Thursday, 11 August 2011

Chris Dolman - the World's Greatest Grappler

Whilst at the Dutch Open this year I had the pleasure and privilege to meet up with an old adversary Chris Dolman. 

Chris had travelled down from Amsterdam to Dalfsen to visit me; we have seen each other for 19 years. I fought Chris in the final of the World Games Sambo in 1985 and lost to him on a leg lock, I was 35 and he was already 40.

Chris was already a famous Judoka, Olympic Free Style and Greco Roman Wrestler, and Samboist, and he had won World Medal in all disciplines. 
So he had made his mark by the time he was 40 but he was not going to stop there. After the World Games the new Sport of Bushido was capturing the World of Martial Arts and promoters were soon on to Chris to take on all comers. 
Bushido was the fore runner of cage fighting but done in a ring and people from all over were pitted in this limited rules matches.

Chris first fights were against people like Geoff Capes the famous GB Shot Putter and World Strongest man Bill Kazmaier. 

He beat Capes on a leg lock (I know how painful they are) and Kazmaier threw in the towel after having his legs kicked to pieces.

Both of his opponents dwarfed him and were far stronger than him, but he proved that technique will beat just brute strength.

His critics said he would never beat a good striker. Well once again he proved them wrong when he took on a striker from Holland.

Chris proved he could take a punch and a kick defeating his opponent in the last round with that famous leg lock.

The Japanese got to hear about him and became a star attraction in Japan for over five years taking on all comers and beating them.

So, can I justify the claim World's Greatest Grappler? YES because I do not know anyone else who has reach World Standard in so many different Grappling Skills.

Here's some video's to give you an idea of his skill:

Point of interest for those who have read my book "Martin For Moscow" you will see I mention an altercation with Peter Adelaar, well Peter can be seen at the end of the Geoff Capes fight he is the very very tall Gentleman who pushes Geoff Capes.

Chris if you are reading this it has been an honour to have known and fought against you.

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