The 21st US Open took place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco this weekend. El Dorado Hills Jiu Jitsu had multiple competitors from kids to adults, white belts to brown belts in action on the mats. The tournament was a great event to measure everyones progress from the beginning of the year and set some new markers going into 2018. The US Open, along with the BJJ Tour, is a great and professional tournament organization that has been dedicated to improving and enhancing jiujitsu viewership and competition from the beginning of jiujitsu in the United States.
The 2016 BJJ TOUR ALL STAR Tournament took place in Santa Cruz, CA on the weekend of June 25th. This is a full day of action packed jiu-jitsu from kids as young as 4 years old to Masters in their 40s and 50s. The pinnacle of the tournament was the Black Belt Pro division with cash prizes going to the winner of the division and absolute (open class) category. The BJJ TOUR is a local jiujitsu organization that brings the highest quality of tournament production across the nation. We’re very grateful to have them based out of northern California.
From El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, we had five participants, and three of the participants were competing for the very first time.
Here are the quick results: – Michael: SILVER (Kids Yellow belt) – Brenda: SILVER (Adult White belt) – Trixie: GOLD (Adult White belt) – Mark: BRONZE (Master Blue belt) – Allicia: BRONZE (Adult Blue belt) SILVER (open class)
This was also the first time we had three female competitors in the same tournament. It was great to see them prepare diligently and take on the challenge of competition. There were some great learning moments both in victory and defeat for each competitor. We look forward to see them bring back their experiences into the academy.
Trixie and Allicia took the breath away from everyone in the audience with their stellar performances. Trixie, making her tournament debut fell behind in the opening of the match, but after a few breaths to regain her composure, quickly regained control of the match. She ended up winning by arm bar, but only after taking a near 10 point lead in the match. Allicia fell to a tough opponent by a close margin in the semi finals of the weight category, but when matched up agains the same opponent later in the afternoon in the open class, fought tooth and nail to beat the same opponent. Both competitors showed a lot of persistence and patience in their matches.
The Adult Black Belt Pro featured some of the best in the world at the BJJ TOUR ALL STAR Tournament this year. starting with Tarsis Humphreys, Joao Gabriel Rocha, Manny Diaz, Nathan Mendelsohn, Diego Hertzog, Jonatas Novaes, it was great to be able to watch some world class jiu jitsu take place in northern California. We look forward to training and participating in the next BJJ TOUR event, the US OPEN, at the end of October.
Here is one of the finals matches from the Adult Black Belt Pro divisions. Enjoy!
In April, EDH JiuJitsu participated in one of the BJJ Tour – All Star competitions held in San Francisco, CA. The ALL STAR was held in the Cow Palace, an big and exciting venue for tournament competition.
Zack with a double leg takedown to start the match and score 2 points!
EDH JIu Jitsu had 5 competitors in the kids / teens divisions and 6 competitors in the adult/master divisions. The All Star is one of the professional cash prize tournaments for black belts, offering prize money for the champions of the black belt weight divisions and open class division.
Angel Scrambles to finish on top!
The team did an incredible job preparing and training for the tournament. We always want to approach training for competitions in a three part process. The first being the preparation. Getting the body and mind prepared for tournament performance. The second being the actual event or tournament. The third being the reflection and corrections based on the event. Following the three part process ensures that each competitor gets the most out of their time training and make conscious technical and mental improvements to better our performance next time.
Tanner transitions from submission to submission and gets the win!
The next California BJJ Tour competition takes place in Santa Cruz, CA at the end of June. We look forward to seeing the competitors improvements over the last few months and how their changes and technical additions have improved them on the mat!
Tournaments are a constant reminder of the spirit of kaizen (written 改善 in Japanese). This idea is the spirit of constant improvement and growth. Making small and incremental improvements each and every day. This idea took precedence in Japan during the post war era when the Japanese automobile industry saw incredible growth. While the process reshaped the entire automobile industry, at the core and emphasis of the process was on the individual. The individual worker or laborer taking responsibility for their work and progress. With every tournament and training experience, we look to apply the idea of Kaizen. Congratulations to all the competitors!
We had three competitors from El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competing in the BJJ Tour: All Star Tournament this weekend in Santa Cruz. The tournament is one of the cash prize tournaments for the BJJ Tour with the winner of the weight division receiving $500, and the winner of the open weight, where all the medalists from the weight divisions are combined into one mini tournament, received $1000.
Yellow Belt, Sky competing in the under 14 category finished with a Silver medal.
Purple Belt, Dave competing in the master 3 category finished with a Gold medal.
Black Belt, Eliot competing in the adult category finished with a Bronze medal in the weight division and a Silver medal in the open weight division.
The tournament was an exciting atmosphere starting with competitors as young as age 5 and all the way up to 58. The tournament was help at the Kaiser Pavilion in Santa Cruz, CA. For more information, media, and live feed replay you can visit http://bjjtour.com