First Annual KO Finisher SeriesAug 13 2013, Posted in: Events, News
On August 10, 2013 in the Inner Sunset district of San Francisco, California, former mixed martial arts competitor, IBJJF champion, and Youtube jiu jitsu sensation Kurt Osiander introduced the very first KO Finisher BJJ tournament.
A quick BJJ history lesson: Kurt Osiander is a well-known and highly regarded black belt under Ralph Gracie. A San Francisco native, Osiander originally began studying the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Cesar Gracie in the early 1990’s. In time, he came to be under the tutelage of Ralph Gracie, dedicated his life to perfecting his craft, and competed for years, which all culminated in him receiving his BJJ black belt in 2003.
Now, in 2013, Osiander is the head BJJ coach at Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu, San Francisco. He is perhaps most known to BJJ practitioners and fans today for his popular Youtube series, “Kurt Osiander’s Move of the Week.” He is also a coach and training partner to rising MMA talents, including Marcel Fortuna and Diego Herzog.
However, if August 10, 2013 was any indication, Osiander may have a new claim to fame given the success and professionalism exhibited at the KO Finisher BJJ tourney. When asked about what led to him creating the KO Finisher Series, Osiander had a straightforward response:
“I kind got sick of watching guys stall their way to victory with one advantage, and I came up with my idea.”
“I really wanted something that was submission only, where you’d have multiple fights, lots of fights, one after the other. Attrition, but you have to go after each other.”
Osiander’s team eventually ironed out the logistics of the tournament, but at the inception of the vision for the KO finisher, the premise, according to Osiander, was simple.
“I want submission only. I want really short rounds so it makes you hyper-aggressive and go after each other…I see everybody kind of wanting to go back to the old ways where two guys step on the mat until it’s over, over.”
The KO Finisher Series indeed separated itself from other tournaments in many ways, most notably with the submission-only, round robin format. More specifically, all the competitors in each division had the opportunity to grapple against every other BJJ practitioner in their weight class and belt level. If the time ran out without a submission happening, the match was called a draw. In the end, the two competitors with most submissions met in the finals.
Furthermore, Osiander took a more generous, competitor-friendly path in this tournament. Not only did the competitors have multiple matches, but those who placed went home with brand new gi’s or other quality gear from Osiander’s sponsors, including Shoyoroll and OTM Fight Shop. Thus, competitors put their skills and pride on the line, all while getting their money’s worth.
All in all, the first annual KO Finisher Series BJJ tournament was a fine event and a success. Not only did the competitors go home happy, but legitimately high-level jiu jitsu competitors, including Sean Roberts, wowed the audience during multiple superfights.
We look forward to seeing what’s in store for the KO Finisher Series in the years to come.