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2015 AZ State Championships! Results!

In the last year and a half, the CTA (Caio Terra Association) team has been slowly climbing through the ranks, placing at every tournament and making their mark in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community here in Arizona.

In a very short time, we came out of 2014 as one of the top 3 teams in the state and we are continuing our winning ways right out of the gates in 2015. Placing in every tournament thus far, we recently had one of our best performances to date. As a team, CTA took first in a stacked kids division and third in the adult division. With an adult team consisting of mostly white belts, we missed second place by only 15 points. We’re slowly but surely making our way up to the top and judging by our lower belts the future looks bright!

As one team, we are making an impact here in Arizona, on and off the mat. Winning and trophies are great, but what is greater are the friendships we are making along the way. Special thanks to Mike Martin and the crew at Strong Heart BJJ, everyone at my gym, Jay Pages BJJ and MMA, and Brendon Barlow and and the crew at Impact MMA for making this all possible. As 2015 comes to a close we look to continue to finish strong and continue to improve! Lets go!!

Below is a results list of the CTA team represented by the Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA Team which includes Jay’s students from Universal Fitness & MMA and Dave Farias BJJ!

AZSBJJF 2015 AZ State Championships, June 29 & 30 2015
Womens Masters Gi, Light, White – Angela Shepherd (1st Place)
Adult Gi, Super Heavy, White – Anton Antonov (2nd Place)
Masters 3 Gi, […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Affiliate News, Affiliates, Events, News, Students, Tournaments|0 Comments

Lesson Plan! Marcelo Garcia Game Study!

As you an see in the title of the post, our lesson plan is going to be covering Marcelo Garcia’s game. Marcelo has been a dominant force in Brazilian Jiu-itsu. He is considered by many to be one of the best pound for pound jiu-jitsu players in the world. Garcia has five world championship titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a black belt in the middle-weight category. He has many submission grappling titles, including the prestigious ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship. At ADCC, Marcelo has won the 66–76 kg division four times (2003/2005/2007/2011), been awarded the most technical fighter twice (2003 and 2007) and won the best fight award in 2005. In 2005, he finished in third place in the absolute (open weight) division and in 2007 finished second in the absolute division. In ADCC 2009, Marcelo finished second in his weight division, losing by points to Pablo Popovitch, whom he had defeated in the two previous finals.

He has been a leader in BJJ innovations and has created and popularized some of the most popular techniques and games. Marcelo is a competitor that many have tried to emulate, including myself. His game is effective and so is his instruction. His academy currently houses for the first time ever, both a male and female double gold world champions. This is why we are covering and doing a complete study on his game and seeing what makes Marcelo and his students so effective. We will be starting on one of his bread and butter guards, the butterfly guard. What you will notice in this lesson plan is that there isn’t a flow of sorts. There is more overlapping than flows. What you will find is that it will […]

By |June 8th, 2015|Lesson Plans, News|0 Comments

Lesson Plan! Pressure Passing 2.0 Study!

It’s been well over 5 months since we covered pressure passing and guard passing in general. We’ve spent a good amount of time on guard work and now I feel it’s time going back and retouch on the subject. Over the past few tournament, I’ve seen such great Jiu-Jitsu being played by my students. If there was anything I had to say that we did need to work on was guard passing. Not that anyone did anything wrong, just that if there was a weak aspect of everyone’s game that most needed work on, it was guard passing. So, I found this to be the perfect time to work our guard passing in preparation for the Arizona State Championships. So, don’t miss the next 5 weeks. They are super important to attend!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

If throughout the week you have any questions on anything we worked on, check out our YouTube channel (Click Here for the YouTube Channel), feel free to pull me aside to ask after class or during open mat. A lot of the moves over the next several weeks are going to have multiple steps, odd angles, and require you to step out of your comfort zones. Use these next several weeks to prepare you for the tournaments to come!

By |April 30th, 2015|Lesson Plans, News, Students|0 Comments

More Tournament Results!

