среда, 25 апреля 2018 г.

Ukrainian fighter won silver at the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018”!



The Abu Dhabi, UAE, hosts one of the major championships in the world – “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” till April 28. Among the participants there are only the strongest sportsmen from all over the world so each fight is supposed to be interesting and unpredictable. 

The exciting fight took place in the 69 kg weight category among the purple belts. For the first time ever the Ukrainian sportsman got on the podium of the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship in such a prestigious category! Yaroslav Blazhko became a silver medalist of the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018”!

In the semi-final the sportsman from the SC “Borets” / ZR Team Ukraine Yaroslav Blazhko successfully competed with French champion Haidar Abbas and got the victory. However, he had no time to take a breath when it was necessary to start the final match with Italo Moura (a purple belt from Cicero Costha). Moura won the 69kg final by submitting 2018 European silver medalist Blazhko with a rear-naked choke that gave him 14 points. 

Nevertheless, according to the head coach of the club Ievgen Skyda, Yaroslav Blazhko has shown himself as a worthy competitor and got a well-deserved award for his work. 

Abu Dhabi 2018 King of Mats Recap and Results

The UAEJJF crowned their first ever “King of Mats” champions in three weight classes on Tuesday, April 24 in Abu Dhabi. 
Three different divisions composed of former Wolrd Pro and Grand Slam champions battled it out at lightweight (69kg), middleweight (85kg) and heavyweight (110kg).
The competitors would first meet in two round robin groups, and then finally with a four person single elimination bracket. The winner took home $30,000, second place $10,000 and third $5,000, with extra bonus money to be awarded on for best match and best submission.
Saggioro toughs out 69kg division with perfect run
Group A: Samuel Canqueirino (UAEJJ), Jose Lima (GFTeam), Isaque Paiva (Saikoo), Hiago George (Cicero Costha), Leonardo Saggioro (BTT)
2014 World Pro champion Saggioro went undefeated in group A to finish with the top spot from this group heading into the final bracket. Paiva defeated George, Lima and Canquerino but lost to Saggioro, finishing second and advancing.
Group B: Celso Vinicius ( X Coach), Gianni Grippo (Alliance), Wanki Chae (John Frankl), Tiago Bravo (UAEJJ), Thiago Marques (Commando Group)
Three out of five athletes in this group finished with a 3-1 record, which resulted in Grippo winning the group while Vinicius finished third with a win over Grippo. The deciding factor between Marques and Celso would be Marques referee decision victory over Celso in their final match of the group.
Semi-finals
Gianni Grippo vs Isaque Paiva: Back and forth sweep battle between the two, with Grippo scoring last to take an 8-6 victory and advance to the final.
Thiago Marques vs Leonardo Saggioro: Marques would score first in this semi, but Saggioro swept back to win 2-2 with 1 advantage.
Final
Gianni Grippo vs Leonardo Saggioro: Grippo pulled guard but wasn’t able to get much going. Saggioro spent the later part of the match pressuring with a double under pass, takes the unanimous decision and the $30,000 prize.
Negromonte grinds opposition at 85kg
Group A: Andre Galvao (Atos), Jaime Canuto (GFTeam), Charles Negromonte (Roger Gracie)
All three athletes in group A went 1-1, with Canuto taking the top spot with a points win opposed to wins by advantage by Galvao and Negromonte. After beating Canuto 0-0 on advantages, Galvao would go down the same way to Negromonte shortly after. Canuto wins 2-0 with a foot sweep off a guard pull to take the group, Negromonte advances with the second spot.
Group B: Renato Canuto (Zenith), Roberto Satoshi (Bonsai), Tarsis Humphreys (Alliance), Clark Gracie (Clark Gracie BJJ)
Renato Canuto went 2-0 with a forfeit by an injured Tarsis Humphreys to take the group, Along the way he defeated Satoshi on points and hit a beautiful armlock on Clark Gracie. Satoshi hit a triangle on Tarsis for the submission and defeated Clark to finish second. A last second omoplata advantage gave Clark the victory over Tarsis.
Semi-finals
Jaime Canuto vs Roberto Satoshi: Jaime was all over Satoshi with guard passing chains to come away with a 6-0 victory.
Renato Canuto vs Charles Negromonte: Negromonte got Renato into his closed guard and controlled the match from there, eventually taking a referee decision victory, setting up a rematch with Jaime in the final.
Final
Jaime Canuto vs Charles Negromonte: Jaime looked to be in control for much of the match, Negromonte gets a late advantage for a near pass to take the 0-0 win at the buzzer. Canuto was spinning under for a leg lock when he ended up in a bad 50/50 with Charles leg on the wrong side, Negromonte would smash his way through to force the turtle and become King of Mats.
Trans emerges top dog at 110kg
Group A: Tanner Rice (Soul Fighters), Alexander Trans (GFTeam) Helton Jose Junior (Cicero Costha)
Trans goes 2-0 with Rice going 1-1 to both advance. Jose lost both of his matches 0-0 on an advantage, while Trans beat Rice 2-0.
Group B: Lucio Rodrigues (Gracie Barra), Roberto Abreu (Fight Sports), Alexandre Souza (AS Team), Andre Campos (UAEJJ Team)
Roberto “Cybrog” Abreu expectedly ran away with this group, winning all three matches to advance. Souza and Campos both went 2-1, with Souza winning the head to head matchup and getting the tie breaker.
Semi-Finals
Alexander Trans vs Alexandre Souza: Quick rib injury off a trans takedown, Souza has to forfeit and Trans advances.
Roberto Abreu vs Tanner Rice: Close battle with neither athlete able to get much going, Abreu nearly gets a throw at the end which most likely gave him the ref decision.
Final 
Alexander Trans vs Roberto Abreu: Trans looked like a man on a mission in the final, and took Cyborgs back before finishing a collar choke to become the first ever heavyweight King of Mats.

