SOLO EXHIBITION: Interview & Thank You!

Show ends July 28th, 2013… go see it while you can at Photobooth SF.

For those of you that couldn’t make it out to San Francisco last weekend to catch the opening reception of my first ever solo show, the amazingly talented women at caught it all on video. The turnout was more than I could have asked for considering that it was a holiday weekend and most people were out of town. The gallery was packed with some of my favorite people, training partners, friends and family and I was exhausted with joy by the end of the evening. Event photography provided none other than my own dad, check it out at the bottom!

Didn’t get a chance to contribute to the show, but would like to?

You still can:


I want to give a huge shout out to all the contributors that gave toward my Indiegogo campaign.

Here’s to my White Belts:
Sway Photography
James Dale
Erena Shimoda, who by the way is an awesome, underwater photographer who works with cancer survivors!
Melissa Wyman, AKA the Fight Therapist.
Christie Sullivan
Eric Knight
Tiffany Tamaribuchi & Sacramento Taiko Don
Dee Dennis
T. Kreek
National Pay Day
Steve Walsh
Leah Van Tassel
Noah David Bau
Miquel Jacobs

and my Blue Belts:
Cynthia Vance, phenomenal video artists and fighter!
Jeremy Dang
Diane Cousineau
Audacia Ray
Tara Tamaribuchi
Chikara Magazine
Candace Stump
Denise Henry
Amanda Gary
Tim & Naomi
Beautiful Brawlers
The Specific Chiropractic Center
Women’s MMA Roundup
e3 Fitness Grips

Last but not least, my Purple Belts:
Mr. Cuddles, my personal grappling dummy
Jiz Lee
Simon Modery
Dana Hoey
Nancy Maynard

You all are fabulous people! Speaking of fabulous people, check out all these lookers who made it out to the show…

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Also want to add an extra thanks to my fight banner sponsors:
Tara Tamaribuchi
Chikara Magazine
Beautiful Brawlers
The Specific Chiropractic Center
Women’s MMA Roundup
e3 Fitness Grips

Also special thanks to my bartenders Pati Gracia and Chris White, My mom hope helped me shlep all the art across town, my dad who did last minute drink and snack runs and my girlfriend for flying all the way out from Tokyo last minute to be there with me. Of course it couldn’t be possible either with out all the hard work from Vince and Clare at Photobooth SF.

Make It Happen: Solo Exhibition July 6th

Hey Everyone!

I am super excited because I have recently been given my very first solo show as an artist! It’s scheduled for July 6th, 7-9pm at Photobooth SF located in San Francisco’s Mission District, but I need your help. I’m looking to raise money to help offset the costs of this show and am hoping to cover the basic material costs of printing and framing the pieces.This is only a fraction of the amount it costs to do the Female Fighter Project on a regular basis, however all help is deeply appreciated and needed. You can read more about my SOLO EXHIBITION on my indiegogo page, plus I’ve got some pretty FFP cool stuff to give to donors!

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Make It Happen: Female Fighter Project Solo Art Show July 6th from Shawn Tamaribuchi on Vimeo.

You can also make a small paypal donation in any amount here:

Thank you so very much! I belong to an amazing and generous community of fighters and artists who continue to inspire me. This summer is really spectacular: I just started teaching two women’s beginning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Programs, I start my at risk Oakland girls self defense program in two weeks, and my show is coming up!

Also please check out Photobooth SF, the perfect place for analog photo nerds, artists and anyone looking to get a one of a kind tintype portrait made or take some unique photo classes!

Hugs with underhooks,

Faixa Pretas: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belts on Exhibition



So now I am home for the week and getting ready for yet another trip to Tokyo. However I need to finish up my printing for my big show this July in the next week. I just have one more large piece to go and I am done!. The Faixa Pretas, or black belts, will be about 6 feet long framed collection of images of the black belts I have shot over the years.

I am trying to raise some money to cover the printing costs of the show. Actually started to keep track of expenses and am now understand why my parents wanted me to be a doctor and not an artist, ha.

UPDATE: I have gotten it together and started a IndieGoGo Campaign to help pay the basic material costs of the show. Some of the eligible rewards are “proof” prints of the Faixa Pretas.

Speaking of Faixa Pretas, check out this interview Vanessa Oliveira did about how she got into BJJ! I met Vanessa in Rio while training wit GF Team. Took her photo as well as a few other members of GF Team will be a part of the Faixa Preta series.


Summer greetings and well wishes as many of you hit your month long training camp for Mundials! I had the supreme pleasure of dropping in at some LA academies and training last week, however had to miss out on the Leticia Ribeiro LA Women’s BJJ Camp. I did get to go to Cobrinha’s school (Alliance) which has a very accomplished and sizable women’s team. I went during the daytime and was pleasantly surprised to see so many people training. I here nights are off the hook. The facilities are very posh and pristine. The students were attentive and respectful. Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles himself taught and it was like walking into the Tate, that’s how fine at it was! Heavy technique based and details, perfect for Jiu Jitsu nerds like me. I then headed East to La Habra and took a few classes at Lucas Leite’s academy (Checkmate). He comes up north a lot and does seminars at my school so it was great to train at his place. His partner Pati invited me to work with her and some other of their competition team women. I even got to participate in some of the advance comp training, only browns and blacks, which was phenomenal. It’s got a total old school vibe, which I loved! No frills just mats and serious training. You won’t find any Zumba here. Both I recommend checking out for sure. Cobrinha’s is more on the commercial side and centrally located with loads of students. Leite’s is eastward and feels like you’re training in Brasil.

The moral of the week was if I am going to pack 2 gis, I might as well pack at least two cameras. I am sad to say I didn’t get any photos of the amazing women I trained with but will hopefully be back down to shoot them in the future. Big thanks to Pati and Stephanie for inviting me to train!

Female Fighter Project Art Shows & Sponsorships

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Saturday February 23rd, 2013, 7pm
“Faces and Places” Group Exhibition
(I’ll be there 7-8:30p selling posters, come say hi!)
Barber Lounge SF
854 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 934 0411
This is a group exhibition and there will also be a live band.

I am super proud to announce not one, but two art shows the Female Fighter Project is a part of! I am going to be busting my ass to complete 14 prints framed and gallery ready in the next few weeks. I am almost half way done, but still have a lot of the way to go spending most of my weekends in the photo center developing film, scanning, retouching, printing, mounting and framing each piece. I have got some new never seen before work plus some BIG pieces I am very excited about. I am also looking for sponsors to help me out with the cost of producing this work. Any amount is deeply appreciated plus I got some nifty prizes for those who can give a little more.


    White Belt: $5-10
    Gratitude for being awesome!

    Blue Belt: $20-50
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Purple Belt: $100
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Brown Belt: $250
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Small print (~12×12″).
    5 posters.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Black Belt: $500
    20×20″ print.
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

    Red Belt: $1000
    30×30 print of your choice.
    A personalized video thank you.
    Footer link for 1 year.
    Link on thank you page.
    Twitter shout out & Facebook post.

For those of you in the SF Bay Area, mark your calendars…

Saturday, July 6th, 2013, 7-9pm
“Female Fighter Project Show”
Photobooth SF
1193 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-1248
This is a solo show! Come out and say hi!