In 2012 we launched Oss clothing. Our business model, from the traditional sense, was horrible. We didn't believe in the bottom line, we didn't invest in marketing, we invested in people. Those with a dream, those with the will and desire to make their dreams a reality, those people who reminded us of us, dream chasers. The prerequisite wasn't anything besides a tremendous amount of belief and perseverance. If you listen to any success story ever told what is usually missing are the failures, the lessons, the days when the person wanted to quit but kept on going. In the end, the response we got from the community was tremendous.
For the last 4 years, oss for the most part was dormant. Swamped with other projects we lost focus. That isn't to say we ever stopped believing in the company and the people, we just took a detour! In 2016 we refocused and got back to our roots.
Yesterday was the first day of pans and a momentous day for OSS Athlete Ryan Walsh. Ryan won his first major being crowned the 2016 pan American adult purple belt champion. In 2012 Ryan went through his first training camp only to lose his first match at the same tournament. That was also the first time we met Ryan and knew he was a special person. We often hear the saying your time will come, for Ryan he went almost a year as a purple belt with out winning a single tournament and heard that far to often. Yesterday his time came, CONGRATS RYAN!!
Kaniela Kahuanui also went on the first day and after many matches ended up taking home third. Just competing yesterday was a huge victory for him, two weeks prior he suffered a serious back injury that left him sidelined for over a week. When asked if he was going to compete at pans, he said he didn't know, he was using his down time studying and remained focus on what he could do. GREAT JOB KANIELA!
OSS Athlete Paulo Martins, who moved to America to chase his dream continued his success. After a very long day Paulo also took home gold. In the absolute he went onto the semi finals before opening for his friend! AWESOME JOB PAULO.
Lastly, fighting in the adult division for the first time OSS athlete Gutheirry Barbosa took home gold. Gutheirry is very young but knows even at this age Jiu Jitsu is what he wants to do!
Congrats to everyone who competed, keep chasing your dreams. Stories don't often turn out the way we think but that's a good thing. It's never the goal that matters but who become during the process. In 2012 Ryan finished last, yesterday he was first. Same Dream, different Ryan. 2016 is just beginning, lets go!!!
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...