Five Grappling Illinois Open Championship- 10/18-10/19/14


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Small Batch Release Shoyoroll Gis +100 Limited Edition Do Or Die Rash Guards Available to early registered competitors only!

Event Information

Oak Lawn Park Pavilion 9401 S. Oak Park Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Submission Grappling Competition for Kids & Adults, both Male & Female


$105.00 for the First Division ($90 until Sept 18) Each Additional Division is $20.00

Specators $15 (kids 8 and under are free)

St. Croix Valley Grappling Games- 10/04/14


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The St. Croix Valley Grappling Games is October 4, 2014!

These are the coolest tournament T-shirts yet.  Especially, if you are a fan of Sci-Fi (subtle hint ;)

Remember only the first 50 paid and registered competitors are guaranteed the shirt!  These ones will go fast! 

We have already had a dozen people pre-register and pay!  It is going to be an awesome tournament with many new and cool things happening.

The tournament will be at the Hudson High School which is a fantastic venue.  As usual we will be having great food from the local restaurants and sponsors with cool products and swag on site!

Double elimination. Advanced divisions are 15 min. submission only!

More cool stuff and information to come!

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Michael Ellefson
Midwest Center for Movement

Midwest Submission Challenge, Minneapolis- 09/13/14

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Registration Schedule

Now till August 28th $40.00 one division $50.00 two – PRE-REGISTRATION
August 28th – September 11th $50.00 one division $60.00 two – REGULAR REGISTRATION
September 12th Late Registration $70.00/1division $80 /2divisions LATE REGISTRATION
September 12th 6:30PM-8PM IN PERSON LATE REGISTRATION available at event venue
September 13th TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 9:30- 10AM RULES MEETING 10am Event Start Time No-Gi first followed by Gi (Final event schedule posted Friday 8pm before the event. Schedule is subject to change, please be sure to review the final posted schedule event day in the morning.

Jiu-Jitsu After Dark Podcast Episode 6- 07/26/14

jjadReal time Lawler vs. Brown fight analysis from UFC on FOX 12. If you can watch the replay, sync up the podcast with when I tell you the fight starts. It's something special. However, I don't have a whiny heavyweight complaining about how hard his life is and how underrated he is... [audio wav=""][/audio]


twitter: @chokingmn or @bjjafterdark

Jiu-Jitsu After Dark Podcast Episode 4- 07/22/14

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Okay, I got a little mad at Pop Tarts. It happens. Also, talkin' bout Rickson.

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twitter: @chokingmn or @bjjafterdark

M-Theory BJJ Anniversary/Free Seminar

mt The flyer says it all. This Saturday, July 19th, M-Theory BJJ (owned by Pedro Sauer 2nd degree black belt Ishmael Bentley) will be celebrating its one year anniversary.

As such, there will be a free seminar put on by Professor Bentley and Professor Jared Feierabend of MI-Q.


The seminar will start at 10am and go until 12pm, followed by rolling and food/refreshments.

Come one, come all to a great gym and a great opportunity!

M-Theory is located at 5700 W 36th St, St. Louis Park, MN. 55416

For questions/directions call: 952-920-8984

Or email at:

BJJ/Muay Thai Comp: Style Wars 07/12/14


Something for everyone: BJJ/Grappling Comp, Muay Thai smoker and obstacle course race, with proceeds going to Dan Kiser and the Special Operations Warrior Project.


Weigh in & Registration Begins 8am Kids Gi & No-GI Divisions 10:00am-12:00am No-GI Divisions 10:00am-2:00pm Gi Divisions from 12:00pm-4:00pm

- Gi & No Gi  – IBJJF Rules for points, advantages & penalties

-All brackets 4 person round robin.

Weights using the madison system (all weight classes will be within 10% [or less] bodyweight of each other & created the day of the tournament)

Ages: Kids & Teens will all be with in +/-1 year of age.

Adult = 18- 29

Masters = 30 & up Directors = 40 & up Executive = 50 & up

And I'll be there reffing, so...f*** you, show up anyway.


Interested in competing in a Muay Thai smoker fight? Head gear, Shin Pads, & 16oz gloves for all fights (3X2 Minute Rounds for all fights [juniors will be 3 X :90 second rounds])

Smoker Fights 12p

Combat Fitness Challenge

Uncover your inner combat athlete! The ultimate martial arts obstacle race. Test your will power and endurance with this outdoor fitness challenge. A 3 mile run with MMA & Muay Thai “obstacles” to overcome!

