Thursday, May 21, 2015

Gracie Barra blackbelt Cristiano Oliviera pleads on child rape

Today Cristiano Oliviera, blackbelt and former head instructor at Gracie Barra Yakima, WA, pled no contest (technically known as an Alford plea) to two charges of rape of a child. Sentencing will take place in July. He faces approximately three years in prison and then deportation.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Twenty-plus gis--- which one do I like best?

Yep, over twenty gis. (And that's just how many I have right now, obviously. I have no idea how many more I've owned over time.)

The two most common questions I get-- why, and which one is best.

Why is easy: I train 6-7 days a week, often twice a day.  When I was back home in Austin at Relson's and then Humaita, sometimes it was three times a day. You can't just have four or five gis... you'll wear them out, even if (like me) you can machine-dry them without worrying about shrinking.  (I prefer to shrink my gis because usually I'm an A0, sometimes an A1.)

Edited to add: for fit evaluation, just know that I am short (5'2") and fat (too much to fight leve/lightweight) and my shape tends towards pear with junk in the trunk.

The gis I have:
Mizuno Rickson model (vintage)(size 3.5)
Black Eagle Predator (men's fit) x3 (A1)
Black Eagle Predadora (ladies' fit) x3 (F3)
Black Eagle Raptora (F3)
Atama ladies' fit (F3)
M Kimono (vintage) (A1)
Scramble Sengoku (A1)
Moya Hawaii (got it used, I wouldn't buy a Moya new and in fact I want to sell this one as wearing it embarrasses me because of this.) (A1)
Fuji (vintage)(A1)
Ouano (vintage)(A1)
Fenom x2 (one is A1/A2, the other is A1/A1C, jacket/pants)
Maeda Conde Koma (A0)
Datsusara hemp x2 (A1)
Kauai Kimonos ripstop x3 (A0)
Vulkan Pro Light ladies' fit (F3)
Vulkan Ultra Light mens' fit (A0)
Vulkan Ultra Light ladies' fit (F3)
Aesthetic Whiteout (A0)
Competidor (A1)
Lucky (the original Lovato version) (A1)

I've semi-recently also had DFKC and BJJ Globetrotters gis.

There is NO ONE BEST GI.  Sorry.

Coolest for collector/rarity reasons: Mizuno Rickson

Most comfortable material: Datsusara hemp

Lightest/best for hot weather training and travel: Kauai

Best fitting pants for smaller waist, bigger butt/hips/thighs: tie between Predadora, Fenom slim cut but curvy (half size between one and the next), Fenom classic cut

Best heavy jacket/hard to grip lapel: tie between old (no longer made) Ouano and Scramble Sengoku

Best light gi for competition: cross between no longer made, limited edition Predadora, the Aesthetic Whiteout, and Vulkan Ultra Light (either fit)

Best gi for cool colorway/embroidery/interior lining: tough call, some worthy options are the Aesthetic Whiteout, Competidor white with pink flower (no longer made), Maeda Conde Koma, DFKC (2014 womens' competitor, white or black), Scramble Sengoku, Fenom white with dark magenta embroidery.

There you go, my humble opinion, as of now. :)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Quick mini review of a Fenom gi

Sorry for the informal nature of this review! I bought this gi instead of receiving it from a manufacturer for review, so I feel somewhat better about this quick and dirty go over ;)

This is a pearl weave 550g jacket in white with deep magenta floral embroidery on both upper arms, surrounding the iconic capital F of Fenom fame. The pants are a looser, classic cut versus Fenom's other, slim cut and they're made of a nice soft twill instead of ripstop. The drawstring is fabric not cord. The pants have doubled fabric from mid thigh all the way down to the bottom hem which I especially like. The waist has two belt loops, each about a quarter of the way in from the outer hip. There's also some stylish embroidery across the top of the right thigh which says Fenom Kimonos in dark magenta and silver thread.

I didn't measure pre wash, sorry. I bought an A1 jacket and A2 pants (love that Triin allows separate sizes!) because this model didn't come in A1C (curvy) and at the moment I'm definitely, insanely fat.  I'm not posting pics of me in the gi, but I'll tell you I weigh about 20 lbs more than I usually do and haven't figured out how to add six inches in height. 

