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.

Belt Promotions & Awards Wrap-Up | December 2016

Take a look at the students who were promoted and received awards on Saturday. Congratulations to all, it is quite an accomplishment to achieve any of these honors.


  • Competitor of the Year: Phil Mento
  • Instructor of the Year: Mike Hashem
  • Performance of the Year: Abi Pacinelli (double Gold at World Masters)
  • Student of the Year: Justin Mazzi


Chuck Wagner was promoted to first degree black belt. Chuck is an excellent instructor and a model student- having trained consistently from white to black belt while managing career and family obligations as well as injuries. As an instructor he plays an integral role for so many students on their journey to black belt.

Brown Belt

  • Eric Desmarais
  • Dan Bottomley

Purple Belt

  • Henrik Strame
  • Rob Duff

Blue Belt

  • James Sewing
  • Brian Washington
  • Melissa Landrum
  • Greg Thompson
  • Pete Davidson
  • Mike Lubragge
  • Drew Meise*
  • Kord Hoffman*
  • Mike Fegley*

*Train out of affiliate Deep Water BJJ in Harrisburg, PA.

A big thank you to all of the students who came out to celebrate their teammates achievements and participate in the event. These milestones would not be as special without all of you.

Later that evening the festivities continued with our holiday party. We had a great turnout, great food and drinks and we even had UFC on Fox playing in the lobby. It was the perfect way to end a great day.


Here is tomorrow’s schedule of events:

9:20am – Lil Ninjas BJJ
10:00am – Youth BJJ
10:00am -Muay Thai
* There are no adult BJJ or Boxing classes tomorrow
11:00am – Annual BJJ Team Photo, Awards and Belt Promotions
6:00pm – Holiday Party

Snow and freezing rain is in the forecast starting in the early morning hours. As of now only 1-3 inches is expected, so we fully intend to hold the event. If that changes we will post it on Facebook & Twitter so check back tomorrow morning. Make sure to drive carefully and leave early to avoid snow, traffic and parking delays.

The party will start at 6pm and will not end before 8. Bring some cash so you can enter the raffles to win gift cards and prizes. If you’d like to bring food, drinks, or desserts please feel free.

Hope to see everyone tomorrow!

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