7th Annual SUGA Alabama State Championships a Success

Henson Defeats Davila in Brown Belt Super Fight

South USA Grappling 2017 Alabama State Championships

April 19, 2017 — The South USA Grappling Association hosted its 7th annual Alabama State Championships on April1 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Capitao Jiu Jitsu dominated the 4-6 year old divisions for both gi and no gi.

Also among the highlights of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event was John Henson’s brown belt super fight win over Josh Davila and the performances of the following standout competitors:

  • Roman Pizzolato (Purple Belt)
  • Rick Jerez (Blue Belt Master/Seniors and No Gi Intermediate)
  • Aly Arnandez (Blue Belt Female and No Gi Intermediate)
  • Kylah Rogers (White Belt Female and Juvenile)
  • Dennis Hughes (White Belt Adults)
  • Roman Ecker (Blue Belt Adult)
  • Mark Dominguez (White Belt Master/Seniors)
  • Weston Roberts (White Belt Juvenile)
  • Richard Chabreck (7-9 yr old Gi and No Gi)
  • Quinn Wilson (13-15 yr old Gi)
  • Colby Dufrene (13-15 yr old No Gi)

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Orange Beach AL
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AGF Has Strong Turnout at First Ever San Antonio BJJ Championships

Ohana Academy Cruises to Overall Title, Wins three Divisions

April 25, 2017 — Ohana Academy used its numbers to its advantage on April 8, when it competed in the American Grappling Federations’ first ever San Antonio BJJ championships at Mission Concepcion Sports Park in San Antonio, Texas.

Ohana, which had 115 entries, blew away the competition in the overall team standings, racking up 1255 points, 555 more than runner up Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ. BQuick JJ claimed third place with 660 points.

North Texas MMA (Magness) gave Ohana Academy a tough fight in the Kids No Gi division, losing to the overall champ by just eight points, with 73. Meanwhile, Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ was close behind with 70 points.

Ohana Academy compiled a large portion of its points in the Kids Gi Division, winning with a total of 532 points. Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ was second at 312 and BQuick JJ tallied 282 points for third place in the division.

BQuick JJ claimed the Adults No Gi Division title with 117 points, followed by Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ with 85 and Ohana Academy with 82.

The biggest point winning division for Ohana Academy came in the Adults Gi Division where it more than doubled its nearest competitor with 560 points. Rodrigo Pinheiro finished second with 233 and BQuick JJ, third, with 212 points.

Top 10 Overall Team Scores
Ohana Academy 1255

Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ 700
Bquick JJ 660
North Texas MMA (Magness) 505
Alvarez BJJ 426
Marra Senki Jiu Jitsu 324
Zombie BJJ 324
Guerra’s House of Warriors 320
Champions Factory 282
Mohler MMA 257
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San Antonio TX 78210
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Lovato BJJ Dominates Oklahoma State BJJ Championships

Cobra BJJ Grabs Second Place at AGF Tournament in Oklahoma City

By Brett Hart

AGF Oklahoma City BJJ Championships GreatmatsThe 2017 American Grappling Federation Oklahoma State BJJ Championships wrapped up on Saturday, March 4 with a landslide Overall Team Victory by Lovato BJJ.

The Champion squad racked up 1,666 team points while Cobra BJJ edged American Elite MMA 614-602 for second place at the Greatmats-sponsored event.

Lovato BJJ Swept the team title in all four divisions with the majority of its points coming in Kids Gi where it earned 567 points.adult competition AGF Oklahoma BJJ 2017 Greatmats

Amrican Elite MMA placed second in the kids Gi Division with 191 points, followed by Rock City MMA with 154.

Claiming the runner up spot in the Kids No Gi Divisiion was Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy, which edged Sandro Sampaio BJJ Academy 151-143.

American Grappling Federation 2017 OKC BJJ Championships GreatmatsIn the Adult No Gi Division Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy stole second place from Cobra BJJ by tiebreaker as both finished with 151 points.

