It’s easy to identify some of the largest tournaments in the world such as IBJJF, Abu Dhabi, EBI, Polaris, Fight to Win, BJJ Tour, to name a few. However, too many to name are the smaller in-house tournaments that take place all over the world.
In-house tournaments serve as a great developmental tool that allows practitioners the ability to “test the waters” of the competitive ocean and everything associated with competing, such as dealing with the nervous energy of competition, weight management and rule-set anxieties. One of the other by-products that’s worth mentioning with in-house tournaments is the camaraderie that takes place in local communities with jiu-jitsu programs and the growth potential of academies and the art within said communities. Speaking of growth, in-house tournaments seem to be on the rise. Businesses are willing to sponsor either events or athletes that involve themselves in these events, which also allow hosting academies to offer up some nice prizes that range from medals, belts, and even some nice cash bonuses or both!
Take for instance the newly spawned Jits Revolution out of the Bartlett Tennessee area. They recently wrapped their 2nd effort and had many participants from the surrounding states participating. It was a sub-only format taking place at 170lbs and open rank competitors.
Here’s a brief list of the athletes and description of the action:
Blue Belt Peter Yu from Ingrams Martial Arts in Memphis Submitted a tough purple belt with a nice arm bar in regulation of his first round match.
Purple belts featured Jon Robbins from 10th Planet Cookeville in Cookeville Tennessee and Elijah Carlton from 10th Planet Atlanta arrived to engage in some classic 10P action.
Brown belts featured Sam Davis from 10th Planet Enterprise in Enterprise, Alabama. Michael Bartlett from 10th planet Cookeville. Jeovany Ortiz from Jiu-Jitsu Nation in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ricky pike from The Brawlers Den in Independence, Mississippi, and Chance Braud, an EBI vet from Blacklist Martial Arts and Fitness.
The lone black belt was Caleb McAllister from Renaissance Jiu-Jitsu from Lynchburg , Virginia. Caleb was recently awarded his black belt less than 1 month before this competition took place. Every match was closely contested, but the finals ended up being between Elijah Carlton and Caleb McAllister. Both guys had finished all of their opponents in regulation. Caleb was able to submit Elijah, from the back to become Jits Revolution invitational 2 170lb Champion. He walked away with a championship belt and $1,350.
Scott Swanger, the organizer of Jits Revolution added “The best part, was all the guys hung out after the event to roll and work through different positions and were able to give each
other advice on certain escapes or positions. Everyone was adding tools to each other’s game. That’s what it’s all about to me!”.
Scott is currently in talks with a gym in Memphis to host Jits Revolution invitational 3 in December. He’s looking to produce an all-female show featuring brown and black belts, and also feature a teen, 125lb division.
With organizations like Jits Revolution focussing on the in-house tournament format, the overall growth of competitive jiu-jitsu is surely in good hands.