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    Default Josh Barnett : 2009 No-Gi BJJ World Champion!

    Josh Barnett took the tournament gold in the ultra heavyweight/pessadisimo (over 215 pounds) division among the blackbelts at the World Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship 2009 held at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 8. In the tournament final, Barnett bested Ralph Gracie pupil, Bruno Paulista.

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    I think a stort that has escaped many has to do with a little known grappling prospect from NJ. Gerard Rinaldi, also known as "Jerry" Rinaldi from Cornell, of Lodi NJ, took up bjj 18 mos ago. He decided to test himself while only having recently earned a brown belt. He found himslef winning all the tournaments as well as qualifying for the Abu Dhabi. He decided to test himslef against the World's best while really just a novice in the sport. He came home with a silver medal while losing to Xande Rebeiro by a close decision 2-0 on points.

    That is an inspiration for many wrestlers who want to learn submission grappling!

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    What are the basic differences between FILA grappling and BJJ?

    Can a BJJ world champion be considered a "true" world champ, like a FILA freestyle or greco world champ, or are there many organizations to choose from? I remember Ben Askren fought in a big grappling tournament a while back and then didn't medal, but then he beat the defending world champ severely at trials... different rules? Different organizations? Or was he just "on" in one competition and not another?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leglace View Post
    I think a stort that has escaped many has to do with a little known grappling prospect from NJ. Gerard Rinaldi, also known as "Jerry" Rinaldi from Cornell, of Lodi NJ, took up bjj 18 mos ago. He decided to test himself while only having recently earned a brown belt. He found himslef winning all the tournaments as well as qualifying for the Abu Dhabi. He decided to test himslef against the World's best while really just a novice in the sport. He came home with a silver medal while losing to Xande Rebeiro by a close decision 2-0 on points.

    That is an inspiration for many wrestlers who want to learn submission grappling!

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/Ta...Jiu-Jitsu.html

    That was an amazing accomplishment, chris weidman has also picked up on the sport very fast.

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    Congratulations to Rinaldi. A brown belti n 18 months is ridiculous, and I'd almost be inclined to call it a McDojo, except for the whole taking second at ADCC thing, lol. Sounds like he's just a natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arm-spin View Post
    What are the basic differences between FILA grappling and BJJ?

    Can a BJJ world champion be considered a "true" world champ, like a FILA freestyle or greco world champ, or are there many organizations to choose from? I remember Ben Askren fought in a big grappling tournament a while back and then didn't medal, but then he beat the defending world champ severely at trials... different rules? Different organizations? Or was he just "on" in one competition and not another?
    I am interested in this too. It seems every other Brazilian in MMA in a World Champ in Ju-Jitsu

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    I will see if I can take a stab at answering your question... I have only been doing grappling/BJJ for about a year and a half though so I am not the most knowledgeable source.

    There are many different organizations that hold world tournaments. Most have slightly different rules and scoring systems.

    Askren competed in the ADCC in September, which is one of the most prestigious no-gi events in the world, and did not place. In ADCC, they don't score the first half of the match to encourage more submissions. they only score points in the 2nd half. Here is more info from this year's ADCC: http://adccbarcelona.com/

    FILA is a fairly new organization, it started a few years ago (I believe 2007). So the talent pool is still growing, and it's not as prestigious as ADCC. But this year I hear that Brazil is sending a team to the FILA Worlds, whereas in the past they have not. More info on the upcoming FILA world championships in December is at usagrappling.com. At this year's World Team Trials in October, Askren beat former Minnesota All-American Jake Volkmann, who won the FILA Worlds last year.

    The IBJJF sanctions the Mundials, which is another very prestigious tournament. They have both gi and no-go divisions (this is what Barnett won in the above mentioned post). They also sanction big tournaments like the Pan-Ams in both gi and no-gi. More info is at ibjjf.org

    Those are the biggest world tournaments to my knowledge. Grappling organizations in the USA like NAGA hold tournaments that they call the NAGA worlds, or have major grappling events like the tournament at the Arnold Classic each year. I believe Grappler's Quest also has a "Worlds" but I could be wrong. But the attendance at these events are mostly Americans. (Although I did have a girl from Belgium in my finals match at the NAGA worlds, so they do attract a limited number of international athletes). But these types of tournaments lack the depth of the Mundials or the ADCC.

    I hope this helped ...


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    I wonder if they tested? You were all thinking the same thing...
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