The Disaster Relief Fundraiser at Gracie Barra Corona was a huge success. We raised $3,000, which our fundraising experts tell us is “very good for our first time.” Participants donated just $25 to attend the powerhouse seminar and instructors all graciously donated their time.
We were fortunate to have great sponsorship from so many vendors in the BJJ/MMA business, namely The US gracie Nationals/Gracie Kids World’s and GBWear. We were met with enthusiasm from everyone we approached for help.
We were very excited to host two of the greatest bjj players around, including UFC Contender, Javier Vazquez and BJJ giant, Andre Galvao. We were very proud to have some top judo players and wrestlers, including Isreal Hernandez, US Olympic Judo coach and 2-time Olympic medalist. One of the highlights of the day was watching Galvao participate in Isreal’s class.
Planted outside was Sinister Radio’s hilarious crew. Favi Chulo snagged interviews with coaches and instructors. The kids played in the bounce house, and kids and adults played in the blow-up boxing ring. HDNet TV interviewed many in attendance for a piece they aired on MMAWeekly this past week. A raffle was held for swag donated by our sponsors. We ate pizza and Chronic Tacos! Read More - Click Here:
Please see the attached flyer announcing our fundraising event next Saturday. If you can, please help us spread the word by letting people know or posting to your news. Our hope is to encourage more events of this nature.
With the San Diego Trials wrapping up this past weekend and the Japan trials on deck, then Brazil and the UK (Bahrain was cancelled) we get closer to the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship in the U.A.E. this coming April. Don't have your ticket, hop a flight and get yourself overseas to check out the action.
ATOS swept 3 of the 5 black belt weight divisions, with Guilherme Mendes delivering a win in the (-) 143lbs divsion, Andre Galvao (-) 183 lbs pulling a win as well.
This year the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championship, traditioally a Jiu-Jitsu/gi based event - added a No-Gi division. 390 Gi Competitors and 167 No-gi competitors fighting for the over $80K in cash and prizes at the trials. The entire series of tournaments across the world are billed as over $1 Million in cash and prizes. See Results following.