While the Kitchener/Hamilton crew were battling it out in Scarborough,other Alliance BJJ fighters were competing in Brazil at the Lutas Casadas event as well as in portugal in the European Championships.
Locally, a small contingent from Team Joslin made it out to the Ascension BJJ Open in Scarborough Ontario; With Jack “Jakuraba” Szatko pulling off an upset win over a local black belt in his no-gi division and earning a silver metal. Amir also competed but unfortunately was injured. We wish you a speedy recovery Amir. Honourable mention to Ivan Diaz, as well as Tony and Blair who all won there first round matchups but lost afterwards.
Team Dragan brought a contingent from Kitchener and was on fire! With 2 gold metals going to Susie Yakabuskie and Karl Borgmann. Mike Higgins put on a submission clinic and earned 2 second place finishes as well as Dave Beach. Way to go guys!
In Brazil, Alliance Jiu-jitsu superstar Marcelo Garcia fought in a superfight against the talented Romulo from Barra Gracie in the Lutas Casadas event. Marcelo was victorious and won on a decision! Go to Tatame Brazil’s website for some pictures!
In Lisboa Portugal, the European BJJ Championships took place and Team Alliance was represented by a large team lead by Romero “Jacare” himself. Fabio Gurgel won the masters heavy division as well as the open division. Also Paulo Sergio won his division and Hugo from France placed second. Alliance placed second place in the Masters Team and first in the Womens division! Congrats everyone!
In news from the Atlanta headquarters, the Sandy Springs location of Alliance Jiu-jitsu academy has moved and into a much larger location. Go to masterbjj.com to see the pics of the new academy! Also best wishes on a speedy recovery to Alliance Atlanta team member Chris Moriarty who fought recently in the Bud Pro Cup and broke his leg! Chris was in the finals of the pro division battline rival Raphael Lovato Jr. and had an accident while defending a takedown. Chris was also the ADCC heavyweight trials winner and will hopefully be able to make it in time for the ADCC world championships coming up this April in New Jersey (start planning the road trip now guys!)
So the year has begun with lots of news and im sure there is more to come as the Alliance Jiu-jitsu team continues to compete worldwide and show that it is still amongst the top teams of grappling in the world!
F.Y.I.-Pan Ams is coming up soooooooooon!