March 1st was the kick off day for Proving Grounds Championship’s 1st qualifier. Congratulations to every one of the competitors who came out and put their technique to the test. It should go without say that everyone came game ready.
Once again we had some very exciting matches. In the women’s division, we had a living legend in the PNW BJJ arena in Cindy Hales. In true Proving Grounds spirit, the other women (Rilla Foxdancer and pro mma fighter Katie Howard) in the division were more than willing to accept the challenge. In the other divisions we saw everything from a 20+ minute tie-breaker match to a flying armbar. Don’t be fooled by the size of this Tournament. Our mats are being graced with some tremendous talent and heart.
Calls were made and several teams answered. Ring Sports United, the Proving Grounds 2 Team Champions, was dethroned by Eric Dahlberg owned Ring Demon. It was a hotly contested battle with Gracie Barra for the Team title. Coming in 3rd and 4th respectively were Lotus Club/Foster’s BJJ and Renzo Gracie Portland.
With much positive feedback, we are looking forward to even bigger and smoother running future events. For those that missed out, our next qualifier will be held June 7th, 2014.