I don’t know what we did to deserve this, Mighty 600,000, but 2009 has been a banner year for us. First, we had the 2009 Abu Dhabis streamed live so we could watch the planet’s best submission grappling on our computers as it took place in Barcelona. A couple of weeks ago we saw the 2009 No Gi World Championships streamed live for free!
Well now SulTatame is saying that beginning at 10AM on this coming Sunday November 22 the 2009 South American Jiu-Jitsu Championship will be available free on their website available this Sunday!
The South American Championships are taking place in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Where is Santa Catarina? Most of us, including myself, have never really heard of Santa Catarina. It turns out that by car Santa Catarina is just over eight hours south of Sao Paulo. It’s also thirteen and a half hours from Rio de Janeiro! Whoa!
I’m guessing that because of its location, the distance to the major BJJ hubs in Brazil is going to preclude some of the competitors we like to watch from putting this event on their calendar. I checked the brackets over on the CBJJ website (that’s the Brazilian arm of the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation) and I do not recognize many names in the male adult black belt division except for Mario Reis and Bruno Frazatto (both are very tough guys who are a blast to watch at the Mundials).
But let’s not forget what is happening here: if the Sul Tatame website is to be believed (and because they’re new to me at least, I have no reason to doubt them), we have the pleasure of watching very high end BJJ direct from Brazil – live online for free. That is a first, as far as I know. So if you don’t have plans on Sunday (other than listening to our new show :)) I recommend tuning in to the broadcast.
Are we getting spoiled? Will this sort of thing not be news soon? Are we just going to expect that the big events are streamed online for free?
I sure hope so.