I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Expecting a complete run-down of Jiu-Jitsu-MMA mumbo jumbo as hundreds of grapplers-in-training tumbled around me at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City, I practiced days in advance to be careful with my words. Sitting in the far corner of the gym (scrunched as tight as possible to avoid being engulfed by blue-belt fighters) with the Renzo Gracie, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu guru and owner of the Academy, I was shaking inside, scared to be locked in an armbar out of punishment for a slip-up. But Gracie, clad in designer jeans, fidgeting with his Apple iPhone, and intermittently yelling out "get his leg around your hip" or "try moving your arm around the inside of his chin," got the first move. And that made all the difference.
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An attorney for pop star Madonna said a Malawi judge postponed until November 13 a hearing into an attempt by dozens of human rights groups to challenge the singer's adoption of a boy from the African country.