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IBJJF Boston Open 2013

Boston Open 2013

Boston Summer International Open 2013

1 – Brazilian Top Team – 183

2 – Fenix BJJ Woburn – 127

3 – Nova União USA – 121
Athletes Results By Category

WHITE / Juvenile / Male / Light

First – Austin Jay DeSousa – Best Way Jiu Jistu Tiverton

Second – Chandler James Horton – Nova União USA

Third – Raheem Hussain Rahamatulla – Tatu BJJ

Third – Jordenn A. Martins – Best Way Jiu Jistu Tiverton
WHITE / Juvenile / Male / Middle

First – Estevinson Carmona Caviedes – Gracie Barra

Second – Scott D. Perry – North Shore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy

Third – Matthew Joseph Machado – Best Way Jiu Jistu Tiverton

Third – Scott Krevlin Cohn – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM
WHITE / Adult / Male / Rooster

First – Meuquisedeque Rodrigues de Souza – BMAC / GF Team Boston
WHITE / Adult / Male / Light Feather

First – Jefferson Ramos – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Second – David Quach – Blake Academy

Third – Michael Winter – Florian Martial Arts Center

Third – Juan M. Cruz – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM
WHITE / Adult / Male / Feather

First – Johnny Garcia – Nova União USA

Second – bruno silva – Brazilian Top Team

Third – yulian herrera – Gracie Humaita USA

Third – stephen Rao – Fenix BJJ Woburn
WHITE / Adult / Male / Light

First – Luc Audet – Brazilian Top Team Boston

Second – Michael Pidacks – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Third – david rodriguez – Cesar Pereira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – CTMMA

Third – David Gardner – RCJ Machado
WHITE / Adult / Male / Middle

First – Dave Massicotte – Brazilian Top Team

Second – zachrin torbett – Kimura BJJ

Third – Johnny Boswell Jr. – Vicente Jr. Team

Third – Antonio Alencar – Gracie Barra
WHITE / Adult / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Justin Pierce Kantorik – Vicente Jr. Team

Second – Matthew Glenn – Gracie Barra

Third – John Lynch – Wai Kru MMA

Third – Eric J. Resendes – Gracie Barra
WHITE / Adult / Male / Heavy

First – Ramesses Akamefula – Florian Martial Arts Center

Second – Carlos Rivera – Nova União USA

Third – erik powers – GF Team

Third – Ghadially St Hillien – Serra BJJ Academy
WHITE / Adult / Male / Super Heavy

First – Christian Guzman – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Adam Holland – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Third – Luis Batista – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Jung Chul Nho – Fenix BJJ Woburn
WHITE / Adult / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Lorenzo Kane – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Second – John Gottfried – Kimura BJJ

Third – Dan Argenbright – Team Link

Third – Ermes Raggi jr – Fenix BJJ Woburn
WHITE / Adult / Female / Light Feather

First – Laila Laaroussi – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Melissa Zeigler – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Third – Kari Velado – T1 BJJ

Third – Tiffany Trieger – Gracie Barra
WHITE / Adult / Female / Feather

First – Melissa Cooling – American Top Team Connecticut

Second – Jennifer Hussey – Ginsberg Academy Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Third – Charlotte Ardini – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Christina Lynn Fifer – Florian Martial Arts Center
WHITE / Adult / Female / Light

First – Sonya Batista – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Second – Giselle Sterling – Combat Sports Boston

Third – Sarah Heskett – Combat Sports Boston

Third – Pollyanna Carbone – Gracie Barra
WHITE / Adult / Female / Middle

First – Holly Cyr – Best Way JJ

Second – Susan Arnoult – Tatu BJJ

Third – Andie-Jane Phinney – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Danielle Godjikian – Tatu BJJ
WHITE / Adult / Female / Medium Heavy

First – Beth Simione – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Ashley Mills – Renzo Gracie Academy

Third – Jennifer Gould – Abusado Team
WHITE / Adult / Female / Heavy

First – Beth Slavinskas – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Lindsay Wan – Team Link
WHITE / Master / Male / Feather

First – Ryan Moore – Team Link

Second – naseer sheerahamad – Kioto BJJ NYC

Third – Rafael Silva – GF Team

Third – sanderson fragoso – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM
WHITE / Master / Male / Light

First – Luis Perez – Nova União USA

Second – matt Vasta – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Third – Kaoru Nagashima – Wai Kru MMA

Third – ramon santos – GF Team
WHITE / Master / Male / Middle

First – Danilo Jose da Silva – BMAC / GF Team Boston

Second – sean seaberg – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Louis Anthony Bompiani – Vicente Jr. Team

Third – Jason Valencia – Nova União USA
WHITE / Master / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Michael Molinaro – Kioto BJJ NYC

Second – John Kanca – UFC Gym Stamford / BDT BJJ

Third – Karl Doucette – T1 BJJ
WHITE / Master / Male / Heavy

First – Craig Mackland-Rivera – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM
WHITE / Master / Male / Super Heavy

First – Gregory Hagner – TAC Team BJJ

Second – Shane Smith – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Sarkis Karayan – Cesar Pereira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – CTMMA

Third – Khris Arvanites – Renzo Gracie
WHITE / Master / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – William Onuoha – Gracie Barra

