Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Royce Gracie, who is generally most famous for being the first UFC champion, will present the Royce Gracie Open Championship Tournament on Aug. 13 at Union Station in Hartford, Connecticut. The event will include a pair of seminars and a grappling tournament open to anyone regardless of weight class or experience level.
The winner of the tournament will receive $1,000, according to information from Jim Hughes & Royce Gracie Self Defense Jiu Jitsu Self Defense and MMA of New England, which is in West Hartford. Gracie will also sign memorabilia.
Jim Hughes, an instructor with the school, confirmed that each seminar will cost $80 for participants while spectators will pay $40 and children under 6 will get in free with a paid adult. Although the tournament is free, he said, participation in at least one of the seminars is required for competitors.
The first seminar, which starts at 8 a.m., will cover BJJ fundamentals. The second seminar, which starts at 10:30 a.m., will cover advanced techniques. The tournament starts at 1 p.m., and according to the school wil last "until the last competitor is standing."
Hughes said the seminar and tournament are open to people from any martial arts background.
"We have run 12 tournament events and numerous seminars with Royce going back 16 years even before people really knew who he was," he said.