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Events with Muay Thai fights will return from June 15th

The covid-19 pandemic hit Muay Thai hard in Thailand, with tournaments and stadiums being the first to close due to the quarantine decreed in Bangkok from March 21 and that initially would last 14 days. With the increase in cases and deaths, in addition to the extension of the confinement, the curfew was decreed.

Without any income, many fighters returned to their provinces where training stopped. The fighters have thus joined millions of unemployed people because of the virus, which has devastated Thailand's tourism, entertainment and restaurant industries.
For most professional fighters in Thailand, the ring served as a way out of poverty for them and their families.

The government promised a monthly cash delivery of 5.000 baht (R $ 800) to affected workers.
But fighters without a specific license are not eligible for aid, says Jade Sirisompan of the World Muay Thai Organization.

However, the fighters will be able to return to the ring soon, as with the apparent control of the pandemic, the quarantine is expected to end in late May and the ban on stadium fights is expected to fall in mid-June.

It has even been announced by the general and specialized media that Thai boxing stadiums (Muay Thai), notably Ratchadamnoen (or Rajadamnern) and Lumpinee, are due to reopen on June 15. The news was also confirmed by one of the sport's organizers in Bangkok, Thailand's capital and most populous city.

Sumet Suesattabongkoch, a Muay Thai promoter at Ratchadamnoen Stadium, said the fights are likely to be broadcast only on TV and that the public will not be able to watch the fights inside the stadiums.

- "The good news is that there is hope for the Thai boxing industry, as it is already said that the [stadiums] will be unlocked by, at the latest, June 15th." - said Sumet.

He also expressed condolences for those who died in the coronavirus pandemic and asked the Thai government to help the Muay Thai industry that was hit hard by the new virus.

- “I would like to ask everyone in the Thai boxing industry to hold on a little longer. Everything will be fine soon. ”- added Sumet.

Dozens of coronavirus infections in Thailand were attributed to a night of fighting on March 6 at Lumpinee Stadium. The fighting took place in the army-owned facilities, despite a government-issued closure order. The crowded arena led to hundreds of contaminations, including the announcer, stadium officials, politicians and army officers.

The military later announced an investigation into the incident, but no results were published at the time of publication.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 05 / 05 / 2020
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Photo : Thai boxing became popular all over the world thanks to the films by Jean Claude Van Damme and the fighters who represented Muay Thai in MMA competitions, as well as events such as K-1. ( Credits | Courtesy : tvtoday.de | Pinterest.com | Disclosure ).

Women's Bushido Rin to have debut edition on May 23 in Japan

The MMA scene in Japan moves slowly, almost stopping, with events being rescheduled for later dates.
The “Road to ONE: 2nd” held in Tokyo last month was an exception to this rule.

On May 17th, Dojo Chakuriki Japan will be promoting the “CHAKURIKI 6-Branko Cikatic Memorial-” championship, a tournament held without an audience in Osaka and distributed only over the internet.

On the 23rd of May, (Saturday), it will be the turn of a new and intriguing fighting organization called Women's Bushido Rin or “female Bushido Rin” to promote its inaugural 'card'.
The competition must feature a mix of unique rules located somewhere between mixed martial arts (MMA), “Ganryujima”, RINGS and 'Telecatch' (professional wrestling).

The fights will consist of a single 10-minute 'round' (5 minutes for the elimination fights) and will take place on a circular mat. Competitors must wear the “Gi” (kimono), but the length of the sleeves is optional, and they must also wear shorts or shorts, in addition to wearing MMA gloves.

Fights will start on foot and punches, kicks and knees will be allowed. Elbows are prohibited. Falls are allowed, as well as throws, as long as they do not play opponents 'head'. In the event of a knockdown, a 10-second count will be opened. A time limit of 30 seconds will be imposed for the fight on the ground and blows to the head of any kind on the ground will be prohibited.

The Women's Bushido Rin or "Female Bushido Rin" will offer a variety of ways to win a fight. A knockout in which the opponent cannot recover during the countdown to 10 will guarantee victory, as well as a clean knockout. On the ground, victories can come by submission or by medical stoppage. Contrary to MMA rules, participants can also guarantee a victory by pushing or throwing their opponents out of the fight area a few times (in the case of this particular event, 10 times. Or 5 times for the 5-minute fights) . Finally, immobilizing the opponent's two shoulders on the mat (leaning) for 3 seconds will also guarantee victory.

The 'card' for Women's Bushido Rin's debut program will be headed by “Team Date” fighters, who face opponents from various other fighting styles.