вторник, 24 апреля 2018 г.

Ukrainians at the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018”

Recently young Ukrainian fighters of the SC “Borets” / ZR Team Ukraine have performed at the international championship “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018”. The event will last until 28 April at the sport arena “Mubadala Arena” in Abu Dhabi. 
According to the results of the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” Ukrainian fighters took gold and two silvers among children and juniors.
Igor Tenenyk became the champion in the category of 54 kg among the orange and green belts.
Vladislav Danchul is the silver medalist of the championship in the category of 34 kg among yellow belts. Vladislav managed to win the fight with the score 7-0, despite the fact that 30 seconds before the end of the fight he received submission from his opponent.
Kostya Zhyvanov became the silver medalist of the championship in the category of 30 kg among grey belts. Kostya showed incredible will-power during the fight. He took his silver despite the fact other participants of his category were two years older.
Nikita Petushynskyi didn’t take part at the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018” because of his age. It should be mentioned, that shortly before the championship Nikita successfully proved himself at the “World Jiu-Jitsu Festival 2018” tournament.
The leader of the Ukrainian youth team SC “Borets” / ZR Team Ukraine Serhii Krasovskyi yield the championship to the Brazilian during the second fight. But the coach of the team Ievgen Skyrda noted that Serhii performed in the top category among juniors of the blue belts for the first time. The coach also mentioned that Serhii Krasovskyi has demonstrated the high level of his professionalism in jiu-jitsu sport!

Notable purple belts at the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu World Pro 2018

Today begins competition among purple belt divisions at the 2018 Abu Dhabi World Pro.

The champion of each weight class winning $4,000 and second- and third-place finishers taking home $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Here's a deeper look at three of the top competitors to watch for in the purple belt ranks.

Thalison Soares
Brazil, 56kg, Cicero Costha

The Cicero Costha prodigy known as “Little Miyao” has been on a rampage at the lightest weight since getting promoted to purple belt in 2016. Already a World Pro, Worlds, European, and Pan champ at purple belt, Soares has not lost in his weight category since he was a blue belt two years ago. Soares is currently the second-ranked overall purple belt in the 2017-18 season after gold medals at the Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Abu Dhabi Grand Slams.

Cemil Karahan
Sweden, 94kg, Prana

Karahan recently took first in the open class at the 2018 Europeans, submitting several opponents with his trademark “Kurdish Necktie” along the way. A regular top finisher on the European BJJ scene at purple belt, Karahan’s unconventional style of hunting for subs with collar chokes from any position leaves his opponents in constant danger of getting finished.

Pedro Machado
Brazil, 85kg, Gordo

Pedro Machado burst onto the scene when he won double gold as a blue belt at the 2017 World Championships. Machado has continued this success so far at the next level, winning the medium-heavyweight division at the 2018 Pans. The 18-year-old Rio de Janeiro native is no doubt one of the most promising prospects in the purple belt divisions.

понедельник, 23 апреля 2018 г.

Ukrainian young fighters successfully performed at the "World Jiu-Jitsu Festival"!

Prior to the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018”, which has been taking place until the 28th of April, young members of the SC “Borets” / ZR Team Ukraine have succeeded at the "World Jiu-Jitsu Festival".

The event is a part of the “Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship” and this year it was extended with additional categories, which allowed younger fighters to compete in Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Therefore, three Ukrainian fighters from the SC “Borets” / ZR Team participated in "World Jiu-Jitsu Festival" among hundreds of participants from all over the world.  As a result Kostya Zhyvanov, Nikita Petushynskyi (both 8 years old) and Vlad Danchul (11 years old) won gold medals in their divisions.

According to fighters’ coach Ievgen Skyrda, this event has allowed children to feel the competitive spirit and improve their skills. At the same time, none of the participants has stayed without award since medals were guaranteed for everyone. 

Pena & Bahiense Shine Once Again At Marianas Open



The Marianas Open went down in beautiful Mangilao, Guam. There was $20,000 at stake, and some of the world's most talented jiu-jitsu fighters were on hand with hopes of dethroning the two returning champions. But it would not be the challenger's day.
After besting Josh 'Wu' Jerome and Tanner Rice in the opening rounds, Felipe Pena met Checkmat representative Jackson Sousa in the final. Sousa, seemingly drained from his two previous battles with Mahamed Aly and Felipe Trovo, appeared to gas early in the match and was unable to recover a strong defensive position after an early onslaught from Pena.
The 181lb division final was a tightly contested scrap between Isaque Bahiense and Renato Canuto. The duo had several intense scrambles, but somehow Bahiense always seemed to get the upper-hand.  For his part, Canuto was exceptionally close to sweeping Bahiense off his powerful base but was unable to secure the points. Bahiense took the match, belt – and the $10,000 – by a lone advantage.
Masahiro Iwasaki has proven that he's a force to be reckoned with. He took out Gilbert Burns and Servio Tulio on his route the bronze medal in the 181lb division. Iwasaki is for real, and he is not one to be slept on. 
Servio Tulio looked fantastic in his first major gi tournament as a black belt. He beat Atos veteran Michael Liera Jr. in his opening round and went on to battle Renato Canuto and Iwasaki in very close matches.