Last weekend JJF headed up to Irvine to participate on one of the worlds biggest and most competitive tournaments, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan 2012. The tournament had 3,200 registered competitors and the brackets were huge. Jiu Jitsu Foundation had 5 representatives from the JJF Gold Team.
Jesus was on one of the most competitive weight categories with 60 athletes signed up. He won 5 matches which brought him to the finals. On his way to the finals he submitted three opponents with an omoplata, lapel choke from side mount and cross choke from guard. At the finals he made a small mistake which cost him the match.
Luke has been training with us for about eight months and showed to be a warrior representing the Jiu Jitsu Foundation
with great accomplishment. He won three of his matches with solid moves learned on the fundamental class and lost his fourth fight which would guarantee him a podium.
Jen had a tough opponent which scored a point and kept ahead during the whole match.
Joel began down in points during his first match and submitted his opponent on the last minute. He ended up losing his second match and didn’t make his way to the podium.
Ken was the last JJF Gold Team
competitor. He was considering not participating due to previous injury but his gut feeling told him he should. Turns out he not only participated but won Gold medal in his category. He had three tough matches, winning two by submission and the finals by points.
I consider these victories for Team Jiu Jitsu Foundation. No individual athlete can get ready for a competition without a TEAM. A team is what makes champions and friends. Each and every student contributes their own way, no matter what level you are.
Remember that we do not require our students to compete, but in case you are interested in participating in competition we will support you 100%.
I will keep you posted on our competition team tryouts.
Congratulations to TEAM JIU JITSU FOUNDATION!
See you on the mat,