Rob Risley | Paramount BJJ Student Profile

Although the beard is gone, Rob Risley remains an almost daily presence at Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. You may see him at the front desk, assisting in the kids classes, or training hard in the adult classes, but no matter what you’ll see him giving 100%.

After having to take a break from training a few years ago, Rob returned for the 2013 In-House tournament and was back for good. Outside of the academy, Rob is an avid drummer and builds fences for a living.


For more info on training with Chester County, PA’s most prestigious and accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school (with more International medalists than all other schools combined) click HERE or call us at 610-269-1127.

This past weekend the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) held it’s inaugural Charlotte Open in North Carolina. Paramount BJJ brought a team of 7 and earned 6 medals. Check out the results below.


Head instructor Brad Court won Gold in his black belt division, winning his first match by submission and the second match by points.


Anthony Pacinelli took Silver in his weight class, then took home a Bronze medal from the Absolute division. With less than 6 months at purple belt, Anthony is off to a strong start.


Phil Mento earned Bronze in both his weight class and Absolute, after some grueling matches in an incredibly tough field of competitors.


Rob Cullen started the day with a fantastic collar choke from the back, and placed 3rd earning his first IBJJF medal. He also landed a fantastic drop seoi nage throw that will surely make the Top 5 highlight video at the end of the year.

Stay tuned for videos from the event.


On November 12th Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will hold it’s 2016 fall 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 to purple 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
  • Adult purple belts: 7 minutes

Registration fee:

  • $30 if registered by October 29th
  • $40 if registered by November 5th
  • $50 if registered by November 10th (last day to register
  • There is NO day-of registration

Stay tuned for more information and updates, and make sure you register ASAP to be a part of one of the most exciting events of the year!


Women Only Jiu-Jitsu Class | Downingtown PA

We held our first ever Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class just last night, and had an awesome turnout. 16 women took to the mats to exchange techniques and develop new friendships. Most were from Paramount, but we did have some visitors as well.

The next Women-Only class will be held within the next 2 weeks, in the meantime we have our regular Jiu-Jitsu classes 6 days a week. Call 610-269-1127 for more information, and to start your 7-Day FREE Trial.


Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, PA


White Belt Stripe Tests – Day 2 Results

Congratulations to the following students, who were promoted after passing this morning’s stripe test:

1st Stripe

  • Nate Wills
  • John Wilson
  • Kelli Dumont

2nd Stripe

  • Cathryn Millares
  • Chris Craig

3rd Stripe

  • James Sewing

4th Stripe

  • Mike Discianni

Congratulations to all, the blue belt is getting closer and closer!

White Belt Stripe Test – Day 1 Results

Congratulations to the following students, who were promoted after passing their stripe test on Friday, September 9th.

1st Stripe

  • Stephanie Gray
  • Cam Taylor
  • Jade Leonard
  • John Healy
  • Brandon Augustine
  • Joe Ross
  • Alanna Duff

2nd Stripe

  • Greg Thomspon
  • Mark Aaronson
  • Jason Johansen
  • Connor Lammey
  • Chris Patton
  • Ed Foley
  • Mike Haile

3rd Stripe

  • Jason O’neill

4th Stripe

  • Vanshil Thakkar

Stay tuned for the results of Day 2 of our 2016 3rd Quarter White Belt Stripe Tests for the adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Basics program.


A small team from Paramount BJJ headed out to Las Vegas this past weekend for the biggest and toughest Masters (30+) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the world.

In the past, we’ve had 3 medalists:

  • Greg Hagner (Silver)
  • Abi Durrant, (2 Silvers), and
  • Ed Westermark (Silver & Bronze).

This year we had our first ever Gold medalist at a World Championship!

Abi Durrant defeated 3 opponents for Gold in the featherweight division. But she wasn’t done there- She then beat 4 more opponents in the open-weight division for Double Gold, the biggest accomplishment a competitor can achieve.

WM - Abi Podium Absolute

New blue belt Matt Matalavage came away from his first major tournament with a Silver medal. He defeated 3 opponents before losing by a razor thin margin in the final. A very impressive debut on the world stage.

WM - Matt Podium

For more information on training at the most prestigious and accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Chester County, PA click HERE or call 610-269-1127.

Phil and Greg Steal the Show in Boston

Because the World Masters Championship is just a few days away, Paramount BJJ didn’t send a big team to Boston this past weekend. However, two competitors managed to bring home 3 medals. Phil Mento won Gold at purple belt middle-heavyweight, then Bronze in the absolute division. Greg Hagner earned Silver in purple belt super-heavyweight masters.


For more info on training alongside Chester County, PA’s best Jiu-Jitsu competitors click HERE or call 610-269-1127.


Currently pursuing a masters degree in speech-language pathology, Krista Carpenter isn’t always able train as much as she’d like to. But she’s a great example of someone who makes the most of her time on the mats, and will often be seen drilling after class. She knows that every minute on the mats makes you better.

She earned her blue belt after winning the New York Open and American Nationals, using excellent control and guard passing. She trains alongside her husband Adam, who introduced her to Jiu-Jitsu, and is among the ever-growing female presence on the mats at Paramount BJJ.


For more info on the biggest and most successful Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Chester County, with more International medals than all other local schools combined, click HERE or call 610-269-1127.

Adult BJJ Stripe Tests in September

The next set of white belt stripe tests for the adult BJJ program have been scheduled:

  • Friday, September 9th at 6pm
  • Saturday, September 10th at 11am

Due to a busy September, there will not be any make-up tests.

Space is limited, you can reserve your spot by signing up at the front desk. You can find the full BJJ Basics curriculum and stripe requirements at the bulletin board by the lobby.

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