Last Saturday was the NABJJF Orange County International Jiu Jitsu Open. I had no plans on going, but Friday night I got a text from Tameem Hamoui asking if I want to go since he was planning on competing. I had no plans, so I decided to go and coach Tameem (he has not lost a match in 9 years with me coaching him). Turns out when we get there, he was the only black belt in his division AND the weight class below. So in the end he had no matches.
Today was Noah Tillis' SoCal Jiu Jitsu Championship at Schurr High School in Montebello California.
We had 15 people competing across all of the divisions — 5 of them in their very first grappling tournament.
8 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. 15 competitors, 11 medals. We would obviously love 15 medals, but it was a pretty good outing for Team Subfighter.
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.
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.