Cobra BJJ, however, claimed sole possession of second place in the Adult Gi Division, pushing past Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy, 202-175.

Top 10 Overall Team Scores
Lovato BJJ 1666

Cobra BJJ 614
American Elite MMA 602
Oklahoma Martial Arts Academy 594
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Academy of Martial Arts 468
Clinch Martial Arts Academy 458
Guetho Texas 451
Rock City MMA 368
Alvarez BJJ 358

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AKF Spring Tournament of Champions: McCurdy, Kahl are Grand Champions

Elgin, Lexington Academies Well Represented at Spring Tournament

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Drew McCurdy, a third dan in Kyuki-Do from Elgin, Illinois, claimed his fourth AKF Grand Champion title for 18 and over competitors at the 2017 American Kyuki-Do Federation Spring Tournament of Champions in Huntley, Illinois on May 6. Meanwhile Logan Kahl, also a third dan, of Janesville, Wisconsin, claimed the 17 and Under Grand Champion honor.

”To qualify for Grand Champion, each competitor must participate in forms, weapons, breaking and sparring,” according to Master Rick Steinmaier. ”At the end of the black belt competition, the competitor with the most points is named grand champion.”

AKF Spring 2017 Logan Kahl GreatmatsCompetitors have the chance to earn points via 1st through 4th-place finishes in each activity, with first place finishes earning four points each.

Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin led the field as the school with the most competitors, making up 70 of the 260 total martial artists from 12 schools. AKF Lexington (Kentucky) Martial Arts also made an impact with 40 participants.

Mr. Lain Pontious of Huntley, Ill., was the winner of a free pass to this year’s Kyuki-Do Camp which runs July 7-9.

The 2017 AKF Summer Tournament of champions will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Aug. 12. Due to the AKF’s new dedicated Grappling and Throwing Tournaments, the grappling portion of the Summer Tournament of Champions will be open to novice only.

 

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South USA Grappling Louisiana State Championships a Success

First SUGA Tournament of The Year Provides Plenty of Highlights

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Feb. 1, 2017 — The South USA Grappling Association’s first tournament of 2017 brought out numerous strong performances from grappler’s age 4 and up.
Highlighting the approximately 250 competitor field at Chappapeela Sports Park in Hammond, Louisiana, on Jan. 28, for the Greatmats-sponsored Louisiana State Championships were these outstanding athletes.

4-6 Year Old Division: Kamden Alford

7-9 Year Old Division: Levi Johnson

10-12 Year Old Division: Autumn Crews

13-15 Year Old Division: Kaleb Miller

Juvenile Blue Belt Division: Isaac Foote

Juvenile White Belt Division: Kyla Rogers and Daesia Belozerows

Adult Female Blue Belt Division: Rachel Beard

Adult Blue Belt Division: Jesse Roberts

Adult Purple Belt and No Gi Advance Divisions: Zachary Cothren

Master White Belt and Beginner Master No Gi Divisions: Reuben Billiot

Senior White Belt and Biginner Senior No Gi Divisions: Mark Dominguez

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Hammond LA
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165 Compete at 2017 Connellsville Classic Karate Championships

Culver Karate Club Claims 24 Firsts at Home Tourney

On March 11, 2017, Sensei Perry Culver and the Culver Karate Club of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, hosted the 3rd Annual Connellsville Classic Karate Championships at the Connellsville Area High School.

The Tournament handed out more than 300 trophies to more than 165 competitors from four states and from as far away as Columbus, Ohio, Charleston, West Virginia, and Reading and Altoona, PA. There were also more 600 spectators and 50 Black Belt Instructors in attendance.

The Connellsville Classic is the 2017 kickoff event for the Warriors United Circuit, a 5 tournament competition circuit founded by Master Culver, Master Steve Morrissey of Altoona, PA, and Master Eric Swick of Grafton, WV, and in October 2014. The Warriors United Tournament Circuit includes, The Connellsville Classic, The Fall Brawl in Altoona, The Rumble on the River in Grafton, WV, The Monster Mash in Toronto, OH, and The Dragon Challenge in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Warriors United is sponsored by Greatmats and its tournament features Greatmats martial arts flooring.

