U.S. Grappling ran our first submission-only tournament on Saturday. The timing of the weekend wasn't ideal for attracting large numbers of competitors (Easter weekend and the week before the Pan Ams), so it was perfect for our first foray into the unknown. There were a lot of questions asked before the tournament. Wouldn't most of the matches last forever? Would we restart the competitors on the feet or disqualify them if there was a lack of action? Would the competitors be there all day? The answer to all of these questions was a resounding "no." We had one match last an hour and 20 minutes, and a handful of 45-minute endurance battles. Plenty of matches were 20-25 minutes. For every match that lasted 20 minutes, we had 3 that lasted 2 minutes. Some were much quicker than that. There were some beautiful submissions and some great transitions, and there were some ugly submissions too. More than any other tournament, we heard from the competitors that they had more fun than at any other tournament. I can't wait to do another one like this. Results are posted here: http://www.usgrappling.us/events/032208/ Snake made a video, and it's posted here: http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=31021321 Thanks for all the support from the competitors and coaches who made it out. Those who couldn't make it out, we'll do it again soon (on a better weekend for attracting larger numbers)!