Second – Joseph Duda – Broadway Jiu-Jitsu
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Feather

First – Seth Miller – TAC Team BJJ

Second – Jim Haney – Julio Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Light

First – Gregory Mortenson – Renzo Gracie Academy

Second – Wissam Kfoury – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Justin Bellerive – Team Link

Third – Nelson Barrios – Drysdale BJJ
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Middle

First – Bryan Caprice – Crazy 88

Second – Cory Callison – Drysdale BJJ

Third – Dustin Testa – Gracie Barra

Third – Jeremy J. Metzger – Vicente Jr. Team
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – David Bardfield – Gracie Barra

Second – Bob Andersen – Nexus Martial Arts & Fitness

Third – Troy Allen – Nova União USA

Third – daniel rosas – Team Link
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Heavy

First – Leonardo Souza – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Second – Steven Umstead – Team Link

Third – William Vitellaro – Tatu BJJ
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Super Heavy

First – Charles Aponte – Nova União USA

Second – Kenneth Shindelman – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Jim Hevner – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM
WHITE / Senior 1 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Ray Hawkins – TAC Team BJJ

Second – Silvestro Manente – Nova União USA
BLUE / Juvenile / Male / Feather

First – Johnathon Burton Yeo – Renzo Gracie Ottawa

Second – Joseph R Siciliano Jr. – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston

Third – Gabriel Mateo Alejandro Vogel – Renzo Gracie Ottawa

Third – Dominic Leo Monzione – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston
BLUE / Adult / Male / Rooster

First – Dean Lewis – Fifty/50 Jiu-Jitsu

Second – David Kalbfleisch – Kimura BJJ

Third – Thomas Burke – American Top Team Connecticut

Third – Marc Wong – RCJ Machado
BLUE / Adult / Male / Light Feather

First – Carmine Nurdin – Carlos Neto BJJ

Second – Hudson Pinto – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Frank Karlya – Alliance NYC

Third – Tin Nguyen – Connors Jiu Jitsu
BLUE / Adult / Male / Feather

First – Ernesto Guerrero – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Second – Michael Pan – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston

Third – Carlos Alexandre Martinelli da Silva – Renzo Gracie Academy

Third – Brenno Ribeiro – Drysdale BJJ
BLUE / Adult / Male / Light

First – Rodrigo Alonso – Gracie Barra

Second – Mitchell Craig – T1 BJJ

Third – Ali Mehmedovic – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Peter Petties – Team Lloyd Irvin
BLUE / Adult / Male / Middle

First – Walter Ruben Antonio Faustino – Gracie Humaita International

Second – Joseph Robert Formica – Team Lloyd Irvin

Third – Dmitry Latyshkin – Broadway Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Dimitri Joseph Erickson – Kimura BJJ
BLUE / Adult / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Rafael Dias – Team Link

Second – Flavio Dos Santos – Kimura BJJ

Third – Caleb Farrington – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston

Third – Diogo Machado – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
BLUE / Adult / Male / Heavy

First – James Spaulding – Alexey Cruz

Second – Paul E DiGrado – Combat Sports Boston

Third – Stephen Peragallo – Balance

Third – Jason Gillis – Drysdale BJJ
BLUE / Adult / Male / Super Heavy

First – Quentin Leahy – Renzo Gracie

Second – Miguel Bermudez – BJJ Revolution Team

Third – roberto amaral – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Bruno Nazario – Igor BJJ
BLUE / Adult / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Phillip Kelly – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Joe Cashin – Gracie Tampa South

Third – Vijay Hemanchal – Alliance Los Angeles

Third – Quelvi Castaneda – Renzo Gracie Newark – Team Bittencourt
BLUE / Adult / Male / Open Class

First – Joseph Robert Formica – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Quentin Leahy – Renzo Gracie

Third – Brenno Ribeiro – Drysdale BJJ

Third – Walter Ruben Antonio Faustino – Gracie Humaita International
BLUE / Adult / Female / Light Feather

First – Delphie Dugal-Tessier – RCJ Machado

Second – Jessica Cardwell – Fairfax Jiu Jitsu

Third – Rebecca Duarte – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Third – Himali Patel – Florian Martial Arts Center
BLUE / Adult / Female / Feather

First – Hannah McGuckin – Nova União USA

Second – Viviana Eva Vélez – Carlson Gracie Team

Third – Linh-Han Hoang Nguyen – Lotus Club Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Rachel Ranschau – Team Lloyd Irvin
BLUE / Adult / Female / Light

First – Terrie Schauer – Brazilian Top Team Boston

Second – Michelle V Brisebois – Cesario Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team

Third – Doreen Burchell – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Christine Brothwell – Brazilian Top Team
BLUE / Adult / Female / Middle

First – Callie Freeman – Alliance NYC

Second – Sandra Lanois-Bazinet – Ronin Mixed Martial Arts

Third – Jess Papi – Balance

Third – Priscilla DeVito – Gracie Barra
BLUE / Adult / Female / Medium Heavy

First – ERIN HARPE – Gracie Humaita

Second – Courtney Mackenzie – Broadway Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Makenzie Michell Nunnally – Travis Lutter Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Nicole Zoquier – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
BLUE / Adult / Female / Heavy

