No Holds Barred: Carlos Carvalho on April 6 ADCC New York Nationals

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with Carlos Carvalho, the executive officer of the USA ADCC Federation (

Our main topic was the ADCC New York Nationals 2014, which will take place Sunday, April 6, at Queens College in the Fitzgerald Gymnasium (South Gym), at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11367.

There are many divisions at this event, which will be open to all ages and skill levels, including no-gi grappling under ADCC rules, followed by a BJJ gi tournament. There will be both professional and amateur divisions, and men's and women's as well.

The main event will be a superfight under ADCC rules between grapplers Garry Tonon of Brunswick BJJ and DJ Jackson of Team Lloyd Irvin.

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We spoke with Carlos Carvalho by phone Thursday.

In our discussion, he explained how the ADCC Federation is getting more active in North America, in both the U.S. and Canada. "We have a series of tournaments," he said, with the first one this year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on February 22.

"The second right now is in New York on April 6," he said. "This one is going to be a great one. We have a great superfight lined up, and a lot of pre-registrations already coming in. We're looking to be a big show."

We discussed how these events can showcase grapplers when selections are made to compete in qualifiers for the ADCC World Championships, the growing presence of the ADCC Federation in North America, how the ADCC rules encourage action and thus are liked by the athletes, and much more.

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