On May 2, thirty one members from three Seamless Progression Academy (Carlson Gracie Team) converged on Villa Park, IL to test their skills against 800+ of the Midwest’s best grapplers at the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) Chicago Championships.
NAGA is an organization started in 1995 that holds Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments throughout North America and Europe.
Although Seamless Progression is a new academy, only in it’s second year, their members did very well.
After many hard practice sessions 29 of the 31 Seamless Progression Academy grapplers placed in the top three positions receiving at total of 42 awards (19 Gold Medals – 14 Silver Medals – 9 Bronze Medals).
Seamless Progression Academy is run by Prof. Benjamin Salas who has been a student of Master Carlson Gracie Jr. for nearly 20 years.
Benjamin, who for years specialized in Jiu-Jitsu’s law enforcement applications, enjoys coaching his students and teaching at his new academy most of all.
His student’s competition points contributed to the Carlson Gracie Team total at this years NAGA Chicago helping the Carlson Gracie Team sweep all of the team titles.
1st Place No-Gi Team Winner – Carlson Gracie Team – 2550pts
1st Place Gi Winner – Carlson Gracie Team – 2070pts
1st Place Kids and Teen Team Winner – Carlson Gracie Team – 7660pts