South USA Grappling Louisiana State Championships a Success

First SUGA Tournament of The Year Provides Plenty of Highlights

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Feb. 1, 2017 — The South USA Grappling Association’s first tournament of 2017 brought out numerous strong performances from grappler’s age 4 and up.
Highlighting the approximately 250 competitor field at Chappapeela Sports Park in Hammond, Louisiana, on Jan. 28, for the Greatmats-sponsored Louisiana State Championships were these outstanding athletes.

4-6 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

Juvenile 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

Master 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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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

Greatmats AGF Dallas Winter Classic grappling action

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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.

Warriors United Fall Brawl 5

Team PMAA Claims 1st Place

Warriors United Fall Brawl 5
On October 1st, over 225 competitors from 31 martial arts schools from 7 different states competed at the Warriors United Tournament Circuit Fall Brawl 5. The tournament was held in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

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Team PMAA (Pennsylvania Martial Arts Alliance) of Altoona, Pennsylvania, claimed first place with seven Grand Champions and more than 150 awards.

Culver Karate Club of Connellsville, Pennsylvania claimed 6 grand champion awards, followed by Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts of Grafton, West Virginia in third place.

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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South USA Grappling Association
Orange Beach AL
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Greatmats Gives Back to its Earliest Martial Arts Mats Customers

Greatmats Superfan Contest: Martial Arts Edition

Greatmats wants to honor its earliest martial arts mats customers through its Greatmats Superfan Contest.

Aug. 17, 2016 — Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company Greatmats is looking to honor its earliest martial arts mats customers. Founded in 1999, Greatmats has become one of the most respected supplier of martial arts mats in the United States. Starting with karate mats, Greatmats selection of martial arts mats has grown to including mats specifically designed for taekwondo, judo, jiu jitsu, grappling and mixed martial arts.

As a thank you to its earliest customers, Greatmats is offering an opportunity for anyone who purchased its martial arts mats at least 10 years ago to receive up to $100 in cash and have their story and/or business featured on greatmats.com and its social media site.

For more details on the contest and prizes, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greamats-superfan-contest-martial-arts-edition.php.

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Greatmats entered the martial arts business with a line of karate mats.

2016 American Grappling Federation Arkansas Open Highlighted by Team LDMA

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Youth Gi Grappling Action at 2016 AGF Arkansas Open, sponsored by Greatmats

July 21, 2016 – Team LDMA (Living Defense martial Arts) tore through the American Grappling Federations 2016 Arkansas Open on July 16, winning the team title by nearly 250 points. The Sherwood, Arkansas-based team racked up the majority of its 563 overall points in the Kids Gi Division where it tallied a tournament-best 201 points. Team LDMA also won the Kids No Gi Division, with 106 points, and the Adults Gi Division with 158 points – and placed second in the Adults No Gi Division.

Taking second in the overall team standings was West Side MMA, which tallied 315 points and won the Adults No Gi Division with 138 points, and placed second in the Adults Gi Division.

Rubalcava Jiu-Jitsu was the third place overall team with 225 points – and was the third place place team in both the Adults No Gi and Adults Gi Divisions as well as the Kids No Gi Division.

Rock City MMA was runner up in both the Kids No Gi and Kids Gi Divisions’ team standings and placed fourth overall with 206 points.

Eighty-eight teams recorded points at the tournament. Rounding out the top 10 were: BQuick JJ (129 points), Cerberus BJJ (96 points), Nemesis Jiu Jitsu (68 points), Lawrence County Boxing (62 points), MHBJJA (60 points) and Searcy Wrestling Club (42 points).

Greatmats sponsored the 2016 AGF Arkansas Open and is accepting entries from attendees at the event in its Greatmats Photobomb Contest. The contest is open to anyone attending a 2016 AGF event and offers prizes after the completion of each event as well as a grand prize at the end of the tournament season.

Learn more about American Grappling Federation Tournaments and athletes by visiting Greatmats’ AGF Tournament Resource Page.

Greatmats sponsored 2016 AGF Arkansas Open

Adult Gi Grapplings at 2016 American Grappling Federation Arkansas Open