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 across the US from Miami, Florida to San Jose, California. In charge of his next camp was Professor Caio Terra who recruited Muay Thai coach Barry Domingo and strength and conditioning coach Renato Tagliari. In late November he fought for the Tachi Palace championships and in the 2nd round secured a choke for the win! Rodrigo is now 13-4 and poised to make a run in 2018. Great job Ratinho, win or lose you are a champion!
Photo Cred: Cali Fights Magazine.
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..
This past weekend concluded the 2017 World Jiu Jitsu championship. For many on the team this was the last worlds at their current belt level. Continuing his dominant performance in the brown belt division Rudson Telles had 10 matches, submitting 7 opponents and taking home double gold! This closes the final chapter in one of the most successful brown belt runs in the history of the sport.
This past weekend was the 2017 Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships held in Irvin, California. Every year Pans is one of the biggest events on the calendar and this year was no exception with over 3200 competitors.
Starting off the four day event were OSS athletes Andy Tomas Murasaki, and Taylor...