Chiang Mai hosted it’s second Brazilian jiu jitsu competition of 2016 on July 9th. There was a very good turnout with close to 70 competitors from all over Thailand representing over ten BJJ academies.
The atmosphere was lively and the venue was packed. Admission was free of charge and many people came to watch and and support their friends and experience BJJ competition first hand.
There was a good showing from local bjj gyms in Chiang Mai (Team Quest Thailand, Chiang Mai Fight Fit) and nearby cities like Lamphun (H.M.A Lamphun, Lion Fighter Academy) and Chiang Rai (GFT-CRT Chiang Rai).
Large contingents also flew in Bangkok (Arete BJJ, Bangkok Fight Lab, Q23 / ATT Thailand) and Phuket (Phuket Top Team, AKA Thailand, Tiger Muay Thai).
This iteration of the Chiang Mai Open was a Gi only event under the IBJJF ruleset. It held tournaments for male adult divisions (white, blue, purple), female divisions (white, blue) and kids divisions. The brackets were provided online in advance of the competition for participants to review.
Chiang Mai Open also organized brown belt and black belt super fights.
Brown Belt Super Fight
Satoshi Kurata is a brown belt under Naoya Uematsu from Nexasense / Arete BJJ. He won his division (brown light feather) at a Dumau competition and placed second at the All Japan Masters tournament. Lainel Briones is a brown belt under Steve Baca/Louie Cercedez from Baca’s BJJ (NoHoMMA) and an AFC Amateur MMA Bantamweight Champion in California.
This was a close methodical and technical match where Satoshi pulled guard and worked for sweeps. Lainel maintained good base to avoid a number of close sweeps, broke grips and attempted passes. Satoshi was eventually able to score a beautiful sweep from de la riva X in the last few minutes of the fight to win the match on points.
Black Belt Super Fight
Prof. Morgan Perkins is head instructor of Bangkok Fight Lab and a Pedro Sauer black belt. Prof. Vinicius Lima is the head instructor at GFTeam Chiang Rai.
This was a fast paced match that unfortunately ended in injury. Morgan pulled guard and attempted an omaplata but sustained a knee injury as he tried to cinch up the submission.
The early registration fee was 500 baht for your division plus 200 baht for absolute. Registration on the day of the event was also available at a price of 800 baht.
Chiang Mai Fight Fit has a very large bjj area with nice Dollamur mats. This was divided into two mat areas for the competition with colored tape.
There was also ample space for spectators on the sidelines and competitors could use the fitness area in the gym to warm up.
Weight check and registration was quite orderly and winners and updated brackets were posted on the white board throughout the day.
Chiang Mai Fight Fit anticipates they will organize more competitions in Chiang Mai at least on a semi-annual basis.
Please check our competitions page for updates as well and see our profile of Team Quest Thailand if you’re interested in training jiu jitsu in Chiang Mai.