Category: Osagame

  • Finding The Best BJJ Gyms in Philadelphia

    Finding The Best BJJ Gyms in Philadelphia

    Looking for the best BJJ gyms in Philadelphia? Learn about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, find tips to choose the right gym, and uncover the key characteristics of a top-tier BJJ gym.

  • Ray Gets His Fifth Degree

    Ray Gets His Fifth Degree

    Ray Huxen has an extensive background in martial arts, particularly in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). He began his Judo training in 1994 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and later moved to Philadelphia in 1995, where he joined the Philadelphia Judo Club under the guidance of head instructor Art Bourgeau. After 15 years of dedicated training,…

  • A Strong Day at the Shufu Open

    A Strong Day at the Shufu Open

    This past weekend was the Shufu Open Judo Tournament in Beltsville, Maryland and we sent down a contingent of competitors. They did very well, and brought home quite a few trophies, 2 of which Ray is displaying above. We sent 8 competitors, who came home with a total of 8 trophies; 4 gold, 3 silver…

  • Green Belt Grace becomes Brown Belt Grace

    Green Belt Grace becomes Brown Belt Grace

    This is Grace. I first met her 9 years ago, when she came to the club for a night of Judo. Ray first met her over a decade ago, when the Philadelphia Judo Club was housed at Maxercise. Grace came to Philadelphia as a green belt. Her nickname was Go Go Grace. I called her…

  • Maxercise In House

    Maxercise In House

    This weekend was the Maxercise In House tournament, and we sent a small contingent of competitors. This picture is 5 out of the 7 competitors. Standing from left is Ian, who went 1-2 and took bronze. Next to him is Josiah, who went 1-1, earned a bronze AND threw an amazing Te Guruma for throw…

  • Being a Good Uke

    Being a Good Uke

    We all take turns being Uke, but some people are better at it than others. Some people do a better job of helping the other person learn and practice a technique. And that raises the question; What makes a good uke? Of course there’s the obvious part. In Judo it’s being able to take a…

  • David and Goliath

    David and Goliath

    Tonight I watched my 145 lb brother train with one of our students, a 300 lb former lineman (Division 1 College Football ) and it reminded me of writing this blog post, so I dug it up and I’m reposting. I’ll post some photos of Ronnie training with Jeff at the end of this post.…

  • The Mental Game

    The Mental Game

    One of the white belts in my kettlebells class mentioned that he really wants to work on upping his mental game. He tapped to a pin (by a more senior white belt). That was pretty much my entire first 4 years in Jiu Jitsu. I always got squished. Every time I rolled. After a while…

  • The Everyday Hero finds a Hero

    The Everyday Hero finds a Hero

    If you knew who I was talking about when I talked about The Everyday Hero then you probably also know that he was living with kidney disease. He would go to dialysis, and then come to Osagame. He would do randori, he would train, he would do kettlebells —- all the while controlling the amount…

  • The Secret Handshake

    The Secret Handshake

    When I was 5 I was in a secret club. The club only had 2 members, my best friend and me. But it was a club and it was a secret. Because it was a secret club we had a secret handshake. You had to know that secret handshake to gain entrance into the secret…