VIDEO: Shimizu Talks About Upcoming Marianas Open

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(Hagåtña) –  The Marianas Open returns to the Phoenix Center for another round of jiujitsu competition on Saturday, February 23, 2013. This edition of the Open will feature a Brown Belt Grand Prix “Winner-Take-All” subdivision competition. “The brown belt prize package is $1,000 and promises to be worth fighting for!” said organizer Steve Shimizu. “But the event will host matches in every division, weight class and belt – as do all Marianas Open tournaments.”

The longstanding Marianas Open Brazilian Jiujitsu Tournament has become a staple event for local and regional practioners who want to test their skills and advance their achievement in this martial art. Since its inception in 2006, the Open has hosted more than a dozen local BJJ tournaments. “The last Marianas BJJ Open fielded over 180 competitors from various jiujitsu gyms around the island,” said Shimizu, the event’s founder and chief promoter. “We welcomed more than 900 spectators who came to support our athletes and to find out just what this sport is all about. We’re looking to increase that size with this next event!”

In the weeks leading up to the February tournament, Shimizu says organizers will distinguish the Marianas Open for its commitment to fitness and safety.

“Contrary to popular belief, jiujitsu is nothing like the MMA you see on TV – advertised as a brutal sport,” Shimizu said. “In fact, jiujitsu is one of the least violent of all the martial arts around. There is no punching, kicking, or any form of striking whatsoever. For this reason, many parents have enrolled their kids in the sport. With over 70 competitors in the kids’ division of the last event, jiujitsu is slowly making its way to becoming a favorite martial art for both parents and kids alike.”

Registration for contenders is open during the week before the tournament at the Fokai shop in Hågatña. Doors to The Phoenix Center open at 8:00 a.m. First fight starts at 8:30 a.m. The Phoenix Center is located on the Father Dueñas Memorial School campus in Tai, Mangilao. For more information about the Marianas Open, call Steve Shimizu at (671) 777-9044 or Tony Bashaw at (671) 687-1140.

The Marianas Open Brazilian Jiujitsu Tournament is presented by 76-Circle K, and co-sponsored by Docomo Pacific, Bank of Guam, Aloha Maid (Ambros Distributors), Fokai Industries, and DNA, Inc. Property Management. More sponsors are welcome!