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Sunday, February 26, 2012

No Holds Barred: Celsinho Venicius, Rolles Gracie, Rob Constance, Brett Boyce 



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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents interviews from the Ultimate Absolute 2 grappling tournament, held Saturday, February 25, in New York, and previews the Arnold Grappling Championships, which will be held March 3-4 in Columbus, Ohio.

Right after his victory in the 16-man, single elimination Ultimate Absolute 2, which featured the lightweight division, we spoke with multi-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Celsinho Venicius about his latest triumph. We also spoke with Rolles Gracie right after this event about his first-round stoppage victory over Bob Sapp at the ONE FC card on February 11, and his future plans. And we spoke with Rob Constance (AKA Black Rob), the main organizer of the Ultimate Absolute, about the success of this event, and the plans for a submission-only, open-weight tournament in the next Ultimate Absolute later in the year.

For the first time, the expert or advanced no-gi divisions of the men's and women's adult divisions at the Arnold Grappling Championships will be held under ADCC rules and be a qualifier for the ADCC North American Championships later this year. We spoke by phone Thursday with organizer Brett Boyce of the World Grappling Circuit and ADCC North America about this important grappling event and its significance.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.

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The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.

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.

DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.

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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

No Holds Barred: Shannon Knapp of Invicta Fighting Championships, All-Women's MMA Series 









On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Shannon Knapp, co-founder of the Invicta Fighting Championships.


This latest venture for Shannon Knapp, who has worked for numerous mixed martial arts promotions, will put on all-women's MMA cards.


The debut show for the the Invicta Fighting Championships will be Saturday, April 28, at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. The 11-fight card will be headlined by a rematch between international MMA star Marloes Coenen of the Netherlands and Romy Ruyssen of France, whose only MMA loss was to Coenen in 2008.


We spoke with Shannon Knapp by phone Thursday afternoon about this ambitious new organization. She explained why an all-women's MMA show can work, and that often women's fights are as or even more exciting than men's fights. While she admitted that developing this organization will not be easy, she is so confident in this product that she promised to make the first show available for everyone around the world to see for free, with those details to be announced shortly. She also said that this company wants to work with other promotions, that they plan four shows for 2012, and much more.


You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.


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Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.


The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", by Ian Carpenter.


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.


DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.


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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

No Holds Barred: Bernard Hopkins, Brother Naazim Richardson, Kristal Hart 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with light heavyweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins and his trainer, Brother Naazim Richardson, about the rematch between Hopkins and Chad Dawson scheduled for April 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We also speak with New York TV host Kristal Hart of Manhattan Neighborhood Network about this fight. All these discussions were recorded Wednesday at the kickoff New York news conference for this fight.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

No Holds Barred: Colby Covington 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with 2011 NCAA Div. I All-American wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter Colby Covington.
After winning a national junior college championship at Iowa Central Community College and becoming a two-time Pac-10 champion and All-American at Oregon State, Colby Covington, like so many successful wrestlers before him, has turned to mixed martial arts. He had his first professional fight February 11 at the Midtown Throwdown III in Eugene, Oregon, and won by a first-round stoppage over Chris Ensley. He is awaiting confirmation of his next fight, which he hopes will be in March.
Now training at the famed American Top Team facility in Coconut Creek, Florida, and fighting at welterweight, Colby Covington has his eyes set on becoming a world champion in mixed martial arts. While he obviously has a long way to go in order to achieve that goal, he believes that he has the skills and dedication to do just that.
We spoke with him Monday afternoon by phone about his new career as a mixed martial arts fighter and why he decided to become an MMA fighter.
"I'm not in this to make a living," he said in this interview. "I'm in this to be the best in the world, and I honestly think I can be."
He explained the changes in technique he is learning in this transition, such as how shooting and setting up takedowns are different in wrestling and MMA. He already views himself as a well-rounded fighter, adjusting to the striking and submissions of MMA as well. We also discussed his relations with the wrestling community today, his former roommates at Iowa Central Joe Soto and Jon Jones, and much more.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

