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No Limits signs sponsorship deal with USA Wrestling

By Gary Abbott | Sept. 03, 2007, 9:20 a.m. (ET)

No Limits Mixed Martial Arts of Irvine, Calif. has signed a sponsorship agreement with USA Wrestling, the national governing body of amateur wrestling in the United States.

The sponsorship will designate No Limits as the Official Sponsor for the U.S. World Teams for Grappling and Sombo, as well as other involvement with USA Wrestling's programs in those styles of international wrestling

This agreement will run through the end of 2008, and will encompass both the 2007 U.S. World Teams, as well as the 2008 U.S. World Teams.

"This sponsorship provides a unique opportunity for significant resources for our historic World Teams in these new styles," said Rich Bender, USA Wrestling Executive Director. "This will play an important role in the development of our programs for Grappling and Sombo. We are excited about our partnership with No Limits and its accomplished professional staff."

"We have a significant interest in seeing the sport of Grappling propelled to the forefront as a wrestling discipline," said Jim Santaniello of No Limits. "The athletes who are representing the U.S. in this historic first Grappling World event are superior in all ways, including their character, integrity and athletic ability. We are so proud to be a part of the USA Wrestling organization and sponsors of this Grappling World Championship Team. All of us at No Limits are determined to make our training center a haven for young people to learn new skills and train with some of the best coaches in this sport. Our partners Colin Oyama and Juliano Prado have been an integral part of encouraging this Grappling program at No Limits Mixed Martial Arts."

As part of its sponsorship, No Limits will fund the costs of the No. 1 athletes, as well as the two official coaches and the team leaders for the U.S. World Grappling Team for both men and women to participate in the FILA World Grappling Championships. Included will be the hosting of an official training camp for the World Grappling Team, which will be held at the No Limits facility in Irvine, Calif.

The World Team Coaches for the 2007 World Grappling Team are Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. and Jason Townsend of Las Vegas, Nev. The Team Leaders for the 2007 World Grappling Team are Jim and Karen Santaniello of Irvine, Calif. and Gogi Parseghian of Los Angeles, Calif.

The 2007 FILA World Championships for Grappling will be held September 9 in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. Grappling World Team Training Camp is being held at No Limits in Irvine, Calif., August 28 - Sept. 3.

The No Limits Mixed Martial Arts facility in Irvine, Calif. has been designated as the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling and Sombo.

No Limits is a Mixed Martial Arts training center that offers MMA training and classes for every skill level with an all-inclusive facility. No Limits provides training in most major disciplines of MMA. The center provides instruction for those seeking to learn or improve their skills and performance in Grappling, Sombo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling or Mixed Martial Arts, where they are trained by professional-level athletes, recognized champions and elite coaches.

Juliano Prado is the Head Coach for Jiu Jitsu and Grappling at the USA Wrestling National Training Center for Grappling at the No Limits facility. Bob Anderson is the Head Coach for Wrestling and Sombo there. No Limits also employs a full-time staff of instructors in other Mixed Martial Arts disciplines. The training center is equipped with a Sports Medicine Wellness Center with a full staff for sports therapy and rehabilitation.

USA Wrestling has also named Bob Anderson of Redondo Beach, Calif. as its National Mentor Coach for Grappling and Sombo. Anderson, a longtime coaching leader within USA Wrestling and an expert in these new international styles of wrestling, will take an active role in helping USA Wrestling establish its training systems in these sports.

FILA, the international wrestling federation, has named both Sombo and Grappling as international styles of wrestling. FILA hosts World Championship competitions in these wrestling styles. USA Wrestling, as the national wrestling federation within FILA, conducts Sombo and Grappling programs within the United States, along with the other styles of international wrestling.

USA Wrestling is sending a team of participants to the World Wrestling Games in Antalya, Turkey, Sept. 7-10. The U.S. team will consist of athletes in Grappling, Sombo and Beach Wrestling.