Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Roger Gracie vs. Kyra Gracie on the 64 Squares!! I wanna t-shirt of this!!

COME ON PEOPLE....Please tell me you see these connections are STRONG....It's killing me....LOL



As an issue of violence, I had to write about my experience as a father in the shadow of the murder ot Trayvon Martin

When Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, I refused to read about it. I didn’t follow up online and I didn’t watch any TV coverage about it. I ignored Twitter streams with the hashtag #trayvonmartin.
It wasn’t because I didn’t care. It was because I cared too much. I didn’t look because I was in denial. Trayvon’s photos look like many of the photos of my son. Smiling and playing football, in the house with his family — it was heartbreaking, far too heartbreaking for me to digest when it first happened. It wasn’t until the middle of the week when a co-worker asked me what I thought about the situation that I really started to have to soak it in. It brought up a lot of emotions, a lot of pain. This is the Emmet Till of my son’s generation. This is a terrorizing time for Black fathers. READ FULL STORY HERE

The Mended Bros. are 2 horsemen of the jiu jitsu Apocalypse



Simply amazing to watch in action...very inspiring. If you never had faith in the POWER of jiu jitsu....they will make you believe...

Another amazing video by WeakSquare



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Rapper T-KASH COMPLETES Oakland Marathon for the cause of Nonviolence


People always ask whats makes the HHCF different than other orgs in Hip-Hop or chess. THIS is the difference. We work with real artists who care about the community and show it with action- not just talk. When I first met T-KASH, he was about 90 lbs. heavier. He was always a cold MC. He is one of the best rappers in Oakland then AND now- straight up....

As our friendship evolved he got serious about his health. He asked me for my help. I gave him a baseline methodology that I use and he took it 110% serious. Over time he started adding his own research and ideas into his path and now this man just ran the Oakland Marathon!!!

Not only did he do it. He did it to bring awareness to the epidemic of gun violence in the city he loves so much. This guy used to run the streets in his youth getting into trouble. Now he RUNS the streets as a rapper in search of peace. So many rappers out there TALK about doing something to be an example to the youth. Well here is one who keeps his words to the kids. Here is one who does not hide behind the false images of being a killer, a fake revolutionary, or a lover of ignorance. Here is one who shows up to help when no press is around. Here is one who puts is work, but does not always ask that his name be mentioned.

But I have to say his name today. I promise you will be seeing a lot more from him artistically and within his community doing positive things- very soon!

 Everybody in the HHCF is proud of T-KASH for his dedication to fitness and nonviolence. I encourage you to follow him on twitter @TKASHFOREVER !

For all the half baked chess orgs out there trying to do what I do...everybody knows where u got it from LOL

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hip-Hop, Chess & Martial Arts....Are A Youthful Expression



Enjoy the ride...

HHCF At San Jose State University!! AN EPIC DAY!

I'm just laughin', 'cause I remember when they said it couldn't happen/We can't unite humanity with jiu jitsu, chess and rappin'...We will never go away...I will not stop...The movement is growing every day...So get involved or get out of our way....PEACE TO THE WORLD!! I will post more from this day soon....Stay tuned!!

My man WeakSquare Comes STRONG with Capablanca



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HHCF Invades the city of Lost Angels...and got to hang with the Gracies....CALI LOVE!

I went down to LA to check out the Raw Cheerleading team compete in USA Nationals!! We had a blast. Our fist stop though was to visit the Gracie Jiu Jitsu compound (to me, their place beats Disneyland any day of the week!). We got to hang out with Ryron, Ralek, Rorion (creator of the UFC!) and I saw Rakaa from Dilated coming out of a class....To hang with the Kennedy family of martial arts is always an honor....Here are Rener and Ryon giving props to HHCF...These guys are extended family to us...Much respect always!! ITS CALI LOVE WHEN HHCF & GRACIES CONNECT ON THE WESTSIDE!! Make sure you get with the genius minds behind the best solution to bullying in America today: BULLYPROOF www.gracieacademy.com !

Monday, March 19, 2012

T-KASH Song "RUN" feat. Adisa Banjoko! He's running Oakland Marathon March 25th for the case of nonviolence for Oakland youth !!

America Has Its Own Child Soldiers (Part 2 of a series on youth violence)

On foot, I zigzag through the Mission District every time I enter and exit the area. I believe it’s an important survival tactic never to walk in predictable patterns in urban areas. It’s a great way to learn a lot about the hood, and more importantly, get a deeper feel for the reality on the streets. I’m nobody important walking the streets, but you don’t have to be anybody to catch bullets or blades in the Bay Area.

After settling into work, I opened the San Francisco Examiner and saw another shining example of why our children are so traumatized by a vicious climate of violence. Every day it appears to get more and more heartless. A 17-year-old boy was shot after getting into an argument with a man on a bus. The boy got off to avoid conflict and was apparently fired at by a shooter who stood on the bottom step of the bus.

FULL ARTICLE BY ADISA BANJOKO

Monday, March 12, 2012

Eddie Bravo training with Marcelo Garcia!! Whoooo



If you don't understand why this is awesome, thats ok...The realest can feel this...

Thats just the way it is, but not the way it has to be...Lets do it together

Green Castle Block playing blitz...I love these guys...

For those we love...For those we have lost...

A quote from one of Tupac Shakurs favorite people, Prince Niccolo Machiavelli

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Everyone sees what you appear to be, few feel what you are. 
- Niccolo Machiavelli

How about this rap lyric from way back...?

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Cause it's all about a mind change mind-frame/The system is a chess game with, pawns all the same. -The Coup

Monday, March 5, 2012

HHCF Founder Writes About the Impact of Violence & Death on Teens

About three years ago, I began working for a high school in San Francisco called “John O’Connell.” It is situated in the Mission District. The Mission is a primarily Latino section of the city mostly known for its fine Mexican/El Salvadoran cuisine and being the area where Carlos Santana did some of his first shows. Today, its known for being a gang war zone for Norteno and Sureno gangs as well as MS13. Other gang-prone sections (or “turfs”) in San Francisco are Hunters Point, Lakeview, Sunnydale, and Fillmore (known as the “Harlem of the Bay” because of its rich Jazz history). Unlike Los Angeles, the Bay Area really does not have a significant number of Crips and Bloods. They are almost nonexistent. But we do have turf wars: clashes between blocks broken up by geographic landmarks that decide what side you come from. All sides are wrong sides in The Bay.

READ MORE HERE

LISTEN NOW!! : Eddie Goldman From No Holds Barred Radio Interviews HHCF's Adisa Banjoko


EDDIE GOLDMAN INTERVIEW WITH HHCF FOUNDER ADISA BANJOKO: NO HOLDS BARRED RADIO!! 
http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2012-03-05T03_20_00-08_00

Saturday, March 3, 2012

My son loves this movie....Warlords is very powerful...lovely philosophy in here...

Few really know about Pai Mei....now you are one of them...

Luke Stewart shares some amazing thoughts on the role of the ego in jiu jitsu...



I think this FULLY relates to chess...

Lauryn Hill loves chess...

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I play my enemies like a game of chess, where I rest, no stress! 
- Lauryn Hill 

Jrobi breaks stuff down well, Check this game out!!

HHCF Spring Break & Summer Camps Hosting OPEN REGISTRATION NOW!!



Help a kid you love learn more about things they already love. Sign them up for s Spring Break or Summer Break camp with the HHCF! www.hiphopchessfederation.org !!

When Thugs Cry: An Unknown Tupac Story

Recently the internet started buzzing because of a cool conversation between legendary rapper Talib Kweli and Public Enemy front man Chu...