USA Grappling Coach Liborio to give free clinic at Grappling Worlds on Dec 12

By Gary Abbott | Dec. 08, 2009, 4:26 p.m. (ET)
USA Grappling National Coach Ricardo Liborio, a legend in Grappling and MMA circles, will give a free clinic between sessions of the FILA Grappling World Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The clinic will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. It will be free to all ticketholders at the event.

Liborio is the head coach of the USA Grappling team, and will be coaching the U.S. athletes who are competing at the World Championships. The United States is the defending World Champions in No-Gi and Gi Grappling. Liborio is also responsible for developing the national USA Grappling program.

Liborio is the co-owner and head instructor for American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., one of the top Grappling and MMA academies in the world. He was a champion in international Jiu-Jitsu, and has trained numerous champion athletes in Grappling, Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and other disciplines.

As an athlete, Liborio was awarded a Black Belt in 1993 under Master Carlson Gracie. He was a 1996 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World (Mundial) Champion, and was voted the Most Technical Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor in 1996 Mundial. A three-time Brazilian National Champion, he placed second at the Abu Dhabi Submission Tournament in 2000 and third in 1999. Liborio was a Brazilian national champion in judo, and also was a state champion in wrestling in Brazil.

Liborio was a co-founder of Brazilian Top Team, a successful program he directed in Brazil for two years. He moved to the United States in 2001 and along with Dan Lambert, developed American Top Team into a championship program. He was voted NAGA Coach of the Year in 2005 and has been inducted into the NAGA Grappling Hall of Fame. He is the trainer of multiple World Champions and MMA fighters. Among the champion Grapplers he has coached are Ricardo Arona, Marcelo Garcia and Jeff Monson.

The No-Gi competition will also be held at the World Championships on Saturday. The preliminaries are set for 9:00 a.m., with the gold-medal finals to follow the Liborio clinic at 6:30 p.m.

Daily ticket prices are $20 for adults and $10 for youth and seniors. They are available at the door, or in advance through

The Gi Grappling competition will also be held on Sunday, Dec. 13, with sessions at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. There will also be a USA vs. Brazil judo dual meet at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

The top teams expected at the World Championships include the United States, Brazil, Canada, France and many others. Don't miss the opportunity to see the greatest Grapplers on earth in combat, plus learn secrets from the Master of Submission, Ricardo Liborio.