Found this on the underground and thought it was a scary, yet interesting read! Cameron Earle WARNING, Very long read, a little graphic at times. Forever when rape and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are mentioned, the name Cameron Earle will always come up. Although close to the situation I've offered little exposition over the years. Recent events in our community, plus some brave souls eloquently offering up personal accounts relating to the matter have prompted me to write. What light if any this sheds on the situation I do not know, I am merely recollecting my version of the events and history of Cameron Earle, if it helps someone or anyone I am grateful. Let me skip to the ending and state something very clearly right now. This article is not meant to excuse or exonerate Cameron Earle in any way. I find rape to be the utmost of deplorable acts, I abhor the notion of the strong preying upon the weak as being everything against my core values. I do not believe Cameron Earle has any place in polite society any longer and I doubt that he will ever be allowed to be a free man again. If you don't know who Cameron Earle is, know that of his generation he was potentially one of the most talented and dangerous American Jiu Jitsu competitors of all. Competing in the middleweight category, he basically torn through the lower ranks with such a vengeance that coaches sometimes withdrew their students rather than face him. At the higher levels he was not undefeatable, but often defeated other high level competitors with such ease he was dubbed as a fighter who intimidated other fighters. He's a guy within his weight class who managed to defeat even the legendary Marcelo Garcia two out of three contests. Much evidence of his prowess is available online and on video, many of the long time members of the community will attest to his abilities in competition. Personal perceptions of him off the mat and in the academy often varied. I'm sure plenty of people will come forth and say Cameron was either "off" or flat out didn't like him, and he had a reputation for hurting people on the mat and getting into trouble off the mat. If he was your friend it was easier to look past personal faults and dismiss them as quirks and if he was your friend he was a very loyal friend, but I don't think there is anyone who knew him that wouldn't say he didn't have a screw loose. I think of him as a savant, incredibly talented in Jiu Jitsu, a very good artist, but definitely lacking in other areas, such a sense of how to take care of himself. A little personal history in that Cameron Earle never met his actual birth father. Rumor has it he was a cat burglar or something like that from back East. His mother mentioned it a few times, but also purposely withheld information, exactly how reliable she might be is up for debate. An Chinese/Vietnamese immigrant herself who fled during the war, in my encounters with her it's hard to tell whether her quirks are cultural impasses or a less than solid grip on reality at times. Interactions I witnessed between mother and son were strange to say the least. A lot of inappropriate yelling for certain. I remember one time Cameron coming home and showing her a medal he won at a tournament and she beamed with pride, and followed with a compliment saying "now I'm so glad I didn't have that abortion!" Her ex (not Cameron's natural father, but the one whose last name he took) apparently used to beat her and the Earle boys, and because of the situation Cameron spent the majority of time in foster care. When he first entered into Ralph Gracie's academy around 1997 it was apparent from the first day there was something different about him, and his talent level was recognized right away. He wasn't brand new to grappling when he walked in the door. Apparently a few month in LA training at Gokor's academy, and sometime on the mats at SJSU Judo before he found out about Ralph's academy, but he was already hanging with some of the blue belts on his very first day of training. Don't forget that, blue belts were rare and mythical creatures at that time, even a 120 pound could whip Mike Tyson in a street fight. Ralph quickly saw the potential in Cameron and soon he was training everyday in what I believe was the most talented room in the United States at that point. It was in this time that Cameron and I bonded, like so many of the other men in that room (and it was pretty much exclusively a male club). For the most part I think of the mats at Ralph Gracie Mountain view from about 96-99 as some of the best times of my life, and I'm sure many of the others from that era would agree. Cameron had an unreal dedication to the art and the place. An example: at the time he was living in South San Jose and he didn't have a car, so getting to and from practice was usually three bus rides each way if he couldn't hitch a ride with someone from the academy. Deciding it was too detrimental to his training, Cameron came up with a plan to sleep in a refrigerator box across the street so he could be the first and last one at every practice. I tell this story even now. A fighters house is great and all, but how many people would be willing to sleep in a cardboard box to get more access to training? More so, what chance to think that a casual hobbyist would have beating someone willing to sacrifice that much for their training. You think you have a chance against someone willing to sleep on the streets? Mind you this was a point that MMA was still underground and even illegal, competing in Brazil was a far off dream so I'm not sure what anyone of planned to do with our training or what was our motivation. (In this context I'm not always sure of it now). Cameron did this for about a week before Ralph got wind of this, took pity on Cameron and let him sleep in the academy. Eventually, when I got an apartment close by (on the legendary warehouse which is it's own story). Cameron "invited" himself in to live in my living room. It was cheaper than an alarm I figured, the area had some sketchy characters around but no one was going to mess with Cameron. Again, Cameron was by no means a saint and I am not trying to paint him in a sympathetic light, but rather offer some background story for what comes ahead. There were definitely some in the academy who didn't like him, and he definitely had the capability to be more than rough. Outside of the academy he was pretty quick to fight. Not necessarily looking for trouble but never one to shy away from it either. He had a sense of honor, twisted as it may be and at least in his mind he was always justified. Threaten him or someone? He'd likely break your arm. Hit your girl at the club? Cameron was likely to put you to sleep. You hung out with Cameron for any length of time, you had a fight story or several of them.