10.25.2011

2011 THAILAND OPEN: THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS



Months of prep-work and a crazy four days of set-up, weigh-ins, competition, after-party and capping it off with a charity seminar. It's now Tuesday and my head is still a bit hazy from it all but I'm working on typing out the individual results, editing the hundreds of photos taken and at some point will edit the video we recorded from the gi-day. 

Despite all that, we have some massive thank you's in order to a number of folks that helped make this weekend such a success. This includes our local team and guests from out of town that have given their time to support the Thailand Open. 

Months prior to the event it was Niti Techottiasnee (EMAC), Bryan Garrison (BKKBJJ) and myself coming together to begin the prep work for this years tournament. While this may be our 4th tournament under the BJJAT banner and experience has taught us a lot, this was Bryan's first year onboard and he was given the heavy duty of registration and brackets. Chained to the bracket-table the entire weekend with only a few breaks to help coach teammates, this guy did a fantastic job. Accompanying Bryan at the brackets table was Minyoung Kim who did a great deal at last years event as well. Niti has been there from day one and is often the voice of sanity in times of stress and frustration. It's been a true pleasure working with these two gentlemen. 

To the local team of volunteers that gave 110% this weekend, we'd like to thank Minyoung Kim, Chris Haja, Kris Sucharitaves, Christopher Goodrich, John Breedlove, Brian Jungwiwattanaporn, Eric Gerber, Ben Weinstein, Kaitlin Lewis, Chance Glasco, Jemima Wright, Peter Isaacson, Rick Nimo, Lee Fergeson, Takashi-san, Tomi Hashimoto, Shuhei Yamamato, Pat Aphaisuwan, Steve Rhodes, Steve Grimes, Ilya Reeves, Por Osk, Sarawud Kongkiattiwong, Atiwat Suvinijjit, Tony Hemsley, Ben Dixon, Arm Huvanandana, Dimitros Tsitos, Michael Galvin, Ben Finnegan, Lee Kirton, Anthony Hogan, Gary Manley...and more. I apologize if I've left you out, I'm sure more names will come to me and I will add them to the list.

And to the least enviable job this weekend, the referees. As head referee Stephen Kamphuis lead the team of Mark Simmerman, Adam Kayoom, Yonghee Kang, Thien Krua-Chottikul, Geordie Lavers-McBain, Sylvain, Andrew McDonald, Hoin Chung, Andy Wang, Richard Pernot and Pat Aphaisuwan. These guys had a very grueling weekend on their feet and at full attention. Our events can only get better by adhering to a unified set of rules and standards here in Southeast Asia. These gentlemen govern things according to the IBJJF rules, fair play and safety. Let's continue to be respectful as each one is doing their best for the sport. 

On a special note we had two out-of-town guests that were especially helpful all weekend. Lee Li (Kylin BJJ) and Benjamin Liu (Singapore). Big thanks to the two of you. 

And to our sponsors in attendance this weekend: Samitvej Hospital provided care all weekend and stayed late both days. Luckily the injuries were limited and nothing major.

The Monday following the tournament, the charity black-belt seminar was held at Q23 Academy. Thanks to Adam Kayoom for hosting and organizing this event and to all the participating black-belts; Dan Simmler, Stephen Kamphuis, Makoto Ogasawara, Marcos Escobar, Andy Wang, Rodrigo Caporal and Ray Elbe. The final count is still being worked on from the tournament fees but the seminar alone is stated to have brought in more than 30,000 baht in donations. Adding to our charity, Team Grips under Rodrigo Caporal brought in bags of food along with a cash donation at the tournament. Also giving cash donation, Lotus Club from Australia. We will be sure to have a follow-up post with the final tally for BJJAT's donation to flood relief in Thailand.
photo by: Chinook

Members of Grips (HK) made a food and cash donation for the tournament's charity flood-relief for those suffering in Thailand due to record flooding.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an AWESOME weekend! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

...now where are the results and pics?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like I missed a fun weekend.

Anonymous said...

notice the ILLEGAL grip by the standing guy in the third photo.

Anonymous said...

Results? Please?!

Anonymous said...

Results? Please?!

Anonymous said...

i get it, they'll wait until no ones gives a hoot before they finally post the results. seriously how long can that take???? 10 minutes?????

LUKE said...

Thanks for everyone's interest. The results will be posted today and the gi-day pics are being uploaded now.

Anonymous said...

They changed rules at will, gave away wins and hyped their own. This sport can never flourish before we get 100% unbiased refs.

Anonymous said...

No such thing as 100% unbiased anything. Just to apply the rules and award points requires bias and discrimination.

What if YOU'RE the one that's biased?

Anonymous said...

results?

Anonymous said...