The event will be held at the Star Rise Tower, which maintain several studios such as Terra, Jupiter, Venus, etc. which are prepared to host various events, such as diverse filming, fashion shows, presentation of new products, exhibitions, concerts, public exhibitions, parties, among others.

See how the "Women's Bushido Rin" card is doing so far:

Women's Bushido Rin
23 May 2020
Star Rise Tower
Tokyo, Japan

Special tag team match, 70 kg (15 minutes x 1R)
Nao Date vs Yuiga (Pro Wrestling)
Nori Date vs Yuko Hayashi (Judo)

Married fight, 45kg
Hana Date vs Yayoi Inoue (Kickboxing)

Married fight, 55 kg
Karen Date vs. Melty Kira (combat host)

PS: For more information on how to get to the event site, access the Star Rise Tower website by clicking on the 'link' below (or, copy and paste in your browser):
http://starrise-tower.com/

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 04 / 05 / 2020
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Photo : Women's Bushido Rin will be led by female fighters from “Team Date”. Nao, Nori, Hana and Karen Date. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Women's Bushido Rin | Disclosure ).

Exclusive interview with Grandmaster João Rezende, Red Belt 9th Degree of Jiu-Jítsu

Today we are going to have a chat with Grandmaster João Rezende de Souza Filho, a follower of Grandmaster Oswaldo Baptista Fadda and one of the pioneers of Jiu-Jítsu and Judo in the Ilhabela Region *, as well as in many regions of Brazil.
Grandmaster João Rezende is originally from the city of Muriqui, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and is a 9th Degree Red Belt nominated by FJJRio since 2007.
One of the main GMs in the history of Jiu-Jitsu, Grandmaster Rezende has a life of contribution to the Smooth Art.
Throughout his sports career, Grand Master Rezende trained more than 500 black belt athletes, always with the same objective: to train citizens through sport, more precisely through Jiu-Jitsu.
He is the founder, Professor and Master of the PREV Jiu-Jitsu team.

Check out the exclusive interview below:

1) Master, how many years have you been practicing martial arts and what were your original arts?

Grandmaster João Rezende: I started at the age of 7 to practice Judo with Mestre Ricardo Andrade and Jiu-Jítsu with Mestre Olandi Pinto Tavares, the 'Faxada', also responsible for the Police academy under the supervision of GM Osvaldo Fadda. I have been practicing Martial Arts for seventy years and now I am seventy-seven years old.

2) How was your experience of living with Grand Master Fadda? Tell us a little about your migration to the Matriz Fadda academy.

Grand Master João Rezende : I was approximately ten years old, I was already training under the tutelage of GM Osvaldo Fadda, and my previous degrees had been recognized by him. One day, my teacher - GM Olandi Pinto Tavares at the time - arrived and transferred me to the Fadda academy due to the mobility difficulties I had to train Judo and Jiu-Jitsu in different academies. He transferred me to the headquarters so that I could train in a single gym and also have a daily relationship with GM Osvaldo Fadda.

3) Tell us a little about your childhood life and what led you to practice martial arts?

Grand Master João Rezende: Since I was little I was an active boy in a family of fourteen brothers. I always had to defend myself, because the beating ate among the boys, (hahaha), “survival instinct”, I think. I believe that the interest was natural. Once, at the age of 14, I remember that it was my last fight with a brother, I was in great physical shape, training every day. My brother, for a trivial reason, like most fights of teenagers and young people came to attack me and for the simple fact of my avoidance and projection he cut himself at the window of the house, even giving the police (laughs). From then on, my techniques were proven only in the ring and in my defense away from home.

4) Despite being a Fadda, we know that he has a great relationship with members of the Gracie family. Tell us a little about that fact.

Grand Master João Rezende : Firstly, for me the martial art was made for the union and for the evolution of the human being. I don't have, and never had, why I have something against them, who on the contrary, are great friends I have. For ex: I love Robson - "GM Carlos Robson Gracie, President of FJJRio" - I had training experience with great friends Rolker, Royler and Rickson, people I cherish a lot, as well as experience in events from my time with Carlson and Helium, among others.

5) We know that you participated in both Jiu-Jítsu, Vale Tudo, Luta Livre, and Judo competitions as well as in 'Telecatch'. Tell us a little bit about it.

Grand Master João Rezende : There are ... We lived in a time when the sport needed to be publicized and shown to the country and competing in those times was not easy, because "anything went", the aggressiveness was very strong and it was not always possible to give a 'show' as competitions. From there came the idea of ​​'Telecatch', because in addition to showing the techniques, each one had a character. Mine was the “brave cock”.

6) Which sport did you like to play the most?

