On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Rose Gracie (https://twitter.com/RoseGracie).
The next event she will be involved in running is the Gracie Worlds 2015 (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/gracie-worlds-2015-tickets-15267827483).
It will take place Saturday, August 22, and Sunday, August 23, in conjunction with The FitExpo Anaheim, at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802.
The Gracie Worlds 2015 will be a submission-only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition, with both gi and no-gi tournaments.
Saturday, August 22, will have the tournament for kids 12 and under, and the gi tournaments for both teens and adults. Sunday, August 23, will have the no-gi tournaments, also for teens and adults.
She will also be attending the Eddie Bravo Invitational 4 on Saturday, August 15, in Los Angeles, also a submission-only grappling event, and using the Periscope app to stream video from events leading up to the tournament and also possibly behind-the-scenes from the event itself.
We spoke with Rose Gracie by phone Tuesday.
It is her passion for jiu-jitsu and preserving the legacy of the Gracie family that have inspired her to continue with these submission-only tournaments.
"This is my art," she said. Jiu-jitsu "is something that is going to stay with me forever. It will be with me no matter what."
She emphasized, "It's my name," stressing, "This is who I am."
But the success of the submission-only movement and the growing number of events using this type of format has actually awed her.
"It's very surreal for me that I was able to put an idea out on paper, execute that idea, and make sure that people are out there interested in looking forward to" these events. Now she has found more and more people "who all think the same way as I do."
We also discussed this event's teen blue belt challenge, the superfights, the rules including which submissions are allowed in each division, the need to get "rid of politics in jiu-jitsu", growing problems in America's schools, and much, much more.
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