Monday, April 30, 2007

ADCC Webcast and Superfight news

The Pay per view webcast of the ADCC Championships goes on sale today (April 30th) at noon. It is being sold by the guys over at, so go to their website and sign up to order this awesome event. For the complete line up, see previous post (below).


"Visitors to before May 5 will be able to purchase the two-day event, unlimited viewing, for only $19.99, a $5 discount to purchasing May 5 or after. Besides the two days of live fights, fans will be treated to bonus coverage that ranges from behind-the-scenes interviews to the pre-fight weigh-ins on May 4. Through’s powerful blogging tools, fans can connect to discuss the fighters and event in real time."

Also, Roger Gracie's superfight opponent has finally been selected. Following Dean Lister's withdraw due to injury and Ricardo Arona's withdraw due to Dengue Fever relapse, the ADCC organizers formed a committee to vote for Roger's opponent. It was a toss up between Jeff Monson (USA) and John Olav Einemo (Norway). Einemo won the committee's vote with a 5-1 decision.

Einemo was the 2003 under 99kg Champion and the last person to beat Roger in ADCC (2003 semi-finals). He placed 4th in the 2005 ADCC while competing with a torn pectoral muscle.

This is going to be one hell of match!

Einemo taking Roger Gracie's back at the 2003 ADCC Championships.

(Photo courtesy of

Friday, April 27, 2007

Abu Dhabi Championships might be available via webcast!

Word on the street is that the biannual Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Grappling Championships will be available via PAY PER VIEW webcast. Going rate seems to be between $20 and $25 depending on whether you pre-order or pay the day of the event. No word yet on whether or not this fee will cover the whole 2 day event or if this will be a per day fee. The contract for the webcast is rumored to be inked and released this Monday.

The 2007 ADCC Championships will be held May 5th & 6th at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey. Interested in attending? Ticket information is available here.

Here's the line up:

Super Fight: Roger Gracie vs. ? (Ricardo Arona backed out due to a relapse from Dengue Fever.)

Under 65kg:

1 Leo Vieira - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
2 Marcio Feitosa - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
3 Jeff Glover - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
4 Rani Yahira - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
5 Javi Vazquez - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
6 Sim Go - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
7 Edward Sanchez - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
8 Bruno Frazzato - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
9 Jamie Ballard - Australia
10 Naoya Uematsu - Japan
11 Blair Tugman - USA (Wrestling)
12 Baret Yoshida - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
13 Renier Nicolas - France
14 Darell Moodley - Africa Trials Winner

Under 76kg:

1 Marcelo Garcia - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
2 Pablo Popovich - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
3 Renzo Gracie - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
4 Saulo Ribeiro - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
5 Drew Fickett - USA (?)
6 Nelson Monteiro - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
7 Mark Bocek - Canada (BJJ)
8 Eduardo Rios - Portugal
9 Milton Vieira - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
10 Kurt Pellegrino - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
11 George Sotiropoulos - Australia
12 Andre Galvao - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
13 Daisuke Sugie - Japan
14 Chris (Christopher) Bright - Africa Trials Winner
15 Joe Stevenson - USA

Under 87kg:

1 Rafael Lovato Jr. - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
2 Damien Maia - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
3 Chris Moriarty - USA (BJJ)
4 Rosimar Palhares - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
5 Flavio Almeida - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
6 Bruno Bastos - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
7 Haim Gozali - Israel (MMA)
8 Delson Heleno - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
9 Travers Grubb - Australia
10Tarsys Humphreis - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
11 David Avellan - USA
12 Sauli Heilimo - Finland
13 Rick Macauley - USA (BJJ)
14 Yushin Okami - Japan
15 Marko Helen - Finland
16 David Levey - Africa Trials Winner

Under 99kg:

1 Christiano Lazzarini - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
2 Alexander "Xande" Ribeiro - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
3 Anthony Perosh - Australia (BJJ)
4 Mikhail Cirkunov - Canada
5 Cacareco - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
6 Robert Drysdale - USA (BJJ Black Belt)
7 Igor Vovchanchyn - Ukraine (MMA)
8 Vicbart Geraldino - Dominican Republic (Judo Black Belt)
9 Nick Ackerman - USA (Wrestling)
10 Tim Boetsch - USA (Wrestling)
11 Steve Rusk - USA (Wrestling)
12 Radek Turek - Poland
13 Thomas Szczerek - Poland
14 Braulio Estima - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
15 Yukiyasu Ozawa - Japan
16 Lance Ceronio - Africa Trials Winner

OVER 99kg:

