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.
From the Jiu-Jitsu Nationals in California, the Black Belt BJJ Open Division Finals. Saturday September 12, 2009 Joas Assis (CheckMat) vs Andre Freitas (Cesar Gracie). Video included - a great fight you don't want to miss!