Race starts 9a

Event Registration Donation: = $50 (for 1 or all events if possible)

Spectator Donation: $10- (Kids 5 & Under FREE)

Awards for ALL COMPETITORS! 1-4th place


A Tribute To Reid Weiland (Rest In Peace)


Reid Weiland (1993-2014)

The mark of  man’s life can forever be seen on those they leave behind. Reid Weiland, 21, a grappler with World Jiu Jitsu and later McCune's Martial Arts, left his mark in ways that no words can fully express. The feeling of loss and sorrow for such an honest, sincere and talented young man like Reid is only encompassed by the joy that he brought to those around him.

This tribute could have been ten pages long with the outpouring of support and stories about Reid from those who knew him best and loved him unconditionally.

This tribute could have been about the wry smile of a young man who was making a mark on the grappling scene, destined for greatness. It could have been about 45 minute long grappling matches in submission only tournaments. It could have been about submitting higher ranked opponents regularly. It could have been page after page of testament to his skill.

But skill comes and goes. What lasts, what really matters, is the person who wields that skill.

There are no better words of tribute than words from those who knew Reid the best. Here are just some of the quotes received from family, friends and even opponents on the mats.

  • When he first came to the gym I was on the brink of giving up on jiu jitsu even though I loved it. I was just getting battered by every new white belt with a chip on their shoulder, but he was very different. From the start he was gentle and kind with everyone and at the same time kicking the ass of guys twice his size. He really put perspective on what could be achieved with hard work.
  • It was an honor to compete with Reid.
  • Thank you for everything you taught me about Jits, friendship and life.
  • Whether it was his natural coming of age, the art and discipline of BJJ, or the people in his life he turned into a young man everyone loved and respected.  He was completely dedicated to the art and fiercely loyal.
  • Reid Weiland was everything I hope my boys will be someday.
  • You challenged me to better myself at every step.
  • You were like a younger brother Reid, you may be gone from this world, but you have impacted many people with your upbeat spirit and I have no doubt you will continue to live on in the hearts of your friends, teammates and family. R.I.P. brother. I know you'll be watching down on us teaching away.
  • He was driven. He was kind. He was selfless. He IS a motivation.
  • Outside of the gym he was a positive force on everyone around him. I've never met anyone as optimistic. There aren't enough Reids in the world.
  • He had a very real and very significant impact on my life - and I'm a better person for having had the opportunity to know him for as long as I did.
  • Reid was such a beautiful soul with so much love and potential.
  • He will never be forgotten and every jiu jitsu tournament I attend I'll be thinking of him.
  • Unbelievably talented, a future ADCC champion, and at the same time one of the most humble people you could ever meet.
  • I miss you my friend. Your spirit will always roll in all of us.
  • Reid was, for lack of a better word, a brother to me. He taught me so much about the sport, about motivation, and about the ability to change one's self for the better in a very short period of time.

The stories about Reid came in bunches, from his earning his purple belt on the spot after submitting a series of purple belts (as a blue belt) in a submission only tournament, to the simple way he carried himself and inspired those around him. These were only a scattered few quotes received about the life and impact of Reid Weiland.

He even made an impression on a BJJ ref who was asked to score the 1st place match at the Submission Hunt a few years ago (more videos have been posted by friends on YouTube)...

The video doesn’t really show the dumbfounded look on the ref’s face as he slowly realized what the young white belt had just done.

Was that a hopping/flying armbar against a 4-stripe blue belt?

That was the thing about watching Reid grapple and mature: you couldn't blink or you would miss something amazing.

This tribute is not filled with stories about Reid because they still glow brightly in the lives of everyone he touched. As such, please reach out to each other, touch base with the other people who Reid impacted in his short but amazing life and remember him for all he was. Share his stories forever, give him the real tribute that he deserves by being everything he would want you to become.

The world is a little darker now than it used to be, but there is no question that our lives are better for having known a man like Reid Weiland.

Rest In Peace.

2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Ronda Rousey Claims She Can Beat Any Woman in BJJ (seriously)

  rLas Vegas, NV- Recently, UFC Women’s champion Ronda Rousey revealed in an interview that she believes she can beat any woman of any weight class in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, gi or no gi.

