These past few months have proved to be not only busy for Nava BJJ, but have also proved to test our skills to the limit. We have been actively participating in local, and out of state tournaments. This is all in hopes that we will grow as competitors, and Jiu Jitsu practitioners. August 10, 2013 Nava BJJ/Nova Uniao headed to the Las Vegas Summer International Open. This turned out to be an exciting opportunity to watch our team Nova Uniao as a whole seal the first place spot. Some of the highlights from Nava BJJ competitors themselves were Jeanine Knapp, and Grace Campbell closing out their light feather weight divisions. The girls respectively did an awesome job on the mat making the team extremely proud of their hard work. Gary Hatch did an outstanding job taking second in his division, and 3rd in the open division. Aaron Wilson continued the wins with securing 3rd in his division. Paul Nava took 2nd in his division adding more medals to this already exciting day. It was a victorious day overall with Nova Uniao taking first with an 80 point lead over Gracie Barra. Great job team!!
In September a small group headed out to compete at the nationals 2013 Gi and Nogi tournament. In the Gi Brandon Walker placed 3rd in his division getting the team off on the right foot. Jenni Monroe also took 3rd representing Nava BJJ women with lots of strength and skill to back it up. The medals continued as Gary Hatch placed 3rd in his division! In the Nogi Brandon Walker represented Nava BJJ proudly by bringing home the Gold in his division. Jose Munoz competed in his division and the open taking 3rd in both. Great job Jose! After some intense matches Aaron Wilson took silver in his division. It was an overall great trip, and just another opportunity to give us a reason to train hard. We are always so very proud of our competitors who show no fear when stepping on the mats. They not only show amazing skill, but have no problem learning from their experiences!
Master Seniors Worlds was the next tournament that Eddie Morrow, Jeremiah Heisterman, Dave Barnes and Coach Paul headed out too. The team took this opportunity to compete as a great learning experience! They had the chance to compete in some very technical matches and fought hard every step of the way. Coach Paul took Gold in his division! We are very proud of him, and the Nava BJJ team who continue to support him as not only a team but as a family.
On October 26th and 27th we took a large team to compete at the 5th Southwest Classic. Combined with the students from Nava BJJ our affiliate GFS brought a large group making this one of the largest groups Team Nava BJJ has brought to a tournament. This event was filled with talent, skill, and display of heart every step of the way! The kids did an awesome job competing at the Southwest Classic. This was also one of the largest kids groups taken to a tournament to date. Thank you GFS as well for encouraging and supporting your kids in competition every step of the way! All of the kids clearly worked hard before hitting the mats. It would be hard to point out all the highlights because there were way too many. The team as a whole showed such intensity when coming into this event, and especially when getting on the mats. The family vibe was in the air as we cheered each other on to victory. Some of the exciting moments included Jose Munoz who had a total of 6 fights in both divisions. In the final open match he met fellow Nava BJJ team member Gary Hatch who also had won Gold in his division. As they met in this last match in the open Gary respectfully bowed out to Jose earning him the Gold, and Gary the silver! It was very similar to the last local tournament where Gary and Aaron Wilson met in the finals at the open weight division after having won their respective divisions. The best moment was yet to come..Nava BJJ secured the first place trophy as a team! The team worked extremely hard in every way for this opportunity, and for this moment. We definitely won’t take it for granted, and we realize there will always be the need for constant training on our part as a team. Great Job to Nava BJJ/GFS!!!
Lastly several Nava BJJ teammates headed to compete at the 2013 World Nogi championships. Brandon Walker, and Jose Contreres faced several tough opponents in their individual divisions. They did an awesome job of representing the hard work put into their daily training. Coach Paul took Gold at his very 1st Worlds Nogi tournament securing his second Gold of the year at a Worlds event!
In just a few short months the team has done some pretty exciting things in the Jiu Jitsu community. We are extremely grateful to have this family, and hope we can give back as much as they give to us. So until next time..see you on the mats.
The summer for Nava BJJ has been a very busy one. We have worked hard, and had many victories along the way. On June 8th we held promotions. These events are great opportunities to honor the dedication of these students who have put so much time into achieving this goal. The names of students promoted on June 8th are as follows:
I am extremely proud of each one of these students for many reasons. They each not only trained hard to earn this honor, but they all have a fierce dedication to competition at tournaments. I look forward to seeing great things from each of them in the years to come. I am also excited to see my very first white to Purple belt, Aaron Wilson. The excitement will continue as we have more promotions coming up in November. Stay Tuned!
