Hugh Boyd keeping calm amidst the threat of leg locks.

Hugh Boyd keeping calm amidst the threat of leg locks.

When i first competed at grappling industries…

…things were different. Back then, all divisions, both gi and no gi, competed on the same day before everyone went home to spend the Sunday putting back on the weight they had lost in the lead up. But not anymore.

Likely credit to its great round robin format and smooth operation, Grappling Industries has exploded in popularity. Now with more competitors than can be fit into a single day, the event is spread across an entire weekend, with the gi divisions taking place on the Saturday and no gi on the Sunday.

First thing in the morning on both days, absolute competitors took to the stage. With eight large mats all hosting matches at the same time, catching all the action was unfortunately impossible, but of course that didn’t stop me running around in search of the best submissions and scrambles.

Jathan Hudson with a high altitude guillotine.

Jathan Hudson with a high altitude guillotine.

Throughout the weekend there were plenty of great finishes, the most notable of which being a high flying guillotine by Jathan Hudson and an impressive triangle on a game opponent courtesy of Hugh Boyd, who at just 17 years old managed to win the adult advanced no gi division. A rising star in the world of Jiu Jitsu if there ever was such a thing.

The days were long and the matches non stop, but that’s what you get with a competition like Grappling Industries that appears to have gotten the formula just right. With promotions like this, Jiu Jitsu is in safe hands.

Missed the event? You can catch some highlights from the weekend below.