After making the statement, reports are that a passerby stopped, having identified Rousey and asked a question. “Wait, didn’t you get bronze at the 2008 Olympics?”

“Yes,” the ever-confident Rousey replied.

“In judo?” the passerby asked.

“Yeah, so?”

“The thing that you specialized in your whole life? You got bronze in it. In the under 154 pounds category…and now you fight in the under 135 pound division.”

“What the f***s your point?” Rousey asked; visibly annoyed at being interrupted and completely ambivalent to the irony. At which point the bystander shrugged and continued walking.

Oddly enough, after the interview, Rousey did not give any greater details to whom she could defeat. She made no mention of Michelle Nicolini, Kyra Gracie, Luanna Alzuguir, Hannette Staack, Emily Kwok, Leticia Ribeiro, Beatriz Mesquita, Penny Thomas, Laura Cordeiro, Andresa Correa or Gabi Garcia (who counts as two opponents).

Some speculation is that the brash young champion had simply run out of sound bites having constantly been in the media eye since exploding onto the UFC stage. After all, when one isn’t just able to give someone the finger, sometimes the smart, well-thought out statements are hard to come by.

At the time of publication, none of the aforementioned grapplers were reached for comment, but, I mean, come on!


***This article was brought to you by sarcasm, either you get it or you f***ing don't***

Driller MMA: Mecca V Results (05/31/14)


I'm conflicted, and it's not just because the only picture I could find for this article was a bunch of topless dudes with no words of explanation.

I'm conflicted because, by and large, I enjoy MMA as a blood sport.

Not only am I a magnet for fighter blood splatter, but I am in the strange minority of people who write and actually understand the techniques involved in all aspects of MMA AND enjoys the carnage it creates.

Note that I didn't call myself a "journalist". Perhaps MMA typer would be more appropriate since I have almost no filter and even less talent.

But I digress: I'm conflicted.

I'm conflicted because as I write this, a local fighter, Dan "The King" Kiser is in a fight that started in a cage, but currently wages in a hospital bed.

I'll spare the details of how it happened and skip to the fact that Dan needed surgery to relieve swelling from his brain.

I don't have a horse in the race. I don't train with Dan and I've never had a beer with him.

But he helped me find my wallet once.

Help him. He is a rare good guy in this game.

Yeah, that's right, much like me, a lot of you are d***s, deal with it.

Dan is one of the good ones.


If the link doesn't work, please click HERE to support Dan and his family.

Hence the conflict. While I want to see two guys get into the cage and beat the hell out of each other in a show of heart, skill and determination to rival the instant classic of Ben Smith vs. Nate Howe, I can't help but think about the ramifications.

...but I'll get over it. I always do. Thanks alcohol!

Speaking of which, as I fill in the gaps of this article, I'm doing it all on my phone at the bar. It's f***ing crowded in here. So if you have a problem with my write-ups, I don't care. Why are you still reading these articles anyway?

We got Andrea rocking the cage tonight. For those that have not personally witnessed the joy of her ring work, I pity your lives.


And if you needed another reason, Andrea donated her money from the last fights to help support Dan and his family.

Now I bet you feel like a douche.


If you are reading this and it is missing results either they haven't happened yet or I just wandered away for no particular reason.

Check back later. Or don't. I don't care.


Sam Khom (1-6) vs. Taylor Berg (0-0)

Technique so good he didn't even need to sink hooks. *sarcasm horn* Oh, you expected more for write ups? I'm on a f***ing phone!

Results: Sam Khom via submission due to rear naked choke at 1:18 of the 1st round

Michael Bullen (1-0) vs. Michael Walsh (1-1)

Tell you what, Walsh may look like the NBC paige on 30 Rock but he's got some skills.

Results: Michael Walsh via submission due to RNC at 1:14 of the 1st round

Sam Hernandez (4-4) vs. Karter Holthusen (2-0)

What about Karter's profile suggested taking him down was a good idea.

Results: Karter Holthusen via submission due to armbar :41 of the 1st round.

Chelsi Westdrop (3-2) vs. Linsey Williams (0-0)

If those were first fight jitters...damn...

