Well it's time to get organized for grappling this year in the Province of Ontario. I'm not sure if I'm going to run the Grand Prix this year or have a new GrandPooBa appointed. I think a different GrandPooBa each year is a good idea. It's hard for any self respecting man to be politically correct for more than a year.
I was looking for suggestions for improvement from last year. SO SOUND OFF!!!
My first suggestion is only 3 qualifiers and a final, and I would like to see the year over by early April.
The belt thing, since Rick raised it; well pick battles you can win I always say. Just so happens the CJA doesn't use the coveted BJJ system, doesn't honestly give a shit about the BJJ belt system, so it's highly unlikely that will change. I know I'm being blunt but I just think we need to channel our energies into things that can make a positive impact. Don't smack your head against a wall for something that doesn't change the end result (yes I get it Rick you love BJJ). The Grand Prix needs to be finacially successful and I need every competitor available for that to happen (BJJ, MMA, JUDO, WRESTLING, CJA, whatever...). Though if you want to live were everything is the same as Brazil it's only a few hour plane ride away (Ha ok now, that was too far).
Seriously, if BJJ or Grappling tournaments are going to grow in Ontario it's because of the growth in MMA not BJJ, so I think the system is ok, just ok, but it works and is an inclusive policy. BESIDES WE JUST FINISHED GATHERING OUR DATA BASE, BASED ON THE OLD SYSTEM!!! Let's use it and move forward.
I know what I say may be unpopular but consider this; give the event promoters a little credit. Event promoters want large full divisions just as much as anyone. If you split the competitors into smaller groups again (more belt levels 4 or 5 instead of 3) doesn't that make the problem worse yet again? Fact is we don't have enough BJJ competitors that compete to change our system, and that's the way it is. The experience level system works to keep the competitors organized for both GI and NO GI.
OK. FIRE !!!