Registration is now open for two events on the US Grappling website, and I’m going to explain here why you have a moral obligation to sign up for both.
First, as I mentioned last week registration is open for Submission Only III in Winchester, VA on April 25, 2009. Note the “III”, meaning 3, AKA “three”. That’s right, we’ve done this twice before, and we’re going to continue it. While it’s something like our 27th event overall, it’s the 3rd with no points and no time limits. So don’t even start with that nonsense about how the format won’t work, we’ll be there until Tuesday, matches will never end, etc… The format works. In fact, it’s the way Brazilian Jiu Jitsu should be done. BJJ is about the submission, not the points. If you want points play basketball*.
As I understand it the great Carlson Gracie once said that given no time limits jiu jitsu matches would last on average 6 minutes. Based on our first two submission only events it seems he was correct. I’ve also heard that our current system of scoring matches was created by Rolls Gracie, so it really hasn’t been around very long in the big picture. No points, no time limits (and certainly no Advantages!) is pure Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. If you’re a tournament gamer you might not be able to handle this format. If you love this sport and want to practice it in its purest form, sign up.
The other event is the George Pendergrass Classic. This is a no gi only event in Wake Forest, NC on May 2, 2009. This event is an annual fund-raiser benefiting leukemia research. So if you don’t sign up you’re pro-cancer. That’s messed up.
*Normally at this time of year I would be spending a lot of time talking about basketball, but thanks to Cleveland State’s (who?) first round upset of Wake Forest (my pick to lose in the finals) and Texas A&M’s win over BYU I don’t feel like talking about it.