For the first time ever, GB Georgia threw an in-house tournament and over eighty competitors and 300 spectators showed up to support the event. It was held at Furtah Prep School in Acworth, Georgia, and GB Columbus and GB North Carolina also came to represent and participate.
T-shirts were given to all competitors, and medals were handed out to all kids and those adults who placed first through third. “We sold açai and other healthy snacks out of our kitchen,” Fabio Costa of GB Georgia says, “It was a professionally organized and run tournament.”
The event started with a seminar on IBJJF rules, led by three GB black belts, Professor Joe Hurst, Professor Uhurary, and Professor Vito La Selva. “The competition went smoothly, and everyone was very excited to compete in a friendly environment with their fellow training partners,” Costa says, “We tried our best to come as close to a GB Compnet event as we could.” After the seminar, and in line with GB Compnet events, Costa began the tournament with a team warm-up.
Along with the above black belts, Professor Vic Rosati, Professor Guilherme Tavares, and Professor Joshua “Foquinha” came to support the event. At the end of the tournament, certificates were bestowed to those promoted this year and then the black belts gave out some belt promotions to those who had earned it over the course of their training this year.
“The tournament was extremely successful and everyone was very happy,” Costa says, “It was an amazing event.”