The Gracie US Nationals & The Gracie Kids Worlds Return to The Los Angeles Fitness Expo™
January 28-29 At the Los Angeles Convention Center
(Los Angeles, Calif…January 2, 2012) For the fifth year, The Gracie US Nationals along with The Gracie Kids Worlds will continue to set the standard for Jiu-Jitsu and grappling tournaments as they are presented in conjunction with California’s largest fitness event, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo, Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G & H.
“We’re honored to once again be working with Rose Gracie from the legendary Gracie family on hosting The Gracie US Nationals and The Gracie Kids Worlds,” said The Los Angeles Fitness Expo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “They have grown tremendously each year along with the Expo, and we love the synergy they create for attendees and competitors alike.”
My pick for Tournament of the Month is the Samurai Jiu Jitsu Pro Tournament.
The Samurai Pro was held at The Walter Pyramid at California State University, Long Beach. The Walter Pyramid serves as the current home of the IBJJF’s World Jiu Jitsu Championship, and has served as the site for ADCC, and other grappling events. The facility is spacious, well lit, and very accommodating.
Fabricio Werdum of Strikeforce fame, and Gilberto from Jiu Jitsu Pro – Gear collaborated with sponsors to put on the event which provided prize money to division medalists.
Felicia Oh (Grappling Superstar), and Nam Pham (Rising MMA star, and TUF alum) provided color commentary for the event.
Many Black Belt fighters graced the mats including Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles, Andre Galvao, Romulo Barral, Antonio Braga Neto, Joel Tudor, Clark Gracie, Kayron Gracie, Bill Cooper, and Joao Assis, to name a few.