Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts traveled with nine competitors to New York City to compete in the IBJJF Pan No Gi Championships on October 1st, 2016. The team came home with eight medals—four gold and four silver, three of which were from the open weight classes. Our females were able to dominate and come out on top as the number one team for Adult Females. Overall, Crazy 88 wins eight IBJJF Pan No Gi medals.
Tye Ryan Murphey was the star of the tournament this year winning double gold in the Masters 1 Medium Heavy and Absolute Black Belt Divisions. Known as “El Capo”, or the captain, Murphy heads up the no gi curriculum at Crazy 88 and organized special weekend sessions to prepare for this tournament and his debut in no gi at the masters black belt level. He received his black belt in June of this year.
In Murphey’s weight class, he submitted his way through his opponents, the first by toe hold in the Semifinals round and the second by a choke from the back in the Finals. In the Absolute Division, he continued his submission streak finishing his first opponent with a kimura in the Quarterfinals. Murphey was victorious in the Semifinals of the Absolute as well with a 2-0 lead. He finished the Finals round with a score of 2-2 and 1-0 on advantages to bring home the Double Gold in the Masters 1 Medium Heavy and Absolute Black Belt Divisions, after spending the morning coaching all of his students.
Chris Tran entered his first tournament with a new belt in the Brown Belt Rooster Weight Division since he was promoted in June. He was slated to fight three matches and he won his first eliminatory round with a 5-0 victory via sweep and pass. His second opponent was disqualified for No Show in the Semifinal round, automatically advancing him to the Finals. With a dominant performance, Tran won the Gold Medal in the Rooster Brown Belt Division beating his opponent 19-6 and making famous his cartwheel jump over his opponent to take the back. Needless to say, he was happy with the result.
Vannessa Griffin entered her first no gi tournament ever in the Middle Weight Purple Belt Division. She won her first match by a dominant performance with a double digit 11-0 lead over her opponent. Unfortunately, she lost on points in the Finals match. She takes the Silver Medal in her weight class and had her eyes on additional matches in the absolute division. In the Purple Belt Absolute Division, she came out in full force and submitted her opponent with a classic Griffin rear naked choke. She proceeded with her winning streak to beat her next opponent 8-0. In the Semifinals round, Griffin kept the momentum of her first match to choke out her opponent again from the back for the win. She advanced to the finals round and ultimately took the Silver Medal in the Purple Belt Absolute Division.
Kayla Dehm also entered her first no gi tournament in the Blue Belt Super Weight Division. Overall, she had a dominant performance for the day. She submitted her first opponent with a kimura. Since the third person in her class was disqualified by No Show, she won the division and brought home her first Gold Medal at the IBJJF Pan No Gi Championships. Next up, she entered the Blue Belt Absolute Division and won her first match by double digit points. She continued that streak by beating her second opponent 9-0 to advance past the Quarterfinals. Showing off her standup skills, she successfully took down her first three opponents and beat the third girl 7-4 to win the Semifinals match. She was no able to win the Finals match and brought home the Silver Medal in the Blue Belt Absolute Division.
Amanda Riggs would face three opponents in the Blue Belt Feather Weight Division. In her first match, the Quarterfinals, she was able to come away with a swift submission via triangle from the closed guard. Following in suit, she submitted her second opponent via arm bar in less than a minute to win the Semifinals match. She could not pull off the win in the Finals and brought home the Silver Medal in her weight class.
Byung Ju Lee entered his first no gi tournament in the Purple Belt Light Weight Division since being promoted over the summer. He and his opponent were entangled in the 50/50 position and, unfortunately, he was disqualified for fleeing the mat as he tried to roll to escape the foot lock submission in his first match.
Lauren Crino, rejoining the team for this tournament after recently moving away for college, was not able to medal in the Blue Belt Light Weight Division, but provided her teammates with endearing moral support throughout the day.
Philip Shaidenfish entered the Blue Belt Light Weight Division and, while he did not make the medal round, he was able to win two matches and lost one for the day. He won his first match via 2-0 on points in a very large men’s division. He beat his second opponent 11-0 and advanced to the Quarterfinals, where he was not able to pull off the win.
Brandon Simms entered the Blue Belt Heavy Weight Division and after a close first match, he was unable to come away with the win.
Overall, a strong no gi performance for the team–Crazy 88 wins eight IBJJF Pan No Gi medals. These competitors look forward to returning to New York City for the last tournament of the year for the IBJJF New York Pro tournament in November.