar hosting Carlos Machado, Austin, Texas.

2009 December seminar hosting Rigan Machado

2011 hosting Carlos Machado in Austin, Texas

2012 Machado brothers Camp, Farmer’s branch, Texas

2016 Rigan Machado and William Vandry

2017 RCJ Machado hosting Chandra Vandy Got pain? clinic, and William Vandry Leglocks seminar

Wow! Where did time go? To be ethical, respect your community, new students, your instructor, your lineage, and each time how you appear publicly. I was happy to award these awards to my new belts. Congratulations to all and making another chapter in my history book! I remember the day I got mine:

Cherish your community and instructor, and history. Here was my 2015 black belt awards:

Matt Serfoss, Josh Travesio, Ian Haynes, Jeff Anderson, Mike Drabek, Jesse Armas

And their 2018 awards;

Jeff Anderson 1st, Matt Serfoss 2nd, Mike Drabek 1st, Ian Haynes 1st, Jesse Armas 1st

2nd degree Black belt

Matt Serfoss

Ed Aiken (Not in picture)

1st degree Black belt

Jeff Anderson

Black belts

Chris Davis

Ben Williams

Myron Dixon

Brown belts

Justin Toler

Purple belts

Nan Zhang

Congratulations again! These talented Martial artists I charge with leadership into the next generation, and to spread Jiujitsu!

Professor William Vandry

6th degree Black belt

February 2018 Professor William Vandry awards new black belts

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February 2018, along with a seminar on attacks from guard, new awards were given:

1st degree Black belt

Michael Drabek

Ian Haynes

Black belt

Slade Foster

Tony Skaff

September 9 Vandry Association seminar, new leglocks, new ranks

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September 7-8 Vandry BJJ Association third quarter seminar covered leglocks, and developing ideas to attack them. New belts awarded:

Matt Serfoss

Ed Aiken

Black belts

Chris Davis

Ben Williams

Myron Dixon

Brown belts

Justin Toler

Purple belts

Nan Zhang

June 2018 William Vandry seminar Brownsville, Texas

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William Vandy taught leglocks at Jesus Armas, Armas Jiu-jitsu academy located in Brownsville, Texas.

William Vandry book, Leglocks: the great equalizer 2018 new edition

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William Vandry BJJ 2017 2nd qtr VBJJ seminar, new ranks

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July 8, 2017

The second quarter seminar for VBJJ students was an all day event, with new ranks, celebrating and awesome techniques!

Techniques

Developing the butterfly guard for all ranks began with a guard transfer to butterfly, then to elevator sweeps to shin and X guard variations to sweep, to the William Vandry patented Zapruder leglock submission!

New awards to belts:

Purple belts:

Jim Nagle

Mark Kanda (Not in attendance)

Dani Taki (Not in attendance)

Chandra Vandry

Patrick Storer

Will Jackson

Markus Lagmanson

Vandry’s first second degree BB award

 

Jesus Armas, a long time student under William Vandry from Brownsville, Texas was awarded his second degree black belt.

Vandry’s next quarterly seminar is planned for September.

Overcoming disabilities

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Professor William Vandry with autistic student Kaleb

I wrote this article for a variety of reasons.  I have worked with the disabled for many years.  I understand overcoming disabilities myself.  I have taught Martial arts to adults and children with disabilities such as:

  • Down syndrome
  • Autism
  • ADHD or ADD
  • Legally blind
  • MS
  • Cerebral Palsy

And of course many others such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, etc., but I wanted to focus more on disabilities here due to birth defects or trauma.

I have an autistic child in my children’s Jiu-jitsu class (Actually I have two).  His father spoke to me about him and his autism, and we both discussed his improvement from day one.  He was very antisocial at first, which is very common with children with autism and other types such as Autism Spectrum Disorder.   According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5thedition), “Autism Spectrum Disorders” are characterized by “impairments in communication and social interaction,” by deficits in “social-emotional reciprocity,” and by “restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests, or activities.”  The DSM notes, “Only a minority of individuals with autism spectrum disorder live and work independently in adulthood.”

I believe many disabilities can be overcome, and all can be overcome in different ways.  My student Kaleb’s mother posted on facebook about disabled children that get rejected or mocked:

“It would be great to teach our children to be kind and to accept all their classmates.  Kids with special needs want what every kid wants: to be accepted!  And they suffer greatly when they are rejected or mocked.”

My student Kaleb did a video about Autism, and he made a point I believe was referring to respecting people, although these were his words:

“Now you know about autism, so be nice and care show care for people with autism.”

I see this all the time.  I have worked with the legally blind, and I sit and talk to each of them and their challenges.  I have had blind children at my clinics break down and cry about bullying or mocked by so many in schools, or neighborhoods.  This is appalling to me.  And I label it right there with cowardice, and moreso the person’s own low self esteem from what they endured from their own childhood or their own parents.

