FILA World Grappling Canadian Team Trials come to Orangeville August 7 and 8

Fight fans based in Orangeville, Ontario will feel pretty lucky on August 7 and 8. Why? Because the FILA World Grappling Championship comes to town.

The Canadian team trials will take place all weekend at the Alder Rink in Oakville. The stakes are high; the winners in each weight class will represent Canada at the World Grappling Championships in Hungary later in 2010.

The tournament is open to any grapplers aged 20 and up, with Gi and no-Gi competition both available. The big question for aspiring competitors before they sign up is: what exactly constitutes grappling?

That’s what makes the World Grappling Team Trials so exciting. Grappling isn’t to be confused with wrestling. It can involve wrestling but there are many other martial arts that fall under the “grappling” umbrella. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Sambo and many other styles will be on display. There’s no one way to defeat your opponent and we’re sure to see some exciting matches as a result.

 The grappling on hand will involve virtually every non-striking element of mixed martial arts. Fighters will be awarded points for takedowns and dominant control positions on the ground, such as the full mount, side mount or back mount. Submissions are in play as well.

As for weight classes, men can compete at 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 90, or 110 kilograms plus the Absolute max category. Women will grapple at 50, 55, 60, 65, 75 and Absolute.

Ready to register for the Canadian team trials and test your grappling skills against the country’s best? Visit http://www.wrestling.ca/events/event.php?id=944 to register. Download the entry form and e-mail it to ckingsbury@wrestling.ca.

Be there on August 7 and 8 and take a huge step toward becoming one of the world’s top grapplers.

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