Interest High Already for 1st ADCC North American Trial 2018

Tom DeBlass vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral

It may seem like a long way off, and the deadline for registration is October 28, but the 1st ADCC North American Trial 2018 is already attracting a lot of attention.

This event will be held Saturday, November 3, at the Central Regional High School in Bayville, New Jersey, USA.

As a North American Qualifier for the 2019 ADCC Worlds, the winners in the five men’s weight classes in the professional division will each get a ticket to the 2019 ADCC Worlds. There will also be competition in the two women’s weight classes at this event.

We got a ton of signups already,” said event organizer Tom DeBlass. He knows directly how important these Trials are, as he has won them in the past and has competed at the ADCC Worlds and other ADCC events.

And even though the 1st ADCC North American Trial 2018 is about six months away from now, awareness about it is high in the grappling community.

“We’re doing pretty good so far as who knows,” he said. “People know that the Trials are coming and they know where they are.”

The reason is that “it’s advertised” on the ADCC web site and the ADCC Facebook page.

With summer coming soon, some people may lose sight of the need to sign up in order to compete. You can get all the information on the 1st ADCC North American Trial 2018 at

And for those really planning ahead, Tom confirmed that there will be a West Coast Trial and qualifier for the ADCC 2019 Worlds.

“Yes, there will in 2019,” he said, with details forthcoming.

Photo: Tom DeBlass defeated Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the ADCC superfight at the ADCC competition at the MMA World Expo in New York on July 26, 2014.