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    Nathan Mendelsohn's American BJJ Player Blog: Back to the States in time to Take Gold at the US Open!

    Fri, 2013-10-25 11:45 — Nathan Mendelsohn

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    Hey guys!
    A few weeks ago I returned to the states with a fresh injury over my eye to remember my trip by. The doctor said a whole month without training for risk of re-opening the gash and with the US Open right around the corner I was forced to try to stay in shape without any jiu-jitsu training. I did not want to miss the event since it promised to be an awesome one this year and thus I went about doing my best to prepare without doing any jiu-jitsu sparring. Instead I did lots of Crossfit, drilling and circuit training. When going to compete a jiu-jitsu event there is no replacement for jiu-jitsu training but even without a single sparring session in a month I still went into the event confident in my skills and was able to come out with the gold in my division against a tough opponent in Romulo Melo (video above). Even in winning I didn't feel my game was that sharp nor did I feel as physically prepared as I usually am but I still decided to go for the Absolute division as well and came up against another tough opponent in Julian Marquez, a match that didn't end up going the way I wanted it to partially because of a mistake I made which created an opportunity for Julian that he took with everything he had. The loss in the open put a bit of a damper on my win in my division but I'm still glad I took part in this awesome event. Now I'm going to get back to training jiu-jitsu while still putting a heavy focus on physical training and weightlifting between now and the end of the year so that I can hit the ground running next year, stronger than ever! May also make an appearance at another tournament or two before the holidays if possible as well :)
    Stay Tuned! Osssss

    Discounted Sign-up Price for US Open XVIII

    Wed, 2013-10-02 08:37 — Benjamin Bieker

     REMINDER: EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH!

    This year is the first year that we will be having Kids division at the U.S. Open. Sign up your kids today for an exciting new tournament! Early Registration Ends  Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST!  Don't miss this great opportunity!

    The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th 2013. On both days, we will be having a FREE LIVE STREAM of all of the fights, interviews and live commentary. Register now and be a part of our new U.S. Open TV!

    US OPEN XVIII BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU

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    Official Hotel os US Open of XVIII

    Fri, 2013-09-13 11:15 — Benjamin Bieker

     Continental Inn, Santa Cruz

    414 Ocean St Santa Cruz, CA 95060

    Reservations taken via phone only: 800-343-6941

     

    Room rates: 

    Friday 10/18: $109 (queen), $139 (double). 

    Saturday 10/19: $139 (queen), $179 (double).

    Sunday 10/20: $79 (queen), $99 (double). 

     

    The room rental includes parking, wifi,

    continental breakfast, as well as a pool and spa. 

     

    Continental will not be holding any rooms

    for competitors

    REGISTER FOR THE U.S. OPEN XVIII

    Tue, 2013-09-10 17:40 — Benjamin Bieker

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    Rules Seminar with Professor Alvaro Mansur, 5th Degree Black Belt, and the Director of Referees for the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

    Date and Time:

    Friday, October 18

    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

     

    Price:

    General Public: $60

    U.S. Open Competitors: $30

    We are dedicated to improving all aspects of the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from tournament organization to refereeing quality.

    Nathan Mendelsohn's American Jiu-Jitsu Player Blog: US Open Bronze

    Tue, 2011-10-18 21:30 — Nathan Mendelsohn

    The 2011 US Open this past weekend was an awesome event, even though I wasn't able to secure the result I had hoped for.
     
    I ended up winning my first fight 5 to 0 and losing my second fight 4 to 2 for a bronze medal. I then went on to fight the open division with a similar result of winning my first match and losing my second.
     

    USOpen XV Santa Cruz Ca. Local boy keeps the pace...

    Sat, 2010-10-23 11:57 — BJJONTHEMAT

    October 16th marked 2nd day of the US Open XV; held in Santa Cruz California.  Local boy Jeremy Montes Jr from the Claudio Franca BJJ Academy showed up with 3 other team-mates to represent the Juvenile Division Team Competition.  The Claudio Franca Juvenile Team took the 2nd place trophy with 3 Gold Medals and 1 Bronze. 

    Mackenzie Dern X Charlene Coats US Open 2010

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    Braga Neto X James Foster, black belt absolute US Open 2010

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