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Friday, July 19, 2013

No Holds Barred: Garry Davis, Gillian Silver, and Mickey Hall of Brazen Martial Arts 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Garry Davis, Gillian Silver, and Mickey Hall of Brazen Martial Arts.

Garry Davis is the owner and head instructor at Brazen Martial Arts, which is located in East Windsor in central New Jersey. Mickey Hall is a coach at Brazen Martial Arts and also owns Fist-ta-Cuff Fitness. Gillian Silver fights out of Brazen Martial Arts and is also the women's flyweight champion of the Professional Grappling League and a graduate student at Rutgers University.

Brazen Martial Arts is one of the new breed of schools which offers a wide variety of instruction and training for both adults and children, in Jeet Kune Do, various styles of submission grappling including catch-as-catch-can wrestling, cardio/conditioning, kickboxing, and MMA. Besides just offering this training, they promote, according to their web site, the "values of martial arts -- respect, discipline, honor, loyalty, family, and courage."

We spoke with Garry Davis, Gillian Silver, and Mickey Hall by phone Wednesday afternoon.

"I started off in a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu background many, many, many years ago. I liked how quick it was. I learned a lot from it. I went on to studying a couple of different grappling arts," explained Garry Davis.

"But once I was introduced to catch wrestling, the concept of attacking and wanting to finish to me was super important, whether it was tournament, street, whatever it may be."

He liked the concept in catch wrestling that you "get in there, be the dominant person, and finish, as opposed to playing around."

He added, "I liked the fact that when you're on top, it's non-stop grind. It's not about being on the bottom and trying to be slick. It's about getting on top and controlling and taking care of business. That's what attracted it to me."

We discussed the training at Brazen Martial Arts and the many competitions they enter, either as athletes or coaches. Gillian Silver in particular talked about competing in the Professional Grappling League, which started running events in 2012, also has an amateur division, and is planning its fifth pro show in the coming months.

Much of our discussion focused on the great potential for growth for catch wrestling, both for participants and for spectators. They are all active in training in catch wrestling, and are preparing for the First Annual Liberty Bell Classic East Coast King of Catch Tournament on Saturday, August 31, in Philadelphia, in which Gillian Silver is planning to compete.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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The First Annual Liberty Bell Classic East Coast King of Catch Tournament, organized by the North American Catch Wrestling Association in conjunction with Scientific Wrestling. This catch wrestling tournament will take place Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116. No points! No politics! Only submissions and pins win! For more information, go to http://nacwa.weebly.com.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No Holds Barred: Carlos Newton 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with MMA pioneer and fighter Carlos Newton.

The first Canadian to hold a UFC title, he has fought all around the world and in most major promotions, starting at age 19 in Battlecade Extreme Fighting and going to UFC, Pride, Shooto, Heros, IFL, and others. He also is known as one of the most skilled grapplers ever to have competed in MMA.

Based in the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, area, he currently is an instructor at Revolution Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness and at Warrior Mixed Martial Arts in Newmarket. Although he has not fought in MMA for several years, he now hopes to return to action.

We spoke with Carlos Newton by phone Tuesday.

Asked where he might make his return fight, he minced no words.

"Oh, where I might fight for me is not a question," he said.

"My next fight will be for myself. I will be my own promoter. That's just the way it's going to be."

Although there is no imminent date set for this venture, his plan is to start by running a small show, in a hall with 500 seats. "You don't need a promoter to do that."

This was in line with a major theme of our discussion, that anti-competitive practices in MMA are stifling the marketplace and hurting the interests and livelihoods of most MMA fighters.

We thus compared the structure of boxing to that in MMA. Even with all the well-documented flaws and problems in the sport and business of boxing, boxers overall do better financially than MMA fighters, and also have more rights.

While boxers "have caviar," he said, "we're going to McDonald's."

Some prominent boxers like Floyd Mayweather and the now-retired Oscar De La Hoya have formed their own promotional companies. You generally do not see that in MMA, which is one of the many reasons Carlos prefers the structure in boxing to that in MMA.

We also discussed why he wants to return to fighting, some possible solutions to the problems facing MMA fighters, how the de-emphasis on grappling in MMA has been detrimental to it, and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

The First Annual Liberty Bell Classic East Coast King of Catch Tournament, organized by the North American Catch Wrestling Association in conjunction with Scientific Wrestling. This catch wrestling tournament will take place Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116. No points! No politics! Only submissions and pins win! For more information, go to http://nacwa.weebly.com.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

No Holds Barred: On Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman, MMA, and Gangster Rap 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the absurd acquittal of wannabe cop George Zimmerman in the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, how it shows that the system of white supremacy is still in place in the USA, and the relation of this case to the combat sports and martial arts. The commentary includes mention of a Florida gym where Zimmerman had a year of MMA training, which now advertises that; why people fighting for real justice and survival have turned to the combat sports and martial arts over the years; how and why horrifyingly negative values are promoted to divert the youth in both music, such as gangster rap, and sports; how UFC has become the gangster rap of MMA and is shunned by many of the founders of the sport; why training both physically and mentally is necessary; and much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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American Top Team. Whether you're a beginner or a champion, train with the champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, wrestling, grappling, and mixed martial arts at American Top Team. Check out their web site at http://americantopteam.com/.

The First Annual Liberty Bell Classic East Coast King of Catch Tournament, organized by the North American Catch Wrestling Association in conjunction with Scientific Wrestling. This catch wrestling tournament will take place Saturday, August 31, 2013, at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116. No points! No politics! Only submissions and pins win! For more information, go to http://nacwa.weebly.com.

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