The first day of the 6th American Cup was divided between kids and adults and seniors.
Since early in the morning, more than 400 kids took on the mats to display a lot of heart and technique.
At the end, around 3PM, the kids teams’competition was the following:
1st – Coalition 95 – 131pts
2nd – Guerrilla JJ – 123pts
3rd – Rice Brothers BJJ – 106pts
Then it was time for the grown-ups.
The highlights were:
Kaniela Kahuanui defeated Richard Ison 2-0 (sweep) for the blue belt male adult open class gold. Among the ladies, Candace Stump beat Cleo Mann for the absolute gold.
Brooke Goldsworthy (Crispim BJJ) honored her own name in San Jose. The 36-years-old, mother of three boys, caught Brigette Barnato in the only fight of the brown belt adult female absolute. “I started training almost ten years ago, but I had to stop after only ten months. I stayed away for seven years and had three boys. Three years ago I decided to come back”, she told us.
Local talent Manuel Diaz (Caio Terra BJJ) was the adult male open class brown belt champion. He had three fights to get the gold: “I tapped out all my opponents, two armbars and one choke from the back.” The choke was saved for the big final, against Julian Marquez (Ralph Gracie), the middleweight champion. Former professional golfer, Manny has a new passion: “Now I only work and train Jiu-Jitsu”.
The teams’results at the end of the day is:
MARIN MMA – 21pts
RALPH GRACIE – 19pts
COALITION95 – 15pts
CRISPIM BJJ BARRA BROTHERS – 12pts
10TH PLANET – 9pts
COALITION95 – 38pts
CAIO TERRA BJJ – 30pts
RALPH GRACIE – 28pts
KAIJIN – 22pts
SMASH GYMS – 12pts
Master / Senior
RALPH GRACIE – 69pts
COALITION95 – 66pts
HEROES MARTIAL ARTS – 24pts
YEMASO BJJ – 22pts
DDR JIU JITSU – 18pts
For the complete results of the day, go to americancupbjj.com
Here is an exclusive photo gallery of day 1 in San Jose.
The action resumes tomorrow, 9:30AM, when the black belts come to action.
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