Wednesday, April 14, 2010
We have Brasilian Jiu Jitsu (namely the Gracie familiy) to thank for the early popularity of açaí, and the creation of the açaí bowl. So when tournaments like Pan Ams, an annual tournament that draws the top Brasilian Jiu Jitsu competitors from across the world, comes to town, we most certainly can’t miss the opportunity to serve the competitors authentic açaí – a slice of home away from home for some.
This year’s tournament saw 3000 competitors touch the mat, men and women, light feather to ultra heavy to open class, white to black belts. With up to 6 matches going at one time, there’s always something interesting to see. Although for the outsider, Brasilian Jiu Jitsu could seem a bit slow as compared to the ever popular MMA fights we see today, a closer look reveals that these jiu jitsu fighters truly are masters of the more subtle yet incredibly powerful art of dominance. Every hand movement and slight placement of the body builds the platform for a flashy move that can give a competitor the upper hand or determine a crucial point for one’s score. It’s like a chess match where you rarely see the attack coming, where patience to see the opportunity combined with the quickness and power to take advantage seem to make for the ultimate fighter.
A respectful congratulations too all of the competitors and champions this weekend, including our friend Paulo Guillobel, who took first in his black belt division. Looking forward to the next tournament!
Keep it Purple,
Kaia Lai - West Events Manager / SAMBAZON