I was there!
Some guys got dq or penalized for nothing while others was given a pass at everything.
Best would be to fly refs in from another region, yes it would jack up the admission fee, but I would be happy to pay more to keep this sport healthy.
Also changing the rules as we go, from day to day and even during a day just ain't professional. That the refs can't decide on what should be penalized or awarded is also a telltale sign that something has to change.

Anonymous said...

I thought that's why they flew in Kamphuis from the Philippines like they did last year.

Anonymous said...

F* man! Kamphuis was the biggest fool there! And to top it of he's even a bigot!

Anonymous said...

Best and most fair refs are usually the jap. They are by the book and no bs.

Anonymous said...

I agree, if Kamphuis has anything to do with a comp then I'm not going. That guy is a total ass and over the hill way long. I don't understand how he has been able to be propped up as much as he is. He deserves no respect whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10100233456917516

watch this disgrace! I demand some sort of apology from BJJAT.

~Snake

Anonymous said...

Its all about money now. None of these guys have any real love for the sport, it's love of money that runs the show. Offcourse some lone practitioner from a backwards country can't win over a disciple of one of the superstars, and even on their home turf. The honor is long gone, so is the pride. It's all about money now.

A preliminary list of all the shit they pulled:

1. Gave away wins to fighters they favored.
2. Changed rules when they wanted.
3. Refs followed their own rules and awarded penalties and advantages at their own behest.
4. Allowed coaching inside the pens, but only those who were buddies of the organizers.
5. Refs were coerced into changing their decision by the coaches.
6. Was one set of rules for lesser known competitors and one set for the favoured.

This comp and it's organizers have lost all credibility and should not be allowed to be a sanctioned body.

Anonymous said...

Oh man guys. I lost too. I should have been good to submit my opponent. Oh well, in all fairness the refs did an adequate job in my matches.

I did witness a questionable call from my angle, but once the ref explained I could understand the verdict though I still didn't agree with him.

Either way, it was a great experience for me and I learned a lot, like those judokas are tough sons of bitches.

Anonymous said...

"watch this disgrace! I demand some sort of apology from BJJAT."

I hear ya. I don't think they were trying to rob you, but I think you were. Good match on the part of you and your opponent. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

"watch this disgrace! I demand some sort of apology from BJJAT."

Here you go bro.

http://www.thewambulance.com/

Anonymous said...

Kamphuis is a bigot? Really??

Or are you guys just venting?

Anonymous said...

Where's the pics?

Anonymous said...

This shouldn't be the way, definitely not for the seabjj community. Please man up, identify yourself and bring up your gripe if you want to talk. Don't just badmouth someone anonymously

Anonymous said...

Kamphuis disqualified a guy, who was leading on points, straight away, no warning no penalties no 3 minute timeout, for eye gouging the opponent. Strangest thing was that even the opponent didn't understand why that desicions was made cause he was nowhere near the eyes.
In two the two subsequent fights , also ref Kamphuis, there was some nasty eye gouging, 3 minute breaks were, but no warnings or penalties or dq.
The poor guy who got disqualified was from Africa, his first comp.

How is that for bigot and double standards?
And why I don't come forward? Cause I want to compete more...

Anonymous said...

I'll start spreading the word!

Kamphuis is a bigot!
Kayoom is a cheat!

Anonymous said...

what a loser that werid guy who calls himself snake...i mean come on how much of a sore loser can u get, no one else crying like a lil baby like u, posting videos asking for a pity party....STFU! THERE ARE GUYS WHO TRULY DESERVE OUR TIME THAN A SEMI-MIDGET WITH A DAM SMALL MAN COMPLEX! WHO ARE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER INSECURE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT NAME THEMSELVES AFTER A STUPID ANIMAL. DONE!

Anonymous said...

And what about the bigotry that Kamphuis pulled?
Or all you fools have your head so far up in his ass that to cant even comment on that?

Anonymous said...

"what a loser that werid guy who calls himself snake...i mean come on how much of a sore loser can u get, no one else crying like a lil baby like u, posting videos asking for a pity party....STFU! THERE ARE GUYS WHO TRULY DESERVE OUR TIME THAN A SEMI-MIDGET WITH A DAM SMALL MAN COMPLEX! WHO ARE JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER INSECURE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT NAME THEMSELVES AFTER A STUPID ANIMAL. DONE!"

GOLD!!!

Anonymous said...

At least the yellow shirt identifies himself. The rest of you fuckers posting in here are just utter pussies!

Anonymous said...

"Its all about money now. None of these guys have any real love for the sport, it's love of money that runs the show."

This post is the most narrow minded, uninformed batch of drivel made yet.

Volunteers are just that- volunteers. Like most tournaments, there were dozens of people there that, combined, put in hundreds of hours this weekend. None of them were paid and none of them expected to be because they were doing it for the love of the sport.

