In Memoriam, Ronan Golby

Ronan Golby was the first person I met at West Coast BJJ. He welcomed me kindly into the club where I chose to rekindle my love for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu after more than a year off. And now, about 9 months in, I learned that this fit young man of 19 years age, a martial artist, passed away in his sleep for no apparent cause, with no prior warning, on Thursday, December 4. Still mostly in shock, we all met at the gym at 5 for a hastily planned memorial, and shared our thoughts on our life with him. It was a unanimous outpouring of love and affection towards him the likes I have rarely seen about anyone. And for good reason.

I am the new guy at the club. I had only known Ronan for less than a year.  Many at the club had known Ronan and trained with him since he joined the club 10 years ago. The first time I walked the club he made me feel welcome immediately. He was known to everyone there as a sincere and kind hearted person, who always said hello warmly to everyone who arrived to train, said goodbye warmly to each person as they left. He had a warmth and openness that was readily apparent to everyone who met him. Everyone at the memorial agreed to this.

One of Ronan’s jobs at the club was as instructor to the children’s class for martial arts. Myself, being old and stiff, I have always made it my business wherever possible to show up early and stretch before class. Often I watched Ronan in his role leading the students before  class started, where he instilled the noble traits of a martial artist in a pack of little ones who can hardly stand still. He did it with kindness and care to each student at every moment of the class, and always managed to win them over to what needed to be done. Many at the memorial also remarked how naturally talented he was at training the children.

I didn’t say much at the memorial. I listened to the people who had known him for 10 years or more say the same things about him that I could have said, while having known him for only such a short time. Ronan Golby was such a genuinely kind and caring person, who was so natural in his demeanour this way. Ronan impressed with his positive attitude every day. I remember thinking how I used to have some of those qualities of character as Ronan shared with the rest of us. I thought to myself how he had such qualities better than I have seen in myself for a very long time. It made me wonder where those qualities had gone.

Ronan Golby was this genuinely kind hearted person, to a rare degree among people, who loved martial arts, who loved life, by all accounts was a person who shared his happiness with everyone who came it contact with him. We are devastated by his sudden and unexplained passing. He was a young man in the physical prime of his life, with his whole life ahead of him, and then suddenly, he is gone. That such a good human being leaves us so soon bewilders all of us that much more.  Osu.

 

 

COMMAND Certification Course June 2014

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The Office Of The BC Athletic Commissioner is sponsoring a unique training opportunity

instructed by internationally known referees

Jerin Valel and Big John McCarthy

Jerin and Big John will be providing training for:

Certification For New Professional MMA Judges

Recertification For Previously Certified Command Judges

Recertification For Previously Certified Command Referees

Training For Amateur MMA Referees

Leading to recognition by The BCAC for Amateur Status

VENUE: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

(President Ballroom – A) 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond BC

DATE: JUNE 7, 8, 9, 2014

TIME: 8:00AM – 8:00PM

PRICE: $250 CDN (+GST)

Register early! Limited space available!

Registration forms are posted on the website

Your completed registration forms must be received by May 31, 2014

Website: www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/sport/programs/athletic_commission.htm

If you need more information, please contact us:

EMAIL: athletic.commissioner at gov.bc.ca • PHONE: 1-855-952-6760

Western Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2014

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

South Okanagan Events Centre,
853 Eckhardt Ave West, Penticton, BC

The South Okanagan Events Center in Penticton BC is home this year to the largest BJJ tournament in Western Canada. Enter to this series to build on your skills in the most awesome combat sport around.

WEST COAST COMBAT CHAMPIONSHIP 2014

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The 2014 West Coast Combat Championship takes place on Sunday, April 27th 2014 at 3121 Kingsway in Vancouver. We are offering divisions for:

- Teens (13-16 years)

- Adults (Male and Female)

- Masters (30 years and up)

This Round Robin Submissions-Only tournament has been for years the most exciting tournament on the West Coast, so don’t miss out!

The weight-in starts at 9:00am and all fights start at 10:00am sharp.

