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Grant Brothers MMA hosts summer BBQ with Chuck Liddell

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

When the Iceman cometh to your MMA gym, you know you’ve hit the bigtime.

That must be how the Grant Brothers Boxing and MMA Gym feels these days. In less than two years, the training facility has become one of Canada’s best and brightest. The likes of Gray Maynard, Mark Bocek, Dan Hardy, Roy Nelson and Claude Patrick have stopped by to train and chat. Fighters like Sean Pierson and Wagnney Fabiano train there.

And now, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell will co-host a summer barbecue this Saturday, August 27 at the gym, located at 4884 Dufferin Street, unit 6 in Toronto, Ontario. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Want a free autograph or photo with the former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion? Liddell is available until 7:30 p.m. Then, he’ll hold a press conference at the barbecue to make a major announcement. From 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., he’ll make himself available for one-on-one interviews on a first-come, first serve basis.

If hanging with Chuck Liddell isn’t your cup of tea (yeah, right), the Grant Brothers summer barbecue has plenty more to offer. Rockstar Energy and GP8 Water will be on hand to provide free drinks and Headrush Clothing will give away free clothing.

Barbecue guests will also get their shot at some cool prizes. Signing up for the gym enters you in a draw for a trip to Las Vegas; entering the GP8 Fitness challenge also qualifies you for prizes.

The fun doesn’t end at 9:00 p.m. For all the UFC fans out there, Grant Brothers MMA will screen UFC 134: Silva versus Okami live and free. The event will feature lots of Brazilians – including Muay Thai legends Anderson Silva and Shogun Rua.

For more  information on the Grant Brothers MMA summer barbecue, call 416-736-7770 or e-mail info@grantbrothersmma.com. You can also inquire at the Grant Brothers front reception.

Anyone looking for a one-on-one interview with Chuck Liddell, Grant Brothers ownership or Headrush clothing can contact Mimi Ngo at 647-267-4692 or e-mail Mimi.ngo@umusic.com.

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UFC 100

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Who ever thought there’d be a UFC 2, let alone 100!? 

Anyways, UFC 100 is taking place this Saturday and will feature one of the biggest and best fight cards – if not the best – ever.  So big in fact that it doesn’t even need a title; or maybe Dana ran out of them.

UFC 100 will be stacked with future hall of famer’s Frank Mir, Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, Dan “Hendo” Henderson and possibly Brock “Who Needs Technique?” Lesnar.  Yes, the MMA Gods do have a sense of humor.

Less known, but no less exciting, is the UFC debut of Judo ace Yoshihiro Akiyama.  No stranger to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Akiyama has made a name for himself in Japan’s K-1 circuit where he holds a record of 12 wins, one loss and 2 no contest; albeit not without controversy.  It seems that a combination of dipping into the Oil of Olay – no doubt giving him an ageless appearance – and mom using too much fabric softener on the gi (hate when that happens) has plagued Akiyama and his opponents; especially those trying to get a hold of him.  Hopefully we’ve seen the last of these ‘Slipperyama’ tactics.

Speaking of monikers – and no, I don’t make this s@%t up – is Akiyama’s pseudonym; that of Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama.  Now if that doesn’t put the fear into you, nothing will.  He’ll be taking on Alan “The Talent” Belcher whose MMA record speaks for itself at 14 wins and 5 losses (2 by decision). 

And just so Akiyama doesn’t feel so all alone in his UFC debut is the entry of fellow Judoka Dong Hyun Kim who holds an MMA record of 11 wins and no losses.  Fighting Kim will be Canadian submission expert TJ “No Gimmick” Grant, who holds an MMA record of 14 wins (12 by submission) and 2 losses.

UFC 100 may just live up to the hype this time around.  Stay tuned…

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The Curious Case of Judo in MMA

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Wrestling, Muay Thai, BJJ, Karate and even Sambo have them, which begs the question: “Why doesn’t Judo?” 

In question is the absence of world-class Judo and Judoka from the list of Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title holders over the years.  The situation becomes even more curious when one considers the effectiveness of Judo techniques in Mixed Martial Arts events.

But  in order to compete and win you have to show up.  And to date, world-class Judoka have mostly been absent from both UFC and MMA events.  Perhaps neither holds interest for these world class athletes.

