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#41: Free Nick Diaz! Plus Exclusive Interview with BJJ Icon Ryron Gracie

UFC Vet Nick Diaz was suspended from fighting for 5 years due to weed in his system. Meanwhile fighters who have cocaine and steroids got slapped on the wrist. #FreeNickDiaz

UFC Vet Nick Diaz was suspended from fighting for 5 years due to weed in his system. Meanwhile fighters who have cocaine and steroids got slapped on the wrist. #FreeNickDiaz

Ryron Gracie, Adisa Banjoko and Ralston Gracie at new HHCF HQ 

Ryron Gracie, Adisa Banjoko and Ralston Gracie at new HHCF HQ 

What was the NSAC thinking when they suspended UFC fighter Nick Diaz for weed? Nobody knows. They must be nuts. That's why I called them the nuts sac. After that, we were lucky enough to talk to Ryron Gracie at the HHCF HQ in Fremont, CA. In this interview we talk about jiu-jitsu and a tool for non-violence, bullying, and what sets Ronda Rousey apart from her competition.This is a good one. Buckle up!!!  

Zumbi from Zion I Talks Hip-Hop, Tai Chi, UFC and more!

Zumbi from the rap crew Zion I is one of the best rappers living in the bay today. Their dope beats and positive, fun, wise lyrics have taken them across the globe. Along his travels Zumbi has studied deeply, the art of Ta Chi, Buddhism and African Traditional spirituality. We specifically talk about Zion I's 2012 Shadowboxing release and where he was at psychologically and philosophically. 

In this episode we talk about the impact of those studies on his art, the general state of Hip-Hop and how it impacts race relations in America . We also talk about the impact of Kung-Fu films affected so many in the Hip-Hop community (especially Black men) Plus we talk about race in the UFC, Jonnny "Bones" Jones cocaine situation and what that means for the UFC. 

From there we talk about everything from pros and cons of the vegan lifestyle,  as well as other health and diet methods. Zumbi also shares his favorite Kung-fu films as well as his thoughts on Bobby Shmurda and the impact of mainstream radio on young minds.

It goes down heavy in this episode. So if you are super sensitive and can't deal with the real go somewhere else. This is BC where its our job to make sure you #LearnSomethingNew 

Jiu-Jitsu, Hip-Hop and Meditation: The Metamoris Episode + EXCLUSIVE with Ralek Gracie

Adisa Banjoko, Denny Prokopos, Purple Yin Poison and Rakaa Irsicience

Adisa Banjoko, Denny Prokopos, Purple Yin Poison and Rakaa Irsicience

In this episode of Bishop Chronicles Adisa interviews Denny "300" Prokopos from 10th Planet Jiu- Jitsu in SF, alongside legendary Dilated Peoples MC, Rakaa Iriscience . I've been friends and fans of these guys for a long time. When Rakaa told me he was coming to town (doing shows for their new slamming album Directors of Photography) , I knew we had to make this one happen.

 

They talk about two of their favorite things: Jiu-Jitsu and Hip-Hop. It all begins talking about the cultural power of the Metamoris event created by  Ralek Gracie. He masterminded a top tier, submission only grappling event that has changed the way many of us look at jiu-jitsu, grappling and MMA. This conversation was no-holds-barred and so a lot of touchy things get brought up. Should all tournaments be sub only? Is there a place for points and advantages in the competition space? The rules of Jiu-Jitsu continue to evolve, what is working and what's not?

After that, we look at the role of meditation as it relates to our Jiu-Jitsu training, art, and life in general. Adisa shares the true roots of the Iron Hook Scroll, Denny talks about how Kundalini yoga affected how he saw Jiu-Jitsu and Rakaa shares how meditaion practices given to him by his father help him develop today as a rapper.

Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.

Denny Prokopos, Rakaa Irsicience and Purple Yin Poison after rolling and recording.


 

If that was not enough, we have a short interview with Ralek Gracie at the closing of the episode. We hope you have fun and learn as much as we did from one another in making this podcast.

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Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

 Ferguson, America, Race and Reality PLUS: Exclusive Talk from RZA to Incarcerated Youth!

RZA and Adisa Banjoko visit the St. Louis Chess Club after speaking to incarcerated youth and visiting the World Chess Hall of Fame. Adisa Banjokoserved as Education Consultant and lead researcher for the Living Like Kings Exhibit (open now till April 26th 2015).

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SPECIAL EPISODE: RZA, Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy On HHCF Chess Kings Invitational Panel


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RZA of Wu-Tang Clan Successfully Defends Hip-Hop Chess King Title 

Suggests A Fusion Math & Music Can Help Educators Reach Youth

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Declares RZA Winner of HHCF Chess Kings Invitational


Los Angeles, CA 2/26/14- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that RZA retained his title at the Chess Kings Invitational , a celebrity chess tournament, Sunday Feb 16th 2014. The event was part of a high level submission only jiu jitsu tournament called KO Finisher. The 8 man tournament included Actor Emilio Rivera of Sons of Anarchy, MMA Fighter Ralek Gracie, Rakaa Iriscience from Dilated Peoples, Hip-Hop producer Shafiq Husayn, LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor, Rugged Monk of Black Knights and Adisa Banjoko.  


