It's no surprise, but I know very little about BJJ. The Pan Am Championships are coming up in a few months, and I had to ask what those were. Well, it turns out they're here: IBJJF Pan Am Championships
Very interesting stuff. Coach Foster won Bronze as a super-heavyweight last year. I enjoyed reading about them, and would love to go see them in person. I'll have to convince my wife that this is a romantic thing to do for our 14th Anniversary.... I'll have to think about how to do that.
On a side note, as a guy with a degree in English and Philosophy, I got a real kick out of reading the IBJJF Rules. I mean, the rules are clear, and that's the important thing. I just found it a fun read with many awkward sentences and some hilarious misspellings. I'm definitely not overly concerned with spelling and grammar, but I'm surprised that they didn't run their rules by at least one native English speaker.