Bay Area Grapple-Athon January 14th & 15th, 2017

A 'gym crawl' Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fundraiser supporting inclusivity and community connection on and off the mat. Your $15 contribution gets you access to all the Grapple-athon open mats across the Bay Area for the weekend of the event as well as enters you in the raffle to win a variety of great prizes. Feel free to donate even if you aren’t able to attend the open mat sessions. Proceeds will go to the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) to support the human rights and civil liberties guaranteed to all people in the United States by the Bill of Rights. (8am Sat to 8pm Sunday) * Rolling For The People is not affiliated with the ACLU but this is where we choose to donate the money raised from this event.
We'd like to call on all our grappling sisters and brothers, and any newcomers who would be willing to learn a few moves and practice them for a while.

How to Keep It Rolling…

Saturday, 14th – East Bay

[8am-10am]: East Bay kick-off at FOUR Elements Fitness, 153 17th St., Oakland, CA 94612
[10am-12pm]: Next-up Sabre Jiu Jitsu, 2447 Estand Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
[11am-1pm]: Rio Combat Team Balladium 40, 800 W Tower Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
[11am-12:30pm]: Bay MMA and Fitness 22495 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
[1pm-3pm]:Shop and roll at Supreme MMA, 4118 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
[1:30pm-3:30pm]:No-gi and leg lock legal 10th Planet Walnut Creek 325 N Wiget Ln #150, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
[7pm-10pm or as long as possible]: Public event at CTRL+SHFT Collective  (The public will have the opportunity to learn grappling techniques and join in an evening grappling that will extend into the night with committed nighttime grapplers)

Sunday, 15th -San Francisco + Peninsula

[11am-1:30pm]: More no-gi and leg lock friendly rolls at FTCC, 6135 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014.
[2pm-4pm]: Stanford Jiu Jitsu/Grappling Club, Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation (ACSR), 341 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305.
[2pm-4pm]: Bay Jiu Jitsu, 3274 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110.
[3pm-5pm]: Alliance Jiu-Jitsu / the Institute of Brazilian Fitness, 409 Old County Rd, Belmont, California 94002.
[6pm]: Last Stop Sports Bar (raffle), 6192 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

How it works

Let’s get this started

The grapple-athon will begin at Four Elements Fitness on Saturday morning at 8am.

One ticket to roll with them all

Participants will each buy a ticket for $15 for entry into all host gyms for the day – their ticket will go into a drawing for excellent prizes.

How we roll

At the gym, free-rolling will take place. At least two people should be grappling at all times for a determined length of time. The gym will determine the length of time it wants to participate in the grapple-a-thon.

No points:

No points: different people swap in and out to keep it ‘rolling’. These sessions will be conducted like regular open mats with 5 minute rounds. Grapplers will change partners and can opt to rest for a round or more as long as there are always two grapplers on the mat rolling at all times for the entire time that that gym is hosting the grapple-a-thon.

Like a pub-crawl

(But with grappling rather than booze.) As the grapple-athon finishes at one location, it will begin at another – moving from gym to gym across the city/Bay Area like a pub-crawl.

OTHER OPTIONS: Provide community resources…

Gyms can choose to offer self-defense lessons, and/or provide community resources during their time signed up for the grapple-athon.

Make a Pledge

Individuals and companies can chose to donate a set amount or pledge a dollar amount for every hour of sustained grappling. This money will be donated to the ACLU.

Other ways to support

T-shirts, posters, stickers...

How to Keep It Rolling

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This year’s presidential election exposed how divided we are as a nation, and how isolated we are in our communities. The mission of the grapple-athon is to bridge that gap by using Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as a platform.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gyms are one of the few places where people of all backgrounds put aside their differences, working together in the collective mission to support each other’s development and growth as grapplers.

In the spirit of BJJ camaraderie, the Rolling For The People team is conducting a multi-dojo, 36 hour, ‘grapple-athon’ as a show of solidarity for the many diverse communities of the Bay Area inside and outside the grappling community. This event will be symbolic of community connection, and our shared, continuous struggle for human rights.

With the goal of inclusivity it is important to note that participating gyms and grapplers are not making a political statement or advertising an adherence towards a certain political ideology.

About The Rolling For The People Team

Originating out of FOUR Elements Fitness with support from the FOUR Elements Art Series, The Rolling For The People Team is facilitated by grapplers Shawn Tamaribuchi, Vonique Stricklen, Melissa Wyman and Dion Burns. The team now consists of a growing group of grapplers training out of different gyms across the Bay Area and beyond. Putting political affiliations aside, the mission of this team is to recognize the rights and contributions of people of different ethnicities, religions, gender identity and sexual orientation both on and off the mat.

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Contact Us

Address: 153 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 593-2342