Posts Tagged: ‘Comp Team’

SBG Toronto @ Grappling Industries Toronto

September 8, 2013 Posted by School of Thought

SBG Toronto @ Grappling Industries Toronto: Sunshine Boulevard on September 7th, 2013

What a fantastic example of what a community TPTM is. Derek and Aaron went to battle it out at the event over the weekend at the round robin tournament. Accompanied by a solid line of teammates to support. Special thanks goes to Coach Jun, Geoff and Mark for coming out to lend their advice, moral and technical support for when our team mates were on and off the mats.

Both Derek and Aaron had some absolutely dominate rounds (text book bjj) both scoring rounds of 20-0 and 23-0, respectively. There were a couple of losses but both competitors immediately understood that these are the holes they need to fill and are looking forward to working some details in the next few weeks before the next tournament. The footage taken by Grappling Industries will be posted on their Facebook page.

These events make us stronger as individuals and as a community. Very proud to see our team mates put it all out on the mats, and to walk away without injury to train another day.

Honourable mention goes to Aaron’s first medal, he placed third even though he would have had 2nd if his opponent did not grab his rash guard to prevent a sweep. Chalk it up to experience, many more of these to come…. and I don’t mean medals… I mean good times.



2012 Ontario Open Wrap Up

May 30, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

Just a quick THANK YOU! to the members of TPTM-SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad that put it on the line this past weekend at the Ontario Open BJJ Tournament.
David Wu,Derek Noonan, Pirashanth Pk Kesavan, and Sherman Thomas Patterson…. You make me proud to be your Coach!

Sherman brought home the bronze.(1st time competing)
PK placed 4th out of +40.
Derek won his 1st and 2nd matches.
David Wu took home the arms of his 1st and 2nd opponents.(1st time competing).

…and special mention goes out to Kier McManus and Candice McDonald for coming out to support the Squad!

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!

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Comp Team Montreal Road Trip

March 28, 2012 Posted by School of Thought

The SBG Toronto Competition Team participated in the 1st Montreal Grappling Experience last weekend, hosted by grappling phenom David Aguzzi. The crew left before sunrise Friday morning, in order to complete the long drive early and have a relaxing evening to prepare for the grueling, double event round robin the following day.

A beautiful, warm, sunny day welcomed the team as they enjoyed a late afternoon bistro lunch, caught some fly dub-step at the McGill campus, and took in the sites from Mt. Royal.

The team made great use of the hotel fitness area, stretching out in the gym, having a quick swim in the pool, and a very relaxing steam room. All were in peak physical & mental form and ready for battle – Pro Deal indeed!

Arriving at the event around 9am, our host guided us through the registration process where we all made weight (thanks steam room!). It was held in a small fencing gym, with a nice setup of 4 pro style rings. The tourney was very well run, and the reffing was outstanding. However, the standard game of waiting for your division to be called began that is the norm for all events like this, so we hunkered down to watch many great matches. By 4pm our 1st divisions began to be called.

PK lit up the tourney donning his now famous pink gi, making friends with everyone he came into contact with in his trademark style. With great posture, he had several close battles in Gi, but saved his aggression for the NoGi, denying one opponent anything from standup before a beautiful sprawl, back take to rear naked choke for the tap!

Derek, donning the Gi for the 1st time in competition, blasted through his opponents with relentless, dominating pressure, utilizing his newly sharpened ‘shoulder of justice’ to great success. During the last of his Gi matches, Derek tweaked his back and could not continue into the NoGi event.

Kier showed fighting tiger spirit in his first Gi match, bringing heavy pressure to a spider guard player. Down on points and short on time, he finally blasted through to land in half guard and immediately sunk in the sleeve choke, but ran out of time before getting the tap. Somewhere during the match he got his arm/shoulder wrenched and could not continue for the remainder of both events.

Candice, with energetic patience, stood by her crew with cheers, always on the ready to support our players during the grueling (increasingly smelly) 12hr event. Barely taking her eyes off the matches, it was obvious a new die-hard BJJ fan and future competitor was born.

After giving our thanks and goodbyes to our host (who didn’t take a break from reffing all day) we made our way back to the hotel to begin our recovery/debrief and celebrate a well fought day. After a return to the spa, a nice meal and a few drinks we turned in for the night to prepare for the ride home.

Such a great experience was had by all! Many things were learned and confirmed about how to properly prepare and manage a long day event such as this. All were happy with their performances, and were on track with aspects that each are currently working on with their individual games, yet all took away many new things to work on. The most important aspect of the trip was the team spirit that was leveraged which made us more than the sum of our parts. All have vowed to bring this newly kindled fire back home to infect the rest of the gym to take us all to the next level of competition performance.


SBG Toronto @ the BJJ Provincials

December 1, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

We had a few members of SBG Toronto’s ADD Squad competing last weekend at the Ontario Provincial BJJ Championship.Noah,PK, Kier and Derek all represented extremely well…along with some great support from Sherman ,Mark and Kevan who came out to cheer them on.

Kier won the Gold in the Masters Blue Belt division and the Bronze in the Adult no gi division.

Derek popped his tourney cherry and brought home the Silver in the Beginners No Gi division.

4 competitors,3 medals,2 days with 0 injuries made for 1 happy and hungover coach!

Huge THANK YOU to all the Coaches that have helped us over the years.

Honoured and humbled to be a part of the process.

Viva SBGi!!!

Comp Team Thursdays

October 26, 2011 Posted by School of Thought

The SBG Toronto Competition Team weekly training sessions will be held on Thurs evenings @ 8pm. Club members are encouraged to participate to help push our squad for the upcoming Provincial Championships and MMA Expo in both Gi and No-Gi.