We have just returned from an outstanding weekend for our team and Academy! This year, Master World Championships was the biggest it has ever been. Hosting over 6,000 competitors over 4 days, this event would prove to be one of the largest tournaments in BJJ history. Master World Championships has become one of the premiere tournaments of competition season. Hosting high level athletes, Amazing seminars, Prestigious award ceremonies, this is an event that has grown to be a showcase for what the art and lifestyle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is all about.
First we have to recognize the HUGE accomplishment by one of our Head Professors, Sonya Plavcan. Sonya won her 4th World Title this year at Master Worlds. It is very difficult to win a world title, even more so to repeat it. Winning it 4 times has now solidified Sonya as one of the best female Master Black belts in the World.
Sonya spent the year ranked as one of the top female athletes in her division. This year, The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation wanted to make sure it honored it’s ranked master athletes. Sonya was the recipient of a certificate recognizing her as one of the top ranked Master’s women. The Federation stopped the entire tournament to pay recognition to the athletes and announced them one by one to stand and receive recognition. Sonya, already dressed in her GI and ready for her division, accepted the award and then proceeded to win one more World title.
After the competition was winding down, The Alliance team still had a lot of work to do. First was a Great Seminar that was free to anyone in attendance at the Master World Championships. This seminar would see some of the biggest names in the sport teaching some of their competition tested methods. Techniques taught by Cobrinha, Jacare, Fabio Gurgel, Bernardo Faria, and Gigi Paiva were all included in this once in a lifetime opportunity. Coupled with the attendance of even more high level champions on the mats, this seminar was sure to raise the level in anyone’s game.
Last but not least, The Alliance Team unveiled their new competition curriculum to a select few Alliance Instructors who were in attendance. This program, Lead by the Alliance Founders and developed by Lucas Lepri and Cobrinha, unleashes a new level of training for the competitors of ther Alliance Team. This true and tested method for competition preparation has already taken a foothold here at Alliance Madison/Twisted Fitness. We have no doubt it will help further shape us in the Alliance Image and continue to help us produce even more champions in the future. With the introduction of this program to our system, the schedule has changed accordingly, so make sure you stay updated on all the new things happening here in the academy.