Third Law travels to Portugal to represent Team Lloyd Irvin at the European Open Championships, brings home 4 medals

By January 29, 2012 December 19th, 2016 Blog, News, What's Going On At Team Third Law
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Third Law becomes the first Southwest Florida school to send multiple competitors to the European Open Championships in Lisbon, Portugal. The four Naples BJJ competitors went to represent Team Lloyd Irvin and brought home four medals. Here, they're pictured with members of the team from fellow Lloyd Irvin schools Crazy 88 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Paramont BJJ and Evolve Academy.

In three days of competition at the European Open Championships in Portugal, Third Law brought home four medals for Team Lloyd Irvin and Team USA: Master Roberto won bronze at brown middle heavy as well as bronze in the brown belt absolute, and Katy Torralbas won silver at blue pena.

Meanwhile, in the Blue Belt Heavyweight Teams Match, which pits teams of 5 competitors from different countries against each other, Joey Ruggiero and four other Americans took the Gold for Team USA. Team USA was stacked with four Lloyd Irvin competitors, with blue belts from Crazy 88, Third Law and Paramont BJJ representing the USA.

This was the first time traveling to the European Open for Coach Joseph Formica, Katy Torralbas and Joey Ruggiero, and the first time Third Law sent multiple competitors to the first of the four annual Grand Slam tournaments: Europeans, Pan Ams, Brasileros and the Worlds.

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Cold Toronto, Canada was the Naples BJJ Competition Team's first stop on their way to Lisbon

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Airport weight check

The blue belts left on Tuesday morning, flying from Fort Myers to Toronto, and then on to London and finally Lisbon.

A passenger almost had a heart attack on the plane and so there was an an unplanned stop in Montreal, but Katy, Joey and Joe finally arrived in Lisbon on Wednesday afternoon.

They got their bearings, found the venue – Complexo Municipal Esportivo do Castal Vistoso – and settled in to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright and early Thursday morning, the blue belt guys were up. Joey Ruggiero won three matches in his division at Blue Medio, winning his first by bow and arrow choke after racking up points and his second by 6-0 with an over-the-top sweep to mount. In his third match he and his opponent went sweep for sweep for 2-2, but Joey scored an advantage for a triangle attempt and took the win. He lost his fourth match 6-4 in another sweep for sweep battle. Coach Formica also fought hard in his division at Blue Leve, but his bid for European Champ was stopped as well.

Joey Ruggiero wins his third match at the European Open

Joey Ruggiero wins his third match at the European Open

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Katy Torralbas takes Silver at Blue Belt Pena, winning three matches on her way to the medal podium

The next day, Katy Torralbas was up first in her division at Blue Pena.

She won her first two matches by kimura from the closed guard and her third by referee decision.

She lost in the finals by referee decision, taking home the Silver in her weight class and earning a chance to fight later in the absolute.

In the absolute, Katy defeated her first opponent 4-0 with a back take from De La Riva, and then lost her second match on points.

Master Roberto Torralbas arrived in Lisbon on Thursday, and on Friday fought in his second European Open Championships at Brown Belt.

He won his first match by racking up pass and mount points, ending it 13-0 with 2 advantages. In his second match, he lost 2-0, taking home the bronze and earning a spot in the Brown Belt Absolute.

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Master Roberto takes bronze at Brown Belt Medio Pesado and Bronze in the Brown Belt Absolute

Lloyd Irvin Teammates Roberto Torralbas and Willie Leonard take Bronze in the Brown Belt Absolute at European Open Lisbon, Portugal

Lloyd Irvin Teammates Roberto Torralbas and Willie Leonard take Bronze in the Brown Belt Absolute at European Open Lisbon, Portugal

Later that day, Master Roberto won his two matches in the Brown belt absolute on points, and lost his third by 2 advantages. He shared the 3rd place podium with fellow Lloyd Irvin teammate Willie Leonard, who also won two matches in the Brown Belt Absolute.

