Team Alvarez Jiu Jitsu Arlington TX 2013 IBJJF Pan Am Results Were Outstanding! - March 29, 2013
March 20-24, 2013, Team Alvarez Jiu Jitsu Arlington TX 2013 IBJJF Pan Am results were outstanding! It was a great long week at the 2013 IBJJF Pan Am Jiu Jitsu Championships in Irvine, CA. The biggest jiu jitsu tournament in the world lasted 5 days this year instead of its normal 4 days.
Team Alvarez Jiu Jitsu out of Arlington TX representing Bruno Bastos and Nova Uniao took it’s biggest team yet with 11 competitors and brought home 8 Medals! In the biggest tournament of the year with over 3,000 competitors, it very hard just to get 1 competitor up on the medal podium let alone 8. Out of those 8 medals, Team Alvarez had 5 competitors take GOLD with the majority of them having at least 4 matches each.
On Wednesday, to kick off the first day of the tournament was Ms. Miriam Villar for Team Alvarez. Ms. Villar fighting in the White Belt Light Feather division with only 6 months of Jiu Jitsu training, had 4 tough matches and brought home the GOLD in her first ever Pan Am tournament. She accomplished something very great in just a short amount of time on the mat.
On Thursday, Mrs. Natalia Shepler fighting in the Blue Belt Light Feather division had 4 tough fights and brought home the GOLD as well. She now has the IBJJF World and Pan title at Blue Belt. Mr. Ryne Sandhagen fighting in the Purple Belt Super Heavy division had 3 hard fights but came up short in the finals and brought home a very hard earned Silver Medal.
On Friday, Mr. Shawn Coughlan fighting in the Blue Belt Master Feather division, gave it his all in his first match but came up short in first match by an Advantage point and was out of the tournament in the first round. Big congrats to Mr. Coughlan for leaving it all on the mat. Mr. Vin Abadie was up next. Mr. Abadie fighting in the Blue Belt Master Feather division had 5 exciting matches with 2 of those winning by submission and 3 by points to bring home the GOLD. Mr. Abadie received his Purple Belt on the medal podium after such an amazing achievement. Mr. Jordan Shepler, fighting in the Blue Belt Master Middle division, had 4 hard fights winning 2 by submission and 2 by points to bring home the GOLD as well and like his wife Natalia, has an IBJJF World and Pan title at Blue Belt. Mr. Nathan Hallford fighting in the Purple Belt Master Heavy division gave it his all as well but came up short in first match. Great work out there Mr. Hallford. Later that evening Mr. Shepler fought in the Absolute division where he won 2 matches and lost in the finals to bring home the Silver medal in the Blue Belt Master Absolute. Amazing job Mr. Shepler.
On Saturday, it was time for the Juveniles to do work along with head instructor of Alvarez BJJ, Mr. Alvarez. Mr. Tristan Sanchez fighting in Blue Belt Juvenile 2 Middle Weight division came up short 4-2 in his first match. Mr. Sanchez fought hard but just couldn’t finish a sweep attempt that would of gave him the win. Mr. Austin Kells fighting in the Blue Belt Juvenile Light Weight division won his first match 4-0 then came up short in 2nd match just missing the medal rounds. Mr. Justin Rebolloso fighting up in weight in the Blue Belt Juvenile 1 Feather weight division had a round robin division where had to overcome the same opponent twice. He won his first match on points then won his finals match by a very nice Bow N Arrow choke. That win gave Mr. Rebolloso his 2nd IBJJF Pan Am title in the Blue Belt Juvenile division at only 15 years old. Mr. Alvarez, fighting in the Black Belt Senior 1 Light Feather division was the last competitor up for Team Alvarez. Mr. Alvarez lost a hard fought match in the semi finals to give him the Bronze medal. Mr. Alvarez has now placed or won in 7 consecutive IBJJF Pan Am tournaments since the year 2007. Mr. Alvarez now has 1 Gold at Brown Belt and at Black Belt, now has 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals at the Pans.
Team Alvarez Jiu Jitsu Arlington TX had an amazing week and accomplished some amazing things. Again, to bring home a medal in the biggest jiu jitsu tournament on the planet is one thing but to bring home 5 Golds, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze with only 11 competitors is just outstanding. Congrats again to all Team Alvarez competitors for giving their all and putting on amazing display of Heart, Will and Jiu Jitsu.
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