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Sacramento Spring Open

Article By Tyler T

Until Saturday, I had only ever heard of the United Grappling Federation by friends in MMA. Going to a grappling tournament hosted by this organization, I didn’t really know what to expect. As I followed the crowd of gi wearing, duffle-bag carrying, youth, I eventually ended up at the event. From the first match, a featherweight youth bout, I knew the tournament was going to be intense. Within the first 15 minutes of my stay, a little girl choked out a little boy. After the boy came to, he stood up and shook the hand of his opponent. Maybe it’s just me, but small things like that are what really make me appreciate the sport. As the day progressed, so did the age of the competitors. I saw a 15 year old kid beat a grown man. I had the pleasure of talking to one man in the tournament with the same age/height/weight as me. He was using his lengthy limbs to help choke takedown and throw his opponents off balance, I’ll be honest, it made me a bit jealous to not be in his position. I also got to speak with some camera men and match organizers working the event, they were all friendly, professional and helpful. When you’re surrounded by good people, it makes it easier to be sociable. It was a good pick for my first covered MMA event. I can’t wait to do it again!

This was the first grappling match I had been to since I moved to Sacramento, I had a lot of fun, more than anything though, it made me want to get into jiu jitsu and fast!

Here are the best quality pics that I could get out of the bunch: www.photobucket.com/ugfpics.

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