First – Jacynthe Maloney – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Rondah Jackson – Renzo Gracie

Third – Ariel Axelrod-Hahn – Brazilian Top Team
BLUE / Adult / Female / Open Class

First – Jacynthe Maloney – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Rondah Jackson – Renzo Gracie

Third – ERIN HARPE – Gracie Humaita

Third – Rachel Ranschau – Team Lloyd Irvin
BLUE / Master / Male / Light Feather

First – Tad Elliott Thomas – Tatu BJJ

Second – Scott Mitchell – Team Link

Third – raniery carvalho – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut
BLUE / Master / Male / Feather

First – Angelo D. Cruz – Nova União USA

Second – Daniel Diaz – Renzo Gracie Newark – Team Bittencourt

Third – Jose Castillo – Broadway Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Celio Feliciano Da Rocha – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
BLUE / Master / Male / Light

First – Danilo Oliveira – Kimura BJJ

Second – Bratislav Glisic – Nova União USA

Third – Ayslan Silva – American Top Team Connecticut

Third – Sumit Bose – Nova Uniao NYC
BLUE / Master / Male / Middle

First – Derek Janssen – Gracie Barra

Second – brian macneil – Gracie Barra

Third – Russell Martello – Nova União USA

Third – Bill Anderson – T1 BJJ
BLUE / Master / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Frank Andrew Concolino Jr. – Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Second – Janio Rodrigues Raggi – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Andre Luiz Batista Lopes – Adila BJJ

Third – Stéphane Groleau – Brazilian Top Team
BLUE / Master / Male / Heavy

First – Nolan Schelper – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – james mcneely – Kioto BJJ NYC

Third – Donald Stickney – Boston BJJ

Third – Daniel Francis – Gracie Humaita
BLUE / Master / Male / Super Heavy

First – James Robert Kearns – Tatu BJJ

Second – Costantino Barberis – Renzo Gracie Academy

Third – Dan Clayton – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Third – Thomas Ragin – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut
BLUE / Master / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Adalberto Nunez – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Second – Jeremy Miller – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Michael T. Barrett – Nova União USA
BLUE / Master / Male / Open Class

First – James Robert Kearns – Tatu BJJ

Second – Nolan Schelper – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Frank Andrew Concolino Jr. – Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Adalberto Nunez – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
BLUE / Master / Female / Light

First – Aristea Kinney – Nova União USA
BLUE / Master / Female / Open Class

First – Aristea Kinney – Nova União USA
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Light Feather

First – Paul A. Cumes – Gracie Barra

Second – Ricky Setia – Fenix BJJ Woburn
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Feather

First – Blaine Schrader – Team Royce Gracie

Second – Jonathan Key – Gracie Elite Team America
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Middle

First – Todd Tardiff – Team Jucao USA

Second – Steve Soares – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Fernando B Victor – GF Team

Third – Adam Bahret – Fenix BJJ Woburn
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Super Heavy

First – Vincent Villano – Nova União USA

Second – Stephen Makein – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Third – Pedro O. Gonzalez – Brazilian Top Team
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Damon Ralph – Soul Fighters BJJ

Second – Jeremy McGee – Renzo Gracie Academy

Third – edwin marquez – Gracie Barra

Third – Chris Halpin – Combat Sports Boston
BLUE / Senior 1 / Male / Open Class

First – Fernando B Victor – GF Team

Second – Chris Halpin – Combat Sports Boston

Third – Adam Bahret – Fenix BJJ Woburn
BLUE / Senior 2 / Male / Feather

First – Peter Talieri – Combat Sports Boston
BLUE / Senior 2 / Male / Light

First – Robert Allen Consulmagno – Alliance NYC

Second – Randy Brown – Best Way JJ

Third – David Grace – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
BLUE / Senior 2 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Chris Ackerman – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Arturo Morales – Drysdale BJJ
BLUE / Senior 2 / Male / Heavy

First – Mario Wanderley – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston

Second – PETER PARANZINO – Drysdale BJJ
BLUE / Senior 2 / Male / Open Class

First – Chris Ackerman – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Arturo Morales – Drysdale BJJ
BLUE / Senior 3 / Male / Middle

First – Sean Kline – Renzo Gracie
BLUE / Senior 3 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Patrick Crowley – Renzo Gracie

Second – ROBERT SJOBERG – Gracie Barra Long Island -NHP
BLUE / Senior 3 / Male / Open Class

First – Sean Kline – Renzo Gracie
BLUE / Senior 4 / Male / Light

First – Daniel Grunberg – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Pablo L. Arroyo – Nova União USA
BLUE / Senior 4 / Male / Middle

First – Andy Ladd – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Second – Frank Moscarelli – Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
BLUE / Senior 4 / Male / Super Heavy

First – Pedro J Hernandez Jr – Cutting Edge Brazilian JiuJitsu
BLUE / Senior 4 / Male / Open Class

First – Andy Ladd – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Second – Pablo L. Arroyo – Nova União USA

Third – Daniel Grunberg – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Pedro J Hernandez Jr – Cutting Edge Brazilian JiuJitsu
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Light Feather

First – Christopher Duyquan Tran – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Ryan Clay – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Third – Miguel Portela – Renzo Gracie

