It was back to Chicago for the Crazy 88 competition team. The Chicago event usually kicks off the IBJJF season for the competitors at Crazy 88 as it takes place a few weeks after the Worlds so grapplers have time to unwind, recharge, and get back into training. The troops were a little thin as the registration filled up before the deadline and the IBJJF shut it down but it was definitely quality rather than quantity this time around.
Keith “Trainspotting” Cebula went 2-2 for the day, submitting two opponents from the back, and earning a Silver medal in the Purple Belt Lightweight division. He was able to utilize his passing game this time around although the judo takedown work he has been doing was still kept on the backburner as every opponent pulled guard.
Timmy Spriggs was a beast, winning the Heavyweight division as well as the Purple Belt Open division. Timmy defeated the 2011 Pan Purple Belt Bronze Medalist in the finals of the weight class and looked like an experienced Purple Belt rather than a 2 month one.
Allie “Malibu” Welch got valuable experience in Chicago, building upon her White Belt Bronze medal at the 2011 BJJ World Championships. Like always, she fought hard allowing us to pick up at least 2 transitions where she needed to be faster. These will be fixed next time around… always in the process!
Chris “Short Round” Tran made his IBJJF Adult Blue Belt debut, losing a bizarre match on points. Chris will be moving up to Adult division except at Grand Slam events as he is only 15 years old and still can compete in the Juvenile bracket.
Next week the rest of the team heads to Massachusetts for the the Boston International Open.