Early Registration ends on March 21th, 2014. Sign up online today and pay only

- $65 plus tax for one BJJ or one No-Gi Grappling division (up to 10 fights)

- $20 plus tax for an additional division (up to 20 fights)

Spectators are free

Registration after March 21st, 2014 is $85 for one and $20 for each additional division.

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A night with boxing legend Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini – Vancouver, BC

A night with Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini

A night with boxing legend Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini.
May 1st 2014 – Vancouver
Tickets: $20
For information contact IL CENTRO at 604 430 3337 or visit https://italianculturalcentre.ca/

Ray Mancini and Profile Films present the award winning documentary, The Good Son: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini. This documentary focuses on Ray Mancini’s own personal account of his families history, his father’s legacy and Mancini’s own meteoric rise and fall. From the unsolved killing of his brother to the tragic Deuk-Koo Kim fight, which would alter Ray’s life forever, “The Good Son” excavates mysteries, creating an intimate history; a saga of father’s and sons, loss and redemption. Featuring Mickey Rourke, Ed O’Neil, Sugar Ray Leonard and historic interviews with Kim’s own family, including his own son, Jiwan Kim.

For more information: http://www.bcboxers.com/2014/04/05/a-night-with-boxing-legend-ray-boom-boom-mancini-vancouver-bc/

Vtali Klitschko with Protesters in the Ukraine

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Former world heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko now leads the opposition fighting martial law and oppression in the Ukraine.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544474/If-means-bullet-head-bullet-head-Ukrainian-opposition-threaten-attack-president-does-not-strike-deal.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

Klitschko is clearly in the thick of things, but I dont think the authorities really know who they are messing with…

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Europeans will get MMA if there is a ball

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… looks like one of the wildest sports around. Before the rules came down in the middle ages that in Football (soccer) you could only kick the ball, there was this game where you could pick it up and run with it, and fight along the way. Calico Storico, which was revived in 1930 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Siege of Florence… a sport probably in line with Benito Mussolini’s world view, which has nonetheless become part of modern Florentine cultural celebrations. More after the jump:

Calico Storico was revived in 1930 from a sport whose official rules were first published in 1580. The sport was a revival of the Roman sport called Harpastum, which in turn was taken from a Greek game called phaininda, all have in common a ball, a place to deliver it at either end of an arena, and two opposing packs of guys that you have to fight through if you want to score a goal. And by fight, I mean something that looks like it would put NHL Hockey to shame, with bare knuckle brawls breaking out quite spontaneously, in an open weight class, with few rules if any.

Who needs the UFC? Who needs the Olympics? Who needs Euro Footy? NHL hockey? These guys have it ALL!

Youtube has one on it here, appears to be a trailer of a feature film:

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This sport, whatever you want to call it, does not want to die. Its team MMA with a ball. The mind boggles. The Wikipedia page linked above explains it thus:

The modern version of calcio allows tactics such as head-butting, punching, elbowing, and choking but sucker punches and kicks to the head are banned.

WHAT? No sucker punches or kicks to the head? That is awfully nice of them. Something tells me that this sport could catch on. Its nice that they allow head butting, which makes me think of that a certain match up wouldnt have resulted in a red card and could have changed the balance of things:

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All of this leads me to belive that if Dana White wants to increase the UFC fan base in Europe, all he need do is throw a ball in the octagon to fight over. Actually, I wonder why Brazilians didnt come up with that in the first place. But maybe they have and I just havent heard of it yet.

There have already been some modern versions of the beautiful game with a little spice that have emerged elsewhere for the ADD and easily bored. There is Ultimate Tazer Ball, where you play indoor soccer with a biiiiig ball, and, wait for it, yes, you guessed it, each player has a tazer.

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World Series of Fighting 7 Pics

Getting the nod for scorekeeper for World Series of Fighting 7 meant for once I could hang up my Nikon and do a different job for a change. Here are a few shots snapped off with my phone.

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The Big show on NBC.

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The view from the Scorekeepers chair. Note Ray Sefo, K1 legend and WSOF president seated in the center.

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Card Girls at the fighter walk in.

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Right up against the cage.