It isn't quite the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s, but it's close.
11 students from Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg are headed out "Californee way" to compete in the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Long Beach, according to Evolve's recent e-newsletter.
The tournament looks to be divided over four days with numerous divisions included therein. There seems to be ample opportunity for Evolve to build on the bountiful success it has enjoyed so far in other tournaments. The school routinely sends out alerts to its students letting people know of accomplishment after accomplishment their fellow pupils have achieved.
MMA fighter Jacob Kirwan, who fights out of the Clinch Academy in Frederick, is looking for some competition of his own, according to his blog.
Kirwan won his last fight at Cage Time Mixed Martial Arts in April and looked to be part of the second Cage Time MMA event June 19 in Ocean City. However, he wrote that his scheduled opponent was forced to pull out and that if an opponent isn't found he may compete in a grappling tournament instead.
I personally would stick around and have a beach weekend in OC, but that's me.