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Gary Spiers Dead
Well known martial artist Gary Spiers was found dead in his apartment on friday, Condolences to his family and friends. Carl Fisher 21 February 2001
Fighters, promoters and fans - lend me your ears!
As most of you are now aware, as well as reporting for SFUK, I am also European Correspondent for the Abu Dhabi Combat Club. My aims are to promote the growth of submission wrestling and NHB throughout Europe and this is done by reporting on actual events, as well as interviewing the leading names on the fight circuit. I also have the unenviable task of travelling Europe, training at various academies, before reporting on my stay there.
I am receiving e-mails from Europe every week inviting me over to their academies to this end I have been to Holland twice this year and will be there again in March. Then I am off to Brussels the week after, then fingers crossed Abu Dhabi, Spain will be next and then Scandanavia. I am also in Paris in June to train and hold seminars for Gael Coadic, before shooting off to Oz for a year to train in BJJ.
If you think your club and fighters are the best then give me a call and we can sort something out there are only so many weekends in the year and they are filling up fast - I cannot report on something I dont get to hear about!
My reports go to Abu Dhabi, Budo International and many websites throughout the world. Each week I expand my contacts more, so you are all doing your clubs and fighters a major disservice between us we can spread the word and give the UK MMA scene a much needed higher profile. So let us make the UK a force to be reckoned with!
Carl Scoop Fisher
Call me on 07748 900334 anytime or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fighters on the mend
Lee Hasdell is recovering well from the eye injury that forced his withdrawl from MB2. He may even fight again. Lee's also hooked up with a big US MA company, but more on that at a later date.
Dexter Casey's knee has been re-diagnosed as a cartilage problem, rather than the more serious medial ligament problem as suspected. This means a far simpler operation and rehab. Hopefully Dex will be back.
SFUK 20 February 2001
Carlson Gracie Black Belt Seminars
On the 10 & 11 March, a blackbelt of Carlson Gracie will be giving a seminar at Remco Pardoel's Gym. He is a great guy, we've met him before and he is really good, he has also his own BJJ federation. His name is Jose Marcello Figueira Rodrigues or 'Ze Marcello". Click for his website. Costs are: 1 day: 75 guilders 2 days: 100 guilders. If you wish to participate please contact Wiggert and check out Remco's site www.pardoelsports.com . Submitted by Wiggert, 19 February 2001
Vests & Training Shorts New In
Worn by London Shootfighters' Rob Sulski at the Tokei. Rob's recently recovered from a knee injury and will be competing in the Frank Shamrock Invitational in April. Here's a pic of Chris Milward at the Tokei.
The new 'Sprawl' series, vests and baggy training shorts are now in. Ideal for boxing, muay thai and grappling. The vest has SFUK printed on the back. Vests are priced at only £12 + p&p and are in M, L & XL. The heavyweight jersey Baggys have 2 side pockets and drawstring waist. The Baggys are in S, M, L & XL and are only £20 + p&p. Email for details.
SFUK 18 February 2001
RINGS : Heroes Live Forever!
Interviews from the event in Utrecht January 28 2001
Carl Fisher brings you interviews with Lee Hasdell, new Pride star, Heath Herring and Remco Pardoel ! Blow by blow fight report & pics coming soon.
UK fighters & instructors, if you want to be interviewed by Carl call : 0774 8900 334
February 16, 2001
SFUKED interviews the Bebe bearded Thai tyro, Usman, who explains why guys like James Zikic, Kamal Lock & Jon Thorpe cross train at Peacocks Gym.
"I believe that we've got THE best fighters here, I mean we've got Alex Reid from the eighties division, Michael Johnson from the seventies division. These guys are the top in their divisions and they will prove themselves to be the top in their divisions. We've got James Zikic, Kamal Lock and John Thorpe, I mean no more needs to be said. These guys are THE top, know what I'm saying?".....
SFUKED 15 February 2001
Message from Fred Rado: Hello guys! I've just come back from Japan with some good news. Funaki the master of pancrase will be in Paris for a seminar. Unfortunately due to his very busy diary he will probably not have time to come to see us in the UK...... So we gonna go to see him in Paris. On the same week end we will see the martial arts festival in bercy (as seen on eurosport you remember). It will be for the week end of the 24 of march. Any body interested should contact me by e-mail entries are limited....you have to be fast.