On June 29th and 30th Nava BJJ headed to the Az BJJ 2013 State Championships. This would prove to be another exciting tournament for all of my students, and a rewarding opportunity for our team. The names of all the students who medaled are as follows:
Grace Campbell 2nd-Light feather
Alex Kray 3rd-Light feather
Amber Burkey 3rd-Light feather
Jimmy Chavez 3rd-Light
Kim Mullins 3rd-Middle
Keola Kalama 1st-Ultra heavy
Steven Enriquez 2nd-Middle
Josh Herald 2nd-Super heavy
Jeryme Spitzer 3rd-Middle
Mike Van Osten 3rd-Middle
James Grunert 1st-Heavy
Richard Young 1st- Ultra Heavy
Brandon Walker 2nd-Medium Heavy
Raymond Calderon 2nd-Light feather
Daniel Rodriguez 2nd- Rooster
Jenny Larson 2nd-light
Nate Steen 1st-Super Heavy
Luis Varela 1st-Ultra Heavy
Koa Kalama 2nd-Heavy
Kevin Tyrell 2nd-Light
Nolan Daniels 3rd-Light
Aaron Wilson 1st-Light
Gary Hatch 1st-Middle
Jose Munoz 3rd-Medium Heavy
Ross Brantner 2nd-Medium Heavy
Eddie Morrow 3rd-Light
David Barnes 3rd-Middle
Daniel Madrid 3rd-Heavy
Christian P. 1st
Lukas V. 2nd
Luis V. 2nd
Kade G. 2nd
Hayden G. 3rd
Maximus F. 3rd
Patrick M. 3rd
Jordan A. 3rd
I also want to acknowledge Nava BJJ instructors on their outstanding performances as well:
Ryan Heilman 1st-Brown middle
Sarah Black 1st-Purple middle
As always I enjoyed the different aspects of watching my team perform, and learn along the way. It was definitely a great time watching two brand new purple belts (Gary Hatch and Aaron Wilson) win their divisions, and close out the open together. The team did outstanding as a whole, and we were very fortunate to take a 2nd place spot overall at the AZ BJJ State Championships. I look forward to the next event as does my team. It’s always a great opportunity to grow...win or lose.
Things have been non-stop at Nava BJJ since my last update! There have been lots of events, and excitement. So it’s time to recap, and highlight some of the memorable moments over the past few months for Nava BJJ!
Paul Nava Side Control
Daniel Madrid First Win
On April 27, 2013 we took a team out to participate in the Vegas Spring Open. As always the team brought their comradery and skills to the mat in another exciting Spring tournament. Nava BJJ team support has always been paramount to all we participate in, and has helped us as we face each challenge on the mat. Our Team contributed 34 points to the overall Nova Uniao team tally. Rich Young was a standout taking double gold in his division and the open! We left feeling victorious for those the students that medaled, and encouraged for the ones that learned in the process! Here are the medalist as follows:
Rich Young-Gold (in his division) Gold (in open)
Paul Nava-Bronze (in my division) Bronze (in open)
On May 4th the kids and women of Nava BJJ headed out to compete at the Kids Cup and Copa Bella tournament. I was very excited for the kids, and ladies that had trained so hard to participate in this annual event. The kids who competed were as follows:
These kids ALL did fantastic, and continue to make their instructors proud as they display their hard work in competition! The women did a phenomenal job securing the womens team a 4th place spot in the Copa Bella! The women of Nava BJJ have such a heart for competition, and know how to bring it every time they head into a Jiu Jitsu event! The Medalists and competitors are as follows:
Julissa Ramirez- Bronze
The last week of May the team went to Long Beach to compete in the most prestigious tournament in the world. We took a team of six and went with high expectations for everyone involved. As with any tournament it was definitely a learning experience for each of us myself included. As I spent much of the time coaching I also absorbed a lot of information, and technique that would better assist my team for future competition. They all fought with great skill, and have the determination to let this be a stepping stone to greater things! We are extremely proud of our Judo coach Sarah Black for becoming a World Champ and bringing home some Gold! Here are the students that went to Worlds:
June 8th was a great day when I promoted 8 more students to their new belts! These guys all have put so much into their journey with Jiu Jitsu. I can always depend on their dedication to their training, and their teammates! I was especially excited for the promotion of my very first white to purple belt Aaron Wilson! Great Job to everyone!! Here is the list of students as follows:
Jacob Medina: Blue
Chris Rottinger: Blue
Gustavo Dantes came out to Nava BJJ on June 15th to Give a seminar on The Berimbolo to raise money for Nova Uniao student Christian Broadnax. Christian is a very talented, and dedicated Jiu Jitsu practitioner who was heading to Brazil for further training. This opportunity provides him a chance to learn and experience Jiu Jitsu with some of the best instructors in the world for three months. Nava BJJ is always proud to support other team members as they follow their dreams in such a rewarding sport!
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!