Grandmaster João Rezende: At the beginning, I liked Judo very much, but after time passed and the rules of Judo became more and more restricted, I joined Jiu-Jítsu and Vale Tudo.

7) Talk about the Jiu-Jítsu vs. rivalry. Wrestling.

Grandmaster João Rezende: I would not say rivalry, as this would denote an enmity, which is unrealistic, as martial arts sports seek the same goals, a healthy body and mind. The desire to dominate others is not part of the philosophy of Jiu-Jitsu. Violence and the intention to inflict damage on anyone, is never done by legitimate members of our group, even when there are extreme tensions, as this is not what is taught in the academies. Fighters with an inclination to violence, homophobia, misogyny, are scolded or expelled from our coexistence. There is no incentive for this behavior.

8) Tell us a little more about your routine during your boyhood at Academia Fadda.

Grand Master João Rezende: Every day I walked approximately 15 km to Bangu Atlético Clube, a place where we trained at the time, times when we trained the physical part and the technical part, and in the physical part we did a lot of training together with Football team, in addition to Jiu-Jitsu.

9) Tell us about some of your achievements as a Master of Jiu-Jitsu, formed black belts, number of students who passed through your team, awards and so on.

Grandmaster João Rezende: First of all, my greatest honor was to have trained great men in different areas of life, as Jiu-Jitsu and martial art as a whole were made for that. After that, I had more than 5 students who passed me in those years, as well as more than five hundred black belts and honor as being the only one in Jiu-Jitsu to have carried the Olympic torch. I received the honorary commendation from Colonel Telhada with GM Otávio de Almeida.

10) Name some black belts that passed through your gym, just a few that you remember at that time.

Grand Master João Rezende: Roberto Penedo de Almeida, Vitor de Paula Souza, Eslim Viana, Giliard Xavier dos Santos, Pablo Rangel, Eber Pires, Fernando Rodrigues Mendes, Daniel Alves de Lucena, Thiago Gaia, Fabricio Medeiros, Ricardo Egídio, Alex Nogueira, Henrique 'Macarrão', Edson Silva, Renato Costa.

11) What were some of the main fighters you saw in your life?

Grandmaster João Rezende: Pedro Hemetério, Shiaki Uchi, Aurélio Miguel, Marco Ruas, Rickson Gracie, Ivan Gomes, Carlson Gracie.

12) To end our chat, what is your life mission?

Grand Master João Rezende : I like to prove that all people are capable, this is the mission. I like to teach respect and that we are all equal and we can get where you want.

* NOTE.: * Ilhabela is one of the only municipalities - Brazilian marine archipelagos and is located on the São Paulo-Rio axis, close to cities such as São Sebastião, Caraguatatuba and Ubatuba (on the North Coast of SP), and Paraty, Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande (in Rio de Janeiro). 210 km from the capital of São Paulo, and 440 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro, there are several ways to reach the island.

* Interview given to collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa on 03 / 05 / 2020 | Connection Japan
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Pictured above: GM Rezende has been a 9th Grade red belt since 2007 and has a great trajectory in the gentle art with his teachings and support to his athletes. ( Credits | Courtesy : GM João Rezende personal archive | Disclosure ).

Below: GM Rezende receiving tribute from Daniel Lucena during the 2nd edition of the Meeting of Masters and Teachers (in Santa Isabel, interior of São Paulo), alongside the Editor of the Master Magazine, Fábio Bueno, among others. ( Credits | Courtesy : GM João Rezende personal archive | Master Magazine | (C) Bueno Editora ).

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Fight promotion Wu Lin Feng returns to China with new 'cards' in May

Anti-epidemic measures actively applied in China proved to be effective and promoted the resumption of production in the country.
Now, amid the spread of the global epidemic, it has been announced that the Chinese promotion Wu Lin Feng will be restarted from May.

Wu Lin Feng is the oldest martial arts show in China, having been created in 2003 and currently the program is televised on Henan TV.

Since 2007, the competition has become more international, bringing new challengers from other countries and filming abroad, including in Holland, Germany, United Kingdom, Portugal, Romania, Russia, New Zealand, Thailand, Laos, United Arab Emirates, Canada and United States. Participants include K-1 fighters, mixed martial arts professionals, Muay Thai fighters and practitioners of Wushu (Kung Fu) and Sanda (Chinese Boxing). In 2013, the show was ranked among the top 100 most watched satellite and cable television programs in China.

Despite being a promotion of Kickboxing, WLF also sporadically performs some MMA fights, in events under the name “EPIC”. In 2017 the events were renamed to 'WARS'.

Wu Lin Feng also launched a new event called 'New Generation' in 2015.

