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March was a banner month for the OpenMat Grappling Team. Last month saw our students competing at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments – many for the first time.
Nowhere did we have a better showing than the Grappling Industries Toronto event held at Ryerson University’s Kerr Hall. Grappling Industries is a BJJ and Submission-Wrestling tournament that holds round-robin qualifier tournaments across Canada, the United States and Australia with close ties to the Eddie Bravo Invitational. OpenMat MMA students have been competing at Grappling Industries tournaments since their inception and this year we had the largest turnout yet with many of our competitors taking home medals.
Taking home Gold were:
- Marco Antunes
- Amear Bani
- Adam Bucci
- Coach Brad Wykes
- Justin Lui
- Matt Gass
- Tania Andrade
- Spencer Balogh (kids)
- Marc Herscovitch
- Peter Malik
Special mentions go to Alanzi Mohammed, Helios Ng (first competition), Matthew Paladino, Diana Hammond (first competition), Pracha Chai (first competition), Ethan Tsai, Jamie Pacelo (first competition) all of whom fought great while representing OpenMat MMA in this packed competition.
Additionally congratulations to the competitors from our affiliate academy Tricky BJJ in Owen Sound, competing under Coach Kyle Reid (purple belt under Professor Elliott Bayev):
- Alex Bulatovic (Bronze)
- Nathan Hodges
- Jacob Ward
OpenMat competitors also fought at the Niagara BJJ Open where our student Brook Stacey took home bronze in NoGi and silver in Gi in her very firs competition and after only 3 months of training; a remarkable and inspirational showing. We also had Amear Bani taking home silver in NoGi competition.
Finally we had our Coach JP Bui compete in California on the world stage at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship.
We’re proud of each and every one of our students who showed the courage and dedication required to compete and are honoured to have our academy and it’s values represented by such capable athletes. Congratulations to everyone.