Baltimore Martial Arts and Fitness students competed at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) in Landover, Maryland. on Saturday October 8th, 2011. It was a nail bitting day with a few more losses than wins, but in the end we came out stronger and better from the experience.
Baltimore Martial Arts junior competitors Justin Pyle Jr. and Ben Metzler competed in the junior advanced BJJ gi and no gi division. Both young men had very tough matches against world ranked competitors. Justin Jr. also known as the one man army, succumbed to some tough submissions but put on a good effort. This was Ben Metzler’s first NAGA tournament. Ben had one win and three losses. Oscar Heredia competed in novice and had some very tough matches. Two losses came at the last second and one loss was decided by an advantage. Oscar was awarded a sword from the referee because of his performance. Oscar was away from training for the summer but he is back in training and practicing hard.
Ian Rathmell was also away for the summer but he decided to compete anway. He was very brave in all of his matches and showed determination throughout the day. Wins didn’t happen for Ian or Oscar but showing up made them winners in their coaches and parents eyes.
Baltimore Martial Arts junior BJJ competition team will be in training for more upcoming jiujitsu tournaments. Our team has not been doing as many NAGA tournaments as we have in the past. Lately we have been competitng in the Junior Grappling tournaments which offer a double elimination format thus allowing our kids to compete in more matches. Kids can enter up to four different divisions in Junior Grappling. Justin Pyle Jr has had as many as 17 matches (maybe more?) in one day. The next Junior Grappling Association tournament will be held in Virginia Saturday October 15th 2011. The Junior Grappling Association 2 day National Championships will be held in Fredericksburgh, Virginia November 12th-13th. This event will award competitors that have accumulated points throughout the 2011 BJJ competitive year.
Turnout for NAGA Landover Maryland appeared to be half of what it was last year. This photo was taken at about 10:30 AM while the rules discussion was taking place. Rules discussion took about an hour which for many who are already familiar with NAGA rules can be lengthly. Im not sure why the turn out was less. Some people that I talked to suggested that it was due to the economy. Maybe you have an opinion???
Justin Pyle, Jr. competed at the Junior Grappling Summer Classic Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Fredricksburg, Virginia Saturday July 30th, 2011.
Justin represented the Baltimore Martial Arts Junior Grappling Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition team. Single handily he won a first place team trophy and the “Iron Grapplers” cup which is awarded to the grappler who had the most matches during the event. Justin had 22 matches which was a new Junior Grappling record. Summertime has been tough on our junior BJJ competition team with so many kids on vacation and in summer camp, however our team is rallying for the next Junior Grappling tournament in Millersville, Maryland on August 20th, 2011.
Justin is an exemplary young man who not only has courage and the indomitable spirit, but also has compassion and a maturity which many teens now-a-days are lacking. Justin attends BJJ and Judo classes often four and sometimes five days a week. He assists Sensei Gary Berger with some of his BJJ classes for the younger children for which he is an admired role model.
Justin’s dad is a behind the scenes hero. We call him our dojo dad because he is always at the school either bringing Justin to class, training in Aikido or helping out in some capacity. Justin’s dad also tirelessly drives Justin to all of his numerous jujitsu tournaments which sometimes are hundreds of miles a way.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the martial arts in general has repeatedly been shown to help kids who may have difficulty adjusting to life in school or at home. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu helps children develop self confidence, build integrity and also gives them an ability to make better decisions. If you have a child or teenager that you think would benefit from our jujitsu programs please call.
For more information about Children’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes please contact us at 410-465-7799 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A mother’s letter concerning her son’s accomplishments at Navy Sea Cadet School and how his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training at Baltimore Martial Arts has helped him.
A quick note regarding Ben’s first training (Seaman Recruit Training) which he just completed on Saturday. Ben was named Battalion Honor Cadet (highest achievement for all of the companies of recruits), was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for scoring the highest on the written exam and tied for first in their final run of 9.2 miles in a time of 75 minutes. He also excelled in his other Physical Readiness Testing. While we certainly know that much of what he brought to the table came from the training received at his Division, we also recognize how the physical and mental/emotional training he’s receiving at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy played a huge part in his success. Many thanks to you and your staff for your excellent work with the students.
Team Xtreme represented well at the last Junior Grappling Tournament held in Woodbridge Virginia May 28th 2011. Seen in the video below is Justin Pyle Junior filmed by his father.
Justin Pyle, advanced Junior competitor, uses beautiful Judo techniques to win at Junior Grappling in Woodbridge, Virginia. Watch for one of his best throws called Ippon Seoi-nage.
Baltimore Martial Art’s Junior Brazilian Jujitsu Competition Team recently attended the Junior Grappling Association Tournament in Virginia Saturday May 28th.
Baltimore Martial Arts had seven competitors enter into the Junior Grappling Association Tournament held in Virginia last Saturday.