One of the franchise's first listed international editions was dubbed “Wu Lin Feng 2009 - USA vs China” and took place at the LV Hilton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on August 30, 2009.
The most recent show was the “WLF WARS 41” which had the sub-title 'Zheng vs. Freitas' and was held in Zhengzhou, Henan (China region) on January 03, 2020.

For his return, the WLF will launch the strongest “Chinese King Championship” to create a new generation of fighting stars while international confrontations cannot yet be promoted at the events.

Therefore, starting in May, WLF will hold the 'China Supreme Kings Battle', which will select eight talented and attractive athletes for the market with a view to becoming China's stars and who will compete for two supreme national gold belts .

The fighters will compete in fights valid for the league for 4 months until the championship final in August and the disputes will be composed of multiethnic fighters from all regions of China to gather the strongest line of Chinese fighters.

To this end, the WLF will hold eliminatory tournaments in four different weight categories: 60 kg, 63 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg.

Newcomer Wang Jin is focused on maintaining the competition belt among the 32 talented youngsters with the greatest development potential today, who will fight in the form of group play and cross elimination to compete on all four levels for the new competition belt.

There will also be some married fights and some names with experience in promotions of the size of K-1, Krush, Enfusion and in WLF itself are already confirmed, according to the event's producer, Wu Lin Yu.

WLF will be broadcast on Henan TV again on May 2 and the broadcast time will be at 19:30 (local time) every Saturday.

<< Event summary >> Name: WLF2020 China Super Champion League
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020

Location: Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
Direct from Henan Television Special Studio

Dates: May 15, June 5, July 3, July 31 and August 29 (final).

Selected fighters:

Team A
Jao Chung Yang (2019 Enfusion World Champion in the 60 kg category)
Ju Shuai (WLF champion in the 60 kg category in 2016)
Fan Fader (WLF Champion by the 63 kg category in 2016/2017 and WCF World Kung Fu King Champion)
Jin Yin (WLF debutant in the 60 kg category in 2015)

Team B
Jar Ao Chi (2019 WLF World Cup Champion)
Wei Lui (Intercontinental WLF 63kg category champion in 2014 / former K-1 lightweight champion)
Wang Pong Fei (WLF Champion for 65kg category in 2019)
Ryu Shan Min (middleweight champion on the tournament's 70th anniversary)

<< Event summary >> Name: WLF2020 China Super Rookie Champion League
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020

Location: Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China
Direct from Henan Television Special Studio

Dates: May 15th, June 5th, July 3rd on July 31 August 29, 2020

Weight categories: 60 kg, 63 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg. 8 athletes for each weight category in a total of 32 fighters.

Weight category 60 kg
Lee Yuen Kun, Shwe Sheng Jen and 6 others

Weight category 63 kg
One Ji Wei, Jen Feng and 6 others

Weight category 65 kg
Pan Ja Yun, Jao Chuan Lin and 6 others

Weight category 70 kg
Jishan, Song Xiao Chu and 6 others

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 30 / 04 / 2020
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Photo : Wu Lin Feng will be broadcast again on Henan TV from May 2nd and the broadcast time will be at 19:30 (local time) every Saturday. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Wu Lin Feng | WLF | Henan TV | Disclosure ).

Nicaragua teaches how to promote an event of public struggles in times of pandemic

Sports competitions do not stop in Nicaragua: professional football games, baseball games, cycling events or boxing matches happen every day as if the coronavirus pandemic did not exist.

This week, other cycling and baseball games will be played, as well as boxing matches in open fields, parks or spacious gyms to prevent contamination and spread of the virus.

The country's president, Daniel Ortega, assured last Wednesday, in his first public appearance after a month of absence, that the progress of the pandemic in the country is “slow” and he refused to decree quarantine, close the borders or demand the social distance, measures adopted by most countries of the world.

MINSA (Ministry of Health) also says that everything is under control and ensures that only 11 cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed there, with three deaths, despite the local press ensuring the existence of more than 32 thousand cases of Covid-19 in the parents.

Controversies aside, on Saturday night (April 25), another professional boxing event was held in the country, which is one of the poorest in the hemisphere.

The fights took place at the Sports Center Alexis Argüello (Polideportivo Alexis Argüello), in Managua, capital of Nicaragua.
Approximately 800 fans attended the gym (the ticket was distributed free), which has a capacity for 8097 people.

The event - promoted by Rosendo Alvarez, former world champion in two categories and known as “El Búfalo” - had to adapt to some local provisions to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.

- “Nicaraguan boxers are starving. They cannot be locked up at home. Our country is poor. Here in Nicaragua there is no quarantine. ”- justified the prosecutor.

