SKIP “KIPP” KIPPERSON
Skip “Kipp” Kipperson, or “The Kipper” as we like to call him, has a truly unique story. Kipp lost his left leg (below the knee) in a tragic hit-and-run car crash while riding his bicycle at only 12 years old. He underwent years of rehabilitation and if you saw him today, you wouldn’t even know he’s cripple. Kipp has devoted his life to finding the driver that hit him, as well as developing an incredibly effective leg lock defense system that revolves around baiting your opponent to attack your fake leg. Kipp’s “never give up” attitude is an inspiration to us all.
Kipp also asked that we convey this important message: “If anyone reading this happened to see a light brown Chevy sedan driving Eastbound on West Denton Road near the intersection of West Denton Road and Cass Avenue in Denton, Nebraska between 3:30 and 4:30 pm on Wednesday, August 2nd, 1989, please contact me directly at Skipkippkippersonakathekipper77@mail.com. Any information you have, no matter how insignificant, will be greatly appreciated.”
Bastion is a man of few words. Unless, that is, he is talking about old style vacuum cleaners or jiu-jitsu! We asked Bastion to describe his two loves:
“I love old style vacuum cleaners and I love jiu-jitsu. That’s it. My two loves are actually quite similar. Old style vacuum cleaners use mechanical leverage to suck the dirt out of carpets; ocean based jiu-jitsu uses mechanical leverage to suck the life out of your opponent. I prefer the “old style” because it relies on fundamentals rather than advanced gadgetry. Modern bagless vacuums are great until you try to use them in a real world situation and find that they just aren’t practical. Dyson says that their vacuums “never lose suction”, but that’s really not true when it comes to cleaning multiple rooms or when dealing with spilled punches (try sucking up red kool-aid with one of those bagless vacuums - see what happens!) It’s just such a shame that this is where the technology has headed.”
Love is one of our most committed students, despite having a wife and two kids living back on dry land. We asked Love why he attends OOBJJ when there are so many other academies closer to home.
“OOBJJ is simply the best. I’ve tried other academies and they just don’t compare. That’s the reason. And I know what you’re implying, and it’s not true. I love my wife and I love my kids. I’d give my life for them - I’ve tried several times. Yes, my kids treat me like an organic ATM. Yes, my wife’s voice sounds like a chainsaw at full throttle inching closer and closer to my head but never quite making contact. Yes, my idea of vacation is a trip to Hellen Keller resort where you can’t hear or see your family. But none of that has anything to do with why I choose OOBJJ. OOBJJ is simply the best. “
Taliesin comes to us from the south Caspian Sea. His ship’s name? You guessed it: The Taliesin! Taliesin is well known for executing triangles from nearly any position. And his guard? Well let’s just say that this Iranian truly has a revolutionary guard! We asked Taliesin why he chooses the triangle choke over every other submission.
“In the Taliesin family, all good things come in threes. By age 33, my father had 3 wives, and those 3 wives gave birth to 3 boys and 3 girls. My father negotiated a dowry of only 3330 rial for each girl, a very low amount in our village! The list goes on and on... So naturally, my favorite jiu-jitsu position is the triangle. A position with 3 sides, 3 angles, and 3 points of contact.”