#130 BJJ No-Gi Mundials 2008

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Black belt absolute division winner of the 2008 BJJ No Gi World Championships, Antonio Braga Neto.

Whoa what a show this time we have for you on this episode of the home of BJJ radio on the web, The FightWorks Podcast. It’s got so many parts I think it is better to put them in bullets!

  • A recap of the winners of the 2008 BJJ No Gi Mundials
  • Audio from a conversation we had with Saulo Ribeiro, who won the middle heavyweight division that day
  • A time lapsed conversation with Alicia Anthony of AliciaPhotos.com. This will give you a glimpse into what it is like for folks like Alicia and I to cover an event like these BJJ World Championships over the course of the day!
  • An installment of What Are You Working On?, where we get a BJJ black belt to answer one of your questions! This time we’ll talk competition anxiety with Jeff Glover just before he steps on the mat to fight for the gold medal against Cobrinha!

Finally, we will wind down the show with the announcement of the winner of the FightWorks Podcast Gi Patch Design Contest! The contest winner was Luke Chaya of BJJ-Asia.com, who put together the following design for us. Luke wins a couple of BJJ DVDs courtesy of OnTheMat.com, our eternal gratitude, and a gi patch! We have already ordered a batch of patches and will let you know as soon as we get them in case you would like one!

Luke’s winning design is shown here! THANK YOU LUKE!

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Brown/Black Adult Female

Super Feather – Leticia Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita)

Feather – Bianca Barreto (Gracie Barra)

Light – Michelle Nicolini (Brasa)

Medium Heavy – Ana Laura Cordeiro (Gracie Barra)

Heavy – Gabrielle Lemos Garcia (Xtreme Johnny)

Open Class – Ana Laura Cordeiro (Gracie Barra

Black Belt Adult Male

Rooster – Pablo Teixeira (Brazilian Fight)

Super Feather – Caio Terra (Cesar Gracie)

Feather – Bruno Frazatto (Check Mat Bjj)

Light – Rubens Charles (Alliance)

Middle – Daniel Moraes (Relson Gracie)

Medium Heavy – Saulo Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita)

Heavy – Roberto Alencar (Gracie Barra)

Super Heavy – Antonio Braga Neto (Ralph Gracie)

Ultra Heavy – Gabriel Vella (Alliance)

Open Class – Antonio Braga Neto (Ralph Gracie)


The FightWorks Podcast: Jeff you don’t seem very anxious before your [match for the gold medal against Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles]. Do you have nerves? What do you do to stay relaxed?

Jeff Glover: Yeah I am pretty nervous right now. I am usually nervous. I used to take acting classes and I learned how to cover it up very well with dramatic performances.

TFWP: You nailed it because you look very relaxed. I would almost think you’re acting right now.

Jeff Glover: I am pretty nervous. I am terrified, but this is what life’s all about dude. You gotta love these times. It’s like the yin and yang bro. Without these scared, fearful times, how can I appreciate the times when I am safe and happy? You can’t. I really take these moments of fear and try to soak them up and enjoy them, otherwise they’re going to eat me up and ruin my match.

TFWP: So it’s not like you pace back and forth, and get all anxious and jump up and down. You just sit here kind of half-asleep looking, but you’re really anxious.

Jeff Glover: Yeah, pretty much. Just eyeballing people, people-watching, thinking about the future, thinking about the match. All kinds of stuff goes through my head.

TFWP: Has it always been the same for you or was your anxiety worse in the past?

Jeff Glover: Like I said, I am very anxious. You wouldn’t be able to tell but I am one of the most anxious guys. I don’t let anyone see it but I have always been like that. I have always been very nervous before I compete. Even if it’s a match I am pretty sure I will win, I get nervous.

TFWP: Would you say you are a nervous guy in general or just before jiu-jitsu competition?

Jeff Glover: Maybe in general. I am that kind of person. I am a little guy, Caleb, you know? I used to get pushed around.

TFWP: Not a big guy like me.

Jeff Glover: No, not big like you, Caleb. (laughs)

TFWP: Okay so your recommendation there to the listeners for dealing with performance anxiety on the mats is what?

Jeff Glover: Just know that you are not the only one out here who is competing, and don’t flatter yourself and think that everyone is watching you because there is lots of other people out here doing their matches too. I think that’s one thing that gets people caught up. They’re like, “Oh, there’s people watching!” Yeah, like three people are going to be watching you. Everyone else is going to be watching their own people. Keep that in mind. Don’t flatter yourself. Nobody’s watching you. Stay positive. The other person’s going through the same [stuff] you are. Ummm… what else? Take Xanax. Just kidding!

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