South USA Grappling Louisiana State Championships

youth competitors SUGA Louisiana State GreatmatsThe South USA Grappling Association’s first tournament of 2017 brought out many strong performances from competitors age 4 and up.
Here are the results from the 250 competitor field at Chappapeela Sports Park in Hammond, Louisiana, on January 28, for the Greatmats-sponsored Louisiana State Championships.

adult No Gi SUGA Louisiana State Championships Greatmats4-6 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

youth No Gi SUGA Louisiana State GreatmatsJuvenile 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

youth competition SUGA Louisiana State GreatmatsMaster 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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South USA Grappling Association
Hammond LA
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SUGA Southeastern Championships Feature Love and Pride

youth No GI SUGA Southeastern Championships GreatmatsDespite weather and environmental challenges facing the southeastern United States, the South USA Grappling Association’s Southeastern Championship, sponsored by Greatmats, went forward as scheduled on October 1st in Orange Beach, Alabama, giving the tournament goers something to look forward to during difficult times.

”We had great kids/teens divisions,” said tournament director Rafael Ellwanger. ”(It was) so much fun to see the kids’ and parents’ relationship in victory and defeat – the love and pride they have for each other.”

adults grappling SUGA Southeastern Championships GreatmatsEllwanger complimented the City of Orange Beach and its staff for the great experience. ”The event center is great and now they are building a hotel next door to the venue,” Ellwanger said.

The Academy of Pensacola, the largest BJJ team in west Florida, brought a large number of competitors – as did Port City MMA of Mobile, Alabama. Gracie United, the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in the south was well represented.

SUGA Southeastern Championship belts GreatmatsOther schools participating in the tournament included Bayou Jui Jitsu, Capitao Jitu Jitsu,  Outlaw MMA, Foster, Alan Belcher, Team Valor, Clementi’s Gracie Barra, Machado and new school Checkmate Gulf Breeze.

One of the highlights was an adult brown belt match between Alan Pradillo and Joshua Guidry in which Pradillo was the victor. In the No Gi Division Advance, one of the top matches displayed Roman Pizzolato defeating Nunzio Camarata.

In the Women’s Division, Tyler Myers topped Rachel Beard in the division’s highlight match. White belt Isaac Foote put together the best performance in the Juvenile Division while blue belt Trey Crouse was tops in his division.

youth winner at SUGA Southeastern Championships GreatmatsSy Stoute won both Gi and No Gi gold medals in the 4-6 year old White/Gray Division. Gracie United’s Robert Derks also had an amazing performance in a tough final against Jesse Write form Captao JJ win what Ellwanger described as ”the best fight of the day.”

Ellwanger, who prides himself on running tournaments that start on time and stay on time, was pleased by all of the compliments he received about how well the events were run and the design of the tournament t-shirts.

All attendees at the Southeastern Championships as well as all 2016 SUGA tournaments, are eligible to enter themselves or others in Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win great prizes. For more information on the Greatmats Photobomb Contest, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php. t-shirts SUGA Southeastern Championships Greatmats

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Southeastern Championships
South USA Grappling Association
Orange Beach AL
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Professor Jucao Brites Attends Tournament Created in His Honor

adults grappling SUGA Jucao Cup 2016 GreatmatsGracie United Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools attended the Jucao Cup in Hammond, Louisiana to showcase their talents in front of Professor Ailson “Jucao” Brites and 800 spectators on July 23. The Jucao Cup tournament was created to honor Professor Brites.
armbar at Jucao Cup tournament SUGA GreatmatsThere were 265 Gracie United students representing 19 schools and three states at the tournament. Gracie United Pnchatoula, Madeville, Ascension and Bay St. Louis were the top four schools in terms of number of competitors.

youth tournament at Jucao Cup SUGA GreatmatsTournament Organizer Rafael Ellwanger said, ”Our unity is was makes us special. We have 19 locations and five more opening this year. Events like this reinforce our commitment with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the development of our skills in a safe and positive environment.

”We brought our professor and leader Ailson Jucao Brites from New York to be present and named the event in his honor. The medals were custom made with his logo and in his honor.”

award ceremony at Jucao Cup SUGA GreatmatsProfessor Brites was presented with an award thanking him for committing over 40 years of his life to jiu jitsu and leading this group of athletes.

One of the event’s top competitors was Brian Wells. Among the youth, Robert Derks and Camden Alford stood tall above the competition. Savanna Camarata was a top performer in junior division. Faith Lee, Sara Lebeau, and Rachel Beard were standouts in the women’s divisions.

Rafael Ellwanger
Gracie United BJJ
Ponchatoula LA 70454
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