I have always taken the time to talk to any of my students that needed to talk to someone.  Children endure bullying and mockery, but many adults do at work, or community areas as well.  Although only 10 U.S. studies have been conducted on the connection between bullying and developmental disabilities, all of these studies found that children with disabilities were two to three times more likely to be bullied than their non-disabled peers.1

I remember my first class I taught to the legally blind.  I had a 20 year old woman who was totally blind from birth.  She disrupted every moment of the adult self defense class for the blind.  I reprimanded her, and it was very embarassing for her.  Since I was invited to this non profit for the blind, I didn’t charge a cent and paid for my own transportation there, this was on my time and dime.  She ended up being the best student at the class.  Why?  For one, that was obviously the first time someone treated her like an adult and not a handicapped person.  I remember her hugging me after.  Disabilities are challenges, but sometimes there are people who have disabilities you cannot cure.

There is a 1968 Braille Monitor for the legally blind that discussed discrimination and hostility:

“From the beginnings of recorded history the blind have been the victims of unreasonable and detrimental classification.  Today these discriminations are being recognized for what they are, and the blind and their friends are insisting with growing success upon justice and equal treatment.  No matter how moderately it may be done this resistance to discrimination will inevitably bring a certain amount of hostility.”2

I hate bullies.  I despise them so much.  Children are not the source of bullies.  Bullies learn from bullying parents or relatives.  Here are instances of bullying disabled statistics:

  • 2011 An 11-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy committed suicide by suffocating himself months after being bullied and robbed of an iPhone.  Mitchell Wilson, of Pickering in Ontario, Canada, was out walking when his face and teeth were smashed into the pavement by a boy from his school.  A 12-year-old was arrested and removed from the school, but Mitchell’s father said his disabled boy was ‘never the same’ after the attack.3
  • A teen with learning disabilities and “a heart too big for this world” committed suicide after he suffered two years of persistent bullying, according to a lawsuit against his school district.4

Self defense with women

I have also worked with women, and I have had women students who have been molested, raped, assaulted, and I remember having a special women’s class for them.  All of them ended up training with men in the regular classes, which was my graduating goal for all of them.  It took me three years, but I did it.  I still teach women’s self defense clinics during the year:

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Photo: Vandry BJJ women’s MMA/self defense clinic

I work with the legally blind, and my goal is to graduate them to overcoming bullies, society, financial dependency and eventually becoming an independent person.

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Photo: My wife Chandra and teaching blind students at TSBVI

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Photo: 2016 Chandra working with blind student

My wife and I also work with Military Veterans, PTSD, disabled and blind.  If any of them just need to talk, we are always there if they need us.  Same for the disabled.  There are worse handicaps.  I know there are people that mock, attack, belittle, disrespect and many other low self esteem expressions via actions by people.

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Photo: 2014 William and Chandra lecture to Blind Veterans association, San Antonio

In Martial arts schools, there are good students and bad ones.  The bad ones you try to work with, but eventually you will either excuse them or they usually they are not the alpha male and this napoleon complex is usually the destiny of their life.  I remember a past student of mine that I expelled from my school years ago.  I was told that this person made a statement about handicapped people by stating if  someone was retarded, they’re still retarded.  I think a person like that has more disabilities than a handicapped diagnosis.  Or those that bully the handicapped, such as schools, and work environments.  I have a friend who used to be a programmer at Dell, and he started losing his sight years ago due to glaucoma.  When he walked by with his cane, he used to tell me rude fellow employees came up to him and would ask: “Are you blind, or not blind?”  This was a man in his 40’s.  Most disabled children endure way worse, but like I said, the real disability is the ignorant of those who mock them.  If you have an autistic child, or disabled child, or you are a disabled adult, contact me.  You can find me on facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/william.vandry

I would like you to come by my academy and see disabilities do not matter, I know personally you can develop potential over disabilities.

Happy Easter,

Prof. William Vandry

References:

1. Disabilities: Insights from Across Fields and Around the World; Marshall, Kendall, Banks & Gover (Eds.), 2009 )

2. June, 1968 issue of the Braille Monitor

3. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043480/Disabled-Mitchell-Wilson-11-commits-suicide-thug-punched-iPhone.html

4. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/montana-teen-bullying-victim-committed-suicide-article-1.2545931

William and Chandra helping veterans with chronic pain

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Jiu-jitsu and nutrition for self defense and health

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What is Jiu-jitsu for?  There are a number of reasons, but let’s go through a few:

1. Self defense

Martial arts first and primary goal is to learn how to defend yourself.  It is not for competition, or even fitness, although those are goals on a secondary level.  You have to learn how to deal with stronger opponents, or those that can possibly bully or pick on children.  Most parents bring children for something of an outlet.  Usually this can be a parent that wants his or her child to be less introverted.  I have worked with children with Autism, Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.1  As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence.2

I have been very successful with those children, and working around those conditions.  My top children’s coach has worked with autistic children as well.  I have also worked with legally blind children at my academy, and one did well in a competition of BJJ years ago.  My wife and I work with the legally blind year around, and we do projects for the Texas School of the Blind, and have worked with the Blind Veterans Association.3

For average students, most also want some type of self defense course.  Despite what some schools promote training 7 days a week, or competition is their main promotion, they miss the point.  Most students do not compete unless it is a small club or group.  Some may compete once in a while, but the goal is not to force students to compete as a primary goal of their learning.  For my students that do compete, if they are children I emphasize their school grades first, and although rare, school instructor’s should pay attention to a parent’s goal with their child.

