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.    



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Jessa Khan Motivated And Ready After Promotion

AOJ athlete Jessa Khan has had one of the best runs of success at the colored belts over the last few years. The 18-year-old has already won Worlds four times, No-Gi Worlds three times, Pans four times, No-Gi Pans, Europeans twice, the Abu Dhabi World Pro, and the Asian Games. Recently promoted to brown belt by Guilherme Mendes after winning double gold at the IBJJF Long Beach Open, Jessa is one step closer to competing at the highest level in the sport at black belt.

BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix: The Dark Horses

The BJJ Fanatics Submission Only Grand Prix is bringing together the best the no-gi scene has to offer, from ADCC and IBJJF No-Gi World champions to submission only specialists. We have already covered who we think the favorites in this bracket are (minus Trator, who recently pulled out of the event, and Gordon Ryan, who has been replaced by Nick Rodriguez), but there are a bunch of dangerous athletes registered for the event.

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Marcio Andre Looking Forward To GrappleFest Showdown

Marcio Andre is one of the most successful athletes of his generation, whether talking about in the gi or no-gi. Marcio is a 2016 No-Gi Worlds champion and has won Europeans three times in the gi to go with two silver medals from Worlds. He has wins in his career over athletes such as Rubens Charles "Cobrinha," Paulo Miyao, Gianni Grippo, Isaac Doederlein, and Leo Saggioro.

Nick Rodriguez In For BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix

2019 ADCC silver medalist Nick Rodriguez has stepped up to replace his teammate Gordon Ryan at the BJJ Fanatics Submission Only Grand Prix. While everyone was no doubt excited to see Gordon compete at the event before he pulled out, the No. 2-ranked 99+ competitor in the world is about as good of a replacement as you can get.

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Rodolfo Out, Erberth To Face Gordon At Third Coast Grappling 3

The disappointing news that Rodolfo Vieira won’t be facing Gordon Ryan at Third Coast Grappling III on Dec. 7 has been tempered by the fact that none other than the Brazilian bad boy Erberth Santos will be stepping in to take his place.

Grappling Bulletin: Is The Jiu-Jitsu Belt System Due For An Overhaul?

With the success of Tye Ruotolo at F2W, we ask if it's time to rethink the way the belt structure exists.

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F2W 131: Tye Ruotolo Defeats Bloodied Vagner In Rough Scrap

Sixteen-year-old Tye Ruotolo (Atos) defeated Vagner Rocha (Fight Sports) in his Fight 2 Win debut, while Marcos “Yemaso” Torregrosa, Jaime Canuto, and Josh Hinger also won big in Richmond, California. 

BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix & GrappleFest Next For Dante Leon

Dante Leon has had a breakout year in 2019, storming the no-gi circuit with submission wins over Isaque Bahiense, Edwin Najmi, and Matheus Lutes to go with a fourth-place finish at ADCC. Dante was no slouch in previous years, winning Pan No-Gi twice and finishing third at No-Gi Worlds, but he has no doubt gone up a level in 2019.

Tex Is Ready To Show His Game At BJJ Fanatics Grand Prix

Tex Johnson is one of the most feared submission artists in the no-gi scene, with leglock victories over big names like Felipe Pena, Jackson Souza, and Jon Blank. Sixty-six percent of Tex’s wins have come by submission, most by straight ankle lock, with a painful sounding scream typically being the method his opponents use to tap.

Josh Hinger Unfiltered: On ADCC, Beating Up Ruotolo And Rematching Murilo

Three-time IBJJF No-Gi World champion and ADCC bronze medalist Josh Hinger is not one to hold back his opinions. As fans of his Matburn Podcast have come to know, Hinger is quick to share his unfiltered thoughts on a wide range of topics.