Competitors from all over the UK and beyond are flocking to Scotland’s capital for it’s largest BJJ event to date. The Glasgow BJJ Open will be held in the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena and is scheduled for 15th October. Here’s we’re looking to see hundreds of people take part in the event, which will surpass their previous record of 140, which shows are rapid growth in the sport.
Brown and Black belts are being offered free entry to encourage more high-level competitors. Scott McVeigh, a rare Scottish black belt went on to say,
“I’d done karate and Thai boxing previously, but this was something different and something that I really wanted to get into.
“I started training and studying video tapes of the Gracies, and then in 2001 I got the opportunity to actually bring Royce to Scotland to conduct a seminar.”
In 2008, Mr McVeigh travelled to Brazil to train at the Gracie Humaita academy in Rio de Janeiro. Here he started to train in the BJJ Gi.
“There’s a great sense of camaraderie when you train in Brazil – no matter where you’re from, you’re treated like a long-lost brother”, he said.
“You walk onto the mat and you’re surrounded by world champions and well-known fighters, you can really learn a lot.
“I’m planning to go back with some students next year, and when I come back I hope to find somewhere to teach BJJ full time“, he added.