It's playoff time in the NFL, when the league starts its own single-elimination tournament to determine who makes it to the Super Bowl this year. Last year's Super Bowl participants, the Saints and Colts, each lost in the first playoff games yesterday, so we will see a brand-new Super Bowl match-up this year.
But mixed martial arts schools in Maryland are also participating in their own tournaments during these long winter months. Evolve Academy in Gaithersburg were expected to have several of its students compete in the Copa NOVA Winter Grappling Championships this weekend in Ashburn, Virginia, according to Evolve's latest e-newsletter..
The event looked to have numerous division competitions in the No-Gi and Brazilian jiu-jitsu disciplines, which almost always begs the question to me of how it can all be tracked in a single event in a single day. If this wasn't an all-day event that started early and ended late, I would be surprised. One would think that they probably had multiple competitions going at one time; which seems to be a common occurrence at events like these.
Evolve students are also expected to compete in the WKA North American Combat Sports Championships next month in Hampton, Virginia, the gym previously announced. That event appears to have something for everyone, from Muay Thai to MMA to kickboxing to Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Even as winter continues to grip the area, hibernation seems to be a dirty word to the state's MMA gyms.