Results: Linsey Williams via submission due to RNC at :58 of the 2nd round.

Richard Rodriguez (5-0) vs. Dustin Murphy (5-1)

Rodriguez has some game to get out of what looked like a deep kimura and a couple toes holds. very nice.

Results: Richard Rodriguez via technical submission due to RNC at 2:46 of the 1st round.

5 fights, 5 submissions. Word.

Aaron Shaw (2-4) vs. Danny Olson (0-2)

Fight should have gone to the ground in the 1st. That was a rough round To watch if you know anything about striking.

Results: Danny Olson via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Ash Majek (6-2) vs. Bryan Mortensen (7-5)

Mankato must be a tougher town than i give it credit for.

Results: Bryan Mortensen via kneebar at 1:53 of the 2nd round

Uh oh I'm announcing...eeee! After a screwdriver...

Adam Schumacher (6-4) vs. Sean Richman (0-0)

I expected a guard pass, I got a f***ing bomb. Well, technically Schumacher got the bomb...

Results: Sean Richman via verbal submission at 4:45 of the 1st round

Bobby Ferrier (12-24) vs. Kyle Todd (0-0)


Results: Kyle Todd via submission due to RNC at 2:47 of the 1st

Co-Main Event

Tony Zelinski (5-4) vs. Carl Deaton III (6-1)

Deaton may just become well-rounded yet.

Results: Carl Deaton III via submission due to neck crank at 4:47 of the 1st round.

Main Event- Bantamweight Title

Matt Brown (6-3) vs. John Castaneda (4-0)

Looked like it could have been a flash knockout to me, but watch the replay and judge for yourselves. People are pissed.

Results: Matt Brown via TKO at...i missed it over the boos in the 1st round




Driller MMA: Mecca IV Results (04/26/14)

Sometimes, at night, when I'm not trying to think of something to write that will be wildly misinterpreted, I like to read. I got about halfway through Curious George and the Suprise Party when I realized I just couldn't handle the mounting tension anymore so I moved to something a little lighter: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.  Having little to no interest in politics, but having enjoyed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Rum Diaries and The Hell's Angels, I figured I'd give myself a rare glimpse into the world of mud slinging through the eyes of gonzo journalism. As suspected, most of the s*** went straight over my head. Either it was a societal disconnect or it takes a reader with greater information and sensibilities than I to interpret. Either way, it was a pretty slow read. And he uses the N-word, which made me feel uncomfortable in my suburban, lower-middle class home. Though one passage in particular caught my eye. It was a passage that spoke to me as a hack writer--one who has been chastised as often as praised: "So much for Objective Journalism. Don't bother to look for it here--not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms."

~ Hunter S. Thompson

This inspired me, but not in the way you might think. While I never refer to myself as a journalist and I do--believe it or not--believe that I am objective when it comes to MMA fights. My views and comments have nothing to do with a fighter as a person. Who you are outside the cage doesn't matter to me.

You win or you lose. That's your job.

It's cold and callous...and objective.

So, instead of writing round play-by-plays, I am literally going to phone this one in. No write ups, just results via text...with possible witticisms because since there are like seven bars Iin this place, thus be drunk as a monkey.

I mean, come on, if you can't throw a f***ing jab, how am I supposed to not call you out on it? With or without a bloody mary, two screwdrivers and four tallboys...


Dion Kriz (0-1) vs. Charlie Anozie (2-1)

Results: Charlie anozie via TKO at 2:40 of the 1st round.

Dale Walters (0-12) vs. Ed Albrecht (1-1)

Results: Ed Albrecht via submission due to rear naked choke at :29 of the 2nd round

You know honey badger, there are Gyms in and around the eagan area that teach boxing and grappling...

Khaled Afara (0-0) vs. Marc Gomez (0-1)

Results: marc gomez via TKO at 2:29 of the 1st round...after 40 or so unanswered punches from mount 

Marc gomez has both the most lively crew and the most emotional post-fight reaction this side of nate quarry. damn.

Drew Breckling (0-0) vs. Michael Jokondo (1-0)

Results: Michael Jokondo via submission due to triangle choke at :57 of the 3rd round.


*sigh* It's just not the same when she isn't really here.


