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We had some special guests on Friday for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tulsa. Leo Xavier Black Belt Blake Hayes brought local MMA star Daniel Roberts and former OSU All American Wrestler Jamal Parks over along with Beau Taylor to help Rick Bigger get some Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tulsa training for his upcoming fight. Clinch’s own MMA champ Andrew “the Sniper” Todhunter joined in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tulsa mix as well. If you weren’t there you saved yourself a king sized bottle of Excedrin and a trip to the chiropractor. You’re Welcome.

BJJ Gift Ideas

Hey guys. It’s already that time of the year again for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tulsa. Time to slow down and reflect on the year that’s passed, enjoy some time with the family, and of course do a little shopping for your loved Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tulsa ones. Okay let’s be honest, shopping for you. Listed below are several items that are the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tulsa equivalent of an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Don’t shoot your eye out!

1. Magazine Subscriptions: It is awesome how many magazines are covering the art today. Lots of great information and inspiration. Here are two of my favorites:











2. DVDs: A great way to get better at Jiu Jitsu is by watching how the great ones do it. There are lots of good instructional as well as competition videos available. Check out these places for a good start:










3. Books: When I started training BJJ there was really only one book on the market. If you go to amazon today, there are like a thousand! Here are some recommendations:



4. A new gi! If your loved one(or you!) has been on the really good list, you can get them a shiny new gi. Here are a couple of excellent places to pick one up:







5. BJJ/MMA gear. If they’ve been good but not that good, maybe just get them a t-shirt, hoodie, or some grappling shorts but pleeeeaaase nothing from Affliction or Tap Out . Haha, only kidding.






6. Private lessons. The fastest way to improve your Jiu Jitsu is with private lessons. They can be expensive ($100/hour and up) but very worth it. If you live near the Owasso, OK area, call me for details 918-269-1593 or visit us at


Happy Holidays,





Free! Beginning BJJ Workshop Saturday, November 3rd 1:00 p.m – 3:00 p.m.

If you, or someone you know, have thought about training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but did not know where to start, then this workshop is for you! This is a FREE workshop so people can get a feel for what this sport and art is all about. Please dress comfortably as this will be a workout. Men, women and children are encouraged to attend. Please click the link below to get enrolled ASAP in this workshop as space will be limited to the first 25 people.

Zerak Weems, CHAMPION!

Congratulations to Zerak. He won the gi division by tapping out his opponent in the finals with an Americana. Zerak is one of the most dedicated students we have and I’m sure he will be bringing many more swords home.

Check out his final match!


Congratulations to Mike Mcgonigal(right) and Rick Bigger(left) on receiving their purple belts. 3 steps down only two steps left to go to the black belt.

FREE! Women’s Self Defense Workshop September 22nd 1pm-3pm

Ladies, come join us at Clinch for this Free Self Defense Workshop. You will learn strategies to keep yourself safe and techniques to defend yourself if you are attacked. Please wear clothing that you can move comfortably in, such as workout attire. All ages are welcome. Click the link below to register:

New Blue

Congratulations to Clinch’s newest blue belts. Dalton Clements, Levi Garrison, and Dave Hurst. I’m proud of all you.


Congratulations to all of you who participated in the AGF tournament last weekend. It takes a lot of guts to step on the mat and compete and I’m proud of everyone of you who accepted the challenge. After it was all said and done, Clinch won 1st place in the kids division both gi and no gi. And 2nd place in the adult division. Below are some pics of the team champs.

In Zerak’s first tournament, he had 10 kids in his division!

Ella and Anne-Marie cleaned house. . .again!

Also his first tournament Clint had some tough matches to bring home gold and silver.

These are just a few of the champions. Mor pics to come. Congratulations to all you who competed. See you on the mat!

3 Day BJJ Camp July 20th-22nd!

You are invited to attend our 3 day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Camp with special guest instructor Alex Monsalve, from Alliance Sao Paulo. Team Alliance has won the last 4 World Championships in a row! Alex is a black belt under World Champion Fabio Gurgel and the assistant instructor at Alliance Headquarters in Brazil. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from someone who is at the cutting edge of the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. Spots are limited so click on the link below and reserve yours now!

Sniper Attack!

Congratulations to Andrew Todhunter! He won his most recent fight in under 3 minutes with a rear naked choke. As a bonus he got to hang out with UFC Champion Jon Jones. Thanks to all who helped with his training.



Good weekend at NAGA OKC. Too many medals to list here. We closed out a couple of brackets with our guys from Stillwater. Congratulations to all who competed, especially the first time competitors. Winning is great but sometimes you learn more from losing.