No Holds Barred: Bubba Jenkins 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with 2011 NCAA Div. I wrestling champion and mixed martial arts fighter Bubba Jenkins.
Bubba was also a junior world champion in freestyle wrestling in 2007, wrestling at 66 kg/145.5 pounds.
Right after he won his NCAA title in March 2011, wrestling for Arizona State at 157 pounds, Bubba Jenkins announced that he was planning on becoming a professional mixed martial arts fighter. He made good on that promise, moving to Florida and training at the legendary American Top Team facility in Coconut Creek. He then won his first pro MMA fight, on December 2, 2011, with a first-round stoppage by strikes of Josh Williams at Tachi Palace Fights 11 in Lemoore, California. His next fight is scheduled for March 9 at Tachi Palace Fights 12, against Chris Gomez, who has a record of 2-3.
We spoke with Bubba Jenkins at length by phone Thursday night about how his transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts is progressing. He explained that while he was a bit nervous when his first fight started, and actually was briefly in trouble from a submission attempt, he quickly gained control and secured that first-round victory.
We discussed his adapting to MMA where both submissions and striking are part of the sport, and how his training at American Top Team has been critical in his development as a fighter. He knows that he has great potential in mixed martial arts, but also that, after only one fight, he must advance one step at a time.
While he still is teaching at wrestling camps, he said that his days as a competitive wrestler are over, even in this Olympic year. We also discussed his experience in winning his NCAA title.
Bubba Jenkins has all the tools to become a star one day in mixed martial arts, so make sure to pay close attention to what he had to say, and to his fighting career in its early stages.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

No Holds Barred: Mike Chapman on Earl Caddock, When Pro Wrestling Was Real 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with wrestling and sports historian and author Mike Chapman.
Mike has just published a new book, "Earl Caddock: Walnut's Wrestling Wonder". Earl Caddock was a three-time AAU national champion in amateur wrestling and the world heavyweight professional wrestling champion from 1917 to 1920 when this title was contested in real matches. This is a must-read book for all those interested in wrestling, combat sports, and history.
Highlights of the match in which Caddock lost his title to Joe Stecher, on January 30, 1920 at Madison Square Garden in New York, can be seen in a video of a scratchy film from that day, on YouTube.
We spoke with Mike Chapman by phone Thursday afternoon about Earl Caddock, his place in wrestling history, this important new book, and what was going on in pro wrestling at the time he competed. We discussed the long heritage of wrestling, the Caddock-Stecher match of 1920, the importance of real wrestlers like Frank Gotch, and how the era of real matches faded quickly after Caddock lost his title. And we examined the current revival of catch-as-catch-can wrestling and what it would take to bring back a form of real pro wrestling.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

No Holds Barred: ONE FC 2 Review, Williams-Ishida Preview, Don King on Tournaments 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman draws some of the common lessons from mixed martial arts and boxing by reviewing the ONE FC 2 card and previewing the February 18 Paul Williams- Nobuhiro Ishida fight, as well learning from the teachings of the one and only Don King.
ONE FC had its second outing on Saturday, February 11, with a ten-fight card at the BritAma Arena, also known as Kelapa Gading Sports Mall, in North Jakarta, Indonesia. We discuss the fights on this entertaining show, including the main event and best fight on the card, a nonstop battle where Felipe Enomoto submitted Ole Laursen with a rear naked choke in the second round. We also examine which fighters gained the most from their wins, including Bae Young Kwon, who submitted previously-unbeaten Honorio Banario, also with a rear naked choke, in the first round of their fight. And we discuss some of the other lessons of this show, the good and bad on it, and how this show also advanced the international recognition of ONE FC and many of its fighters.
On Saturday, February 18, a major boxing card will be held in Corpus Christi, Texas, when former world champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) takes on Nobuhiro Ishida (24-6-2, 9 KOs) of Osaka, Japan, and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) fights former world champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) of Madrid, Spain. This card will be telecast live in the U.S. on Showtime.
On a media conference call, we spoke with both Paul Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida about this fight and the direction of their careers. We also have comments from Don King calling for a light heavyweight tournament and the value of tournaments for boxing, an observation which is valid for all the combat sports.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

No Holds Barred: Leslie Koroma on Combat Sports in Africa 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Leslie Koroma, the chairman and CEO of the African Sports Media Network, and the founder of the digital and print magazine African Sports Monthly.
While African Sports Monthly started as an online magazine in 2010, the first print edition is due out in late February 2012. The African Sports Media Network is also in the process of developing African sports television and radio networks.
We spoke with Leslie Koroma, who is currently based in Houston, Texas, by phone Thursday afternoon, about the history-making general growth of sports in Africa. We began, however, by noting the tragic deaths of over 70 people at the recent football riots in Egypt, what that signified, and why that was the biggest sports story in the world in the past week.
Africa is the birthplace of the combat sports, and we focused on recent developments in the combat sports there. Leslie Koroma explained that while there are several mixed martial arts organizations in Africa as well as a number of prominent boxers and boxing events, the biggest form of combat sports in Sub-Saharan Africa is Senegalese wrestling.
Based on the traditional style of wrestling in Senegal, Senegalese wrestling has developed into a major professional sport which is widely televised in the region, and has produced colorful stars with nicknames like Tyson and Yekini, with many of their matches available on YouTube.
We also discussed the need for Senegalese wrestling to have a more formal structure than it has now, the rise of new MMA groups in South Africa and Egypt, the enormous talent in Africa that deserves worldwide exposure, the improving economic climate in Africa, the possibility of Africa overtaking Asia in growth sometime later this century, and much more.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