The ring was sterilized several times a day by a specialist and even the boxers were sprayed with disinfectant before the fights. His coaches and other corners wore masks everywhere, as did everyone else around the ring, which included ring girls, videographers and photographers, who were in or near the ring area. The same was true for ring officials, judges and referees.

Before entering the gym, everyone - including Nicaraguan legend and current WBA world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez - were asked to clean the underside of their shoes, had their body temperature measured and sanitized themselves with a product disinfectant that was sprayed on the hands.

The audience was also asked not to sit within a meter - if possible, about a meter and a half - from each other.

It is worth remembering that the audience that was present was made up of people from different age groups, including children, and this was possible thanks to the sanitization and disinfection measures adopted by the promoters of the event.

Despite all these security measures that have been taken to prevent contamination and spread of the new coronavirus, ESPN management has banned its employees from participating in the broadcast of the event.
Therefore, the transmission of the fights through Canal 6 (from Nicaragua) and ESPN Latin America was only possible thanks to the team from Canal 6 who put their people inside the gym.

The whole night was a little unusual - but this could be the new normal for a while.

The program consisted of eight fights and between these, Robin Zamora (16-7, 8 KO's) and Ramiro Blanco (18-7-3, 10 KO's) starred in a fight really worthy of a 'main event'.
The pair had already faced each other in previous matches and this time Blanco showed great disposition in the “exchange”, managing to land many punches, but was restrained by Zamora, who ended up winning in the judges' scores (77-75, 78-74 and 77- 75).

In another card fight, welterweight Freddy Fonseca (28-5-1, 19 KO's) was in control and his opponent Alain Aguilar didn't appear to be much of a threat until the fourth round. But the duel had a rather bizarre ending when Aguilar refused to leave the bench at the beginning of the fifth round, and received a count up to 10. The fight was then decided in favor of Fonseca, who ended up winning by technical knockout in the fifth round.

Middleweight prospect Gabriel Escalante (13-0, 7 KO's) remained undefeated with a fifth round knockout victory over Mario Mairena (2-20-1, 1 KO).

The best undercard fight was in the strawweight division between Eliezer Gazo (18-11-2, 3 KOs) and Byron Castellon (15-13, 3, 2 KO's), which was quite balanced. The two veteran fighters released their hands and maintained a fast and steady pace until the end of the six rounds. Castellon ended up defeating Gazo by the score of 59 to 55.

In a contest valid for the featherweight category scheduled for six rounds, Bryan Perez (12-11-1, 11 KO's) faced left-hander Lester Lara (16-11-2, 7 KO's) and took him to the canvas with a left hook on end of the second round. Lara managed to get up and continue, but was hit almost immediately by his opponent's right who knocked him down a second time, just seconds before the fight was over.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 28 / 04 / 2020
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Pictured above: A fighter is sprayed with disinfectant before the fight as part of the sanitization and disinfection measures taken by the event's promoters. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Buffalo Boxing Promotions | The Sun | @tvboxeo | Instagram ).

Below: The approximately 800 fans who attended the gym wore masks and sat three feet apart, as recommended by the norms of social distancing. ( Credits | Courtesy : Getty Images | Reuters ).

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New MMA and Kickboxing shows are announced in South Korea

The South Korean MMA world has restarted its activities "step by step" and the 'cage' will be reassembled frequently in the country that constitutes the southern part of the Korean peninsula during the coming weeks and months.

The RAC, an MMA event that was held by Road FC in cooperation with Afreeca TV will have its second edition next June 27 (Saturday) while its third stage will be held on July 25 (also a Saturday) .

The next shows will take place at HOT6 Afreeca Coliseum in Jamsil, Songpa-gu, Seoul, capital of South Korea, that is, in the same place as its inaugural edition, as revealed by Road FC.

In addition, another MMA show, DOUBLE G FC will also be held in Seoul, on July 24 (Friday), the day before ARC 003.

Angel's Fight will be held on August 17th. The promotion - famous for being the first MMA wrestling organization to continually make charitable donations around the world - has announced that it will resume activities in the city of Paju, Gyeonggi Province, adjacent to North Korea.
As it is located south of the city of Panmunjeom, at Parallel 38 N (an imaginary line that is 38 degrees north of the Equator), Paju served for the installation of many bases of the North American and South Korean army in the city , with the aim of protecting the capital Seoul.

