For my first blog I am going skip all formal introductions and go right to something that currently is bugging me. Why do promotions push off one of the biggest hot bed’s in martial arts today? That being Edmonton, Alberta Canada. This can be argued Alberta as a whole to be honest, this province holds more mixed martial events and grappling tournaments then any place I have seen to date. When we go to tournaments we see a lot of people from B.C and Manitoba tag along cause they do not get what we have here in Alberta. Such a shame with so man great fighters and grapplers with an urge to compete but have no major tournaments to test there skills. Every year there a large tournaments to go to such as Mind Body Soul and Capital City then draw a large crowd and great competition. Followed by many may smaller tournaments such as the Series, Calgary Fight Club Challenger Series, Lethbridge Grappling tournaments, Edson Team Grappling, and BDB martial arts. But there is no big named events that come here no Grapplers Quest, no Naga, no Abu Dhabi ect. List goes on. I always hear of or have to travel out of province to go to any large event and they almost always disappoint with the number of competitors who actually show up.
This is why it bugs me so much that there is nothing ever like a grapplers quest here we have a huge fan base for martial arts and an event like Grapplers Quest would be huge here. There are MMA event practically every weekend and they all have huge crowds show up, even grappling tournaments there are always good sized crowds from families to friends and partners. An event like Grapplers Quest coming to Edmonton would really draw a crowd and a very large group of competitors from all ages and genders. There is a large group of kid grapplers as well as female grapplers in Alberta. Cities from all over Alberta, B.C and Manitoba would send guys to compete in such a highly regarded and highly regarded event. Cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Fort Mcmurray, Red Deer and Lethbridge all have large MMA and Grappling teams. This is leaving out all the other provinces that would more then likely send out groups of guys as they already do so for smaller events. With so much talented gyms and fighters to let compete what is there really to lose giving it a shot?
Every time I go out to a tournament I always see new faces, it shows that the sport is growing fast in this province and it will not slow. I have utter confidence in this province and believe that we deserve a shot at having a event like Grapplers Quest coming here and show people what we got. UFC holding off on putting a show here is a big mistake, don’t make the same one as once you do have one here you will only want more as you would see how passionate people are around here.