The 10 Count with Crist: Master Greg Pritchett

Master Greg PritchettMaster Greg Pritchett Jr. being a Vee-Jitsu black belt has accomplished many of his life goals that attribute to his thriving success as a martial arts trainer, mentor, promoter and still a competitor at the age of 41. Pritchett is the owner and head trainer of MVJ Athletics Training Center at 705 Dawson Lane. Newark, DE. Owning a Dojo isn’t the only means for Master Pritchett to hone in on his desires of pugilism and combat sports.

Recently, Pritchett returned to his competing roots at “The Good Fight” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (submission only) Tournament on May 3rd where he competed twice in a Gi and No-Gi contest. He submitted both of his opponents (one by arm bar, the other by guillotine) as well as winning the fastest submission award for his class. Being a “white belt” by Brazilian Jiu Jitsu scaling, Pritchett is no stranger to grappling, or ground fighting. In the first ever edition of “The 10 Count with Crist” we discuss Master Pritchett’s recent return to competition, the tournament outcome, and his correlation with the many combat styles he’s come to conquer.

1) This was your first time competing in some time.  How did it feel to perform so well and getting in there with some of the young bucks?

Pritchett: It felt great to win the tournament!  But, it wasn’t as big as I had hoped for.  I miss competing!  I didn’t care who they put in front of me.  Competition helps me to deal with life in itself.  Competing wasn’t about who, what, or when.  It’s about me battling with myself.”

2) Did you feel like there were alot of nerves going into competing after being out for so long?

Pritchett: It felt the same as always… Just before the ref says “go” I feel like: “What the %*#@ am I doing?” (Laughing) Then I think “kill, kill, kill!” It was very familiar. BJJ is a new sport for me.  However, I’ve competed in the past a couple times, before but never understood the sport, rules, or point system. It was usually just fun, or a warmup before kickboxing or boxing. Now I plan to really get into the sport!

3) You’re a Master and black belt in Vee-Jitsu, which involves a lot of grappling. You also have massive amounts of experience in Sanshou. Did the experience in those arts help you in your BJJ match?

Pritchett: Grappling in Vee-Jitsu is totally different.  It’s not grappling in Vee-Jitsu.  It just so happens that there is ground fighting in Vee-Jitsu.  Vee-Jitsu gives me the mindset, physical, and mental tools needed to go into any martial art.  Vee-Jitsu is my foundation in martial arts, as Islam is my foundation in life.  With Islam, my family, and Vee-Jitsu, I can do anything!  Vee-Jitsu makes me feel safe in any situation.  I am always ready for the next level!”

4) What was the reason you decided to make a comeback in competition?  I’m curious if it was more of a personal issue; one you needed to do for yourself, or perhaps to continue to inspire those who doubt them selves in the sport?

Pritchett: I am a competitive person.  Every time I say to myself I am going to do MMA, Thai, or anything that involves striking I get a serious injury in training.  So, one day I woke up and said ‘well why not Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?’  I did it in the past, but never took it seriously.  Thinking about my past, why would I?  I am a seasoned striker.  However, competing is for me and no one else, In my opinion!  It’s my love and passion, and its in my DNA.  My father was a competitive bodybuilder and football player.  My uncle was very good at football, baseball, and basketball, as well as countless other family members.  Wrestling, martial arts, kickboxing and more flowed in my family.

5) You have an extensive background in Martial arts training.  However, you faced some young and hungry competition at your most recent event, and absolutely crushed them.  Were you surprised how well and efficient you got the job done?  Explain the warrior mentality you’ve continued to embrace from day one up until now.

Pritchett: Martial Arts is my life.  I have been training since I can remember.  At 41, I jumped into the young mans division at 205.  Since I am fairly new to BJJ but not new to grappling, my coach wanted me to start from the bottom.  I am very thankful to have won both Gi and No Gi divisions.  Although these guys were hungry to win, I felt from having Vee-Jitsu as my foundation and my Jiu Jitsu coach; Kevin Green having the same gritty “no fear” mindset that Vee Jitsu instills, I could not lose. It was just my day! I had God, team MVJ and Team Triple Threat all in my corner.  With all the experience I have in the martial arts, no one could shake my mindset, or deter me from my will to win.”

