Biggest Takeaways From The IBJJF 2018 Kids Pan Championships

The IBJJF Kids Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championships is the premier youth BJJ tournament and an amazing opportunity to witness the future of jiu-jitsu. Here are the biggest takeaways from this past Saturday's tournament in Long Beach, California.  

New Stars Are On The Way

Few juvenile athletes receive the hype and anticipation of that of the Ruotolo brothers. But at Kids Pans, a new name entered the fray: Dominic Meija from Gracie Barra. In a tightly contested final that came down to a referee's decision, Meijia beat Tye Ruotolo and proved that he has the skills to hang with even the most elite BJJ players in this age bracket.  

Dominic Mejia vs. Tye Ruotolo  – 2018 Kids Pans


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Savage Yellow Belts

A massive takeaway from Kids Pans is seeing just how skilled some of these young competitors really are at their ages. There were yellow belts with complete games: great passing, guard work, submissions, and takedowns. It’s an exciting time for jiu-jitsu in which the entire playing field is upping its game. We were seriously blown away and remain eager to watch the game continue to evolve.  

Atos Is King, But Far From Unchallenged 

Atos won its sixth Kids Pans team title on Sunday. It's obvious that one of the team's many goals is building an army for the future, and Atos is showing no signs of slowing down. However, other smaller teams are also putting forth excellent competitors and racking up big points with smaller squads. 

Unity only brought 14 athletes and still earned an impressive 76 points, placing it inside of the top 10 teams at Kids Pans. Carlson Gracie brought 40 students and managed to claw its way to seventh overall. To put this in perceptive: the top three teams all had over 100 representatives.    

 Watch every match from 2018 Kids Pans here

9 Of The Best Submission Finishers Heading Into ADCC 2019

The ADCC World Championships have always been about more than simply winning and losing, it is a spectacle designed to put on a show for the fans and find out who the best grapplers are in the world. The 2017 version of ADCC was full of high paced matches and some incredible submissions, with the lineup this time around it looks like it could be even more exciting. 

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Rudson Rips On An Armbar For Fastest-Ever F2W Main Event Finish

It was one the fastest submission finish ever seen in a Fight 2 Win main event when Rudson Mateus defeated Gutemberg Pereira in his F2W debut in San Jose, California, last weekend. 

Every Name Invited/Qualified For ADCC 2019 World Championship (Updated)

[Updated September 16, 2019] Here is a list of every person who qualified for or has been invited to the ADCC World Championships, to be held in Los Angeles in September 2019. 

Mega-Weekend Results Recap: Asian Open, LA Grand Slam, No-Gi Pans & F2W 125

We haven't seen a weekend this busy in the jiu-jitsu world since Worlds! 

All Of Keenan's Matches From The 2019 IBJJF Pan No-Gi

Keenan Cornelius competed at the 2019 IBJJF No-Gi Pans and used the event to test out some new no-gi strategies ahead of ADCC– with some success, and some failure. 

Cornelius, Hallock Take No-Gi Pan Absolute Divisions

The adult black belt divisions wrapped up at No-Gi Pans on Saturday night in New York and featured dominant performances in the male and female open classes by Keenan Cornelius and Laurah Hallock. 

Everybody Gets Tapped! Brown Belt Shootout at 2019 IBJJF No-Gi Pans

The brown belt divisions were a non-stop flurry of action today at the 2019 IBJJF Pan No-Gi. Submissions were flying, especially in the absolute division. Let’s break down one of the craziest sequence of matches... 

ADCC Competitors At No-Gi Pans: The Good And Bad

Seven athletes competing at the 2019 ADCC World Championships competed on Saturday at the IBJJF Pan No-Gi, five in the black belt division and two at brown belt. None of the seven ADCC athletes ended up fighting each other and they ended up with three gold medals, two silver and two bronze. 

Road To Gold: Ruan Alvarenga

Ruan Alvarenga from Alliance Marcelo Garcia was on fire at No-Gi Pans this morning, tapping his way through the brown belt featherweight division. Ruan won the ADCC South American trials to qualify for ADCC later this month but still signed up for No-Gi Pans just a couple weeks out from ADCC. If he was looking at this event as a warm-up for ADCC it certainly worked out for him as he barely broke a sweat on his way to gold.

No-Gi Pans Results and Recap: Keenan's Experiment Fails, Trator Takes Gold

The plan for Keenan at the 2019 Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu No-Gi Championship was to test out the new techniques and strategies he has been learning with John Danaher and Gordon Ryan at Renzo's gym over the last three weeks.