Queen City Open 2016

We had a small showing of competitors for the Queen City Open.  Mello, Mike, Tarin and Nolan all entered and showed some amazing heart and Jiu Jitsu.

Nolan went against some very aggressive, well prepared opponents and secured decisive victories, earning him gold.  Very proud of him and how far he has come since joining us.

Tarin survived an amazing first round against a very skilled opponent, advancing on points 2-0. His second and last match was a war where they ended up being tied on points.  Tarin secured a nasty rear naked choke that was fully locked in before the time ran out.  The match went into overtime where he was taken down and had two points scored on him.  So close to gold!

Tarin securing the silver medal after losing the final by a hair

Mike recently started back training after a long hiatus and entered his first tournament ever. He had some great moments in his matches but fell short of securing the top spot on the podium.  Very pleased with Mike's dedication and attitude to training and competing.

Mike taking home bronze

Last but not least MELLO! This was Mello's second tournament in the short time he has been training with us.  His matches were wars where he showed incredible heart and the budding of his technical game.  He lost both his matches but did so with grace and with a huge smile on his face, un-phased with the loss, understanding there are bumps along the road to success.