Vector Jiu-Jitsu Owners, Chris & Beth Thrasher, want to issue a challenge to every Jiu-Jitsu practitioner in the world: Donate $1 to support this Mississippi team so they can open a new independent facility so kids from any high school can join.
In recent months, the City of Jackson, Mississippi has been plagued by a staggering increase in criminal gang activity and gang recruiting.
Robbery, rape and murder are daily news headlines like never before. Kids are killing kids for nothing out here. Too many of my high school math students discuss gang activity like it’s the only viable option for them. We had grown men show up outside the high school where we train to beat up females in a massive 50+ person gang fight after school. Parents are urging their children to fight each other, videotaping it, putting it on the internet and brandishing firearms… possibly the most disturbing part of these instances, is that not an eye is batted when firearms come out because the community is so desensitized to this level of depravity.
The time is now to prove that Jiu-Jitsu could save an entire city. We are at a tipping point in our push to expand Vector Jiu-Jitsu. Chris and I are working minor miracles with the teenagers we can get through the door. Our ability to get kids through the door (i.e. promote the program) is limited by our ability to finance a larger, independent training space open to ALL kids in the city not just one high school – where too many young adults have become “set in their ways.” Community leaders are aware of what we are doing, approve of it, but seem reticent to jump in with both feet to assist us. I know in my heart if we can cultivate a large, eager group of elementary & middle school aged children, that Jiu-Jitsu could begin to turn around the culture of violence and hopelessness that envelopes this city.
We need to make noise, we need to leave our City Government and School District no choice but to take notice. If we can show the people in power here that Jiu-Jitsu as a community alone is an agent for change. I think we could get them to get behind matching funding for a Vector Jiu-Jitsu Facility in the city. If everyone that reads this donates just $1, it would get the ball rolling for our organization. Will you accept the challenge?
From Around the Globe we bring you Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling stories of interest. These stories are meant to open your hearts and minds to the world of Jiu-Jitsu and grappling. Their stories are just as important and pertinent as those in your local area. Today, the ADCC trials from Israel.
ADCC- Abu Dhabi Trials - Israel
by Haim Gozali
The 2008 ADCC Israeli Trials was a huge success full of action with 100 competitors. Israel's submission community
2008 ADCC Israeli Trials
showed it is driving full force ahead with the impressive turnout and the events professionalism, holding true to the ADCC submission legacy. took place on December 20. Organized by Renzo Gracie black belt Haim Gozali, six grapplers will travel to the European ADCC trials on January 3rd.
Non-stop action, with many exciting matches, the Israeli trials have proved that Israel will be a strong foothold for the... (View photos from the event)
The ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) Submission Wrestling World Championship was created by Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, former president of the United Arab Emirates. Significant prize money is awarded to winners, and athletes who have been successful at the highest levels of competition in Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo , Shooto and mixed martial arts regularly participate.
Rules & Regulations
The Championship is tournament style i.e; only winner goes through to the next round.
Men's Under 66 kg - Kouhei Yasumi (Lotus Paraestra Setagaya) Men's Under 77 kg - K-taro Nakamura (Wajiutsu Keishukai Tokyo Headquarters) Men's Under 88 kg - Yukinori Haruhara (Rodeo Style) Men's Under 99 kg - Kazuhiro Nakamura (Yoshida Dojo) Men's Over 99 kg - Kouji Kanechika (TEAM TACKLER) Women's Under 60 kg - Megumi Fujii (AACC) Women's Over 60 kg - Hitomi Hiraiwa (AACC) *Hitomi Akano
Results from the Final:
Men's Under 66 kg Final
Kouhei def Katuya Toida via submission (head and shoulder lock) in the extra period
Men's Under 77 kg Final
K-taro Nakamura def Yoshinao Shitabayashi via submission (rear naked choke)
Men's Under 88 kg Final
Yukinori Haruhara def Yuji Arai via submission (heel lock)
Men's Under 99 kg Final
Kazuhiro Nakamura def Yukiya Naito via submission (armbar)
Men's Over 99 kg Final
Kouji Kanechika df. Simonaka Takahiro via submission (armbar)
Women's Under 60 kg Final
Megumi Fujii def Sayaka Shioda via points (5-0)
Women's Over 60 kg Final
Hitomi Hiraiwa def Mizuho Sato via submission (kimura)