The US Grappling organization held it’s annual Diamond State Games this weekend in Newark, DE. Paramount BJJ brought nine competitors to test their skills in a smaller but well-run tournament. The perfect tournament for those who want to gain experience, test out their new belt rank, or practice for one of the bigger and most prestigious tournaments.
In the juvenile division, Connor Smith, who earned the nickname “Beast” years ago for his enthusiasm and intensity, earned a Gold and Silver medal.
The overall medal count for the adult divisions was 14 Gold medals, 5 Silver, and 2 Bronze. Another great result from a great team of hard-working competitors. Also of note were the students who were unable to compete but came to show their support- further evidence that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a team sport, and that Paramount BJJ is a family.
Here are the results for each competitor:
Phil Mento: Gold in No-Gi middleweight, Gold in No-Gi Open weight, Gold in blue belt middleweight, Gold in blue belt Open weight. Yes, he won FOUR GOLD MEDALS.
Jim Mattson: Gold in blue belt light-heavy, Silver in No-Gi light-heavyweight.
Krista Carpenter: Gold in No-Gi intermediate.
Greg Hagner: Gold in Gi weight, Gold in No-Gi weight class, and Silver in No-Gi Open weight (bowed out to Anthony in the finals
Anthony Pacinelli: Gold in No-Gi weight class, Gold in No-Gi Open, Bronze in Gi heavyweight.
Branden King: Silver in Gi weight, Silver in Gi Open weight.
Ian Murphy: Gold in No-Gi weight, Gold in No-Gi Open, Gold in Gi weight.
Don Powell: Gold in Gi weight class, Silver in Gi Open weight.
(Missing from the photo are Krista Carpenter and Don Powell, both showed tenacity and determination on their way to Gold medals)
Congrats again to all the competitors, and to all of the students- because Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a team effort and everyone deserves credit. Next up is the In-House Tournament, which will be held in Downingtown at Paramount BJJ on Saturday, November 16th. You can register for the in-house at Paramount BJJ, located at 530 Trestle Place in Downingtown PA.
The tournament entry fee is only $30, which compared to the norm ($80-$120 for all other tournaments) makes this the perfect tournament- it’s close, it’s cheap, and it’s a guaranteed friendly and positive learning experience.
Below is the schedule for the first ever Paramount BJJ In-house Tournament, which will be held next Saturday. If you haven’t already, make sure you register to compete and win a medal! It’s just $30 and is sure to be a fun day and great learning experience.
9am: Weigh-ins and final registration for Children’s divisions (6+)
930am: Rules meeting
10:00am: Children’s divisions begin
11:00am: Weigh-ins and final registration for Teen and Adult divisions
12:00pm: Teen and Adult divisions begin
The competition team is preparing for the next leg of the 2013 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition season, and next on the docket is the prestigious NY Open. There are many regional tournaments held by the IBJJF, in cities such as Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and more. But New York remains one, if not the, toughest of all the cities.
Besides the competition team, there are some students who will be stepping onto the IBJJF mats for the first time. Take a look at the roster (subject to change):
A special thanks goes out to all of our dedicated BJJ students, who train not only to better themselves (learning realistic self-defense, getting into amazing shape, losing weight and gaining confidence), but also in an effort to better each other. That’s what a TEAM does!
On February 16th at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, PA Paramount MMA fighter Mike Thomas makes his return to the cage. Mike is 2-1, but spent most of the last year working hard to improve his Muay Thai and Wrestling at Paramount.
Check out Mike’s debut from 2011:
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Check out this video of Paramount BJJ blue belt Eric Desmarais in his second match at the 2012 IBJJF Pan American tournament in Irvine, California. At Paramount BJJ our students are competing and winning at the highest levels, evidence of the superior quality of instruction at our academy in Downingtown, PA. Just visit our website to train alongside the best for a Whole Month FREE!
Lloyd Irvin black belt and Paramount BJJ head instructor Brad Court made his return to competition this past weekend after almost 2 years off. The event was the IBJJF Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Irvine, California- the largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the world. This year’s event had 3,228 competitors!
Brad won his first match in the elimination rounds to advance to the quarterfinals, where he faced the 2012 IBJJF European Champion, Anderson Silverio da Silva. Brad defeated da Silva with a last second throw and armlock attempt. After coming up short in the semi-finals Brad finished with a Bronze medal.
Also from Paramount BJJ, blue belt Eric Desmarais won his first match at blue belt 2-0. In the 16-man round Eric won 8-0 and entered the quarterfinals. His opponent in the quarters would put a stop to Eric’s run, then go on to win the division.
Phil Mento made his International debut, winning his first by triangle and his second 11-0 before losing to the eventual champion in the 3rd round.
From Crazy 88 (Team Lloyd Irvin Baltimore), Al Washington took Gold at blue belt, Tim Spriggs took Gold at purple belt heavyweight, and Cathy Tran-Zwanetz took Bronze at blue belt. From Camp Springs Sijara Eubanks, Rachel Demara, and Keenan Cornelius all took Gold in their divisions.
Up next for the competition team is the IBJJF New York Open on April 21st.
Last weekend’s Grappler’s Quest World Championship tournament was the year-end event and the biggest of the East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and grappling tournaments.
Not surprisingly, Team Lloyd Irvin defended their title and came home with another trophy to sit beside all the individual medals earned. You can find the official results and team standings here.
What was somewhat surprising was the margin of victory. Team Lloyd Irvin collected a total of 375 points, while the runner-up and next closest team had just 178. Points are accumulated when each individual competitor medals, with points earned for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
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This weekend US Grappling will be holding their “Submission Only” event right here at the United Sports Training Center- home of Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The rules are simple- no time limit, no points. Two grapplers will square off and compete until one of them taps out and gives up. It’s a great way to test your Jiu-Jitsu skills, because the essence of BJJ is the submission.
Check out their website for more info on the event, and if you attend don’t forget to swing by Paramount and say hi. Click HERE for more info on our programs and our 30 Day FREE Trial.
It’s the July 4th holiday weekend, but Team Lloyd Irvin has a job to do before any relaxation can take place. UFC Bantamweight Champion and Team Lloyd Irvin standout Dominic Cruz will defend his title against former WEC Champion Urijah Faber in the main event of Saturday’s UFC.
This is a grudge match for 2 reasons. Firstly, Faber is the only man to ever beat Dominic Cruz in Mixed Martial Arts, and although it was 4 years ago Dominick still has a chip on his shoulder. Secondly, for whatever reason they both dislike each other strongly.