Monday, January 17, 2011

Down at the copa, the Copa Nova

It doesn't quite do justice to Barry Manilow, but you get the idea.

Sadly there is no Cuban theme to this post. But there is a Brazilian theme, specifically in jiu-jitsu. The Copa NOVA BJJ Winter 2011 Championships were recently held in Ashburn, Virginia and Maryland was well represented to its neighbor to the south.

Yamasaki Academy of Rockville took first place overall at the event, followed closely by Team Lloyd Irvin of Camp Springs. Other Maryland gyms finished among the top 28, including Evolve Academy of Gaithersburg and Ground Control Baltimore.

Speaking of Maryland and Virginia, Maryland MMA fighter Jon Delbrugge won several gold medals at the Maryland Grappling Championships. Delbrugge, who I believe fights with Lloyd Irvin, was part of the marathon MMA event I attended in Manassas, Virginia last month. Delbrugge was one of several first-round knockouts at that event and if I remember correctly, his knockout resulted in his opponent being taken out on a stretcher. But winning several gold medals at a grappling competition proves he is more than just a stand-up trader of punches.

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