Quadraplegic Eric Ingram earns blue belt in BJJ

by Houston Mitchell | source: latimesblogs.latimes.com
 

 

“I tried karate for a year but there’s too much stand-up technique and it just turned into me watching everyone else do it,” said  Eric Ingram, 20, a physics major at Old Dominion University.   “With Gracie Combatives it’s mainly groundwork and the other techniques we [Ingram and his brother Troy,. a certified Gracie instructor] were able to adapt to meet my needs.”

To obtain his belt after more than a year of hard work, Ingram had to demonstrate on videotape that he could perform all 36 Gracie Combatives moves in a series of four tests and then run a fight simulation with his brother as partner.

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stevezur site profile image  

11/15/10 7:59 PM by stevezur

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF8aHuefRcM

SlapUsilly site profile image  

11/3/10 9:08 AM by SlapUsilly

Typing in all caps does not magically make the fact that you've obviously missed the entire point of the demo any less apparent.

Gianni Whitesocks site profile image  

11/3/10 1:21 AM by Gianni Whitesocks

Thrds

SudburyBJJ site profile image  

11/3/10 1:08 AM by SudburyBJJ

@VARIOUSthe video never implied it was a live sparring session. it was a fight "simulation". If you read the background, the blue belt who helped with the "demonstration" was his brother.give the guy a break!!listen, personally, I`m not a fan of awarding blue belts by the mail. (the gracie university online thing) I think anyone who can train at an official school absolutely should. with that being said, this guy has shown some effort and heart. again...GIVE THE GUY A BREAK!

WOAHwat site profile image  

11/2/10 11:23 PM by WOAHwat

Good for him!

VARIOUS site profile image  

11/2/10 9:45 PM by VARIOUS

 "This video was featured in the Gracie Academy Newsletter and I think it was Renner who wrote the article. He compared the student`s ability to adapt the techniques to the limited capabilities of his physical body to what Helio did with the art to adapt the style to make it work for himself. (the smaller, weaker man). At any rate, there`s something to be said about the effort and dedication this guy has put in to his training. He deserves nothing but the respect of his peers and yes, the recognition of a blue belt for what he`s accomplished with the tools he has to work with. Anyone who claims otherwise is lacking maturity and needs to grow up." PLEASE TELL ME HOW THE SPARRING PARTNER PICKING THE GUY UP OUT OF HIS CHAIR AND PULLING HIM ON TOP INTO SIDEMOUNT INVOLVES ANY LEGITIMATE SKILL LEVEL? THE SPARRING PARTNER IS EVEN GUIDING HIS HIPS AT ONE POINT.  

Mike_in_CA site profile image  

11/2/10 9:41 PM by Mike_in_CA

 He probably would not tap to a knee bar or heel hook

SudburyBJJ site profile image  

11/2/10 8:57 PM by SudburyBJJ

it`s been mentionned here already...this is a video submission for the Gracie University (garage program).This video was featured in the Gracie Academy Newsletter and I think it was Renner who wrote the article. He compared the student`s ability to adapt the techniques to the limited capabilities of his physical body to what Helio did with the art to adapt the style to make it work for himself. (the smaller, weaker man).At any rate, there`s something to be said about the effort and dedication this guy has put in to his training. He deserves nothing but the respect of his peers and yes, the recognition of a blue belt for what he`s accomplished with the tools he has to work with.Anyone who claims otherwise is lacking maturity and needs to grow up.

DueceDroppin site profile image  

11/2/10 8:39 PM by DueceDroppin

Yep..He straight up didn't know. I know because we were drilling and he was like "I know I should know this, but I don't know how to do a triangle". Crazy huh?As far as the old vs. new...That argument always makes me laugh like someone is going to be dumb enough to do an inverted guard, or similar, in a street fight. I don't care how tournament oriented your BJJ is in a street fight you're going to use the same "old" shit that they would.

SgtJustinTeplitz site profile image  

11/2/10 8:22 PM by SgtJustinTeplitz

ttt