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Friday, February 21, 2014

No Holds Barred: Dr. Shaka Zulu on Kemetic Masters of the Martial Arts 2014 




On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with martial artist, and producer and co-host of the Official True School Radio Show on WHCR 90.3 FM in New York, Dr. Shaka Zulu.

Dr. Shaka Zulu is also part of the Universal Zulu Nation, and is an organizer of the 12th annual Kemetic Masters of the Martial Arts.

Kemet, as he explained in this interview, is the original and indigenous name for what is now called Egypt.

This event takes place this Saturday, February 22, from 2 PM to 6 PM, at the National Black Theatre at 2031-2033 5th Avenue between 125th and 126th Streets in Harlem, New York 10035.

We spoke with Dr. Shaka Zulu by phone Friday.

"I have some of the greatest martial artists that are living on this Earth that are going to come out and demonstrate martial arts to the community," he said.

"This is a beautiful thing. So we're going to have demonstrations in karate, kung fu, jujutsu, ninjitsu, and a few others, and also capoeira, and also demonstrating and showing the hip-hop connections to capoeira, hip-hop, and martial arts."

This family-friendly event will also feature a salute to the warriors of the past, present, and future, as well as holistic health and historical information and much more. All ages are welcome, with admission being just $5 for youth and $10 for adults.

We also discussed many topics, including how the history about the real origins of the martial arts and combat sports in Africa thousands of years ago has been concealed despite mountainous documentation; how martial arts promotes positivity rather than negativity; how many of the commercial events, especially in MMA, have veered from this path; the history and background of the many warriors being honored at this event; Malcolm X and the martial arts; the need for holistic health and good nutrition; and much more.

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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.

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/.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

No Holds Barred: Dan Kanagie and Billy Warlock on April 5 Virginia Shooter's Challenge 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Dan Kanagie and Billy Warlock of the North American Catch Wrestling Association (NACWA).

The next event for the NACWA will take place Saturday, April 5, called the Virginia Shooter's Challenge. It will be held at Amherst County High School, 139 Lancer Lane, Amherst, Virginia 24521.

The Virginia Shooter's Challenge is a regional qualifier for this year's NACWA national tournament, the Liberty Bell Classic, which will be held later this year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

NACWA events are held under traditional American catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, no politics, and no sandbagging. Grapplers of all styles, organizations, and levels of experience are welcome. There are six weight classes for men. For women, the Madison System will be used, with competitors matched closest to their weights.

The tournament will not have any points scored, as matches are based on win, lose, or draw format. There are no divisions by experience level in order to stop sandbagging. All kinds of submissions are allowed, except groin attacks, fish hooking, spitting, biting, hair grabbing, intentional striking, and kicking.

We spoke with Dan Kanagie and Billy Warlock by phone Tuesday.

The NACWA national event will invite all the winners of the regional tournaments, said Dan Kanagie, the NACWA national director, in order to "find out who's the best of the best."

As for the competitors at the Virginia Shooter's Challenge, Billy Warlock, the NACWA Virginia director, said, "It's kind of across the board here in Virginia. We've got a ton of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu schools, several of them that I'm friends with that we've opened up to. So it's going to be a wide range of competitors, both amateur wrestlers from some of the high schools here in the area have confirmed that they're going to be attending and sending wrestlers to compete, as well as some of the area's top grappling and, as I said, BJJ gi schools are sending competitors."

Both have been discussing setting up regional catch wrestling tournaments which lead up to a national tournament for years.

The goal of this one, Billy Warlock said, is "to put on the best tournament that we can here in Virginia and get guys qualified to head on up to Philly for nationals."

We also discussed the tremendous potential catch wrestling has to recapture its place as a legitimate and popular professional spectator sport, why the catch wrestling rules result in exciting action on the mat, why catch wrestling is "the workmen's art", why it is "the greatest combat sport on the face of the planet", and much, 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.

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/.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

No Holds Barred: John Perretti on His Pioneering 1997 Grappling Event, The Contenders 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reposts a show from December 2012 with lifelong martial artist, former UFC and Battlecade Extreme Fighting matchmaker, TV commentator, and our senior correspondent, John Perretti.

The focus of that discussion was on his 1997 grappling event known as "The Contenders". With the more recent revival and growth of real professional wrestling and catch wrestling, as well as many grappling events, the lessons of what happened with "The Contenders" are particularly poignant today.

Here is the original description of this show:

On October 11, 1997, before the major no-gi grappling championships of today, John Perretti was the main organizer of a pioneering grappling event known simply as "The Contenders". The format was a seven-match card, held in Sioux City, Iowa, pitting a team of various martial artists against a team of elite U.S. wrestlers. Victory in each match could come by submission or, if there was none, judges' decision. There was no striking permitted, and the matches were held in a cage. The martial artists won, four matches to three, including three wins by submissions, but controversy ensued during and after the event about the rules and decisions.

This ended up being a money-losing, one-shot deal, because attendance was sparse and pay-per-view buys were minuscule. Still, it is considered a pioneering event because its concept helped inspire the numerous no-gi grappling championships which followed it.

Calling the event his "brainchild," John Perretti said in this interview, which was recorded by Skype Sunday, "I am to blame for all the problems with it." But he added, quoting a widely-held view about this event, "It's the greatest show no one ever saw."

We thus discussed what happened at this historic event, many of whose matches can be seen on YouTube, some of the lessons for today, 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.

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/.

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