Students and coaches from True Believer Jiu Jitsu trekked to Washington, D.C., in early April to compete at the IBJJF Washington D.C. Spring International Open. Overall, 15 competitors from True Believer Jiu Jitsu traveled to the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex — returning to Pittsburgh with six total medals.
Highlights of the day included Rick Lipa’s masterful domination from the mount position, resulting in two high-scoring matches (14-0 and 11-0), with the latter culminating in a submission. Sydney Portis also stood out, finishing first after submitting both of her opponents without a single point scored against her. With her consistent training, willingness to learn and excellent performance that afternoon in mind, Coach Jacob Miclot promoted Sydney to blue belt while she stood atop the podium.
The six medalists from True Believer Jiu Jitsu included:
Rick Lipa — First Place — Master 4, Male, Purple, Super-Heavy
Sewar Abunuwar — First Place — Master 1, Female, Blue, Super-Heavy
Allie Bolea — Second Place — Master 1, Female, Blue, Light
David Armbrecht — Third Place — Master 1, Male, Blue, Middle
Sydney Portis — First Place — Master 1, Female, White, Middle
Sam Civitate — Third Place — Master 1, Female, White, Super-Heavy
Overall, GFTeam took second place at the IBJJF Washington D.C. Spring International Open, earning 212 medals with only 46 competitors from across several academies. Prior to this competition, True Believer Jiu Jitsu students visited Cincinnati to compete at another IBJJF International Open.
Following the tournament, Coaches Jacob Miclot and Aaron Hannan, along with student Chris Chaturvedi, visited GFTeam affiliate WDC BJJ in Washington, D.C., to teach a no-gi class. Founded by Instructor Deivid Dias, a GFTeam purple belt under Professor Ataide Rafael, the school’s atmosphere was incredibly welcoming, and the students were excited and eager to learn. After such a positive experience training with them, we highly recommend checking out WDC BJJ next time you’re in the area.
- May 19, 2019 Master Julio Cesar Pereira of GFTeam Shares Knowledge in Columbus May 19, 2019
- May 11, 2019 Jake Mackenzie Supports GFTeam at True Believer May 11, 2019
- May 2, 2019 April Competition Recap May 2, 2019
- Apr 10, 2019 True Believer Tribe Competes in Washington, D.C. Apr 10, 2019
- Apr 2, 2019 Pati Fontes Sets Her Hooks at True Believer Jiu Jitsu Apr 2, 2019
- Mar 11, 2019 True Believer Jiu Jitsu Competes at the IBJJF Cincinnati International Open 2019 Mar 11, 2019
- Mar 4, 2019 Big Brothers Big Sisters Visits True Believer Jiu Jitsu Mar 4, 2019
- Feb 18, 2019 Sinistro Brings the Fire to True Believer Jiu Jitsu Feb 18, 2019
- Jan 30, 2019 Broken to Barbell Hosts Jacob Miclot of True Believer Jiu Jitsu Jan 30, 2019
- Jan 21, 2019 True Believer Jiu Jitsu Celebrates Four Years Jan 21, 2019
- Jan 18, 2019 Jared Weiner of BJJ United Visits True Believer Jiu Jitsu Jan 18, 2019
- Dec 21, 2018 True Believer Jiu Jitsu Presents: Abraham Marte Dec 21, 2018
- Oct 26, 2018 True Believer Jiu Jitsu Workshop with Max Gimenis Oct 26, 2018
- Oct 10, 2018 Pati Fontes Hosts No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Seminar at True Believer Oct 10, 2018
- Jan 19, 2018 Make It Inevitable: Lessons from Jacob Miclot’s Path to Black Belt Jan 19, 2018