Gracie Barra Sweeps 2017 AGF Springfield BJJ Championships

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AGF Makes Return to Springfield

May 26, 2017 — Gracie Barra claimed the 2017 Springfield BJJ Championships overall team title on April 29 at Weiser Gym on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. The championship Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team dominated the competition by nearly 375 points with a score of 525 points in AGF’s return to Springfield after a 3-year layoff from the location.

Runner up Champs MMA earned 156 team points while Team LDMA was third with 128 in a field that included 300 competitors.

adult BJJ tournament AGF Springfield BJJ Championships 2017 GreatmatsChamps MMA gave Gracie Barra good competition in the Kids No Gi Division, staying within 30 points of the divisional champs. Once again Team LDMA was on Champs MMA’s heals, finish just four points out of second place.

Gracie Barra doubled up the competition in the Kids Gi Division, however, with 157 points, compared to 78 for runner up Champs MMA. Rubalcava Jiu-Jitsu clamed third place with 75 points.

The Adult No Gi Division was another runaway win for Gracie Barra, which defeated runner-up Kansas City BJJ by 93 points. Infinity Martial Arts was just one point behind Kansas City BJJ in third place.

AGF adults competing Springfield BJJ GreatmatsGracie Barra’s largest margin of victory came in the Adult Gi Division where it bested runner up BQuick JJ by 109 points. Republic Martial Arts Academy claimed third place, finishing five points behind BQuick JJ.

Top 10 Overall Team Scores
Gracie Barra 525

Champs MMA 156
Team LDMA 128
Rubalcava Jiu-Jitsu 123
Republic Martial Arts Academy 108
Springfield Fight Club 96
Combate Xtreme MMA 82
Team Fusion 81
BQuick JJ 74
Infinity Martial Arts 66
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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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AKF Summer Tournament of Champions

New Richmond Martial Arts Academy Well Represented

Aug. 17, 2016 – As approximately 130 martial artists flocked to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center in Eau Claire, WI, on Saturday, August 13, the American Kyuki-Do Federation, founded in 1979 by Grand Master Ok Hyung Kim, was set to begin its 2016 Summer Tournament of Champions. The family-friendly mixed martial arts tournament brought in competitors and judges from 14 academies across the U.S. to compete in forms, weapons, sparring, grappling, board breaking and even kihapping for the youngest martial arts enthusiasts.

adults competitng AKF kyuki-do action Greatsmats 2016New Richmond shines
The AKF Martial Arts Academy of New Richmond, Wisconsin, boasted the largest number of competitors to enter the Greatmats-sponsored tournament at 31, and produced the 17 and under Junior Grand Champion – Stephen Post-Priller. It also produced the tournament’s oldest competitor, Keith Langfeldt, age 72.

Academy Owner and Head Instructor Zachary Hansen said, ”I’m proud of my school and the students that made the commitment to go over there. It says a lot about them.”

It all began with a friendly competition between Hansen and AKF Martial Arts Academy of Eau Claire (Wisconsin) Owner and Head Instructor Chester Gustavson to see which academy could get the most members to compete in the tournament.

Hansen, who competed in his first AKF tournament in 2011, has been so impressed by the quality of people that surrounded him and his family at the martial arts tournaments that he wanted to share that experience with his students. He said once you attend an AKF tournament ”You know you are in the right place, in a safe place. It’s an awesome family event.”

So he encouraged his students to attend, do their forms, make some new friends and get a bigger picture of what the American Kyuki-Do Federation is.

”It’s a lot bigger than your 10-12 students in class or your 50-100 students in your school,” Hansen said. ”You get a way better picture of how awesome our Kyuki-Do family really is.”

As the excitement grew, so did the commitment to preparing for the tournament. By the time the Summer Tournament of Champions rolled around, Hansen had hosted a total six tournament prep seminars in his New Richmond and River Falls (Wisconsin) academies, which open to students of all AKF academies.

”I wanted my students to have a successful tournament and feel prepared and confident,” Hansen said.

junior champion at AKF Summer Tournament GreatmatsPost-Priller Wins Long-Awaited Junior Grand Championship
One of Hansen’s students to find that success was 14-year-old Post-Priller, who entered with several near misses in his quest for a junior grand championship in five years of competing as a black belt.