Eighteen Culver Karate Club students competed and won 24 first-place finishes, 16 seconds and 13 third.

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Pictured are, front row, from left: Evan Siegel: 1st in Breaking, 2nd in Kata and 3rd in Kumite, Jake Weaver: 1st in Weapons, 2nd in Breaking and 1point fighting and 4th in Kata, Sammy Trincia: 3rd in Breaking, Kata, 1pt fighting and Kumite, Michael Borris: 1st in Weapons, 2nd in Kumite and 3rd in Breaking, Kata and 1 Point Fighting, Aaron Michaels: 3rd in 1 point Fighting, 4th in Kata, Nicky Farrell: 1st place in Kumite, 1 point and Kata and 2nd in Breaking and Weapons, Rohwen Firestone: 2nd in Kata and 3rd in Kumite, David Piasecki: 2nd place in 1 pt Fighting, Natalie Willard: 4th place in Kata & Fighting, Noah Zawislan: 1st in Kumite, 2nd in 1pt Fighting and 3rd in Breaking.

Back Row L to R: Sensei Lorrie Culver, Chase Weaver: 1st in Kata, 2nd in Weapons, Jaden Golden: 1st in Breaking, Kata and Fighting and 2nd in 1 point Fighting, Aaron Trincia: 1st in Breaking, 2nd in Kata and 1 point Fighting and 3rd in Kumite, Cody Vance: 1st in Breaking, Kata, Weapons, 1 point Fighting & Kumite, Keaton Detwiler: 1st in Breaking and Weapons, 2nd in Kata and 1 point Fighting and 4th in Kumite,

Not Pictured: Gabby Kelly: 1st in Breaking, Weapons, 1 point Fighting and Kumite and 2nd in Kata, Zach Zavatchan: 1st in Breaking, Seth Keslar: 1st in Kumite and 2nd in Fighting.

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Alvarez BJJ Opens 2017 AGF Season with Winter Classic Title

BQuick JJ Claims Second Place in First AGF BJJ Tournament of the Year

By Brett Hart

AGF dallas winter classic grappling GreatmatsJan. 27, 2017 – The American Grappling Federation kicked off its 2017 tournament season on Jan. 22 with the Greatmats-sponsored Dallas Winter Classic. The AGF’s first-ever Sunday tournament brought a balanced field of competition, topped by an overall team championship by Alvarez BJJ with 265 points. BQuick JJ claimed second with 220 points, and Warrior Martial Arts edged out Soul Fighters Texas by two points to snag third place out of more than 80 teams.

youth grappling AGF 2017 Dallas competing GreatmatsWarrior Martial Arts claimed the Kids No Gi Division title while All American MMA duked it out with Soul Fighters Texas for the runner up spot. All American MMA squeaked past Soul Fighters Texas with just three points of separation.

Watkins BJJ Academy won the Kids Gi Division by an even smaller margin, slipping past Warrior Martial Arts by just two points while Alvarez BJJ secured the No. 3 spot.

AGF Dallas Classic 2017 competition GreatmatsBQuick JJ was the clear winner of the Adult No Gi Division while Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio edged Alvarez BJJ by just one point for the No. 2 spot.

Alvarez BJJ separated itself from the rest of the field in the Adult Gi Division where it racked up nearly 40 percent of its points to claim the division title. BQuick JJ had a solid grip on second place. Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio claimed third place.

 

Top 10 Overall Team Scores

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  • Alvarez BJJ 265
  • BQuick JJ 220
  • Warrior Martial Arts 171
  • Soul Fighters Texas 169
  • All American MMA 135
  • Top Game Jiu Jitsu Studio 116
  • Lovato BJJ 108
  • Watkins BJJ Academy 104
  • Genesis Jiu Jitsu 100
  • Travis Lutter BJJ 88

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