After falling in love with The Get Down on Netflix, I was consumed with the idea of meeting Grandmaster Flash. Then I was invited to speak at Words Beats and Life's WBL Fest in Washington DC at the prestigious Kennedy Center. It was an amazing trip, but Murphy's Law was in full effect. Then I finally meet Grandmaster Flash himself and he yells at me to "Fix my face." My life is nuts. After that, you can check out a portion of my talk in DC. I have never given this talk before. It is about Bruce Lee and how martial arts and Hip-Hop came together. Then hear a track I did with Del from Hieroglyphics in 1994 that has NEVER been released until now.
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!!!
After a few weeks off, the BC family gets hit with a unique hard hitting exclusive. Adisa Banjoko shares details on the impact recent incidents of gun violence have taken on him. He shares the toll it took on him mentally, spiritually and physically. Walk with him as he travels to Hawaii in search of personal clarity and meets a very unique individual near the shores of Waikiki Beach.
Listen to him speak with Jiu-Jitsu practitioner Vince Krause. Mr. Krause shares how the art of jiu-jitsu bonded he and acting icon Paul Walker as students of the gentle art. Bishop Chronicles takes you on a deep journey that speaks not only to Walkers' dedication to perfecting the art, but also his efforts in perfecting his character as a human being. The duo spent several years training in Hawaii, LA, Atlanta, Puerto Rico and South Africa during the filming of the Fast and Furious film series.
Between the conversation you will also learn deep aspects of skateboarding culture, speed chess in Hawaii, and the unifying force of jiu-jitsu. You have never seen this side of Paul Walker, and you can only see it here on BC.
Ronda Rousey just took the planet from 0-100 mph by beating the authentically formidable Cat Zingano in only 14 seconds at UFC 184. In this episode you will get possibly the BEST play-by-play explanation of what actually happened in the ring. Then, we look at this UFC victory in a way that takes us past the Octagon. We look at what her flawless victory means about gender, MMA, war, sports, psychology, strategy and history. In 14 seconds, she changed pretty much everything and the way we can look at everything.
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.
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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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).Read More
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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 .
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 Iriscience, The 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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Adisa Banjoko and Mike Relm look at 2013 from front to back. From the passing of Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker, to Kendrick Lamar, to Ronda Rousey shutting up any doubters, Scandal, Real Husbands of Hollywood...Its a great fun show. We're glad to have you with us. Happy New Year!!!!