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.

The 2016 IBJJF New York Summer Open has come and gone. Paramount BJJ brought 7 competitors and came home with 2 Gold, 5 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals. Full results for each medalist can be found below.

2016 NY Summer Competition Team

Brett Landrum

  • Gold in No-Gi lightweight
  • Gold in No-Gi absolute
  • Silver in Gi lightweight

Abi Durrant

  • Silver in Gi featherweight
  • Silver in Gi absolute

Dave Landgarten

  • Silver in Gi middleweight

Phil Mento

  • Bronze in Gi middlweight

Anthony Pacinelli

  • Bronze in No-Gi absolute

Brad Court

  • Silver in Gi middlweight

There are three more competitions for the Paramount BJJ competitors on the horizon in August: The NAGA Battle at the Beach, IBJJF Boston Open, and IBJJF Masters World Championships.

Henrik Strame has been training at Paramount BJJ since the days of the 900 SF room at the USTC. Although the academy is now over 5x that size, Henrik’s presence is as strong as ever. When he’s in class, his sense of humor and willingness to help other students is obvious. When he’s missing, everyone asks where he is.IMG_7162For more info on training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for kids and adults click HERE or call us at 610-269-1127 and ask about our 7-Day FREE Trial.

Stripe Promotions | June 2016

The 2016 second quarter White Belt Stripe Tests for the adult Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu students took place this past weekend. Congratulations to all of the students who demonstrated their knowledge and passed, the result of consistency and dedication.

1st Stripe

  • Chris Patton
  • Jason O’neill
  • Michael Haile
  • Mark Aaronson
  • Greg Thompson
  • Jason Johannsen
  • Ed Foley
  • Connor Lammey
  • Chris Craig
  • Cathryn Millares
  • Derek Emlet

2nd Stripe

  • John Walsh

3rd Stripe

  • Tyler Johnson
  • Vanshil Thakkar
  • Mike Discianni
  • Paul Snyder
  • Pete Fernandes

4th Stripe

  • Christina Heston
  • Tony Hrzic
  • Andy De lena
  • Sam Digregorio

The next stripe test will be held in September, so to all the white belts: Stay consistent this summer!

Congratulations to the students who were promoted this past Saturday, all 4 of them have worked tirelessly to improve themselves and their teammates. Thanks to Kate Mazzi Photography for the great photos.


Above, Rick Heist is awarded a long-overdue blue belt.


A.J. Discianni is promoted to blue belt.


Anthony Pacinelli being awarded the purple belt.


Chris Traini was also promoted to purple belt.


To all of the students: Keep training hard, our next belt promotion event will be here before you know it!


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