Putin gets promoted, NCAA wrestling lurches into gear, BJJ tourney results and posts, Sambo Summit.
Compilation of recent happenings in the worlds of sambo, judo, Brazilian jiu jitsu, submission grappling and/or collegiate/freestyle wrestling. If it takes place on the ground and it's interesting, it should be here.
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Vladimir Putin was awarded his 8th dan in judo for supporting the sport. The International Judo Federation is the organization that awarded him this new stripe on his belt - which was earned mostly by his habit of glomming onto judo to boost his "manliness" quotient. He is a black belt in the art and has several videos up of him tossing people around on the internets. At the 2012 London Olympics, he showed up randomly to celebrate the Russian heavyweight Tagi Khabulaev's gold medal in the -100 KG brackets and looked splendidly smug doing so. Euro Judo's photo of the event is below:
The season is about to kick off and the wrestlers and coaches are raring to go. The master schedule put together by D1CollegeWrestling.net is a good place to figure out which team is wrestling where and what you want to watch or pay attention to. I will let Coach Riordan update you in depth on the college scene when he returns from the strenuous demands of teaching, coaching and being a family man.
In international results, the Dimitry Korkin tournament was held twelve days ago and the Ramzan Kadorov Cup was held five days ago. The Americans didn't do well in either and the Russians and Azerbaijanis stomped everyone. Max Askren, brother of Ben Askren, got a silver medal in one, so we've got that going for us.
The 2012 Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Prix took place on October 11th and 12th. The IJF has a pretty good write up of Day 1 and Day 2 for you to take a look at. Some big names, some young guns and some upsets in the brackets.
Best ippons of Days 1 and 2, from reader Ananse (who linked us to them in the comments below):
The Sambo Summit Training Camp, run by Stephen Koepfer, is taking place this Friday in Chicago (Elk Grove). Most of the people involved are lifelong sambists, but there is still room for new people and those interested in a lesser known grappling form.
Video has hit the open internet of Marcelo Garcia and Demian Maia rolling in practice from quite a while ago.
Some of you may recall that the Metamoris Pro happened on Sunday, but if you didn't pay super-close attention, you may not have known that the ADCC West Coast Trials happened the same day. I was given a partial list of results by the tourney organizers. Of note is Keenan Cornelius, who won the 87 kilos category by submitting everyone. The brown belt is a very real threat to everyone on the mats and is coming off a purple belt campaign where he won double golds at basically everything.
Under 65 Kilos
1. Darson Hemmings (Nova Uniao) (Hemmings vs. Spry video) 2. Jeremy Spry (Undisputed) 3. Jacob Sandoval (Cobrinha/Alliance)
Under 76 Kilos
1. AJ Agazarm (Gracie Barra) 2. Pete Shoemaker (Precision Jiu-Jitsu) 3. Yukito Isoda (Check Mat)
Under 87 Kilos
1. Keen Cornelius (Lloyd Irvin) (Cornelius vs. Shoan video, quick submission) 2. Pete Shoan (Cobrinha/Alliance) 3. Don Ortega (Gracie Barra)
In all the Metamoris Pro/ADCC talk, the IBJJF's "old guys" tournament that happened the week before faded a bit to the background. A partial results list can be found at the official website (PDF link: https://www.ibjjfdb.com/Campeonato/PublicResults?CampeonatoId=119&CultureInfo=en-US). However, the big story is that the Ribeiro brothers, Saulo and Xande, scored double golds by taking their black belt division and the open divisions in their Senior and Master categories. The amazing turnout for this tournament was heartening to see, as many of the sport's legends were present and competing.