Back from a great weekend at the IBJJF Chicago Open Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Championship. The Chicago Open is held twice every year and is by far the most prestigious tournament we have in the Midwest for BJJ. The talent level at these tournaments are higher than any other tournaments held in the area and attract some great competitors. Just looking through the brackets, you can see name after name of many world class competitors. Competing at this tournament is never easy. The team puts in lots of hard work on technique, conditioning, diet, and strength training to make sure we are ready to perform at our best. This was to be a one of the best showings we have ever had at this tournament, with almost every member of the competition team reaching the podium. This was just one more testament to how our curriculum and training programs are working so well. From White belt all the way through Black belt, we achieved medals in every division. Truly a world class performance from our competitors.
We have already had many fresh promotions this year, particularly to the purple belt, which is always a tough division to win. When we promote our students, we are always making sure they are ready to immediately be competitive at their next belt level. Our students proved this with two of the students recently promoted to purple belt took Gold Medals in their respective divisions. Always nice to know that the belt promotions were deserved and earned. It is never reassuring to a student when they can’t represent their belt level, so we always like to make sure we have prepared them for the next step in their journey. Overall, there were tons of medals earned and great technique shown on the mats. We know how hard it is to put it on the line and compete. To represent your belt and your team in competition, is the truest display of how great your BJJ is. Congrats to everyone who competed and the rest of the team that helped them prepare!
Stay tuned for the Master World Championship update coming very soon. Spoiler Alert……We had a phenomenal showing and a repeat World Champion!