Fred Rado email@example.com
Official MB2 Lineup
The Lightheavyweights & Cruiserweights
International Vale Tudo, UK v USA
The Heavyweights -95kg & -100kg,
International Vale Tudo, UK vrs USA
Andy Jardine 15 February 2001
Doerkson Out of MB2
Bad news for sfuk'ers,the Zikic v Doerkson fight I've had to cancel,the reason: He is fighting for Rings USA on the 17 th of March.
So what I have done is; Joe Doerkson is to fight Lee Murray & James Zikic is to fight Jeremy Horn on Millenium Brawl 3 on Saturday 23rd of June 2001, same Venue,I will confirm all this by contract with Monte Cox before MB2, so I can announce it on the night, mayby get some flyers done in time. I'm sorry to let everyone down about the two Zikic fights I had planned, especially James.
Once again I appologise to all the fans on SFUK, please pass on my appologies. MB2 will still be a great show, and MB3 will be even better. Just 30 Standard tickets left for sale,If anyone wants ringside or vip,try contacting Lee Murray on: 07811-801870 - Andy Jardine, 14 February 2001
Pooch talks to Tito Ortiz...
" Sakuraba Vs Tito Ortiz match in the future. That guy is one of the best out there, I like people who go out and put on a show, like when Sakuraba fights, people are like, "this guy is awesome." When I watch him I think he is awesome. I think he is one of the best middleweights right now. I know I can beat him" Tito Ortiz.
13 February 2001
FORMA UK Update :
New Level 2 Referee awards
FORMA UK recently held a Sambo Referees course at the English Olympic Wrestling Centre, Salford, Manchester over the weekend of February 3rd and 4th 2001. The course consisted of a full day of theory practice on the first day, including scoring and refereeing techniques, overview of the rules, timekeeping, scoring and judging. The practical part of the exam was actually refereeing at the National Sambo Team Championships the day after - all four candidates passed with flying colours, and all passed to the National Level 2 Referee Award. The successful four were:
Steve Crutchley attended the theory part of the weekend and missed the practical side, due to Steve actually competing in the Team event. In order for the sport to move ahead and enjoy continual success in the UK, more people are needed to become officials and referees, so please help the growth of Sambo by attending such courses and then more International tournaments can be held on British soil. Congratulations to the successful candidates from all at FORMA UK.
Click link for full report & pics!
Carl Fisher SFUK, ADCC Europe - 12 February 2001
Shamrock Invitational Update
Competitor update So far we have received applications from UK and France as well as the Nordic countries, the interest is huge. The last application date is the 23rd of March and according to our experience most applications will come the last week...
Question about rules The only question we have had about the rules is the use of the gi/kimono, therefore we have made a small addition to the rules (the new text is highlighted): Uniform of competitorÕs choice (gi/kimono, tights/shorts etc.). Matches will not be halted to adjust uniform. Both competitors may use the gi/kimono to perform or enhance techniques (throws, submissions etc). Competitors may not pull or hold tights/shorts if that is the only uniform worn. Paper version of rules and application As soon as the poster is printed the paperversion of the rules and application will be released (including poster and flyers). If you are uncertain if we have your postal address please send it to us...
If you have any questions or suggestions, please don't hesitate to mail me! Best regards August Wallen - 11 February 2001
Gael Coadic - Machado JJ Rep
Carlos Machado with Gael
We will be posting an interview with Gael Coadic, creator of Bugei, European Machado JJ representative and host of the upcoming Paris Open Grappling championship, in the next few days.
Mr Coadic will be holding his first seminar outside of France in Dublin in April and is eager to hold more seminars in the UK. If you are interested in hosting a seminar or fighting in the Paris Open Grappling championship please contact firstname.lastname@example.org - 10 February 2001
24 of February, August Wallen, the big cheese at Shooters is to fight in USA to defend his ISFA World Champion title.
7th of April, Frank Shamrock Invitational - get your entries in!
5-6th of May, August Wallen seminar in Derby.
Shooters hope to have a competition during the fall/autumn in UK.
