September 22 in California: BJJ Team Challenge Tournament
In Brazil the Brazilian National Championship by Teams is one of the main attractions of the CBJJ annual calendar. Athletes and fans agree that the team format is very exciting! For the athletes this is one of the few competitions where they are competing for their academies/teams not just association and themselves. As a result this creates a unique atmosphere. For supporters and fans this event is like no other. Although it’s great to cheer for your association at the bigger events (Pan Ams/Worlds) it’s even more special to support some one who trains at your own academy daily! To cheer for your team, like in any other sport, is both fun and exhilarating.
Now this format is coming to the US! Each team is made of up to four competitors; three of which are starters while the other one is a reserve. When it is time to face an opposing team, each team coach privately numbers their fighters from 1 to 3. Fighters who are given the same numbers will fight each other (1 against 1, 2 against 2 and so on). The team that scores two wins out of three matches advances in the competition. This makes it possible for a weaker team to beat a stronger team with strategy!