We had some good results at the Bravado Jiu-Jitsu Open this past weekend. Kevin looked awesome in all his wins and lost by a slim judges decision in the finals of his division. Natalia took second in her division and the absolute. Julio fought a couple of giants in the heavyweight division and also managed second place. The rest of us that competed had some wins, some losses and gained plenty of good experience. As for me…I’m going to go work on flying arm bar defence…
Congratulations to all the people who got new belts over the weekend. Alliance Canada just keeps getting stronger and stronger. Here is a few pictures for anyone who couldn’t make it out on Sunday. Jeff also posted an awesome video of the event on his blog. Check it out at www.jeffjoslinmma.com
and finally…the whole team..
Team Training and Grading will be Sunday August 21 at 11:00 AM. This time the team training will be at Dragan BJJ in Waterloo. It is always great training with our teammates from out of town and grading are always a good time. I will see you all there Sunday.
It is great to finally get to see local MMA in Ontario. The Slammer in the Hammer card in Hamilton Friday June 17 is co-promoted by Jeff Joslin and features UFC veteran Jason “Dooms” Day vs. Francis Carmont as well as out very own Rob Rende vs Lyndon Whitlock. For more information, tickets and all that good stuff click the poster above.
Alliance takes 7 gold medals in the black belt divisions at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship. In the team standings we earned 127 points with Checkmat taking second with 59 and Atos third with 44. Click the link to see the full results. This is the forth year in a row that Alliance has won the team title at the Worlds. For more information about the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation or the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship visit www.ibjjf.org
There is going to be a ton of cool stuff happening at the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto this weekend. It is a chance to meet dozens of UFC fighters and see other exhibitors and demonstrations. The Fan Expo also features a Grapplers Quest event. NoGi Friday and Gi Saturday. There is still time for last minute participants and those of us competing could always use the support of an Alliance audience. For details click the links above and hopefully i will see you there.
Drew took silver in his division and bronze in the absolute! He made it to the finals in his division and only lost on points. He had three wins against the champions of their respective countries and made it to the semi-finals losing only to the eventual absolute champion. >>COMMENTS
Last June Drew dominated the the Canadian Abu Dhabi Pro trials in Toronto winning his division and the open weight, combined purple, brown and black belt division. His prize was an all expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi to compete in the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2011 on April 14-16. This tournament will have champions from all over North America and Brazil plus China, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Europe and the Middle East in an event sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. All of us that train with Drew are proud that someone from our gym could go so far. Good Luck! >>COMMENTS
Natalia medaled in four divisions at the 2011 Ontario Open International JJ Championship this past weekend. She took first place in NoGi – Blue & over Absolute, first place in NoGi – Blue & over Light and second in Gi Absolute and Gi Light weight. Matt Brotman and Chris Watson both from Joslin’s and Tyler from London all took gold in their divisions. Dylan Routledge, Joe Martin, Blair Bravender got silver and Reid Harkness, David Mallett, Matt Melo, Christian Herrera-parks and Chris Watson got bronze. I saw some great fights from everyone who came out to compete and hopefully we can keep the momentum going into future tournements. Anyone thinking of competing keep in mind that Grappler’s Quest is only a few short weeks away.
Great team training as always and thanks to Jeff, Dragan and everyone else that came out. Congratulations to Adam, Patrick, Craig, Alvin and Ken who got their blue belts and to the newest Alliance purple belt Rob. Here is a few pictures for the guys that couldn’t make it.