• Rico wrasslin a Russian


    This was way back in 1988, Rico Chiapparelli now runs the R1 Gym in LA and is a long time friend and training partner of our head coach, John Donehue, Rico is considered some what of a grappling wizard and started the move for many wrestlers in to MMA, including the likes of Randy, Trigg, Henderson and Vlady with his RAW team. It took me a long time to realise how great an art wrestling is and how valuable it is to incorporate it into your game. Wrestling is all about getting the takedown and pinning your opponents to the mat. Points are awarded accordingly and warnings or point deductions are given for stalling. Here is a link to an interview conducted with Rico in 2007.