Our junior competition team has been on a roll winning the AA team trophy award five out of the last six tournaments. To win the AA team BJJ trophy award you must have between 7-12 competitors. Points are awarded to a team based on individual place finishing. More points are awarded to advanced competitors. Special trophies are given to competitors that achieve the most submissions and/or have the most matches. Several of our kids have whom these trophies on numerous occasions. Justin Pyle Junior (center) once had 18 matches in one day.
Junior Grappling is a special Brazilian Jujitsu tournament in that it offers kids many divisions in which to compete and gives them many matches throughout the day. There is gi, no gi, boys, girls and boys / girls divisions. The format is double elimination which means a child wrestles until they lose 2 matches or wins their division.
At the end of the day our kids were very tired. In the picture above only a few stayed to receive the team trophy, but given that it was Saturday and many families had to drive 2 hours to get back home for Memorial Day it was understandable.
Baltimore Martial Arts next junior BJJ travel tournament will be at the Good Fight in Baltimore on June 8th.
Baltimore Martial Arts now has a junior wrestling program. Classes are held every Tuesday 4:30-5:30. Anyone is invited to attend or try a free class. Wrestling skills are very helpful to a BJJ competitor especially in no-gi grappling. Our kids demonstrated this at the last Junior Grappling tournament.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fosters the competitive spirit in children. Winning and loosing is a part of life and BJJ helps kids cope with these challenges. Good sportsmanship is also practiced through team participation and showing courtesy and respect to one’s opponent. If you would like to introduce your child or children to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, give us a call to schedule a free consultation and free class.
Baltimore Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition “Team Xtreme – Renato Tavares American Top Team” competed at the Junior Grappling Association tournament in Millersville, Maryland Saturday April 16th 2011.
Baltimore Martial Arts “Team Xtreme” representing Renato Tavares from American Top Team in Vero Beach, Florida recently competed at the Junior Grappling Association tournament in Millerville, MD April 16th, 2011. Team Baltimore Martial Arts won
the Second place AAA team trophy award (10 or more competitors). Our junior grappling team consisted of ten children ages 5-13 and beginner to advanced. Our junior grappling team won numerous gold medals including the “Iron Grappler” cup which was awarded to the grappler (Justin Pyle – 10 matches) who had the most matches for the day. Missing from photo is Kaylin, Tyler and Ryan who had to leave the event early.
Five year old Lucas Lopez competed in his second tournament with Baltimore Martial Arts. He encountered his first loss in many matches. His loss occurred in the “Dragon Open” division. Below is Lucas in action.
Lucas won two gold grappling medals and one silver. Last tournament Lucas won three gold jujitsu medals.
Baltimore Martial Arts will have its own Junior Brazilian Jujitsu tournament on May 21st. Our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu travel team will be attending another Junior Grappling tournament on May 28th and The Good Fight on June 11th. We hope you can make it.
Baltimore Martial Arts Kids BJJ Competition Team compete at Junior Grappling Tournament in Virginia March 2011
Baltimore Martial Arts Kids BJJ Competition Team – Catonsville, MD
Baltimore Martial Arts won the AA Team Trophy, Iron grappler Cup (17 marches), 7 gold medals, 14 silver medals & 2 bronze medals. We won all of these medals in four different divisions including no gi, gi, absolute no gi & absolute gi. For Little Lucas and Big Ben, this was their first tournament. Little Lucas won 3 gold medals.
Baltimore Martial Arts Kids BJJ competition team competes in various tournaments including NAGA, Grapplers Quest, Copa Nova, Junior Grappling , the Good Fight and others. Our kids bjj competition team is available to any of our kids BJJ students that express an interest, show dedication and reach a level of proficiency through regular attendance.
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu competition is not for every kid, but our BJJ kids that do compete feel more confident about their abilities and their ability to deal with fear and pressure. Our BJJ kids also learn how to cope with winning and losing which is an important part of life.
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Renato Tavares, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master & American Top Team competitor and coach, gave a BJJ seminar at Baltimore Martial Arts in Catonsville MD February 19th 2011.
Baltimore Martial Arts has Brazilian Jujitsu classes for both adults and children of all ages. Baltimore Martial Arts is affiliated with Renato Tavares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association as well as Pedro Sauer’s Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Association. Master Tavares recently visited Baltimore Martial Arts to give a four hour seminar on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gi & no-gi.
Turn out for this seminar was amazing and moderately a challenge for our 2500 square foot mat. Teenagers and adults from both BaltimoreMartial Arts and Noel Smith’s BJJ participated. Renato gave a 45 minute question and answer session at the end of the BJJ seminar which was very enlightening.
We are planning another Brazilian jiujitsu seminar with Master Tavares sometime before the end of the year.