Infinity National Championships Rock the Kalahari Convention Center

Brown, Viviano, Thomason earn multiple National Grand Championships

May 18, 2017 – With 300 competitors from across the U.S. and Canada east of the Rocky Mountains, the Infinity National Championships put on two days of high caliber martial arts competition at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI on May 12-13, 2017.

The second annual tournament was highlighted by the performances of 20 different Grand Champions, three of which took home to Grand Champion Trophies.

Zoe Brown of United Family Martial Arts in Hamilton, Ontario, was one competitor who won multiple grand championships, taking home the top prize in both Junior Japanese Forms and Junior Korean Forms.

Sacha Viviano of Wisconsin was the Women’s Sparring and Women’s Semi-Final Grand Champion.

Brett Thomason of St. Peters, Missouri also claimed a pair of Grand Championships – in Men’s Sparring and Men’s Final.

Other grand champions included:
Noell Jellison (WI) – Junior Musical Forms
Tim Wegert (VA) – Adult Contemporary Forms
Mason Bumba (IL) – Junior Point/Contact Sparring
Hope Chase (PA) – Adult Hard Traditional Forms
Connor Chasteen (WI) – Junior Weapons Forms
Joseph Bein (WI) – Adult Contemporary Weapons
Aric Barnard (WI) – Senior Sparring
Hubert Monroe (W) – Grands Kyu 18 Novice
Andy Chen (WI) – Grands Kyu 7 Novice
Abby Frank (WI) – Grands Kyu 8-11 Novice
Sofia Rodrigues-Florez (FL) – Grands Kyu 11 Advanced
Taylor Lawson (VA) – Grand Kyu 11 Intermediate
Riley Heffelfinger (OH) – Grand Kyu 12-17 Advanced
Elizabeth Folsom (WI) – Grand Kyu 12-17 Intermediate
Ryan White (WI) – Grand Kyu 18 Intermediate/Advanced
Patte Lelle (WI) – Grand Kyu 35+ Novice/Intermediate
Hannah Nehls (WI) – Grand Kyu 12-17

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Barlaan Wins Superfight at 12th Annual Rumble in the Redwoods

Barnatto Wins Men’s Black Belt Match By Submission

Feb. 17, 2017 — The 12th Annual Rumble in the Redwoods Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament, sponsored by Greatmats, ”roared to a fiery crescendo,” on Feb. 11, according to tournament organizer Chris Smith.

”Athletes from all over central California converged on the Deanza campus in Cupertino, California, to do battle,” Smith said. ”From the teeny weeny 5 year old division, all the way through the adult, pro black belt division, all the mats were red hot. With over 200 athletes coming from over 20 academies, our area was very well represented.”

Highlighting the action was the black belt women superfight between Kristian Barlaan of Ciao Terra Academy and Bethany Schulze of Tiger Martial Arts. Barlaan won the match by points.

On the men’s side of black belt competition, its was Wolf Barnatto of Ralph Gracie Team putting on a show with a submission victory over David Harvey Dean of Big Break Jiu Jitsu.

Another bright spot was the performance of 16-year-old up and comer Richard Aguillar of Crosley Gracie Academy, who claimed a pile of hardware after competing in the teen’s, men’s and open blue belt divisions. Smith said Aguillar showed ”calm and cantor well beyond his years.”

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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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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 Grappling and Throwing Tournament

Kyuki-Do Students Test Skills in Judo and Jiu Jitsu

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At the Metropolis Resort and Convention Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on March 4, there was standing room only at American Kyuki-Do Federation’s second-ever grappling and throwing tournament.AKF grappling and throwing champions Greatmats
At the Winter Grappling and Tournament, there were 74 regional competitors with 40 percent of them competing in grappling for their first time. Competitors came from as far away as Huntley, Illinois.youth grappling AKF kyuki-do Greatmats

The AKF Martial Arts Academy of Eau Claire produced 21 competitors, followed by New Richmond (Wisconsin) with 13 and Janesville (Wisconsin) with 10.
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Divisions were split by age, size and experience levels. Competitors had the options of competing in judo, jiu jitsu, or hybrid version of the two.

About half of the competitors tested their skills in both judo and jiu jitsu.

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Tammy Turcotte, Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Amery’s chief instructor, said, ”My favorite part of the tournaments is seeing the camaraderie between students from different academies, parents getting to know each other, and the joy of competition.”