Many other Lloyd Irvin competitors brought home medals, including: Camp Springs black belt JT Torres, silver in the lightweight division; purple belt Keenan Cornelius, double gold (his division and the open); brown belt Nyjah Easton, gold in her division and bronze in the open; Sijara Eubanks, silver in her division and silver in the absolute; purple belt Kenneth Brown from Evolve Academy, bronze in his division and silver in the absolute and Cathy Tran-Zwanetz from Crazy 88, won gold at blue pluma.

Overall, the Lloyd Irvin women placed second with just four female competitors winning 6 medals, earning 28 total points for Team Lloyd Irvin.

Joey Ruggiero defeats an opponent in the Blue Belt Heavyweight Teams Match by triangle

Joey Ruggiero defeats an opponent in the Blue Belt Heavyweight Teams Match by triangle

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Joey Ruggiero defeats another Teams Match opponent, this time 19-0

Then, in the early evening on Saturday, Four Lloyd Ivrin blue belts including Joey Ruggiero had a chance to represent Team USA in the Blue Belt Heavyweight team contest.

Pitted against other countries, five American blue belts fought four rounds of fights and took gold in the Team Event. The Lloyd Irvin representatives included: Joey Ruggiero from Third Law, Al Washington and Devon Delbrugge from Crazy 88, and Eric Desmaris from Paramont BJJ. They were joined by a grappler from Rafael Lovato’s school named Dallas.

The guys killed it in the Team fights, and Joey Ruggiero represented Third Law well, winning his first match on points, his second by triangle, his third by triangle and fourth 19-0.

On Sunday morning, Joey, Joe and Katy headed home, while Master Roberto went back to the venue with Master Julius to watch the black belt matches.

All in all, it was an amazing experience to travel to Europe and represent Team Lloyd Irvin at one of the biggest, most competitive BJJ events in the world. Now the Third Law competitors are headed home to Naples, and excited to train for the next International tournament!

Team USA wins Blue Belt Heavyweight Team Gold with four Lloyd Irvin Competitors and one Rafael Lovato Competitor

Team USA wins Blue Belt Heavyweight Team Gold with four Lloyd Irvin Competitors and one Rafael Lovato Competitor

