From the event’s promoter:
1st Annual Hawaiian Grappling Classic
Superstars Hawaii Gym (Jesus Is Lord Training Facility)
Campbell Industrial Park, Kapolei, Hawaii
January 21, 2001
Fee: $35.00 in advance
No Gi and Gi Weight Divisions
There will be two divisions: Beginner and Advance.
The top 3 placers receive a medal.
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Jim "The Sleeper" Theobald
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com
There have been a number of grassroots events all over the U.S. and from those events some big names have surfaced. A lot of people do not realize that there are still a number of great fighters out there who are not widely known for one reason or another. Jim Theobald came into the Ironheart Crown, like most of his other fights, as the underdog, even though he knocked out his opponent at last year’s Ironheart Crown in only 24 seconds. Everyone in the Chicago area knows he is a tough fighter, he has proven it on numerous occasions, but they did not think that he would win the heavyweight tournament. Well, the "sleeper" in the tournament caught HooknShoot’s rising star, Scott Henze in a triangle [shown in photo at right by Mike Onzuka] and then arm locked Shidokan champion, Kestutis Arbocius to claim the Ironheart Crown 2000 Heavyweight Championship. This unassuming schoolteacher does not have high aspirations in NHB; he just loves to compete. Theobald comes from Bob Schirmer’s All American Academy, the same academy that has produced Shonie Carter and Brian and Wes Gassaway, along with other top-notch fighters in the Chicago area.
FCF: You have been fighting in the Chicago area for a while now and last year when I came up, Eric Moon [IHC’s promoter] told me to watch you fight. What is your background?
FCF: Is Tommy your stand-up coach?
FCF: What is your current record?
FCF: How about mentioning some of the more notable fighters that you have fought?
FCF: Do you have any fight scheduled?
FCF: Do you have any more scheduled?
FCF: Where are you heading? You obviously have a bunch of fights, a lot of experience, and a lot of tools.
FCF: So you are not actively seeking a major title?
FCF: Is there anything else that you want to add?
Epilogue (from Ironheart Crown promoter Eric Moon):
In the North American Championship tournament Jim fought up 3 weight classes in the 240+ division at a weight of 198 lbs. He had a bye for his first round, due to the weight disadvantage, then fought a single match against a Mexican fighter, winning by rear-naked choke at just under 2 minutes.
According to Jim, "They were tough guys, but they didn’t have much ground work… they seemed more like street-fighters. He was a dirty fighter… poked me in the eye, kicked me in the knee, scratched my face… he was real nice afterwards, but he fought funny."
He won a medal. So far, Theobald has won every pankration event he has entered. About 12 or 13 all together: Canada, Mexico, U.S.: Kansas City, San Diego, Chicago…
"Just about all of Bob’s guys won. Jay Estrada, George Spacek, Lincoln Mathews, Bob’s daughters, a ton of us won."
Jim is an elementary school (5th grade) teacher, and grew up on a farm, raising peas to sell to the local grocery stores. Oh, yeah, and he’s the 2000 IHC heavyweight champion!!!
"NO HOLDS BARRED" ON EYADA SPORTS,
THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11-15:
UFC Japan Week!
by Eddie Goldman
"No Holds Barred" can be heard every Monday through Friday, 3 to 5 PM New
York time (Eastern Time – U.S.), only on eYada.com (http://www.eyada.com).
Tuesday, December 12 — Today we feature several segments on the current state of the mixed martial arts. UFC matchmaker extraordinaire John Perretti helps us preview this Saturday’s UFC XXIX, to be held in Tokyo, Japan, and broadcast on tape delay in North America on Dec. 22. IFC commissioner Paul Smith reviews last week’s meeting of the California State Athletic Commission, and that body’s stance on regulation of amateur mixed martial arts events as well as grappling and jiu-jitsu. And Todd Hester, editor of "Grappling," the largest magazine in America of its type, reviews this past Saturday’s Gladiator Challenge, held at the Saboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.
Wednesday, December 13 — Today is a travel day to Japan for UFC XXIX, so we will repeat the show of December 5 — Tito Ortiz is the reigning UFC middleweight champion, and he will be putting his belt on the line against Yuki Kondo at UFC XXIX in Tokyo, Japan, on December 16. Today Tito speaks with us. Also, the ubiquitous Kid Peligro, the Pied Piper of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the Abu Dhabi Combat Club, discusses the International Pro-Am of Grappling and 8-Man Submission Wrestling Challenge for Jimmy V.
Thursday, December 14, and Friday, December 15 — We will be webcasting from Tokyo, Japan, both Thursday and Friday, just before Saturday’s UFC XXIX (shown on tape delay in North America on December 22). We will have the latest news about the preparations for this show, including comments from Chris Thomas of DojoTV.com (our sponsor for this trip), the "Queen of the UFC" Paula Romero, as well as whatever other NHB luminaries we can keep from going to Roppongi and capture and drag to our hotel room.