Spring In-House Tournament Schedule & Rules

This Saturday, May 20th Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will hold it’s 2017 Spring in-house tournament. This event is open to all TAC Team BJJ schools, and will feature divisions for children (age 5+), teens, and adults (white & blue belt). See below for more information.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:00 am- Doors open
  • 9:45 am- Rules meeting
  • 10:00 am- Children and Teen matches begin
  • 1:00 pm- Adult divisions begin

Point system (as per the IBJJF)

  • Takedown: 2 points
  • Sweep: 2 points
  • Knee-on-stomach: 2 points
  • Guard pass: 3 points
  • Mount position: 4 points
  • Back position: 4 points
  • Advantages are given when a competitor almost scores or almost gets a submission. Advantages are only taken into account when the score is tied.

Match Length:

  • Children: 3 minutes
  • Teens: 4 minutes
  • Adult white belts: 5 minutes
  • Adult blue belts: 6 minutes

Registration fee:

  • $40 until Thursday (May 18)
  • $30 for competitors from visiting (invited) academies
  • There is NO day-of registration

Register NOW before it’s too late, don’t miss the biggest event of Spring!

Paramount BJJ Spring In-House Tournament

What: 2017 Spring In-House Tournament at Paramount BJJ
Divisions for Children, Teens and Adults

When: Saturday, May 20th

Where: Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
530 Trestle Place
Downingtown, PA 19335


  • $30 by April 29th*
  • $40 by May 18th (last day to register)
  • No day-of registration
  • Double elimination for Children & Teens divisions
  • Absolute divisions for adults (white and blue belts)
  • IBJJF rules
  • Weight divisions based upon registered competitors
  • Medals for 1st through 3rd place

*$30 until May 18th for all visiting academies. Please see your instructor to register for the tournament.

Please email if you have any questions!


Watch Milind, one of our Youth BJJ students, win Gold in the New Breed No-Gi division on April 1st. In the span of a 4 minute match Milind (green shorts) demonstrated a well-rounded game and a variety of offensive and defensive techniques:

  • Open guard sweeps
  • Knee cut pass
  • Leg drag
  • Hip escape from mount
  • Armlock escape
  • Inverted triangle


For more info on training at Paramount BJJ click HERE or call 610-269-1127.


Grand Prix Submission-Only Results & Stats

Saturday we held our first ever Submission-Only tournament at Paramount. It exceeded all expectation, as the students who competed stepped up to the challenge, overcame their fears and put on some fantastic matches. Spectators were treated to plenty of great moves and several back-and-forth battles.

Here are the results:

Men’s White Belt Absolute (all weight classes combined)

  1. Jacques McAllister
  2. Jason Johansen
  3. Alex Lazos

There were 16 competitors in this division. Jacques submitted all 4 of his opponents in a total time of 24 minutes 23 seconds.

Women’s White Belt Absolute

  1. Jocelyn Palmer
  2. Cathryn Millares
  3. Carolyn Giardini

This was the most competitive division, with 2 of the 3 longest matches of the event. Jocelyn vs. Cathryn 1 lasted 27:35, and Jocelyn vs. Carolyn lasted 22:12.

Men’s Blue Belt Absolute

  1. Brett Landrum
  2. Zach Fahrenholtz
  3. Kirk Martin

Brett won 4 matches in a total time of 41 minutes 40 seconds. His first match with Zach was the second longest of the day at 23:55.

By the Numbers

  • Ed Foley won the $100 cash prize for quickest submission, an americana from mount in 31 seconds. It was the very first submission of the day.
  • The most common submission was the armock.
  • Jocelyn Palmer had the most mat-time at 1 hour, 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • The longest match of the day was Jocelyn and Cathryn’s first match, which took 27 minutes and 35 seconds.
  • Cathryn Millares had the most matches, at 6. She won 4 and lost 2. Zach Fahrenholtz had 5 matches, winning 3 and losing 2.

Stay tuned for an announcement on our Spring In-House tournament (regular rules and weight classed for kids, teens and adults), which is scheduled for May.



2017 Submission-Only Grand Prix Line-Up

We are just 1 week away from our first ever Submission-Only in-house competition, the 2017 Grand Prix, and we have 1 huge division plus… a surprise for the other 2. Check out the line-up for the divisions below:

Men’s White Belt Absolute

  • Grant Weiner
  • Mike Haile
  • Brandon Augustine
  • Stephen Handy
  • Anthony Rosa
  • Matt Finch
  • Bob Paszek
  • Jason Johansen
  • Jeff McBride
  • Eric Estrada
  • Alex Lazos
  • Bill Bonnell
  • Rob Nirenberg
  • Mike Discianni
  • Michael Banis
  • Kenny Gilyard
  • Ed Foley
  • Eric O’neill

Women’s White Belt Absolute

  • Samantha Gomez
  • Jackalyn Brannan
  • Jocelyn Palmer
  • Kate Mazzi
  • Liz Dayton
  • Cat Millares
  • Carolyn Giardini

Men’s Blue Belt Absolute

  • Brett Landrum
  • Zach Fahrenholtz
  • Justin Mazzi
  • Rob Risley
  • Mike Snyder
  • Greg Thompson

Since the women’s white belt and men’s blue belt divisions are smaller than expected, the decision has been made to make both into a double-elimination tournament. That means if a competitor loses, he or she can bounce back and still win the Gold.