Maybe there were some bad calls. There are bound to be at any BJJ tournament. Are you really going to use this as an excuse to accuse an entire tournament of being corrupt and money hungry?

I haven't been to a tournament where the organizers have provided food and water for the competitors- ever. The medals provided for the Thailand Open 2011 are probably of the highest quality I've seen at a BJJ comp. The free shirts we received for competing cost money too. Then there's the cost of the venue, rental of the competition mats, labor costs for set-up, etc., etc......

If you had any experience in organizing an event like this, you'd realize there isn't much profit in it. These tournaments are set up precisely because the organizers love the sport. Your judgments and accusations lack merit and obviously come from an inexperienced, or biased, point of view.

"It's all about the money now." Perhaps you should stick to subjects you know more about- Maybe like coloring or tic-tac-toe. Leave the free thinking to grown-ups.

Anonymous said...

So there is no money in a guy that you taught is winning? Think a little further then your fucking nose can smell the foul shit that went down at the comp.
There is no money in Gayoom having his Dare fight been works and his students winning so that he can make money from raking in more students? Where would you go? To the gym that (cheated) got gold or to the ones that lost?

Fuck you! It's all about the money!
Also would be about time some of you guys were tested for roids! Or would that just make the whole shit collapse completely? Was so fucking easy to stop some of the juicers in there.

Anonymous said...

You're an angry little man, aren't you?

Anonymous said...

This gets better and better!
So now refs were bigots and gave away wins.
Certain teams were favorites.
And participants were on the juice?

How the fuck can this comp continue?

Even if they gave out fried rice and some gay looking tshirts?

Anonymous said...

"He's a angry little man" LOL!

Anonymous said...

It will continue because even if there were a few bad calls, even if there were a few competitors that were unhappy, the majority of people that attended the event enjoyed themselves.

Go to a few more tournaments. You'll see much worse. There will never be a tournament where everybody is 100% satisfied. That comes with the variability and expectations of over 200 participants.

The sad thing about this entire thread, filled with slanderous remarks, is that the negativity is being propagated by a few, inexperienced people.

In any case, I'll happily compete in the Thailand Open next year.

Anonymous said...

Oh, now I get it. "Snake" is the head instructor of Snake Pit Jiu Jitsu:

http://www.s4snake.com/bjj
https://www.facebook.com/snakepitjj?v=info#!/snakepitjj?sk=info

"Snake", are you trying to build hype for your school by contesting this particular match? Hmmmmm.... I'm wondering because you and all of your supporters on this forum either seem to be trying to discredit legitimate black belts like Adam Kayoom and Stephen Kamphuis or the BJJAT in general. These people seem to have a bit more experience than you, I must say. I'm wondering if this isn't just a clever way to get your school more attention.

No, "Snake" the intelligent BJJ player will recognize you for what you are- a blue belt that should have competed in the intermediate no-gi division. Instead, you ignorantly blame others for your loss because you decided to compete up a division.

Don't worry though, "Snake". I mean, really, if I'm ever in your neighborhood, I'd love to learn from a sniveling little blue belt twerp that can't even admit when he's lost, has to blame others for his defeat, and prefers to make himself look stupid on a public forum. Where do I sign up?

Ain't the internet great, "Snake"?

Anonymous said...

I mean no disrespect to blue belts by the previous statement. I wouldn't dare say "Snake" represents the rank appropriately.

Anonymous said...

That was put perfectly sir.

Anonymous said...

"Kamphuis is a bigot. Kayoom is a cheat."

All unsubstantiated, all nonsense. Bad calls were made, people lose sometimes, so what? No need for personal attacks. That's just punk and childish.

I think every school won multiple medals, and as far as Adam's school or Bangkok BJJ earning more medals, well, they had more students attend the event since they didn't have to travel to compete.

So relax guys.

Anonymous said...

"The poor guy who got disqualified was from Africa, his first comp. "

That doesn't make Kamphuis a bigot.

Anonymous said...

"Don't worry though, "Snake". I mean, really, if I'm ever in your neighborhood, I'd love to learn from a sniveling little blue belt twerp that can't even admit when he's lost, has to blame others for his defeat, and prefers to make himself look stupid on a public forum. Where do I sign up?

Ain't the internet great, "Snake"?"

Shut your fat fuckin' face. He has a complaint, so what?

LUKE said...

I think this has gone way past the point of constructive criticism and is best directed to those in charge of the referee portion of the Thailand Open.

The leading referees for our 2011 event:

Stephen Kamphuis (guest black-belt)
Mark Simmerman (local purple-belt)
Adam Kayoom (local black-belt)

E-mail the association at thailandbjj@gmail.com and all involved parties will be included to hear what you'd like the association to address.