The much awaited Tap Cancer Out BJJ Gis designed and manufactured by Inverted Gear are scheduled to land in early December, and there’s already lots of interest. We’ve ordered 100 Gis, but they’re almost sure to sell out quickly.
Since we’re not taking pre-orders, we wanted to figure out another way to reward our most passionate fans. So we’re creating a special email list EXCLUSIVELY for our fans. Once the Gis go on sale, we’ll be notifying ONLY THOSE on this email list. 24 hours later, we’ll be letting everyone know. So if you sign up, you’ll be able to order your Gi 24 hours before the public!
Plus, we’re giving away one for FREE!
By signing up for this list, you’re automatically entered into a drawing to win one of our custom Gis for FREE! We’ll announce the winner before the Gis go on sale.
If you want to make sure you get your hands on these amazing, one-of-a-kind Gis that support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before they sell out, simply provide your name and email below and you’re on the list!
What better way to work off the insane amount of over-indulging from Thanksgiving than to spend the day rolling with your friends and teammates for a good cause?
On November 29th in Granite City, IL (just outside of St. Louis), the good folks at BJJ Legends are hosting a 12-hour Grapplethon in support of our nonprofit, Tap Cancer Out. The Grapplethon is a 12-hour event—8am to 8pm—where grapplers can get together and train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Participants are encouraged to set up a fundraising page on behalf of Tap Cancer Out. By doing so, they can take part in giveaways from the events generous sponsors including Tatami Fightwear, Q5 Labs, OSS, Killer Bee Kimonos, Ronin and more! If you raise a minimum of $50 you’ll get a Meerkatsu custom-designed Grapplethon t-shirt!
Leave the politics at the door. ALL GRAPPLERS from ALL SCHOOLS are welcome: NoGi or Gi, kids and adults. Everyone is welcome.
When: Friday, November 29th, 8am to 8pm Where: Finney’s HIT Squad, 400 A St., Suite D, Granite City, IL How: Contact Matt Corley at email@example.com if you’re interested Fundraising: Head over to the online fundraising platform to set up your page
More Information: At the Facebook Page
The numbers have finally been tallied for the Tap Cancer Out Spring BJJ Open, which took place in Stratford, CT, on April 13th, 2013, and to no one’s surprise, the tournament’s fundraisers broke all sorts of records.
The tournament attracted over 200 competitors, both male and female, from all over the New England and Tri-State area. 73 of those competitors also fundraised on behalf of Tap Cancer Out to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, generating 926 donations and ultimately fundraising over $37,500. After including registration fees, door donations and merchandise sales, the tournament was able to raise over $41,000, nearly doubling last year’s total.
The day wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Our primary sponsor, Inverted Gear, provided motivation for our top fundraisers, awarding each of them with a free Gi! Dollamur Mats provided brand new Flexi-Connect Mats, perfect for the tournament setup, at a discounted price. Fight Soap set up a merchandise table and gave ALL of the day’s sales to Tap Cancer Out, as well as providing the competitors with free hand sanitizer. The Handprint Store and LapelChoke.com also contributed greatly.
Thanks again to all the competitors, sponsors, and especially the volunteers who donated their entire day to our cause.
I’ve been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for about four and a half years. I started in BJJ because I wanted to stay and shape while also competing, and my prior sport (volleyball) required too much dependence on other people. If I wanted to compete, I needed to find six guys, all with the proper skill sets, who were free on a certain day. With BJJ, I could be part of a team, but when it came time to compete, I only needed to depend on myself (and my competitors, I suppose).
In those four and a half years, I’ve competed fairly often. I haven’t competed on the largest stages—the Worlds, the Pans, etc. (I’m on the east coast)—but have done numerous NAGA, Grappler’s Quest, Good Fight tournaments as well as smaller, local tournaments. I competed at white, blue, and purple belts, gi and no-gi. I’ve weighed in night before (cutting extreme weight), morning-of, and seconds before the match. I haven’t experienced it all, but I have experienced a lot.
I’ve had a few great experiences, but more often than not some part of the tournament left a bad taste in my mouth. At one tournament, as was a white belt competing in no-gi, there were more than 30 guys in my division, as well as more than 30 in the division before mine. My wife drove two hours to watch me compete. She sat there for 5 hours—from 10:30 to 3:30pm. When she had to leave due to a prior commitment, I was still waiting for my first match. I finally drove home at around 8pm. I had lost both my gi and no-gi matches in the first round. I spent more hours sitting on the bleachers waiting than minutes on the mat competing. I questioned whether or not I wanted to compete again.
5 Reasons You’ll Enjoy the TCO BJJ Open
All of these experiences have taught me valuable lessons about running an efficient and enjoyable tournament. So when I decided to host a BJJ tournament of my own to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I vowed to create the experience and atmosphere that I would want as a competitor. Here are some of the ways I turned it into a tournament competitors would enjoy:
1. Affordable Entry Fee and Perks
Every competitor will agree—it’s expensive to compete in BJJ tournaments. Most tournaments will cost you anywhere from $80 to $120, just for ONE division. It’s just too cost prohibitive for most people. So I wanted to make our tournament affordable. At just $40 for one division and $60 for two (pre-registration only), it’s one of, if not THE, most affordable BJJ tournament around.
If you fundraise more than $200, you can compete for FREE. It only takes a single email to family and friends to raise that much ($20 from 10 people), so it’s a pretty good deal. Plus, the more you fundraise, the more perks you can earn like patches, t-shirts and rashguards. The top 4 fundraisers earn a FREE Inverted Gear gi!
