BJJ Revolution consumes 2016 New Orleans Championships

Greatmats, AGF New Orleans BJJ Championships

New Orleans BJJ Championships Kids No Gi tournament action

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Female BJJ action at the 2016 AGF New Orleans Championships – Gi Division.

BJJ Revolution dominated the 49-team American Grappling Federation (AGF) New Orleans BJJ Championships on March 12 as it more than doubled the points posted by runner up Cyclone BJJ.

While Cyclone BJJ claimed the Kids No Gi title with 141 points, and Kids Gi tile with 126 points, BJJ Revolution held near complete control of the adult classes.

The New Orleans BJJ team champions compiled the bulk of their 691 points in the Adult Gi Division where it boasted 290 points, and added another 245 points in the Adult No Gi Division. In both cases, BJJ Revolution bested the next best team by more than 200 points.

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Adult Men’s Gi Grappling at 2016 AGF New Orleans BJJ Championships

BJJ Revolution placed second in Kids Gi (83 points) and third in Kids No Gi (73 points).

Marra Senki Jiu Jitsu placed second in the Kids No Gi division with 78 points. Alan Belcher MMA edged NOLA BJJ via tiebreaker for second place in the Adult No Gi Division with 37 points.

Kron Gracie Jiu Jitsu West Monroe grabbed the number two spot in the Adult Gi Division.

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2016 American Grappling Federation New Orleans, Louisiana, BJJ Championships

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PMAA takes control of Warriors United Circuit with win in Connellsville

12887344_10153988356062230_39785905_oPennsylvania Martial Arts Alliance, featuring 30 competitors leapt its way into first place in the Warriors United Tournament Circuit standings after an outstanding showing at the 2nd Annual Connellsville Classic in Connellsville, PA, on March 12.

12499590_10153988356577230_1831380246_oMore than 30 schools competed in the tournament, bringing in excess of 200 martial artists to battle in breaking, weapons, kata, sparring, 1-point sparring and continuous sparring.

“The competition was amazing, and victory was very difficult to come by,” said tournament circuit director and PMAA owner/director Steven Morrissey.

Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts, which won the team title in the season-opening Karate Classic in Morgantown, WV, on Feb. 20, slipped to second place in the tournament circuit standings.

Culver Karate Club currently sits in third place after showcasing 21 competitors at the Connellsville Classic.

In fourth place is the Fairmount School of Martial Arts, based in Fairmont, West Virginia. Powers Martial Arts of Wintersville, Ohio occupies the No. 5 spot.

Greatmats 1" Karate Mats at Connellsville Classic

Competitors at the March 12 Connellsville Classic made good use of Greatmats 1″ Karate Mats.

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Dragon’s Den MMA wins Karate Classic in Morgantown

Dragon's Den Mixed Martial Arts Team

Warriors United Karate Classic Team Champion Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts

The Warriors United Tournament Circuit, sponsored by Greatmats.com, opened its 2016 season with its second annual Karate Classic in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Feb. 20.

“With more than 160 competitors and 20 schools in attendance, the competition was strong all day and made for some excellent displays of martial arts techniques,” said tournament circuit director Steve Morrissey.

This dedicated group of martial artists competed in weapons, kata, team kata, sparring, 1-point sparring and breaking.

Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts, based out of Grafton, WV, was the team champion and boasted 26 competitors at the event. The runner up in the team standings was Pennsylvania Martial Arts Alliance (PMAA) of Altoona, PA. PMAA entered 25 competitors.

Claiming third was the 19-competitor Culver Karate Club of Connellsville, PA. Fairmount School of Martial Arts (16 competitors) placed fourth, and Powers Martial Arts (10 competitors) was 10th.

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Andy "The Man" White

Andy “The Man” White

Draken "The Dragon" Swick

Draken “The Dragon” Swick

Oklahoma 10-year-old rolling into BJJ limelight

Olivia Terrell - future UFC fighter

10-year-old Olivia Terrell intends to be the best UFC fighter ever

Don’t let that cute face fool you. There’s a good reason 10-year-old Olivia Terrell is nicknamed ”The Terror.”

This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu yellow belt has taken the grappling world by storm. In less than three years of training and two years of competition in the sport, Terrell has competed in more than 10 tournaments and medalled in each of them – mostly in the form of golds. Most recently, she claimed three gold medals at the Greatmats-sponsored 2016 Oklahoma State BJJ Championships, hosted by the American Grappling Federation.

Olivia Terrell BJJ Champion

Olivia Terrell defeats higher ranked fighters at 2016 Oklahoma State BJJ Championships.

A product of Defiant Martial Arts in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Terrell is also affiliated with Demian Maia Jiujitsu. Olivia’s father, Brady, said UFC fighter Demian Maia (22-6 Welterweight) has been all over the world watching fighters and identified Olivia as being the best technical child he’s seen – better than many blue-belt adults. Maia, who picked Olivia as the first athlete to feature on his website, refers to her as the ”Diamond” due to her beauty, strength, rarity and preciousness.

A multi-talented straight A student member of the honor choir, Olivia comes from a dance and gymnastics background. But when her older brother, Landen, was invited by a friend to attend a grappling class at Defiant Martial Arts, she quickly changed direction and set her sights on becoming the best-ever UFC fighter. Even at age 7, nobody was going to stand in her way, including her father.

When Olivia first ”requested” to attend the grappling class with Landen, Brady said ”No.” But she wouldn’t have it. After that class, she told her father she would be quitting dance and gymnastics to focus on BJJ. She even turned down an acting and modeling scholarship from a company that works with Disney and Nickelodeon.

”She’s an Alpha Alpha female,” Brady said.