Hip-Hop Chess Federation Founder, Adisa “The Bishop” Banjoko stated “The HHCF would like to congratulate RZA on winning the 2014 Chess Kings Invitational. RZA defended his title with the focus of a Shaolin Monk. Additionally, our Mind Over Matter panel proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that educators, artists, chess and martial arts can benefit at-risk teens and kids through sharing new ideas. “ RZA and the HHCF raised 5k to benefit an after school chess program at Santee High School in South Central Los Angeles. The program is expected to launch in the next few weeks.


The  Mind Over Matter panel featured RZA, actor Emilio Rivera from Sons of Anarchy, Dr. Martin Gomez Principal of Santee High, Dr. Sergio Flores Director of Partnership for LA Schools, Rakaa Iriscience of Dilated Peoples, and LA Chessboxing Champion Andrew McGregor. The panelists discussed how Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts can lead American youth to unity, strategy and nonviolence. FULL AUDIO OF RZA’s talk on the Mind Over Matter Panel can be heard in its entirety at The Journey Podcast . 

LISTEN HEREhttp://thejourneypodcast.com/portfolio/special-episode-mind-over-matter/

RZA, who also serves as the Director of Outreach for HHCF stated “It was an honor to do battle and emerge victorious at the Chess Kings Invitational in LA. It was great to share ideas on blending music and math to reach the youth. I believe the conversations on our panel can open some peoples eyes.We hope to share the educational power of fusing Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts with even more people next year. “


In related news, the HHCF recently released Street Games Vol. 1 hosted by DJ Rob Flow and A-Plus of Hieroglyphics. Street Games Vol. 1 is a profanity free mixtape about the connections between Hip-Hop Chess and martial arts. It includes A Technical Flow by Kalhi feat. UFC coach Ryron Gracie,  64 Squares in the Cipher by Sunspot Jonz, Zumbi and Rakaa IriscienceThe Chess Clock by Quadir Lateef and Jasiri X, and The Maurice Piece, a tribute to the first Black Grandmaster of chess, Maurice Ashley.


For more information on HHCF visit www.facebook.com/hiphopchess  or follow on Instagram @realhiphopchess.


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About Hip-Hop Chess Federation: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation is the first nonprofit 501(c)3 to fuse music, chess and martial arts to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. They host celebrity chess events and panels of life strategies for at-risk, gang impacted and gang intentional youth. Artists like RZA and GZA from Wu-Tang Clan, The Jacka, Immortal Technique, Asheru,  Zion I, DJ Qbert, Dilated Peoples, Hieroglyphics and many others have participated in their events. Founder Adisa Banjoko has presented at Harvard University and World Chess Hall of Fame on how chess, martial arts and music promote peace in the streets in 2013. Visit their official website at www.hiphopchessfederation.org .

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Episode 20: MLK Jr.'s Shattered Dreams, Hip-Hop, Nonviolence & Syria + My War Against Child Brides

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In this episode we look at the anniversary of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and ask the burning question "WTF happened to nonviolence in America?" 

Then we look at the little known connection between Hip-Hop and the nonviolent movement MLK Jr. began. Few understand that rap music carried the torch of nonviolence more than any other form of music on earth. 

 

After that we take a quick look at U.S., and Syria. This show was recorded a few days before Russia cut the deal with Syria to turn over weapons.  Then we look at the global cancer of child brides and begin to look into how we can stop it. 

 

Episode 9: Teaching Peace to 1,000 Kids in 48 Hrs. + Grandmaster Maurice Ashley in St. Louis!

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Adisa Banjoko at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, room 333 some time after midnight. 

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Adisa Banjoko at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, room 333 some time after midnight. 

There are certain times in your life, where you feel it coming together. Right now is one of those moments. Shortly before I started Hip-Hop Chess Federation I interviewed Grandmaster Maurice Ashley for my second book Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion. The book also included interviews with RZA, GZA, Afrika Bambaataa and many others.

I met him face to face through Jen Shahade in NY at a HHCF/9Queens event with the RZA. He was very supportive of the momentum we had. I told him then that there was no purpose in me doing what I did if he, Jen, Josh Waitzkin and others did not exist. I explained that HHCF for most serious chess players and fans is misunderstood. That I point people in their direction, knowing that you (meaning Maurice, Jen, Josh, and other GM's, WGM's etc.) do all the true heavy lifting.

Over the years he and I would talk, or email, but we could never seem to catch up.

Thankfully, Jen Shahade introduced me to Susan Barrett from the World Chess Hall of Fame and she invited Hip-Hop Chess Federation out to do several panel discussions on the history of where Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts interlock and how we can use it to inspire children toward self-mastery and self-discovery.

L to R Alan "Gumby" Marques, rapper Asheru, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Susan Barrett of World Chess Hall of Fame, Dr. James Peterson, Mike Relm at Innovative Concept Academy

L to R Alan "Gumby" Marques, rapper Asheru, Judge Jimmie Edwards, Susan Barrett of World Chess Hall of Fame, Dr. James Peterson, Mike Relm at Innovative Concept Academy

The events they set up were nothing short of amazing. We went to the famous ICA school ran by Judge Jimmie Edwards. We hosted a panel at the St. Louis Library, the Confluence Academy (also one of the best schools I have ever been to!)  and a juvenile hall detention center. To stand on Marilyn St. in Saint Louis between the World Chess Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Chess Club is like standing between Meeca and Jerusalem. The energy is electric.

