Last week was the 2017 IBJJF San Jose Summer Open. Oss Athlete Jeremy Nitta made a special trip from Hawaii to come up and help his team win the team trophy. After a tough first match, Jeremy fell short in the final to take home silver. In the match he hurt his knee and was unable to participate in the open division.
In the brown belt adult division, Kaniela Kahuanui fought hard and came away with gold in his division and the absolute. For Kaniela it was a long rode back from injury and we were stoked just to see him on the mat!
Great job guys, look forward to what the rest of 2017 will bring!
In mid January, OSS Athletes Kaniela Kahuanui and Laith Nsour made the trip to Lisbon, Portugal for the 2018 European Open championships. Since graduating college in June of 2017, Kaniela has been focused on training and working full time at the academy. Although he came up short in the first round losing by an advantage, we believe with his work ethic and dedication, 2018 will be his year!
Last week Oss Athlete Kaniela Kahuanui competed in Fight to win (FTW) 57 in San Jose, California. Fight to win is one of the premier grappling events in the nation and consistency puts on some of the best grappling shows in the world. If you have never been to one of their events you should definitely check them out!
After a tough battle where Kaniela and his opponent traded foot locks the entire match...
In 2017 Rodrigo "Ratinho" Lima made his return to MMA after a two year lay off. In June he had his first fight against a very tough and talented fighter in Shawn Bunch. After 3 hard rounds Ratinho came up short as Shawn put together a great game plan. After the fight Rodrigo had a tough choice to make, to continue doing what he was doing or make the sacrifices to make his dream a reality. He choose the latter.
For his next fight he moved...