Roni G says:
"I really like the submission only format where no points are awarded, ensuring either competitor in each match has an even chance to earn the win.
Bill did a great job moving brackets around making sure everyone had guaranteed matches. This was the first tournament I've participated in in which I competed in more than one match even though I've signed up for multiple divisions in the past.
The competitors are also better sports in the Good Fight tournaments I've found. Submission only leaves very little room if any for question or discussion regarding the deserving winner. I have yet to meet a sore loser, or a sore winner at a Good Fight tournament. This was my second experience with Good Fight (Long Island and Rochester) and I definitely plan future trips (Brooklyn, this year) to Good Fight tournaments.
Bill emplored everyone to learn something, make friends and have fun. I can say I've done all three at each Good Fight.
Thank you for hosting a submission only format. It's how jiu-jitsu should be, run by a group of competent individuals who understand that."
Bob Miller says:
"The Rochester Rumble was very well run. Bill was great and did everything he could to get all of our competitors as much mat time as possible. With a three and a half hour drive ask of us really appreciated not showing up to be told there was nobody in our bracket and nothing that could be done about it.
I prefer the submission only format, there's no argument to be had about who won. There are no points to be argued about, no advantages, no stalling. Submission only tournaments are the purist form of sport jiu-jitsu that we could possibly have. I really appreciate that as an organization you have moved away from the IBJJF rule set. Allowing more attacks at the colored belt levels, and lower body attacks will force competitors to reevaluate the way they look at their training and realize that there is a whole other half of their body they need to be aware of when rolling.
As far as holding another good fight tournament in Rochester, personally I'd like to see you move toward Albany. We drove almost 4 hours to Rochester and just under 4 hours for the NY Summer classic earlier this year. It's a deterrent for some of my teammates especially our kids program(and their parents)to drive so far too compete. I think we could double or number of participant competitors if you had an event closer to Albany. The only competition we have here is NAGA, which I feel is poorly run/officiated with no consideration of the people there. You show up and if there's nobody in your bracket they barely do anything to get you even one match. I hope you will consider this as an optionabs would love to see submission only make its way to New York's capital.
Thank you for a well run tournament that puts good jiu-jitsu above stalling to win by a take down or stalling out with one advantage to win a grappling match."
Guy Zoda says:
"Hi Jimmy...I wanted to say thank you for Saturday. It was my son, Guy Zoda's first experience in a tournament. My son and a young boy named Kevin had a 56 minute match that we decided to call a draw with two first place champions! My son is a very shy boy that has the learning disability dyslexia. That 56 minute match has given him confidence that I've never seen in my son before. His teacher Joseph Capizzi and class mates at NYCBJJ were all amazed of the length of the match, which again helped his confidence tremendously. Again I would like to thank you the referees and your assistance for helping to make that day a memorable and very special day for my son."
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