A few members of the Crazy 88 Brazilian JiuJitsu Competition team flew out to the Lone Star State to take part in the last IBJJF competition before the World Championships. The team consisted of Coach Julius Park, seasoned-competitor Tye Ryan Murphy, and two relative rookies – Alexandria “Malibu” Welch and Larissa “Hamburguer” Zwanenburg.
Malibu and Hamburguer arrived first to Texas and enjoyed the resort scene until the evening when they had to pick up Tye Ryan and Julius from the airport. This was the first time Malibu was on mommy duty and she performed admirably – not losing Hamburguer to any tourist groups nor crashing her sky-blue automobile while texting.
The ladies were fairly close to weight and had a scare with the unpredictable scale at the hotel.
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The next day, it was off to the venue. Tye Ryan was the leadoff man for Crazy 88 and he did not disappoint, winning Gold in the Middleweight Blue Belt division. Tye had one of the most stressful weigh-in experiences in school history… they made him change out of his Keiko gi (the same gi that had been worn for the last 2 IBJJF competitions including the Pan Ams) and then made him weigh in on a second scale after he had made weight on the first scale. Tye was on weight on the test scale, .5 over on the 2nd “real” scale, and .5 under on the 1st “real” scale. The ring coordinator tried to DQ him until another one came over and allowed him through. Phew!
That was probably the toughest minutes of the competition for Ty; after a narrow advantage win in the first round, Tye defeated his next three opponents with submissions and double-digit point victories.
Our two members of the Girls Generation also did very well. Alex “Malibu” Welch competed in the Female White Belt Light Feather division. Malibu is doing better and better every tournament and has made huge strides especially with her guard work and composure. The first match went right along to plan with Malibu getting her positions and scoring multiple advantages for locking on triangles. The finals went pretty much the opposite way – absolute worst case scenarios all around. Malibu ended up taking Silver but she has steadily fixed every tournament mistake she had made previously and this will be no different – Gold is on its way soon.
Larissa Zwanenburg aka “Hamburguer”, the youngest member of the Crazy 88 Competition Travel squad, also took Silver. Although this was the same placement she had earned at the New York BJJ Open, Larissa played a much more open game here. She had her first opponent locked in a submission within 30 seconds and was winning the Finals 2-0 until the last 30 seconds when she made a silly guard pull error that allowed her opponent to pass immediately and win 3-2. Hamburguer has been training hard and is making that 1% improvement everyday so expect to see her on the top of the podium soon.
The main man of Third Law Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Roberto Torralbas also did awesome. Roberto dominated the Brown Belt Medium Heavy division, submitting his finals opponent in under a minute. He then entered the Brown Belt Open where he defeated two super-tough grapplers (the Lightweight champion and the Super Heavyweight champion) before coming up a tiny bit short in the Finals. Still a great showing from the Brown Belt; Roberto has been on fire lately and is peaking at the right time with the Worlds on the horizon.