The top and bottoms were both too big when I took them out of the bag...sleeves too long, the bust area bulged outwards in a peculiar way when I closed the lapels, and pants definitely about 2" too long. But after one wash in hot and a long dry on high heat, they're absolutely perfect. Ok, fine, I'm 5'2" 154 lbs. :(  Interestingly the bulge in mid chest disappeared after washing and drying. The jacket is a good length from top of the shoulder to the bottom hem and closes with good coverage across the chest.

I found this gi extremely comfortable to train in....The pants are very soft, the cut is just right as far as being roomy, not form fitting, for my fat rump without having extra diaper material wadded up between my legs, with a slightly low rise but still no plumber's crack.... and after the wash/dry the length is ideal, right at ankle bones. If my behind didn't stick out so far, the pants would be longer, probably long enough for someone even 5'6" or 5'7" tall or so. The sleeve length also adjusted to just skimming my wrist bones, but if I had longer arms I could easily shrug my shoulders back at an IBJJF gi check and pass.

Note the gi is nice and light; website says an A1 weighs 3 lbs 1oz.

Very well made as Fenom usually is except a small one-inch section on a front interior side of the lapel with one row of stitching undone. Nothing significant though.

This gi is available for only $95 from:

Here's Sally Arsenault's excellent review of this gi, too:

Can't wait to try the navy blue gi with pink F and ripstop pants next; it's an A1 top, A1C slim cut pants.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Norman, OK Jiu Jitsu coach charged with attempted rape, lewd acts

Looks like another one.... Cleon Quentin Self, 38, of Moore, was charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with attempted rape, forcible sodomy and two counts of lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16. The arrest affidavit containing the details of the allegations appears to be unavailable online due to the age of the victim.

The victim is one of Self's students, a fourteen year old girl. He is the instructor at Edge Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Norman Oklahoma. It seems their website is down.

Self was a coach for Sandro Sampaio, a Carlson Gracie BB, and helped with the children's class there, according to contemporaneous Facebook posts. According to Tracy Sampaio, Self was asked to leave because of complaints by other female students.... "The Adult female students said Cleon Self had contacted them Via Facebook soliciting sex and offering private BJJ lessons at his home.  Sandro has a zero tolerance policy and Cleon was banned immediately. "

Here he is fighting Mark Francescutti of BQuick Jiu Jitsu, in 2012 in Dallas. Self is in the white rashguard.

Here's a link to his lengthy court record... in 2013, he was convicted of criminal control and resisting arrest during a situation in which his intoxication appeared to endanger an infant in his car.

I cover Self's history more fully in my article about him on Bullshido.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why did I soft-pedal Alvis Solis?

Listened to a podcast recently in which I was accused of covering up "one of the biggest sex scandals in Texas" because of racism.  I'm not gonna link it because it doesn't deserve your time.

I report facts.  I don't expose myself to slander lawsuits. I report facts like
-- Alvis Solis steps down and turns academy over to Roy Davis
-- Washington DC filed charges against Nick Schultz and Matthew Maldonado
-- The medal chasers fled TLI in the middle of the night
-- Police report is filed for assault domestic violence by Nelson Monteiro
-- Eben Kaneshiro is arrested for sodomy and sexual abuse

When I don't have facts, I don't report them.  Not everything immoral is illegal, so, criminal charges won't always be filed. When that is the case, I don't report gossip.  I don't want to subject myself to having to defend myself in court. Even if what I report is true, it's not "truth" until a court says so.

Some blithering idiots don't get it.

Q&A about the surveillance camera video, part two.

I titled my previous post on this subject "part one" and didn't get around to writing part two until later.  Then I forgot and left this in the drafts.

What spurred me was a comment to this older post that came in.

Blogger The truth be told said...
This story totally contradicts the police report. Aaron said she had on pants and that they carried her. Police report said that they walked in together and that she had a dress on. Who do you believe?
1:03 PM
Blogger Georgette said...
Jesus, are you serious Victor?