Super Friendly and Super Accommodating! Third Law is great about giving folks a chance to check it out and really get acquainted without pressure or hefty fees. They even have a free 30 day trial! Big, spacious facility and great equipment, main work is BJJ and Muay Thai for adults, and they do a lot of great work for kids and with junior programs. You guys rock!read more
Tristan
Tristan
04:12 12 Jun 20
I started going to Team Third Law for martial arts training, and was welcomed by the students and staff. They have expansive facilities and are thoroughly equipped to teach adults as much as they are willing to learn. As soon as my wife and I felt our son was ready, he too was enrolled, and if I thought the adult program was great, the kids programs are over the top. The level at which the instructors are able to engage the children is staggering. My wife and I are very impressed. Since then, I have also started to do strength training and my wife intends to enroll in martial arts as well. Couldn't recommend Team Third Law enough!read more
Adrian Martinez
Adrian Martinez
19:50 20 Apr 20
I can’t express enough how great team third law is. I have my son is the Academic program and Martial Arts program. The academic program has help my son improved in school and my son love marital program. He always looks forwards coming here. I highly recommend this place.read more
Destiny Perez
Destiny Perez
21:55 28 Oct 19
love this place! instructors really want you to learn techniques and why the moves are effective. great way to stay in shape and meet people with similar interests as opposed to just going to a gymread more
Kimberly Coplon
Kimberly Coplon
20:46 27 Aug 19
I've been a member for about seven months now; and this is by and far the best 'gym' experience I have ever had. Master Roberto's method of teaching and emphasis on technique and learning is an excellent basis to easily learn the basics of BJJ, Boxing, Muy Thai or any of the other sports that are trained. Coaches Katy and Joe truly do an excellent job of Customer Service. Assisting and supporting you through your journey in the Art of Combat Sports. Finally, the people are just as fantastic. This IS NOT an all out, stereotypical, gym. The environment is family-friendly, inviting, open, and everyone is focused on helping each other master the concepts being drilled. I happily and highly recommend this gym to anyone looking to train.read more
A T
A T
12:24 21 May 19
Best jiu jitsu school I have trained at.
Santiago Bojanic
Santiago Bojanic
19:20 01 May 19
I visited for the first time last night, everyone was extremely nice and welcoming. The technique was very good and detail oriented. I'll definitely be back and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about trying Jiu-Jitsu or visiting an academy that welcomes visitors without ego.read more
Devin Jones
Devin Jones
12:13 11 Jan 19
I was in town for a couple of days and absolutely needed a place to train. Team Third Law opened their doors and as soon as warm ups started Coach Joey made me feel like part of the family. I have trained all over the country and I can say that the techniques thought at Third Law is some of the best. I was very impressed by how well the coaches can break down the moves so that everyone at all levels of the sport can pick them up no problem. Next time i'm back in area i'll definitely be stopping by.read more
Brandon Friedman
Brandon Friedman
21:41 17 Dec 18
Our children have been with Master Roberto, Coach Katy and Team Third Law for over 5 years now. Team Third Law is a great partner who reinforces what we strive to teach at home. They not only help our kids stay strong physically but also mentally. I appreciate these professionals and completely trust them with our children.read more
Mai Huynh-Le
Mai Huynh-Le
15:07 01 Oct 18
My experience at Team third Law has been life changing. My son has been training at Third Law for many years now and school has always seems to be improving, even when you think it has it all Master Roberto always find something to add to make the school better. They have top class instructors that make you feel welcome and really know how to explain things so their students keep improving. Team Third Law is not just a team we are a family.read more
Mabel Munguia
Mabel Munguia
22:41 30 Sep 18
My son Cory has attended Third Law for 6 years now. Starting as a little ninja and is now on the kids competition team. He was in the after school program. He went to summer camp many times. He has made many great friends and has been mentored by all of the awesome instructors! They are great people! Every facet of training in Jiu Jitsu and mentoring in life lessons has made a huge and positive impact on him. As a single mother I can’t stress how grateful i am for their presence and genuine interest in how my son grows and develops into manhood. Team Third Law absolutely rocks!!!!! M Cannanread more
Flappy The Frog
Flappy The Frog
19:15 30 Sep 18
Third Law should become your Jiu Jitsu home. The instruction is top-notch, the atmosphere is family (with everyone helping each other succeed.) You will get in the best shape of your life and you will learn to do things that you never thought you could.read more
Scott Kinney
Scott Kinney
18:29 28 Sep 18