No Holds Barred: Kevin Jackson on Mat Mayhem 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Kevin Jackson, the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion freestyle wrestler, who is the head wrestling coach for the legendary Iowa State Cyclones.
This weekend, February 11 and 12, the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals, the national dual meet championship for Division I NCAA wrestling, will take place with a new format, which has been dubbed Mat Mayhem. There will be four regional tournaments, each featuring six of the top teams in the U.S. The winners of each tournament will face each other on February 19, making Mat Mayhem a college wrestling version of the Final Four in college basketball. The four regional tournaments will be held Saturday, February 11, at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Sunday, February 12, at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and at Cornell in Ithaca, New York.
Iowa State has received the number three seed for the National Duals Midwest Regional in their home building, Hilton Coliseum. The first round will begin at 11 a.m. CST with Iowa State vs. Wisconsin on Mat 1 and Northern Iowa vs. Virginia Tech on Mat 2. Both Iowa and Oregon State will have first-round byes. The winner of Northern Iowa/Virginia Tech will face Iowa in the second round beginning at 1 p.m. CST. Oregon State will square off against the winner of Iowa State/Wisconsin in round two. The final round will begin at 3 p.m. CST. with the championship bout and extra match between the losing first-round teams.
We spoke with Coach Jackson by phone Thursday afternoon about Mat Mayhem and how he expects Iowa State to do.
"College wrestling is as good as it has been," said Coach Jackson. Besides having better coaches than ever, he explained, "the wrestling has gotten better."
We also discussed the overall performance of the Iowa State team, which has a large percentage of freshmen who have been starting, as well as some key starters who have been sidelined with injuries. But with the success of Andrew Sorenson, the return of Jerome Ward and Chris Spangler, and the maturation of this young team, Coach Jackson expects them to be peaking just as the season approaches the Big 12 and NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. We also discussed the upcoming U.S. Olympic Wrestling Trials in April, what wrestling needs to do to make it easier for fans to watch it, and more.
There is a special section on Mat Mayhem on TheMat.com.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
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", by Ian Carpenter.
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.
DARE Championship. Based in Thailand, DARE is a mixed martial arts event where fighters from all over the world compete to become the DARE Champion. DARE is one of the first MMA promotions in Thailand, and has been televised in many countries and online. For more information, go to their web site, at DareFightSports.com.
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The American Sambo Association, which is committed to becoming the premier association in the U.S. dedicated to the advancement of Sambo. Sambo is a form of sport, self-defense, and combat established in the former Soviet Union during the early twentieth century. For more information, go to ussambo.com.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

No Holds Barred: Rose Gracie Cracks the Code 



On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again speaks with Rose Gracie, the president of the Gracie U.S. Nationals and the Gracie Worlds, about the set of rules at these events where there are no points or judges and a competitor can only win by submission.
The 2012 Gracie U.S. Nationals jiu-jitsu tournament, which featured both gi and no-gi divisions, took place January 28-29 in Los Angeles. The 2012 Gracie Worlds, also with gi and no-gi divisions, will take place Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15, at the TheFitExpo San Jose at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
We spoke with Rose Gracie by phone on Monday to follow up on our interview which took place before the Gracie Nationals.
"I literally felt like I cracked the code," said Rose Gracie about the results of using these rules allowing only victory by submission. "It was literally in slow motion like watching the rebirth of jiu-jitsu."
We discussed how these rules reinvigorated this competition and made it better for both the athletes and fans than under the old rules, which had points, advantages, and judges. She explained how these rules go back to the original vision of jiu-jitsu pioneered by her family, including her grandfather, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu co-founder Helio Gracie, and her father, UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie, who attended the event to support her. We also discussed the relationship of jiu-jitsu to mixed martial arts, striking and grappling, the drug testing which took place at the event, the coverage by the media, how the kid's competition was conducted, the importance of using events like these to teach children values to make society better, how events under these rules may once again revolutionize jiu-jitsu, and much more.
You can play or download No Holds Barred here. You can also download No Holds Barred here. If one link does not work, please try another. The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.
No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.
Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.
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