World Championship Grappling: 2/13/16

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Today I had the great opportunity to quickly talk with a very busy man in Josh Saper, to touch base with him about his upcoming WCG promotion making its way to New England early in 2016.

Saper, owner of World Championship Grappling, a Mid-Atlantic promotion making its way to the great northeast by storm.

After several successful events, the venue and date has been set. I took the opportunity to sit down with Josh and ask about his organization, himself, and the event.

Prior to this interview:
(J3) (So to get a feeling of what WCG is all about, I headed online to good ole Youtube.com check out all the videos from the past events in this link below.)

 https://www.youtube.com/user/Championshipg

Needless to say after watching some amazing matches, I was impressed with a lot of the talent that this organization has!

(J3): Good afternoon sir, thanks for sitting down and taking the time to talk with me about your upcoming event, World Championship Grappling. At this point, let’s get the simple things out of the way, WHEN and WHERE will you next event take place?

Saper: The event will take place on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

https://www.facebook.com/sturbridgehosthotel/?fref=ts

(J3:) I have reached out to the Sturbridge Host Hotel personally to intercept some information for and fighters who wish to spend the night, and a small discount will be offered!!!

(J3:) What’s the seating capacity? Are you promoting in a cage, ring or open mat format?

Saper: THE SEATING CAPACITY WILL BE FOR 150-200 spectators.
I PREFER USING A RING BUT IT DEPENDS ON THE SIZE OF THE VENUE WE USE. IF NOT THEN 18’ X 18’ MATS ARE USED.

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(J3): “Alright, right off the bat, tell me whose currently in this one on one style GI/NOGI grappling style event ?

Saper: “It really is an amazing GI/NOGI card stacked with some of New Englands premier names in grappling. Here are the matches currently setup for February’s event.”

MAIN EVENT
MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
DAN SIMMLER, CHAMPION (ABUSADO TEAM) VS THIAGO AQUINO (TEAM LAWTON)
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE
 FRANK ROSENTHAL (RENZO GRACIE NORTHVALE) VS RODRIGO RAMOS (GRACIE HUMAITA)

HEAVYWEIGHT NOGI
CHRIS RAMSEY (BJJ GLOBTROTTERS) VS  ADAM SAWYER (START BJJ) 

SPECIAL ATTRACTION IRON MAN CHALLENGE
(BEST OF 3 WINS, MATCH 1 GI, MATCH 2 NOGI, IN THE EVENT OF A TIE A COIN TOSS WILL DETERMINE WHETHER THE DECIDING MATCH WILL BE GI OR NOGI)

JOSEPH MCNEIL (ABUSADO TEAM) VS MIGUEL ODIO (INNER STRENGTH JIU JITSU)

MIDDLEWEIGHT GI
GRAYSON LOWERY (ABUSADO TEAM) VS GABRIEL RICHARD (PORT CITY JIU JITSU)
 LIGHTWEIGHT NOGI
KENNY LOVETERE (LAUZON MMA) VS MAX SIMONE (TEAM ABUSADO)

LIGHTWEIGHT NOGI
DANIEL HERNANDEZ (BRONX MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY) VS AARON TEVAY (GRACIE SEYMOUR)

WELTERWEIGHT NOGI
JARRID HEON (TEAM LINK/STRIKEZONE) VS MIKE TALBOT (LAUZON MMA)

MIDDLEWEIGHT GI
DIMITRI ERIKSON (EVOLUTION BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU) VS WILLIAM TRIAL (GRACIE FITNESS/JUNIKO)

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OPENWEIGHT GRAN PRIX (5 MATCHES)
1. NICK CAGGIA (TEAM ENDGAME/K DOJO)
2. RUSTAM CHIESIV (K DOJO)
3. SHAUN DURFEE (STONE COAST BJJ)
4. JAROD RAY LAWTON (TEAM LAWTON/NEW ENGLAND UNITED)
5. TYLER KING (CONNORS MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)
6. AARON TEVAY (GRACIE SEYMOUR)
7. ANDERW TEVAY (GRACIE SEYMOUR)
8. MIKE TALBOT (LAUZON MMA)

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Tyler King

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Mike Talbot

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Rustam Chsiev

 

 

 

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Aaron & Andrew Tevay

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Shaun Durfee

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Jarod Lawton

(J3): Please describe how the Openweight Gran Prix will be done, Single elimination bracket style?

