Absolute Submission Challenge - October 2nd, 2004
BDB Martial Arts is proud to announce we will be hosting our first open submission grappling tournament at our new location. We now have three 20ft by 20ft competition training area's right in our gym and I am excited about being able to run tournaments on a regular basis here in Calgary.
I will be using a new set of rules for this tournament that were suggested to me by a Jiu-Jitsu friend in Dublin, Ireland. He had competed under these rules in a tournament in England and had found that they really encourage the fighters to try and finish their fights by submission which created very exciting matches. They also gave a competitor the chance to have a lot more guaranteed fights which gave everyone more valuable experience. I used these rules at our recent club tournament and they worked out great! All of the fighters at my event who have had previous competition experience told me that these rules were the best rules that they have ever competed under.
These matches will also be run in a round robin format which I am also excited about. We are going to make sure that every division has at least 4 competitors, so this will guarantee that every fighters has a minimum of 3 matches.
It has always been a concern of mine that most tournaments are run under a single elimination format. This means if a fighters loses their first match they are done for the day. I have seen fighters travel long distances, pay $30-$40 entrance fee, and then lose their first fight and be done for the day. The thing that bothers me about this is that most of the competitors in an event are just trying to get some competition experience. Of course they want to win but they are generally not going to win any money, or very much fame, so really the main reason they are there is to have a chance to test themselves and to gain some mat time in a competitive environment. I have personally driven to Vancouver from Calgary (about 11-12 hours each way) with students for a tournament. We paid for transportation, accommodation, food, and entrance fee for these trips and I have experienced the disappointment when one of my students gets eliminated early on in his division and ends up with very little mat time after a very long and expensive trip. I have also seen the other side of it were an advanced fighter ends up in a division with only one other fighter and wins his match quickly and is also done for the day with little mat time. I think that for me it would be nice to know that if am going to an event for either myself or my students that we are going to get at least 3 or more matches each. The chance to gain valuable competition experience is what I feel most people are attending a grappling tournament for so this is what I am going to try and give as much of as I can with this new format.
The fights will be 5 minutes long and there will be no points given in the match. The only way to win is by submission. You will be given points for your results. A submission is worth 3 point, a loss is worth 0, and a draw is 1 point for each fighter. After everyone has fought each fighter in their division once, your points are added up to determine first and second place. The most complaints I have seen at tournaments have been because of points, such as a fighter gaining a lead and then stalling, or a call by the referee that someone does not agree with. Under these rules this will not happen. Either there is a submission or it ends in a draw. Stalling will not help you win and the referee's do not have to make those tough calls for points. Trying to finish the match by submission is the best strategy!
Here are the rules and I hope to see you there.