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!
El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu sends 6 competitors and brings home 3 medals from the IBJJF Pan American Championships. This is one of the largest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament in the world and definitely the largest in the United States of America. From El Dorado Hills, we had 6 competitors train and participate in the event. Here is a list of the competitors and medalists:
Adult Blue belt division: Angel DeSantiago
Master 1 Blue belt division: Zack Smith – GOLD
Master 1 Purple belt division: Garrett Aldrich – BRONZE
Master 5 Purple belt division: Allan Scott – BRONZE
Adult Black belt division: Eliot Kelly
Master 1 Black belt division: Michel Miyashita
This was the first time for El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to bring home a GOLD from the IBJJF Pans event. The team made some great leaps heading into the tournament with the highly anticipated Pans Mini Training Camp as well as the addition of another Black Belt Michel Miyashita visiting from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Congrats to all the competitors and team on a great showing and performance!
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