 Saper: PRO NOGI RULES APPLY, SINGLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT

A SEMINAR WILL BE HELD PRIOR TO THE EVENINGS EVENT WITH DAN SIMMLER, JARED LAWTON, AND SHAUN DURFEE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB (THEY ARE ALL DONATING THEIR TIME!)

(J3): Warm up areas for the competitors?
Saper: YES

(J3):How do we purchase tickets for our friends and family, or do they simply do it online, and how is that tracked?

Saper: TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE, FIGHTERS CAN JUST SHARE THE LINK AND SPECTATORS WILL JUST ENTER THE FIGHTERS NAME AT CHECKOUT AND FIGHTER WILL RECEIVE CREDIT AND COMMISSIONS AT WEIGH INS AND MEDICALS. Ticket prices range from $20-$30.00

(J3:) And in the personal opinion of the writer, well worth an event like this!

 (J3): Will there be any pictures of the fighters squaring up against one another prior to the competitions?

Saper: IN THE FUTURE WHEN PEOPLE Are MORE ADJUSTED WITH OUR FORMAT WE WILL DO MORE THINGS LIKE THIS, NIGHT BEFORE WEIGH INS, PROMOS, INTERVIEWS, ETC.

(J3): Have you thought of a Super Heavyweight division to allow for more diversity within your promotion?”

Saper: YES, HOWEVER WE DON’T HAVE A LARGE ENOUGH ROSTER/FOLLOWING YET TO ADD ADDITIONAL BELTS, WE CAN ALWAYS DO CATCHWEIGHTS ALSO.

(J3): So, now my big question is, who are your current champions in your current weight divisions?

Saper:

155 (TO BE BELTED 2-13-16)
170 (VACANT)
185 (DAN SIMMLER) (One of New Englands TOP grapplers)
205 (DAVID TKESHELASHVILI) (An amazing physical specimen of strength/tech)
2014 OPEN WEIGHT CHAMPION (RUSTAM CHESIEV) (Man’s simply meant to be a competitor)
2013 TEAM CHAMPIONS (RICARDO ALMEIDA BJJ)
2014 TEAM CHAMPIONS (SERRA BJJ)

(J3): Who will be your photographer for this event?
Saper:
 YES, GABRIEL RICHARDS WILL BE TAKING ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR THIS EVENT.

(Wow, competing and being a photographer, Gabe is a warrior and a hell of a talent in the combat sports photography arena)

 (J3): Do you currently have business sponsors?
Saper: APEX COMBAT SPORTS
TOP GAME SPORTS NUTRITION
STILL TALKING TO ADDITIONAL SPONSORS
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(J3): What is the current rules for the GI/NOGI, and special 3 round Ironman events:?

RULES

PRO NOGI

-Each Match Will Consist of (3) 3 Minute Rounds With 1 Minute Rest Periods Between Rounds

-Rounds are scored with a 10-point must system, based on the fighter’s ability to execute the following:

Takedowns, Submission Attempts, Sweeps, Control of Opponent, Aggression, & Defense.

-Match can be won four ways:

By Submission          By Decision          By Referee Stoppage          By Disqualification.

In the event of tie the winner is determined by the Referee.

World Championship Grappling:Pro Rules allow for techniques from all forms of grappling arts and therefore the rules allow for the fighter to be able to use his or her techniques without limitations.

