US Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu XV

By October 17, 2010Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, News

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Crazy 88 sends a 3-person team out to the US Open of BJJ in Santa Cruz, CA.  This is America’s longest running BJJ competition and always has tough competition from the Bay Area show up and compete – in other words, its a great opportunity for our grapplers to get experience competing against some of the best from one of California’s toughest locales.

The venue for the US Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The venue for the US Open of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Tom Shrum competed in the White Belt Featherweight division and hoped to recreate his success from the Chicago Open where he took Gold.  Tom submitted Eric Montanye (Guerilla Jiu Jitsu) with a Brabo X-choke from the closed guard and then finished his second opponent with a mounted Ezekielle choke.  In the 3rd round, Tom was taken down early and gave up a lot of positional points to Jorge Gomez (Gracie Humaita).  Back to the grind for Tom Shrum.

Tom Shrum getting ready for battle!

Tom Shrum getting ready for battle!

34 Competitors in Tom Shrum's Bracket - White Belt Feather (page 2 of 4)

34 Competitors in Tom Shrum’s Bracket – White Belt Feather (page 2 of 4)

Cathy Tran-Zwanetz continues working towards her goal of 2011 World Champion and has a good size bracket of women to compete against.  Cathy did classic Cathy on her first adversary, Mollii Khangsengsing (Gracie Humaita), passing the guard, mounting, and finishing with an Ezekielle.  The finals match was against Tasawan Kovitprakornkul, also from Gracie Humaita.  The majority of the match was in the Spider Guard.  The match ended 0-0 with Tasawan winning via an advantage for a cross choke attempt.

Cathy TZ's Blue Belt Super Feather bracket (1/1)

Cathy TZ’s Blue Belt Super Feather bracket (1/1)

David Zwanetz had a single match against a Tran.  Luckily, Lawyer Dave has much experience facing Trans and it showed as he triangled his opponent in under 2 minutes!

Dave Z recommends Cream of Wheat if you want to be a Champion!

Dave Z recommends Cream of Wheat if you want to be a Champion!

Lawyer Dave Medals at the US Open - but will it be Gold or Silver?!?!

Lawyer Dave Medals at the US Open – but will it be Gold or Silver?!?!

  • Blue Belt
    • Female Light Feather
      • Cathy Tran-Zwanetz – SILVER
  • Purple Belt
    • Rooster
      • David Zwanetz – GOLD

About Crazy 88

Crazy 88 runs Mixed Martial Arts training centers throughout the Baltimore area. They focus on Combat Sports such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, and Wrestling for both Adults and Children, Beginners to Pros.

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