When looking to host a Global Grappling Day event at your school, typically the first step is to pick a date. Luckily, we have that covered for you – Saturday, December 16th, 2023!
After that, it’s time to think about how do you want the day of your event to run. There are a variety of different formats that can work, and no two events are the same. Here are a few different options to help inspire you!
OPEN MAT: This is probably the simplest way to get a Global Grappling Day event off the ground. Seeing the “challenge” aspect of the event is to roll for one hour straight, your attendees are going to need somewhere for them to do that! You can have partners sign up for one-hour blocks, or have your team arrive during a specific time block and manage their rolls on their own. All you really need for this is some mats and you are all set! We had a lot of schools host this type of event last year, with great success. Check out this article for more details on how they did it!
SEMINAR: Perhaps you’d like to make the day a little more educational and robust. You can add a seminar format on top of the aforementioned Open Mat. You’ll need to find an instructor (or two) who will want to lead the group through some light rolling and then you can dive into the one-hour rolls once they are done. Event hosts can consider charging for the seminar as a way to increase donations.
CROSS TRAIN: Global Grappling Day is meant to bring BJJ communities together, all across the globe. We are encouraging schools with a larger footprint to open their doors to all students from other local academies and invite them to roll. This format can also be combined with the Open Mat or Seminar format to make it an unforgettable day. Check out this article to see how one team in Hong Kong hosted a successful cross-training event!
Be sure to sign up for Global Grappling Day by registering for free here! We hope you’ll join us on December 16th!