This Sunday, November 16th, 2008, the Royler Gracie-David Adiv Association held its annual international tournament in Marlboro, NJ. The RGDA International Championships brings together all the representative academies from around the US, Canada and abroad for a one-day team-only tournament.
The event is intended as a friendly scrimmage to keep the RGDA Jiu Jitsu family tuned up for upcoming competitions in everyone’s respective states or countries but ultimately it is like big family gathering, where people who have not seen each other in over a year can get together, reminisce, catch up on news and then try to choke each other out! The friendly atmosphere extends to the mat where every match ends with mutual admiration.
Among a field of over 125 competitors total, over 25 young players from age 10 to 16 showed some great Jiu Jitsu skills that bode well for the team’s future prospects. These kids showed up to give it their all and really had the place on its feet.
From within the RGDA Team, it was Performance Jiu Jitsu in NJ that took the 1st place with most wins but one of the highlights of the day was the Brown Belt “Superfight”.
Aaron Morris, Brown Belt from RGDA-PA (Pennsylvania, USA) faced Dave “The Gumby” from RGDA-Canada (Montreal, Canada) for a middleweight match that was a demonstration of top-shelf Jiu Jitsu. Both players moved at the measured-pace and technical flow that all true BJJ aficionados like to see. Flowing from position to position, Morris and Gumby transitioned from top to bottom, from guard to standing, until the Canadian finally secured an armbar from the mount. Both players showed how to represent what a black belt-to-be should “roll” like!
The RGDA International Jiu Jitsu Championships has been growing steadily from its first year in 1999, as has the association. In years to come the tournament will continue to be a place for Royler Gracie’s representatives to develop their skills and camaraderie and produce future Mundial champions!
- Armando Basulto, North Carolina
This is the second in our new column, Tournament Review Tuesdays, where FightWorks Podcast listeners submit reports about Brazilian jiu-jitsu and grappling competitions that happened the weekend prior. The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of The FightWorks Podcast. – Caleb