Just a quick update as the weekend approaches: There are a lot of great upcoming Jiu jitsu tournaments this weekend, From Boston to San Diego, and a bunch of places in between. Check out the full list of this weekend’s grappling events at the end of this post. I will personally be competing at the New England Submission Challenge in Manchester, CT, and may be going up to Boston to watch the Grappling Industries tournament if I feel ambitious. With so many tournaments happening, even if it’s too late for you to compete, you can still get out and watch some good jiu jitsu. If you don’t feel like leaving the house, be sure to check out EBI 11 for some Welterweight submission-only action from Gordon Ryan, Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez, Nathan Orchard, and more.
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to catch EBI newcomer, Oliver Taza’s warm-up grappling super fight against UFC Middleweight, Caio Magalhaes, at the AMMO: Locked & Loaded MMA event in Springfield, Massachusetts. A Danaher death squad up-and-comer, Taza demonstrated great control and leg lock skills to gain a submission victory over the noticeably larger (and highly skilled black belt) Magalhaes. I am looking forward to see him competing on the national stage on Sunday night. The event will be available on UFC Fight Pass and also features the debut of EBI’s “Combat Jiu Jitsu” format with a 4-man tournament in the Bantamweight division. I’m not quite sure what to expect, but it should prove interesting.