Yup, this was actually legal at this comp…

The unbelievably stupid part happens at 2:00 on the video.

What can I say that you haven’t already thought?

To be clear, this really was a legal move. Not sure how they roll (literally) in England, but I’m thinking I might go for the more legit comps should I find myself in the Land of Big Ben. 

The worst part is that the guy on the bottom was actually working technique. The guy on top had nothing, he didn’t even really seem interested in backing away from the open guard. It was like he was waiting to get circled up just to slam the kid.

Then the classy part of walking away. A real bad ass. Like Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse”. “Pain don’t hurt.” Then again, he was talking about a cut, not a mind-numbing slam.

Maybe my favorite part is how the guy goes ninja style after wander off and goes to his knees. Like he is the peaceful Zen warrior. All in a days work.

You douche.

Upcoming Minnesota, Wisconsin (and some Illinois) Grappling Comps (After 04/01/11)

Here is a list of the upcoming grappling events in Minnesota and Wisconsin (links provided where available):

04/09/11: Spring 2011 St. Croix Valley Grappling Games in Hudson Wisconsin. This is a “Gi Trumps” event, meaning that if one of the two competitors wants to wear a gi, both have to wear a gi. To avoid disappointment, DO NOT COME WITHOUT A GI. Click HERE for registration packet and more info.

For those of you that attend the Sub Hunt as your largest competition of the year, this is an excellent prep tournament. Good attitude, great skills, same point system and cheap! $25 before 3/21, $30 after.

04/16/11: Combat Corner Grappling Championships Vol. 7
Featuring two $400 cash prize  Absolute divisions for 170 lbs. and under and 171 lbs. and up.          
At only $45 (pre-register) for both GI and NOGI divisions it remains one of the cheapest best run tournaments in the country.  All 1-3 places in all divisions will receive custom Die Cast medals, the division winner will get an additional prize from our sponsors.

Friday Night weigh-Ins  @ 5:00-7:00 PM Combat Corner Fight Shop.
Saturday Weigh-Ins  9:00-10:30 AM @Pius High School.
Rules Meeting @ 10:30AM
Grappling Starts @ 11:00AM

Follow LINK for more information

04/30-05/01/11: NAGA Chicago (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Pre-registration is open. Click HERE for details.

05/21/11: Submission Hunt (Back at Champlin Park High School… Thank God!) Click HERE for website and details.

Pre Registration Fee:
One Division = $50- (Kids & Teens may compete in both divisions for the price of one)
Both Divisions=$70
Late Registration Fee:
One Division = $60- (Kids & Teens may compete in both divisions for the price of one)
Both Divisions=$80


07/09/11: 2011 GrapplersQuest National Championships, Las Vegas, NV

I know, a bit out of town, but this one is just for me since I can’t make it to Sub Hunt this year.

08/27/11-08/28/11: NAGA Midwest, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.

11/12/11-11/13/11: NAGA Illinois, Chicago, Il (not Minnesota or Wisconsin, but close enough). Details to come.

Comp Review: MatMania on 03/12/11

Somewhere past the three Irish pubs (I may have to move) in the small town of Rosemount, Minnesota, lies Petushin Martial Arts. Owned and instructed by it’s namesake, Paul Petushin.

Paul is a purple belt in BJJ (a fact that seems to be under some dispute. As I have never rolled against Paul, I cannot testify to his ability, however a rank promotion to brown seems to be overdue) and a black belt in Judo (rumor also has it that his throws border on epic).

He also just happens to be the guy that runs the safest grappling competition I have ever witnessed. It is called MatMania.

Right after weigh-ins, Paul and his assistant instructor went right into the rules:

– Opponents start on their knees. Standing is permitted, only if used to pass and only if you are in someone’s guard. If you pick someone up you get -8 points. That is not a typo. MINUS EIGHT.

– No neck cranks. (including guillotines in which you arch your back instead of crunching in)

– No attacks below the waist. NONE at any level.

– No grabbing the back of your opponents head to tighten a triangle choke. I guess some people use this as a crank. Okay, never heard of that, but it isn’t my tournament.

– If the match goes off mat, everyone restarts on their knees, regardless of position. My only major point of contention and something that ended up costing one guy points and the eventual match as he was passing close to out of bounds when the ref reset him. This was actually ref error and Paul told him so.

– If your arm is straightened in an armbar, the match is over. Tap or not.

It adds up to a pretty damn safe tournament.

Entry cost was $20.

Sorry, folks, t-shirt trolls (like myself) don’t get freebies at this one. If you want a souvenir, it will have to be a medal and you will have to earn it.

So, how was it? Actually, a pretty good time. It was a fairly casual tournament, accented with Paul’s, well, accent.

A native of Russia, Paul’s voice could be picked out at a crowded NAGA or Grappling Games. He is a serious guy with flashes or surprising humor. His by the book attitudes reflects in his students who are all respectful and talented.

If there was a problem to be found it would probably be lack of numbers. Word of mouth seems to be the majority of the advertising for the event (except for Facebook). There aren’t many details that were given ahead of time and there weren’t many competitors from the larger schools, all of which are located further to the North and West. Most competitors were from Petushins, MCFM and Minnesota Top Team.

Ideally, things will change with time and a little word of mouth.

All-in-all it is a good little tournament that deserves our support and respect in the BJJ community. Next time it comes around and you see if posted on this blog, give it a shot. How else do you prep for the big shows?

Oh… you don’t prep. Well, forget I said anything. Can’t wait to roll against you.