Competing in Jiu-Jitsu for competing’s sake is something that ups your game to new heights in and of itself. After all, it puts your technique to the test, you travel with friends, win, lose—it’s a pleasure only those who try it get to savor.
In the case of Professor Claudio França’s new tournament, All Star #1 BJJ, there are at least five precious benefits in store for those who make it to Santa Cruz to compete. They are:
1. JIU-JITSU SEASON OPENER
The tournament, set for the coming 22nd of January, kicks off the Gi Jiu-Jitsu season with contests for all weight groups, age groups and genders. It’s the perfect starting point for you to test your game and fine tune it for the rest of the year.
2. IMPECCABLE ORGANIZATION
Claudio França has been putting together tournaments in the USA ever since 1996, with organizational know-how and mindfulness of the athletes that is hard to come by. Invest in those who invest in the sport.
3. SANTA CRUZ IS A BREEDING GROUND FOR JIU-JITSU ACES
It was there, on the mats set up at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, California, that a constellation of Jiu-Jitsu stars arose, one beings BJ Penn, for example. Well, we won’t get ahead of ourselves and say you or your student will be the next BJ Penn, but even if it’s not in the cards, you may just face and beat the next BJ Penn and have that on your CV forever.
4. CHANCE TO STUDY JIU-JITSU RULES AND REGULATIONS
Prior to the tournament, there’s the classic and sought-after rules seminar taught by Professor Alvaro Mansor. This year, with the changes to the IBJJF, rule book, the seminar will be all the more captivating.
5. BEACH, JIU-JITSU AND FUN
There’s a discount for competitors at the hotel, a major plus. What’s more, winter in California has been rough, about 23 degrees. And there’ll likely be waves!
If you’ve already participated at tournaments in Santa Cruz, comment below to let everyone know if it was worthwhile. To sign up, click here.