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AKF First-Of-Its-Kind Grappling and Throwing Tournament

Kyuki-Do National Grappling and Throwing Championship

The American Kyuki-Do Federation wrapped up its Greatmats-sponsored 2016 tournament season on October 1 with a first-of-its-kind Grappling and Throwing tournament held in Edgerton, WI. Previous AKF tournaments have had a heavy focus in tae kwon do; this tournament showcased the jiu jitsu and judo portions of the mixed martial art.

grappling and throwing at AKF Edgerton Wisconsin tournament GreatmatsThe tournament, which was held in the same building as the Kyuki-Do Martial Arts Academy of Edgerton, headed by black belt Aaron Stinski, found 23 of it nearly 90 competitors coming from a local crowd.

”It’s really nice when you’re the home team essentially,” Stinski said. ”There’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be coming and competing at some type of level.”

The tournament also drew competitors from as far away as Lexington, Kentucky. AKF Lexington Martial Arts Academy head instructor and black belt Joe Moniot said his students were fired up after attending the Grappling and Throwing Tournament.

grappling action at AKF Grappling and throwing tournament Greatmats”I competed as well, for the first time in years,” Moniot said. ”Twelve of us competed and brought home 18 medals.”

”This tournament in particular has them really excited about competing again,” Moniot added. ”So much so, we have already started the participant list for the Spring 2017 Tournament of Champions. By listening to them recruiting their classmates, it seems as though we are likely to set a new record in number of participants from Lexington for this next tournament.”

Unlike previous AKF tournaments where participants can compete in numerous divisions such as open hand and weapons forms, sparring and board breaking where size has little to do with the competition, there was no such thing as a grand championship at the latest tournament.

Master Rick Steinmaier of the Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin Academy said in this tournament, ”Size really does make a difference.”

AKF kyuki-do youth winners 2016 GreatmatsFor that reason, both the judo (throwing) and jiu jitsu (grappling) portions of the tournament were broken down into weight class divisions. For those less comfortable with throws or submissions, there was also a novice division which followed the hybrid style of the traditional AKF tournaments.

Although judo and jiu jitsu are tertiary aspects of the Kyuki-Do curriculum, the federation does have a contingent of high level martial artists who hold rank or have experience in each of those disciplines. And with both arts growing in popularity, the federation decided to closely follow the international set of rules for both judo and jiu jitsu for the more advanced students competing in the inaugural National Grappling and Throwing Championship tournament.

”There was a division for anybody who wanted to compete and an age level for anyone who wanted to compete as well,” Stinski said. ”It was really nice to see all of those kids very proud of their accomplishments, regardless of where they placed – wearing the medals around and holding medals up for pictures. And a ton of pride in those eyes and those faces, and smiles that went from ear to ear. That was probably one of the more rewarding things.”

youth grappling at AKF grappling and throwing tournament Greatmats”It is about camaraderie,” Moniot added. ”My favorite part is being with so many people with similar interests and helping them grow even as I grow. The camaraderie is what keeps it all going strong for us.”

”We held special prep classes for the month leading up to the tournament,” Moniot added. ”A young man named Thomas was the only one who decided to compete in throwing and had not practiced this prior to the tournament. His success or failure was not what was amazing. Rather his fortitude in competing in many matches and never showing frustration. He just kept pushing forward with a smile on his face. Very impressive!”

Moniot, a martial arts veteran of more than 20 years who has competed both in and out of the AKF in many formats, is so impressed by the values of the AKF that he said despite the distance to AKF tournaments, ”We will compete only with the AKF until or unless a competition arises which I feel is safe and represents the same values as the AKF.”

youth competing at AKF kyuki-do tournament GreatmatsThe camaraderie and support system of the AKF spreads beyond the confines of its academy walls as well.

”At 1 a.m. Sunday morning, we pulled into the parking lot of our school to find the windows and trees were decorated by students who had not been able to attend,” Moniot said. ”Several of them, and even a couple people from a neighbor business, were here waiting to cheer us as we arrived. THAT’S COOL!”

 

 

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PMAA Wraps Up Season with Warriors United Monster Mash Victory

Final Warriors United Tournament Draws Competitors from Five States

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Warriors United Greatmats sponsored logoThe Warriors United Tournament Circuit wrapped up its 2016 season on October 22 with the Powers Martial Arts Monster Mash Tournament held in Toronto, Ohio.

Fresh from a Fall Brawl 5 tournament victory Team PMAA (Pennsylvania Martial Arts Alliance) defended its crown by claiming 1st place in the season finale. Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts placed 2nd followed by Culver Karate Club in 3rd place.

The tournament drew competitors from five states.