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Friday, November 19, 2010

No Holds Barred: Renzo Gracie, Felicia Oh, Valerie Worthington 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman focuses primarily on grappling, as we once again speak with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts legend Renzo Gracie, and with grapplers and grappling trainers Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington.

We spoke with Renzo Gracie at the MMA World Expo in New York as the Renzo Gracie Open No-Gi 2010 tournament was going on. We discussed this tournament, the potential for grappling to grow as a sport, and the key role of grappling in mixed martial arts. We also discussed the 2010 ADCC North American Championships, which take place Saturday, November 20, at Belleville High School in Belleville, New Jersey.

Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington have just completed a whirlwind coast-to-coast trip where they conducted two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling seminars in two straight days. The first was on Saturday, November 13, in Woodland Hills, California, and the second was with Emily Kwok on Sunday, November 14, in Princeton, New Jersey. Both seminars helped raise funds for local charities.

We spoke with Felicia Oh and Valerie Worthington about these seminars, the role of the Women's Grappling Camp, the growing participation of women in grappling, their work with charities, how grappling tournaments can better accommodate women grapplers, and more. You can find out more about all of these topics, including how to help these charities, at the Women's Grappling Camp blog.

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