Canadian Submission Expo taps on Toronto’s door this September

Everyone has his or her own favorite discipline in martial arts. Some prefer the speed and explosiveness of striking; others like the power and endurance displayed by wrestlers.

For the fan who gravitates toward the strategy and artistry of submission fighting, there’s a can’t-miss date to mark on calendar next month. On September 19, the Canadian Submission Expo arrives in Toronto.

The Expo runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Martingove Collegiate on Wintern Drive and features an exciting main event. Canadian Shane Rice, a Rickson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, will battle Brazil’s Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles.

Rice, a mixed martial artist, enters the bout on a hot streak. He won his last three bouts via first-round submission.

Landing Charles for the main event is a huge coup for the Canadian Submission expo. Charles is a six-time world BJJ champion and considered by most to be the best featherweight submission grappler of the past decade. He’s not down and out if he winds up on his back; fellow world champions voted his guard the best of the last 10 years.

Advance tickets are available for $20 each. Other action at the Canadian Submission Expo includes Absolute Finals from Bravado Open in the male blue belt, male open belt and female open belt classes. Some no-gi matches will also appear on the card. In total, fans can expect to see 10 matches.

Don’t be surprised if some internationally renowned grapplers pop up in the crowd. Fighters like the UFC’s Mark Bocek have been known to attend the event in the past.

Anxious to test your own submission skills and compete at the Expo? Prospective competitors can have their coach or instructor e-mail bjjfighter@rogers.com.

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