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April, May & June News

IBJJF Worlds - Jordan Wagner

Ground Control News (April, May, June)

In April, Ground Control had an impressive showing on at Shogun Fights 16 on April 8th.  Ground Control Columbia’s Jesse “Relentless” Stirn defeated Lloyd Irving student and UFC veteran Mike “The Hulk” Easton securing an impressive victory… Congratulations Jesse!  Ryan McGowan also won by defeating Aubrey Collier in 2:20 of round 1 by referee stoppage from strikes.  Tucker Lutz also won by referee stoppage due to strikes in round 3.  In addition, James “Binky” Jones fought a tough fight against Francisco Isata loosing by decision.

Furthermore, Ground Control competitors also had an impressive showing at the IBJJF NY Spring Open. Congratulations to everyone for bringing home so many metals!

  • Lauren Tongs 3rd
  • Jordan Wagner 1st
  • Charles Grace 2nd
  • Leonard Web 1st
  • Andrew Heo 3rd
  • Mikhail Onishchenko 1st Gi absolute division, 2nd GI division
  • Alex Coleman 1st Gi division, 1st NOGI division and 1st NOGI absolute division
  • João Paulo 3rd Gi division, 3rd Gi absolute, 2 NOGI division and 3rd NOGI absolute division

JP went solo to the Chicago Open and took 1st in the NOGI division and 2nd the the Gi division.

May was a month for Ground Control students to get ready for the IBJJF Worlds.  Congratulations to our first world champion, Jordan Wagner, for taking home the gold in the lightweight division.  Jordan armbarred Marit Tyssedal in under 40 seconds during the semi finals!

Competitors at this years IBJJF Worlds:

  • João Paulo
  • Bruno Poolmerod
  • Ryan Mason
  • Alec Coleman
  • Mark Gornall
  • Jordan Wagner

Big congratulations to everyone who traveled all the way to Long Beach, California to compete to the IBJJF Worlds.  Thank you for representing the academy,  you all did an amazing job!

Congratulations to all the competitors on a job well done!

IBJJF New York Summer Open

IBJJF New York Summer Open

IBJJF New York Summer Open:

Ground Control Columbia sent 14 competitors up to the IBJJF New York Summer Open.  The two day event took place on July 16th and 17th.  The event kicked off on Saturday with the gi divisions and carried over into the following day.  Sunday, July 17th, was the start of the NoGi bracket. Many of the students who fought over the weekend, were first timers who had not competed in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu before. Ground Control Columbia walked away from the event with 10 medals,  matching their medal count from the IBJJF New York Spring Open back in April.

IBJJF New York Summer Open Competitors Included:

  • Professor Joao Paulo (Gold)
  • Head Ladies and Kid’s Instructor Alex Coleman (Gold x2)
  • Kid’s Instructors Ryan Mason (Bronze) and Bryce Garipay (Bronze)
  • Purple Belt Leo Johnson (Bronze)
  • Blue Belts Dustin Herfurth (Silver), Mikhail Onishchenko (Bronze), and Katelyn Grabowski (competed at white belt, Gold)
  • White Belts Brandon Cherry (Bronze), Andrew Heo, Michael Peart, Lauren Tongs, Indigo Routh, and Brian Geoghegan

Schyler Sootho fought through a very technical striking affair with opponent Paul Rath, en-route to a decision loss.  Schyler had to battle through breaking his hand in the second round after connecting with a straight right.  It was believed that Schyler had done enough to win the fight.  He had his opponent missing strikes for most of the night, only accumulating inside leg kicks and scoring a late takedown in the third round. Schyler was able to land straight punches and lead body kicks throughout the night while keeping his distance to avoid Paul’s exchanges. The only time the fight hit the mats, was with 20 second left in the third round.  His opponent was able to close the distance on the cage and work for a takedown.  This resulted in Paul taking Schyler’s back with little time left on the clock. One judge had scored the fight 30-27 for Schyler, winning all three rounds; while the other two judges had scored it 29-28, two rounds to one, for his opponent.

World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship

IBJJF Championship

World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship Results

Instructors Alex Coleman and Ryan Mason both competed at the World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship June 2nd through 5th in Long Beach, California. Ryan was first on the mats as he competed on Thursday, June 2nd in the Men’s Blue Belt Lightweight Division. Ryan won his first two matches, the first via points (6-0) and his second was from a bow and arrow choke. Ryan lost his third match to points in a very technical match which saw a lot of the fight in the open guard position. Alex was second to compete, her first match was on Friday, June 3rd, in the Women’s Blue Belt Heavyweight Division. Alex won her first two matches via submission, the first was by a mounted Arm Bar and the second coming by way of mounted Triangle. Alex lost her third match by points (2-0), but Alex was well ahead on advantage points as she was constantly attacking from top position and looking to set up submission after submission. Ground Control Owings Mills had also sent out a few fighters of their own to the IBJJF Championship, Ryan Makin, Candice Titus, and Alex Pohl.


IBJJF New York Open

IBJJF New York Open

IBJJF New York Open

The New York Spring International Open Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship was held at Nat Holman Gym in New York,
NY on April 9th & 10th, 2016.  Team Ground Control finished with 72 points with only 20 competitors which was enough for to place 10th as a team. Preparations for the Summer New York Open have begun as the team looks to improve off of the recent success this past spring.
New York Spring International Open Jiu-Jitsu 2016
Academies Results – Overall

1 – Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu – 380
2 – Team Lloyd Irvin – 150
3 – Alliance Marcelo Garcia – 133
4 – Soul Fighters BJJ Connecticut – 109
5 – Renzo Gracie Academy – 108
6 – Gracie Barra – 95
7 – TAC Team BJJ – 87
8 – Nova União – 86
9 – SAS Team USA – 79
10 – Ground Control – 72