Every year in June the NAGA hosts it’s grappling/BJJ tournament in Virginia Beach. And for us, this is one we try not to miss. Lucky for us, during this time of the year we’ve got plenty of good tournaments to choose from.
For the most part, Va Beach has a good mix of kids and adults at all levels. I didn’t think the level at this particular NAGA was amazing or anything, but good enough to drive 4.5 hours to compete.
Some people just stink 🙁
My only issue with this event was the level of sportsmanship on display from some of the teams in that area. Foul language, constant complaining and a lack of overall respect really did dampen the sunny mood.
I won’t name names but you know who you are. My advice to you is that if you can’t act like a decent person and role model for martial arts and your team (especially kids), then maybe it’s time to pick a different profession.
We don’t need people like you giving mixed martial arts, grappling and Jiu Jitsu a bad name. Just my .2 cents. Well mine and many others in attendance.
Okay on to the results. We ended up sending a good sized team and our results were good. Some tough losses sure but that’s going to happen. Below you’ll find the list of who competed and how they placed:
Ivey League MMA Results (1st Place Students are in BOLD):
Mouth Garlington – 1st Place
Seton Gerrity – 1st Place
Jameson Gerrity – 2nd Place
Sean Garlington – 1st Place
CC Fowler – 2nd Place
Magnus Benz – 2nd Place
Darryan McKann – 1st Place
Fin Moreno – 1st Place
Wiki Avila – 1st Place
Yeah, about that tomato can named Micheal Garlington…
The star of day was Micheal “Mouth” Garlington for sure. So I guess my wording isn’t correct, cause he wasn’t a tomato can at all. More like a wrecking machine.
Mouth’s been training really hard in the room along with making frequent trips to our sister school, Crazy 88 MMA. It definitely showed in his matches as he showed skills far above his fellow competitors.
Mouth used an assortment of sweeps, guard passes and submissions that not only brought home gold medals but also entertained the crowd in attendance. Mouth heads out west to US Nationals in Las Vegas in 2 weeks and if we get the same Mouth we got in Virginia Beach then good results should follow.
Seton Gerrity steps it up, good results followed.
The other standout student was 10 year old Seton Gerrity. Just like with Mouth, Seton’s been grinding away in the training room during our summer camp and without a doubt it showed on the mats.
She was much more aggressive and attack oriented, which is just what we wanted to see. She used strong skills from the closed guard to either sweep right to mount or win outright by submission.
Not a bad showing at all for Seton. I know her dad Mr. Kevin as well as myself would love to see more of this from her!
Next up for the competition team is the New Breed Tournament in Millersville Maryland and on the same weekend, IBJJF US Nationals in LV. Check back here at this blog and on our google plus and Facebook pages for the most up to date results.