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Friday, January 09, 2015

"Springtime for Catch Wrestling, 2015 Edition", on DefenseSoap.com 



My latest blog for the Defense Soap site, "Springtime for Catch Wrestling, 2015 Edition", is up at http://blog.defensesoap.com/news/springtime-for-catch-wrestling-2015-edition.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

No Holds Barred: Akil Patterson on Diversity and Inclusion in the Wrestling Family 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with LGBT sports advocate, former Terrapin Wrestling Club director, and a member of USA Wrestling's diversity committee, Akil Patterson.

We spoke with him by phone Wednesday.

Although he had been a top college football player, he was also a wrestler and a wrestling coach. "I'm a wrestler at heart," he said. Akil identifies himself as a Black, gay, Christian male.

We thus focused on the issues of overcoming homophobia and transphobia, and fighting for diversity and inclusion, in wrestling and other sports.

"I try to help bring along some new initiatives to frame some new and outstanding information that's going to be going out to the wrestling communities," he said. "And also just to kind of bridge the gap between what is considered D and I, what really is diversity and inclusion in America, and how we can not only take the LGBT part, but also a minority perspective, and really make sure that everyone understands and is culturally aware and competent about what wrestling really means."

He explained, "The crux of it is, is you're out there to compete. You're out there to have fun. And at the end of the day, we're one big family. We really are."

We discussed why acceptance and equality for LGBT athletes will come, but "a little slower than we like it." We also discussed his own experiences in sports when he came out as gay, the treatment of LGBT athletes in many sports today, the support he has been given in his efforts, his work with Athlete Ally, and much more.

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

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 AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

Payleg.com, which gives you the tools to develop a full-time income by building a home-based business. Teaching success in the home-based business industry since 1988, Payleg.com is available in 190 countries. For more information, go to Payleg.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America's wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Dr. Margaret Goodman on Jon Jones Cocaine Controversy 


Regarding the discussion around the Jon Jones drug use controversy, Dr. Margaret Goodman, the President and Board Chairman of the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), confirmed to me by e-mail that the WADA prohibited list for OOC (out-of-competition) testing does not include cocaine. However, VADA does include cocaine, as they do not have a specific OOC protocol.

She wrote: "Any fighter who had a drug problem should not be declared fit to compete. Cocaine is a dangerous drug. Putting fighter safety first means just that! A fighter who has to go into rehab for a condition determined before the fight needs attention--not a high profile fight. Plus the risks in training on cocaine are great and can't be ignored."

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No Holds Barred: Royce Gracie on The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with MMA and jiu-jitsu legend Royce Gracie.

One of his latest ventures is acting, and he is a featured actor in the new film "The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power". Although he has appeared on film before, this is the first film in which he is not playing himself.

We spoke with Royce Gracie by phone, using Google Voice, Tuesday, about this film.

"I'm a soldier," he said of his character. Several other actors with real MMA and martial arts backgrounds also appear in this film, including Roy Nelson. But the fate of Royce's character in this film is different from what we know of his real accomplishments in combat sports.

In this film, he said with a laugh, "The Scorpion King kicks my butt."

We discussed more about his role, how he had to learn sword fighting for it, how jiu-jitsu aided in this process, plans to continue his acting career, his upcoming seminars and appearances at Bellator MMA events, 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:

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 AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

Payleg.com, which gives you the tools to develop a full-time income by building a home-based business. Teaching success in the home-based business industry since 1988, Payleg.com is available in 190 countries. For more information, go to Payleg.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America's wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

No Holds Barred: Bad Blood? 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments on the WWE-like "bad blood" angle used to promote the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier fight; contrasts it with how Floyd Mayweather deconstructed the attempt to promote his 2006 fight with Zab Judah under the name "Sworn Enemies"; compares it to the actions of boxers including Andre Berto and Pete Quillin with their December 12 "Black Out Boxing - A Rally for Justice" in Las Vegas; discusses the need for the fighters involved in the class-action lawsuit against Zuffa/UFC to enlist support from athletes in other sports as well as workers, unions, and the public; 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:

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 AmericanTopTeam.com.

Defense Soap, an effective, deep penetrating body soap with natural antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial soap ingredients. Defense Soap is the best cleansing body soap for men and women athletes who are involved in contact sports such as MMA, wrestling, grappling, jiu-jitsu, and judo, to help their antifungal, anti-ringworm, anti-jock itch strategy. Check out their web site, at DefenseSoap.com.

Payleg.com, which gives you the tools to develop a full-time income by building a home-based business. Teaching success in the home-based business industry since 1988, Payleg.com is available in 190 countries. For more information, go to Payleg.com.

Takedown Wrestling Media, America's wrestling TV and radio shows, which are hosted by founder Scott Casber, and have been airing on radio and Internet for over 17 years. Takedown Media produces a weekly TV program seen in 54 million homes in the U.S. on DirecTV, Dish Network, and cable affiliates around the country, called Takedown TV. Takedown Media also produces the weekly USA Wrestling TV show for the governing body of the sport, USA Wrestling. For more information, go to TakedownRadio.com.

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