Dorset & Hants BJJ Open
Once again our squad got together and travelled to Bournemouth to compete in one of the best tournaments of BJJ in the calendar. The level of Jiu-Jitsu displayed was pretty good, with great fights from white to black belt. A great day in the office for our team which for the first time ever won Absolute divisions on white and blue belts! An awesome result achieved from Brett Farnworth at blue belt (also won Gold at his category) and at white belt from Rich Caplan (also won Bronze at his category); in total we went with 20 athletes and got back home with 19 medals (9 Gold!) and two trophies!! Job done and we are getting ready/looking forward for the next one.
Check photos, videos and also the “Medal Chasers” standing, which now has a new leader: Brett, thanks to his excellent performances during the last few tournaments.
MMA classes are back at BJJ Academy
Our winter timetable is back from Tuesday, October 07th. Good news for those waiting to try or continue their MMA training regularly. Those are two classes per week for all levels (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm); also, if you fancy to compete in MMA, speak with Coach Ivam Maciel. There are a few MMA events with MMA Amateur fights available coming up. Are you ready?!
Coach Ivam Maciel, now 2nd Degree Black Belt
After three weeks of training in Brazil, last Saturday our head-coach – Ivam Maciel – got promoted to his second degree on his Black Belt by his mentor Eduardo Brigadeiro. This shows once again how privileged we are at BJJ Academy to learn straight from the source from a genuine Brazilian BJJ Black Belt. During this trip Ivam trained at his very first academy (where he originally started as white-belt); In Rio Ivam’s training was mainly at Brigadeiro’s and De La Riva’s HQ in Copacabana. Coach Ivam is back already, teaching regularly at HQ. Come train & learn!
Last Sunday (6th) our team went for a battle in Guildford at 1st edition of Surrey BJJ Open. Once again, those who went represented very well. Result: more shining medals to bring back home! Highlight of the day was Elias Nedir and James Davies for winning their categories with awesome display of their game. Good performance also from Darren Bushby: one more medal for his collection. He continues to lead our ‘Medal Chasers’, by a fair margin against the second place. Check out the video and a few pictures of Surrey BJJ Open below. Thanks Andy Roberts and his team for having us, we will definitely be back next year. Oss!
The formula has continue to work! Once again our squad went for battle in Bournemouth (one of the top competitions in Britain) and came back home with hands full of medals AND trophies. As for the team standings we finished in 2nd place just behind Checkmat.
Our day started with white-belts showing great understanding about the rules and primary following our strategy, which has been set during our competition classes. The hard work paid off, the name of the day was Antonio Costa who once again performed very well, however at this time done it with perfection: won his 5 bouts without given a single point away. Final result: Gold at lightweight division white belt, which was by far the largest category in the tournament with 23 people in. After this amazing performance Antonio had even more to celebrate, at the podium as well as his gold medal Antonio got promoted to Blue Belt by Coach Ivam Maciel. Hard work pays off, congrats Antonio!
As for Blue and Purple belts awesome performances from Higo Gomes (Gold at Blue Masters -70kg), Brett Farnworth (Gold at +100kg & Absolute Blue), Dave Rintoul (Gold at Blue Masters -88kg), Simon Staples (Gold at Blue Seniors -76kg), Darren ‘Drill #3’ Bushby (Gold at Purple Adult -88kg) and Paul Honnart (Gold at Purple Adult -64kg). Finally, BJJ Academy would like to thanks and congratulate every member of the team, win or lose we are all one, you gave everything on the mat and we are equally proud of you by putting yourself on the line by competing and representing. It’s an honour to have you been part of IMBJJ family.
Check out below photos, videos. For full results click here.
more videos coming soon…
Our medal chasers has now an new leader! Darren Bushby has overtooken Emily Hoobs after his Gold at Chelmsford Open this weekend. Also after this weekend’s performance, Livio Dinaj has now entered his name on the list with his first two medals (2x bronze / weight + absolute division). Congrats to them, hard work pays off!
Bournemouth BJJ Open / Special timetable
To maximilize our time and get the most of everyone, our Tuesday & Thursday Advanced/Competition class will now be extended. If you want extra rolls, arrived earlier from 6pm before it’s class starts (technical / IBJJF rules starts from 7.30 as usual). See you on the mat! Oss
Start training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu today!
Learn the ‘Gentle Art’ straight from the source, from a Brazilian born Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and MMA fighter, Ivam Maciel. He teaches complete beginners class at his BJJ Academy in Brighton, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm. The class cost £10 and we can lend you a kit free of charge, so you don’t have to buy anything before you make your mind. The class is geared towards people that have never trained before. So if you want to give Jiu-Jitsu Brasileiro a try come down, you might like it*.
* If you try it once, expect to fall in love with it!
For more info give us a call 01273 411486