Thursday, February 28, 2013

WANT VS NEED: Jiu-Jitsu Battle 1

Want vs Need (WVSN) is a relatively new concept of an invitational tournament that borrows from the old school philosophy and taking Jiu-Jitsu back to its roots...submission only.  This is becoming a popular trend in some tournaments over the last year with events such as Metamoris, the BJJ Kumite, etc.  WVSN is not focusing on world class black belts rather the new crop of emerging talent at ranks such as blue and purple.  It's a refreshing concept that gives great exposure to some young grapplers.  The Jiu-Jitsu Battle featuring purple belts was released in January here is a highlight video that was put together showing some great action.  Keep in mind that individual matches had no time limits or points.  Fortunately the matches are also available on YouTube for those wanting to see more.  If you don't want to know the results then follow this video link and watch the matches.

As of now WVSN is about to have a competition to determine the next blue belts to be selected for the Blue Belt Jiu-Jitsu Battle.  They are also in the process of finalizing athletes for their Purple Belt Jiu-Jitsu Battle 2. WVSN was also on hand at the IBJJF San Francisco Open and has posted videos from that event.  Hopefully we will see more from this grassroots group!

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