Photos: Jiu-Jitsu fever at York College
The not-so-gentle art of jiu-jitsu stages its latest championship tournament at York College last weekend with more than 60 matches.
There are so many fighters at the tournament that the promoters, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships, stage four matches at a time — one in each cormer of the college gym.
The art of jiu-jitsu — one of the oldest forms of combat without the use of weapons — is based on the simple idea that fighters take what their opponents give them.
The sport has two forms: “gi, ” where compeitiors wear the traditional outfits and grabbing clothes is permitted and “non gi,” where fighters wear T-shirts and shorts and must work using only the opponent’s body.
The winner of this match has left his opponent exhausted with his uniform nearly torn off.
At York College, the KASAI’s “The Elite Grappling Championships,” a day-long series of amateur jiu-jitsu matches, showed off the world’s oldest form of hand-to-hand combat. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the scene.
Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018