”He finished second numerous times where he’s missed out by a point or a half a point,” Hansen said. ”That’s how close he’s come, and he couldn’t have come any closer that last time.”

Post-Priller actually tied for junior grand championship on Saturday and had to break the tie with a form-off.

”He brought it,” Hansen said. ”It was his time. He’s worked hard every time for it. He preps and practices harder than anybody else leading up the the tournament – that last month or so – both in the academy and at home.”

Even with all of his success in Kyuki-Do, Post-Priller remains grounded.

”He’s a very humble student – everything that we expect and train to be as a black belt,” Hansen said. ”I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

youth at AKF Summer Tournament GreatmatsNever Too Old
Also hailing from the New Richmond academy was tournament newcomer 72-year-old Keith Langfeldt. Although he started training in 2011, Langfeldt had not been able to compete in any prior tournaments due to ongoing shoulder injuries.

”He could have easily walked away and given up and said, ‘I’m just not going to be able to do this,”’ Hansen said. ”But he hung in there.”

Langfeldt is viewed by many as the grandpa of the academy and uses his patriarch position to help others. As a member of the certified instructor team, Langfeldt works with a blind student twice a week and is a special olympics coach.

Although still not feeling 100 percent on Saturday, Langfeldt competed in forms and broke through the tournament barricade.

”That’s a great example of one of our tenants,” Hansen said. ”The perseverance of just continuing on through all of the health adversities that he’s had and being able to make adjustments to his techniques.”

Or Too Young
3 year old winner Kihap at AKF Summer Tournament 2016 GreatmatsAt the other end of the age spectrum was 3-year-old Kortney Hart, representing Kyuki-Do Martial Arts Academy of Amery (Wisconsin). Hart was the Kihap Contest Champion and also competed in forms.

Hart’s instructor, 3rd dan Tammy Turcotte said, ”I think Kortney is the youngest (competitor) I have ever sent (to a tournament). It takes guts to get out in front of a panel of Black Belts no matter what your age is. When you are only 3, everyone is much bigger than you are. It can be scary.

”Part of what we encourage in Kyuki-Do is getting out of your comfort zone. Some people are comfortable in front of judges, others aren’t.

”We weren’t sure how Kortney would do. You never know when children are going to pull out their shy card – especially when they are not typically shy). Kortney did her form and the kihap contest with energy and enthusiasm! The excitement on her face when she got her trophy was priceless!”

”That’s one of the beautiful things about Kyuki-Do,” Hansen said, ”It’s not always about the physical aspect. It’s about the mental aspect of training as well that allows all students to be successful from 3 to 72.”

Leading by Example
Gustavson, a 4th dan,was the highest ranking competitor at the tournament. Gustafson, who’s been training in the art since 1991, said everyone’s reason for competing at the tournament is different, whether its for fun, trophies, personal challenge, etc. He competes to set a good example for his students.

”You are graded, judged every day,” Gustavson said, whether at school or work. ”But there’s nothing like face-to-face competition.”

In sparring or grappling, for example, you win or lose. It’s that simple. And face-to-face competition sheds a true light on how fierce of a competitor you are, Gustavson said. You find out just how deep you want to go.

”Some students participate in the tournament to overcome their fears of performing in front of a group,” Gustavson said. ”It’s a way to check their confidence level. For some individuals like this, just showing up is a win for them.”

Turcotte added, ”When students don’t do as well as they think they should – getting a 3rd or 4th or participant ribbon instead of a 1st or 2nd place trophy, I like to ask them how many of their classmates did not participate. They are already further ahead than those who were not at the competition. I also ask, ‘Did you do your best and did you have fun? ‘ That, to me, is the most important thing.”

Other highlights
adult black belt champion at AKF Summer Tournament Eau Claire GreatmatsTopping the field of adult black belts was Grand Champion Reggie Madrigal of Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin, Ill.

Another special highlight to the day’s festivities was Jacob Hansen, of New Richmond, winning a Free VIP All Access Pass to this year’s AKF Black Belt Extravaganza, which will be held at The Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., Nov. 4-6.