SFUK 8 February 2001
Chris Milward in Belgium Judo Open
Highly rated MMA fighter, Chris Milward has been competing hard in his first love, Judo, here's the latest from the Belgium Open.
"Belgium was a tough trip for the team that got selected to fight there I lost to an established German boy by a strangle which was a bit of a bummer he went on to take bronze his only loss was to the junior world champion on the saturday the GB team won about 8 matches gaining 1 fifth place. On sunday we won 2 matches from a team of 26 people. We won 10 matches all weekend the tournament really was too tough for the team selected obviously there are exceptions" Chris Milward.
SFUK 6 February 2001
Dex warned us about them,.............. - SFUK 6 February 2001
I want Doerkson - Lee Murray
Lee Murray wants to fight Joe Doerkson! After losing to Doerkson by keylock in Extreme Challenge 34, Murray demands a rematch. He suggests that James Zikic fights Chris Bacon instead. Zikic has lost twice to Bacon, so a double rematch may be on the cards. SFUK 6 February 2001
Zikic v Doerkson
Promoter Andy Jardine has confirmed that, James Zikic will be fighting Joe Doerkson, who replaces the injured Lee Hasdell in Millenium Brawl 2.
Canadian Joe Doerksen fights for Team Extreme, he fights at around 190-195 lbs. His last fight was against The Shark Tanks John Alessio who lost to Pat Miletich at UFC 26. Joe won the fight by rear naked choke at 3:48 of round 2. Joe has been a student of BJJ for 4 1/2 years under Rodrigo Mondruca. Joe has been studying boxing and kickboxing for the last six months and has a greatly improved stand up game. Joe is fast and aggressive which will appeal to fans. He's has had success in the Bas Rutten Challenge, Extreme Challenge and Superbrawl. He's already beaten one of the UK's best, Lee Murray in Extreme Challenge 34. Both Joe and Jamie seem to be very evenly matched. This will be a helluva fight.
Thanks to Pooch. SFUK 4 February 2001
New BJJ Books
The Technique for February is up at www.jiu-jitsu.net Click here to see the technique This month's technique is from the JIU-JITSU.NET Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Technique Calendar. We should be sold out soon, so order yours while supplies last.
Updates - I am working hard on two new books: An advanced version of the BJJ Handbook (should be ready by this spring/summer) and a Really cool book of Advanced Escapes (ready by this winter). Stay on the Mailing list for updates about the release. We will be offering substantial discounts for all of you who purchased the original version of the BJJ Handbook (still available at the site). The new book will be filled with both Beginner and Advanced techniques with and without a gi. I'm really excited about this book and can't wait to realease it this spring.
It was originally intended to be the BJJ Complete - but was a better book as an Advanced version of The BJJ Student Handbook. Again, If you have already purchased the book, save your order number, that will be the key to a huge discount on the next book. If you are intending on ordering the Original BJJ Handbook - it is still available now, so buy it now & save your order number for the discount on the next book - your patronage and kind support will not go unrewarded. Thanks & Enjoy, Aranha
Click here for reviews on SFUK of the BJJ Handbook. 4 February 2001
Lee Hasdell - Eye injury - No MB2
Lee Hasdell was involved in a training accident this week. He was holding the thai pads when his student hit the wrong pad sending the corner of the pad into Lee's eye. The injury was serious enough for Lee to be taken to Stoke Mandaville Hospital, where he was diagnosed as having a dented and torn cornea.
This is the 3rd injury to the same eye (the last one was when he was hit in the eye by Volk Han in Japan). Doctors have advised Lee not to fight. Unfortunately this means the much anticipated fight with James Zikic @ MB2 is cancelled.
The dent in the cornea has now gone, but it remains to be seen how the cut repairs and if there will be any long term effects on Lee's vision.
All the staff at SFUK wish Lee Hasdell a swift and full recovery. 2 February 2001
Hasdell on the Beeb & MTV
A documentary called 'Total Fight Club' about Lee Hasdell, Danny Batten and Tahir Rashid will be shown on regional (East) BBC 2 next thursday at 7.30 pm. The programme will feature footage from Lee fighting in Japan, Ring of Truth 3 and training at Shin Senjutsu in Milton Keynes. There will also be a phone-in about the programme on local BBC radio after the broadcast.