6) Outside of your tournament, you carry on a legacy that isn’t the traditional martial art (Karate, Tae Kwon Doe, etc) in Vee Jitsu. Can you explain exactly what that legacy is and also how and why you thrive to keep the art alive?

Pritchett: Vee-Jitsu is a very LETHAL martial art.  Most are taught to believe their art is lethal and don’t get me wrong, ALL (martial) arts are good, but all of them aren’t at the level of Vee-Jitsu.  Also, all arts are limited in one place or another (competition, weapons, full contact, self defense…etc..) But where some would think Vee-Jitsu may be limited… Think again! Vee-Jitsu is used in all of these places! Many examples being: Military, Law enforcement, self defense, boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and tournament style fighting.  You name it, it’s there! Now with the concepts of Vee-Jitsu, I am able to apply with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Vee-Jitsu is a compilation of the deadly aspects of the 5 Basic Martial Arts (Karate, Kung Fu, Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jitsu) – created by Professor Vee and taught to me by one of his most accomplished students, Grand Master Dr. Robert Evans D.O.

7) You’ve had a few pro Sanshou bouts, and previously given the option to be a pro fighter with your full rounded arsenal on premium television (Showtime: Elite XC). However, you opted to decline. Can you explain why you chose the life you did, opposed to the stardom of professional fighting?

Pritchett: “In short, I basically did not want to commit to that level of competition knowing I would need to close my gym and spend time away from my family.  I had students that needed me, and my family needed me.  There also wasn’t enough money involved, and my true passion at that time was teaching and training others.”

8) By BJJ standards, you’re a white belt.  However, you’re a master black belt in Vee-Jitsu which incorporates a lot of grappling or ground fighting.  Can you explain how Vee-Jitsu potentially helps you in BJJ competition?

Pritchett: “Vee-Jitsu ground work is totally different (than BJJ ground work).  In BJJ the goal is to tap or snap.  Each lock or submission sets up the next in Vee-Jitsu. Each lock sets up a strike to take apart and break down the anatomy of the attacker while being in a position to defend against the next attacker.  Ground work in Vee-Jitsu incorporates foot stomps, strikes, and more.  Where as in BJJ, its illegal of course.  Vee-Jitsu in its purest form is not for competition.”

9) What do you attribute your training, success, and growth as a martial artist? As well as what can your fans, friends, family & students expect out of Master Greg Pritchett?

Pritchett: “As a Kung Fu practitioner and Sanshou fighter, some people knew me.  As a representative of MVJ and a true Vee-Jitsuka/Vee-Jitsu practitioner, everyone knows me!  What you can expect out of me is to always be a true God fearing martial artist and a family man.”

10) Was this competition a “one and done” stint to get it out of your system, or can we expect to see you continue to compete?

Pritchett: “Well let me say this… Kevin Green (owner of Triple Threat Combat Sports) and I have a similar mind set when it comes to combat and competition. I swear I think he secretly knows Vee-Jitsu (laughing).  Maybe it’s just his mindset from the military, I don’t know.  But, he is incredible.  I went to him knowing he is the best BJJ practitioner and coach in my area.  I told him I was “going crazy not being able to compete in kickboxing or MMA, and I wanted to give BJJ a try”.  He welcomed me in, and we started going at it a few times a week.  I have rolled with world class grapplers and excellent submission perfectionists.

However, when rolling with Kevin and knowing his mentality when it comes to combat, I knew I was in the right place.  Kevin respects Vee-Jitsu and MVJ as a whole. He also has supreme confidence in his abilities and his applications!  At first, I thought we would knock heads right away being two of the top martial artist and coaches in our area!  However, we immediately took a mutual respect and appreciation.  We are currently working on some big things together but I won’t get into that just yet.  Let’s say I am proud to be representing both Triple Threat Combat Sports and MVJ Athletics Training Center!”



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