Saturday, May 26, 2012

HHCF Philosophy: 3PA > 1NT



Just the beginning of what we teach at the HHCF summer camp. There will be nothing like it on Earth and you'll be glad you signed your kids up. Seats are moving pretty steady. Get your kids in today at www.hiphopchessfederation.org/games !

Sunday, May 20, 2012

HHCF & Universal Zulu Nation Gather Hip-Hop,Chess & Old School Zulu Bay Area History

San Jose Zulu Nation Chapter with Adisa Banjoko after a Live The Game Q&A session !! Much respect to UZN members worldwide...


"My first experience listening to Adisa speak was around 95 about the origins of Hip Hop music. It left such an impact on me that I felt it was very important to create that same opportunity for the community today."

Kenny May
Chapter Leader
Universal Zulu Nation- San Jose Chapter



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Few realize the significance of what it meant for me to speak with the SJ Zulu chapter. You see, I'm  from the original UZN Bay Area chapter.....The first one....BEFORE Alafia Chapter.....I'm talking about Alex Aquino, DJ Marco Polo, DJ Pause, Qu'wwam Ullam, Johnny and a few others....Much respect to Leo the Lion to......If you don't know them, you don't really know about UZN in The Bay....Its good to be with my brother Kenny....And much thanks to the founder of UZN Afrika Bambaataa....He set so much in motion and its no where near over....


HHCF Movie Remix king Mike Relm does Avengers....



Mike Relm has been down with HHCF BEFORE DAY ONE....Check out this remix trailer for Avengers. I wont spoil anything for you if you have not seen the movie....But Stan Lee, he plays CHESS in the movie...Yes he does....

If anyone inspires me today, its Stan Lee. Because I cannot imagine how many lonely days he fought to actualize his dream. Now people around the world line up because he refused to quit....Don't quit...

Kyra Gracie Getting Ready for World Championships!





Be sure to look at the kids training with her in the bottom video!!! So inspirational...

I first saw this posted by my good friends at www.dstryrsg.com !!! They rock. So does Kyra Gracie!!!

The London Opening...Cool!



These guys do great tutorials....

Tupac Shakurs Directorial Debut...Ghetto Theme



Just wanted to thank Mac Mall for coming by and sharing his art and ideas with the HHCF kids from John O'Connell. This is his video for Ghetto Theme which was directed by co-starred Tupac Shakur. It was Tupacs directorial debut. Enjoy...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Jerry from Chess Network did a great job on Ho Yifan breakdown

Rest in Power MCA from The Beastie Boys



I'm the biggest Beastie Boy fan on the planet. Straight up. Anybody who really knows me, will tell you I loved the Beasties from the second Slow and Low dropped. When nobody cared, I loved em. When everybody said they were a fad, I loved em. When they left Def Jam, I loved em. When when brought on live instruments, I love em. When Hurricane was no longer their DJ, I loved em. When Mix Master Mike became their DJ, I loved em (Mike lived down the street from me for a little bit before the Beasties so, I loved em a lil more).



I have this on VHS, taped it and played it a million times...my favorite Beastie song!

 Bottom line is I'm devastated. It was hard for me to even post about it. Because to post about it means that he's dead and I'm a true fan so it hurt really bad. I had just reached out to author Dan Charnas a few weeks prior because he saw Mike D and Ad Rock. I was telling him how I wanted to get one of them to come out to our next event. That I needed them on deck to talk about nonviolence....How MCA and the Beasties love for Buddhism and peace in many ways mirrored my love for Islam and peace...The dhamapadha  Much love MCA....thank you.

Book Review: Submit Everyone by Dave Camarillo




Submit Everyone, Dave Camarillo's latest book with Kevin Howell, brings the reader into the psychology behind his methodology in the art of jiu-jitsu. Many books on  jiu-jitsu are a compilation of techniques randomly put together. Then the reader will try to apply them and discover some of the serious details left out by the author (seemingly deliberate in some cases). Submit Everyone shares more secrets behind his success than many other authors of jiu-jitsu have. It is a courageous step and I hope more authors of jiu-jitsu books become more selfless in their explanation of the gentle art. 

Submit Everyone is a detailed book that shares the mindset behind every movement and how they can and should complement other moves in the book. At the same time Camarillo encourages the reader to constantly reevaluate their own game and application of the techniques used here. His understanding of chaining attack strategies, the limits how one position feeds to another and the idea that ones complete commitment to attaining a finishing hold is clearly demonstrated. 

