Registration is now open for the third Circle of Iron Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, coming up on May 3rd! At the last Circle of Iron, one of the guys who helps run it, Josh Barnes, told me that the number of participants more than doubled between the first two tournaments, and he thought the fact that I wrote about it on this blog had a lot to do with it. I think that’s probably complete nonsense, but if I did help bring in any more people, then I’m happy to try to do so again (even without the promise of a reduced entry fee this time! ;), because I really enjoyed their tournament (despite losing my matches!), and I’m thrilled to see more people competing locally in BJJ.
So, am I going to compete again this time around? Yes, no, maybe, probably, I don’t know…stop asking me! That’s my typical answer whenever a tournament comes up, but in this case I’m not even halfway through the projected recovery time for my back problems, and I can’t train as hard as I would like, so I’m holding off on making a decision for now. If my healing continues to go well, then most likely I will enter, because I actually kind of want to compete this time. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” -Mark Twain
Even if I can’t compete, I’ll definitely be at the tournament supporting my teammates! We currently hold the team trophy from the Circle of Iron, and there will probably be even more people there trying to take it from us, so I hope Lincoln BJJ shows up in full force!
The Circle of Iron is a gi-only tournament, and the early bird entry fee is $50 for adults ($60 with open division, which comes with a $100 cash prize for gold!), and $40 for kids. It takes place at The Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y Street, and weigh-ins start at 8:30am. If you just want to come and watch, there is no fee for spectators. Hope to see everyone there!
“You need git up, git out and git somethin’ . How will you make it if you never even try?
You need to git up, git out and git somethin’ . Cuz you and I got to do for you and I.” -Outkast