Last week 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!
For Laith Nsour this was the first time he was eligible (due to age) to compete in an IBJJF tournament. With little over a year of training and as a fresh blue belt he competed in one of the biggest tournaments in the world making it to the final! His display of Jiu Jitsu was outstanding and we are sure this is the beginning of an amazing career.
Congrats to both athletes who competed, this is just the beginning. 2018 is here and our time is now! Next up the Pans!!
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...
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..