Lee's video with singer Shea Seger is now complete. It's due for release this month. Look out for the video for her single 'Clutch' on MTV.
Muay Thai/Free Fight Extravaganza!
Not content with producing a first class nights entertainment at the recent Rings Heroes live Forever event in Utretch, Holland on January 28th 2001, the Dutch boys are at it again with a Muay Thai/Free Fight event at the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Sunday 18th March 2001, with a line up to bring tears to your eyes - check out theses names
And many more will be competing on the night. SFUKs own roving reporter, Carl Fisher will be there in attendance at ringside, bringing MMA fans a blow-by-blow account of the whole tournament, so dont miss it!
Carl Fisher, 2 February 2001
Finally the results from the BJJ Open event held in London on the 21st of January. Carl Fisher, 2 February 2001
MMA Star, Dexter Casey retires
I have withdrawn from Millennium Brawl 2. I am retiring from Vale Tudo for a number of reasons. My left knee needs an operation that I have been putting off for a long time. I get a lot of pain from it when I wrestle. I am seeing a knee specialist on the 7th to begin the process of sorting this out. My cardiologist who I saw on the 18th says that I am still at risk of stroke when I am at the higher end of the exertion scale. I performed an exercise test and had various scans and tests done, I am basically not far from being normal except for when I am at peak exertion.
I am sorry to disappoint many of you who were hoping to see me fight at MB2
SFUK 30 January 2001
Double Dutch. 2 reports from Carl Fisher, who's been hanging out with MMA legend, Remco Pardoel. Check both these links out.
New Barra Times
New times and location for BJJ with Mauricao Gomes - Click here
Hasdell in No Contest
"It was the strangest fight I have had to date, Sander had been taining in Thaiboxing & was hoping to use this against me, I got tipped of a few weeks ago so I change my game plan to use Submission. Sanders was wearing gloves I decided to use open hand (no gloves) & use the old Shoot Style leg Protectors, this confused Sander & he had no game plan to counter it.
The fight started I shot straight in & tied up the Ref broke us up then I shot straight in again, Sander looked to his corner for help, we then went to the ground & I was looking for a leg lock, I know Sander has a fear for this.
The Ref then split us up, I was still getting up when Sander ran in & threw a knee strike straight to my head while I was sitting down, this concussed me & Darren my cornerman jumped in & the Ref said that Sander was disqualified, I was very angry so I jumped up & tried to attack Sander by this time me & Darren were out numbered by about 6000 to 2 so I did'nt take it further (lucky Dutch guys LOL), the officials then said if I do not continue then it is a no contest event though Sander was already disqualified. Because of the cut & concussion Darren advised me not to fight so I did'nt, I was still confused but many fighters said that I did the right thing.".....continued
Lee Hasdell 30 January 2001 - full report soon.
For the best RINGS news we recommend Yoshi's Rising Flame site
Sambo Referee Course
There's a Sambo referees course in Salford on Saturday the 3rd Feb. The team Sambo event is due Sunday 4th Feb, Weigh in 10am. - scroll down for details in previous news item. Carl Fisher 25 January 2001
"When applying a 'Straddle mount', in BJJ terms 'caught in the guard', place one foot flat next to the hip of the adversary, as he grabs for your ankle, shift your weight to that foot and throw the opposite leg around his leg while trapping it in your armpit. From here execute an Achilles tendon submission..... article by Scott Sonnon, SFUKU 24 January 2001
Swiss BJJ Seminars
The Vacirca Jiu-Jitsu Academy is proud to announce, that we will have two TOP experts of BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU in Zurich:
10/11. February 2001 - Master EDSON CARVALHO (5. Degree) 24/25.
March 2001 - Prof. FABIO GURGEL (3. Degree) 8 hours each seminar of pure fighting techniques...
For only Fr. 150.- each seminar or both Fr. 280.- (Swiss francs) For informations, and application form, contact Franco Vacirca at Tel. 079 395 38 78, Fax +41 (01) 813 35 39, E-mail: email@example.com
The seminars will be held at: VACIRCA JIU-JITSU ACADEMY, EISFELDSTRASSE 16, 8050 ZURICH OERLIKON (SWITZERLAND) Free accomodation in the academy; hotel list available.
