Grappling Industries Manhattan
I competed in my first jiu jitsu tournament in November – the IBJJF NY Fall Open. I trained for 100 days in preparation, and my competitive experience lasted exactly five minutes. That's how it goes with single-elimination tournaments.
By contrast, Grappling Industries offers round-robin tournaments. Most entrants in a Grappling Industry tourney get four matches in the Gi, and four matches in No Gi.
I had the pleasure of photographing the Grappling Industries tournament in Manhattan in late mid-January. Below are a few photographs from the day.
Thank you to all the refs, scorekeepers, and other staff who this smooth event. Special thanks to Danny – the man with the mic. He served as tournament director, ran a smooth event, was kind to the competitors, and was generous in giving me access to shoot.
For anyone looking to do their first tournament, can't recommend Grappling Industries more highly – especially if you're a white or blue belt. It's less pressure than IBJJF and you'll get more reps.
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