This past weekend at Fight to Win Pro 23, Kim Terra, Vitor Paschoal, Ranato Tagliari, Ryan Walsh, Benji Silva, Guthierry Barbosa and Andy Tomas all competed. The night started off with an outstanding performance by Ranato, but coming up short in the end by judge decision. The show made a turn for the best as Guthierry went on and grinded his way to another victory, setting the tone for the rest of the night. Andy followed and made short work of his opponent, defending his title and counting to show that he is a force to be reckoned with. Benji took his turn at defending his title, and with another grueling match, came out victorious.
This past weekend Professor Yuri Simoes competed in the Eddie Bravo Invitational (EBI) 6, a submission only event. After winning his first match in overtime via rear naked choke, Yuri faced the fan favorite Garry Tonon. Garry was previously undefeated in EBI competition being crowned the EBI 1, EBI 3 and EBI 5 champion. After ten hard fought minutes no one was declared a winner. In overtime Yuri was able to escape quicker and was declared to winner!
This past weekend the CTA team headed to Santa Cruz for the first ever IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro! Unlike open events, pro events offer cash prizes for the top adult, masters and absolute winners so the best in the world typically come to compete.
After a long day competing and a complete team effort by athletes from Roots Kickboxing, Milton Bastos BJJ, and CTA headquarters,the team took home first place. Notable performances include Paulo Martins closing out with Max Ruderman in weight and taking home gold in the absolute, and Kaniela Kahuanui taking home double gold in weight and absolute.
This past weekend was the 2015 American Nationals Gi and No Gi tournament held in Las Vegas. This event is one of the bigger tournaments of the year and always draws the best in the sport. On the first day they held no gi. After several tough matches CTA Athlete Matthew Danna took home silveer. In the adult purple belt division Paulo Martins continued his winning streak winning both his weight and the absolute. In the black belt adult division instructors Kim Terra, Vitor Paschoal, and Kristina Barlaan took home third, second and first respectively! Also returning to competition after a little layoff was Jay Pages. Jay had good matches and ended up taking home a bronze medal!