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Last Man Standing Endurance Grappling

A Roll to Remember Series

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Part of the Neuro Endurance Sports Foundation team hosted an endurance grappling event on Saturday August 6, 2022 to raise awareness and funds to support the needs of brain tumor patients and their families. The event was held at Yamasaki Academy, Woodbridge VA for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community of Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.

It was a marathon grappling competition. Endurance and outlasting everyone was the endgame. The matches rules set were as follows:

  • Gi only.

  • White belt to purple belts only.

  • Open mat | Endurance style.

  • No weight or age divisions.

  • Continuous 10 minute rounds.

  • 1 minute break between rounds.

  • No submission eliminations.

  • Participants are eliminated by stalling, milking the break, officially quitting, or medical reasons.

  • Last man standing wins.

  • The event is scheduled for 4hrs but could run longer. Staff is excited to stay longer if competitors are in beast mode and unwilling to lose!

  • In the event of a tie at the 4hr mark, grapplers will break and prepare for the final round(s) to decide the winner. The final match can be won either by points or submission, with only International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) submissions allowed at the lower belt level of the two competitors (if not the same belt).

Opening remarks and rules meeting were made by the husband and wife team, Co-Directors, Danett Crespo and Leonardo Crespo. The event started out strong with 13 competitors and four Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coaches that jumped in and out of the competition to help the odd person out while not reffing the event.

Participants were encouraged and pushed to work through the entire time they were grappling. Although it was a fun event, participants were not even given the time to potentially stall. They were constantly grappling and/or moving the entire time. It did not matter how many times a participant tapped or submitted their opponent, they had to figure out how to move and conserve their energy while grappling another human being for the long run.

At the four hour mark there were three participants left. Gas and steam was running low and the time limit was reached. At this point we went to regular IBJJF tournament style matches. We only had two 5 minute rounds and Eli Duncan-Gilmour, took the win for the Last Man Standing with 4 hours and 10 minutes, give or take a few seconds of total grappling time.

It was a great event, with a decent turnout and every participant loved it. We’re looking to do the event again, maybe next year, maybe sooner. Looking ahead, we might be extending the time limit a few more hours, making it a bit harder on the participants. It’s an endurance event after all.

Eli Duncan-Gilmour, Last Man Standing, August 2022.
Eli Duncan-Gilmour (right), Last Man Standing, August 2022.

Thank you to all the participants and those who supported the event. Thank you to the Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge coaches who helped us referee the event and participate with the “odd man out”, and thank you the Yamasaki Academy Woodbridge for letting us host the event at their school. Hopefully we can make it bigger next time.

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