Or is it a case of the Judo community holding itself to a higher standard, preferring to not be associated with what some see as a modified version of ‘Pro Wrestling’, albeit with out pre-determined outcomes.  Historically, Japanese Judo Players that have participated in Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling events, either in or outside of Japan, were often shunned from the Judo Community, with ranks/dans frozen for life followed by permanent expulsion.

Perhaps Judo – a softer and kinder version of Japanese Combat Jiu Jitsu less strikes and lethal joint locks – doesn’t lend itself to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  Maybe modern Judo is a true Olympic sport and has no place in professional fighting.

That said, Judo techniques are frequently used by top level UFC and MMA stylists including takedowns, throws, arm locks and chokes. In fact, The Kimura arm lock has been known in Judo as udi garami for over 125 years, along with The Triangle Choke (Sankaku Jime) and the most common arm lock in MMA; long known as Juji Gatame in Judo.

Despite the preamble, Judo could and should hold a prominent place among the UFC and MMA’s elite.  Despite weak representation to date, the few Judoka that have ventured into MMA have tasted success.

Case in point: Hedihiko Yoshida – 1992 Olympic Judo Gold Medalist – has a number of MMA wins to his credit against notable opponents including Don Frye, Mark Hunt, Maurice Smith, Tank Abbott and Royce Gracie.

Karo Parysian – considered the best yet at adapting Judo to No-Gi MMA has wins over notable mixed martial artist’s Ryo Chonan, Josh Burkman, Drew Fickett, Matt Serra, Chris Lytle, Nick Diaz, Shonie Carter, Scott Davis and more.

But the latest Judoka to enter the scene may have the best chance yet at raising Judo’s profile as an MMA contender.  The Judoka in question is Satoshi Ishii – 2008 Olympic 100kg Gold Medalist.

With a solid Judo pedigree and training partners like Lyoto Machido & Fedor Emelianenko,  Ishii should have a leg up transitioning from Judo to MMA. 

If Ishii can put together a decent striking game and defense, he should be a force to be reckoned with, perhaps giving Judo some much needed MMA cred and its rightful place among MMAs elite.

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International Mixed Martial Arts Association 2009

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Mixed Martial Artists in Windsor, Southwestern Ontario and beyond will be meeting, greeting and competing on July 25th and 26th at the WFCU Centre in Windsor Ontario for The International Mixed Martial Arts Association’s SHOGUN League and Tournament Series. 

Billed as “The only league created for the cross training mixed martial artist,” the competition is open to all systems and fighting styles including:
• Kobudo/Weapons
• Grappling (Gi and No Gi)
• Hybrid Sparring
• Point Fighting – ‘Touch Contact’

About The International Mixed Martial Arts Association
An Educational Institution for martial arts (modern and traditional) and martial artists, The International Mixed Martial Arts Association (IMMAA) is open to all combat systems and styles from around the world.  As such, they work with a number of national and international organizations in an effort to ensure that their competitions and rules are in accordance with many national and international governing bodies. 

Special appearances will be made at this year’s event my by MMA standouts Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout and Mark “The Machine” Hominick.

For more information, visit http://www.shogun.kkbk.org/ or contact shogun@kkbk.org

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MMA Legend Appearing in Toronto

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Wanderlei Silva will be appearing on Saturday July 4th 2009 at Revolution Mixed Martial Arts School in Toronto Ontario.  The seminar will feature MMA and Striking techniques as demonstrated by Silva, one of the best in the game.

Silva, who goes by the moniker “the axe murderer,” is a striking specialist best  known for meting out vicious Muay Thai knees to the heads and bodies of opponents.  Silva is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Gracie, Jr. and the former Pride Middleweight (205lb) and Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix champion.

During a prolific MMA career that has spanned over 10 years – with the scar tissue to provie it – Silva has fought a who’s who of UFC and Pride fighters such as Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Dan Henderson and Keith Jardine, to name a few.  Adding to the list of notable MMA fighters he’ll have faced is Rich Franklin, who Silva will meet at UFC 99 on June 13th in Germany.  The fight should be entertaining even though it has no ramifications for any UFC division.

Hardcore Silva fans will also be able to purchase ‘Wanderlei Action Figures’ and other Silva memorabilia at the seminar. 

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