Upcoming BJJ Tournaments on the East Coast

Here is a list of upcoming Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi tournaments that are within 2 hours of Paramount- or closer. This is the best time of year to compete, get out there and test yourself!

  • August 5 & 6: NAGA Battle at the Beach (Wildwood, NJ)
  • September 9: IBJJF Washington DC Open
  • September 23: Tap Cancer Out (Downingtown PA, at the USTC!)
  • September 30: IBJJF No-Gi Pan American Championship (NY)

After September the competition scene quiets down big-time, so there’s no better time that now to go set and accomplish a goal: Get that Gold medal!

This past weekend Paramount BJJ head instructor Brad Court, along with brand new brown belt Phil Mento, made the trip down to Richmond, Virginia for the US Grappling tournament. They returned having won both of their divisions. Here’s how it played out:

Prof. Brad had a challenging first match, and after 10 minutes the score was tied 2-2. Because of his constant attacks over the last 60 seconds he was awarded the win via ref decision. In his final match he won via brabo choke, a more advanced choke from the knee-cut pass, to take home the Gold medal.

Phil was making his brown belt debut, having just been promoted the prior Saturday, and had 3 tough matches to earn his Gold medal. The first he won relatively comfortably on points. But the second match got off to a bad start, as Phil found himself behind on points 5-0. But we train hard at Paramount, and Phil is no stranger to adversity. He passed the guard and took the back to win 7-5. In the final he was able to tap his opponent with a choke that we drill a lot in our advanced classes- the head and arm Ezekiel.

Next up for the Paramount BJJ competition team is the Fight to Win Pro even in Philly on July 14th. Students can get tickets through Anthony and Abi, who will be featured on the card.

Our Mid-Year Belt Promotions have concluded. Congratulations to the Paramount BJJ students who were awarded their new rank:


  • Jason Johansen
  • Mike Haile
  • Cathryn Millares
  • Alberto Giardini
  • Carolyn Giardini
  • Alex Lazos


  • Zach Fahrenholtz
  • Brett Landrum
  • Matt Matalavage
  • Ted Miller
  • Kirk Martin


  • Dave Landgarten
  • Phil Mento


  • Scott Cook

The promoted students (2nd and 3rd row) with the black belt instructors

It is very difficult to make it to black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, and each belt is a major milestone that a student should feel very proud of. It is an honor to have such dedicated and determined people at Paramount.

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

Scott Cook is now a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.

In addition to becoming just the 4th ever black belt awarded at Paramount BJJ, Scott is the co-owner, along with black belt Cameron Mitchell, of Deep Water BJJ in Harrisburg, PA.

As a competitor Scott is a 2x New York Open Champion, and a Boston Open Champion. As a student he is always eager to learn and to share his knowledge. As an instructor he guides his students along the challenging journey that is Jiu-Jitsu, passing down the same well-rounded skillset that he has honed over the past decade.

He is a hard working man who never looks for excuses. He ferocious and unrelenting with his Jiu-Jitsu. When he won the New York Open in 2014, he submitted all 6 of his opponents and looked unbeatable. Yet he is always humble and always respectful.

Congratulations to Scott. We are honored to have him as a representative of both Paramount and of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community.

Stripe Test Results | Adult BJJ Program

Congratulations to the following students who were promoted this past weekend:

1st Stripe

  • Gary Balakoff
  • Joe Turney
  • Liz Dayton
  • Andrew Mancini

2nd Stripe

  • Kenny Gilyard
  • Jeff McBride
  • Alex Siletto
  • Bob Paszek
  • Bill Bonnell
  • Eric O’neill
  • Gil Ubina

3rd Stripe

  • Jackalyn Brannan
  • Sam Gomez
  • Matt Finch
  • Brandon Augustine
  • Jocelyn Palmer

4th Stripe

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




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 info@paramountbjj.com 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.



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