6/12/10

2010 Cornhusker State Games a Success

With 91 competitors for our first State Games Competition, I couldn't have asked for a finer beginning. It was about a year ago that the planning started to get Jiu-Jitsu accepted as a new sport in the Cornhusker State Games. What began as a dream, came to fruition today. At the end of the day, I couldn't help but think back over the years about our humble beginnings. I think it's fair to say that in the early years, none of us would have dreamed we would be where we are today.

I would like to thank all of the folks who volunteered today, and especially to the athletes who not only competed, but also found it in their hearts to give a little more by helping out. I'd also like to offer a special thank you to the Hallowell family.

This was by far the largest Jiu-Jitsu tournament we've hosted at Roseberry's Martial Arts Center. Thank you to all the athletes who came from all over the state to take part in this inaugural event. One of my continuing goals is to promote and expand the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. An event such as this keeps that flame burning.

As a side note. Something to keep in mind is that all of the folks from Roseberry's Martial Arts Center who made this event happen today, did it for free. This wasn't a money making venture. It was done purely for the love of the sport.

And lastly I'd like to thank the staff at the Nebraska Sports Council who went above and beyond to help make this competition a success.

7 comments:

carlos said...

i agree totally,conan. it was awesome seeing so many competitors for the tournament. i could not think of a better way to spend the day.

Conan said...

Thanks, Carlos, and congrats to you for your 1st place finish.

Gina said...

Congratulations to The Director for getting Jiu-Jitsu into the State Games, and for a very successful first year.

khaddix said...

i really enjoyed watching the event. it was great seeing all of the competitors from all over the state. it was a little off putting to see the little kids injure each other. i think the age limit should be 16 yrs old and above.

Andrew said...

As one of those competitors from the other side of the state (North Platte) I was very happy with the tournament (Very minor glitches in small circumstances). So thank you to everyone who worked on it.

Conan said...

Andrew, thank you. We learn new things everytime we host a tournament. Thanks for the support and congrats on your medal.

aegix said...

Conan,

My hat is off to you, your gym and your team for stepping up and playing an important role in solidifying BJJ in Nebraska and the immediate region.

I'm sure guys like Aaron H. would have loved to roll rather than ref, so please tell your crew that they are appreciated by competitors like myself.

Luke S