Third – Diego Aquino – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Feather

First – German Salas – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Second – Willian Moreira – GF Team

Third – Christopher Mark Daniel Lackhan – Nova União USA

Third – Joshua Perez – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Light

First – Adam Peterson – Clockwork Jiu-Jitsu

Second – Cameron Florczak – Renzo Gracie Ottawa

Third – Daniel Esteban Sessa Nunez – Gracie Barra

Third – Daniel webb – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Middle

First – Devon Daniel Delbrugge – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Lucas Laet Mattos Moutinho – GF Team

Third – Jose Marques – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Marc Berman – TAC Team BJJ
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Chris Rivera – Carlos Neto BJJ

Second – Michael White – Alliance NYC

Third – Terence DeToy – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Michael Paul Pennini – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Heavy

First – Stephen Smith – Lotus Club NYC

Second – Matthew R Kachmar – East Coast United Queens BJJ

Third – Estevao L Costa – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Kurt Wojtanek – Fenix BJJ Woburn
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Super Heavy

First – Matt Domney – Gracie Sports

Second – Carl Fagnant – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Michael Montes – BJJ Revolution Team

Third – James Barrett – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Benny Rupel – Clockwork Jiu-Jitsu

Second – Jonathan Solis – Gracie Barra
PURPLE / Adult / Male / Open Class

First – Lucas Laet Mattos Moutinho – GF Team

Second – Devon Daniel Delbrugge – Team Lloyd Irvin

Third – German Salas – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Matt Domney – Gracie Sports
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Light Feather

First – Jessie Carpenter – Team Jucao USA

Second – Jillian DeCoursey – East Coast United Queens BJJ
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Feather

First – Kate Lynn Marshall – Team Link
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Middle

First – Katherine Marie Heckman Torralbas – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Marie Bober – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Heavy

First – Siprachanh Phatsana – Brazilian Top Team
PURPLE / Adult / Female / Open Class

First – Katherine Marie Heckman Torralbas – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Siprachanh Phatsana – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Kate Lynn Marshall – Team Link

Third – Jessie Carpenter – Team Jucao USA
PURPLE / Master / Male / Light Feather

First – Jose Hermoza – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Perry Mongroo – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
PURPLE / Master / Male / Feather

First – Richard Fitzgerald – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Second – Luis Gomez – Lotus Club NYC

Third – James Reeves – Team Jucao USA

Third – Jose A Ramos – East Coast United Queens BJJ
PURPLE / Master / Male / Light

First – Jacob Willet – Clockwork Jiu-Jitsu

Second – Daniel Phoenix – Massachusetts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Third – Edgar Szabo – Nova União USA

Third – giyeol tak – Nova União USA
PURPLE / Master / Male / Middle

First – Marcus G. Surin – Cesar Pereira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – CTMMA

Second – Kevin MacMullen – TAC Team BJJ

Third – Thomas Flick – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Youssef Drihmi – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
PURPLE / Master / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Jason Fortier – Team Link
PURPLE / Master / Male / Super Heavy

First – Jon Terry – Kioto BJJ NYC

Second – Rodrigo Oliveira – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
PURPLE / Master / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Kym Sturdivant – Gladiator BJJ

Second – Mark Raposo – Fenix BJJ Woburn
PURPLE / Master / Male / Open Class

First – Kym Sturdivant – Gladiator BJJ

Second – Mark Raposo – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Jason Fortier – Team Link

Third – Jose Hermoza – Brazilian Top Team
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Feather

First – Scott Vieira – Renzo Gracie

Second – Nakia L. McCauley – Combat Sports Boston
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Light

First – Oscar Calderon – Aldo Batista’s Club BJJ-ABC BJJ \ ICON JJ TEAM

Second – George Acuna – Renzo Gracie Newark – Team Bittencourt

Third – Michael Bourque – Team Link
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Middle

First – Uilton R Dias – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Second – Leonardo Leite – Gracie Barra

Third – michel garcia – GF Team
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Heavy

First – Brett Oteri – Connors Jiu Jitsu
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Nels R. Larson – Team Jucao USA
PURPLE / Senior 1 / Male / Open Class

First – Brett Oteri – Connors Jiu Jitsu

Second – Nels R. Larson – Team Jucao USA
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Light

First – Dawson Daminelli – Brazilian Top Team

Second – John Murphy – Nexus Martial Arts & Fitness

Third – Mark A Moynihan – Gladiator BJJ
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Middle

First – nadir khelifi – Alliance NYC

Second – Richard Compton Harrison IV – BMAC / GF Team Boston

Third – Eric Fowke – Brazilian Top Team
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Heavy

First – Joseph C Westbury – Gladiator BJJ
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Super Heavy

First – David Pasquarelli – BMAC / GF Team Boston
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Victor I. Bazzani – Brazilian Top Team
PURPLE / Senior 2 / Male / Open Class

First – John Murphy – Nexus Martial Arts & Fitness

Second – Dawson Daminelli – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Victor I. Bazzani – Brazilian Top Team
PURPLE / Senior 3 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Marcelo Avila – GF Team
PURPLE / Senior 3 / Male / Super Heavy