Meanwhile, for the happiness of lovers of “standup” or “standing fights” tournaments, promoters of the Kickboxing MAX FC Contender Series 20 have announced that the event will be resumed in the city of Daegu (or Taegu), located in the southeast of the country. , on Saturday, July 4th. That is, the event will be held even before the next show announced by ARC.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 09 / 06 / 2020
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Photo : In addition to the Korean athletes, Uzbekistan fighter Davron Kholmatov, who lives in Seoul, participated in the first ARC tournament. ( Courtesy | Credits : ( C ) ARC | ( C ) Road FC | ( C ) AfreecaTV | Disclosure ).

Uruguayan champion Adrián Olmos will fight in Mauriti - CE at the end of the year

Since the beginning of its activities on June 20, 2014, the Northeastern Circuit of K-1 has been adapting to the crises that plague the Brazilian northeast and since then it has conquered a modest space on the national scene.

The Grand Master Eduardo Moraes - President of the event - informed us that he has guaranteed large private investments in the event's platform, from the lighting structure, which will now have more than 70 reflectors, to the 'Live Streaming' platforms that will also broadcast the next editions of the event via social networks and “AO VIVO” videos. For that, it will also make available 4 simultaneous cameras to broadcast the fights.

In addition, the event does not forget its social function - which has characterized it since its first editions - and will also adopt humanitarian aid measures for a movement that distributes food to needy families in the Northeast region, since its Official entry in the promotion of professional boxing matches, the franchise aroused greater interest on the part of business partners at the event and with these new transmission technologies it will satisfy the desire of business on social networks and YouTube.

Now, after hosting editions in the states of Pernambuco, Alagoas and Paraíba, the “biggest 'striking' event in the Northeast” is back in the city of Mauriti, in the interior of the state of Ceará.

The next edition is initially scheduled for the end of the year, between the months of November and December.

The 'main event' (or “main event”) of the program will bring a dispute for the world title of Kickboxing by the WPKB in the 61kg category between the Uruguayan Adrián “El Problemático” Olmos and the Brazilian Raylande.

Adrián Olmos is Uruguayan champion and has been training since he was a child. He is the son of the master called Gustavo Martirena. His 'curriculum' consists of more than 20 amateur fights and 3 professional fights, 2v and 1d.

Raylande, born in the city of Ipojuca-PE, is N / NE champion and Brazilian by CIAM-WKPB and will now appear in the international ranking. The Pernambuco native is an athlete of the KIAI team, led by Thimoteo Barros, black belt 3rd dan.

In addition to this confrontation involving fighters from Brazil and Uruguay, we will also have the participation of other athletes from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, including Anderson Silva, (from the Bibiano Team, Juazeiro do Norte-CE team), Jeibson (PB) and Vandeilson (CE), winners of the 21st edition of the Northeast K-1 Circuit.

Athletes interested in fighting or who wish to obtain more information about the next stages, please contact the president of the Northeast K-1 Circuit, Grand Master Eduardo Moraes, at: (88) 9 9468 4226.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 08 / 06 / 2020
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Photo: Adrián “El Problemático” Olmos will compete for the World Kickboxing title for the WPKB. ( Credits | Courtesy : Event Press Officer | Eliane Barreto ).

Exclusive interview with the great director and promoter of Brazilian cinema Luma Perucci

Today we spoke with Luma Perucci. Actress, producer and director of national cinema. Luma - as many know - in addition to working in the film business, is also a practitioner and passionate about martial arts. His 'curriculum' includes Kung Fu and Taekwondo training. In order to add a touch of reality to her films, she often includes the participation of masters and professional wrestlers as part of the cast.

1) Good night Luma. Tell us a little bit about your history and how did you get started in the television business?
A: I started in my Youth time with small roles in TV shows, then I started making friends and opening up my view on production.

2) What led you to work with cinema?
A: I have always been passionate about movies, I started out as an actress and from there the opportunities arose and I grabbed them.

3) How many films do you have in your career as a director?
A: UNDESTINED DESTINATIONS, SURVIVING 2.4, THE STRENGTH OF A FIGHTER, EXTREME REVENGE and now I am going to start the feature A HERO IN THE DEFENDANT.

4) What led you to seek qualified labor as professionals in the Martial Arts to act in your films?
A: I have always practiced Martial Arts like Kung Fu and Taekwondo, I am an MMA fan, watching from national fights to the UFC. So I decided to invite some fighters and practitioners who were also actors, giving them the chance to show something.

5) What are some athletes, in the case of fighters or masters, that you have sent to the cinema?
A: Actually, the only fighter I introduced was Marcelo Barreira (participant in surviving 2.4), as the others already had experiences as actors. For the others, I just combined their martial talents with the experience they had with the cameras. They are José Reis (director of cinema, choreographer and Kung Fu master), Isaac Dantas, Michelle Santana and Donizete Pereira Luma.

