Team Ralph Gracie has been taking the tournament scene by storm!! On September 10, two of our students,JACOB AND JALEN ALAAN, aged 6 and 11 respectively, participated in NAGA in Las Vegas, one of the biggest BJJ tournaments. Jacob placed 1st in his division for Gi, and then tried the No-Gi division for the first time ever. Having never really trained in No-Gi, he took 1st place, much to the surprise of coaches from other academies whose kids had been training much longer! Jalen, Jacob’s older brother also took first place in Gi, but opted out of No-Gi since the kids in his weight class were way bigger. Both kids took home Samuari Swords, which they specifically went there to win!! Congratulations Alaan Family!!
The following Saturday, September 17, several of our students descended on The Las Vegas Convention Center to compete in the Quest for the Best BJJ and Submission Grappling Tournament and left with a bunch of medals and 4 LARGE belts. Following is a list of the competitors and what they won.
SEAN ROBERTS – 1ST PLACE BELT FOR BROWN BELT MIDDLE WEIGHT, FINISHING HIS OPPONENTS BY WAY OF SUBMISSION!
ELIZABETH RUIZ – 1ST PLACE BELT FOR BLUE BELT WOMEN’S DIVISION AND ALSO A 1ST PLACE BELT FOR ABSOLUTE INTERMEDIATE WOMEN’S DIVISION, BOTH BY WAY OF SUBMISSION!
TERRENCE QUINN – SILVER AND BRONZE MEDALS FOR YOUNG ADULTS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE SENIOR 1 DIVISION. GREAT JOB!
KEVIN LU – FOUR 1ST PLACE MEDALS AND ONE 1ST PLACE BELT FOR WIPING OUT EVERYONE ONE IN HIS DIVISION AND HIGHER DIVISIONS ALL DAY LONG! WE ARE VERY, VERY PROUD OF HIM. HE IS ONLY 14 YEARS OLD AND IS LOOKING AT A GREAT FUTURE IN JIU-JITSU.
DALLAS GRUBER – 1ST PLACE FOR NO-GI AND 2ND PLACE FOR GI.
GABRIEL LEAL – 1ST PLACE IN HIS DIVISION FOR GI AND 3RD PLACE AFTER FIGHTING 5 BLUE BELTS WHEN HE IS ONLY A WHITE BELT!
Congratulations to everyone!!!