Thanks to Ivey League for a Fun In-House BJJ Tournament

Just about every weekend Crazy 88 has members of the team competing in different areas all over the world. This past weekend, we had members of the competition squad in San Francisco and Montreal.  While the travel squads were taking care of business abroad, there was a Crazy 88 “squad” right down the street, testing the competition waters in the always entertaining “In-House” Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament.

Thanks to our good friends at Ivey League MMA in Severna Park, MD, a lot of the younger and more inexperienced members of Crazy 88 were able to participate in some simulated tournament matches. The in-house tournament is like a scrimmage.  While none of the matches officially count for anything and none of the results are recorded and posted, it is a great time for the men, women and children of Crazy 88 to put their skills to the test in a situation that resembles what a tournament could be like.

The beauty of competition is to be able to apply your skills and knowledge of the art well enough to conquer your opponent. During times of competition, things can get stressful and nerve-racking. If the athlete has never experienced this type of energy going through their body, it can be quite alarming. During the in-house tournament people are able to experience some of these emotions on a smaller scale which will help them learn how to deal with it. The goal of someone who wants to compete should not be to get rid of the emotional roller coaster that tournaments take you on, but learn how to deal with the turbulence and work with it rather than against it.

Some of the Crazy 88 adult White Belt notables were:

Aaron Edwards
David Reid
John Morrow
Esau Bermudez
Trent Aisner
Joseph Wu

The adults battled it out with some of the other competition team member hopefuls at Ivey League and gained some valuable experience. Everyone of the guys mentioned fought extremely hard!

Ms Teresa Russin was on hand to ensure that no shenanigans took place at Ivey League!

The stars of the day were without a doubt the KIDS!!!!!

Big congrats goes out to the 20+ kids that showed up and grappled their hearts out….

Neve Schulmeyer
Kyle Edwards
Issac Ackerman
Jada Lipov
Mikey Rehbein
Kylie McIntyre
Nikoma McIntyre
Joey Curry
Lily Neff
Vanessa Griffin
Josh Armstrong
Junior Waltrip
Lydia Hatfield
Chris Hatfield
Angelo Levon
Alex Mertz
Jon Thomas
Paul Kayson
Will Farias
Moani Farias
Oscar Valera
Viviana Perez
Tristan Larsen

For the kids, this might as well have been the “World Championships of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu” – a lot of them have never even been to another martial arts gym let alone grappled with someone from a different school. In the eyes of a child/first time competitor this is a HUGE deal! Nevertheless the kids came out in full force and put their techniques to the test. The Coaches are extremely proud of everyone that came out to participate.

Coach Jon had this to say…

“The result of the in-house tournament was a success. The goal for today was not to put medals around our necks. We were here for the experience necessary to grow as martial artists and competitors to get us ready for the next level. The kids are amazing and they are the future of the sport.”

Special thanks to Danny Ives and Teresa Russin for putting on such a great event! Everyone is looking forward to the next one.

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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