Over a week has passed since the 2011 Thailand Open, yet Bangkok has still been on everyone's minds daily as the flooding continues to escalate and threaten the entire community. I was lucky to get a flight in before the flood gates were opened to the northeastern districts of Bangkok, which could have affected Suvarnabhumi Airport. Flying in, I could see how much of northern Bangkok was absolutely underwater.
During the entire tournament, the weather was beautiful and the areas around central Bangkok weren't affected by flooding at all. However, many of the locals were hosting not only out-of-town competitors, but friends from the Bangkok outskirts whose homes had been flooded. The BJJ Association of Thailand members are donating everything they can to helping those in need, above and beyond the 100 baht promised from each entry. Grips Gym from Hong Kong donated loads of dry goods at the competition as well as a cash donation, as did Lotus Gym from Australia.