  • All submissions are legal including neck cranks, all leg locks including inside heel hooks, outside heel hooks, and knee slicers are permitted. Bicep slicers and wrist locks are also permitted
  • All takedowns are legal including scissor and slamming takedowns.
  • No slamming from the Guard to escape submission, however slamming is allowed if opponent jumps guard and is not attacking,. In determining whether or not Controlled slam is legal, Referees will consider whether the slam was to avoid an attack or intention was to intentional hurt the opponents head and/or neck, i.e. spiking.
  • Submissions and Takedowns must be executed in order to obtain a finish, and not with the intention to cause permanent injury to opponent.
  • No strikes of any kind are allowed to any part of the body or head, by any part of the body or head including shouldering.
  • No clutching of the windpipe is permitted
  • Open hand posting is permitted
  • Smothering is permitted
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the eyes. Explicitly, no fingers, chin, palm heel, etc are allowed to press on or around the eyes.
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the groin, unless it is an inevitable and unintended result of a legitimate technique.
  • No pressure may be applied directly onto the nose unless it is an inadvertent consequence of a legitimate technique.
  • No fish hooking
  • No biting
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct
  • No spiking an opponent on his/her head.
  • No Small Joint Manipulation is permitted. No pulling a thumb or less than three fingers is permitted.
  • No pulling hair.
  • No pinching, twisting of skin.
  • No putting a finger or toe into any orifice.
  • No Interference by a corner with any official or fighter.
  • No attacking an opponent in any of these circumstances: 1.Before the fight has started. 2. After the fight has ended. 3. During a rest period between rounds 4. When an opponent is being looked at by the Medic or any other official.
  • No spitting while on the competition area is permitted.
  • No swearing is allowed by a fighter, also Coaches and Corners are held to these professional standards as well. Remember our events are recorded by professional production teams.
  • No throwing an opponent out or off the competition area, including charging the opponent through the ropes..
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • All competitors must pass weigh-ins and medicals before receiving clearance to fight. If any Officials, Doctors, or Staff feels this criteria has not been met, they will not allow the fighter to compete.
  • At a minimum mouthpiece should be worn
  • Wrestling/Martial Arts shoes are allowed in No Gi competition.
  • Ear guards (ear protectors) are not allowed in No Gi competition.
  • Excessive taping of hands, wrists and feet is not allowed.
  • Knee braces cannot have a solid portion that could result in injury.
  • No stalling is permitted.
  • No going out of bounds to avoid a submission, takedown, or technique. Purposefully exiting and/or using the ring to avoid a submission. This will result in Penalty or Disqualification.
  • If applicable no grabbing the ropes, fence, or using the competition platform to defend against opponents techniques, or to attack your opponent.
  • Blood rule. Because there is no blood testing for grappling, a competitor who cannot control the bleeding will not be allowed to continue. In the event of bleeding, the Referee will stop the clock and allow the competitor a reasonable amount of time to stop the bleeding. If the competitor continues to bleed, that competitor will be disqualified. Bleeding is defined as an amount of blood that shows when a white cloth is pressed on the area.
  • No competitor can compete with a communicable skin disease, including ringworm, impetigo, herpes, etc.
  • Hair Rule: Women and Men with long hair are required to have her/his hair tied in such a fashion as to not interfere with the match. Due to the potential for injury to the eyes, and otherwise interfering with the normal play of a match, spiked hair, particularly spiked Mohawks, of a length and consistency sufficient to cause irritation to the eyes are prohibited.
  • NO GREASING

PRO GI

-Each Match Will Consist of (3) 3 Minute Rounds With 1 Minute Rest Periods Between Rounds

-Rounds are scored with a 10-point must system, based on the fighter’s ability to execute the following:

Takedowns, Submission Attempts, Sweeps, Control of Opponent, Aggression, & Defense.

-Match can be won four ways:

By Submission          By Decision          By Referee Stoppage          By Disqualification.

In the event of tie the winner is determined by the Referee.

World Championship Grappling:Pro Rules allow for techniques from all forms of grappling arts and therefore the rules allow for the fighter to be able to use his or her techniques without limitations.

