HUGE SALE going on right now at Twisted Fitness/Alliance BJJ of Madison. All Storm Classic Kimonos-Normally priced at $200, now just $175. These are the Finest Kimonos that Storm produces and are a GREAT value at this price! All Alliance Apparel on sale as well. Sweatshirts are $10 off and T-Shirts are $5 off, only while supplies last! Once they are gone, they are gone and the sale is done! Don’t wait!
October 13th was a HUGE day for our Kid’s BJJ program. These Kid’s have all been working so hard, learning the techniques, Learning how to lose and win with dignity and respect, and learning their leadership skills which will drive them into adulthood. This was an amazing day as everyone who tested had a phenomenal showing of technique and were also great partners for their teammates when they were demonstrating. This has been an amazing journey so far and we look forward to seeing these kid’s grow and evolve even more!
Only a month after his awesome Gold Medal performance in the Chicago Open, Tony Mangi repeats his performance in the Charlotte Open down in Charlotte, NC. Tony has been training with us less than a year and this is his Third Medal (Two of them Gold) already this year. Tony is a very dedicated student who spends lots of time on the details and tries to attend as many classes as he can during the week. Tony is proof that hard work, coupled with a solid Methodology offered by the Alliance Team, can create champions in a very small amount of time. We look forward to seeing what Tony will do at Blue belt as well, which is surely coming soon!
Better Late than never, finally our write up for the Master Worlds Championships has arrived. This year Marked another stellar year for one of our Head Instructors, Sonya Plavcan. Sonya took Double Gold in last years Master World Championships for BJJ, winning both her Weight class (middle) and the Open weight class (no weight limit). This is considered one of the “Big 5” by the IBJJF, the organization responsible for competitive BJJ all over the world. The IBJJF Master World Championships is the biggest title for any competitor over 30 years of age. Winning this is definitely no simple task and lots of preparation and hard work go into competing in an event like this. Of course, Sonya, know for her strong work ethic and determination, trained as hard as she could for this event. Weeks out from the event most of Sonya’s competition had moved down a weight class from Middle to lightweight. Rather than risk not having anyone to compete with, Sonya immediately made a few adjustments to her already strict diet in order to make lightweight. She made the weight with ease as she is very determined to be successful and stepped on the mats in the lightweight division. Sonya dominated the competition, again not having a point scored on her for the whole competition. It is hard enough to win a tournament like this, but doing it without having a point scored on you is almost unheard of. We also had a few other competitors compete this weekend and while they did not reach the podium, which is always very difficult, they fought great and really showed that they belonged their. Congratulations to Sonya and everyone who made the trip to compete. As Always thanks again to the entire team who helped prepare the competitors, the spot at the podium does not happen on it’s own. it takes a great team to produce great competitors like ours and we are very happy to have you all on our side.
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!
After a little delay, we have finally had the time to get a write up for the Fuji tournament in Deforest, WI. What a stellar performance we had Adults and Kids alike. We are always proud of anyone who chooses to test themselves in the competition arena. While competitions is only a small part of what we do here and not the main focus of our program, we always like seeing our competitors be successful. this day would show us that we had a brand new crop of potential champions who took the mats for the first time in competition. They all looked prepared and the resulting Gold Medals were too numerous to count. We once again proved why we have the best BJJ program in the Madison area.
The day started with the Kid’s divisions and we got to work right away. We had 11 Kids compete at this tournament and everyone left with multiple medals. It was great to see these kid’s come together as a team to not only show case their skills, but to support one another in their competitions. Soon after the kids arrive at the venue, The more experienced immediately took a leadership role and began talking to the newer students about getting focused and talking to them about what to expect on the mats., They also lead the other Kids through warm ups and helped them with any last minute questions. It is always amazing to see our young talent take such great leadership roles.
The Kid’s got to work right away, taking their skills to the mat in phenomenal fashion. From Their wrestling and Judo to their Guard passing,m sweeps, and submission skills, no stone was left unturned. They dug deep into all of their training and unleashed some great Jiu-jitsu. One by one they began to rack up the gold medals, many of them having to face their team mates in the finals, which is never an easy thing to do. They showed great sportsmanship and whether they won or they learned, they smiled and performed their best. We are so proud of these young competitors and the example they set.