1 Jeff Monson - USA (BJJ)
2 Gabriel Napao - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
3 Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
4 Mario Rinaldi - USA
5 Open spot due to Jon Olav Einemo taking the superfight with Gracie
6 Ricco Rodriguez - USA (MMA)
7 Roy Nelson - USA (MMA)
8 Luiz Theodoro - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
9 Elvis Sinosic - Australia (BJJ Black Belt)
10 Janne Pietilainen - Finland
11 Rolles Gracie - Brazil (BJJ Black Belt)
12 Marcos Oliveira - Brazil
13 Naomichi Nagata - Japan
14 Rico Hattingh - Africa Trials Winner
15 Brian Vital - USA

Ladies Line Up:

Under 121 pounds:

1 Felicia Oh - USA (NA Trials Winner)
2 Megumi Fuji Bianca Andrade - Brazil (Brazil Trials Winner)
3 Cindy Hales - USA
4 Sayaka Shioda - Japan (Japan Trials Winner)
5 Jean Alvisse - Australia (Australia Trials Winner)

121-132 pounds:

1 Kyra Gracie - Brazil
2 Cassandra Rivers-Blaso - USA (NA Trials Winner)
3 Tara Larosa - USA
4 Vanessa Porto - Brazil (Brazil Trials Winner)
5 Amanda Buckner - USA
6 Hitomi Akano
7 Takayo Hashi - Japan (Japan Trials Winner)
8 Caoimhe McGill - Northern Ireland (European Trials Winner)
9 Rebecca Attwood - Australia (Australia Trials Winner)


1 Debbie Purcell - USA
2 Juliana Borges (Defending Champion)
3 Stacey Cartwright - Australia
4 Hannette Stack - Brazil (Brazil Trials Champion)
5 Kelly Paul - USA (NA Trials Champion)
6 Shayna Baszler - USA
7 Keiko Tamai - Japan (Japan Trials Winner)
8 Marloes Coenen - Holland (European Trials Winner)
9 Fiona Muxlow - Australia (Australia Trials Winner)

Over 147:

1 Celita Schultz - USA (NA Trials)
2 Olga Bakalapoulous - Canada
3 Rosangela Conceicao - Brazil (Brazil Trials)
4 Lana Stefanic - USA
5 Yoko Takahashi - Japan (Japan Trials Winner)
7 Maryanne Mullahy - Australia (Australia Trials Winner)

Judo Nationals Results, Pan Am & World Teams

The short skinny on the Judo Nationals. For full results and article go here.

Senior Nationals Finalists:


Women’s 63kg
1. Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)
2. Kayla Harrison (Middletown, Ohio / Renshuden Judo)
3. Janine Nakao (Marina, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)
3. Emily Lilly (Camarillo, Calif. / Sawtelle)

Women’s 70 kg
1. Ronda Rousey (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
2. Katie Sell (Harlingen, Texas / USA Judo National Training Site at Harlingen)
3. Jennifer Tutass (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)
3. Tomoyo Yoshinaga (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)

Women 78 kg
1. Marina Lambert (Chesapeake, Va. / Washington Judo)
2. Nina Cutro-Kelly (Schertz, Texas / Universal Judo)
3. Nicole Kubes (Fort Worth, Texas / Fort Worth Judo)
3. Katie Mocco (Scotia, N.Y. / NYAC / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center)

Women’s +78 kg
1. Asma Sharif (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
2. Heidi Moore (Englewood, Colo. / Denver Judo)
3. Brittni Bradford (Live Oak, Texas / Universal Judo)
3. Melinda Swanson (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri)


Men’s 81 kg
1. Travis Stevens (Scotia, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center)
2. Aaron Cohen (Buffalo Grove, Ill. / NYAC / Cohen’s Judo)
3. Harry St. Leger (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Starrett Judo)
3. Andrew Hung (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)

Men’s 90 kg
1. Rick Hawn (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team Force)
2. Garry St. Leger (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Starrett Judo)
3. Atsushi Yoshinaga (San Jose, Calif. / San Jose State University)
3. David Ellis (Westfield, N.J. / Cranford Judo)

Men’s 100 kg
1. Shintaro Higashi (Scarsdale, N.Y. / Kokushi)
2. Adler Volmar (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site)
3. Dariusz Mikolajczak (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Starrett Judo)
3. Kyle Vashkulat (Scotia, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site a the Jason Morris Judo Center)

Men +100 kg
1. Joel Brutus (Matawan, N.J. / NYAC)
2. Anthony Turner (Miami, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami)
3. J Daniel McCormick (Wakefield, Mass / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
3. Jonathan Leonhardt (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)

The following is the roster of athletes named to the team that will compete at the Pan American Games, July 19-22, and the World Championships, Sept. 16-19, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Women's Team:

63kg: Marti Malloy (San Jose, Calif. / USA Judo National Training Site at San Jose State University)
70kg: Ronda Rousey (Wakefield, Mass. / NYAC / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
78kg: Marina Lambert (Chesapeake, Va. / Washington Judo)
+78kg: Asma Sharif (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE)

Men's Team:

