Train With Island Top Team, Get A Free Trip To California! Pt. 1
June 06, 2013 at 2:10 PM
As you may have heard, we sent a crew down to the 2013 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships last week... and by sent we mean our head instructor, Professor Robert, drove them there and back, arranged training and accommodation for the week, and, most importantly, introduced our competitors to the peerless culinary delight that is Jack In The Box!
More on Jack In The Box later, but first let's get to the competition. After some early success on the local competition scene (Island Top Team and our affiliate Ontario Top Team has a 100% medal rate in any tournament we've entered, bringing home 6 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze), our head instructor asked if any of the guys were interested in competing at the world championships this year. Our blue belt Shane, who has dominated the local competition scene, was eager to test his skills at the world level, as was Gary, and Umesh, a member of Ontario Top Team who is taking advantage of our visiting student program, spending the summer with Island Top Team before returning to Ontario, decided at the last minute to enter the tournament as well. Normally, it is difficult for athletes to make the journey to the worlds, because of the expense, but Island Top Team sponsored the trip, because we like to make it as easy as possible for our teammates to compete when they choose to, and because, despite being a small local club, we aspire to a world class standard of skill, so this was a great opportunity to test whether our aspirations were on target. Here's how the first test went down.
Though the video starts after Umesh scored a takedown (after only having one day to work on gi takedowns, which he had never done prior), it shows him working some signature ITT techniques, including excellent guard passing and back control. It also shows how excited both our head instructor and camera operator were during the match, as the camera work is a little shaky, and the screaming is abundant!
Umesh won the next 2 matches by points, earning his way to the quarterfinals, where he lost to the silver medallist in a match that was mostly contested on the feet, and had we more than a day to prepare him for the takedown game, we're confident he would've prevailed and brought home a medal. As it is, a quarterfinal berth in the world championships is incredibly impressive and everyone at Island Top Team is very proud of Umesh.
More to come in Pt. 2, so stay tuned.