Matwork! 2012 Judo Team Championships, No Gi Worlds, Sambo Worlds, Julie and the Deathly Surgeon

Anton Tabuena

All kinds of combat sports results, videos and odd notions from the last few weeks. Judo, sambo, Brazilian jiu jitsu and wrestling all show how busy the combat sports world is beyond the dozens and dozens of MMA events every weekend. Read through the link pile and enjoy the action.

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.

If you have any links of your own, questions or comments, leave them below or get word to me at DefGrappler on Twitter. Please let me know if I missed anything major and I will fix this, that and the other thing.

We open with a short video of two youngsters at a Grappler's Quest for Autism.

This level of skill is the future of MMA and submission grappling. Lloyd Irvin III may have a superstar as a father and coach, but there are hundreds of these young grapplers and fighters learning this stuff at this age. Hopefully, we are watching a thriving sport with even higher levels of skill over the next ten to twenty years.

Below are all kinds of results, videos and odd notions that I've picked up over the last few weeks. Judo, sambo, Brazilian jiu jitsu and wrestling all show how busy the combat sports world is beyond the dozens and dozens of MMA events every weekend.

Wrestling News:

The NY Athletic Club (a multi-sports sponsor that hosts a particularly good team of elite freestyle wrestling athletes) held an Open from November 8th to November 10th. Tervel soundly beat a young Russian in three periods after having the first period swiped away due to a late score and Jimmy Kennedy thumped Reece Humphrey, the Olympian-wannabe, at 60 kg. The no frills results are here, but Gary Abbott over at The Mat had a very solid write-up.

The best collegiate wrestling round-up you'll find in written form was written by our own Mike Riordan over at InterMat. He keeps it short, witty and full of action.

Mark Palmer of InterMat interviewed the people who set up the All Star Classic (the event where Kyle Dake beat David Taylor recently) and what kind of a mindset and costs they had going into the event. Really interesting read that shows how wrestling is slowly picking up things from MMA regarding promotion, match-ups and venues. They still ain't paying the athletes though.

Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner picked up their $250,000 checks for winning Olympic gold at the London Games. Zeke Jones, head coach for the men's team, gave us a picture on his Twitter.


Big results = big checks. I still mourn for Reza Yazdani though. Clarissa Chun and Coleman Scott got $25,000 for their bronze medal efforts as well.

Judo News:

The World Team Championships took place in Brazil on October 27th and October 28th. Japan took the women's title and Russia blasted through everybody to get to the top in the men's brackets. I really have to congratulate whoever writes the results on the International Judo Federation website - they're goofy fun to read at times, with otherwise dull matches being livened up in written form. The write-up for the women's bracket is here ( and the write-up for the men's side is here (

Look at this really sweet leg trip from Allardon of France.

And this flippin' sweet foot sweep from Loic Pietri of France.

Masahi Ebinuma of Japan and Mikhail Pulyaev of Russia had a battle in the finals. Pulyaev had a near win earlier in the match, but Ebinuma took advantage of an odd situation at the end to flip Pulyaev over an extended leg with full control to get the ippon win.

Submission Grappling/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu News:

The No Gi Worlds were covered here at Bloody Elbow extensively (Divisional Finals blog, Openweight blog, Day 2 blog). The BudoVideos presentation of the event was top notch, with the best commentary of any sporting event and extremely smooth video. At this time, highlight videos are starting to come out and matches are being released by BudoVideos in piecemeal chunks. The full replay is still up if you care to go buy it.

The one match you may want to watch is Caio Terra demolishing Fabio Passos in the roosterweight finals. 38 seconds of match time is all it took for Caio to get the submission win. Better luck next time, Mr. Passos.

BudoVideos has a YouTube account with many matches - including those of Keenan Cornelius, the brown belt superstar who won double gold again here.

Do or Die, a BJJ sponsor, has a short highlight video that they've put together (with a strong focus on athletes they've sponsored). It is of the men's black belt matches and has slightly questionable editing at times, but hey, it's free and ready for the viewing.

In slightly older news, the Brazilian No Gi championships were held last month. Many of the winners there did well or extremely well at the No Gi Worlds. Leandro Lo won his division there and the absolute, then made it to the semi-finals of his division and the finals of the absolute at the No Gi Worlds. The PSLPB Cicero Costha grappler is having a monster 2011-2012 campaign. The PDF results are here ( and the Gracie Mag quick summary is here (

Always with bucketful of drama, Lloyd Irvin, the controversial BJJ/MMA coach, is now putting together a reality television show of some sort that will feature brown belts from around the world competing in both gi and no gi for money prizes. The full saga of this show (currently crowd-sourcing participants, which actually sort of works in the BJJ world) can be found on his Facebook page. It's too much for me to wade through, but those with more patience and popcorn can check it out.

The ADCC Pacific qualifiers are done and the results are here:

In an unexpected move, Terere is training with Fabio Gurgel, his one time teacher and mentor, again.

The Sambo Worlds were held and some of the videos are up for the viewing at the Sambovision YouTube page.

NYC, NJ and Long Island are still affected by the Hurricane Sandy flooding. The man we know as "Sambo Steve", Stephen Koepfer, has been a rock on Facebook, Twitter and in the grappling community the entire time. He's currently promoting a blood drive on December 27th to help out with the currently low supply (Facebook link: Quite a few academies are affected, but most seem to be climbing back to normality. Life will roll on once more.

The Balance crew of BJJ black belts is giving a seminar to benefit the Stoms family, who was affected by the hurricane. The minimum donation is $50 and the flyer is below (thanks to BE member the-gentle-way for telling me of this).
Coach Koepfer was also interviewed on the local news. They called him a "straphanger" for some strange reason. LOL.

Odds and Ends:

Cosmo the God, the teenage computer geek who bumbled around for a while and hacked Dana White a while back, was sentenced by the California court system to a few years of probation and basically no Internet access for six years. I wonder if his being outside time will exceed mine in the next six years. Durn job.

European newspapers have taken to suing Google in hopes of getting paid for Google's linking to their content. Freakonomics reframes that action as "Who Owns a Link?" I know where I stand on this, but do you have a different opinion?

John Nash always brings the research thunder. On Cageside Seats, he is posting revised and updated historical research pieces on things like the Japanese judoka who brought their brand of MMA and the proto-Brazilian jiu jitsu to Brazil in the early 1900s. It is worth noting that Nash has uncovered several non-Gracie students and lineages in these posts alone and many more could be out there.

Turns out the Greeks had dirt wrestling AND oil wrestling as separate events. They purposely did both for the different skills and strategies required for each.

My favorite video of recent times - Julie and the Deathly Surgeon:

A paper that suggests that steroids may not be the sport-killing monstrosities many think they are (PDF form with lots of medical jargon).

People, I always need more awesome Odds & Ends. Videos, gifs, links, whatever. Do not hesitate to send them my way in the comments or on Twitter.

Def Grappler out!

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