Fight Night at the Hard Rock

Great night for Clinch. Logan Cunningham won his fight by knockout after being knocked down FOUR times! Andrew Todhunter had one of his toughest fights yet. He caught an overhand right with his face and was out on his feet before coming back and submitting his opponent with a rear naked choke. I am very proud of both of these guys. It’s my feels great when I see my guys fight through adversity and come out victorious.

Jacare Takedown Highlight

A takedown highlight of one of the best guys in the sport, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza using the ankle pick to get the fight to the ground. Come join Rick Bigger this Saturday to learn this technique!

Newest member at Clinch

Vernon brought the 2034 UFC champ, Sarina Cooley in for her first lesson. She tapped out three guys before I took her to the cage and put her to sleep.

Clinch Army Special Ops

Thank you Clinch “Street Team” for helping me spread the Jiu-Jitsu word at First Christian Church’s Renew your Strength Event. I appreciate all your help.


The “unchoke-able” Dylan Scott just received a $5000 Jiu-Jitsu scholarship to Arizona State University. Okay, really it was an academic scholarship but just as well. If you see Dylan on the mat, congratulate him. Then, try to choke him.

Happy New Year!!

Greetings. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays. Now it’s time to get back to work! This week we begin our training for the N.A.G.A. tournament in Oklahoma City on February 25th and 26th. Everyone is invited and encouraged to compete! Competition is one of the fastest ways of improving your BJJ. It is also great training for MMA fighting. So take up the challenge and do it.

Triton Rocks Submissions 101

Hey guys. our Triton brother, Piet Wilhem, just posted this video on Submissions 101. Submissions 101 is a very popular website in our community as well as a great resource for techniques. Make sure you hit the “like” button after you watch it and leave a good comment. Congratulations Professor Wilhelm!

Merry Christmas!

To all of you who make Clinch what it is, thank you. I hope you and your families all have a wonderful holiday. See you Tuesday.



The Sniper wins by Rear Naked Choke :52 seconds into 1st round. Logan wins by D’arce choke in the 3rd. More pics soon.


Which guy are you?

Hello all. I hope you all had a great holiday. Here is some BJJ humor for you. This list has been going around for several years. I present it to you to see if you can find some of your friends on it.

Pre-Excuse Guy:
This guy has to tell you of every ailment, injury, pain, he has in his body, to not allow you to attack those areas.

Tuesday November 22nd, 2011

Colby works to pass Josh’s guard.

A certain amount of opposition is of great help to a man. Kites rise against the wind not with the wind. — John Neal

Leroy Brown returns to Clinch

One of the Clinch Elite, Leroy Brown AKA Bruce Ellison AKA Brett Erickson is in the 7th grade INFC football championship game Saturday. It will be on Channel 3 on Cox cable. Starts at at 8pm. Check out Number 11 if you get the chance.

Friday No-gi-vember 4th, 2011

The gym is starting to fill up! Thanks to everyone who is spreading the word.

There are three reasons why I failed. Not enough training. Not enough training. And not enough training. – Haruki Murakami

No-gi-vember is under way


Travis fights to finish his first ever Anaconda Choke.

Adversity is the first path to truth. Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is greater. – Vince Lombardi

The Masked Avenger and No Gi Month

A free Gatorade to the person who knows the identity of this guy who has been terrorizing the mats at Clinch. Also In the entire month of November we will be training no gi.

You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I made so many mistakes. – Buckminster Fuller

Halloween at Clinch!

We had some very impressive Entries for our costume contest. It was hard to pick a winner.

These guys showed up a little late but had awesome costumes.

Ella came dressed as me! Now that’s funny!

Wednesday October 26th, 2011


This bag is the only thing left at the gym that Rick Bigger hasn’t D’arce Choked.

I will not learn about fire by thinking about fire but by burning. -Carla Needleman

“Cu” mura


Logan Cunningham about to rip Braden’s arm from the socket with the dreaded Kimura.

Strength doesn’t come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. – M. Gandhi

October 21st, 2011


Dylan regrets showing Catrina the crucifix set up.

Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily. – Jim Tressel

A Battle of Brandons


Brandon Patocka trying to figure out the enigma that is Brandon Bellinski’s guard.

Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to give up. – Napolean Hill

Monday October 17th, 2011


C.J. won his fight Friday night. Ref stoppage due to strikes from rear mount, 41 seconds into the first round!. Congratulations to him. Special thanks to Mike, Rick, Logan, and Ryan Hogue for helping him prepare. We will have the video up soon.

When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens and when it happens, it lasts. – John Wooden

Friday October 14th, 2011

Rick Bigger and Ryan Hogue try to decide if Nick Diaz is good for MMA.

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. – Edmund Burke