Southeastern BJJ Championships Push Through Floods and Football

By Created: June, 2017

Sept. 29, 2016 - Battling floods and football, the South USA Grappling Association (SUGA) has still managed to draw approximately 200 competitors to this weekend's Southeastern Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama.

''Due to the massive flooding In Louisiana, some gyms had to rebuild and families lost everything,'' said Tournament Director Rafael Ellwanger.

''It's hard to compete with football in the south,'' he added. ''All kids are playing games on Saturdays, and adults are watching college football. But it is our duty to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and other people that do not focus on football as much.''

The five-year-old biannual event, will be held on Oct. 1, 2016 at the Orange Beach Event Center, starting at 9 a.m. and will feature competitors from 27 gyms. Competitors will be as young as age four and hold ranks of white through brown belts. And the matches take place on no-skin burn grappling mats from Greatmats.

With SUGA being based on Louisiana, Ellwanger said this tournament offers also a great option for Florida-based competitors who usually don't travel as far as Louisiana or Mississippi for events.

''Orange Beach is a beach paradise,'' Ellwanger said. ''The white sand beach is always good.''

As a Greatmats-sponsored event, all attendees whether competitors, coaches or spectators are eligible to enter themselves or others in Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win great prizes. For more information on the Greatmats Photobomb Contest, visit

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