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Edgewater Sports and Taylorsville Spencer County Tourism sponsored the 1st Helio Soneca Grappling Tournament at Taylorsville Elementary School this past Saturday.
The event organizer, Helio Soneca, felt there is a need for events such as these for practioners of the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to test themselves.
Soneca said, “Taylorsville is an ideal place to host an event like this due to its central location and welcoming atmosphere.”
Approximately 150 top quality competitors attended this event coming from multiple states such as Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and even a few from Brazil. Several different mixed martial arts schools from all over Kentucky were represented as well. Over 250 spectators gathered to watch the high level of competition. UFC fighters, such as Alan “The Talent” Belcher, American Fight League team member, Brent Weedman, Rodrigo Vidal, Anderson Silva’s (current UFCã Champion) partner in Killer Bees, and various other well known names in the MMA community were on hand. The event featured both Gi and No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. Competition brackets went from youth beginner to adult advanced.
Based on attendance and the level of competition, the tournament was one of the most successful BJJ tournaments in the state. Tournament sponsors hope to make this an annual event and next year plan on having the event span over a two day period. For more information visit www.heliosoneca.com, www.etl-resort.com, and www.kybjj.com