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5 Oz. of Pain on Talking MMA and music with Atreyu


(Pictured left to right: Atreyu rhytmn guitarist Travis Miguel; lead guitarist Dan Jacobs; lead singer Alex Varkatzas; and 5 Oz. sponsored grappler and jiu-jitsu black belt Jared Weiner)

Hey everyone, I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I don’t anticipate much posting today. I will be going to Brad Daddis’ Philly/Jersey MMA Cherry Hill location to watch the smoker that they will be hosting today. Several fighters from my school, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu United will be competing and I want to go to support them (it’ll be weird going to support the school considering I haven’t trained lately… but I think I’ve figured out a plan to get back in the gym).

In the meantime, feel free to check out my latest article on Jared Weiner, the head instructor of BJJ United has several celebrity students that he offers private lessons to. One of them is the hardcore/heavy metal band Atreyu.

Atreyu is based out of Orange County but whenever they are in the Philadelphia area they make it a point to train with Jared. Jared and the band were kind enough last week to allow me to observe one of their training sessions and then conduct an interview with me.

The end result was an article that is definitely unique but I think one that many people will find very interesting. You can check the article out by clicking here. Feel free to leave any feedback that you have here.

My plan is to do a post tonight about my experience at the smoker this afternoon but also my experience last night. I was at a fantasy baseball draft during ShoXC and watched much of the show after the draft had concluded. I have some interesting observations to convey after watching the show with a bunch of people who weren’t overly familiar with MMA, and pretty much had little product knowledge about EliteXC.

Without getting too much into detail, pretty much everyone there knew who Kimbo Slice was and were aware that MMA is coming to CBS. However, not everyone knew it’s going to be EliteXC. Of the ones who were aware of the EliteXC brand, they assumed that last night’s ShoXC card was an “A” show and a couple of them were less than impressed. It raised the question as to whether or not the ShoXC concept is really helping EliteXC’s brand image.

I will expound on my thoughts later tonight but two things to look for this coming week is an interview I did with 5 Oz. sponsored competitive grappler Jared Weiner. Also, I will have my prediction for the Cung Le vs. Frank Shamrock fight next week (I’ll have an essay stating who I like to win and why).

Enjoy your Saturday and I also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter.