Most of us here turn up to compete at an event and that's pretty much our involvement apart from chatting about it
on the forums afterwards, and maybe mentioning a few moans and gripes...it's all part and parcel of the competition scene.
But what is it like for the guys behind the scenes running these events?
I asked three very prominent tourny organisers their views on why they do it, how much does it cost them and what actually is
involved. I hope you'll find their answers interesting.
1. The BJJ British Open with Steve Fan:
2. The Hereford BJJ Open with Dave Coles:Meerkatsu: Why do you organise these tournaments and what do you gain out of it?
Steve Fan: That's a bloody good question! To be honest I got roped into it (big time)
by my good friend (& instructor, Braulio). If you ever get involved with him, nothing is simple!
3. The UMA Championships with Jim McSherry:MEERKATSU: What do you think are the most important considerations when running a comp?
DAVE COLES: Remember the 7 P's - Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Thanks for checking it out.Meerkatsu: What makes your event in particular a good one to take part in?
Jim McSherry: I think that if you ask any player, fighter, supporter or spectator who has attended any U.M.A. event, whether it be karate, judo, grappling or groundfighting, they will tell you that the atmosphere is electric and exciting, but very friendly. I personally will not tolerate anyone with an ego, and I feel that anyone who has either met me or knows me understands that.