Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This weekend I had the pleasure to attend and meet Relson Gracie of the famed Gracie Jiu Jitsu Family. What an exceptional man, not only in martial arts, but philosophically and attitude wise. For those not familiar with the Gracie's, here is a link to their family history, http://www.gracie.com/family/tree.html .
The Jiu Jitsu that I am training under is a certified instructor under Relson, and he frequently travels from Hawaii to see his instructors, teach things only he would know and interact with all the students. Talk about a humble man! What a difference meeting basically a Grand Master of a Martial Art that he has been training in for over 55 years, and still calls everyone "my brother", shakes all hands and never wants to be treated any different than the rest of us. How different from Ohio Masonry. The Grand Lodge's minions would hold district meetings just to teach masons how to properly "introduce" masons who refuse to be on the level and want all to know their "Titles". What do these titles mean? Absolutely nothing! How masonry has gone from a group of master masons only, to 33rds, 32nds, Knights, Companions, Deputies, etc.......
Since we have left the Grand Lodge system, we have only run into one ego, and he was dealt with and is gone. It's so refreshing to have the Grand Master call Halcyon and ask what they can do for us, instead of what we have to do for him! Not once, while in the Ohio system, did one Grand Lodge rep ever ask us what they could do for us, always commands and demands. Period! Here, the Grand Master of this discipline was on the ground grappling and showing us technique. He never wanted to be treated differently, he called us brothers and you could tell he meant it.
Gentlemen, there are sooooo many available groups for real that offer true, equal brotherhood; so much so that American Freemasonry is not special any more. They really do not have much to offer any more except a dues card and being told who they can and cannot associate with!? And oh yeah, they also restrict discussion topics too! In America no less?
Ok, well not me though, not while I live and breath on American soil. No electrician who ass kissed his way into a Grand Master's Title could ever restrict my Freedoms that many masons died for in the 1700's.
War Halcyon and the GOUSA! Liberty, Equalty and Fraternity can and are still a masonic creed.
Martial Artists from all over came to "visit" at this seminar. It did not matter from what "organization" one belonged to, it was open to all to come and gain some "knowledge" from a Master. What a different concept from American Freemasonry...
I could just imagine someone saying, you are a clandestine martial artist from another Grand Master, we are not allowed to have martial artist communication with you? LMAO
What a joke........ Grown men laying claims to sandboxes in the 21st century. Oh well, I know that I have fellow jiu jitsu brothers all over the country and world who will take me in as a brother no matter where I travel as well as Orient Masons worldwide, but not when it comes to the prejudiced, racist, egotistical grand lodge system here in america where isolationism rules the day! And rule the one day making of masons(members only in reality)
What am I missing out on again?
With all my love:
Monday, April 20, 2009
Alicea, 18, a two-time Golden Gloves champ in busy boxing night at
by Joe Maxse/Plain Dealer Reporter
Saturday April 18, 2009, 10:56 PM
CLEVELAND -- Something had to give at 152 pounds on Saturday night in
the finals of the Cleveland Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament.
Eddie Alicea was out to defend his title at Cleveland Browns Stadium
and Brett Simmons, last year's titlist at 132 pounds, was out to take
it away. The two 18-year-old fighters did their best to live up to the
billing as one of the night's best bouts.
It definitely was for Alicea as he put on a business-like effort in
winning the decision by outworking a game opponent.
"I don't take anything away from him, but I was at my natural weight
and was just busier," said Alicea, a senior at Max Hayes High. "Every
combination came off my jab. He caught me with a couple shots and he's
However, Simmons was not fast enough to keep Alicea from beating him
to the punch too many times. Late in the first round, Alicea landed
his first scoring flurry of blows.
That set the pattern of the bout as Alicea kept the pressure on for
much of the time. While Simmons would pick off many of the punches,
Alicea's fast hands showed him to be the aggressor and had to score
points with the judges.
"I'm disappointed," said Simmons, a senior at Glenville High. "I would
have done better, but I just got back in the gym three weeks ago."