An Overview of the Rules
(We will go over them again before the start of the event at 11am)

  • No time limit
  • No points
  • No neck cranks
  • No heel hooks
  • No toe holds or kneebars for white belts (OK for blue belts)
  • No stalling
    Penalties for stalling:
    – Ref will warn you once
    – Ref will stop and restart the match from the feet
    – Ref will stop and restart the match with your opponent in dominant position- either mount or back, their choice.

Competitors: make sure you are in your gi and warmed up, ready to go, by 11am.

Congratulations to the 28 students who passed their stripe test this weekend. See who made the cut below:

1st Stripe

  • Bill Bonnell
  • Bob Paszek
  • Eric O’neill
  • Jeff McBride
  • Anthony Rosa
  • Gil Ubina
  • Kyle Ubina
  • Adam Habecker

2nd Stripe

  • Jackalyn Brannan
  • Jen Elam
  • Sam Gomez
  • Brandon Augustine
  • Matt Finch
  • Kate Mazzi
  • Michael Banis
  • Jocelyn Palmer
  • Will Tamura
  • Michelle Kirk

3rd Stripe

  • Jade Leonard
  • Cam Taylor
  • Mark Aaronson
  • Joe Ross
  • John Healy

4th Stripe

  • Jason Johansen
  • Mike Haile
  • Chris Patton
  • Ed Foley
  • Cathryn Millares

To the students who did not test or did not pass: June may seem like it’s a long way away, but we all know how fast the time can pass. Stay consistent with your training and spend time after class reviewing. Take advantage of our students-only online site and watch the videos.

This Week at Paramount BJJ

First class is 1 week from tomorrow, Wednesday March 15th at 7:30am. If mornings are doable for you, please come out to support this new class. Attendance will determine whether or not the class sticks around.

We need more participants for our Submission-Only BJJ in-house competition on March 25th! You can register for just $20 until next Monday. If you’re competing, encourage your teammates to jump in on the fun too.

7:30pm on the first mat tonight! As always, this class is totally free for all women- not just members. Please continue spread the word so we can share the many benefits of Jiu-Jitsu with women who may be hesitant to try a martial art.

Parents, please have your children eat at the back kitchen area. Thank you!

Big thanks to Rob Duff, purple belt and asst. instructor, for his work on many of the recent improvements at Paramount. Grab one of his business cards at the bulletin board to see what he could help you with.

Adult White Belts: This Friday and Saturday, 6pm and 11am respectively.
*1 spot for Friday just opened up
Youth: Next Monday and Wednesday during class
Lil Ninjas: Stay tuned!

For the first time ever we are holding a Submission-Only in-house competition at Paramount! This is a one of a kind experience, the opportunity to test your Jiu-Jitsu without having to worry about points or time limits.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 25th, there will be white and blue belt divisions for men, and a white belt division for women. These divisions will be open-weight.

We will award trophy cups for 1st through 3rd place, and the winner of “fastest submission” of the event will get $100 cash. Registration is only $20 until March 13th when it jumps up to $40- so don’t wait!

See the front desk today to register!

One of the challenges of training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, or any physical activity (skiing, rock climbing, soccer, etc.) for that matter, is avoiding injury. While it’s impossible to completely prevent injury, there are some things you can do that will no doubt reduce the risk. Here are four:

1. Warming Up. A proper warm-up will prepare the body for hard training, and thus lower the chances of injuries such as pulling a muscle. A good warm-up will include movements similar or identical to those which you’ll do during training, and will gradually increase in intensity until you’ve broken a sweat and are breathing heavily. Stretching is best done after training, when the muscles are warm and pliable.

2. Strength Training. This could be done through lifting weights, using machines, or simply doing body weight exercises like squats, push-ups, pull-ups, etc. Building strength doesn’t necessarily mean big muscles. It means ensuring that your muscles can assist the joints and connective tissue to withstand the stress put on your body when you train. Strength training 2 times a week is sufficient, you don’t want to overdo it and weaken the muscles before a tough session on the mats.

Leg circles are a great way to warm up the core & the hips. As to whether or not they look cool, the jury is still out.

3. Listening to Your Body. When you’re a little sore or beat up, you may find that after a solid warm-up you feel fine and are ready to go. But if you’re injured or sick, it’s best to take some time to recover. Ignoring those signs that you should take a break can often lead to sloppy training, which can end with an injury. As one black belt world champion said, “Rest is part of your training.”

4. Choosing Training Partners. This is a tricky one, as many students feel obligated to train with anyone who asks, and newer students don’t want to cause any awkwardness. But there are diplomatic ways of doing it. First, you can be proactive and choose your training partners before anyone singles you out. Or you can speak with your instructor in private about who you’re uncomfortable training with, and he/she can pair or switch people up when necessary.
For women it is especially important to avoid training with men who are, a.) much larger, and b.) brand new to BJJ. There are exceptions to every rule, but typically bigger people aren’t always able to prevent their size from being a factor, and newer male students have not yet shed the ego that will prevent them from accepting the difficulty or defeat when rolling with an experienced female practitioner. Not to mention the fact that new students move in unpredictable and uncontrollable ways.

A good husband will often absorb tremendous punishment on the mats, and is among the best training partners for a woman.

Ultimately, if you participate in any physical activity for a number of years you will face injury at some point. While the above suggestions will not guarantee 100% health throughout your time training, they will help. On top of that, there’s no real draw-back to them when done correctly.

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