Adisa Banjoko addresses Confluence Academy 

Adisa Banjoko addresses Confluence Academy 

Among the other amazing things that happened though, is, Maurice Ashley interviewed me during the championships. It was a shock and I was truly nervous beyond words during the interview. But later the next night, I got to interview him. It was amazing!!! He talked about his early years as a young chess player, his time playing with Jay-Z and an amazing chess hustler set up match he had with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. This stuff is simply beautiful. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as much as we loved making it. St. Louis is a beautiful city and my experiences there made me a changed man. I understand chess culture better than I ever have.  

I want to thank a few people before I go and understand that the list is simply too long to really get everybody. But here it goes: Jen Shahade (you pulled the trigger on this, thank you so much!) Susan, Laura, Shannon, Amanda (great driving!), St. Louis Police Department (the two nicest cops I ever met after a fender bender was in St. Louie!), everybody at KMOX (Hi, Charlie and Debbie!), Matt Barrett, Mike, and everybody at the St. Louis Chess Club for their kindness to the HHCF squad and my family. You all opened by eyes to a new level of chess culture and duty to serve the community. Thank you for making me a better citizen of the world.

Ashley and Seirawan take on all comers at ICA in St. Louis

Ashley and Seirawan take on all comers at ICA in St. Louis

To my HHCF squad (The Furious Five): Mike Relm, Dr. James Peterson, Alan "Gumby" Marques, Asheru and Dr. Daaim Shabazz. You guys take the science and art of Hip-Hop, chess, martial arts and education to the next level. I could not imagine having a better experience in St. Louis than I had with you. Thank you for trusting my vision and bringing your best selves to the Live The Game event. A special shout out to Meek Gaborski (the titanium backbone of this organization) David Frazee Esq., Arash Daneshzadeh (HHCF's Education Director), LyRyan Russell, Elaine Moskowitze, Kay Hones, Pablo Fuentes,  T-KASH, Dlabrie, Shamako and Rahman, Josh Waitzkin, Joe Schloss, Dawn-Elissa Fischer, Davey D, RZA, Rakaa Iriscience, Ralek, Ryron and Rener Gracie, Denny Prokopos, Eddie Bravo and a lot of the real Hip-Hop, chess and jiu jitsu folks that really put it down for us back when nobody believed in the fusion of Hip-Hop, chess and martial arts.  

To Judge Jimmie Edwards at ICA, the St. Louis Library, to everybody at Confluence Academy and St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center I want to thank you for your open minds, for giving us a chance to speak to your youth and trusting that our vision could help. Any time you need us, please reach out. You all do amazing work and everybody at HHCF was left inspired beyond measure.

FOOD SHOUTS: Lesters, Bar Italia, Drunken Fish and PAPPYS (thanks for the extra bottle of sauce, but TSA gaffled it).

PHOTO CREDITS: Shots of ICA credit Daaim Shabazz. Photos of Maurice Ashley and Adisa Banjoko credit Mike Relm.

Episode 7: Cure for Lil Wayne's addiction, Gay Marriage, Are Boycotts Useless? , Taliban Kills Teacher, & MMA Fighter Mark Miller

This show is jam packed. So much insanity is going on in the world so we have a lot to get into. First we talk about Lil Wayne, the state of his addiction and how an authentic cure that may exist for him in Mexico. Then we take a look at gay marriage in the Supreme Court, and Prop 8. From there we talk about how Adisa eats at Chick-fil-A and ask the question "Can you vote for Prop 8 and still eat at Chick-Fil-A?"

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From there we look at the history of boycotting in America and we ask another question "Is boycotting played out? Is it still an authentic tool to force change? We take a historic look at successful boycotts in Montgomery Alabama, South African apartheid ,the musicians boycott of Sun City and others. 

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Moving along we look at a sad story where a Muslim female teacher was murdered in Pakistan. Adisa Banjoko makes a personal plea to the men of Islam about the protection of Muslim women and girls around the world. 

Then we take a look at Hip-Hop's biggest secret. Slavery still exists. A lot of old school rappers are slaves to the tour, because they singed bad contracts. We're gonna look into that reality. Here we look at the HHCF poisoned pawn life strategy and how many rappers fell for it. 

From there we talk with Mark "Fightshark" Miller about his amazing path in MMA. If you know anyone who thinks they want to do MMA, make sure they listen to this interview. Shelby Jones is on deck with him and we talk about the many joys and pains of MMA life. We also talk about his new book being published by Anthony Bourdain. 

MMA fighter and author Mark "Fightshark" Miller explaining the REAL life of an MMA fighter and how he walked into a book deal with Anthony Bourdain. 

MMA fighter and author Mark "Fightshark" Miller explaining the REAL life of an MMA fighter and how he walked into a book deal with Anthony Bourdain.