Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament expected to attract large crowd

By Bullet News
April 10, 2014

Submitted by Niagara College

WELLAND - Modern Vision MMA is hosting it’s third annual Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament, The Niagara BJJ Open, this Saturday.

At the Niagara College Welland Campus Athletic Centre. the event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  with the kids divisions followed by the adult divisions from 1 p.m. until the tournament ends around 8 p.m.

The Niagara BJJ Open is an Ontario Jiu Jitsu Association sanctioned tournament, expected to draw more than 500 competitors and spectators from all across Ontario.

“It’s through tournaments like this that we have such a great opportunity to help continue to grow the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community within Niagara,” says Chris Bonfoco, co-owner and head coach of Modern Vision MMA.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a grounded martial art where matches are scored based on position, control, and submissions. Tournament matches are timed and begin standing. Once the match starts competitors try to take each other down and lock in a submission.

Competitors at the tournament will be grouped according to ranking, age and weight. Rank divisions range from white belt, for beginners; blue belt, intermediate; purple belt, advanced; brown belt, advanced; and black belt, reserved for the most advanced of the competitors.

Although competitors will be coming from all across Ontario, the tournament will feature a strong hometown presence with a large representation by local competitors from Modern Vision MMA and their St. Catharines sister school Muay Thai Niagara MMA.