6) Tell us a little about your new movie? What is it about, where is it going? (hahahaha...)
A: I won the book from a friend, Runy Debson Danillo Machado, writer of the book: “A hero in the dock”. The book generated a strong emotion, so from then on, I decided to direct a film based on the book and now I'm looking for a production company to work in partnership and I'm sure it will be a great success.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 04 / 06 / 2020
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Pictured above: The filmmaker, director, actress and screenwriter Luma Perucci, during the release of her independent feature film “Vingança Extrema”. ( Courtesy | Credits : Luma Perucci Personal Collection | Disclosure ).

Below: Surviving 2.4, a film by Luma Perucci and José Reis, featured MMA fighter Marcelo Barreira. ( Courtesy | Credits : Luma Perucci Personal Collection | Disclosure ).

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Check out the opinion of martial arts experts after the success of the 1st IAMAP International Webnary

In times of pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2), the virus responsible for the disease Covid-19, most of the population had to put aside their daily routine and this was done suddenly. Often having to reinvent themselves and adapt their practices to the demands of the moment, from the simplest to the most complex activities.

Given the current moment, a group of friends led by Master Daniel Lucena, president of the Shaolin International Martial Arts Association (ASIAM) and world vice president of the International Union of Martial Arts of America (UIAMA), after meeting for days in a row in conversations in the WhatsApp groups they reached a consensus that aims to develop practical ways to maintain their daily discussions, new learnings and streamline their routine chats. Therefore, the International Alliance Martial Arts Professionals (IAMAP) was inaugurated in order to keep professors and students from associated academies active and keep the market warm.

That was how, after days and days of conversations, posts of individual training sessions of friends at home (sometimes even with family members beside) and other training alone, the group decided to found IAMAP and thus have their first international meeting with friends. who were teaching and practicing martial arts in the most different countries.

For this, the 'Webnário' format was chosen. The name 'Webinário comes from the English term' Webinar ', which means “Web-Based-Seminar”, or “network-based seminar”.

In general, we can define a 'Webinar' as an “online seminar”. In other words, it is a presentation, often broadcast 'live' over the internet, to discuss a specific topic.

This first class was attended by participants from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, China, Spain, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Japan and the United States and to teach, renowned professionals and well-known figures in the world of martial arts were chosen, such as the Grand Master “Torrão” and black belt Michael Gracie.

Grão Mestre “Torrão” is a 10th dan black belt in Kickboxing and tri-world champion in the sport, with a cartel of approximately two hundred fights, having won and faced some of the biggest names in the sport in Brazil and in the world.
Michael Gracie is a 4th dan black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jítsu, Jiu-Jítsu world champion, United States Wrestling Championships champion, Pan American Jiu-Jítsu champion, 'The Warriors Vale Tudo' champion and 'The champion Cage Championship ', among other titles.

After the 'Webinar' (which lasted approximately two hours), there were many favorable opinions, which shows that the balance was positive. Among those who praised the initiative are Mestre João Dias Ferreira (Brasília-DF), who is 'Headcoach' of the International Police Confederation and JD Defese System.
-"I am very happy and honored to have participated and learned from these two important icons of the nartial arts."-said Master João Dias Ferreira, who was the main responsible for the idealization, organization and realization of the 'Webinar', bringing together the other masters cited here.

Mestre Valdeí dos Anjos (Osasco-SP), who was also one of the organizers of the 'Webinário', expressed himself as follows:
- "We have to thank all members for the positive balance and I hope that all members continue in the union, because together we are stronger." - he said.

We also get the opinion of the Grand Master “Torrão”:
- “The opportunity to talk about my fight vision is very good, something that was acquired over many years over the ring. I am very happy for this union with great professionals and also, above all, with great friendships that I made through these years in the martial arts, which I consider a great triumph, these friends that we make. ”- added the 'Kickboxer'.

Michael Gracie was also pleased with the result:
- "I see the union of friends and the way we train together, even from a distance, in a very positive way and I am happy to be able to help always." - commented Michael, who emphasizes on training and virtual meetings only as an aid, adding that after this is all over and things are back to normal, everyone should return to their training, together with their respective coaches and masters at the gym, as it should be.

Master Daniel Lucena - creator of the group and the new way of keeping professionals from around the world connected - exposed his point of view about the "online seminar". He believes the future of events after the end of this pandemic will be positive:
- "It is an honor to have several countries, exchange experiences and put our mind in favor of a better world, speak a global language of martial arts and above all strengthen martial arts." - clarified the master.