While his speed was still apparent, boxing at the higher weight cost
Simmons in the power department. Alicea also stuck to the game plan
preached by his coach Francis Figueroa.
"I told him to stay with the jab and keep the pressure on," said
Figueroa, who helps run the Old School Boxing Club in Ohio City. "He's
a good boxer, but by [punching] first he gains confidence."
Alicea reached the semifinals of last year's national tournament. He
said he will improve on that effort this time around at the Golden
Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah.
"This year I'm going to take it all," said Alicea.
Zeddie Adams, a two-time Junior Olympic national champion from Brush
High, won the 141 pound open division title on a decision against
Reginald Barnes from the Thurgood Marshall/Police Athletic League Gym.
Adams, representing Cleveland's Salvation Army Boxing Academy, wore
down his opponent as he took control in the second round.
Cleveland's Terrell Gausha, a champion at 178 pounds the past two
years, picked up the 165-pound title on a decision against Wilkens
Santiago from Lorain.
Also winning in the open ranks were Yuandale Evans at 132 pounds,
Joshua Krosen at 178 and super heavyweight Stipe Miocic.
The open division winners will compete at the national tournament
beginning May 4.
HALCYON CHARITIES, INC. AND OLD SCHOOL BOXING CLUB HAD 3 OVERALL WINNERS!
OPEN DIVISION WINNERS
119: Antonio Nieves (Old School),
152: Eddie Alicea (Old School B.C.)
NOVICE DIVISION WINNER
152: Cassius Foster (Old School)
81ST CLEVELAND GOLDEN GLOVES
at Cleveland Browns Stadium
112: Anthony Tulley (Good Shepherd B.C.), unopposed; 119: Antonio
Nieves (Old School), unopposed; 125: John Winterich (Empire),
unopposed; 132: Yuandale Evans (unattached) dec. Derrick Moss (West
Side); 141: Zeddie Adams (Salvation Army) dec. Reginald Barnes
(Thurgood/PAL); 152: Eddie Alicea (Old School B.C.) dec. Brett Simmons
(unattached); 165: Terrell Gausha (unattached) dec. Wilkens Santiago
(Freddie's); 178: Joshua Krosen (Warren B.A.) dec. Randy Campbell
(Claymont A.C.); Under 201: Marc Ward (Thurgood/PAL), unoppposed; Over
201: Stipe Miocic (unattached) def. Enam Danley Jr. (Empire B.C.), RSC
1. (Open champions advance to national tournament in Salt Lake City,
Utah, May 4-9).
125: Deontae Malone (Lonnie Burten Rec.) dec. Larry Mattice (Salvation
Army); 132: Greg Gilbert (West Side B.C.) dec. Devon Brown
(unattached); 141: Julius Thomas Jr. (unattached) dec. Von Hunter
(Lonnie Burten); 152: Cassius Foster (Old School) dec. Jimmy Bland
(Glenville Rec.); 165: Matt Brown (Terminator B.C.) dec. Avery Wood
(unattached); 178: Jim Chisholm (unattached), unopposed; Under 201:
Benjamin Horn (unattached), unopposed; Over 201: Alex Obrovich
119: Justin Molnar (unattached), unopposed; 132: Ramiro Hernandez
(Michael J. Zone/Gladiators) dec. Christopher Hanczaryk (Freddie's);
141: Angel Figueroa (Freddie's), by walkover; 152: Eric Watkins (West
Side) dec. Noah Klembara (unattached); 165: Alex Vereshchagin (Empire
B.C.) dec. Kipp Latten (unattached); 178: Shavar Campbell (Empire)
dec. Adam Ferin (Little Italy B.C.); Under 201: Ryan Milligan (Valley
Forge B.C.) def. Jeffrey Hulett (unattached), RSC 1; Over 201: James
Meder (Valley Forge B.C.), walkover.
Female: 141: Carrie Fiol (Warren B.C.), unopposed.
Here is a photo of the 3 fighters with a new member of the team. Halcyon Charities and Old School Boxing Club want to wish Eddie and Antonio good luck at Nationals and to fight with dignity and class!