By FIGHT! contributor Eric Killelea
The Abu Dhabi Combat Club, one of the most respected organizations in the grappling world, is now promoting regional tournaments, opening its mats to all ages and skill levels.
“If you are a kid, teen, beginner or an intermediate, you will be able to grapple in a no-gi tournament that has different rules than most other tournaments,” wrote Boyce. “Also, you can start to learn how to compete in an ADCC tournament if you have bigger and better plans, like Worlds. ADCC officials will be at every tournament scouting talent.”
“For Experts, every regional winner will get invited to a 16 man ADCC National Championships next year,” wrote Boyce. The ADCC will in addition invite those who earn the most points during the year. Nationals begin 2010 June, and will consist of two days: the first an open tournament; the second, the sixteen man tournament where a winner is “crowned ADCC National Champion.”
The regional tournaments start in Houston, Texas on July 25, followed by visits to Las Vegas and the Great Lakes. ADCC Promoter Brett Boyce wrote in email that the organization will “also be adding in Denver, Seattle, Sacramento, NY/NJ and maybe Boston and Atlanta.”