Sorry things have been slow here at The Grumpy Grappler. As fate would have it, my hard drive crashed last week and the folks in IT are still trying to salvage any data they can. Needless to say, I am grumpier than usual (which is saying something). Unless and until they save the data from the BJJ Survey for the first 5oo participants (which I had already downloaded and saved), I will have to download the complete data set--which has now been taken by 850+ participants!--and start from there. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, I wanted to alert readers to two new projects of mine. While both are more for people who live and train in the lowcountry, there are regularly posts that should be of interest to others.
The first is the Lowcountry Leg Lock Laboratory:
We have been meeting at the beach for some sunrise sessions on Sunday mornings at Folly Beach. But as time goes by, we will add some more dates, times, and locations.
The second is the Lowcountry Self Defense Club:
I also have the skeleton of a homepage for the self defense club:
We should start having some practices soon. The goal of both of these groups is to provide some instruction and training in leg locks and self-defense, respectively, that is informal and club-oriented while being unaffiliated with any local gyms (which should make both more inviting to people who train at these gyms). The eventual goal is to create something akin to 540 Studio in San Diego, CA--an environment where people from all local gyms in the low country are welcome to train.
The Lowcountry Self-Defense Club has three primary goals: (a) host free self-defense instruction to women in the Charleston area, (b) provide co-ed self-defense instruction for those who are not getting self-defense at their home gyms, and (c) host seminars of nationally and internationally recognized jiu jitsukas (which will help fund the free classes). I am also hoping to team up with some psychologists in the area to offer jiu jitsu to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. But first things first! If you live in the area, please consider joining us. We're coming to beaches, parks, and community centers near you! If you'd like to help, please drop me a line!