First – Marcelino Amaro – Gracie Barra
PURPLE / Senior 3 / Male / Open Class

First – Marcelino Amaro – Gracie Barra

Second – Marcelo Avila – GF Team
BROWN / Adult / Male / Light Feather

First – Wesclay F Sardinha – Kioto BJJ NYC

Second – Fabio R Lima – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Frederic Koomsatira – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Bruno Ayolphi Braz – Kimura BJJ
BROWN / Adult / Male / Feather

First – Alex Ecklin – Nova União USA

Second – Rene Eduardo Lopez – Drysdale BJJ

Third – Julio Cesar Dias de Almeida – Best Way BJJ / American Top Team Boston
BROWN / Adult / Male / Light

First – Gianni P Grippo – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Second – Van Allen Flores – Nova União USA

Third – Carlos E. Fernandes – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Jimmy Dang Khoa Tat – BJJ Revolution Team Vermont
BROWN / Adult / Male / Middle

First – Javier Valenciano Yamuni – Renzo Gracie International

Second – Brian J Beaury II – Atlas Jiu Jitsu

Third – Michael Grant Schweiger – Alliance NYC

Third – Collin Anthony Moran – Alliance
BROWN / Adult / Male / Heavy

First – Roberto Torralbas – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Todd Brandon Mueckenheim – Gracie Tampa South

Third – Adam Jetton – Nova União Hawai

Third – Donald Thomas Bailey – O.C. Carlson Gracie Academy
BROWN / Adult / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Shaun Robert Durfee – Easton BJJ
BROWN / Adult / Male / Open Class

First – Roberto Torralbas – Team Lloyd Irvin

Second – Michael Grant Schweiger – Alliance NYC

Third – Fabio R Lima – Alliance Marcelo Garcia

Third – Gianni P Grippo – Alliance Marcelo Garcia
BROWN / Adult / Female / Light

First – Vianca J Jager – East Coast United Queens BJJ

Second – Marcela Lawton – De La Riva Jiu-Jitsu USA
BROWN / Adult / Female / Middle

First – Nathalia Abrahao Azoff – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Folana Dione Miller – Nova União USA
BROWN / Adult / Female / Open Class

First – Nathalia Abrahao Azoff – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Vianca J Jager – East Coast United Queens BJJ
BROWN / Master / Male / Light

First – Johnny Zemouli – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Joao Paulo Meira Cruvinel – GF Team
BROWN / Master / Male / Middle

First – Luciano Chris Ucci – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Stivy Roberto da Cunha – Renzo Gracie

Third – José da Silva Mota Neto – Sá Team
BROWN / Master / Male / Super Heavy

First – Joshua E Owen – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Second – Gregory Linton Brown – Combat Sports Boston
BROWN / Master / Male / Open Class

First – Joshua E Owen – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Second – Gregory Linton Brown – Combat Sports Boston

Third – Stivy Roberto da Cunha – Renzo Gracie

Third – José da Silva Mota Neto – Sá Team
BROWN / Master / Female / Light

First – Melissa Anne Bardfield – Renzo Gracie
BROWN / Senior 1 / Male / Feather

First – Scott R Green – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Anthony Ricco Lacaprucia – Team Link
BROWN / Senior 1 / Male / Light

First – Cesar A. de Souza – Nova União USA

Second – Talal Sulaiman Alrasheed – Yamasaki Academy
BROWN / Senior 1 / Male / Open Class

First – Cesar A. de Souza – Nova União USA

Second – Scott R Green – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Anthony Ricco Lacaprucia – Team Link
BROWN / Senior 2 / Male / Light

First – Kham Kone Ngondara – Academy of Combative Arts
BROWN / Senior 2 / Male / Middle

First – Matthew Brent Kinberger – Team Link

Second – Joseph Thompson – Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
BROWN / Senior 2 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Michael James Atkin – SAS Team USA
BROWN / Senior 2 / Male / Open Class

First – Matthew Brent Kinberger – Team Link

Second – Kham Kone Ngondara – Academy of Combative Arts

Third – Joseph Thompson – Soca Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Third – Michael James Atkin – SAS Team USA
BROWN / Senior 3 / Male / Light

First – Brian D. Ellis – Team Link
BROWN / Senior 3 / Male / Open Class

First – Brian D. Ellis – Team Link
BLACK / Adult / Male / Feather

First – José Luis dos Santos Varella – GF Team

Second – Jefferson Luiz da Cruz Cordeiro – NBJJ

Third – Raphael B. Ribeiro Fernandes – Renzo Gracie
BLACK / Adult / Male / Light

First – Renan Borges – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Francisco Antonio Iturralde Lara – Alliance NYC

Third – Oliver Leys Geddes – Roger Gracie Academy

Third – Keith Jason Florian – Florian Martial Arts Center
BLACK / Adult / Male / Middle

First – Rafael Monteiro Barbosa – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Second – Francisco Daniel Pires Tavares – SAS Team USA

Third – Christopher J Reymann – Renzo Gracie

Third – Luciano Cristovam Rodrigues Jr. – Renzo Gracie
BLACK / Adult / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira – GF Team

Second – Jarod R Lawton – T1 BJJ

Third – Leonardo I. Iturralde Aguirre – Alliance Ecuador
BLACK / Adult / Male / Heavy