Ash Majek (5-2) vs. Nick Palmer (3-4)

Results: Ash Majek via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Not gonna lie,all the smarta** comments i had loaded up involved "watch out for that left hand"/KO

Lightweight Title Fight

Alex Wiggs Jr. (4-0) vs. Cameron Gilliam (8-1)

Results: Cameron Gilliam via submission due to triangle choke at :50 of the 2nd round.


Ben Neumann (6-3) vs. Jeremy Castro (11-13)

Results: Ben Neumann via submission due to rear naked choke at 2:00 of the 1st round.

So, i kind told Ben's cornerman Garret's i wouldnt comment on his voice cracking, but...I'm a liar. Oh, and Ben did a move worth YouTubing.

Rick Jackson (4-2) vs. Mike Zimmer (3-2-1)

Results: Mike Zimmer via submission due to rear naked choke at 3:58 of the 1st round.

INTERMISSION...i want a taco...

Starr Roberts (4-19) vs. Roland Larson (1-6)

Results: Roland Larson via submission due to heelhook at 2:45 of the 1st round.

So, I hear there's this thing in Thailand called a "tiger show"...I wanna train in thailand...

Featherweight Title Fight

Jordan Neer (5-0) vs. Nick Compton (9-3)

Results: Nick Compton via submission due to armbar at 2:51 of the 1st round.

Serious tough points to Compton for getting spiked twice going for the first armbar and staying calm enough to lock up the second. damn.

Welterweight Title Fight

Nate Howe (7-2) vs. Ben Smith (9-2)

Results: ben smith via unanimous decision 49-46, 48-47, 48-47  

And the "getting blood on me" streak continues...

By the way, best f***ing fight ive seen in a loooong time.

Satisfied? I don't give a s***.

Does Jiu-Jitsu Need Saving?

About nine months ago I became disenchanted with the current state of BJJ competition as I see it. Flash to now and World Champion Rafael Lovato Jr., someone of far greater experience and pull in the community has voiced similar concerns. We are not connected in this mind you. I'm not comparing myself at all, I just find it interesting that someone of his level is voicing similar thoughts as a shlub like me.

In a podcast posted today (which I'll link later), Rafael went on to detail how disenchanted he was by this year's IBJJF Pan Am Championships (which took place just a day after my article outlining how advantage points are destroying the game...weird...).

He said that the performances were unlike anything he had ever seen before and that competitors were only rolling toward advantages and stalling. They were focused more on not losing instead of winning.

In short, he was disgusted by the game.

I found something very interesting, but I want to play a game first.

Does jiu-jitsu need saving?

Isn't it pretty obvious that jiu-jitsu is evolving? The IBJJF majors have been around for less than 20 years, yet the popularity and rate of evolution has skyrocketed. Not only that but the game, the positions, the attacks, they have all evolved.

How long did it take for changes to implement in football or baseball or basketball?

The shot clock was added to basketball to slow the game down.

Helmets were added in hockey and football to add to safety.

Games have always evolved and will always evolved and when they do, they are always met with those who oppose change.

I heard a story once about the last NHL goalie to start wearing a face mask. Yes, goalies used to not wear face masks. He was so against it that he refused to wear one until the league forced him. His coach believing it was the best for him made him an agreement. Every time a puck hit his facemask, they would make a stitches mark. By the end of the season the mask was almost completely black.

Probably saving the man's life.

Change isn't always welcome, but that doesn't make it for the good of all competing.

In the podcast, Rafael quoted passages from a book on being a samurai and always going for the kill, that we owe it to our opponents to always put forth our best, not just enough to win.

Except that we aren't warriors. We don't kill people. This isn't medieval f***ing japan. This is a game.

You may hate elbows in MMA, too, but they are legal, within the rules and no less an effective way of winning.

This is a f***ing game.

Maybe I believe all this. Maybe you do too.

Maybe not.

What I found most interesting about the podcast was the answer to the question I have had for a long time: when did it all change?

The argument, and the best one I've heard, is that it all started to change when Worlds moved to the United States. Suddenly the market is bigger, the exposure is bigger, the chances for endorsements are bigger.

Money started to come into play. Now it is about the win. Winning is what matters more than anything.

Those old battles with Wallid or JJ or even BJ were f***ing brutal. They fought like animals for the win.

Now the sponsors are watching. Even blue belts have sponsors to answer to now and medals are all they want to see. It doesn't matter if you win by points or submission. Winning is winning.

