Do you know if you guys will be using the usual no-gi weight categories or some other set?
Can't see Ground Control taking too many people away, particularly not from the local clubs as it would be a hell of a lot more expensive to travel down to Manchester and compete when you could do the same locally.
Looking forward to it, never actually been in Aberdeen before
Scotlands No. 1 Timekeeper also available as a BJJ/No Gi referee
I imagine the rules and weights we use will be pretty conventional. I plan on speaking to Meat and Garry to see what they recommend and taking it from there. I'll post all the details in plenty of time.
You are invited to the first Granite City Grappling Open.
It is a no-gi submission grappling competition.
It will take place on Sunday, June 24 at Banks o' Dee Sports Centre in Aberdeen.
Map is here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&...ed=0CAoQ_BIwCQ
Weigh-ins are from 10.30am. Matches start at Noon.
There are no divisions based on experience. So there will be no sandbagging! Everyone will get at least 2 matches.
Time permitting, there will also be an absolute division.
Cost is £15 per entrant, £2 per spectator.
Garry Christie and James McIntyre have agreed to referee.
You can sign up on the day, but I would appreciate advance notice if you are participating.
You can e-mail your name, club and weight class to - email@example.com
HOW IT WORKS:
A match lasts for 6 minutes. Points count throughout the entirety of the match.
In the event of a draw (including advantages), the referee will decide the winner.
The finals will have two minutes overtime if necessary. If it is still a draw, the referee will decide the winner.
The referee has the right to stand up fighters if they rule one competitor is stalling on the ground.
Winner will be decided by: submission, then points, then referee's decision.
Points are awarded as follows;
2 - Takedown
2 - Passing the guard
2 - Sweep
4 - Mount
4 - Back take (with two hooks in)
1 - Advantage point for close sweeps, passes and sub attempts.
All positions must be established for a minimum of 3 seconds for points to be awarded. When changing positions points will be given in ascending order - e.g. no points will be given if moving to side control from mount. Reversals are not considered sweeps. Sweeps must start from a guard position.
All chokes (except using the hand to close the windpipe).
All armbars, shoulder locks and wrist locks.
Straight leg and ankle locks (no twisting).
All neck cranks.
No bending of fingers or toes or small joint manipulation.
No heel hooks or toe holds.
No striking, biting, pulling hair, grabbing ears or scratching.
No touching the groin area.
No holding of opponent's clothing or using t-shirt to choke.
No slamming of opponent (elevated takedowns are allowed).
Fighter must engage before pulling guard (no just sitting and butt scooting).
Shorts or leggings.
T-shirt, rashguard or bare topped.
No gis or loose fitting trousers allowed.
No wrestling boots.
If a competitor breaks the rules he will normally be given a warning.
If he breaks them again he will be disqualified.
Serious fouls, such as striking, or dangerous techniques will result in immediate disqualification.
The referee's decision is final.
There will be a medic on hand to deal with any injuries, of which, hopefully there are none.
There are shops nearby if you need to get some food or drinks after weigh-in.
You can also sign up here: http://www.facebook.com/events/185968441532318/
Please spread the word. There are now plenty of competitions in the central belt. We have had one in Dundee and another in Elgin. Now it's Aberdeen's turn!
I'm pleased to say Garry Christie is going to do a jits seminar on the Saturday (June 23) at Banks o' Dee Sports Centre from 2-5pm. Cost is £20. It's open to all, although I need your name beforehand if you are coming. Might persuade some of you to stay over on the Saturday night and then do the comp the next day? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Encouraged to see that we have had a good amount interest so far - from Fusion up in the north, through to the Griphouse in Glasgow.
Should be quite a few teams from across Scotland showing up. It would be helpful if you could give me a heads up on e-mail or facebook if you fancy it (see details above) - just so I get a feel for numbers. Hopefully all goes well and we can make an Aberdeen-based comp a regular feature on the grappling map.
The seminar is full-up.
But we'll take entries for the comp, right up to the close of weigh-ins at about 11.45am on Sunday morning.
E-mail email@example.com - or just show up.
We've had interest from all over Scotland, which is really encouraging. I'm hopeful we'll get good numbers. To those who have asked, everyone will get two matches, plus there will be an absolute. So hopefully you feel it will be worth your while to attend. The aim is to run a comp, where everyone who shows up gets some good time on the mats.
If some divisions are small (which often happens with smaller and bigger weight categories), then to make sure everyone gets two matches, we may merge divisions (if all the competitors are up for it). Otherwise we can run 'friendly' matches, just to make sure guys get a second chance on the mats.
Please tell everyone at your gym about the comp. The more people who show up, the better it will be. And if all goes well, it can be the start of regular comps up in this neck of the woods.
do comps ever have a mat for people to just roll? like say once they have competed they can go and have a wee roll with people from other clubs?