First – Nicolau Eduardo – Barbosa Jiu Jitsu

Second – Kevin E Sheridan – Alliance NYC

Third – Rani Fawzi Matuk – Boston BJJ

Third – Daniel Simmler – Serra BJJ Academy
BLACK / Adult / Male / Super Heavy

First – Ronnie Wuest Jr. – Balance

Second – Raphael B. Carneiro Fischetti – Fenix BJJ Woburn
BLACK / Adult / Male / Open Class

First – Vitor Henrique Silva Oliveira – GF Team

Second – Luciano Cristovam Rodrigues Jr. – Renzo Gracie

Third – Oliver Leys Geddes – Roger Gracie Academy

Third – Jarod R Lawton – T1 BJJ
BLACK / Adult / Female / Light

First – Bibiana Dios Tan Pacini S. Silva – American Top Team
BLACK / Adult / Female / Open Class

First – Bibiana Dios Tan Pacini S. Silva – American Top Team
BLACK / Master / Male / Light Feather

First – Daniel Campos Oliver – De La Riva JJ
BLACK / Master / Male / Light

First – Bradley Michael Court – TAC Team BJJ

Second – Nicholas Falcão Moraes – SAS Team USA
BLACK / Master / Male / Middle

First – Robson de Lima Rodrigues – GF Team

Second – Jonatas Novaes do Nascimento – Brasa

Third – Bradley James Souders – Tatu BJJ
BLACK / Master / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Omar Sabha – Brazilian Top Team

Second – Leonardo O Da Silva – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut

Third – Breno Francisco Vieira de Andrade – American Top Team
BLACK / Master / Male / Heavy

First – Lincoln Jeferson Pereira – Gracie Elite Team America

Second – Brian Wade Caldwell – Brazilian Top Team
BLACK / Master / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Anthony G. Galeano – Cavalcanti BJJ – Carlson Gracie Las Vegas
BLACK / Master / Male / Open Class

First – Jonatas Novaes do Nascimento – Brasa

Second – Lincoln Jeferson Pereira – Gracie Elite Team America

Third – Brian Wade Caldwell – Brazilian Top Team

Third – Omar Sabha – Brazilian Top Team
BLACK / Senior 1 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Andre M Medeiros – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Ronaldo Baptista Campos – Fenix BJJ/ Marlboro
BLACK / Senior 1 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Jefferson Ferreira Borgo – GF Team
BLACK / Senior 1 / Male / Open Class

First – Jefferson Ferreira Borgo – GF Team

Second – Andre M Medeiros – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Third – Ronaldo Baptista Campos – Fenix BJJ/ Marlboro
BLACK / Senior 2 / Male / Middle

First – Robert Gutierrez – East Coast United Queens BJJ
BLACK / Senior 2 / Male / Medium Heavy

First – Carlos Alberto Terrinha – Gracie Barra
BLACK / Senior 2 / Male / Ultra Heavy

First – Gilmar Ferreira Santos – Fenix BJJ Woburn

Second – Shaun Michael Wagner – BMAC / GF Team Boston
BLACK / Senior 2 / Male / Open Class

First – Gilmar Ferreira Santos – Fenix BJJ Woburn

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Fixing the Most Common Armbar Mistakes

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Hip movement is the heart and soul of Brazilian jiu jitsu and grappling in general. When trying to lock a submission such as the triangle or the armbar or even the triangle armbar (serious ninja mystery!) then the most important factor for success is getting your engine (the hips) aligned to the joint you’re trying to attack (the elbow (armbar) / the neck (triangle))

When attacking with an armbar from guard, use the foot on the hip  to align your hips with the elbow you're attacking

When attacking with an armbar from guard, use the foot on the hip to align your hips with the elbow you’re attacking

Question: Where does red in the second picture need to move the hips to put on a triangle-armbar?

Answer: You’re hips are always chasing the joint you’re trying to break, in this case the elbow, so to his / her left

If you're countering the posturing escape against the triangle choke with  an armbar, it's very important to move your hips out and align them with the elbow you're attacking

If you’re countering the posturing escape against the triangle choke with
an armbar, it’s very important to move your hips out and align them with the elbow you’re attacking

In the first instance, get your foot on the hip, or on the mat if you have long legs. That’s not the main issue. Why you put the foot down is. You put it down so you can: chase the elbow, both by rotating but more importantly to bridge your hips up into the armpit to trap the elbow, while the second leg climbs and clamps on their back. Which way do you move your hips? You chase the elbow. If it’s their right arm you’ve trapped, you scoot your hips to their right (your left) and both align yourself behind the elbow and make sure it’s high on your body and not almost out past your groin.

Always chase the elbow, or whichever joint you’re trying to lock. Everything else should fall into place from there.

I will leave you an excellent video on correcting arm bar mistakes:

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BJJ Injuries Happen and What to Do

We here at Team Link Ludlow, we train hard, but train smart. Injuries will happen in any sport. We take all the proper precautions. Have fun and go hard!!!!!

common-injuries in Western Mass

A few nights ago I was sitting on the mats talking with a few of my teammates from our competition team, and then I realized we had all actually been talking about our current injuries for the majority of the conversation. No, we certainly weren’t all sitting around throwing ourselves a pity party. We were sharing valuable information with each-other on how to get healthy again. Chances are, the injuries you experience in BJJ are not new. You likely know someone who has experienced the same injury. So it makes sense that you would take advantage of that social capital around you.