People know the names of blues and purples and browns as well as black belts now. Ranks are held back more and more to make the best competitors into dominators. Now new black belts are standing atop podiums almost immediately. How can that be? How can Keenan be that good?

Has America helped destroy Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

All this is just conjecture. You love the game or you don't. You accept the changes or you don't.

And make no mistake, the game has changed.

But does it need to be saved?

For the full podcast, go to:

What do you think?

Chaos at Canterbury 5 (2/22/14) Quick Results


[insert words here]

Wish I could have been here, but don't worry, you better believe I was doing something awesome as a part of my rockstar lifestyle.

...I was crying over what my life has become and my eyes were too puffy and swollen to drive.

Quick Results:

Jason Huntley defeated Dale Walters via submission due to kimura at 2:54 of the 1st round.

Jason Allred defeated Ben Anderson via  TKO, unable to continue after the 2nd round.

Dustin Murphy defeated Jesse Rogge via submission due to rear naked choke at :31 of the 1st round.

Clearly the kid is at his best when he has errands to run as soon as the fight ends.

Otis Hamilton defeated Garrett Sowman via unanimous decision (29-28 on all)

Eric Johnson defeated Joe Cook via unconsciousness due to rear naked choke at :30 of the 1st round.

Nate Hoffman defeated Jake Immel via KO due to a knee at :09 of the 2nd round.

Pat Magdaleno defeated Brian Learn via TKO due to punches at 0:19 of the 1st round.

That's what happens when you attend a BJJ seminar by a get a TKO.

Randy Lene defeated Alex Figueroa via submission due to guillotine choke at :30 of the 1st round.

Ben Locken defeated Ben Miller via TKO due to punches at 1:41 of the 1st round.

Kyle Todd defeated Drandon Stoyanoff via submissions due to punches at 1:12 of the 1st round.

Time to fight Nick Diaz. Use those camp connection son! I know I would, my only camp connections resulted in a LOT of therapy sessions as an adult.

Pam Sorenson defeated Christina Jobe via submission due to guillotine choke at :46 of the 1st round.

Chelsi Westrup defeated Hope Sanfter via unanimous decision (29-28 on all).

Berta Gray defeated KC Scott via TKO due to punches at 2:41 of the 1st round.

Kevin Asplund defeated Matt Larson via submission due to rear naked choke at 2:24 of the 1st round.

Ben Neumann defeated Matt Rider via submission due to triangle choke at :58 of the 1st round.

Sean Richman defeated Jesse Wannemacher via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 48-47)

Because, you know, having three different angles on the fight means three COMPLETELY different scores. 

John Castaneda defeated Derrick Mandell via unanimous decision (29-28 on all).

My eyes are still puffy, I'm going back to bed.

MN Grappling Events Feb-June 2014

Okay, I'll build on this list as I go, but I wanted to get this stuff out there and correct as needed. First up... February 22nd- Midwest Submission Challenge

Location info: Washburn High School, Minneapolis. This was a very smoothly run tournament the first time they were in town. Gi and no gi with submission only formatting (and a clever little OT idea). I'll post more info soon, but I'm pretty sure pre-reg cost is $40

More info at

March 30th- MKG Gi and No Gi Tournament

Location info: Minnesota Kali Group, 4532 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis. Weigh-ins are at 9am that Sunday, yes Sunday. This is a double elimination tournament starting at 10am. $25 for 1 division, $30 for both. This is a smoothly run and fun tournament, one of my favorites.

Contact Fabio at 763-370-9763 for information.

April 26th- Grappling Games in Hudson

Location info: Hudson High School. One of my favorite tourneys, well run, inexpensive, double elimination with gi and no gi. All proceeds go to charity. DO THIS TOURNEY!

May TBD- Submission Hunt

No info yet and date not confirmed.

May 3rd- Minnesota Grappling Challenge

Location info: Minneapolis Convention Center Exhibit Hall. See for details. I'll post more soon, but they will be able to answer more than I will.

May 17th- NAGA Minneapolis

Location info: Concordia University in St. Paul. Very cool medals, etc, however, given that this has been a strangely busy competition season for Minnesota, the cost might be a little scary for some people. $80 for 1 division, $100 for both (plus $5 internet registration fee).