Members of Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg will put their skills on display on one of the biggest stages in a little over a week when they compete in The New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2010, which is recognized by the United States Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.
The gym sent out an e-newsletter last week letting its members know about the tournament, which will take place at the City College of New York. Looking over the set up for the tournament it looks to be quite the event, with it being divided into seven divisions, including one for seniors though their definition of a "senior" is someone 46 or older (which is well below the standard age for retired "seniors" in the U.S.). But I guess you're never too old to kick ass.
Evolve registers as part of Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs, of which Evolve is an affiliate school, according to Melissa Snider, Evolve's program director and someone who has been oh-so-nice to me while I have worked to get this blog up and running.
The tournament also expects to host competitors from countries like Brazil, France, Portugal, Japan and Canada, so hopefully Evolve students get their chance to test their skills against some of the world's best up and coming competitors.