The AKF Summer Tournament of Champions has taken place in Eau Claire for at least 8 years. Included at this year’s event were 11 participants from Lexington, Kentucky, and 1 from Oconee, Georgia.

The 2016 American Kyuki-Do Federation Summer Tournament of Champions was sponsored by Greatmats.

Learn more about the 2016 American Kyuki-Do Federation Tournament Season.

 

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

Learn more about South USA Grappling Association Tournaments

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BJJ Alabama State Championships a perfect start to summer

Alabama State BJJ ChampionshipsOrange Beach Alabama is currently preparing to accommodate the South USA Grappling Association‘s sixth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Alabama State Championships this Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Danny Ruiz vs. Michael Morgan MMA

Danny Ruiz and Michael Morgan

The Championships will be highlighted by a black belt match between Michael Morgan and Danny Ruiz.

Morgan, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and Judo brown belt, is the head BJJ instructor and owner of The Academy of Pensacola.

Ruiz, 37, is a black belt in both BJJ and Judo and holds a second degree black belt in Dantoryu JuJitsu. Ruiz is the owner and head instructor at Capitau Jiu-Jitsu and MMA and holds a professional MMA record of 14-6-0.

More than 200 competitors are already preregistered and approximately 300 hundred are expected to sign up for the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Alabama State Championships before registration closes Wednesday at midnight. Currently, 20 academies and five states are represented on the competitor list.

Event organizer Rafael Ellwanger said, “This event is a getaway, mini vacation event. Parents approached me asking for the opportunity to have an event where they can go and enjoy the weekend, not just go compete and (go) back home. So we decided to choose the closest and best white sand beach with tons of attractions and entertainment.”

This premiere BJJ tournament is equipped with Greatmats Grappling MMA Mats. As an official sponsor of the South USA Grappling Association, Greatmats is offering all competitors and spectators at the even an opportunity to win prizes from Greatmats through participation in the Greatmats Photobomb Contest. Included amongst the prizes are Amazon Gift Cards, Greatmats Credit and a Folding Gym Mat. To learn more about the contest, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php.

Weather is predicted to be perfect and the tournament coincides with the last week of school for most kids and teens in the area. Should all go as planned the Alabama State Championships will be the perfect way to kick off the summer vacation by competing and enjoying a weekend on the beach!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Alabama State Championships

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Alabama State Championships

2016 Summer Classic boasts 400+ BJJ competitors

Youth Grappling sponsored by Greatmats

AGF Youth GrapplingEntering its fifth year, this Saturday’s (May 7, 2016) Summer Classic in Duncanville, Texas has become staple of amateur Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Texas.

This year, the American Grappling Federation tournament features more than 400 athletes and nearly 70 teams.

“There’s 3 other tournaments going on during a 4 week span, and we still managed to have a good turnout like this,” said AGF Co-Owner Chris Carlino.

This marks the sixth American Grappling Federation tournament of 2016. Remember that all competitors and spectators in attendance at a 2016 AGF tournament are eligible to enter the Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, $50 Greatmats Credit or 5×10 foot by 2 inch thick folding mat. To learn more about Greatmats

Greatmats and American Grappling Federation

Greatmats and American Grappling Federation

Photobomb Contest visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php. Check out Greatmats Martial Arts Flooring options at http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats.php.

Jackson BJJ Championships coming Saturday

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If you find a Greatmats Martial Arts Floors banner in your photos from this event, post it to Greatmats Facebook page to enter yourself in the Greatmats Photobomb Contest.

With athletes from more than 60 academies registered to compete in the American Grappling Federation’s Jackson BJJ Championships at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi on April 30, the day is sure to have adrenaline flowing at an all-time high.

Last year’s team champion, the No Limit Killer Bees will look to defend their title while Vector Jiu-Jitsu aims to improve on last year’s second place finish. BJJ Revolution, which placed third at the tournament a year ago is riding high after a team victory at the New Orleans BJJ Championships on March 12.

Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. At the Hangar Dome of Millsaps College.

While your there, don’t forget to take a picture of yourself next to a banner for tournament sponsor Greatmats for a chance to win great prizes. Visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php to learn more on how to enter and what you could win.

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Win Gift Cards or a Folding Mat in Greatmats’ Photobomb Contest