Friday, March 04, 2011

Online streamed 24-hr grappleathon fundraiser TODAY, March 5th

My friend Ashley posted this on her blog and it merits a shout-out!

A teammate from my Kingston, Ontario [Canada] club of Martial Arts Planet had the idea to organize a grappling based fundraiser. With a little team effort, the event is taking place tomorrow, March 5th.

It is a "grapple-a-thon" that begins at 9:00am and goes for 24 hours. Participants were to fundraise $25 for a half-hour time slot of grappling, raising money for the Canadian Lung Association.

It was an ambitious endeavor to undertake, especially in a relatively isolated location like Kingston. So, admittedly, the event will be a little small this time around -- although there will still be people rolling for 24 hours. (I even heard rumours about late night Mexican wrestling outfits?? haha) But it definitely has a lot of potential, and I think it would be great if the event could continue and grow in the coming years. Perhaps the idea could even be adapted in other communities, if it hasn't been already.

I commend my teammates for organizing the event and think the initiative exemplifies the greatness of the BJJ community.

Awesomely, the event will be streamed online so you can take a look at what's up in da club. You can find more information on donating and the live stream on the Martial Arts Planet site, here. Yours truly [Ashley] will be participating some time in the evening. It will be a welcome study break!


slideyfoot said...

You watching, Georgette? I've had it open since the start: Ashley is on in an hour or two, I think. Shakia's been in the chatroom too. :)

A_Vampire_on_the_Mat said...

Thanks for the tip!

I think we will see a lot more of this type of stuff soon. The grappling community is getting more creative each day.

Georgette said...

@Slidey-- nope, I was competing in a tournament... Bummer! Was it fun to watch?

slideyfoot said...

Yep: great stuff, although the stream quality wasn't super-high. You can still watch it here, although it isn't live anymore. I think the videos automatically stay up for a week after they've been streamed. :)