A fantastic judo dojo! All of the instructors are high level, and very friendly. Great place for all ages to learn Martial arts and make friends in a safe atmosphere.read more
shinjiro sasaki
shinjiro sasaki
04:33 28 Sep 18
Such a great program for our kids and family. Would recommend to any parent interested in having their child maintain a healthy physical lifestyle.
William Ivan
William Ivan
23:45 27 Sep 18
Great place for beginners and advanced students. Instruction is simplified, but still includes great in depth details which is key in BJJ. Highly suggest for anybody in the Naples, FL area to check it out when looking for a place to train, learn self-defense, or simply get into shape!read more
DerekBailey
DerekBailey
09:34 22 Aug 18
As I'm from another country I really felt welcome. I was helped by Cathy and I got everything I needed to know so I could properly start. Didn't even bring a Gi with me but it was no hassle whatsoever.The class was a good combination of well rounded people and some new guys. As I'm a white belt myself I didn't feel uncomfortable at any point. Lot of mutual respect between the students. Our coaches and professor demonstrated a lot of knowledge and were able to make us combine a lot of techniques. At the end we mastered a couple of new moves and practiced some varieties on them. Very nice group, amazing atmosphere and super nice facilities. Would definitely recommend it!read more
Martin Hoving
Martin Hoving
21:03 27 May 18
Coach Katy, Coach Joey, and Coach Noah all made the tiny ninjas program fun, and kept our son Eli excited for each and every class. They always kept the classes engaging, fresh, and positive for the kids. Our son loved the new theme of the month (like teamwork, family, or manners to name a few) to work on and strive for new stripes on his belt and he made lots of new friends in the process.read more
Eli Max
Eli Max
19:35 26 May 18
We are 4 months in and our son loves this place. They don't just teach Jiu Jitsu - the classes incorporate life lessons about respect, discipline, family, etc. The staff and teachers are EXCELLENT - we highly recommend.read more
Jason Hodge
Jason Hodge
16:41 17 May 18
Joining Team Third Law was the best decision I have made since moving to Naples. It is exactly what I was looking for in a martial arts school. On top of having a great adults program, the kids programming is exceptional as well. If I had kids they would be in this program as soon as they were old enough. I refer friends to the kids program for their children. I would refer Team Third Law to anyone who's looking to compete, to someone just looking to learn some self defense skills. It has an element for everyone, without the intimidation factor that you find at other facilities. This is a warm, but hardworking environment .read more
Carly DuCharme
Carly DuCharme
13:16 09 Mar 18
Thanks so much for the awesome class and for letting me drop in while I’m in town. I had a great time here today. Very friendly and welcoming. I greatly appreciate that. Looking forward to coming back soon!!read more
Alexander Straus
Alexander Straus
19:34 07 Mar 18
Love this place. They are great with kids, teach the basics of jujitsu while also instilling great values and life lessons.
Oscar Nieves
Oscar Nieves
21:53 06 Mar 18
I visited the gym while visiting Naples to book some private lessons with coach Joey. I was not only impressed with my training with coach Joey but also with their group classes. I was welcomed as soon as I walked in the gym, the atmosphere was outstanding, felt like I have been training there for years; the way Master Roberto lays out the lesson plan and teaches is amazing. This is a family oriented gym and that I was why I also decided to bring my kids for privates which they loved! Well done Team Third Law, will be back as soon as I return to Naples!read more
fernando tito
fernando tito
18:31 04 Jan 18
My son and I were visiting from out of town over the holidays and needed a place for him to train since he's a varsity high school wrestler in California. Katy and Joey were super friendly and very accommodating, letting us work out for a few days. The facilities were great - exactly what we needed as wrestlers to help us get in a good work out. Perfect temperature in the room where we trained, making for a nice soft mat, and they had plenty of other great amenities. Thanks guys!!read more
Max Winkler
Max Winkler
19:08 02 Jan 18
Very impressed by facility and coaching staff! Respectful and professional from staff to participants. No attitudes just a sincere focus on fun and training.read more
Jim Graham
Jim Graham
14:10 31 Dec 17
This academy is amazing! I have trained all over the US and not only is this facility very professional and well kept, The Third Law academy exceeded my expectations for hospitality and most importantly instruction. Prof. Roberto treated me like his own student even though I was a guest and showed some really cool techniques. Can't wait to come back next time I'm in town!read more
Kevin
Kevin
22:30 22 Nov 17
It's been an amazing experience training at Team Third Law. It's a very clean, friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The coaches are all great at breaking down techniques in an understandable way. I'm proud to call this my BJJ home.read more
Mario Melucci
Mario Melucci
