Figuring $hit Out After Retiring from MMA

Jens Pulver on Retirement in his Documentary, DRIVEN

No one helps fighters prepare for retirement. When I stopped competing in MMA, I was lost. I was so young… yet, my body was telling me otherwise. The years and years of training had taken its toll. More importantly, my dream of fighting in the UFC had been taken from me years ago. Medically speaking, […]

Black Samurai: The Misadventures of a Black American MMA Fighter in Japan (Kaminari Dojo Mixed Martial Arts Academy, 2016)

About the Book

The Struggle Is Real.

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Experience living in Japan through the eyes of a young Black American MMA fighter that has just arrived in the country for the first time.

From culture shock to being literally shocked, this humorous comic puts a funny twist on some of the difficulties foreigners faces living in Japan as gaijin; outsiders.

MMA, BJJ, & Holding Students to a Higher Standard

How Training at Drysdale Jiu-jitsu Helped Me Become a Better Instructor

Last year, Michigan was hit with one of the worst winters in years. My wife Adrian and I packed everything we could into our car with our two dogs in tow. We pulled out of our driveway and began our drive westward; toward Las Vegas, NV. This was less than 1 year after buying a brand […]

How Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Came to Be

The History of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

The Origin of the Martial Arts   Every culture has shown to have some form of the martial arts; hand-to-hand combat in its history. Dating back to one of Ancient Greece’s traditions, the original Olympic Games pitted contestants against each other in weaponless combat, in the form of wrestling and boxing. This popular sport was […]

Holly Holm Takes Home The Gold

And Everyone Jumps Off The Rousey Bandwagon

Now that the initial shock of Ronda Rousey being knocked out by Holly Holm is finally starting to die down, I wanted to share my thoughts on what occurred. UFC 193 was a night of memorable fights. Holly Holm shocked the world and I’ll admit, I did not see it coming… Holly Holm is a […]

Women Will Never Fight In The UFC

Every Revolution Starts with a Fight

“When are we gonna see women in the UFC?” When TMZ asked the president of the UFC, Dana White that in 2011, he said “Never”. On Saturday, November 14th, 2015 Ronda Rousey will defend her title in the main event of the UFC versus Holly Holm. It took an athlete like Rousey to change Dana […]

Fight & Life Magazine Interview

Japanese MMA Journalist Manabu Takashima Interviews Ryan Bow

This coming January, it will be 7 years since I lived in Japan. In so many ways I grew up in Tokyo. Having lived there from the young age of 17 until just before my 30th birthday, even to this day, I still consider Japan “home”. So many of the important experiences one goes through […]

Learning from a Legend, Frank Shamrock & the Early Days of MMA

Important Lessons I've Learned

You gotta understand, when I got into MMA, there was no road map to being an MMA champion. It was the ground level and everyone was racing to figure out how to become a complete fighter. During the dark ages of the UFC we saw fighters like Marco Ruas use effective muay thai striking on the […]

College Degrees & Black Belts

Having come from an educated family and practiced traditional martial arts from a young age, the need to get good grades and train regularly in order to attain the next belt or sash (kung fu) was the norm for me. However, I just didn’t seem to fit the mold. When I was in school, my […]