*All classes are cancelled this Saturday*

This Saturday, November 11th Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will hold it’s 2017 Fall in-house tournament. This event is open to Paramount/TAC Team students and competitors from invited academies, and will feature divisions for children (age 5+), teens, and adults (up to purple belt). See below for more information.

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:00 am- Doors open
  • 9:45 am- Rules meeting
  • 10:00 am- Children’s matches begin, followed by teens matches
  • 12:45 pm- Adult rules meeting
  • 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
  • Blue belts: 6 minutes
  • Purple belts: 7 minutes

Registration fee:

  • $40 until Thursday (Nov. 9) for Paramount students
  • $30 for competitors from visiting (invited) academies, can pay at the door but must be registered by Thursday.
  • There is NO day-of registration

Weigh-ins will be held throughout the week for Paramount students.

We will confirm weights on the day for visiting competitors- But please provide accurate weight in advance so brackets can be completed by Friday. We will adjust brackets if necessary but the less changes the better.

Make sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events at Paramount!

Saturday, November 11th @ 9 am: In-house BJJ tournamentfeaturing divisions for kids age 5+ and adults up to purple belt. Make sure to register by October 31st for the discount registration, only $30 per competitor!

Friday, December 1st @ 6 pm: Adult BJJ white belt stripe test
Saturday, December 2nd @ 11 am: Adult BJJ white belt stripe test

Saturday, December 9th @ 11 am: End of year belt promotions, awards, & annual team photo.

Holiday Party: TBA

As always, it’s going to be an exciting end to 2017!

Congratulations to the following students for passing their stripe test last week:

1st Stripe

  • Josh Christy
  • Blake Lowry
  • Dan Letscher
  • Chris Lagarde
  • Brad Steese
  • Tim Holt
  • TJ Cascio
  • Mike Schmitt

2nd Stripe

  • Joe Turney
  • Liz Dayton
  • Patrick Amore
  • Chris Lucchesi
  • Gary Balakof

3rd Stripe

  • Bill Bonnell
  • Jeff McBride
  • Gil Ubina
  • Kenny Gilyard
  • Eric O’neill

4th Stripe

  • Matt Finch
  • Brandon Augustine
  • Eric Estrada
  • Cam Taylor
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Jocelyn Palmer
  • Hrithik Sangani

Paramount BJJ News:

Congratulations to Abi Pacinelli for once again reaching the podium at the IBJJF World Masters Championships. She earned bronze in her weight class and the open weight. She is now a 6x medalist at the event, and a 2x champion.

This Saturday, Sept. 2: Open mat @ 11am
Monday, Sept. 4: Closed

Tuesday, Sept. 12th at 730pm (limited spots)
Friday, Sept. 15th at 6pm

Youth: 9/6 and 9/11 during class
Lil Ninjas: 9/26 and 9/28 during class

The BJJ charity tournament is back at the USTC, right here in Downingtown, on September 23rd! We must support this event by bringing lots of competitors, spectators, and donating to our fundraisers! Get more info at Paramount.

Click HERE to learn more about the most prestigious and accomplished Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in Chester County, PA.

Instructors and coaches in all sports rave about “the basics,” so let’s take a look at how the basics work in a black belt match. Specifically, Paramount BJJ head instructor Brad Court in the final of the 2013 IBJJF Boston Open.

You’ll see the same exact guard pass and back-take that we teach in our BJJ Basics curriculum. Check it out!

Paramount BJJ has more international medals than all other BJJ schools in Chester County COMBINED. Even if you have zero interest in competing, you can rest assured that you are learning proven techniques from instructors with real experience.

Call 610-269-1127 or click HERE for more info.



Paramount BJJ, located between Exton and West Chester, in Downingtown PA, is the ONLY school that offers Women-Only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. And these classes are 100% FREE.

Here are the facts:

  • It is critical that women learn how to defend themselves, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the ONLY martial art that specifically addresses what to do when someone tackles you to the ground and gets on top of you.
  • It can be intimidating for women to take self-defense or martial arts classes if they see a room full of men only. Our women-only classes are attended and taught exclusively by women.
  • Not only do the women who attend our classes learn realistic self-defense skills, but they also build powerful self-confidence.

Look at these confident, strong women! 

Call 610-269-1127 for more info or to schedule a free orientation. We have classes for all women, men and children of all ages and all levels- including lots of beginner classes for those with absolutely no experience!

Paramount BJJ Head Instructor, and 3rd degree Black Belt, Brad Court recently traveled to Brazil to train with World Champion Felipe Costa & 2x Absolute World Champion Rodrigo “Comprido” Medeiros. Assistant instructor Phil Mento also made the trip, to soak up as much knowledge as possible for 10 days straight.

Brad Court training with a very tough black belt at Felipe Costa’s academy in Rio.

At Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu we are dead serious about bringing our students the absolute best techniques that BJJ has to offer. By traveling to Rio de Janeiro to train with World Champions we can guarantee that we do. Two training sessions we held each day (with 1 day of rest), so the amount of techniques brought back is truly astounding.

Brad Court (r) and Phil Mento after one of many awesome training sessions in Brazil

If you want truly to excel in anything, you must have instructors who are passionately and continuously expanding their knowledge as well. Our students know that they are learning techniques that have won Black Belt World titles- it can’t get any better than that!

If you aren’t already training at Paramount, call us RIGHT NOW to start for free! Call 610-269-1127 and see what world class Jiu-Jitsu looks like!

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.