Jackson BJJ Championships coming Saturday

American Grappling Federation no gi

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.

Greatmats Photobomb Contest

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

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BJJ Revolution consumes 2016 New Orleans Championships

Greatmats, AGF New Orleans BJJ Championships

New Orleans BJJ Championships Kids No Gi tournament action

Greatmats Girls BJJ, AGF, Grappling

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.

Greatmats Grappling, AGF Tournament

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.

Greatmats Photobomb Contest

Win great prizes in Greatmats Photobomb contest!

Greatmats, a national martial arts flooring leader and sponsor of the AGF, is offering participants and spectators at all 2016 AGF Tournaments the opportunity to win great prizes throughout the 2016 season by simply posting a picture of yourself at an AGF event with a Greatmats banner somewhere in the picture. To learn more about how to enter the Photobomb contest, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php.

Louisiana BJJ Championship Grappling

2016 American Grappling Federation New Orleans, Louisiana, BJJ Championships

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.

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).

Greatmats, a proud sponsor of the AGF, is offering all attendees of this tournament the opportunity to win an Amazon Gift Card, Greatmats Credit or a Folding Mat through its Photo Bomb Contest. Visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php for complete contest details.

Oklahoma State BJJ Men's Championships sponsored by Greatmats

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

Greatmats offers $1,000 prize for Most Inspiring Martial Arts Story

Win $1000 for your inspiring Martial Arts Story

Most Inspiring Story $1,000 Giveaway: Greatmats Martial Arts Edition

MILLTOWN, WISC. – Every martial artist has a different reason for taking up the sport, and a different reason for sticking with it. For some, its all about fitness. Others have an unquenchable competitive spirit. Martial Arts are commonly taught for self defense and serve some who have been bullied or fear they might be. For some its more about inner peace or camaraderie. For whatever reason, Martial Arts have long helped people cope and conquer challenges in their lives.

Greatmats, a Wisconsin-based martial arts flooring leader, is seeking out inspiring martial arts stories to share how martial arts have served to help people overcome challenges.

The most inspiring story will win up to $1,000 in Greatmats credit or up to $700 in cash through Greatmats’ “Most Inspiring Story $1,000 Giveaway: Martial Arts Edition”. Greatmats is accepting submissions through Jan. 10, 2016.

For more details on the contest and how to enter, visit http://www.greatmats.com/gmats-giveaway.php.

 

Customer Review-Grappling Mats

Here’s a Q&A with Matt D. from Rochester Karate in Rochester New York.  Matt purchased about 1200 square feet of our 1-5/8” Grappling Mats.


Greatmats: What did you use the tiles for?
Matt:  Mats are for a new branch of my martial arts schools.
G: How did the installation go? 
M: Installation took about 20 minutes with 5 people.  Very easy.
G:  Are you happy with the product?  Would you buy it again?

M:  Yes, I’d buy again.

G:  Would you recommend Greatmatsto your friends?
M:  Yes.

Matt also added this:  They were easy to install and have a clean, safe look.  They helped make my new martial arts school look professional.  The feel of them is comparable to mats costing twice as much.  Great value.  Great mats!  

Thanks, Matt.  Good luck with the new school!