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    OTM Sponsored Rafael Lovato Jr. Places Third at the Worlds

    Wed, 2014-06-04 19:50 — Benjamin Bieker

     One of the biggest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitions took place this past week as the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) put on the globally famous BJJ competition the Worlds. On The Mat (OTM) was on hand in the form of their sponsored athletes. None other than one of the best grapplers in the world competed in the form of  Rafael Lovato Jr. who took third in the Heavy division.

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Bronze at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open!

    Thu, 2014-05-08 11:31 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    Hey guys!

    This past weekend I got third place at the IBJJF Las Vegas Spring Open! I won two matches, one in my division by points I believe it was 7 to 0 and one in the open by submission, bow and arrow from the back, and then lost my second match in both to the eventual champions Marcelo Mafra and Jackson Sousa! Wasn't able to get much video this time though which is a bummer :( Now it's on to the World's! Time to start dropping weight again!! Osssssss

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Pan's!

    Fri, 2014-04-04 14:25 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!

    I know I'm a little late but here is the vid of one of my fights from this year's Pan's! I had a strange but overall good experience at Pan's this year. Once again I lost over 20 pounds in a month to fight at lightweight and I think I made the weight cut better this time than I ever have in the past. My fight in my division was against Thiago Abreu from Checkmat and it ended up being a disappointment because although I felt like I was controlling the fight the whole time at about 6:00 in I was DQ'ed for "sralling", which was a more than questionable call by the ref that led to many complaints and much outrage and not just from me. In reality what made me the most bummed was that I was so well trained and ready to go and didn't even get to fight one whole fight. But then I was reminded by my training partner Rafael Eboli that black belt adults don't have to medal to sign up for the open and I went down and put my name in right away, a move that saved the whole experience for me. I won my first fight in the open (video above) against tough as nails Caio Almeida, and then went on to fight Lucas Lepri in my second match. This is what really made the experience for me. I go to big events like the Pan to get the chance to fight the best of the best in my division as much as anything else so I was really excited to fight against the multiple time lightweight world champion. I felt good in the match and was actually winning by an advantage up until he swept me around 6 or 7 minutes into the fight. Then upon making a mistake in my guard he was able to get to my back and after resisting for about a minute in his choke I eventually was forced to tap. Was an awesome experience and I came out of it with more confidence than ever and have already felt my game improve since then, now I'm ready for the American Cup this coming weekend!!
    Stay Tuned Osssss

    August Competition Calendar

    Tue, 2013-07-30 08:35 — Benjamin Bieker

    August 3rd

     

    US Grappling Rochester

    Willink Middle School, 900 Publishers Pkwy 

    Tournament Database for July

    Sat, 2013-06-29 20:25 — Benjamin Bieker

    July 5th/6th

    Nevada: Grapplers Quest at the UFC Fan Expo

    Mandalay Bay

    3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Vid of my Match with Michael Langhi at World's 2013!

    Wed, 2013-06-05 20:26 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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     Hey guys!
     
    I had an awesome experience at this year's World Championship. My first match was against Michael Langhi of Alliance, multiple time world champ and number 2 in the world at lightweight, and even though I lost I came away feeling really good about it because it was a really close match coming down to only a single advantage point! Check out the video of the match above and here's the link to an article on graciemag where they name my match as one of the best matches to fly under the radar this year:  

    2013 Worlds: Keenan Cornelius talks about the match with Paulo Miyao

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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Third Place at Las Vegas Spring Open! Video Included!

    Wed, 2013-05-01 12:52 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    This last weekend I had the privelege of competing in the 2013 IBJJF Las Vegas Spring International Open and after two hard fights I came away with the bronze medal! My first fight was against the baseball bat choker Magid Hage of Gracie Barra who I defeated with a guard pass (video coming soon) and my second fight was against the reigning middleweight world champion Otavio Sousa, also of Gracie Barra, who after six minutes of hard fighting with the score standing 0-0 was able to catch me in an armbar from the closed guard (video above).

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