When you train hard, train a lot, or simply train long enough, you are bound to develop some injuries. When you’re a jiu jitsu “junkie”, one day away from the mats can become an eternity, so you find ways to compensate for injuries just to make it into class. Unfortunately, some injuries can leave you out of commission, and you find yourself going crazy wanting to get back out on the mats. The good news is that some other obsessed individual has likely already experienced the same thing and figured out the fastest road to recovery. So let’s tap into some common injuries, and see what others have to say about a speedy recovery that will have you back out on the mats in no time!

Note: We are not doctors, so don’t kid yourself. The information below is for educational purposes, and is not designed to diagnose or treat any conditions.

Outside Knee Sprain:

Outside Knee Sprain

As someone that has experienced a fair amount of knee injuries and surgeries, I can say that without a doubt that ice is your best friend. Other things that have made  a big difference for myself when dealing with this particular type of knee injury is the inclusion of collagen and hyaluronic acid supplements. Making sure that your legs are strong and balanced can help prevent future injuries, and when recovering from an injury, nothing helps more than improving flexibility and dexterity. Yoga poses have provided a tremendous benefit to myself. You may also want to look at methodologies like “Ginastica” as well. Loosening up your hips and IT bands can provide a way to address a common root problem. Foam rolling and stretching can be some of the best ways to address this issue.

Jacked Up Fingers!

hurt fingers in BJJ

My close friend and podcast co-host, Jon “the Queen” Perrine, recently shared some valuable knowledge with me about keeping my hands healthy. Jon often tapes his fingers  to save his grips and fingers from unnecessary damage. By taping your fingers correctly you can reduce your ability to squeeze, thus saving your hands and fingers from “over-gripping”. If you are the kind of guy that squeezes every grip as hard as you can, and then leaves class writhing in pain. You might wan to give taping a try. Again, ice is your friend when recovering from almost any injury. Finally, by improving grip strength by performing exercises like: farmers walks, dead hangs, and gi pullup’s, you can build a strong grip that will protect your hands in-of-itself.

Sore Neck

Neck Injuries in BJJ

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I really messed up my neck at BJJ practice, but then “popped” it by twisting it with my hands and it felt 100% better after that!!!!!”? Yeah, me neither, so don’t mess with your neck when it feels sore and injured. It is injured, so treat it with respect. Roll out the muscles against a wall by using a lacrosse ball, and then use ice to help the muscles recover more quickly. Using menthol creams to warm up the muscles prior to exercise or training can also help when you are easing back into activity. Ultimately, you need to make your neck stronger as soon as it’s healthy again. Practicing bridges on the mat before class can help you build and strengthen these muscles.

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Suggestions For Grappling Marathon Style
If you are going to be grappling all day, here is some advise.

1. Bring at least four gis, with accompanying rashguards
2. Forget utilising pocket grips too heavily, your finger grips will blow after 6 hours or so. Use pistol grip from the get go.
3. Pace it conservatively, i.e. a break every 3,4 rolls, even more towards the wee hours.
4. Avoid Red Bull, caffeine etc, the crash is evil, just get lots of sleep night before and then plan to take a nap in between if needed with someone to nudge you to wake up at X hour.
5. There should be snacks but bring your own just in case, esp in wee hours when shops are closed.
6. Drinks lots (obviously)
7. Bring something to sharpen the mind when resting, eg Facebook or Twitter updates and answering social media messages is a good one, or something, just to break away from the mats for ten minutes or so.
8. Use the chance to work on crazy positions, try new techniques, have a sort of plan or list of things you want to try since clearly you will not be rolling like it is the Mundials (though the odd hard roll is actually quite stimulating)
9. Bring a towel – several in fact – to wipe your sweat and save one for the amazing shower facilities when it all ends.
10. Enjoy the day, it’s a great achievement to hit the big 24 hours. Last year I managed roughly 21 hours straight then collapsed waking up with half an hour to go before the end.

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Summer is here!!!! Get fit with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Team Link Ludlow

x-guard sweep in action

x-guard sweep in action

Discover the “Little Known Secrets” to Quickly Becoming Stronger, Healthier, More Energized and Confident While Learning Self-Defense Skills That Can Save Your Life!

I’m not sure if you thought Martial Arts were “just a kids thing.” But when you read further you’ll find out that is certainly not the case. Yeah, you’re right, a lot of kids are doing martial arts. But…Guys just like you are discovering that “having it all” and getting in shape can be a reality…
And really quick…I’m sure you’ve heard of MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, and Kickboxing, right? Well, I get questions all the time from professional men just like you who aren’t quite sure if training was only reserved for guys who watch a lot of Spike TV or have tattoos covering a high percentage of their bodies.
I can assure that what you’re about to discover is something that you’ll find to be simply amazing!
What I’m about to describe to you has the answers you’ve been searching for when it comes to getting in shape and adding some excitement back into your life!
First, please take a second to answer these questions….
� Are you interested in managing stress so you can feel better and more accomplished in your business and personal life everyday?
� Do you want to get some balance back into your life so you can feel good knowing that you’re looking out for number 1?
� Are you interested in increasing your self-confidence and personal magnetism to improve your persuasive abilities in your professional and social life?
� Do you want to get in the best shape of your life without being ‘bored to tears’ with your exercise routine?
� How would like to become more flexible than 90% of your peers so you are less prone to nagging injuries that can zap the quality out of your life?

