This weekend if you missed it were the 2014 pan American jiujitsu championships. It was the 20th anniversary of tournament and what started out at a one day tournament has grown to a four day mega event with eight mats packed with the best competitors from around the world. The magnitude of this years event shows how much the sport has grown. Thanks to budovideos multi mat technology we could view a live stream of the action going on at any mat at anytime. If you had a friend, relative, or teammate competing you could watch them live as opposed to waiting anxiously for the results to post.
The only downside of the broadcast is the fact that the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation still hasn't figured how to cater to the viewer. They do a great job of running a massive tournament but as a spectator it's a bit hectic to try and make sense who is on each mat, who is up next since the brackets they posted were problematic and would not load, and keeping each division continuously running. Hopefully through trial and error throughout the upcoming years they will maybe upload a live interactive bracket, have the names of each competitor on the screen, and start and complete each bracket within the eight available mats.
The highlight of this years Pan Ams was easily Team Atos leader Andre Galvao. He normally competes in the Medium Heavy weight class, this year he competed in both the Absolute Division and Ultra Heavy weight class and won both. Andre Galvao is the man plain and simple. Well see what happens in the upcoming World championships and how Andre Galvao and Team Atos prepare as well as how the IBJJF continues to develop their live broadcasts.