First Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I am throwing this thread out to all of the BJJ fighters greater than 30 years old. I had an idea that a lot of "older" fighters either do not travel to tournaments because they figure there is a good chance there will be no one for them to compete against or...they enter the senior division for similar reasons. What if all of us masters competitors organized via the internet so we could know who was planning to compete, at what weight, belt, etc? I know that I would be much more likely to travel out of state if I had a good idea that there was going to be at least two other fighters in my division.
So what I would like to propose is that all of you over 30 fighters contact me regarding competing in this years Budweiser tourny in Charlotte NC on Jan 15 and 16th. If I can get, lets say 20 fighters to respond, we can match up fighters by weight. Maybe we can have four weight classes instead of six if it results in everyone getting a fight. I have spoken with Joe Hurst one of the promoters of the Budweisier and he is willing to help me match up fighters to get fair divisions. Joe has promised that the masters divisions will fight prior to the corresponding senior divisions so all masters fighters will still have the opportunity to compete in both divisions.
Any suggestions, comments to help make this work are appreciated. I know that if 20 fighters say they will make it only 15 may show up but even if we only get one fight in our division we can then compete in the senior division.
Can some of you let me know some other websites where I can post this so we can get maximum exposure? Maybe the responses are going to be that this is a stupid idea...Once I get the original responses I will post my contact information. Obviusly, if everyone thinks I am wasting everyones time I will just drop it.
One last idea I had was to try to contact the ranked NAGA fighters and invite all of the ranked masters fighters. What do you all think of this idea?
Again any thoughts critiques are appreciated. I hope to see all of you masters fighters on the mat in Jan. Regards,
Chris Toher, 140lb newbie blue belt; 47 years young