RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom Features Jiu Jitsu Influences

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom

One of the really cool innovations that has come from jiu jitsu culture in the last decade is the parallel lines drawn between jiu jitsu and other arts.
With more artists cross-pollinating between martial arts and fine arts, we’ve had a unique opportunity to be exposed to cool events and organizations like the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and others.
RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom
Spinning out of these types of innovations is a cool new exhibition called, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. The event will be hosted at the Oakland Museum of California. The event opens in late March.

What is the RESPECT and what does it have to do with jiu jitsu?

Hip-Hop is one of the widest reaching cultural and social movements of the last 50 years.
The exhibit explores the unexpected story of how Hip-Hop changed the world, starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, street art, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream pop culture.
The feature will highlight how hip-hop has cross-pollinated with the likes of martial arts, entrepreneurship, chess, and other fine arts.
The exhibit includes first-person accounts from artists and experts about how Hip-Hop continues to provide a platform for creative expression, activism, youth development, and education.

Adisa Banko and “Gumby” on the mats. Adisa will serve as guest curator for the exhibit and Gumby will be featured in a film on display at the museum during the length of the exhibition.

Our friend Adisa Banjoko will serve as guest curator

I am supremely excited about showcasing the beauty and logic of jig-jitsu at the
Oakland Museum of CA. I want BJJ practitioners to be proud of what we do, and know that it resonates and that the way we train, focus and work inspires artists to be more diligent in the paths they walk.
Rappers like Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, DJ Rhettmatic, and DJ Johnny Juice all practice martial arts. DJ QBert even made a song called Jiu-Jitsu.
I hope jiujitsu players that can come see it are moved to stay on the path and enjoy their journey.
The BJJ is intermixed with a tribute to Bruce Lee. His work inspired so many of us in and out of BJJ.
– Adisa Banjoko

Exhibit Information

RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom
When: March 24- August 12
Where: Museum of Oakland California
Event Link