  • All submissions are legal including neck cranks, all leg locks including knee bars, inside heel hooks*, outside heel hooks*, and knee* slicers, Bicep slicers* and wrist locks are also permitted (*BLACK/BROWN-Yes, PURPLE-Both fighters must agree, BLUE-No)
  • All takedowns are legal including scissor and slamming takedowns.
  • No slamming from the Guard to escape submission, however slamming is allowed if opponent jumps guard and is not attacking,. In determining whether or not Controlled slam is legal, Referees will consider whether the slam was to avoid an attack or intention was to intentional hurt the opponents head and/or neck, i.e. spiking.
  • Submissions and Takedowns must be executed in order to obtain a finish, and not with the intention to cause permanent injury to opponent.
  • No grabbing inside sleeves or pants of opponent
  • No strikes of any kind are allowed to any part of the body or head, by any part of the body or head including shouldering.
  • No clutching of the windpipe is permitted
  • Open hand posting is permitted
  • Smothering is permitted
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the eyes. Explicitly, no fingers, chin, palm heel, etc are allowed to press on or around the eyes.
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the groin, unless it is an inevitable and unintended result of a legitimate technique.
  • No pressure may be applied directly onto the nose unless it is an inadvertent consequence of a legitimate technique.
  • No fish hooking
  • No biting
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct
  • No spiking an opponent on his/her head.
  • No Small Joint Manipulation is permitted. No pulling a thumb or less than three fingers is permitted.
  • No pulling hair.
  • No pinching, twisting of skin.
  • No putting a finger or toe into any orifice.
  • No Interference by a corner with any official or fighter.
  • No attacking an opponent in any of these circumstances: 1.Before the fight has started. 2. After the fight has ended. 3. During a rest period between rounds 4. When an opponent is being looked at by the Medic or any other official.
  • No spitting while on the competition area is permitted.
  • No swearing is allowed by a fighter, also Coaches and Corners are held to these professional standards as well. Remember our events are recorded by professional production teams.
  • No throwing an opponent out or off the competition area, including charging the opponent through the ropes..
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • All competitors must pass weigh-ins and medicals before receiving clearance to fight. If any Officials, Doctors, or Staff feels this criteria has not been met, they will not allow the fighter to compete.
  • At a minimum mouthpiece should be worn
  • No Wrestling/Martial Arts shoes are allowed in Gi competition.
  • Ear guards (ear protectors) are not allowed in Gi competition.
  • Excessive taping of hands, wrists and feet is not allowed.
  • Knee braces cannot have a solid portion that could result in injury.
  • No stalling is permitted.
  • No going out of bounds to avoid a submission, takedown, or technique. Purposefully exiting and/or using the ring to avoid a submission. This will result in Penalty or Disqualification.
  • If applicable no grabbing the ropes, fence, or using the competition platform to defend against opponents techniques, or to attack your opponent.
  • Blood rule. Because there is no blood testing for grappling, a competitor who cannot control the bleeding will not be allowed to continue. In the event of bleeding, the Referee will stop the clock and allow the competitor a reasonable amount of time to stop the bleeding. If the competitor continues to bleed, that competitor will be disqualified. Bleeding is defined as an amount of blood that shows when a white cloth is pressed on the area.
  • No competitor can compete with a communicable skin disease, including ringworm, impetigo, herpes, etc.
  • Hair Rule: Women and Men with long hair are required to have her/his hair tied in such a fashion as to not interfere with the match. Due to the potential for injury to the eyes, and otherwise interfering with the normal play of a match, spiked hair, particularly spiked Mohawks, of a length and consistency sufficient to cause irritation to the eyes are prohibited.
  • NO GREASING

SUBMISSION ONLY 

TOURNAMENTS & SUPERFIGHTS

-Each Match Will Consist of (2) Rounds With 1 Minute Rest Periods Between Rounds

NOGI – 4 Minute Rounds

GI- White 3 Minute Rounds

Blue 4 Minute Rounds

Purple/Brown/Black 5 Minute Rounds

WEIGHT CLASSES

Men”s Gi & No Gi                                             Women’s Gi & No Gi

up to 150 pnds                                                       up to 120 pnds

151-165                                                                  121-145

166-180                                                                      145+

180-200

200+

*We reserve the right to adjust weights and skill sets in order to accommodate competitors and brackets.*

-Matches are won by submission only (there are no points awarded for techniques and/or positions), however in the event of no submission the referees will award the match to the competitor with the most successful submission attempts. In the event of a tie a Referees decision will be based on the fighter’s ability to execute the following:

Takedowns, Submission Attempts, Sweeps, Control of Opponent, Aggression, & Defense.

No GI

All submissions are legal, all leg locks including ankle locks, knee bars, and knee slicers, Bicep slicers, wrist locks and compression locks. EXCEPT neck cranks, heel hooks & toe holds (Unless Both Competitors Agree)

GI

All submissions are legal, all leg locks including ankle locks, knee bars, and knee slicers, Bicep slicers, wrist locks, and compression locks unless specified below. Except Neck Cranks.

White Belt

No Ankle Locks

No Knee Bars

No Heel Hooks/Toe Holds

No Compression Locks

Blue Belt

No Knee Bars

No Heel Hooks/Toe Holds

No Compression Locks

Purple Belt

No Heel Hooks/Toe Holds

Brown/Black Belt

No Heel Hooks/Toe Holds, Unless Both Competitors Agree

All takedowns are legal including slamming takedowns, except scissor takedowns.

