Another month, another nationwide tournament for a Maryland gym to compete in. This time Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg is seeing which of its students will compete in the 2010 Pan Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship this weekend in New York City, according to Evolve's latest e-newsletter.
Evolve has competed in similar events in the past, always as part of Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs, of which Evolve is an affiliate member school. There appears to be eight divisions, according to the competition's website, with each division containing multiple weight classes for people from ages 16 to ages 46 and up.
I have only seen videos on YouTube and other places of grappling tournaments, but it is definitely a far cry from the regular mixed martial arts event. Whereas MMA incorporates many different styles, tournaments such as the No-Gi Championship only seems to focus exclusively on jiu-jitsu and its sister forms.
Personally, I think if they attached a catchy title like "The Grapple in the Big Apple", they could attract even more people. But then I would have to demand compensation and attribution for thinking of that title first.