IBJJF Charlotte International Open 2021

Alliance Team takes 1st Place in Gi and No Gi

As Lucas Lepri affiliates, Team Casarez students competed under the Alliance association for the IBJJF Charlotte competition on October 2.

Alliance has won 1st place in the previous four IBJJF Charlotte competitions, and secured a 5th title this year. Alliance is now 5X Charlotte Open Team Champions.

This was also the first year that the IBJJF Charlotte hosted a No-Gi team competition, and Alliance won 1st place in this competition as well. We are proud to be a part of this association that prides itself in world class techniques, competitors, and culture.

 

Team Casarez Individual Student Competition Results

As an individual team, we took 11 students to the competition. This was an exciting day because it is the most students we have taken to an IBJJF competition from Team Casarez. We also had students of all belt ranks participate in the competition. As an individual team, our students brought home 16 medals, with the results as follows:

 

White belt:
Troy competed in his first IBJJF competition. He has been training very hard at the gym and has been successful in local tournaments. He had two submissions in the tournament, and multiple exciting matches, and secured the gold medal.

Blue belt:
We had two blue belts compete in the competition, Catherine and Andrew. Andrew lost to a very tough opponent in the first round, but he was proud of his performance and we are proud of him as well. Catherine competed in both Gi and No Gi, and this was her first IBJJF competition. Even though she lost her matches, she was able to take away key learning points that will help her to improve for the next competition.

Purple belt:
Milo, Ferny, and Carl represented the purple belts from the school. Milo won 2nd in the Gi, and 3rd in the No Gi. Ferny took 3rd in the Gi, and 2nd in the No Gi. Carl won gold in his Gi division and 3rd in the absolute Gi division. All of these competitors had great performances, and we are very proud of them.

Brown belt:
Mike and Adam competed in the brown belt divisions. Adam competed in the absolute division for the Gi and won 2nd place. Mike competed in the Gi and No Gi division, and also won second place in both divisions.

Black belt:
Professors Tony and Brian competed in their Gi brackets for their divisions. Brian placed 3rd in his division. Tony competed in the adult division and lost by points. It was a great experience for both of them as they competed against high level black belt competitors.

 

We also had students make the drive from Raleigh to Charlotte to support the competitors. Jenn, Henry, and Megan all showed up to cheer on the students. Bringing snacks and recording matches helped to boost the team morale, and we are proud to have students that take the time out of their weekend to support their teammates.

Thank you to all of the students who represented Team Casarez on and off the mats at the Charlotte competition. We are excited to take the lessons learned from this competition to help us get ready for the next one!

Casarez BJJ IBJJF Results

Wanted to take some time and give a shout out to all the competitors who went down to Charlotte and competed in the IBJJF Charlotte International Open. We had a total of 6 competitors compete with the following breakdown.

Results:

  • Jed 1st ?
  • Josh 2nd ?
  • Ross 3rd ?
  • Fernie 3rd ?
  • Graham 3rd ?

Matt had a tough fight and lost ref’s decision in the opener round but went up a weight class since there was no one in his weight class. He did great in his match fighting a much bigger opponent.

Also proud to be part of Team Alliance representing Lucas Lepri HQ in Charlotte. As a team, we won our third IBJJF Charlotte Open Championship. Huge win for us and Head Professor Lucas Lepri.

When a competitor steps out on the mat, they are bringing all the students with them, and it is an  honor to always have any of the Casarez BJJ students out there testing their skill set. We always want to send an offer to come try out a free week if you want to experience the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu here at Team Casarez BJJ located in Cary NC. We have both kids bjj and adults bjj classes along with beginner to advance instruction by some of the best in the triangle area.