Recently Grapplers Quest received a shock when they were informed that they would not be able to hold a grappling tournament they’d been planning and promoting for some time for Philadelphia on the weekend of November 10th and 11th. To their surprise, they were told that the sport of submission grappling was illegal in the state. Some who’d heard the news of the cancellation were surprised as such competitions had indeed been held in Pennsylvania in the past, and were suspicious that the competing event organizers in other previously established combat sports were involved in the prohibition against the Grapplers Quest event.
Brian Cimins and the rest of the Grapplers Quest staff were able to breathe a sigh of relief when they were able to secure another venue just ten miles away from the original location, a change which they made public in an email blast that was sent out this morning. They have announced that instead of having to cancel the event, they will now hold the tournament as originally planned at Maple Shade High School in nearby Maple Shade, New Jersey, which is just ten miles from the original site.
Grapplers Quest credits the assistance of family of Rick and Phil Migliarese, two Philadelphia Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, with finding the new nearby location and saving the event from cancellation.