Preparing to step into a cage for an MMA fight requires courage, dedication, determination, mental fortitude and more. Branden King displayed all of that and more leading up to his fight at Xtreme Cage Combat (XCC) 26 this past Friday.

Countless hours were spent training at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown PA, refining his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Boxing skills in preparation for his 4th fight. Strategies were discussed, game plans put together, and specific scenarios were drilled over and over again.

On Friday night, Branden stepped into the cage and put on an incredible performance. He executed the proper techniques in every situation, and remained calm and composed throughout.


With a big crowd of supporters from Paramount BJJ, and friends and family cheering him on, Branden dominated the entire fight. He won the first 2 rounds primarily with his grappling.

Branden landed a hard left hand to start the 3rd round, went straight into a body lock and lifted his opponent up before slamming him down to the mat. After a scramble for position, he sunk in a head & arm choke for the tap.

Click HERE for more info on training MMA in Downingtown, PA. Or call 610-269-1127 to schedule an Orientation, Tour of our academy and Free Week of Unlimited classes.


The 2016 Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Fall In-house tournament has come and gone, and as expected it was another successful event with plenty of action-packed matches. Here are the complete results (check our Facebook, twitter and Instagram pages @paramountbjj for podium pics and action shots):

Children’s Divisions

Bracket A
1. Michael Landrum
2. Abigail Elam
3. Bubba O’Neill

Bracket B
1. Nate Lestcher
2. Ashley Hoffman
3. Mason Chamberlain

Bracket C
1. Rileigh O’Neill
2. Ben Hull
3. Zubin Noushi

Bracket D
1. Cole Pacinelli
2. Omar Elsayed
3. Sienna Landrum

Bracket E
1. Caden Smith
2. Sienna Landrum
3. Cole Pacinelli

Bracket F
1. Logan Smith
2. Dominic Foley
3. Brian Chamberlain

Bracket G
1. Milind Sangani
2. Brandon Pacinelli

Bracket H
1. Angelina Lewis
2. Vincent Montone
3. Nora Corbett

Bracket I
1. Fatmah Elsayed
2. Ethan Ubina
3. Ethan Kosits

Bracket K
1. Jack Chamberlain
2. Franklin Panicker, Jr.
3. Kierce Dayton

Adult Female Divisions

White belt – Bracket 1
1. Kate Egan
2. Jacquelyn Gola
3. Melissa Landrum

White belt – Bracket 2
1. Jade Leonard
2. Meg Keisling
3. Jackalyn Brannan

1. Kate Egan
2. Jacquelyn Gola
3. Cathryn Millares

Adult Male White Belt Divisions

1. Avery Drake
2. Hrithik Sangani

1. Stanislov Malozovsky
2. Matt Finch
3. John Wilson

1. Harrison Schwartz
2. Charles Wimmer
3. Mike Discianni

1. Greg Thompson
2. Pat Galloway
3. Cam Taylor

1. Drew Meise
2. Maxim Olshanskiy
3. Jason Johansen

1. Mike Lubragge
2. Anthony Rosa
3. Tod Reynolds

1. Kord Hoffman
2. Kenny Gilyard
3. Ed Foley

1. Robin Pitt
2. Jacques McAllister
3. Bobby Weeks

1. Josiah Belgrave
2. Robin Pitt
3. Greg Thompson

Adult Male Blue Belt Divisions

1. Denny Sisti
2. Brett Landrum
3. A.J. Discianni

1. Kirk Martin
2. Jake Levy
3. Justin Mazzi

1. Denny Sisti
2. A.J. Discianni
3. Matt Matalavage

Congratulations to all of the competitors, and thanks to everyone who showed up to support the event. Next up on the calendar:

  • December 9th & 10th: Adult white belt stripe tests
  • December 17th: Year-End Awards and Belt Promotions
  • December 17th: Holiday Party


Upcoming Events at Paramount BJJ

Here’s what’s on the calendar for the final months of 2016:

  • November 12th:
    Fall In-House Tournament
    Doors open at 9am (more info in the post below)

  • November 12th:
    UFC 205 Party
    Main card starts at 10pm, doors open at 9

  • December 9th & 10th
    Adult white belt stripe tests
    6pm and 11am respectively

  • December 17th
    Year-End Belt Promotions & Awards
    Starts at 11am

  • December 17th
    Holiday Party
    The fun begins at 6pm

Follow us on Facebook and twitter to get all the latest news from Paramount BJJ.


Paramount BJJ Tournament in Downingtown PA

This Saturday, November 12th, Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will hold its 2016 fall in-house tournament. The event will feature divisions for children (age 5+), teens, and adults (white & blue belt). See below for more information.

In-House 2015

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:
⦁ 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.

Panoramic Mat 2

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

*** If you are not from Paramount BJJ you may register for $30 up until this Thursday. Call 610-269-1127 or email to register for the tournament.

Jim Mattson | Paramount BJJ Student Profile

Jim Mattson is another longtime dedicated Paramount student, since the USTC days. And avid outdoorsman and proud dad, Jim is also a very tough purple belt with solid foot sweeps and dangerous armlocks. He’s had his share of set-backs, but he is on the mats whenever possible.


To train alongside Jim and the ever-growing team at Paramount BJJ, in Downingtown, click HERE or call 610-269-1127.

Tap Cancer Out is a Jiu-Jitsu based non-profit charity tournament which raises money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. On Saturday they held their first tournament in PA at the USTC right here in Downingtown. Paramount BJJ brought 38 competitors to compete, and many more came to support the event.

We are working on putting together a full list of results for the kids (it’s tough with so many competitors!), but in the meantime here are some of the results for the adult divisions:

fullsizerender-2Melissa Landrum won Gold, while Cathryn Millares earned Bronze.

fullsizerender-7Hrithik Sangani competed in the adult division for the first time and took Gold.

fullsizerender-9Jacques McAllister earned Silver after 3 battles.

fullsizerender-6Justin Mazzi, the top fundraiser for the entire event, also took the top spot on the podium.

fullsizerender-4Rob Cullen earned Silver.

fullsizerender-5Brett Landrum won Gold after 3 hard-fought victories.

fullsizerender-3Zach Fahrenholtz returned to competition after several years and after 3 matches he earned a Silver medal.

fullsizerender-8Mike Hashem took Silver in his division.

fullsizerenderAnother Gold medal for Phil Mento.

fullsizerender-1Abi Durrant took Gold in her purple belt debut.

Make sure you’re following us on facebook, twitter, youtube and Instagram @paramountbjj for daily updates on classes, photos and videos of training and competition, instructional videos, student profiles and more!




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


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