Another weekend at Team Third Law and another round of competition battles — this time on both coasts of the United States.
Head instructor Master Roberto Torralbas and blue belts Joseph Formica and Katy Torralbas headed to California to compete in the American Nationals. Meanwhile, adult and kids competition team members drove to the east coast of Florida for a NAGA.
For a blog post on the NAGA results stay tuned.
The American Nationals is one of the toughest Jiu-Jitsu competitions in the United States and is a great opportunity to for the gi and no gi grappler to face some of America’s top talent before the “Grand Slam” season begins in January.
The Third Law Competitors were joined by fellow Lloyd Irvin teammates from Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, purple belts David Zwanetz and Tye Ryan Murphy, and blue belt Cathy Tran-Zwanetz.
Master Roberto won gold at brown middle heavy in the no gi, defeating three opponents on his way to the top of the US Nationals podium. Now a 5 time National Champion, he has won five times in four years (3 gi and 2 no gi).
In the gi, Master Roberto won silver at brown middle heavy, winning three fights including one by armbar inside the triangle. The finals ended 0-0 and went to referee decision.
Blue belt Katy Torralbas won bronze at blue feather, submitting her first opponent with a kimura.
She went on to compete in the open division, defeating the gold medalist in her division as well as the heavyweight silver medalist. She finished with silver.
Coach Formica had good and close matches, and looked calm and experienced on the mat.
US Nationals Team Third Law Medal Count: 1 Gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze.
Fellow Lloyd Irvin teammates from Crazy 88 also brought medals back to their school, with Purple Belt Tye Ryan Murphy taking bronze at medio and Blue Belt Cathy Tran-Zwanetz taking gold at pluma.
Next up, the international tournaments come to Florida and both schools plan to send competitors to represent Team Lloyd Irvin at the Miami International Open in October.