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2009 Joslin's Canadian Open

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The Joslin’s Canadian Open Grappling Championships will be once again held in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th, 2009. On Saturday competitors will compete in the Gi competition and the No-Gi divisions will be run on Sunday.

Customized Canadian Open championship belts will be awarded to the winners of each one of our 142 divisions.

In addition to this year’s event being split into a two day event, there are many other additions including:

• Junior No-Gi divisions in addition to their Gi divisions
• Overall Team Awards
• Online Registration
• All Junior competitors will receive an award!
• Master Divisions for competitors ages 30+

In 2008, the Joslin’s Canadian Open event attracted nearly 800 competitors from across Canada and the United States.

The event is taking place at Sherwood High School which is located at 25 High Street in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
To register online or for more information please visit



Who's your favourite UFC fighter?

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With so many events being held, the UFC’s stable of fighters has grown a lot over the last short while.

There is a large variety of styles being displayed in the octagon as some fighters favour fighting on the ground while other prefer to strike. A group of them aim to win fights by applying submission holds while others seem anxious to simply smash their opponent’s in the face with the hopes of winning by knockout.

Which fighter do you love to watch?

I’m really enjoying watching Lyoto Machida fight lately. His quickness, power and unorthodox style is a refreshing display of skill. Also, he seems to be a humble minded and a genuine good guy in all of his interviews. “I love you Joe Rogan!” That was awesome!

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What are you Picks for UFC 102?

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Here we go! Another UFC pay per view event. There are some good matchups on the card but for me it’s a few of the names on the card that builds my anticipation; Randy Couture, Demian Maia, Chris Leben and Kyzysztof Soszynski to name a few.

I like Randy because of his “age don’t mean @#$%” competitiveness and fighting spirit. Demian Maia is refreshingly slick on the ground which makes me always look forward to his fights. Chris Leben’s head of stone tends to make for great drama and Kyzysztof is a friend of mine so I love seeing him kick some ass.

Here’s how I think the matches will play out on Saturday night

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture
Both of these warriors need a win and I think this fight will probably go the distance before a victor is declared. Randy will score some big takedowns on Nogueira throughout the bout, the first soon after spending a short time pinning and grinding the Brazilian fighter against the cage. Nogueira will search out submissions and sweeps all of which I believe Randy will do a great job of avoiding. In the end I see Randy pulling off a victory by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Randy Couture (Decision)

Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva

I hope this fight stays standing. Both Silva and Jardine have the potential to win by KO which makes me think they may want the same. I think Silva is quicker and slightly more balanced with his striking which should prove to give him a small advantage while on the feet. Will this battle go the distance? I don’t believe so as I am picking Thiago Silva to win by KO at some point during the 2nd round.

Inferno’s Pick – Thiago Silva (KO)

Jake Rosholt vs. Chris Leben
Coming off a loss, the only blemish on his record, in his first UFC fight makes me think that Rosholt will be more relaxed in the cage his second time around. That being said, his gritty granite chinned, hard hitting opponent Chris Leben is no easy prey. In fact I think Lebens vast experience and improved skill set will render him victorious on Saturday night. How will he do it? In my opinion, a knockout after nullifying a few solid takedown attempts by Rosholt.

Inferno’s Pick – Chris Leben (KO)

Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia
This will be the fight of the night in my opinion. Each of these two fighters possesses solid skill sets. The edge in terms of striking ability and wrestling goes to Nate and Maia will be the better of the two on the ground in my opinion. This makes for an ultra interesting match-up. Maia has been unbeaten up to this point but I think after tonight I think that stat will change. After a hard fought battle I see Nate Marquardt winning this one by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Nate Marquardt (Decision)

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera

This is a cool matchup. I’m going to pick Krzysztof without explanation. Just because I think he’s going to take it.

Inferno’s Pick – Krzysztof Soszynski (Decision)

Who are you picking?

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Ronnie Coleman Event

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I recently had the opportunity to be a fighter guest at the Ronnie Coleman event which took place in Mississauga, Ontario. Sitting beside me was one of the fastest men of all time, Ben Johnson. That was cool since I’m probably the slowest runner of all time.

The event was packed with people, many of them sporting a smile that extended from ear to ear, as they got the chance to listen to and meet one of their hero’s. A few spectators even had the rare opportunity to go on stage with Ronnie for a pose down –I don’t know if that’s the proper term for it– which was really cool.

Listening to Ronnie speak it was obvious to me that the guy was a genuinely nice guy who has dedicated his entire life to his sport. That type of dedication demands respect and is the reason he is where he is today. At one point a spectator asked him if he ever missed a workout and he stated “No” without hesitation. Makes you realize how much dedication it takes to make a dream become reality. It’s that insanely focused attitude that sets top athletes, businessmen, musicians and others apart from the rest of the pack.

I want to thank Valerio M. for inviting me to his event and congratulate him on putting on a great show.

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Anderson Silva "Jackson Style"

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Check out this video I came across of one of Anderson Silva’s ring entrances. I heard he wanted to fight with one glove but the commission wouldn’t allow it. Hope he won after that flashy entrance.

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It’s with great excitement that I announce that Royce Gracie will be returning to Joslin’s MMA to teach a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Seminar on Monday, September 14th, 2009.

This one will be a gi (BJJ uniform) seminar and will run from 6pm-9pm and is suitable for both beginning and advanced students.

If you are one of the first 30 to register, your name will be entered into a draw for a free 1 hour private lesson with Royce!

Haven’t trained before? No worries. I am offering a special package that includes a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu uniform, entry to the Royce Gracie seminar and a 1 month/unlimited training membership to Joslin’s MMA. Valued at $340, it’s yours for only $219.

Register Online at or in person by visiting Joslin’s Mixed Martial Arts (

Last time we had Royce teach a seminar, it filled up very quickly. Space is limited; register soon to confirm your spot.

Jeff Joslin

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Here’s the lastest broadcast of our MMA radio segment called “In the Cage”. We talk about UFC 101, fight music and more.


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TSN – Off the Record

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I was recently a guest on TSN’s popular show “Off the Record”. I had a great time talking about UFC 100 and a bunch of other stuff. It was also great to meet one of the UFC pioneers in Dave Beneteau.

Here’s the video.

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This is my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti and I at my martial arts school in Hamilton, Ontario.

I still remember the first time, back in 1994, that I made my first trip to Jacare’s world renknowned Alliance BJJ school in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jacare and his huge team of talented martial artists immediately made me feel welcome. Not that they took it easy on me as I can remember getting tapped out numerous times. Jacare’s a great coach, an awesome person and is hugely talented on the mats. I recall a time when we were all in Brazil a few years back and while we were rolling, Jacare passed my guard and I spent nearly five minutes trying to escape from his hold down. Damn, he was so heavy he felt like a truck. I feel extremely fortunate to have received every one of my belts –blue,purple,brown & black– from him.

Check out his website, and if you ever get a chance to train there make sure you do. It’ll be well worth it.

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