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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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.

AKF Celebrates 35th Spring Tournament of Champions this weekend

AKF Spring Tournament of Champions

The American Kyuki-Do Federations 35th Spring Tournament of Champions takes place May 7 in Huntley, Illinois

Approximately 200 competitors will be swarming to Huntley, Illinois, on Saturday, May 7, for the 35th annual American Kyuki-Do Federation Spring Tournament of Champions and Black Belt Promotion.

As a family-based martial arts federation, the much-anticipated AKF tournament will feature martial artists, ranging from 2 ½-year-olds, competing in the Kihap Contest, to 4th Dans going for the gold in weapons, breaking, forms, grappling and sparring competitions.

Greatmats Photobomb Contest

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

At least 13 academies and three states will be represented at this year’s Tournament of Champions which will be coinciding with its Spring Black Belt Promotion for the first time ever.

In previous years, the black belt promotion has taken place the day following the tournament, but due to the events falling on Mother’s Day weekend this year, the two events have been combined into one power-packed day.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. at: Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley, IL 60142.

Also new in the 35th year of the tournament is AKF’s partnership with martial arts flooring provider Greatmats, which is offering all competitors and spectators in attendance the opportunity to participate in Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win either a $25 Amazon Gift Card or $50 in Greatmats Credit. The Photobomb Contest winner for the AKF Spring Tournament of Champions will be automatically entered into the Grand Prize contest for a chance to win a 5×10 foot by 2 inch folding gym mat. For more information on the Greatmats Photobomb Contest, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php. To learn more about Greatmats’ martial arts mats visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats.php.

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Kansas City BJJ Championships bigger than ever

Greatmats Photobomb at American Grappling Federation Tournament Don’t Miss the American Grappling Federation’s 2016 Kansas City BJJ Championship, sponsored by Greatmats, April 23 at the LeVO Sports Complex in Riverside, Missouri.

In its second year with the AGF, the Kansas City BJJ Championships has nearly doubled its intrants for the 2016 tournament with more than 400 competitors pre-registered. The 400-plus competitors, ages 3-55, represent nearly 80 martial arts academies and will compete in 222 divisions.

Last year’s KC BJJ Championship Tournament was held Aug. 29 and won by Gracie Barra with 270 points. Kansas City BJJ was close behind with 260 points.

AGF Grappling Action sponsored by GreatmatsThis year, there are three Gracie Barra Teams (Hannibal, St. Louis and Whiteman AFB) with competitors entering more than 100 events. Kansas City BJJ has already 26 athletes registered for 53 events.

If you’re going find one of Greatmats floor banners and take a picture of yourself with the banner in the photo to enter Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win great prizes. Learn more about the photobomb contest at http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.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!