I’ve competed a few times at a tournament put together by The Good Fight and I’ve always had a good experience. The cool thing about this tournament though is that it’s constantly improving.
I’ve written a bunch about why I think IBJJF is doing an amazing job of spreading BJJ throughout the U.S. and the world. It’s good to see a “local” tournament follow suit and evolve/improve along with the IBJJF.
Here are some of the things I like about The Good Fight:
- Competitor List: Months leading up to a competition, you can see who has already registered online. I know no tournament that does that except the IBJJF, and the IBJJF updates the competitors list only a couple of times, while The Good Fight does it automatically with every new registration.
- IBJJF-Inspired Rules: Many IBJJF rules and organizing decisions such as a “holding area” for the competitors and the fact that coaches cannot leave their chair during the match dramatically increase the professional nature of the tournament. A note to the meatheads: you can’t wear GSP-style skin-tight “shorts” and you can’t go shirtless. I love it.
- Good Website: I know this shouldn’t be such a revolutionary concept in this day and age, but a good website for a tournament is still rare. The Good Fight keeps everything clean, up to date, and easy to use. Even the IBJJF fails noticeably in this department.
Alright, enough of that. I’m competing in one of their events tomorrow, and for the reasons listed above, I very much look forward to the experience. By the way, here’s the video blog from my last time competing at The Good Fight a few months back: