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Thursday, February 12, 2015

No Holds Barred: Slideyfoot on GrappleThon 2015 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Can "Slideyfoot" Sönmez, co-founder and instructor at Artemis BJJ.

Based in Bristol, U.K., he is involved in organizing the International Women's Day GrappleThon for Equality Now.

Equality Now is an international charitable organization which works to end violence against women around the world. It aims to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls around the world through legal advocacy and mobilization of public pressure, and to achieve legal and systemic change that addresses violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

The International Women's Day GrappleThon for Equality Now will raise money by having 24 hours of continuous grappling starting at 1400/2 PM UTC Saturday, March 7, and going to 1400/2 PM UTC Sunday, March 8, which is International Women's Day.

The location is Artemis BJJ, Unit4B, Dean St., Bristol, BS2 8SF Bristol, United Kingdom.

We spoke with Can "Slideyfoot" Sönmez by Skype Wednesday.

"This will be the fourth event like this I've run," he said. While there is no set format for GrappleThons, and many people have organized them differently, the basics are, "You just have at least two people grappling at any one time, and it's over a pre-determined time period."

He continued, "The idea is basically to get some grapplers together, so it doesn't matter what team you're on or what experience level you have. Come down, roll, and hope you raise some money for a good cause."

There are also many different ways to raise funds, but in this event, "The way I do it, you set up a fundraising page, get your friends to sponsor you."

And he stressed, "The bottom line is you're looking to raise some money for a good cause."

We discussed more of the details of this event, how people around the world can participate in it, the growth of women's grappling, how other people can organize similar events, and much more.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"Reclaiming the Glory of Catch Wrestling", on DefenseSoap.com 



My latest blog for the Defense Soap site, "Reclaiming the Glory of Catch Wrestling", is up at http://blog.defensesoap.com/news/reclaiming-the-glory-of-catch-wrestling.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

No Holds Barred: Kris Iatskevich on 2015 Catch Wrestling North American Championship 



(Picture of Kris Iatskevich drawn by Ivaylo Ivanov)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Kris Iatskevich, head coach of the International Submission Wrestling Alliance (ISWA).

On Saturday, July 18, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the ISWA will be hosting, along with the American Sambo Assocation, the 11th Annual ASA North American Freestyle Sambo Championships and the ISWA Catch Wrestling North American Championship.

Both competitions will take place at the Riverdale High School, 5060 Boulevard des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y 3E4, Canada.

Of particular significance is that the event is co-promoted by most of the major catch wrestling organizations, including Let's Shoot, the North American Catch Wrestling Association, Snake Pit USA, and Scientific Wrestling.

We spoke with Kris Iatskevich by phone Tuesday.

"We're really, really excited about this one, because we've got pretty much everybody on board supporting us in this event," he said.

"I'm just really happy that for once we're having an event where everybody's collaborating and pitching in."

We also discussed how the catch wrestling tournament is open to competitors from all styles and groups; how the rules have been tweaked from traditional catch rules to include points, penalties for stalling, and two three-minute rounds with an extra round if necessary in tournament matches; how the absolute matches can be won by pin or submission only with no time limits; the parallel growth of combat wrestling, whose ruleset is "brilliant"; 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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