23:01 08 Nov 17
11/3/17 Visiting Naples on vacation. I received recommendation to try Third Law BJJ. I found Friendly and inviting staff with detailed instruction. Got some excellent rolls in. I would highly recommend this school for training. Larry B/ Purple beltread more
Lawrence B
Lawrence B
21:42 03 Nov 17
When you first walk in to Third Law Academy the atmosphere is amazing. The staff is very humble and go out of their way to insure you understand everything that is taught. If you are looking for a gym in this area I would recomend this place. I hope to one day be in this area again so that I can train here again.read more
Eric Willyerd
Eric Willyerd
13:38 01 Nov 17
I visited the gym when I was in town for work. I had an absolute blast! The instructor showed some great techniques and his method of instruction was well received by the class. From the second we walked through the door, we were greeted and accepted as if we had been training there for years. I’m definitely hoping more trips to FL are in my future! I highly recommend this club!!!read more
john hodges
john hodges
21:10 31 Oct 17
While visiting family in Ft. Myers Beach I contacted Third Law Academy to continue my BJJ journey. I was welcomed by Coach Joey and attended two of his 12 o'clock classes. Great experience! Coach Joey was very knowledgeable and taught the classes in a very structured manner that even an old man white belt like myself could follow. Also had the privilege of meeting Master Roberto and Coach Katy. Awesome program run by awesome folks!!read more
Robert Sanborn
Robert Sanborn
10:46 30 Sep 17
I was in town for a few days and was able to drop in for a night. The school was large and well lit, with a lot of mat space. The instructor was extremely welcoming as was the team, and I felt included in everything. I was having some trouble with the finer details of some of the technique, as my home gym uses a much different guard-passing system, and a brown belt helping with the class took the time come over and point out where I was going wrong. At the end of class I got to roll with a blue belt (same as me) and he was extremely tough with an awesome bottom half guard, which I could not pass to save my life. The instructors invited me back the next day, but I could not due to time constraints. Overall, I was very impressed, and had a great time training at third law.read more
Devin Ringwald
Devin Ringwald
14:09 17 Aug 17
Third Law is a great place to train in Naples. I had the pleasure of visiting while on vacation. Coach Kathy started with the grand tour of this sprawling facility with three separate mat areas. Roberto Torralbas teaches a very detailed beginners class followed by rolling and advanced (which could have gone to 1am and most often does). I had a blast rolling with both Coaches Joey and Joe. They pushed the pace to make sure I stayed on track for my upcoming Fight to Win match. I'll be back soon.read more
Chad Fields
Chad Fields
20:12 06 Jul 17
So jealous of guys and gals that get to call this place home. I stopped in with my girlfriend while traveling to train BJJ and they couldn't possibly have been more hospitable. The facility itself is very clean with tons of mat space but the most impressive part was the level of instruction from both Roberto and Joe. I have trained at a lot of different gyms while on the road and this is one I will make an effort to return to. Rolling with Roberto and Joe made me feel like a white belt again, in the best possible way. There is no better training this side of Florida, and so close to the beach too!read more
Luke Franchock
Luke Franchock
09:40 12 Apr 17
I was visiting from out of town and stopped in for a roll. Let me tell you that this was one of the best run schools that I've ever attended. The instructors were exceptional and the students were welcoming. I highly recommend Team Third Law Academy!!!read more
Matt Short
Matt Short
19:54 08 Apr 17
Was visiting the area from Minnesota and wanted to get some training in. I called and Katie invited me to stop in. No charge, just come by. I walked in and literally every single person greeted me with a handshake or a pound. Joe the instructor was super friendly and was kind enough to grapple with me at the end of class. Really great experience and I hope to swing through next time I'm in the area. Great place. read more
Dan Galvin
Dan Galvin
21:00 24 Mar 17
I will never forget the day that Mario and I found out about team third law and we had our first orientation. I thought we were just going to watch a video and just fill some papers . boy was I wrong ! From the very first day we were introduced to the mats and some starter techniques and of course I was freaking out. We always went to the gym and worked out before but this sport just seemed scary but we gave it a try . Let me tell you these are the friendliest down to earth people I have ever met and they made us feel just at home . If you have never done any sports before don't worry they will have patience with you because I know coach Katy and Master Roberto have had more than enough patience with me and you will never feel pressured or embarrassed . I can honestly say team third law blessed us and opened the door to many opportunities and great friends.read more
Diana Cruz
Diana Cruz
02:10 12 Mar 17