KASAI’s ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’ Returns June 16 In Queens, New York

Full day of amateur gi and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, including ‘KASAI Pro 3’ qualifier, to be held at York College.


April 252018 – New York City, NY – KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (KASAI) announces the return of ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’, a full day of gi and no-gi amateur Jiu-Jitsu tournaments taking place June 16 at York College in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

The Elite Grappling Championships’ will host tournament brackets for adult male and female competitors at different weight classes, ages and belt levels. First, second and third place medals will be awarded, with all bouts contested under IBJJF rules. The team that garners the most points will receive a trophy.

“We’re excited to host the second edition of KASAI’s ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’,” said Rolles Gracie, KASAI President. “Building on the success of our first event, KASAI’s team is committed to providing a memorable experience for all competitors that includes high-quality competition and best-in-class logistics.”

For expert-level grapplers, ‘The Elite Grappling Championships’ will also host a ‘KASAI Pro 3’ qualifier. The winner of this no-gi bracket at 170lbs will earn a coveted spot in KASAI’s upcoming World Welterweight Championship tournament at ‘KASAI Pro 3’, which will be broadcast on FloGrappling. Qualifiers will be contested as six-minute matches, with all submissions legal and the IBJJF points system in place. A date, venue and additional match ups for ‘KASAI Pro 3’ will be announced in due course.

“History has shown time and again that fans of martial arts and combat sports appreciate a compelling story,” said Rich Byrne, KASAI CEO. “To reward one talented competitor with a chance to turn their passion into a world championship opportunity is a fascinating narrative that complements our mission to showcase Jiu-Jitsu’s next wave of East Coast talent.”

Jiu-Jitsu competitors can sign up for the tournament via KASAI’s website, www.kasaigrappling.com or Smooth Comp. Tournament registration is open to all parties aged 18 and above. For more information, visit www.kasaigrappling.com/egc2.


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KASAI Elite Grappling Championships (“KASAI”) is Jiu-Jitsu’s premier competitive promotion, hosting amateur and professional live events featuring the most talented male and female grapplers from around the globe. Founded in 2016, KASAI’s organization includes well-renowned names from the worlds of martial arts, media production and business finance who are committed to developing the sport’s public profile and amplifying the brand of Jiu-Jitsu’s greatest competitors. For more information, visit www.kasaigrappling.com, or KASAI’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram social media channels.


Contact Information

Aidan O’Connor, PR Manager, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships


Ken Gelman, COO, KASAI Elite Grappling Championships