Children’s parents are usually attentive to watch classes, or attend ranking ceremonies.  They are very supportive to their children.  I have experienced in the past parents looking for schools to enroll their child that can be quite the opposite.

Here are two experiences I had that show different types of parents.  One was a Father who moved in from the Dallas area, and his child was about 12.  I change into my gi to teach the kid’s class.  I come out of my changing room and there is a child I do not know in a gi sitting on my mat.  I asked him could I help him.  He shrugged his shoulders.  I walked into the lobby and it was a parent there.  I asked him could I help him, and he told me he wanted his son to try my class.  He said his son had trained a year, and was the most talented child in the world.  Usually parents call or make appointments through email when bringing a child or if an adult plans to attend or try a class.

I was right about to start, so I explained to him waivers for a class, brief rules.  He had no problem, and kept expressing how great his child was.

When we did the class, I had three children that trained with him.  All of them were very nice, didn’t go hard on him, but tapped him in a gentle way.  They were all his age as well.

At the end of the class, the child told me how impressed he was by the students, especially the two girls.  When I walked into the lobby, I began to speak to the Dad.  He then seemed eager to leave.  He stated that he wanted to talk to his son and get back to me.  I asked his son in front of him how did he like my BJJ class?  His son replied: “Wow, I have never seen this before, and those girls I don’t know what chokes they did..”

I then looked at the Dad, and stated: “Well, I think you heard it yourself, it looks like he has a desire to learn.”

The Dad replied by telling me he wants his son to be a world champion.  He then told me he has two other sons.  What he told me next summarized his entire goals in BJJ for his son.  He replied, and this is pretty much verbatim:

“Well…my goal one day is to have all three of my sons fight in the UFC…”

He then said he needed to leave, grabbed his son and left.

This is an issue with those types of parents.  Those children may in fact never learn, or develop their self defense skills because of the living vicariously through the child parent.

I have on the other hand some great parents.  One of our students and kickboxing students has two children.  He and his wife like many other parents in my kids class are very supportive, and are there at promotions, or even in tournaments.  I note when his children compete, they are very talented, but there is no pressure from him or like the parent above.  Children have to develop and grow, as I have some students in their twenties that used to be in my kids class.

Some adults may have this same persona.  I have discussed many times other school’s students asking to attend my classes, and asking for open mat days, but I refer them back to their instructor.  I think any type of solicitation may be of different factors.  If a student no longer trains at a school, then I am glad to speak with him, but never, and never should any BJJ instructor take a student from another school simply to make money or care less about his respect for other schools.

Women develop self defense and that is their primary goal at first.  We had one woman who was very shy and polite, that attended kickboxing classes at our school.  She contacted me months ago, and was frightened and excited that she defended herself against a male adult.  It was remote control for her, and a good snap kick to the person’s chest backed them off.  Good for her!

2.  Health

I have had overweight children, and adults start at my school.  My wife and I research and lecture on nutrition.  We believe in maintaining health with students.  We teach at our Got pain? clinics each year regarding nutrition, inflammation, diet, and rest.  If you have blood pressure issues, or arthritis, it can be very difficult to train with inflammation or pain.  Those you can overcome with proper training, warmups and of course learning nutrition.  I have many articles you can refer to such as some on joints and pain.4

I have had some overweight students in the 300+ range and one in the 440lb area. Children have more diabetes, and obesity and the parents do too.  I have worked with two good students who have literally changed their health.  Here is one I changed his diet, correct nutrition, and you can clearly see a huge difference in less than six months:

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275lbs.                                                   233lbs.

Here is a second student, about 440lbs. and down to around 300 in less than six months:

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Obesity and blood pressure relate with diabetes, heart disease and other conditions.  For more information on health articles, you can read about disk disease, diabetes and more.5

3. Nutrition

Nutrition is not an option.  When we have essential vitamins and minerals, remember what essential means.  You don’t have a choice.  Both of the students above had arthritis, and one had a knee that kept popping out of joint.  He doesn’t have those problems anymore, but a key component whether just for self defense, competition or fitness there is another  primary point.  If you don’t add nutrition, you will degenerate more.  A primary diet of correct mineral and vitamins along with enzymes and detoxification are paramount in today’s plague of illness, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more.  As a student, you have to remember calcium and magnesium flex and relax muscles, along with keeping the neurological system maintained.  If minerals are depleted, you can develop other forms of osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and others.  Read other health articles for more information referencing the Pubmed medical journals.4

Keep training, and if you are a potential student looking for self defense, fitness, health or related areas, please give us a call or stop by the academy.  512-585-1289.

Professor William Vandry

References:

1. National Institute of Mental Health. September 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2016.

2. World Health Organization. 2015. Retrieved13 March 2016.

3. http://vandryhope.org/blindness/

4.http://www.williamvandry.com/category/pain-nutrition/

5.http://www.williamvandry.com/2014/04/25/obesity-diabetes-minerals-lumbar-disc-disease-collagen-ii-coconut-oil-and-the-vandry-racehorse-theory/

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