What is the Black Friday Grapplethon? This part is pretty easy. On Nov. 29th (Black Friday) there will be a 12 hour open mat in Granite City, IL (minutes from downtown St Louis) at Finney’s HIT Squad. During this open mat will are committed to having at least two people rolling from 8am to 8pm. The event will have free food and drinks for the participants and EVERYONE is welcome. We’ll have gi and nogi grapplers, kids to seniors and every skill level will be represented.
Black Friday Grapplethon is raising funds to support to Tap Cancer Out (http://www.tapcancerout.org), a jiu-jitsu based 501(c)(3) nonprofit raising awareness and funds for cancer fighting organizations on behalf of the grappling community. Tap Cancer Out is currently raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All monetary donations thru the fundraising page will be accompanied by a receipt and are tax deductible.
Grapplethon 2: SoCal Jiu-Jitsu Community Unite in Support for Frank Edge
Giving and receiving are frequent sensations a practitioner will experience being involved in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Employing the technique of giving August 24th marked a monumental day for the Jiu-Jitsu community in Southern California. Unifying together for a charitable rally Grapplethon 2 unveiled the true power of the strong support system that exists in our community through the event’s efforts in aiding cancer battling contender Frank Edge.
Hosted at Dan Lukehart’s Brea Jiu-Jitsu academy the event brought together over 67 grapplers from various schools such as Atos JJ, Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu, Gracie Barra, amongst other we'll established Jiu-Jitsu teams.
With gathered proceeds aimed toward assisting Edge Grapplethon 2 featured a three hour fun-filled extravaganza which included nonstop training, raffle prizes, an insane 180 minute charity challenge, and most importantly exposing the unique camaraderie that exist in the Southern California BJJ community.
“It was truly a pleasure to host Grapplethon 2.” said event host Dan Lukehart. “The Grapplethon concept fits well with our gym’s philosophy and we want to support any attempt to bring the Jiu-Jitsu community together - particularly for such a great cause. Seeing so many people rally for somebody, most had never met, really shows how tightly knit our community is.”
In 2011, a friend of mine in Canada mentioned she was planning to join a twenty four hour ‘Grapple-A-Thon’ at Martial Arts Planet in Kingston, Ontario. The basic premise was that at least two people spar over a twenty-four hour period, with the option of also fundraising for their chosen charity. Fortunately for those of us thousands of miles away, the organisers were going to set up a live stream from the gym, meaning I could watch the action from my laptop in England.