Jujitsu America VS Hurricane Mathew and JA WON!
If you’ve studied Japanese martial arts, you’re probably familiar with the term Teki-o. It means adaptation, and speaks to a core resilience and strength found through martial arts. Last weekend’s convention proved that martial artists take this tenant to heart.
Our carefully planned convention was threatened by an Act of God, Hurricane Mathew, which has claimed over a thousand lives to date. Simply trying to have a convention in the face of Hurricane Mathew, was an ambitious goal. Having a successful convention demonstrates the strength, resilience, adaption, and most importantly the community found within Jujitsu America and the martial arts.
To say everything went wrong would be a massive understatement, to say that everyone went above and beyond the call of duty to insure a fantastic event is also an incredible understatement. Hurricane Mathew prevented the delivery of our mats, so Bob Stines and his students drove three hours each way through a Hurricane to make sure we’d have mats for the competition.
With hundreds of flights canceled, countless participants drove up to 26 hours, in hurricane conditions with little to no sleep (and sometimes almost no supplies) to attend the convention. Participants drove from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, North Carolina, and New York. Others camped in airports until they could get a red eye to the convention.
After their incredible journeys, it was as if they’d stumbled into a ghost city. Shops were closed, restaurants and grocery stores were closed, gas stations were closed, and basic necessities were incredibly difficult to find. However, Jujitsu America banded together and made the best of a challenging and frightening situation, pooling supplies, taking care of each other, and training.
Unfortunately many people could not make it. An entire Russian entourage led by Nikolay Vasilyev flew into California from Russia for the convention. Unfortunately, their decision to visit Professor Bunch, the President of Jujitsu America, led to them being stranded in LA. Their absence was deeply missed.
However, we went ahead with our convention. We found new friendships through mutual hardships, we learned a lot, we managed to have fun even amidst the chaos, and we were able to spend an unprecedented amount time with the great Professors in attendance. In sum, we had a fabulous Jujitsu America convention with world-class seminars, very successful Kata and Self-Defense tournaments, and a well attended truly Unified National Sport’s Jujitsu Tournament. We developed a new kinship with our friends from other organizations. Although integral members of Jujitsu America were trapped across the country, often with vital supplies such as programs, tournament necessities, and certificates, we adapted as best we could. We were awed at the help we received from our East Coast Friends.
The aid we received from Bob Stines, John Del Vecchio, Mike Antonides, David Parrot, Rebekah Nida, Ric Anderton, Earl Devalle, and countless others is truly awe-inspiring. They rose to the occasion fabulously, cementing and strengthening our inter-organization relationship.
2016 JA Annual Convention was GREAT!
Well, despite TWO hurricanes, we prevailed and our National Convention and Tournaments were a big success! We had a smaller but good turnout, but had quality over quantity. Sorry for those that could not make it due to the storms, but please plan on coming next year to the 2017 Convention on the West Coast!
Jujitsu America Annual Convention 2016
2016 Jujitsu America Annual Convention and National Tournaments!
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