Another strong performance by Straight Blast Gym International!
Straight Blast Gym claims third place at Seattle International Open!
Last weekend saw a contingent of Straight Blast Gym International competitors make their way from there various homes around the north west to the IBJJF Seattle International Open, in an attempt to maintain their excellent recent run of success in BJJ tournaments around the region. A smaller number made the trip than to the Oregon Open last month, but despite that, SBG still walked away with the number three spot in the Academies competition!
Individually, Straight Blast Gym competitors took a host of medals. SBG stepped onto the podium in first place a total of twelve times during the event (Eleanor Goodall, Aleashia Hoskins, Patrick Schafer, Ryan Robinson, Sonia Sillan, Jeremy Brill x2, Jose De Souza x2, Chuck Jantzen, Hamilton Ash x2), took second eight times (Joshua Schreiner, Dale Passow, Preeya Sillan, Jesse Claudio, Zach Thornton, Aaron Westphal, Sean Saadi, Chuck Jantzen), and third four times (Roberto Cuellar, Devo Lewis, Sonia Sillan, Aaron Westphal). The success ranged across the whole spectrum of weight and experience levels, from white belt to brown, with SBG North Head Coach Hamilton Ash capping off the team’s success by taking two golds at brown belt; at both light weight and in the open class.
The success follows on from Straight Blast Gym’s recent success at the Oregon Open, which saw SBG take first place for the overall best team, first place in Adult No Gi, first place in the youth category, and third in Adult Gi. However, as one might expect, these recent victories have not proved to be any reason to relax. November 15th sees the Revolution XXVI tournament take place in Seattle, and the early hype suggests the Straight Blast Gym tribe will be travelling to the competition in near record numbers. SBG Montana head coach Travis Davison has issued the challenge to all SBG affiliates, as he did for the Oregon Open, and all signs point to an extremely strong turn out two weeks from now. Prior to UFC Fight Night Dublin, Conor McGregor stated ‘We’re not here to take part, we’re here to take over’, those words are becoming increasingly appropriate to Straight Blast Gym’s assault on BJJ tournaments in the Pacific North West.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Seattle Open, whether you made the podium or not on the day. The team’s success is a result of all involved. Good luck to everyone at Revolution!