2. Well Organized
There are a number of steps I wanted to take in order to ensure a smooth tournament. Last year the only major mishap was having to bracket the day-of, and we were admittedly ill-prepared. Though everything ran well after about a 40-minute delay in the morning, I couldn’t let it happen again. That’s why we’re requiring pre-registration this year. Plus, at too many tournaments overworked table-workers are double and triple tasking, trying to manage brackets while keeping score; keeping time while calling the next fighters. So we have at least two, if not three, volunteers working at the table, plus a dedicated ring coordinator who manages the brackets and gets the next fighters ready so there are no delays, no fighters hovering over the table, and far less confusion.
3. Great for All Belts, White to Black
My first tournament as a white belt was overwhelming. There were SO many people there that I completely psyched myself out. At the TCO BJJ Open, we’re expecting about 200-300 competitors. Our biggest division had 16 guys, but most had anywhere from 4-10. We’re all here for a good cause, so the stress level is low (it’s not the Worlds or anything). If you’re looking for the right opportunity to get acclimated to BJJ competition, this is a great opportunity.
Even though we’re a great environment for beginners, that doesn’t mean advanced grapplers won’t enjoy it either. It’s a week before the New York Open, so it’s a great opportunity to work out the final kinks. We had some very accomplished brown belts join us last year, including a former purple belt world champion, so you’ll be able to test yourself. Plus, since it’s so cheap, why not get the experience?
5. Safe – IBJJF Rules with IBJJF Refs
The TCO BJJ Open follows the IBJJF rule set, which strictly prohibits all heel hooks and restricts knee bars and toe holds to the advanced belts. I know some people prefer the “anything goes” mentality of some of the larger tournaments, but if you want to be a world champion, you have to compete under IBJJF rules. We’re hiring qualified IBJJF referees this year, so you’ll know the referees are qualified and you won’t lose a match simply because of incompetence.
6. Fun – For a Great Cause
I didn’t know what to expect going into last year’s TCO BJJ Open as far as the competition and sportsmanship was concerned. Competitors came to win, for sure, but I saw such amazing sportsmanship and so many smiling faces that I knew we had something special on our hands. Everyone knew we were coming together for a cause much bigger than BJJ. Winning and losing on the mat didn’t mean nearly as much as helping so many people in need who are fighting a real fight with cancer.
We were all there to show the world what type of people make up the BJJ community. Ultimately, our first event attracted over 200 competitors (the max we could accomodate with our mat space) and raising over $20,000. This year we’re expanding to six mats and will accomodate upwards of 300 competitors. Plus we’ll run even more efficiently by requiring pre-registration (so we’re not wasting time putting together the brackets), bringing in more volunteers, hiring IBJJF referees and more.
A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with Charlie from Digitsu—a great site that’s the home of Lucas Lepri’s Championship Guard Passing and Abmar Barbosa’s Jiu-Jitsu Outlaw DVD sets. Charlie was nice enough to arm me with a bunch of DVDs to give away to the awesome fans and supporters of Tap Cancer Out.
Because I’m feeling very excited that we’re closing in on 13,000 fans AND we’ve already raised over $7,500 (over 25% of our goal of $30,000) for the Tap Cancer Out Spring BJJ Open, we’re giving away a FREE COPY of Abmar Barbosa’s Jiu-Jitsu Outlaw: First Edition 4-disc DVD set valued at over $100!! Plus, we’ll throw in the sticker too.
Winning is simple!
Head over to the Digitsu Facebook page, Like it and comment by saying “Tap Cancer Out sent me!” (try to tag us, @TapCancerOut).
Fill out the form below
Comment on our Facebook post (the one with the picture above) to confirm that you’ve entered
Make sure to subscribe to Digitsu’s YouTube page and follow them on Twitter as well.
The winner is Corey Rive!! Congrats Corey!!
A little more about Abmar’s DVD:
DISC 1: CLOSED GUARD
Who says that the closed guard is a dated stalling position? In this 90 minute DVD Abmar dispels this myth and personally teaches you the most innovative attacks in his arsenal… NOTHING IS HELD BACK!
DISC 2: SPIDER GUARD / THE BARBOSA GUARD
Train with a champion! In this extensive 90 minute session, you’ll tackle Abmar’s most effective sweep position, the Spider Guard, and his specialized Barbosa Guard.
In the Spider Guard section, Abmar shows his most effective sweeps (including the phenomenal sweep that he used in the 2010 IBJJF PANS) and drills that will improve your Spider Guard.
Additionally, on this disc, Abmar reveals his well protected secret… The Barbosa Guard.
Disc 3: PASSING GUARD
Bring your skills to a new level with 90 minutes of intense focus on Abmar’s lightning speed and relentless guard passing skills. Also, unlike any other instructional, Abmar shows you exactly what to do if you end up in the Barbosa Guard.
DISC 4: DE LA RIVA GUARD
This is perhaps the most complete instructional on what to do when your opponent is foolish enough to pry open your guard. In just 90 minutes, you’ll get an extensive look at the intricacies of Abmar’s competition confirmed DLR guard and how to use it properly!
In the spring of 2011 we hosted our first Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The event was outstanding, attracting nearly 200 competitors, 50 of which fundraised on behalf of Tap Cancer Out, raising over $17,000 before the tournament had even started! After all was said and done, over $21,000 had been raised, allowing our nonprofit to provide the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with gifts totaling over $28,000 in 2011.
With that kind of success in our first attempt at a fundraising tournament (quite possibly the first BJJ fundraising tournament ever), we couldn’t stop there. So in 2013, our plan is to host four fundraising tournaments with a goal of raising over $100,000!