Wrestling coach Ray “Mac” Piggott sees a bright future for a new style of grappling.
“This submission grappling is going to be the new thing,” he said.
And that is one of the reasons it has was added to the this year’s fourth annual Westside Wrestling Tournament held yesterday at the Hanapepe Armory.
It’s a newly sanctioned form of the sport, and Piggott said it is being considered for addition to the Olympics.
“Basically, it’s jiu-jitsu without the gi,” Piggott said.
Nearly every jiu-jitsu school in the state sent a batch of students to yesterday’s tournament, which started with a weigh-in early in the morning.
From keiki to adults, the wrestlers competed in international style, Greco-Roman and submission grappling.
No official results were reported before press time.
For more information on local wrestling clubs and tournaments, visit www.westsidewrestling.com