Chuck vs Rickson

Chuck Norris Seminar

Unknown Whereabouts

1988

Chuck Norris vs Rickson Gracie

Everyone points to UFC 1, which occurred in Denver in 1993, as the primary introduction of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the general public.  While most of us credit this event as the inspiration for joining the lifestyle, two smaller events preceding UFC 1 that introduced the Gracie Family to us.  In 1989, Playboy Magazine published an article about Rorion and his brothers (I have posted a reprint here).  But before the article, Chuck Norris brought all the brothers in for a seminar in 1988.  It is believed to be a seminar for the US Airforce, but a few years ago, I met a person who attended the seminar and he said it was for anyone.  Regardless, this is some quick footage of Chuck squaring off with Rickson.

Chuck, I love your sidekick attempt, but welcome to Mata Leon!

Enjoy Chuck vs Rickson.

ps.  Read some of the comments.  

Adam vs Erberth

Absolute Championship Berkut Jiu Jitsu 10

Undercard Match

January 2018

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Adam Wardzinski vs Erberth Santos

A few things you want to know about Adam Wardzinski:  He is from Poland, which has a massive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu presence;  He has one of the best butterfly guards amongst active competitors; and he competes, a lot.  Adam has participated in just about every promotion:  IBJJF, UAEJJF, Copa Podio and ACB.   He is just as comfortable without the Gi and he is in it as he just won the European Qualifier for the -88 kg division for 2019 ADCC.    If you want a person to study the guard, Adam is a good choice.

Erberth Santos is a monster on the mats, when he is on.  His game is relentless, powerful, and violent when he is locked in.  When he is not on, he can crash and burn very quickly.  He too has competed a lot – IBJJF, UAEJJ, Copa Podio and has a number of championships to his name.   He competes primarily in the Gi so that he can deploy his violent drop seoi nagi throw.

This MFM showcases the calm, weathering of the storm by the quiet polish grappler and the quick dominance, then crash by the Brazilian.

Enjoy Adam vs Erberth

A note about the ACB format.  Each match is three 5 minute rounds with a minute rest in between to simulate a MMA fight.  The match can end at anytime via submission, but if you win the round via points, they they score it 10-9 or 10-8 round.  At the end of 3 rounds (5 for titles) they tally that score instead of the points accumulated through technique.  I know, weird.  But, ACB is a Russian promotion and may now be defunct due to financial irregularities.