GET READY TO TAP... Best regards, VACIRCA ACADEMY
Frank Shamrock Invitational News
Here is information about and rules of Frank Shamrock Invitational : an open Submission Wrestling event. Click for details of rules, accomodation etc.
The competition will be held in Gothenburg Sweden on the 7th of April. The winner in each weight class will be invited to Frank Shamrock's Championship Tournament in the US, which is to be held in May or June. In addition the winner will receive an air ticket (conducted tour) to the competition in the US. You apply by the Fighter Application form. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me!
Best regards August Wallen
Shooters Shootfighting Viktoriagatan 19 SE- 411 25 Gothenburg Sweden
phone +46 31 7017700 mobile +46 709 986818
22 January 2001
MB2 Only 150 tickets left
Message from promoter Andy Jardine: "there are only 150 tickets left for Millenium Brawl 2. You can get them from me (email or phone 0778 8163653), or better still buy from the fighters as it increases their purse. Kamal Lock is a great fighter to support, buy your tickets from him". Kamal can be reached at 0207 3725936.
21 January 2001
Belfast MMA Amateur Trials - 25 Feb
As you all know, the recent events organised by Thomas Lamont & Jonny Burrows' Unavoidable Productions have been a great success. Sold out venues. Keep you eyes on the site for more news on this. For further info you can call Jonny Burrows on the number below or email SFUKU@SFUK.net
Fred in Belfast - Pancrase Seminar
Fred Rado is teaching a seminar in Belfast in association with Chum Sut Total Fighting. February 24th. This will be a small seminar, so book your early. You can call Jonny Burrows 0796 8060137 - SFUKU 16 January 2001
MB2 Fight Card - Hasdell v Zikic
submitted by Usman 11 January 2001
Grappling Games - Las Vegas
The 1st ever International Grappling Games Las Vegas is where its going to happen. We are hosting six mats of nonstop sport grappling with a kimono on Saturday and six mats of nonstop submission wrestling.... click for more info
Rafiel Torre, 11 January 2001
MB2 Tickets on sale
Andy Jardine's selling tickets to the Millenium Brawl 2. The Ultimate Fight Night was packed, so get these early. £18 Standard, £25 Ringside, £225 - 6 person VIP Table, £300 - 8 person VIP Table. Call Andy on 0778 8163653
Luta Livre hits the UK
On Sunday 25th February 2001 at the Latchmere Leisure Centre, Burns Road, Battersea London, the Luta Livre Submission Wrestling Open Championship European Tournament will be held for the Copa Roberto Leitao. The event starts at 12.00pm and the closing dates for entry is 23rd February 2001. All members must have a valid membership card and the prices are as follows:-
Tickets for members UK LLSWA £5
Tickets for non members £10
Entry fees for members £15
Entry fee for non members £30
The event is sponsored by the UK Brazilian Ju Jitsu Association, Anaconda Brazilian Ju Jitsu and the UK Luta Livre Submission Wrestling Association.
For more details contact Chen Moraes by phone/fax on 00 44 (0) 208 488 9615
Carl Fisher SFUK Correspondent & ADCC Europe 9 January 2001
International BJJ Tournament
24 February 2001 International Open BJJ Tornament in Paris (France)
For more details people can contact me by E-mail or phone the French Hotline: 00 33 1 43 28 29 90, The following day, they will have a seminar with a Black Belt from Carlson Gracie. Fred Rado, 8 January 2001
MMA COMPETITORS WANTED NOW!
The Combat Sports Academy in association with Moon Light UK are pleased to announce their two latest mixed martial arts competition events.
COMBAT SPORTS OPEN TRIALS 2 Sunday 25th February 2001, Bath. After the sell-out success of the first trial, the Combat Sports Academy & Moon Light UK present their second trial event. The Combat Sports Open Trials 2 will be held on Sunday 25th February at Culverhay Sports Centre in Bath. Successful competitors at the trials will be invited back for the Combat Sports National Championship in May, to compete tournament-style for a National title, Title Belt and National recognition. The event is open to competitors of all styles and is full contact. Head shots are not permitted. All punches, kicks, knees, throws, takedowns and submissions allowed (full rules book and information pack available free of charge from below address). Look out for a feature on the first trial event in the martial arts magazines in January and February! The official video of the first trial is now available. All places (including spectators) must be booked in advance. There are strictly NO entries on the day.
