The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community in British Columbia has flourished over the last 10 years. It seems like every few blocks there is a new gym popping up.
One thing that’s great about the BJJ scene is the camaraderie between schools.
Surrey’s Gravity BJJ started something called a “Rollathon” two years ago in November. The reason behind this 24-hour escapade was to raise money for prostate cancer research and bringing awareness to men’s health.
On November 22, the third annual Movember Rollathon will take place, and this year it will be bigger than ever.
“This is an event we look forward to every year,” said organizer Sofie Zambas. “We are not only helping out a good cause but we are also bringing the jiu jitsu community together outside of competition. With jiu-jitsu a significantly male dominated sport, it’s important to create awareness on men’s health and prostate issues.”
The Rollathon begins at 9 a.m. with a kids cross-training class, followed with an adults training at 10 a.m. Over the 24-hour period at least two people will be sparring on the mats at all times.
There will be raffle prizes given and a special Moustache Strut Off Competition in the evening at 8 p.m.
Many companies have jumped on board to be sponsors for the event, including returning sponsors: Meerkatsu, Oss Gear, Fushida, Gi-Soap, Nature’s Path, Katana Fightwear, BJJ Depot and Tatami Fightwear. New sponsors to the event are Jiu Jitsu Journals and BC Kimonos.
Movember Rollathon at Gravity BJJ
When: 9 a.m. Saturday, November 22 to 9 a.m. Sunday, November 23
Where: Gravity BJJ – #105 – 12824 Anvil Way, Surrey