Mike Relm

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 

UFC 182: The Superior Strategy of Jon Jones + Interview with D'Juan Owens, Dr. Peter Goldman and Carley Gracie

Jonny "Bones" Jones gave a dominating performance in UFC 182. Cormier came in with everything he had. He had moments of immense power, and he did real damage. But it simply was not enough. In this episode we look at some of the tactical and psychological elements of his strategy to remain unbroken.

Jon Jones remains unbroken.

Jon Jones remains unbroken.

 

Then we talk to MMA fighter D'Juan "Dirty South" Owens. This man is a living archetype on the the fusion of martial arts, chess and Hip-Hop. This is a truly mind blowing and inspirational interview.

R to L MMA Fighter D'Juan Owens, Adisa Banjoko of Bishop Chronicles and Dr. Peter Goldman

R to L MMA Fighter D'Juan Owens, Adisa Banjoko of Bishop Chronicles and Dr. Peter Goldman

After that, we check in with Dr. Peter Goldman of www.sfgoldman.com about healthy ideas and concepts you can use to start the year with a greater sense of authentic wellness.

Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

Clark Gracie with his father Carley and his brother Ralston

 

From there we talk with the one and only Carley Gracie, "The Lion of the Gracie Family" and his sons Clark and Ralston. We talk about the benefits of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, pressures growing up as a Gracie, how the art first came to the USA and concepts behind the mysterious and immensely beneficial Gracie Diet. #LearnSomethingNew

LISTEN to rapper Kalhi (who introduced me to Ralson at the Chess Kings Invitational) kill it on this amazing song about Chess and Jiu-Jitsu called A Technical Flow: https://soundcloud.com/bishopchronicles/a-technical-flow-kalhi-feat

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Episode 21: I Bought GTA V for my Son...am I a Bad Parent? Chris Brown Snitching on Jay Z?! WHY? HIV Breakout in Porn + Jon Jones Last UFC Fight

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This week we look at the wild ways of the world these days. First we start with GTA V. I bought it for my 15 year old son and now I'm conflicted a bit about my status as a responsible father. How do we as parents manage their gaming and balancing it with REAL LIFE?! Learn some of my methods on this show. Then we look at the HIV breakout in the porn game (super sad). Plus, a look at Jon Jones last fight. Do you HAVE to beat the champ to BE the champ?

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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.

Bishop Chronicles Episode 5: Lil Wayne Controversy, The Harlem Shake, Women in the UFC, Tech Interview w/ Ken Zi Wang

In episode 5 Adisa gets right into the middle of the Lil Wayne/Emmet Till controversy. Is Wayne taking things too far? Then we take a look at the Harlem Shake dance craze through the eyes of the people from Harlem (HINT: They are NOT fans of the dance craze). Next Adisa takes a good hard look at women in MMA. Is it sexist to not want to watch women cage fight? If you are a guy do you like to watch ladies duke it out? Finally, Adisa sits down to talk about tech trending tools with the CEO of Fandrop.com, Ken Zi Wang. 

The body of Emmett Till after his kidnap and murder by White Supremacists  

The body of Emmett Till after his kidnap and murder by White Supremacists  

Lil Wayne joked about making a female genitalia look like Emmett Till after aggressive intercourse. 

Lil Wayne joked about making a female genitalia look like Emmett Till after aggressive intercourse. 

Women in MMA. Are we ready for it? If we are not, are we sexist?

Women in MMA. Are we ready for it? If we are not, are we sexist?