COMBAT SPORTS SUBMISSION TRIALS 1 Sunday 29th April 2001, Bath The first of two trial events (the second is in June), this new format is set to take the UK by storm. The event is grappling-based and is full contact. Striking is not permitted but all throws, takedowns and submissions are allowed. For full information on the rules, contact the below address for a free information pack. Competitors who give a good performance at the trials will be invited back for the Combat Sports Submission Championship in August to compete tournament-style for a National title, Title Belt and National recognition. The event has been designed to allow martial artists of all backgrounds the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of mixed martial arts and to test their own skills and abilities. As usual, all entries (including spectators) must be received in advance are there are strictly NO entries on the day. Weight categories for both events are as follows: -75kg : Lightweight -85kg : Middleweight -95 : Heavyweight -105kg : Super Heavyweight +105kg : Freeweight
For full information on these and more forthcoming events please contact: MOON LIGHT UK 12 Lower Oldfield Park Bath BA2 3HL Tel/Fax : (01225) 359666 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dale Adams 6 January 2001
Millenium Brawl Videos
MB1 videos are ready from Andy Jardine £19.95 Call 0778 816 3653 for details
Tournament news from LA!
My good friend Ryan Gregg from Machado Ju Jitsu in Torrance Los Angeles informs me they will be hosting the International Grappling Games in Las Vegas on February 24th and 25th 2001. It is their intention to welcome as European coverage as they can and will be sending me more information over the next few days, so keep these dates handy in your diary. More news as it comes! Spread the word!
Carl Fisher, SFUK Correspondent, ADCC Europe and FORMA UK.
BJJ News from France
My good friend from www.bjjeurope.com informs me of the following :
Second International Grappling Open of Paris on Saturday April 28th 2001
This will take place at the Gymanse Leo Lagrange, 68 Boulevard Poniatovski 75012, Paris, the same place as last year, near the Bois de Vincennes. Weight classes are in effect and the weigh in is at 10.30 AM and entry will cost 100 FF ($12, £10, 15 Euros), 50FF or £5 to spectate. For further details contact the President of UIBGDA and Machado representative Gael Coadic on the following:-
00 33 164 30 84 14 or email email@example.com.
Carl Fisher, SFUK Correspondent, ADCC Europe and FORMA UK.
Judo Tournament News
If its ippons, jujis, and strangles youre after, then head on down to the Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Road, London N7 7NY on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2001, for the Second London Millennium Judo International. This was the largest event of its kind last year, entry wise, with a staggering total of 1032 judokas from afar afield as Europe Canada and Lithuania taking to the mats. This year, the event is expecting over 1100 entrants from all over the globe, making it one of the must see events of the year. There will be individual and team trophies up for grabs as well as junior, senior and veterans events for both male and female.
There is still time to enter, so for further details regarding fees, weight groups and rules, contact Bernard Richmond on the following :
Or alternatively visit their website at www.millennium-judo-international.co.uk.
ADCC Europe Correspondent Carl Fisher will be there the whole weekend covering the event, so get down and say hello.
Carl Fisher, SFUK Correspondent, ADCC Europe and FORMA UK.
Sambo Tournament News
Its time once again to dust off the old Sambo boots and head on down to the Olympic Wrestling Academy, Lower Broughton, Salford on Sunday 4th February 2001, for the National Team Sambo Championships. Organised by FORMA UK, there will be three weight categories; -74, -90 and over 90 Kilos, with teams entering from all corners of the country. If the last tournament was anything to go by, there will be some stiff opposition and displays of top quality Sambo throughout the day. As ever, Carl Fisher will be there to cover the event, throw by throw, so keep training and come on down and support this event which will be edge of the seat action all day.
For further details contact Carl Fisher on 00 44 (0) 7748 900334 or Matthew Clempner on 00 44 (0) 7968 795097.
Carl Fisher, SFUK Correspondent, ADCC Europe and FORMA UK.
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