Putting the stamp on kids
- Mar 31, 2011
- Vancovuer Island, BC Canada
Sakuraba and Barnett forming Quintet pro grappling league
UFC Hall of Famer Kazushi Sakuraba and former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett are the world’s two leading exponents of catch wrestling. The pair are collaborating on a new professional grappling league, using the traditional Japanese ‘Kachi-Nuki’ team bout format. In it, the winner stays up until there is only one, and the one’s team wins.
They call it Quintet – Grappling Team Survival Match.
“Honestly, I enjoy competing,” said Saku via a translator.” And if I’m having a great time, it’ll be fun for the audience too. In a regular bout, you’ve got one match and it’s over. But we’ve got attrition-style bouts, called ‘Kachi-Nuki’. If you win, you keep on fighting, maybe winning two or three times. That right there is what will make it fun to watch. It’ll be a heck of a challenge, but that much more exciting.”
The Warmaster too weighed in.
“I think it wants to be itself,” he began. “It wants to be a new face in this landscape of martial arts. This is about showcasing grappling but also showing the importance of teams. Each individual is not just required to think about what their win means for themselves, but how that will affect the team. It incorporates a lot of strategy outside of just a single match. That makes it very interesting.”