FUJI TV and the "Bas Tour" have hit Southern California! As part of FUJI TV's sports program, "SRS" (Special Ring Side), Bas Rutten welcomed SRS television hosts, the Asakusa Kids (Suidobashi Hakase & Tamabukuro Sujitarou) to Los Angeles to take a look at the Southern California mixed martial arts scene. This included stops at a California sports bar to meet some hardcore PRIDE fans, a stop at Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Academy in Hollywood, and a visit to Marcus Vinicius' Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu Academy to meet PRIDE FIGHTING audition winners Tyrone Glover and KJ Noons,

The first stop on the "Bas Tour" was a sports bar in Santa Monica, California where the Asakusa Kids met with a contingent of PRIDE "Otaku" (the Japanese term to describe extreme fanatics). The Otakus were quizzed and given prizes from the SRS staff!



Next, the crew visited the 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Academy, located within the "Bomb Squad" Gym in Hollywood, California. Led by its founder and head instructor, Eddie Bravo, 10th Planet is unique for its revolutionary form of no-gi Jiu Jitsu, modeled completely from Bravo's style. The SRS crew was treated to some of Bravo's famous moves including the "twister" and "rubber guard." Best known for submitting Royler Gracie in ADCC competition in 2003, Bravo has been spending his time developing a stable of fighters, which includes future PRIDE fighter Jason Chambers. In addition, the SRS crew was able to sample Bravo's talents as a musician.

The final stop was Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu where the SRS crew was introduced to two of PRIDE'S up and coming young fighters ... Tyrone Glover and KJ Noons. Both were two of only four fighters selected at the PRIDE auditions in Los Angeles in November of 2004. Noons and Glover have recently wrapped up training stints under Mat Hume at AMC Pankration in Seattle, Washington. Both fighters represent the City Boxing Gym in San Diego, California. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Glover is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu phenom and was recently promoted to the rank of black belt. Noons is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii and is a stand up striker with a background in San Shou, Muay Thai, and boxing. Noons is coming off of a TKO victory over Malik Williams at SUPERBRAWL on April 9th. The SRS crew was able to meet these up and coming fighters and were treated to demonstrations of some of their special moves!
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