Every high-level grappler complements their Jiu-Jitsu training by doing additional strength and conditioning work away from the mat.
By their nature, typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. Everything that all practitioners of the Gentle Art need to improve their performances on the mats and take their game for the next level.
This last Sunday, 14th of July, we had the opportunity to learn from coach Shonelle Rutherford. With more than 10years with extensive experience and qualifications in Kettlebells, Yoga, Olympic Lifting and Movement she made a good connection between kettlebell movements and Jiu-Jitsu and finished with an insane workout. Thanks Coach!
We'll keep on bringing professionals with experience that could help us to improve our performance in Jiu-Jitsu, stay tuned for more!
Sunday the 10th of July saw Jamie Kercheval, Tomas Kercheval, Dale Fulton and Teleisha Hill take the mats for the 2nd Submission Grappling Tournament. SGTs' unique ruleset guaranteed for some very exciting matches, as wins were only secured by sub-mission.
Jaime was first up with 3 rounds, drawing twice and losing just one match. All 3 matches she fought she showed excellent fight control just narrowly missing out on some submission finishes. Thomas had a best of 3 draw with the same boy, he has showed tremendous improvements every he has stepped on the mat. Always coming back for more.
Fighting in a mixed blue/purple belt division Teleisha had 5 fights in Gi and No-Gi divisions got plenty of mat time and lots of experience under her belt, finishing the day with 2 draws and 3 losses.
For Dale this was his first competition as a bluebelt, and what a debut it was! also drawing a best of 3 bracket, he only needed two fights submitting his opponent by triangle and arm bar to take home the gold.
A big day for team at the state no-gi adults and junior gi winter comp with the junior team competing for the first time! Despite the small number of competitors for team repre-senting we still finished we bunch of medals.
Our sensei Davi Mattos taking out the gold medal in brown belt heavy weight division, unfortunately due to an to injury to a knee in his weight finals he was unable to continue on to the opens.
Jaime placing third in very tough mixed bracket, showed amazing heart to keep fighting the whole time. Tomas unfortunately missing out on a medal but put on a take down clinic, taking his opponent down twice with drop ippon seoi nage. Brad Williams showed excel-lent composure in his weight bracket to take home the silver. Teleisha Hill won her open weight division and took home a bronze in her weight division.