As the year comes to an end, we sent an incredible group into competition in Frisco earlier this month! After weeks of preparation and hard work, CTA Irving had 13 different athletes competing in both Gi and No-Gi divisions. It’s so awesome to see our team working together in practice and then supporting each other in competition seamlessly. Hearing the cheers from the stands from friends and family was truly inspiring for everyone on the floor of the Comerica Center!
Huge congrats to all of the following on your accomplishments and thank you for your hard work!
- Evalyn Russell
- Kyle Erlandson
- Aaron Young
- Manny Dominguez
- Nujan Shrestha
- Rico Payne
- Ahmed Orozco
- Eva Lopez
- JW Brown
- Cornell LeDoux
- Nick Holland
- Kevin Hernandez
- Alessandra Soto
We’ll be Hip-Switching from Half Guard to start our week and close out September! When we are able to secure chest connection from Half Guard, it is common for our opponent to try and escape their hips in an attempt to recover Guard. To counter this movement, we’ll redirect our pressure and make our legs easier to escape from this new “Hip Switch” position.
If our passing attempts lead us into the Side Control position, then our opponent’s frames may be causing us our next problem. By sitting through to the Kazure Kesagatame Gatame position. This allows us to prevent Guard recovery attempts, provide lots of pressure, and even attack a Submission!
Competition Classes resume this week in preparation for our next Jiu-Jitsu World League tournament and we’ll also have Professor Gabriel Marangoni in to teach a Competition Strategies Seminar, so reach out to RSVP ASAP!
Last weekend, we had a handful of dedicated students compete in the Jiu-Jitsu World League Tournament held in Frisco and they all did incredible! Biggest congrats to Ricky Pyburn and David Lademan, who stepped out into competition for the first time, making huge personal gains along the way in preparation.
Our group of veterans all gained some awesome experience along the way. Rico, Christi, Aaron & Kyle were all able to identify moments of success and areas of improvement in each match, making us better at day’s end. This group has already inspired tons of teammates to get ready for the next tournament on November 18th!
On July 8th, CTA Irving’s shining stars once again took to the mats and tested their skill at the Jiu-Jitsu World League tournament in Frisco, Texas! We had both new and experienced competitors taking part in the event, allowing the energy and leadership of our seniors to set the pace and example for our team. Whether it was wins, losses, points or submissions, we all had an amazing time doing what we love!
Huge shoutouts to the assistant coaching from Paul and for all the big energy from the stands – the support was awesome you guys!! Excited to recover, reboot and reload for our next one on September 9th!
We had a world of fun in Frisco a couple of weeks ago! Several of our adult students took to the mats in Frisco for the Jiu-Jitsu World League USA III Tournament. After the event, I sent the text at the bottom to our competitors, but it applies to everyone on our team. I was recently blessed with witnessing the growth of the team on a global scale each year at CTA Camp in San Jose, CA and the “why” is simple…trust.