Nava BJJ took the month of March by storm, and stepped out into competition. The beginning of March started out with the Want vs. Need tournament in Lawndale, Ca. Brandon Walker, Jose Contreras, and Thomas Keenan as well myself all headed down to this win by submission only tournament on March 2nd. Brandon submitted both of his opponents earning him a spot in the final tournament at the end of March. Jose went the distance with his competitor, and showed great skill on the mat. However he wasn’t able to submit his opponent as the tournament requires to move into the next phase of competition. Thomas Keenan who is a fellow Nova Uniao teammate had 4 exciting matches. He submitted all of his opponents securing his spot in the March 30th final Want vs. Need competition. Great job all by all three!
After returning home there was little time for rest as the team headed into training hard for the Pans 2013 tournament March 20-24th in Irvine, Ca. For the first time in 7 years I was disappointed to have not been able to compete due to a back injury. However my team was on fire, and that more than made up for it! John Gorrie had five very intense matches, and proudly earned the Bronze for showing such great skill. Chris Rottinger had 3 outstanding matches, and took the bronze medal home. Nate Steen had 4 exciting matches securing the bronze as well. Kevin Tyrell engaged in 4 matches which ultimately earned him the Gold! The Blue belts had a great showing all around of much skill and talent. I am VERY proud of each, and everyone on the team who put great efforts into the preparation for this event. This is a tournament showcasing the best, and you all represented proudly!
Kevin Tyrrell Gold.
Nate Steen Bronze.
Chris Rottinger Bronze.
John Gorrie Bronze.
Just to keep everything on track for the timeline of March I have to add what turned out to be not only a great surprise, but a moment I will never forget. Our awesome family lead by Jenni Larson’s inspiration decided to surprise me, and my wife with a ceremony to renew our vows. They went through a lot of effort to provide us with a real life Jiu Jitsu wedding from the team being dressed up in their Gi’s to our very own Jose Contreras getting ordained so that he could perform a ceremony like no other. His words were a great representation of the amazing 15 years I have shared so far with the love of my life. I can’t thank my team enough for being more than just a team, but for being a true family.
Things still kept rolling as a week later Brandon Walker, and Thomas Keenan headed out to the final competition of the Want vs. Need tournament. I am very proud at the dedication my student Brandon put into not only training, but also losing approximately 20 lbs to meet the weight requirements for this competition. Both guys ended up on the same side of the bracket with a match against each other being inevitable. Brandon submitted his first opponent, and faced Thomas in his second match. Thomas Keenan took that match, and ultimately won the tournament. Both guys represented Nova Unaio proudly as making it to this point was a great accomplishment!
Heading into April we had a great time of celebration as I proceeded to promote 12 students at Nava BJJ! It was a great honor to promote these dedicated students to the next phase in their Jiu Jitsu journey. Every one of them has the heart, and determination to deserve this great honor.
Ross Brantner: Purple
Dave Barnes: Purple
Nate Steen: Blue
Luis Varela: Blue
Kevin Tyrell: Blue
John Gorrie: Blue
Caine Morrow: Blue
Keith Morehead: Blue
Luis Varela: White/Grey stripe
Lucas Varela: White/Grey stripe
Frank Singleton: White/Grey stripe
Yolot Delfin: White/Grey stripe
GREAT JOB GUYS!!
I also wanted to recognize Nava BJJ’s judo instructor Sarah Black who had the great honor of winning a trip to Abu Dhabi to compete at one of the best tournaments in the world. She went against a European black belt champion, and lost by only one advantage. Sarah is an outstanding competitor, and judo instructor! She represented Nova Uniao, and our team proudly!