The ADCC is recognised as the most prestigious submission fighting tournament in the world, and this year, Jeffreys Bay will host the ADCC Open from the 15th – 16th of July at Mentor’s Country Estate forming a part of the J-Bay Surf Festival.

“The synergy between grappling and surfing has been around since the birth of Jiu Jitsu’s popularity and many professional surfers turn to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (submission fighting) to train both mentally and physically outside the water.” says ADCC Federation President, Kurdt George.

“Our ADCC South Africa tour started in 2015 and has grown significantly, producing a few South African champions that are making their mark on the world scene. After visiting the J-Bay festival a few years ago I was determined to get involved. It’s a huge pleasure to be invited to such a phenomenal festival to showcase the best grappling talent we have to offer.”

The ADCC Open in Jeffreys Bay will be the last stop before the ADCC Africa Championship in August and serves as excellent preparation for novices and pros alike.

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The event is expected to draw a whopping 250 competitors from around the country, with a wide range of age and weight categories catering to everyone from children to professional athletes.

South Africa’s top UFC athletes and internationally renowned fighters Drikus Du Plessis and Cameron Saaiman are expected to attend the event. Drikus Du Plessis is a top ranked UFC middleweight athlete that is currently ranked 5th in the world, while Saaiman is an up-and-coming athlete in the UFC Bantamweight division.

Event sponsors RVCA, Sealand and The Store have joined together to offer a R10 000 cash prize for the professional division, as well as assorted prizes such as duffel bags, moonbags and socks.

The professional divisions in particular are expected to deliver electrifying fights, with finals taking place on the 16th of July. The event is open to spectators from the public and entry is free of charge.

For further information on the ADCC Open contact Cara +27 60 547 4856.

For ADCC Open registrations head to https://smoothcomp.com/en/event/11518.