Island Top Team Hits 2 Tournaments In Nov, Guess How Many Gold Medals We Won?
November 24, 2013 at 5:39 PM
The Vancouver BJJ Championships and CBJJF BC Provincial Championships both took place this month, and ITT made its presence felt on both occasions, with a combined medal haul of 8 gold, 2 silver, and 7 bronze medals! This continues our frankly remarkable streak of earning gold medals in every single local tournament we have ever entered!
First, the Vancouver BJJ Championships: We sent 4 competitors to the Vancouver bjj championships tournament Saturday, Nov 2. Taylor brought back a bronze in the white belt men's middleweight division, losing a close match to the gold medal winner despite competing above his natural weight class. Gary won gold in men's white belt featherweight, submitting all his opponents, and even took bronze in the absolute (no weight limit) division, defeating a couple of larger competitors, only being stopped by one with a 50lb weight advantage. Dwayne won both his men's white belt ultra heavyweight division and the absolute white belt master's division. His weight class victory came as the result of a spectacular comeback, scoring a sweep with one second left in the match! Shane took gold in his men's purple belt super heavyweight division and was on his way to a similar showing in the absolute division but was felled by a freak injury and couldn't continue. Luckily the injury wasn't serious and he will be back to full training in a couple of weeks. All told we came home with 4 gold and 2 bronze, another awesome result for our team!
Here's Dwayne's amazing comeback:
And the final tournament of the year for ITT, the CBJJF BC Provincial Championships: The Canadian Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation held their BC provincial championships at BCIT in Burnaby Saturday, Nov 16. Island Top Team sent 7 competitors, returning with 4 gold, 2 silver, and 5 bronze medals. Jimmy returned to bjj competition for the first time in a few years, taking gold in his weight class, and, in our best performance of the tournament, submitting all his opponents to earn gold in the masters gi purple belt absolute division! Gary took gold in his light featherweight white belt gi division, his 3rd gold in as many tournaments, in which he has not surrendered a single point. Gary also took silver in nogi.
Dwayne took gold in masters gi white belt ultra heavyweight. This is his second straight gold medal performance, made even more impressive by the fact that Dwayne has been the smallest competitor in the weight class, giving up as much as 30 lbs to his opponents. Cal picked up silver in nogi white belt medium heavyweight, narrowly avoiding gold in the final match when he took his opponent's back but couldn't secure his second hook to secure the points needed for victory. He also took bronze in gi. Taylor took bronze in lightweight white belt gi and nogi. Brad took bronze in masters white belt lightweight gi, and Ethan took bronze in teen white belt medium heavyweight gi.
This was Island Top Team's largest medal count since our club's defining performance at the Washington State Grappling Championships in August!
Check out Jimmy's gold medal match in the absolute division:
It's become routine for Island Top Team to display impressive results at tournaments, but it's important to understand that these are truly incredible achievements for a small Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club from Nanaimo. Prior to our academy being established, there were perhaps a couple of residents of the harbour city that had ever won any medal in any kind of BJJ competition, mostly at the white belt level in very small tournaments held on the island. Island Top Team has turned 9 locals into BJJ champions, at every belt level except brown (in our defense, we don't have a brown belt at our academy at the moment), while competing in larger tournaments on the lower mainland and internationally! This has been done despite there not being a particular emphasis on competition in our classes, and without fostering an unhealthy "win at all costs" atmosphere. Everyone here trains simply to get better at jiu-jitsu, and to help others do the same, contributing to a spirit of fun, self-improvement, and unparalleled camaraderie. Simply put, this is the best place to learn BJJ in the central island area, nowhere else even comes close!