About This Blog

My almost everyday Jiu-Jitsu notes. =)

As far as bio (Jeff Wassom), was first exposed to Jiu-Jitsu watching a VHS tape of Royce Gracie fighting in UFC 2 in 1994. Fascinated, I collected all the early Instructional, Vale Tudo, and BJJ tournament VHS footage I could find and tried learning among friends, but it wasn’t until I signed up for classes at the Straight Blast Gym in 1996 to train with Matt Thornton that I learned about position before submission and transitions between positions, most notably, passing and defending Guard.  In short, the real stuff!

Within 6 months of meeting Matt was introduced to Michael Chapman and Tom Oberhue, who along with Thornton were among the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in Oregon at the time, and soon after Chris Haueter came up to do seminars, which was my first live introduction to Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu.

Haueter was an early pioneer in blending wrestling with Jiu-Jitsu, implementing nelsons and crucifixes with rolling back attacks, as well as introducing us to the idea of a more dynamic Open Guard that included his take on what’s now known as the De La Riva Guard, Omo-Platas, as well as Guard Recovery from the Turtle position.  Another he brought that was huge back then was the climbing armlock from Closed Guard.

Chris and I messing around for his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Streetfighting Instructional produced by Straight Blast Gym in the late 1990s:

Currently coached by Chris Haueter Black Belt Eric Hemphill at Nemesis Jiu-Jitsu in Portland, Oregon. Eric and Chris rolling in 2010:

Away from Jiu-Jitsu and the Internets I enjoy Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Magic/Mentalism, Dance, Reading, and watching movies.

Previous Blogs:  https://jeffwassom.wordpress.com/ (The Bat Blog, 2010-2013).

Belts: Blue (Chris Haueter, 1998), Purple (Tom Oberhue, Michael Chapman 2002), Brown (Tom Oberhue, Michael Chapman 2006), Black (Chris Haueter 2010).

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