Today Jiu-Jitsu showed me there really is NO Limitations.
Its No secret that the Eddie Kone Academy of jiu-jitsu is not a competition based jiu-jitsu academy. Our Primary object is to preserve the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in accordance to the fight Philosophy of Grandmaster Helio Gracie and to teach Jiu-Jitsu in its entirety . That said lets make it clear we are not against competition based jiu-jitsu schools whose objective is to create world champions, or that which improves people’s lives through any sport & adds to a healthier lifestyle for its practitioners.
Today 2 long time students From our Academy HQ Decided to enter the London IBJJF Winter Open and compete, They registred approxamitly 1 week before the day of the comp.
Remember both practitioners had NOT prepared for competition so the environment and rule set would be different.
There was also another difference, one of the competing students is visually impared registered blind . yes he can not see and has only 10% Vision. The results of the matches were amazing.
Practitioner 1 fought against an experienced blue belt and lost his first match to an advantage .
Practitioner 2 who is “Blind” fought in the purple belt division. and was offered by the ref to start with kimono grips but declined the offer, we didn’t want the opportunity for any excuses . In his first match he managed to secure a shoulder grab defence from standing , the same one used in the pic below by Grandmaster Helio Gracie which was also used by UFC LHW Champion Jon jones when he fought Glover Texieria in the UFC .
“Pic from Gracie jiu-jitsu master text.”
In his second match he lost to an advantage. That said he was able to secure a bronze medal not bad for not preparing and not wanting to start with collar grips. Well done to both practitioners for testing themselves. To Conclude a good event which appeared very professionally organised, with a very good level of competitive jiu-jitsu.
Was also great to catch up with so many friends from the jiu-jitsu community.