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Sunday, Jun 02, 2002

Attention: Submission Grapplersannouncing The 2002 Toronto Showdown Grappling Open

From Mike "The Shooter’s Shooter" McNeil:




It is with great pleasure that the Toronto Showdown Committee announces the inaugural Toronto Showdown Grappling Open. Thanks to the sanctioning of the Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Association, the Toronto Showdown is a legitimate martial arts sporting event in the Province of Ontario. We have secured the services of Centennial College to host this great event, which is sure to be the largest grappling event to ever hit the Toronto Market.

On June 8th, 2002, the 2002 Toronto Showdown Grappling Open will host divisions in ‘gi’ and ‘no-gi’ submission grappling serving over 14 weight classes. This is the first event of it’s kind in Ontario to fully adopt the rules set forth by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships.

Straight from Brazil our confirmed Guest Referees for this years Toronto Showdown include Professor Sylvio Behring (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 5th Degree Black Belt), Jose Mario "Esfiha" (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Abu Dhabi Veteran), Rodrigo Munduruca (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt) and Pedro Albuquerque (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt and Instructor). These gentlemen have dedicated their lives to the martial arts and their experience can only help the competitors, event organizers, and the growth of the sport in Canada.

The Toronto Showdown "Superfights" will feature both established, and up and coming athletes, facing off with a unique ‘Ontario Versus Quebec’ theme. In addition, representatives of the Universal Combat Challenge (Canada’s premiere Mixed Martial Arts event) will be on hand with the hopes of discovering future Mixed Martial Arts stars.

Competitors visiting from out of town can stay at the Centennial Residence & Conference Centre conveniently located at Markham Road and Highway 401, just minutes away from the Toronto Showdown venue.

For further information, please visit the official Toronto Showdown web site at www.torontoshowdown.com.

The Toronto Showdown is dedicated to the recognition of submission grappling in Canada; be it Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Judo, or any submission arts. Our goal is to help grappling martial art’s athletes by giving them an arena in which to perform, compete, and learn from their experiences.

For more information, please e-mail toronto@showdown.ca

From Natalie Salzman of Bender/Helper Impact:

PRIDE Fighting Championships Bring Cutting Edge Full-Contact MMA Competition to the U.S.

Los Angeles, CA – June 3, 2002 -PRIDE Fighting will rock U.S. audiences with PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS: DEMOLITION, the definitive next-generation sporting event coming to Pay-Per View on June 30, 2002* from Dream Stage Entertainment Inc. Already a colossal success in Asia and Europe, PRIDE Fighting is growing exponentially in North America as a sports-entertainment experience, drawing in not only massive pay-per-view audiences, but a large body of American athletes as well. The leading international mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, PRIDE Fighting brings an explosive combination of boxing, kickboxing, judo, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and other martial arts to audiences craving cutting-edge sports entertainment.

"The U.S. audience for PRIDE Fighting Championships is growing with every event and we’re thrilled with the worldwide enjoyment of our sport," said Yukino Kanda, Dream stage Entertainment’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Talent Relations. "PRIDE Fighting Championships: Demolition will feature many of the greatest talents in the sport, including several American fighters who may represent the United States at the 2004 debut of Pancration, origin of MMA, as an Olympic sport."

Taking place at Saitama Super-Arena outside of Tokyo, Japan, the exciting line-up of matches will include the highly anticipated re-match between Don "The Predator" Frye vs. Mark "The Hammer" Coleman and a clash of jiu-jitsu styles when champion Renzo Gracie battles Shungo Oyama. Other fighters that will compete include Semmy Schilt from Holland and Canadian competitor Gary Goodridge.

"PRIDE continues to raise the bar for sports entertainment by bringing together the world’s greatest fighters in a sport that combines karate, judo, Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling and more in one ring under one set of rules," added Kanda. "Our goal is to expose audiences to the most exciting competitions featuring the most highly skilled international athletes."

For more information on PRIDE FC visit www.pridefc.com

*Pay-Per-View Networks include: DIRECTV, DishNetwork, TVN, Bell Express Vu and Viewer’s Choice Canada
* The actual event will take place on June 23, 2002 – the start time is 4:00 pm Japan time

Originating in Japan, PRIDE Fighting Championships combine the most highly skilled MMA competitions with a 21st Century entertainment philosophy to create the next generation in cutting edge sports entertainment. PRIDE competitions include athletes from across the globe, including the United States, Japan, Brazil, Europe, Russia and many other countries. PRIDE allows techniques from a myriad of martial arts and combat sports, solidifying its place as an authentic and unique fighting style that is built on tension and excitement, appealing to the growing audience of 21st Century entertainment fans.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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