81kg: Travis Stevens (Scotia, N.Y. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Jason Morris Judo Center)
90kg: Rick Hawn (Wakefield, Mass. / USA Judo National Team FORCE)
100kg: Adler Volmar (Coral Springs, Fla. / USA Judo National Training Site at North Miami)
+100k: Kirk Hoffmann (Colorado Springs, Colo. / USA Judo National Training Site at the Olympic Training Center)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

U.S. Judo Nationals - Free Live Webcast

This year's gold medal matches for Senior National Judo Championships, hosted in Miami, Florida, will be shown via live webcast for free on the Live Sports Video website. Also to be shown will be the Pan Am and World Teams Trials. The two day event will be shown at 6:00 P.M. (EST) on Friday, April 20th and 5:00 P.M. (EST) on Saturday, April 21st. The gold medal final matches for the Senior Nationals will be webcast, as well as matches for the Pan Am and World Teams Trials divisions.

The Senior Nationals will be attended by nearly all of the top candidates for the 2008 Olympic Team. The event also will include the Trials for the team that will compete at the 2007 Pan American Games, July 19-22, and the 2007 World Championships, September 16-19 - both of which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Viewers can e-mail commentators Pat Burris and Leo White, both two-time Olympians throughout the Webcast with questions or insights at USA Judo's top national coaches also will be interviewed throughout the Webcast as well providing color commentary.

Top Seeds:

Click here to see the top seeded American male athletes.

Click here to see the top seeded American female athletes.

Direct Link to the Webcast page, here.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Johnnie Morton, Former Detroit Lion, To Make MMA Debut

Former Detroit Lion wide receiver, Johnnie Morton, is to make his MMA debut on June 2nd, 2007 on the Showtime pay-per-view event DYNAMITE!!! USA. The event is to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Colesium and is the first MMA Pay-per-view hosted by Showtime.

The now retired 35 year old Morton has been a fan of MMA for many years and has trained jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai in the off seasons while he was still playing for the NFL. Only recently has he began training more seriously and this event will be his first professional MMA fight. Also on the card will be Royce Gracie and Brock Lesnar, an NCAA and WWE professional wrestler. The opponents for Morton and Royce are still to be determined. But, the MMA newcomer, Lesnar, is scheduled to fight Hong Man Choi (K-1 Asia Champ).

The pay-per-view fight card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, will feature up to six fights, with co-main events. Prior to the pay-per-view, Showtime will televise three explosive bouts featuring EliteXC stars Jake Shields, Antonio Silva and Gina Carano, free to Showtime subscribers from 9-10 p.m. ET/6-7 p.m. PT.

News source: No Holds Barred, Royce Gracie
Video source: Sherdog

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

University of Michigan to Offer Martial Arts Sociology Course

In an email sent out to various University of Michigan martial arts clubs, Professor Michael Kennedy informs us that he will be teaching a special Sociology course at U of M Ann Arbor for the Fall of 2007 called, "Martial Arts, Culture and Society." The course is SOC 495 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 - 2:30 P.M. in Angell Hall room G115.

Here's the course description:

In this upper-level undergraduate lecture for which there are no prerequisites, students will consider how sociology and other social sciences can help us understand martial arts and how martial arts might inform the social sciences.

By comparing the practice, organization, scholarly studies, and popular culture around boxing, wrestling, kung fu, karate, tae kwon do, judo, aikido, capoeira, and mixed martial arts, primarily within the U.S., students will consider the ways in which these different arts work to realize similar outcomes — increasing awareness and kinesthetic powers — and vary substantially along other dimensions including their association with various national and gender identifications, and in terms of their locations with regard to performance/sport/combat, militarism/pacifism, openness/secrecy, and individuation/group identity formation.

Guest lectures and films will supplement lectures and demonstrations by the professor and student participants. Outside experts will explore particular martial arts, as well as the martial arts’ relationship to psychology, anthropology, and healing arts.

Two examinations, a research paper based on archival research or participant observation in martial arts (with any degree of accomplishment), and class contributions based on prior background and preparation for class form the basis for the course grade.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Book Review - Judo Unleashed

Update to the review (4/17/09): The author of this book, Neil Ohlenkamp, has left a comment about this review of his book. Please read it to gain further insight behind the production of his work. Thank you Neil for leaving a comment. Your contribution to Judo and Judo literature is greatly appreciated. I implore you to please write more and to perhaps make some DVDs. As a Judo Shodan and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor I refer to Judo Unleashed almost daily.

Judo Unleashed, by Neil Ohlenkamp, published 2006. Currently $13.57 @ 160 pages.

