Thursday, January 20, 2011

Eric “Red” Schafer 2010 Grappling Report

In 2010, Eric “Red” Schafer posted a solid (19-1) record in submission grappling events in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa in 7 different events.

Of the 19 wins, only 2 matches were won by points. Despite having a reputation for being an arm triangle/side choke specialist, he finished his 17 submission victories using 10 different finishing moves with his Von Flue choke being the most effective with 3 wins.

He started out the year in January winning the Heavyweight Cage Grappling Championship for the Wisconsin Fighting Championships defeating catch-wrestling specialist, David De Lao Sr. for the belt. The match took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and ended via Von Flue choke.

In early May, he won the No-Gi Advanced Absolute Division at the “C3: Torneo de Mayo” event in Gary, Indiana despite a hand/wrist injury suffered in the UFC a month and a half earlier. All the matches were finished via submissions (triangle choke, rear naked choke, and kimura) and he took home the $500 cash prize. His lone loss also came at this event in the Black Belt Gi Absolute Division against 2009 Pan Am medallist, Jay Valko of Chicago in a match decided by points.

A week later he successfully defended his Wisconsin Fighting Championships title against Fox Valley Grappling Club’s head BJJ instructor, Bill Kreig. The match took place in Appleton, Wisconsin and ended via arm triangle/side choke.

To cap off a successful month of May, Red won the Sasquatch Open Tournament in Davenport, Iowa, an event that attracts some of the top talent in the Midwest. The “Lock-Ness” tournament consists of an invite only, 8-man bracket with no time limits and submission only victories to advance. Despite a grueling opening match against Rodrigo Vaghi brown belt, Jon Menke that lasted over 30 minutes, Red managed to pull out the victory with an arm triangle/side choke. He finished Steve Patterson of Brujo Jiu-Jitsu with a rear naked choke and professional fighter, Joe Wilk with a Von Flue choke to take home the $500 cash prize.

At “C3: The Patriot Games” in July, Red returned to Gary, Indiana to win the No-Gi Advanced Absolute and capture the $500 in prize money. He defeated his first two opponents via baseball and d’arce chokes before defeating Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Lyndon Viteri via points after an 8 minute match.

In September at the NAGA Midwest Grappling Championships in Chicago, Illinois, Red defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Robert Casey of Staten Island MMA from New York via points (6-0) in the No-Gi Expert Heavyweight Division.

In late September, Red capped off his competition run at the Waukesha MMA Open winning the No-Gi Heavyweight and Absolute Divisions winning all 7 matches with 7 different submissions.

That same month, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt left Roufusport to begin work on his own gym, Red Schafer Mixed Martial Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gym opened in December and he continues to teach grappling and mixed martial arts while representing the Wisconsin grappling scene and cementing his legacy of being Wisconsin’s most famous and recognizable face of submission grappling.

2010 Quick Stats
(19-1) grappling record
Undefeated in no-gi grappling
17 submission victories with 10 different submissions
(2-1) vs. blackbelts
Competed in 7 events in 4 different states
Won 6 different divisions

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This article appeared on on 01/19/2011

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