Today we had the SUBCON Los Angeles Open in Norwalk. It was a double elimination tournament that split the divisions by belt rank. Beginner = white, intermediate = blue/purple, advanced = brown/black. We had 7 guys competing from Subfighter. Plus Tameem Hamoui since I've been coaching him in matches for the last 10 years.
Today was the 2nd most overdue black belt promotion that I know! Alex Serdyukov was an original Apex team member and got his brown belt the day I got my purple belt — December 13, 2006. Almost 11 years ago! He was a champion in the WEC back in 2005 and has beaten my ass MANY times during the Apex days, lol. He was promoted by another Apex original — Jason Bukich. I could not be happier about him finally being promoted and being yet another black belt that came from Apex!
So Saturday, I went to Studio City for another CXF MMA show. But that morning, there was an in-house nogi Jiu Jitsu tournament at Adam Lynn's Subfighter MMA in Laguna Hills as well. It was a 3-years experience and under tournament with one big rule difference from other tournament — competitors were allowed to use the cage wall for takedowns in their matches.