I had the fortune to attend the Gracie Nationals on Saturday, Gi Day. Thanks Rose Gracie for hooking BJJ Legends Magazine up with press passes to the event. Rose smart, woman that she is, ran the matches in belt order so the black belts were in and done first thing in the morning and the white belts were the last to go later that evening.
The longest match in Gracie Nationals history went to Adult Men 146-155 pound purple belts Adrian Montemayor and Michael Ledesma who rolled for 80 minutes. Ledesma victorious. Montemayors wife also had a long match, read here.
Gracie National 2013 sponsors included One Coconut water (http://www.onedrinks.com/) and Undergi (http://undergi.com/). Through generous contributions, Gracie Nationals was able to donate $300 to Child Hope International (http://childhope.org/). Child Hope International is an organization to help orphaned children in Haiti.
Congratulations to Melissa Davis on her women’s blue belt win after a long 30 minute match against Stephany Pulido. Although, it would be her last competition as blue belt, she was promoted to purple last Saturday.
Novel and well thought out was the kids “mats.” This area was two cordoned off mats where the kids could either run around (area 1) or do crafts (area 2).
Fame, fortune and celebrity in attendance included January 12 Strikeforce winner Josh Barnett, world champion Ranato Laranja, and Pat "Hawk" Hardy.
Now on to the LA FitExpo. If you don’t know already the Gracie Nationals takes place inside of the Los Angeles Fitness Expo at the LA Convention Center downtown. The FitExpo is attended by tens of thousands of people into all of types of fitness. Walking around never fails to entertain.
Javier Vazquez Wrestling Nationals Sunday, January 29th, 2012 starts at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Wrestling tournament for the kids / Fit Expo for the parents / BJJ Tournament (Gracie Nationals).
This is part of the Dominator Series and competitors earn points towards the CAGWA Dominator Championship Belt. This is the same day the Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournament is being held at the LA Fitness Expo - check out both.
Now Javier "Showtime" Vazquez gets paid to fight and grapple for the UFC but he got his start by start wresting in high school. He's competed, coached, mentored and volentered so when the oppertunity arrose to bring a wresting tournament to the LA Fit Expo the Vazquez was the perfect embasador.
CEO of CAGWA Eddie Ruiz comments, "This joint venture is ideal for both parents and wrestlers. Parents and wrestlers will enjoy their wrestling experience and enjoy the rest of the day attending the Fitness Expo."