Jiu-Jitsu Debuts at Foley Event Center

While Foley has become synonymous with sports like volleyball and soccer the Foley Sports Tourism (FST) staff has not rested on their laurels. The team is always looking for new sports and events to bring to the city. This weekend it will be the Foley International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

The competition will feature participants 18 and older in male and female divisions. Event Manager Allan Oliveira said they are expecting around 400 competitors. While it may seem difficult to host in a COVID environment Oliveira said they’ve put strict protocols in place to keep everyone safe.

“All equipment will be sanitized before and during the event, masks or face shields will be required inside the building and can only be removed for matches, and everyone signs a waiver before entering the building,” said Oliveira.

While safety is always the number one priority FST Sales and Marketing Director Shellie Kichler said bringing the Championship to Foley is also an opportunity for the organization to grow.

“FST is always looking for new ways to challenge ourselves,” Kichler said. “Jiu-Jitsu was a unique opportunity to bring new people into the city and share with them all that Foley has to offer.”

The Foley International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship runs all day on October 24 but is not open to the public. All competitors are only allowed one spectator to keep everyone safe and in compliance with COVID protocols.

For more information on this competition or any FST event visit our events page.