Strangely enough some women wear leggings under dresses, or tunic tops that look like dresses, especially in cold weather. Even more strangely, men don't always know what to call womens' clothing items, and leggings can be confused for pants in the masculine mind.

Even MORE strangely, two people can watch the same video of someone being assaulted in a parking garage and come up with differing interpretations of clothing seen in that video and STILL NOT BE LYING as to whether there is an assault on said video.
1:10 PM

That's what I mean. People will take slight differences in peripheral stuff and from it attribute lying on important stuff.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Another rash of allegations of sexual abuse by BJJ instructors...

First in Texas-- the well-known third-degree Carlos Machado blackbelt, Alvis Solis... my initial article about it here on Bullshido is very tame, because I had no other facts I could verify and report without exposing myself and Bullshido to legal liability. However, numerous anonymous sources have reported their experiences on the Bullshido thread and you can read and decide for yourself.

And just now, I've learned that Eben Kaneshiro, 35 year-old head instructor at New Breed in Portland Oregon was arrested yesterday, April 19, and is held on a $500,000 bond on numerous charges of sexual abuse. He has a court date on April 27, 2015. Here's the MMAUnderground thread.

He's got 3 counts of 1st degree sodomy, one of coercion, 3 counts of 1st degree sexual abuse, and one of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.  Details on those criminal statutes is at the end of the post.

I can't pull up the New Breed Portland website.  This article in MMASucka back in 2012 indicates that Eben Kaneshiro is a Kauai native, a BJJ black belt, and that he runs the New Breed academy in Portland as well as Kauai.

This is Eben on the left, in 2009. According to Sherdog, Eben has a 19-12 record in pro MMA.

And here are the statutes he is charged with violating:

§ 163.405 Sodomy in the first degree

(1) A person who engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person or causes another to engage in deviate sexual intercourse commits the crime of sodomy in the first degree if:
(a) The victim is subjected to forcible compulsion by the actor;
(b) The victim is under 12 years of age;
(c) The victim is under 16 years of age and is the actors brother or sister, of the whole or half blood, the son or daughter of the actor or the son or daughter of the actors spouse; or
(d) The victim is incapable of consent by reason of mental defect, mental incapacitation or physical helplessness.
(2) Sodomy in the first degree is a Class A felony. 

(That's up to 20 years in prison.)

 §163.275  Coercion
(1) A person commits the crime of coercion when the person compels or induces another person to engage in conduct from which the other person has a legal right to abstain, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in which the other person has a legal right to engage, by means of instilling in the other person a fear that, if the other person refrains from the conduct compelled or induced or engages in conduct contrary to the compulsion or inducement, the actor or another will:
(a) Unlawfully cause physical injury to some person;
(b) Unlawfully cause damage to property;
(c) Engage in conduct constituting a crime;. . . 
(2) Coercion is a Class C felony. 

(That's up to 5 years.)

§ 163.427  Sexual abuse in the first degree

(1) A person commits the crime of sexual abuse in the first degree when that person:
(a) Subjects another person to sexual contact and:
(A) The victim is less than 14 years of age;
(B) The victim is subjected to forcible compulsion by the actor; or
(C) The victim is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally defective, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless; or
(b) Intentionally causes a person under 18 years of age to touch or contact the mouth, anus or sex organs of an animal for the purpose of arousing or gratifying the sexual desire of a person.
(2) Sexual abuse in the first degree is a Class B felony.

(That's up to ten years.)

The last and least of his worries is the delinquency charge which I attribute to a careful, wise prosecutor.

§ 163.435  Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor

(1) A person 18 years of age or older commits the crime of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor if:
(a) Being a male, he engages in sexual intercourse with a female under 18 years of age; or
(b) Being a female, she engages in sexual intercourse with a male under 18 years of age; or
(c) The person engages in deviate sexual intercourse with another person under 18 years of age or causes that person to engage in deviate sexual intercourse.
(2) Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor is a Class A misdemeanor.

I will post as more information becomes available.