It was a busy week at Team Third Law, with competitors traveling to a local tournament, the team’s first monthly BJJ & MMA Beginner’s Boot Camp and a promotion to blue belt for one of Third Law’s most dedicated students.
Check out this post about Robert Sadaty’s promotion to blue belt and the BJJ Beginners’ Boot Camp seminar. Don’t forget that next month we’ll be holding the MMA Beginners’ Boot Camp Seminar.
Now, for the Copa America tournament round-up.
Third Law sent six competitors to Copa America in Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, July 16 and brought home 13 medals: 3 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze.
First up to fight for the day were the male blue belts in their gi fights: Coaches Joey Ruggiero and Joe Formica and Orlando Castillo.
Orlando Castillo won gold in the gi, winning his first match by points, his second by armbar and his third by bow and arrow choke.
Coaches Joey and Joe split their division, with Joey taking home the gold and Joe the silver. Coach Joe won his first match by wrist lock, his second referee decision. Coach Joey won both of his matches on points.
Coach Joey went on to win silver in his no gi division, submitting his first opponent by triangle and winning his second match on points.
Next up were blue belt Katy Torralbas and white belts Crystal Bradley and Mikhail Dye, who was fighting in his second competition.
Crystal took gold in her white belt division, fighting the same opponent twice and submitting her by armbar from the closed guard both times. In the no gi, Crystal won her first match in the beginner division on points, lost a tough second match to a blue belt and then won her third by armbar to take silver.
Mikhail Dye, competing in his second competition, took home bronze in the gi and the no gi.
At the end of the day, the blue belts competed in the blue belt absolute, with Coaches Joey and Joe taking silver and bronze respectively. Coach Joe won his first absolute match by armbar inside the triangle lock, his second by armbar from closed guard. Coach Joey won his absolute match on points.