2011 IBJJF American Nationals of BJJ

By September 25, 2011BJJ, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, News
Third Law BJJ Head Instructor took Silver at Brown Belt Medium Heavy!

Third Law BJJ Head Instructor took Silver at Brown Belt Medium Heavy!

The American Nationals is one of the toughest Jiu-Jitsu competitions in the United States and is a great opportunity to for the gi grappler to face some of America’s top talent before the “Grand Slam” season begins in January. Of course, Crazy 88 BJJ sent a few competition team members out to California. The team was again split as a few of the MMA team had amateur fights at Onslaught Fights on the same night and of course, the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling championship was taking place in London.

The team consisted of some of Crazy 88’s most experienced competitors – David Zwanetz, Tye Ryan Murphy, and Cathy Tran-Zwanetz. They were joined by Third Law BJJ’s Roberto Torralbas, Katy Torralbas, and Joe Formica.

Tye Murphy moves back up to Middleweight to face some very familiar faces.

Tye Murphy moves back up to Middleweight to face some very familiar faces.

Tye Ryan moved back up to Middleweight up for this tournament and maintained good results, taking Bronze in the Purple Belt Medio division. Tye defeated his first opponent 6-4 but was defeated by points in the semifinals. It did open a berth for Tye in the Open division (all weights allowed; medalists only). The first match of the Open division would be rematch of the Finals match. Tye battled hard but lost a 2-2 (1-0) match to the Middleweight Champ. Great job by Tye who showed the ability to adapt gameplan as needed

Tye is one of Crazy 88's most consistent competitors and made it onto the medal stand again.

Tye is one of Crazy 88’s most consistent competitors and made it onto the medal stand again.

Cathy Tran-Zwanetz was in full BEAST mode and took another Gold medal. Cathy choked out her first opponent from Gracie Humaita from the back (to her opponent’s credit, she was a soldier and fought until she went out rather than tap). ┬áIn the finals, Cathy faced Amber Rowe (BJJ Revolution) and swept, pass, and mounted to win 9 to nil.

Cathy Cooling off after the Sauna weight cut.

Cathy Cooling off after the Sauna weight cut.

Cathy had some tough newcomers in her division.

Cathy had some tough newcomers in her division.

Gold in Boston, Gold in Los Angeles. Miami is next!

Gold in Boston, Gold in Los Angeles. Miami is next!

A good rule for travel tournaments!

A good rule for travel tournaments!

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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