No less important was the opinion of MMA champion Marcelo Barreira:
- “I really liked it, because in addition to reviewing some techniques from the perspective and perspective of experts, we also talked after the training, which was a great theoretical enrichment, as well as practical.” - ended the fighter who has accumulated experience in large organizations like XFC , WUFC, Hombres de Honor, MMA Champions League and GPG, among others.

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 03 / 06 / 2020
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Pictured above: The 1st IAMAP International Webnary's promotional flyer. ( Courtesy | Credits : Marcelo Barreira Personal Collection | Disclosure ).

Below: The 1st IAMAP International Webnary was a success and had the participation of renowned names in the sport, such as the 4th dan black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Michael Gracie. ( Courtesy | Credits : Michael Gracie Personal Collection | Disclosure ).

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Results of Shooto 0531 that was held on Sunday (May 31) in Japan

The Sustain company - in partnership with the Japan Shooto Association - has fulfilled the promise of "holding yet another Shooto event with 'live' fights on May 31st, in an 'empty' arena or not." And of course, like every other 'live' sporting event held lately, the show was indeed 'no audience'.

For those who are unaware of how Shooto names its events in Japan, this show was technically called “Shooto 0531” to coincide with the month and date the event was held. It's complicated, and it always changes.

After working with the ONE Championship on the show called “Road to ONE: 2nd” on April 17, Sustain promoted all of the fights on the Sunday morning show in a weight class above where you would normally see athletes competing. Weighing was also carried out on the same day of the fights.

The innovation is part of a very strict regulation that is in place due to the circumstances caused around the world by the coronavirus pandemic.
And as part of the measures to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, a complete thermometry was performed on all those present, hand disinfection with alcohol, gargling and the fight area was sterilized several times a day by a specialist.

In addition, the teams of fighters ("sparrings", technicians and "corners"), as well as all those who worked - in one way or another - in the event's production were forced to wear masks. The exception was the athletes who did not wear protective masks, but that was only during the fights.

In the 'Shooto 0531' main event, Ryo Okada (15-4-3) - title holder of the "Shooto Pacific Rim" - faced the undefeated fighter Kazuma Kuramoto (7-0 ) - winner of the “Imperador de Luta Livre” Cup – for the interim title in Shooto's bantamweight division.

The provisional title was in dispute, as the two men could not lose weight properly, due to the rules that were mentioned earlier.

In the fight itself, Okada knocked out Kuramoto with a solid left hook in the second round.

In the 'co-main event' (or “co-main event”) we had Keisuke Sasu's victory (5-1-1) by unanimous decision after the three rounds of his fight with veteran Akiyo Nishiura (14-9 -1 ).

The other fights on the card also had a lot of action.

A difficult fight marked the return of RIZIN veteran and former DEEP champion, Mina Kurobe (15-5), 43, who beat newcomer Saori Oshima (1-1) by technical knockout at 1:54 of the third round. .

In the other fight valid for the semi-finals of the women's atom weight category, Megumi Sugimoto (5-1) passed Mirai Nakamura (2-2) by winning her by submission (rear naked choke) in the second round.

The former Pancrase champion in two weight classes, Kiyotaka Shimizu, defeated Takahiro Kohori via 'KO' (knockout with punches in the “Ground and Pound”) at 4:34 of the second round of his fight. Kiyotaka Shimizu had already challenged Hiromasa Ogikubo for his Shooto title last year.

Check out the complete results of “Shooto 0531” that include: 

Shooto 0531
31 May 2020
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Ryo Okada defeated Kazuma Kuramoto by knockout (punches) at 3:02 in the second round (interim rooster title)
Keisuke Sasu defeated Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision (30-27 × 3)
AOKI PROJECT: (Grappling Match) Tomo Shigera vs. Kenta Iwamoto ended in a draw
Kiyotaka Shimizu defeated Takahiro Kohori by knockout (Socos) at 4:34 of the second round
Mina Kurobe defeated Saori Oshima by technical knockout at 1:54 of the third round (women's atom weight tournament semi-final)
Megumi Sugimoto defeated Mirai Nakamura via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:32 of the second round (women's atom weight tournament semi-final)
Hayato Ishii defeated Tsubasa Saito by majority decision (29-28 × 2, 29-27)
Yamato Nishikawa defeated Takeaki Kinoshita via unanimous decision (20-18 × 3)

* Text from the collaborator Oriosvaldo Costa. | Written in 01 / 06 / 2020

Photo: Megumi Sugimoto secured her place in the final of the female atom weight category tournament after submitting Mirai Nakamura with a rear naked choke. Your next opponent will be Mina Kurobe. ( Credits | Courtesy : ( C ) Japan Shooto Association | ( C ) Sustain | ( C ) AbemaTV | ( C ) GONG格闘技 ).

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