Global Training Report
with Royler Gracie
February 8, 2001
Translated by Roberto
Question: How was it?
Murahama: Darn.....well, from the beginning to
the end, I was completely on defense. I couldn't do anything.
In the second round, he was in my guard, but he did nothing either.
I tried to draw him into my strategy, but he wasn't having it. Anyway, I
knew he was good at avoiding being beaten. [to reporter: but
honestly speaking, all of you thought I would be tapped by Royler,
didn't you? (laughs)]. It turned out to be contrary to your
expectation. It was my first vale tudo fight. I think I did good
enough as a beginner, and I can have the expectation for the future.
Maybe I shouldn't say that after such a poor fight, but I have
some feeling that the possibilities for the fight to come from now
on is coming into my hand.. I thought I'd be able to land more punches
but none landed, he was cautious. He kept his distance.
Question: In the first round when you were trapped in
a sleeper [rear naked] for eight minutes, what were you thinking?
thought everybody would laugh at me if I got caught. I could hear
my older brother and Mr. Yano telling me "turn!" and
"peel off the finger!" I did what they said. Well,
kakutogi is truly a game. The result depends on my self-determination to
win, and the guidance of my coaches. I did what they told me, which is
the main reason why he couldn't finish me off with his sleeper. And I
was dragged into the Gracies' way of fighting which is never defeated.
But if it was decided by judges, I would lose, so my feeling about the
fight is a little complicated.
Question: In the second round, you landed a nice
Murahama: Did it land? I don't remember. ........My
last hope was a big punch. I thought he would be poor at keeping his
distance, but he was better than I thought. If I had deftly pressured
him into a corner and thrown combinations, hit and and maneuvered, I
might have connected with more punches.
Question: In the first round with 30 seconds
remaining, did you see that a juji arm lock was coming?
Murahama: How could I see it. (laughs). I only
started learning ground techniques six months ago.
Question: Were you finished by the choke sleeper?
Murahama: I would have tapped if I had been (laughs).
Well, I could hear my corner very clearly and I took the actions
they told me to, because if I did what they said, there was no danger of
being finished, that I knew. Only my ground technique is inferior, but I
have more, speed, power, stamina, I think. To apply a choke sleeper,
power is the key. We were both tired. In the end defeat or victory
goes to the one with more power. So it was obvious to me that I would
Question: How would you feel if there was decision by
Murahama: Then I would lose, obviously. Why are you
so cynical (laughs). Because I'm a pro wrestler, you all despise me,
don't you? I don't care.
Question: Finally, Kin Tai Ei 's name was called
out.....[Kin Tai Ei is a former kick boxer from the early 90's who
apparently is now involved in the management side of the sport].
Murahama: I planned to give up kakutogi when I
made my pro wrestling debut. One year ago I moved to Osaka, near the
home of Mr. Kin Tai Ei, a person from Amagazaki (chokes up with
emotion)....I'm sorry, uuuh, I get teary eyed when the name of Kin Tai
Ei comes up. "Let's grub up together" [issho ni
meshi demo tabeoka] he used to say, and from then we also trained
[together]. I know a lot of techniques now that I didn't know then
[because of Mr. Kin].
Question: Speaking of bravery.....[implying that Mr.
Kin taught him about bravery].
Murahama: Today, the fight that has been fought, it
is all because of Mr. Kin. I am truly grateful to him. Doing pro
wrestling, after coming from kakutogi, it seems that many people change
their way of acting toward us [pro wrestlers get less respect]......Mr.
Kin wasn't like that. He treated me as a human being and taught me
everything, despite whatever group I had joined.
Question: After this, what?
Murahama: After this, I will win the WGP Jr. heavy
[Reporters make with a big guffaw at Murahama's
Murahama: What's so funny? It's no joke. It's true.
Staff: Ok, that's all.
Murahama: I will beat Tanaka Minoru. That's
(c) 2001, Roberto Pedreira. All rights reserved.