  • No slamming from the Guard to escape submission, however slamming is allowed if opponent jumps guard and is not attacking,. In determining whether or not Controlled slam is legal, Referees will consider whether the slam was to avoid an attack or intention was to intentional hurt the opponents head and/or neck, i.e. spiking.
  • Submissions and Takedowns must be executed in order to obtain a finish, and not with the intention to cause permanent injury to opponent.
  • No strikes of any kind are allowed to any part of the body or head, by any part of the body or head including shouldering.
  • No clutching of the windpipe is permitted
  • Open hand posting is permitted
  • No Smothering is permitted
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the eyes. Explicitly, no fingers, chin, palm heel, etc are allowed to press on or around the eyes.
  • No pressure of any type is allowed to the groin, unless it is an inevitable and unintended result of a legitimate technique.
  • No pressure may be applied directly onto the nose unless it is an inadvertent consequence of a legitimate technique.
  • No fish hooking
  • No biting
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct
  • No spiking an opponent on his/her head.
  • No Small Joint Manipulation is permitted. No pulling a thumb or less than three fingers is permitted.
  • No pulling hair.
  • No pinching, twisting of skin.
  • No putting a finger or toe into any orifice.
  • No Interference by a corner with any official or fighter.
  • No attacking an opponent in any of these circumstances: 1.Before the fight has started. 2. After the fight has ended. 3. During a rest period between rounds 4. When an opponent is being looked at by the Medic or any other official.
  • No spitting while on the competition area is permitted.
  • No swearing is allowed by a fighter, also Coaches and Corners are held to these professional standards as well. Remember our events are recorded by professional production teams.
  • No throwing an opponent out or off the competition area, including charging the opponent through the ropes..
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct.
  • All competitors must pass weigh-ins and medicals before receiving clearance to fight. If any Officials, Doctors, or Staff feels this criteria has not been met, they will not allow the fighter to compete.
  • At a minimum mouthpiece should be worn
  • Wrestling/Martial Arts shoes are allowed in No Gi competition.
  • Ear guards (ear protectors) are not allowed in Gi or No Gi competition.
  • Excessive taping of hands, wrists and feet is not allowed.
  • Knee braces cannot have a solid portion that could result in injury.
  • No stalling is permitted.
  • No going out of bounds to avoid a submission, takedown, or technique.  This may result in Disqualification. If the referee determines going out of bound was to avoid being submitted it will be considered a submission win.
  • If applicable no grabbing the ropes, fence, or using the competition platform to defend against opponents techniques, or to attack your opponent.
  • Blood rule. Because there is no blood testing for grappling, a competitor who cannot control the bleeding will not be allowed to continue. In the event of bleeding, the Referee will stop the clock and allow the competitor a reasonable amount of time to stop the bleeding. If the competitor continues to bleed, that competitor will be disqualified. Bleeding is defined as an amount of blood that shows when a white cloth is pressed on the area.
  • No competitor can compete with a communicable skin disease, including ringworm, impetigo, herpes, etc.
  • Hair Rule: Women and Men with long hair are required to have her/his hair tied in such a fashion as to not interfere with the match. Due to the potential for injury to the eyes, and otherwise interfering with the normal play of a match, spiked hair, particularly spiked Mohawks, of a length and consistency sufficient to cause irritation to the eyes are prohibited.
  • NO GREASING

All in all, I can tell from the previous events, that this event is well put together and going to be a great show for all spectators who find their way to this event.

 

I’d like to thank Josh Saper for his time, and wish him continued success with the World Championship Grappling promotion!

Obrigado and OSS!

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I'm a born and raised New Englander, I've been around the MMA and BJJ circuits for years dating back to 2005. A Maine native, BJJ brown belt, and ABC certified MMA referee. I'm a grammatical nightmare but hey, you'll get the point. Being a dump truck physically and a blunt object mentally allows me to see the finer points within the sport of BJJ, without being compromised via politics, biased, racism, sexism or negativity. I've been around the country, as a medic, referee, setup crew, breakdown crew, driver, and everything in between that a promotion has needed in order to gain the inside intel on today's world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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