What an awesome tournament. This morning’s visit was the first time I’ve been to the New England Submission Challenge and the only thing I was disappointed in was myself for not signing up to compete. Two guys from my school were competing and the fact that I wasn’t was a little weird. But I’ll get over it, I suppose.
This time, the event was held up at Manchester BJJ in Manchester, Connecticut.
The guys did well. I stayed for about two hours – enough time to get some nice pictures and and video of a few things. I took photos of some white, blue and purple belts. If there were brown and black competing, I didn’t stay long enough to see them. I also only saw the gi competition – not no-gi.
I’ll quickly tell you why I would compete in this tournament. First, because it’s put on by a few guys who really care about what happens. Brad Wolfson and Rob Magao were there, making sure things were running smoothly while coaching their students who were competing. Good stuff.
Second, I like the style. I knew a lot of guys there today and would really liked to have competed against them. I’m not sure any of them were in my weight class and a purple belt, but I’m sure I would’ve had a good time with someone. Everyone was very laid back and casual.
And that brings me to my last point. It’s a really chilled out event. There’s no ego floating around, no crazy “teams” looking for wins, no herds of guys wearing red shirts screaming at the top of their lungs. It’s mainly local guys putting on a show to prove their worth. I liked it. And it’s also submission only. No points to worry about. Ugg – imagine losing a match to someone because of the way they took you down?
As I mentioned above, I took some pictures that I’ll post below. I also grabbed some video. I’ll either merge everything into one video or break it up into smaller ones. You’ll have to see what I decide when I post it (them).
New England Submission Challenge 2013 – Manchester, CT