This past month was the 2017 IBJJF San Jose Open, Gi and No gi tournament. After a long two days all oss athletes did exceptionally well.
All the way from Mad Tiger Academy in Mililani Hawaii, Jeremy Nitta's ended the gi portion of the event with a 2nd place finish in his weight and 3rd in the absolute. In the no gi division Jeremy took him another 2nd place medal. Overall Jeremy fought well but came up a little short. Can't wait to see how well he will do at this years pans!
Making the exceptionally long drive from Vancouver Washington, OSS Athlete Chris Dealy took him 3rd in his gi division and 2nd in no gi beating a very tough Igor Estrella in a close match. Chris continues to work daily to get better as a teacher, competitor and person and it's always great to see him on the mat doing work!
Andy Tomas went out there this weekend and made it look easy. Andy took home quadruple gold winning his weight and absolute in gi and no gi.
For Guthierry Barbosa, he ended the gi portion of the event very disappointed. After coming up short in the final of his weight class, he lost to the same opponent in the open division to take home third. Any time we lose this is hard but losing to the same person in similar fashion isn't easy. The very next day he faced the same opponent in the finals of his weight category. This time the result would be different as Guthierry came out on top! This is a testament to his heart, where most people would have been mentally defeated Guthierry came back to fight even harder. GREAT JOB PANDA!
Last but not least, this years San Jose Open marked the return of Rudson Teles! After being in Brazil for a year and half Rudson finally got his visa issues worked out and is back in the US to chase his dreams. In the final of his gi division he submitted his opponent in under 30 seconds and looked a lot like the Rudson we all know. In the open division a mental mistake cost him the match and he ended the day on a down note.
The next day he returned with a vengeance and took double gold in weight and absolute! Needles to say it's great to see Rudson back on US soil!
Great job to everyone on the team, next up Pans!!
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