Ryan Hall’s hand is raised after a victory in his debut as a black belt at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.
Ryan Hall’s been in the spotlight of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world for several years now. After parting ways with Lloyd Irvin at the beginning of 2009, Hall has been working on the transition from standout competitor to jiu-jitsu school owner and learning how to balance the needs of being a high end competitor with the needs of his students and his business. All this while becoming promoted to black belt by Felipe Costa! This week on the show we hear about what that’s like from the highly analytical mind of Hall (as well as from cohost Dan!).
Next we will jump on the phone with Bray Devours, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu student from Georgia who is one of several who are attempting to organize a no time limits, submission only Brazilian jiu-jitsu match between 2010 BJJ featherweight world champion Rafael Mendes (Atos Jiu-Jitsu) and 2009 BJJ featherweight world champion Rubens Charles Maciel (Alliance Jiu-Jitsu), aka Cobrinha. Bray represents a group of diehard BJJ fans who have offered $10,000 to the winner of that match. As of the time of this writing, Cobrinha has agreed to the terms but Rafael Mendes has stated he would need more money to make it worthwhile. Devours gives us all the details on how the idea came about and where it may lead in the future.
Rafael Mendes awaits to be called to the mats at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.
Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles awaits to be called to the mats at the 2010 BJJ World Championship. Photo courtesy cohost Dan.