Defiant Martial Arts’ owner and instructor William Pierce (a brown belt) saw Olivia’s potential immediately and offered to train her for life, a welcome invitation by the Terrell family.

Terrell siblings

Olivia Terrell and her brothers are representing Defiant Martial Arts well in AGF tournaments.

That chance visit worked out well for both sides as Olivia and her two brothers, Landen (age 12) and Dawson (age 8) train 3-4 days per week at the academy and Defiant Martial Arts’ small squad has become a force to reckon with in the grappling circuits.

At the March 5 AGF Oklahoma State BJJ Championships, Defiant Martial Arts brought just six competitors and managed to place fourth in the Kids’ Gi team standings with 51 points and earned an eighth-place overall finish with 98 points.

Half of those competitors were Terrells. In addition to Olivia’s three gold medals, her team gathered another four medals from her brothers’ efforts. Dawson claimed a gold medal and silver medal while Landen added two silvers.

Olivia loves to be challenged and has found that to be difficult when training and competing against other females. Most of her training now takes place against males, and her father prefers it that way, noting that the boys are usually bigger, faster and stronger, but she beats them with technique.

One of the biggest benefits of having his kids in BJJ, according to Brady is – ”They don’t have bully problems.”

For Olivia, her BJJ training has strengthened her mentally and emotionally as she cannot rely on teammates pull her through her matches. It’s all up to her.

She has no fear and she doesn’t cry, Brady said – even when she broke her nose.

If she has anything to say about it – and she undoubtedly does – she will become Demian Maia’s youngest black belt, William Pierce’s first certified black belt, and the top fighter in UFC history. But for now, she’ll try to stay grounded while dominating the amateur circuits.

March 12 full of Martial Arts Tournament Action

March 12, 2016 Karate Tournament

Connellsville Classic Karate Championships

March 12, 2016 BJJ Tournament

New Orleans BJJ Championships

This weekend will be a big one for Greatmats sponsored Martial Arts Tournaments.

The American Grappling Federation’s (AGF) New Orleans BJJ Championships in Westwego, Louisiana promises to provide a full day of action on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with more than 300 competitors.

Meanwhile, to the northeast, the Warriors United Tournament Circuit is preparing for its second tournament of 2016 – the Connellsville Classic Karate Championships in Connellsville, Pennsylvania – which is also expecting a huge turnout. More than 150 competitors from 20 academies have already registered for the tournament and expectations are for the number of competitors to nearly double by Saturday’s start.

Be ready to find a Greatmats banner at these events and take your picture with them for a chance to win great prizes in Greatmats’ Photobomb Contest. For details on prizes and how to enter visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php.

Good luck to all academies and competitors!

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Carlson Gracie team wins Oklahoma State BJJ Championships

Oklahoma State BJJ Championships sponsored by Greatmats

AGF Oklahoma BJJ Tournament Kids Gi Action

Oklahoma State BJJ Championships sponsored by Greatmats

Oklahoma State BJJ Tourney No Gi Grappling

Boasting a record number of competitors for single American Grappling Federation Tournament last weekends Oklahoma State BJJ Championships was a great success, especially for the Carlson Gracie team which won the team title with 805 points.

The Carlson Gracie team posted 217 of those points in the Adult No Gi competitions, and another 211 points in Adult Gi.

Lovato BJJ, which placed second in the team standings with 657 points, gathered the bulk of their points by tallying 269 points in Kids Gi action and another 144 points in Kids No Gi competitions –

Oklahoma State BJJ Girls Championships sponsored by Greatmats

AGF Oklahoma Girls Gi Grappling tournament

both tops in those divisions.

Rounding out the top five teams (of 95 teams to score points) were Clinch Martial Arts Academy (209 points), Rubalcava Jiu-Jitsu (175 points) and Cobra BJJ (146 points).

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Oklahoma State BJJ Men's Championships sponsored by Greatmats

AGF Oklahoma BJJ Tournament Men’s No Gi Grappling Action.

AGF Oklahoma State BJJ Championships Preview

Greatmats and American Grappling Federation

If you’re in the Oklahoma City area on March 5, you won’t want to miss the American Grappling Federation’s (AGF) Oklahoma State BJJ Championships, sponsored by Greatmats. This premiere event, in its fourth year, will feature more than 600 competitors from 113 academies. Competitors range from age 3 to 58 years young.

Fighters from five of the Top 10 ranked AGF academies will be showing off their skills. Leading the charge is third-ranked BQuick JJ which boasts a team of 82 competitors. BQuick JJ is led by Sebastian Dayer who has 18 points already in 2016 and will compete in the 7-9 year-old Featherweight divisions.

Fourth-ranked Lovato BJJ is the largest ranked academy with 164 competitors. Ruben Hernandez in the competitor to watch for Lovato BJJ as he has already accumulated 21 points in three competitions this year. Hernandez will compete in the 10-12 year-old ultra heavyweight divisions. His teammates, Alexia Benton and Clayton White have recorded 18 points apiece. Benton competes in the 7-9 year old middleweight divisions while White is in the 10-12-year old medium heavyweight divisions.

Fifth-ranked Core Fight Academy is a small but power-packed squad of 27 competitors. Be on the lookout for Oliver Smith, who leads the team with 27 points in three competitions. Smith will compete in three classes for 10-15 year-olds under 85 pounds.

Also represented are sixth-ranked academy Alliance BJJ and seventh-ranked Alvaraz BJJ.

Look for plenty of great action and don’t forget to participate in Greatmats Photobomb Contest while your there for a chance to win a gift card or 5×10 foot folding mat!

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Oklahoma State BJJ Championships

Oklahoma State BJJ Championships