No Holds Barred: Riccardo Ammendolia on 2012 ADCC North American Championships

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Riccardo Ammendolia, board director of ADCC North America, about the 2012 ADCC North American Championships (

The 2012 ADCC North American Championships will take place Sunday, October 14, at the Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Road, in San Diego, California. The winners in each of the five men's weight divisions will receive an official invite to the 2013 ADCC Submission Fighting World Championships. Next year there will be another ADCC North American Championships, which will serve as a qualifying event for the 2013 ADCC Worlds for both men and women.

We spoke with Riccardo Ammendolia by Skype Tuesday about the 2012 ADCC North American Championships and the significance of this event.

"This is the North American Championship for 2012. The ADCC World Federation wants there to be championships throughout the world," said Riccardo Ammendolia in this interview. "The benefits that the North American champions will receive is that they receive the first invites to represent North America in the upcoming ADCC World Championship."

We also discussed the rules of this event which encourage participation from athletes in all styles of grappling, the coming establishment of rankings by ADCC, and more.

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