GMA members have great showing in IBJJF Toronto Open

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Daniel Alvarez works on a back-take at the IBJJF Toronto Open. Photo: IBJJF

The IBJJF Toronto Open held its second annual event on Saturday, August 3 at York University. The booming city in Canada catered to many local as well as visiting teams from all over the world. Some teams came with a force of many, others with just one representative but the level of skill was high either way.

GMA academies that took home bunches of medals were: Renzo Gracie Ottawa earned twelve medals at the event. Students from Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York traveled with nine competitors and came back with ten medals. Toronto BJJ had three competitors take home medals as well, although more members are not counted as they were registered as Ribeiro BJJ. Total, over 70 competitors from the academy alone were out on the competition mats earning them the first and third place trophy.

Oliver Geddes, a black belt under Roger Gracie from GMA Roger Gracie Academy in London, UK won gold in his black belt adult lightweight division and placed second in the open class.

Jorge Britto of Toronto BJJ placed first in his black belt master middle division and placed second in the open class.

Daniel Alvarez of GMA Alvarez BJJ in Arlington, Texas accomplished gold in the black belt master feather division defeating his opponent 9-0 in points. See the match below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epZiyEY9qSs

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