Plus…

How many ‘dumb dumbs’ do you have to deal with all day? Wouldn’t it be great to get around some goal oriented success conscious people who have the same interests as you?
I know what your thinking… I want to get in shape first.
You DO NOT Have To Be ‘In Shape’ To Get Started!
Face it! You can’t keep waiting until you are “fit enough” to really get in shape! Do you wait until all of the lights are green before you start your commute to work?
Our Martial Arts training is designed to accommodate you!
We have workouts tailored to increase your flexibility, coordination, balance, reflexes, strength … and you’ll get in the best shape of your life. I can tell you some amazing stories of students losing up to 60 lbs, and doing away with bad habits forever! You’ll be amazed. Another common excuse is…
“I’m too busy right now. Maybe I’ll start training three months from now when things quiet down a bit…” Well guess what? Later never comes.
Please don’t get me wrong: if your work and/or family commitments make it impossible for you to train right now then I have a lot of sympathy for you. Although it’s sometimes hard to admit, family does come first.

But…
…if you’re ‘too busy’ to train and still manage to watch 2 hours of TV, or spend your whole weekend playing video games, then you’re NOT too busy. It’s just that you have different priorities. At some point you have to make the decision, “Do I want to learn martial arts?”, and if the answer is “Yes!”, then you have to adjust those priorities accordingly. The bottom line is…
You Can Make A Positive Change In Your Life NOW!
But only if you take action….This is YOUR Moment….
Whether you want to just get in shape, learn self defense, compete or become a Martial Arts black belt, we’ve made getting started very easy and convenient for you. All you need to do is call us at (413) 589-0080 to set up a FREE Introductory Trial and Consultation or visit us at www.linkbjj.com

Why Competing BJJ Makes You Better, Springfield Mass

Today’s feature is going to lean on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) competition, but it can be applied in a much broader term. Here are some benefits to competing, I recommend do it as much as you can.

Learn How to Keep Your Cool in an Unfavorable Situation

This could be one the largest benefactors in one’s own self growth.  This can be obtained while training your school, but competition will be the proving ground of this skill.

You can’t allow your environment impact your state of mind. You have trained as hard you can, remember to remain calm and remember what you have learned.

Everyone wants to win, but sometimes your match can take a turn to worst. Remain focuses, and you may prove yourself in the long run

You Will Learn Your Weaknesses

Win or lose, you can not control how things play out sometimes. You will come across opponents that have trained differently than you and that have different skills.

Use this to benefit your training going forward. Focus more on what you are not good at. Train the things that are hard for you. That means you will get better.

Put Time Into Yourself

You get what you put in. This is true for all aspects of life. You can not expect to be better than the guy that put in an extra mile than you, because he is already that far ahead. You must invest in order to progress.

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Essential Reading for Jiu Jitsu in Western Mass

For this article I thought I would take a few minutes to recommend a few good books for Jiu Jitsu students to read. If you take the time to study these books I really feel that it will help you learn and grow as a Jiu Jitsu student and Martial Artist. The following books have all been selected for various reasons and have something to offer for everyone.

1. “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle

This is a fascinating book on the study of genius and talent in all areas of life. The application of this to your Jiu Jitsu training, competition career or development into a great martial artist will become immediately apparent! It is such a great book that I often buy it as a gift and always recommend it to everyone regardless of their skill set, knowledge or position in life. It will change your perception and understanding of what it takes to be great in your field and really can change your life!

2. “Advanced Jiu Jitsu” by Marcelo Garcia

Does anything really need to be said about this? Marcelo Garcia is one of the greatest Jiu Jitsu competitors of all time and this book offers you an insight into some of the techniques and strategies that make him stand a head and shoulders above the competition.Very detailed and insightful, you will learn a lot about what makes Marcelo tick why and how he does what he does. A great book that you simply must have in your Jiu Jitsu library!

3. “The Art Of Learning” by Josh Waitzkin

An entertaining read into the mind of a chess prodigy who went on to study Kung Fu and even become one of Marcelo Garcia’s first black belts! Although the book makes no mention of Jiu Jitsu it is a thoroughly enjoyable read and offers great insight into the ability to learn, question, solve problems and overcome obstacles.

4. “Submit Everyone” by Dave Camarillo

Finally a book on strategy and the application of tactics in Jiu Jitsu! “Submit Everyone” is a brilliant guide in hunting for the submission. Dave treats the mat as a battleground and teaches you how to wage war on your opponent and emerge the victor! The material taught in this book is not available anywhere else for Jiu Jitsu students. A sensational book, one of a kind and hopefully the first in a series to come!

So there you have it, four of my top recommendations as essential reading for all Jiu jitsu students and anyone interested in the grappling arts! I highly recommend you make these books a part of your own personal library, you will not regret it! :-)

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