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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 (http://www.intjudo.eu/News/cikk2306) and the write-up for the men's side is here (http://www.intjudo.eu/News/cikk2307).
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.
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. http://youtu.be/PtND-8xpW8E
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. https://www.facebook.com/lloydirvinjr?fref=ts
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/396549093751043/). 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).