Neil Ohlenkamp is a 6th degree black belt in Judo (Red & White belt) with over 37 years of experience. He has been the head instructor of the Encino Judo Club since 1985, and is the creator of the Judo Information Site and the Judo Forums. Neil has been certified by the United States Judo Association as an instructor, referee, master rank examiner, Master Coach (the highest level of certification), and he was named United States Judo Coach of the Year for 1999. He has also been designated as a Master Coach by the US Association of Blind Athletes.

In his book, Judo Unleashed, Neil attempts to cover the major throws and other techniques addressed in the Kodokan syllabus with pictures, foot notes and tips.

The book begins with an extensive Introduction (Chapter 1) and First Part (Chapters 2 - 5) which cover the history and origins of Judo, as well as Judo theory, philosophy and fundamentals. These first two sections may bore some, but I found them to have some interesting historical information, among other things. The toughest part of the book for me to get through was the first part "Judo Fundamentals." It is in an incredibly basic Part consisting of 4 chapters intended to help those first beginning Judo to learn how to... learn, basically. It also discusses some of the basic Judo terms and vocabulary, Judo theory and physics, how Judo improves ones character and the classification of Judo techniques.

When I first picked up the book I skipped right over the first 5 chapters and Chapter 6 - "Principles of Throwing." Instead I went right to the chapters containing the throwing techniques that I was most interested in, and then briefly skimmed over the grappling techniques at the end of the book. But, after going back through the book for the 5th or 6th time, I took the time to read all of the chapters that I had previously skipped. It was a bit of a chore for me to do so, but I really needed to learn some of the topics and vocabulary addressed in the first 6 and last 3 chapters.

The book is filled with very clear and at times, quite stunning, photographs. The book is nicely broken up into the various types of throws (Koshi waza (hip throws), Te waza (hand throws), Ashi waza (leg throws) and Sutemi waza (sacrifice throws)). Each of the addressed throws is accompanied with a description which sometimes includes a bit of history about the throw, approximately 3 key points about executing the throw, about 3 serial photographs of the throw being executed and a footprint pattern showing the foot position for both the Uke and the Tori. Some throws may also include a variation (with photographs), close up photos of the grips, and explanations of set up throws, follow up throws, combinations and possible counters. However, it is important to note that all of these topics are merely touched upon in this book and there is no in depth discussion on any particular throw or technique. Perhaps the biggest shortcoming of this book for me is that each throwing technique is only accompanied by a minimal amout of photographs and description. Some of these throws are just too complex to address in only 3 photographs for seasoned Judokas, but might serve beginners and those of us needing only a reference better.

As a BJJ guy, I am admittedly overly critical of Part 3, "Grappling Techniques." In this part each technique is only accompanied by about 1 photograph each, however, they tend to show more than one variation of each technique. Very little, if any info, is given about how to get into the particular pinning situations and absolutely zero information is given about how to re-counter an opponent defending your initial turnover attempt. I realize that my criticism of this aspect can spark arguement about the Judo ground game in competition - that there's only enough time to attempt one turnover technique, therefore, why learn re-counters or follow up turnover techs? I disagree with this arguement. A skilled grappler or ground technician can re-counter most turnover defenses quite quickly and seamlessly, and perhaps the shortcoming is not in the rules of competition Judo, but in the ground skill of the competitors.

As for the chapters covering submission techniques (Shime waza (choking techniques) and Kansetsu waza (joint locks)), again, I am perhaps being overly critical. In each of these chapters there is some nice background information and a bit of anatomy and physiology on how the particular submissions work. Side note for BJJ guys: only chokes and elbow locks are allowed in Judo competitions (Kimuras, Americanas and Omoplatas (Ude garami) are also allowed). Most variations of the straight armlock (Juji gatame, Udi gatame, Hiza gatame, Sankaku gatame) are addressed. However, BJJ players may recognize a favorite technique of theirs is absent from this chapter - the straight armlock from the guard. In fact, the guard position is not even addressed in this book whatsoever. To some of us more experienced Judo and BJJ players we can see that some of the submissions and turnovers are being executed from the guard position, but this fact is not clearly indicated for the uninformed beginner.

In regards to the choking and armlock techniques, I noticed several techniques that were either applied technically incorrect, or would not actually be applicable against a resisting opponent or skilled grappler.

As expected, this book is devoid of the ground game and most of the more common and popular submissions. However, if you are buying this book for these reasons you are misappropriating your funds. This is a Judo book focused more on throws and background of the sport than anything else.

Judo Unleashed is an excellent Judo book for beginners and for those of us requiring a reference material with photographs to help us stay familiar with our less than favorite techniques. It is extensive in background, history, theory and philosphy of the art/sport. The text covers the major throws of Judo and provides a "Cliff Notes" version behind many of the techniques with some supplemental information for each technique. While this book is not for those seeking information on competition strategy and techniques, or extensive information on any one particular technique or set of throws, it is still a welcome addition to any Judo library. I recommend this book particularly to beginners and those outside of the sport wishing to learn the fundamentals of Judo.