Zom­bie fighter joins liv­ing dead

Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu black belt rises from In­sta­gram grave­yard


A lo­cal mar­tial arts in­struc­tor who teaches peo­ple how to fight zom­bies has joined the ranks of the liv­ing dead – and he couldn’t be hap­pier.

Kent Peters, owner of Zom­bieproof Brazil­ian Ji­uJitsu and Mixed Mar­tial Arts in Syd­ney, says he re­cently be­came one of the few peo­ple to re­turn from the In­sta­gram grave­yard af­ter his @thekent­peters ac­count – which has nearly 22,000 fol­low­ers – was sud­denly deleted by the photo and video-shar­ing ser­vice.

Peters, a black belt whose Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu in­struc­tional videos are viewed world­wide, be­lieves it hap­pened af­ter he re­posted a clip from a tele­vised mixed mar­tial arts event.

“The UFC (Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship) is go­ing crazy with copy­right stuff, so the UFC is putting all these bots out there, say­ing ‘You re­posted an event,’ and then they take your post down or they ban you. Well, my ac­count got fully deleted. I got an email at 2:18 a.m. say­ing your ac­count has been dis­abled be­cause of this – it was a free event – and then five min­utes later I got an email say­ing, ‘Your ac­count will not be re­in­stated.’”

While it may not seem that big a deal, Peters said so­cial net­work­ing is a vi­tal part of his busi­ness, ex­plain­ing he spent years build­ing up his on­line fol­low­ing to help pro­mote his gym, Youtube chan­nel and Su­per­nat­u­ral Sur­vival Gear line of grap­pling ap­parel.

“It re­ally did af­fect me. It in­stantly took one-fourth of my views away, and that’s go­ing to­wards sell­ing gear,” said Peters, a 36-year-old mar­ried fa­ther of two who went from teach­ing on card­board mats in a back­yard garage to a large mod­ern stu­dio on Ge­orge Street in just a few years.

“It was a busi­ness tool. It makes you re­al­ize how fickle the In­ter­net is – they can just take away your plat­form. It wasn’t like I was putting out hate­ful com­ments, hate­ful speech or any­thing ...”

For­tu­nately for Peters, one of his fans hap­pens to work for In­sta­gram par­ent com­pany Face­book.

Af­ter his ac­count was deleted, Peters mes­saged the Jiu-jitsu Times, an on­line mag­a­zine that of­ten shares his videos. The mag­a­zine pub­lished a short ar­ti­cle that caught the eye of Ryan Tuleja, a con­trols spe­cial­ist at Kent Peters re­cently be­came one of the few peo­ple to re­turn from the In­sta­gram grave­yard af­ter his ac­count, which has more than 21,800 fol­low­ers, was deleted.

Face­book who of­fered to look into the mat­ter to see if a mis­take had been made.

“He trig­gered the al­go­rithms to check and you’re sup­posed to get three warn­ings – I got one and then I was in­stantly deleted, so he thinks it was an overea­ger an­a­lyst or a bot,” said Peters, adding Tuleja told him he was only the se­cond per­son to have their ac­count res­ur­rected; the first was Cana­dian MMA an­a­lyst Robin Black, who also ap­par­ently had a copy­right is­sue with the UFC.

“I’m one of the orig­i­nal In­sta­gram zom­bies,” said the Al­bert Bridge res­i­dent, who gained more than 1,000 new fol­low­ers since the in­ci­dent.

As word spread through­out the Brazil­ian jiu-jitsu com­mu­nity, some of the sport’s biggest names, in­clud­ing rub­ber guard pioneer and 10th Planet Jiu-jitsu founder Ed­die Bravo, have turned to Peters for help bring­ing their In­sta­gram ac­counts back from the dead.

“It’s the best thing that ever hap­pened to me. It al­ways sounds weird say­ing it, but I’m one of those four-year overnight suc­cesses. I’ve been do­ing this for four years, just build­ing fol­low­ers slowly – I never had any crazy vi­ral videos that got me a ton of views, it’s just been a slow, steady grind – so it’s pretty cool. I’ve made a lot of friends over it.”


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