Hashtag Rundown: #ADCC2017

Welcome to the Hashtag Rundown where I feature and analyze a trending hashtag from the MMA or BJJ community on Instagram. I'm diving into #ADCC2017 today, but before I begin let me remind everyone to send any questions, comments or concerns to MMAAnnapolis@gmail.com.

Top 16 Grapplers in the world compete in each weight class. I remember as a white belt dreaming of one day competing in ADCC, the Grappling Olympics… Only the best… #Repost @adccsubmission (@get_repost) ・・・ Atletas participantes + 99 kg 1- Orlando Sanchez (USA) – ADCC 2015 winner 2- Arman Zhanpeisov (Kazakhstan) – Second Place on 1st Asia Trial 3- Khamzat Stambulov (Russia) – 1st European Trial winner 4- Tom DeBlass (USA) – 1st North American Trial winner 5- Victor Honório (Brazil) – 1st South American Trial winner 6- Hideki Sekine (Japan) – 2nd Asian Trial winner 7- Casey Hellenberg (USA) – 2nd North American Trial winner 8- Abdulaev Ruslan (Russia) – 2nd European Trial winner 9- Vinny Magalhaes (Brazil) – Invited 10- Marcus Almeida “Buchecha” (Brazil) – Invited 11- Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu (Brazil) – Invited 12- Joao Gabriel Rocha (Brazil) – Invited 13- Jared Dopp (USA) – Invited 14- Jeff Monson (USA) – Invited 15- Mario Rinaldi (USA) – Invited 16- Tim Spriggs (USA) – Invited #AdccWorlds2017 #jiujitsu #grappling #adcc #mma #bjjphilosophy #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #jiujitsuforeveryone #bjj #bjjlifestyle #bjjforeveryone #adcc #motivation #discipline #healthy #fit #happy #perserverance #pressure #relentless #diet #teamrenzo

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Thanks, Tom Deblass for that posting that excellent promotional poster! What a good guy.. tries hard.. loves the game.LEGEND. Wait..where was I? OOOOH RIGHT!!


The ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) World Championships is just days away, with what many consider the most prestigious submission grappling no-gi tournament in the world. The ADCC World Championships is the sport of submission grappling’s equivalent to the Olympics, so not just anybody gets the call to compete on the weekend of September 23-24, 2017 in Espoo, Finland.

Arab Sheik Tahnoon bin Zayed al Nahyan created this competition in 1998 with his BJJ (Brazilian jiu-jitsu) instructor Nelson Monterio. His passion for the sport of submission grappling flourished while attending college and training Brazilian jiu-jitsu in beautiful San Diego, California.

It is important to note that Shiek Tahnoon is the half-brother of the current president of the United Arab Emirates and the part-owner of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) utilizing his assets and magnanimity to grant submission grappling the opportunity to evolve and showcase itself to the world.

The ruleset of submission grappling at the ADCC World Championships is all but simple. There is no striking (punching, open-palmed slaps, elbows, kicking, etc.) allowed. The winner of the match is determined by submission (tapping out), points, or referee decision.

Rear-naked chokes, guillotine chokes, armlocks, leglocks, inside and outside heel-hooks are all examples of submissions; they are highly encouraged in this particular competition’s ruleset as points may only be awarded to the respective grappler in the second half of the match under the circumstance that neither competitor has submitted the other.

The ADCC ruleset makes the tournament unique to other grappling competitions as it is a convention created to alter the appearance of the sport of competitive submission grappling to be more exciting and appealing to the rest of the world.

The following Instagram video displays two high-level grapplers going for submissions by executing beautifull calculated "heel-hook" and "rear naked choke" attacks. This particular Instagram account used the hashtag to promote a separate prize-fighting submission grappling promotion called Polaris.

Professional or amateur athletes, coaches, combat sports fanatics, recreational martial arts practitioners and the press comprise the community using #ADCC2017 on Instagram.  Promoting the tournament is the main idea behind this collective group of people using this particular hashtag.

Almost every post involving #ADCC2017 seems to be a poster type reminder of when the competition begins and where one can watch the tournament online. This joint promotion of the most prestigious submission grappling from a broad spectrum of people benefits the growth of the sport of BJJ and all combat sports.

Heres another intense video from Instagram promoting the tournament by featuring athletes attempting multiple submissions and executing some of the explosive movement combinations one may expect to see in Finland late September.

Some Instagram posts from accounts using #ADCC2017 promote various highly anticipated matchups and “super-fights.” Super-fights may be either special exhibition matches scheduled separately from the tournament bracket between two superstars in the combat sports world or a special exhibition match between opponents of two different weight classes (-66kg vs. -77kg)

By looking up #ADCC2017, clicking on one of the 2,159 individual posts, then following the link to an athlete’s Instagram page, one is likely to find videos and photos showcasing a glimpse of what life is like during training just weeks away from the tournament.

In the following video Andre Galvao (green and black top) prepares for a superfight against Claudio Calasans by teaching Mckenzie Dern (Womens -60kg 2015 ADCC champion) the details of a "collar-tie" to "double-leg" takedown combination.

Fame in the submission grappling or MMA community is often not the primary reason why an athlete desires to win ADCC and crown his or herself the best grappler in the entire world because there really isn’t much money to be made in BJJ.

A lot of the best high-level competitors are also known to be very rational human beings. Many recreational BJJ practitioners and even elite competitors are open about their desire to be the best person, friend, brother, spouse etc. they can become. This promotes a pleasant, welcoming, lively, and healthy community of individuals who may practice BJJ recreationally or competitively.

It is normal for BJJ practitioners to teach and train with each other both individually and in small/large groups as teaching techniques engages the grappler in an activity that they must prioritize the multiple features of the movement and its variants.  This relationship between training partners leads to a better understanding of the method behind a movement; when to execute it, when not to use it, when to implement a variation of the move and vice versa.

I’m pumped to watch ADCC at the end of the month. As a competitor and fan of the sport, I especially enjoy seeing high-level jiu-jitsu because it raises my awareness to more creative game plans and techniques; then I would later test and evaluate those ideas in training.

There will be a lot of action-packed matches to watch in Finland. I’ll be using #ADCC2017 on Instagram to stay up to date on the happenings of the tournament as some competitors may drop out due to injury or other reasons. I think that this hashtag served the purpose to promote the competition and its competitors to a wider audience it’s especially cool to see all these all the elite competitors and legendary coaches using the hashtag for the benefit of those who love the sport.

Lastly, here are a few more videos and photos from Instagram that showcase the beautiful sport tagged #ADCC2017

p.s. the last one is a rear naked choke finish because I know you all love a little violence