We cannot forget that Dave's fusion of judo and jiu-jitsu has made him one of the most respected minds in jiu jitsu and one of the most sought after coaches in MMA. For people just starting in the sport Submit Everyone might be a bit overwhelming, so its important that you take the time to learn the fundamentals to make this book even more powerful for your training.  

There are countless armbars in this book. At a glance, one might think having so many armbars is redundant, but armbars are Dave Camarillos signature submission.  To see the deeper nuances that allow him to finish his opponents so cleanly makes the book worth its weight in gold. Additionally, his illustration of the "octopus hub", his ideas on having a "fire base" and the value of the kimura grip cannot go unmentioned.  

My only critique of this book is Submit Everyone its written in a military format to fit the Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu warrior method. The entire book reads like a dossier one might expect from Colin Powell if he were to write about jiu-jitsu. Because of this, the flow of the reading does not match the clear flow of the movements in the book. Additionally, the military format overtakes Dave Camarillos natural voice. I think Dave's direct explanations of positions in his own words are more than enough to satisfy any grappler. In the end, Submit Everyone is easily one of the top 5 jiu-jitsu books ever written.  

If you would like your book on Hip-Hop, chess, jiu-jitsu book, jiu-jitsu gi or DVD series reviewed please send it to: 
Adisa Banjoko 5187 Mowry Ave. # 2112
Fremont, CA 95438

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rappers Mac Mall, Big Rich & DLabrie Team with Hip-Hop Chess Federation for Live The Game Tournament







For Immediate Release
Meek Gaborski     memg@hiphopchessfederation.org

Rappers Mac Mall, Big Rich & DLabrie Team with Hip-Hop Chess Federation for Live The Game Tournament
Rappers and Community Leaders Gather to Motivate Kids to Make Solid Life Strategies

San Francisco, CA- May 7th 2012, The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it will be hosting an end of the school year celebration May 18th from 4-6 PM at John O’Connell High School in San Francisco, CA. This Live The Game event will feature the HHCF’s trademark Life Strategies panel for teens to learn about critical thinking and decision making methodologies. After the panel there will be an in-house chess tournament for the students and open gaming with some of the panelists.  This is an exclusive event at John O’Connell High School Students.

Rappers Mac Mall, Big Rich, DLabrie and entrepreneur Pablo Fuentes will speak about the importance of good living, the value of sacrifice and making positive life goals.

“I’m always grateful for the time these artists and businessmen give to our students." said HHCF Founder Adisa Banjoko. It’s an honor to have these guys in the building and share their wisdom. By fusing chess, art and life planning we have been able to inspire a lot of at-risk teens. Additionally, we are motivating educators to think out of the box on how to reach and teach young people of diverse backgrounds. Everybody is pretty excited.”

Pablo Fuentes is a Chilean-American businessman and CEO and Founder of www.proven.com a site that connects businesses and prospective employees. Mr. Fuentes recently spoke in Washington D.C. at the White House on the importance of mentoring youth and helping develop their formal education and character.

Mac Mall is a Bay Area Rap legend from Vallejo, California whose early work helped define the the regions sound and lyrical content. Rap icon Tupac Shakur directed one of his first videos. He recently released controversial video for The Rebellion Against All There Is featuring fellow rap legend Ray Luv. It is a powerful social commentary on their perspective on the current social climate in America. His video will be shown at the event as part of the panel discussion. Mac Mall is excited about the Live The Game event reminding the youth that “Life is a game of chess not checkers. Check every angle twice before you move once.”

Big Rich has been carrying the San Francisco rap torch for many years now. He’s widely known for several hits, one of which Frisco Anthem is still a revered among Hip-Hop fans nationwide.  He will be joined by community activist Danielle Banks as they both represent www.projectlevel.org . This organization helps inner city kids cultivate art and business skills for entrepreneurship.

DLabrie is National leader of Hip Hop Congress & President of RonDavoux Records from Oakland, California. He has been diligent as a community activist and rapper. His latest release It Ain't EZ featuring San Francisco Rap legend San Quinn is blowing up the underground scene. DLabrie will debut his video for It Ain't EZ at Live The Game as the song is about staying focused through tough times.

In related news, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation will be hosting Live The Game Summer Camps in Fremont, CA in  June 2012. For more information visit www.hiphopchessfederation.org or follow them on Twitter @Hiphopchess. This event is sponsored in part by rapper Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, Chessmagnetschool.com, JupiterJiuJitsu.com and RawTalents.Org

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