Next up was the Adults. Starting with the white belts, it was clear that we were going to continue having a stellar day of competition. The team showcased many of the techniques we have been working on in the academy, many finishing with submission victories on their way to the podium. Everyone who competed put in a lot of work in and out of the academy to be prepared. While not everyone can always be a champion, taking the time and effort to set forth a goal, push your self to your limits, test your self against other opponents, and learning how to both win and lose with humility are the reasons we love to compete. To say we were happy with the results would be an understatement. Between kids and adults we had close to forty competitors and not a one left the venue empty handed. There are more Medals than we can count, but inthe end, the memories of competing along side the team is always the best reward. We are so proud of everyone on the team, whether you compete, help other’s train to compete, provided a ride to the gym for someone, show up to train with a smile on your face every day, or just come out to support and cheer them on, you are all the reason we are the most successful BJJ team in the Madison area.
The first weekend in June marks the time when the best BJJ competitors in the World descend on to the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California for the IBJJF World Championships. Make no mistake, this is the highest level tournament an adult BJJ competitor can compete at. The list of competitors is always a “Who’s who” of top level athletes. Every match is a tough match and nothing is given away, everything is earned. We are blessed to have such a great team and training environment here, that we are always able to send multiple competitors to tournaments like these. Being the only team in the Madison Area (and one of the only in WI) who is able to train athletes to compete at such a high level, we are always expecting our athletes to perform well.
While not all of our athletes will make the podium each year, they always go out and fight their hardest, never giving an inch and using a superior mindset, coupled with tedious amount of hard training, to apply superior skill on the Mats. This year we were lucky to see the culmination of a great two year run by Maxine Knetter at Blue belt. Max has spent the past two years competing all over the Nation at Blue belt. She took Double Gold Medals at the New York Pro, Gold in Chicago Open in both the Fall and Spring, Double gold in Atlanta Open, Gold in San Antonio Open, and the list goes on. Max then fought at the IBJJF Pans, losing a hard fought match to the eventual Gold Medalist. Max would get her chance at redemption, having her second match at IBJJF Worlds be a rematch of that fight. Max had worked hard on fixing her mistakes from the Pans, and it paid off, securing a victory over a very tough Brazilian fighter with amazing talent. Max would end up making it to the Semi-finals of her Bracket and would end up with a bronze Medal in her division. No easy task at the World’s and we were very proud of her. But Max wasn’t done yet. Making the Podium in your division means you qualify for the Open class, which is the top competitors from ALL weight classes fighting in one division. The open class is where you truly test your BJJ against both the smaller, faster opponents and the bigger stronger ones. Everything has to be right to win each match, it is always a showcase of high level BJJ. Most of the Blue belts in these tournaments look better than many Black belts from your local non competition gyms. Their skills have been refined to truly apply their BJJ in real situations.
Well, Max got to work and immediately found her stride. Max made her way from opponent to opponent securing a victory at a time and again made it to the Semi-finals. It seems the Gold medal wasn’t meant to be and Max struggled with some spider Guard passing and ending up again Taking the Bronze medal in the Open class. But two Medals from World Championships is definitely amazing and we are so proud of her. It is worth noting that the woman who won Max’s weight class also won the open class, proving that Max’s division had THE toughest competitors at Female Blue belt in the World. The fact that Maxine could not only defeat Many of them, but bring home TWO Medals, proves how well the system is working. It is also worth noting that Max is 100% the result of putting hard work into the system we use. Max started out as a White belt with no experience and has followed the Alliance curriculum to a tee, embracing the details and learning great BJJ. Our system is simple and easy to use, meant for EVERYONE to learn BJJ. and as we can see, it is also capable of producing very high level competitors. So Max returned to Madison and proudly laid her Medals on the Front Desk for everyone to see. We will hang them in the Gym with Pride as we begin to prepare for the up coming events still to come this season. We still have many more competitions this year and many goals have been set by the competitors, so let’s keep up these great numbers we have had as well as the phenomenal attitude being put forth in training right now. It is really something special.
So we decided to surprise Maxine, not long after she returned from the World Championships, with a belt promotion. After her performance on BJJ’s on BJJ Highest stage and winning more tournaments this year than one could remember, it was definitely well deserved. She has managed to make the podium in every event and usually with the Gold Medal. While she was not able to take Gold at World Championships, she proved beyond a doubt, that she was one of the best blue belts in the World this past year. So at the end of a long night of training with the competition team, We called Max up front, recapped her history as a White and Blue belt, then promoted her to purple. We assured her that her technique was already on it’s way to being a great purple belt and that she would be back on top of the podium soon at her new rank. We are always so proud when ever any of our students wins a tournament, but more important is how the represent the Academy and Team as a whole. Max always thanks her coaches and her team mates (Every one of them) for helping her get as far as she has today. She is a great example of what any our students are capable of when they take advantage of everything our BJJ program has to offer. We look forward to watching Max take the next step in her journey. Max proved how ready she was, winning her first tournament at Purple belt only a week after this promotion. But you will have to read about that in our “Fuji Tournament Recap”, coming soon!!!