Am 2003 winner and grappling superstar Rickard Anderssen!
Rickard Anderssen is the best grappler in Europe in his weight division, period;
no one can come close to Rickards awesome strength and skills on the mats
and when he enters competitions in Europe, the gold medal already has his name
on it. A brown belt under Murilo Bustamante, Rickard heads the Hilti BJJ academy
in downtown Stockholm and passes his skills on to one of the best grappling teams
in Europe, always dominating the winners podium wherever they go.
by example and after a long injury lay off, Rickard took a team to the Pan Ams
this year and walked away with the gold medal in the masters division, with
hardly any preparation; now back on track and almost back at full strength, Rickard
has big plans both for himself and his students
by Carl Fisher 25 June 2003
: First things first, we have to start with the Pan Ams this year, quite an amazing
result for you?
Anderssen : I dont k now what to say, I had two fights, it was
heavy for me as I have not been training for a while and my stamina has been real
bad; I fought a JJ Machado student in the first round and a guy from Alliance
in the second, winning both on points and only giving away two points in both
next competition wise?
Anderssen : Im thinking maybe the Mundials in the Masters, but
I will have to get my cardio in better condition (laughs)
else came out with you?
Anderssen : David Bielkheden, Altan Celik, Matt Svenson, David Lejenas
the smallest guy of the lot and Veija Nyman and Jason Brudvik came out as well,
he competed under Rodrigo Mendeiro as hes studying out here in Sweden; he
did very well and took second place in his division, he has a nice style and a
guys are improving all the time and I have noticed some belt promotions since
I last came here?
Anderssen : Yes, I have three purple belts at the moment I gave two
of them and Murilo gave David his belt when we out in Brazil and Murilo gave me
my brown in September 2002, I was fighting against some brown belts in his academy
and had to show my skills.
did it feel?
Anderssen : Nice (laughs)
are 6 brown belts now in Scandinavia I believe?
Anderssen : Yes thats right; the growth of BJJ here is improving
all the time, I like the development and it has to be like that.
often do you go to Brazil?
Anderssen : Once or twice a year and the rest of the time I train with
the guys here and go against them all the time.
thing I have noticed about the classes are that they are very competition based;
how did you develop this approach?
Anderssen : Its because I compete a lot and I want the guys to
compete and they love to compete so all the training is based around the positions
you find in actual competition, its the only way to train and it works well
at the events we enter as we always come back with medals (laughs)
team were very dominant in the Exhale event earlier last month?
Anderssen : Yes I was very pleased with the result as I have been away
for the last six months with other things and I was pleased that the guys have
been continuing to train hard; now I am back I have other students who help me
out at the academy and we are back on track. I am still not fully fit so am training
hard myself as well.
still interested in the NHB side?
Anderssen : Oh yes but I need to get fully fit first.
you fight in the UK again?
Anderssen : Oh yes, I love the place I mean the people are good and
they like to fight and Id like to come out with a proper team and have good
fights, the English are nice people and like to fight.
did you get involved with BTT?
Anderssen : I went to Brazil the first time in 1996 with Richard Bohlenius
I remember, you went down with the Sambo gear?
Anderssen : (Laughs) Oh yes we did after watching the UFC tapes, we
went to Gracie Barra for two months and we got bashed up a lot, a lot (laughs)
it was a new experience like being reborn we went on the mats in our Sambo
gear and they ended up fooling around and beating us up (laughs) and then I returned
to Sweden and bought many tapes and spent hours in the front room learning in
front of the TV and then went to Brazil and the States each year and in 98 went
to the BTT academy and I will never change academies.
is it you like about the place?
Anderssen : All the guys there are very nice and polite to my students
and I like my teacher a lot.
you had Murilo over here yet?
Anderssen : Not yet, but we are planning to do so in October this year;
we had Pedro Duarte here a while ago, a good black belt and thats been about
do you think will get the black belt first in Scandinavia?
Anderssen : Who knows, who cares (laughs) I think Jon Einemo should
hes been pretty awesome since ADCC 2001?
Anderssen : Yes and hes still a purple belt, crazy (laughs) I
mean he should get the black belt right now, no doubt about that after 2003 event.
you have like to have been in the event?
Anderssen : Oh yes, but I was unable to through my knee injury; they
offered me the chance to fight there, but to fight when you are not fully fit,
I dont like to do that.
does the future hold now you are back on track?
Anderssen : Just build the club up and make it stronger and enter as
many competitions as possible; I am not going to do seminars this year, just like
to concentrate on the club mainly.
thanks for the interview
Anderssen : Thank you
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