Now that the tournament is over with and I've had some time to reflect, I'm already cooking up some ideas for future BJJ events. I emphasize the word 'ideas' cause nothing is set so I don't want to shoot myself in the foot and share too much at this point. What I would like to elaborate on is what I found inspirational about being in the middle of it all at the Thailand Open which was the sense of a community and a positive one at that. Regardless of what happens on the mat, we're all friends ready to share a beer, train together and add a dozen+ friends to your facebook list when all is done.
The blog is dedicated to you guys/gals so it was great to meet so many of you in person. I feel much more connected to a larger body people that all share this passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
With that said, I encourage everyone to extend that positivity to all the events taking place in Southeast Asia or wherever you happen to represent. We have the ability to set the tone for our scene and from the feedback that I've received from the tournament, I see that as the defining aspect. We want to keep things positive, free of politics and focus on what jiu-jitsu is really about. We will hit a few bumps here and there and there is no tournament without some conflict but we can all work together to keep things civil, about respect and good sportsmanship.