7th Annual SUGA Alabama State Championships a Success

Henson Defeats Davila in Brown Belt Super Fight

South USA Grappling 2017 Alabama State Championships

April 19, 2017 — The South USA Grappling Association hosted its 7th annual Alabama State Championships on April1 in Orange Beach, Alabama. Capitao Jiu Jitsu dominated the 4-6 year old divisions for both gi and no gi.

Also among the highlights of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu event was John Henson’s brown belt super fight win over Josh Davila and the performances of the following standout competitors:

  • Roman Pizzolato (Purple Belt)
  • Rick Jerez (Blue Belt Master/Seniors and No Gi Intermediate)
  • Aly Arnandez (Blue Belt Female and No Gi Intermediate)
  • Kylah Rogers (White Belt Female and Juvenile)
  • Dennis Hughes (White Belt Adults)
  • Roman Ecker (Blue Belt Adult)
  • Mark Dominguez (White Belt Master/Seniors)
  • Weston Roberts (White Belt Juvenile)
  • Richard Chabreck (7-9 yr old Gi and No Gi)
  • Quinn Wilson (13-15 yr old Gi)
  • Colby Dufrene (13-15 yr old No Gi)

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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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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

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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.

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Johnson, Hicks shine at SUGA BJJ Alabama State Championships

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grappling action SUGA Alabama State GreatmatsThe South USA Grappling Association Alabama State Championships brought 265 competitors from more than 17 gyms to Orange Beach, AL, on May 14.

The South USA Grappling Association Alabama State Championships brought 265 competitors from more than 17 gyms to Orange Beach, AL, on May 14.

One standout in the kids 7 to 9 year old white/gray belt division was Levi Johnson of Gracie United, which was one of the top three most represented gyms at the tournament. Johnson has only been training in the sport for a little over a year and has been winning events back-to-back.

champion at SUGA Alabama State Championships GreatmatsAdam Hicks, a former NCWA All-American wrestler and current wrestling coach at Port City MMA is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and was dominant in the Master Division (Advanced No Gi) for 30 to 35 year olds. Port City MMA was also one of the most represented gyms.

Joining Gracie United and Port City MMA in the top three gyms, in terms of number of competitors at the tournament, was The Academy of Pensacola.

youth grappling SUGA Alabama State GreatmatsEvent organizer Rafael Ellwanger said it was a great event, especially in the kids division, noting there were a lot of high level fights for that young age.

”(The) future is bright for BJJ in the south,” Ellwanger said.

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Grapplers Johnson, Hicks stand out at Alabama State Championships

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The South USA Grappling Association Alabama State Championship tournament was equipped with Grappling MMA mats from Greatmats for its competition rings.

The South USA Grappling Association Alabama State Championships brought 265 competitors from more than 17 gyms to Orange Beach, AL, on May 14.

Alabama Youth Grappling State Champion

Levi Johnson competed in the 7-9 year old white/gray belt division at the Alabama State Championship of the South USA Grappling Association

One standout in the kids 7 to 9 year old white/gray belt division was Levi Johnson of Gracie United, which was one of the top three most represented gyms at the tournament. Johnson has only been training in the sport for a little over a year and has been winning events back-to-back.

Adult Alabama State Grappling Champion Adam Hicks

Adam Hicks won the 30-35 year old master division in advanced no gi.

Adam Hicks, a former NCWA All-American wrestler and current wrestling coach at Port City MMA is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and was dominant in the Master Division (Advanced No Gi) for 30 to 35 year olds. Port City MMA was also one of the most represented gyms.

Joining Gracie United and Port City MMA in the top three gyms, in terms of number of competitors at the tournament, was The Academy of Pensacola.

Event organizer Rafael Ellwanger said it was a great event, especially in the kids division, noting there were a lot of high level fights for that young age.

“(The) future is bright for BJJ in the south,” Ellwanger said.

Gracie United grapplers on Greatmats Grappling MMA mats

BJJ action on Greatmats Grappling MMA mats at the Alabama State Championships.

The South USA Grappling Association is sponsored by Greatmats and has been using Greatmats Grappling MMA Mats at its tournaments for the last 10 years. All attendees of these tournaments are eligible to participate in Greatmats’ Photobomb Contest.

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