Just want to thank everybody for another fantastic tournament last Sunday. We really have created an amazing tournament together. Throughout the years, the advanced divisions kept getting bigger, this was by far the most stacked advance divisions we have ever had. Over 60 teams were represented and every team fought their heart out, while representing their team & their art. Always such a great feeling to give back to Jiu Jitsu & at the same time also give back to the Wrestling community. We raised over $3500 for the Dana Hills Wrestling Program! Being raised in both wrestling and Jiu Jitsu communities myself, it makes me feel good that I can give back to both at the same time. The super fight was action-packed and did not disappoint with Marvin Castelle pulling off an inverted he'll hook. One of the reasons why I chose Marvin to do our super fight was because he actually started competing in our tournament circuit as a white belt. Today, he is one of the elite competitors on the circuit current & understands the value of doing tournaments like ours. We had another incredible race for the top 3 teams. 10th planet monster squad brought an incredible group of guys that showed up and competed hard edging out 10th planet HQ & Tracy Hess' Subfighter for the top spot & it really came down to the final few weight classes that actually determined the top three placings. A huge honorable mention goes out to both Geo & Richie Martinez's 10th Planet Freaks & Jason Manly's Gracie Fighter Dojo, they brought a very small group of people & still made it in the top 5 overall teams. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors Frooty Acai for making me look like the nice guy, Mat therapy, Newaza apparel, & Conca fight gear; also thanks to the best Athletic Trainer Jerry Laforteza & Blanca Marisa Garcia for taking amazing pictures! Thank you to Dan Camara Robert Kim, Jeff Willingham, Doyal Teel, Sun Yoo, Michael John, & Kadillac Marshbanks for helping referee and making the tournament run smoothly.
1st - 10th Planet Monster Squad
2nd - 10th Planet HQ
3rd - Tracy Hess' Subfighter
4th - 10th Planet Freaks
5th - Gracie Fighter Dojo
Photo Credit: Blanca Marisa Garcia