Wow! No rest! After killer performances earlier in the year at the International Open, NAGA, and Pan Ams, we continue on with our winning ways with outstanding performances at the NABJJF Grand Canyon Open, the 7th AZ Kids Cup and 3rd Copa Bella! A ton of hardware and podium appearances! At the Grand Canyon Open, along with other CTA affiliates and JPJJ/CTA affiliates, we took the team title for another year in a row! Our Kids took 2nd as well. All putting on phenomenal performances! At the Kids Cup and Copa Bella, our kids and girls killed it and we took two 2nd place titles. We couldn’t be any prouder of our team! As I’ve always said, the proof is in the pudding! And boy is that pudding tasty! Super proud of our team! Super proud of everyone that went out there and put it all out on the line! Also super proud of all them members that helped our competitors prepare. Give yourselves a pat on the back! Without you they would not have the training partners to prepare them properly!

With all local affiliates representing and bringing home a lot of hardware, below is the results from our past three tournaments! The main Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA/CTA Academy; Affiliates Dave Farias BJJ, Universal Fitness & MMA, and AZ Tiger MMA! A huge should out goes to Wyatt Shepherd and his crew for Killing it at NAGA!

NABJJF Grand Canyon State Open, April 04 2015
Senior Nogi, Medium Heavy, Black – Jay Pages (1st Place)
Senior Gi, Medium Heavy, Black – Jay Pages (1st Place)
Adult Nogi, Super Feather, White – Brian Mandagi (2nd Place)
Adult Gi, Super Feather, White –Brian Mandagi (3rd Place)
Adult Nogi, Medium Heavy, White – Cody Willis (3rd Place)
Master Nogi, Heavy, White – Keith Henion (2nd Place)
Master Nogi, Open, White – Keith Henion (2nd Place)
Master […]

By |April 27th, 2015|Affiliate News, Affiliates, Events, News, Tournaments|0 Comments

Lesson Plan! CTA Modern Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals Study!

After coming off a phenomenal seminar with my professor Caio Terra in which he covered basic positions but highly advanced at the same time; this inspired me! This inspired me to go back to the basics for this lesson plan. My hope for this lesson plan is to delve deep into the basics and extract the hidden treasures or nuggets of information that would take a basic game towards a very sophisticated direction with very basic fundamental positions.

I also chose to cover the CTA Modern Jiu-Jitsu Fundamental curriculum because I figured that most have yet to really touch a curriculum that is required knowledge. As part of our rank requirements under the Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu/CTA/90Eight BJJ Association, it is required for all to go through the curriculum at least once at every belt level! So, with knowing that most either choose not to attend our fundamentals class or can’t attend because of time constraints, moving forward, we will dedicate one lesson plan/study every year to wards the CTA Modern Jiu-Jitsu Fundamentals. This way, I know most will have gone through it and it will also give us opportunities to update, modify, or change the curriculum or the techniques within if needed.

I will be crating a tracking sheet for the fundamentals and posting it on our students download section.  Click here for the download page. Download, print, and us this page! Keep it with your class tracking sheet!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

If throughout the week you have any questions on anything we worked on, check out our YouTube channel (Click Here for the YouTube Channel), feel free to pull me aside to ask after class or during open mat. A lot of the moves […]

By |March 30th, 2015|Lesson Plans, News, Resources, Students|0 Comments

Sam’s Debut Win at RITC!

A quick post about Sam Nogales’ MMA debut win! A quick post because his fight was just as quick! Training and leading up to the fight, he trained harder than most I’ve trained in a long time. He did what I asked without question. What happens when a fighter does what I ask? They win! And win in a minute and some seconds with a rear naked choke in the first round earning Sam the “Submission of the Night”! I’ve had so many say they want to fight but don’t put in the work. Say they want to fight, start to put in the work then fall off the wayside. Stop training because they had their fight fall through. Not Sam! He stuck with it and truly understands the life cycle of getting fights. He stuck with it! He did what I asked and he came out on top! Super proud of Sam and the hard work he put into this fight! Can’t wait for the next one!

By |March 17th, 2015|Events, MMA Fight, News|0 Comments

Tournament Results!

Holy tournaments batman! We just finished a super busy three week series of tournaments back to back! First we had the 2015 International Open, followed by NAGA, and the 2015 Pan Am Championships! It was a super busy 3 weeks for the Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA/CTA crew! Everyone trained hard, fought hard, and the results show! A ton of hardware and podium appearances! As I’ve always said, the proof is in the pudding! And boy is that pudding tasty! Super proud of our team! Super proud of everyone that went out there and put it all out on the line! Also super proud of all them members that helped our competitors prepare. Give yourselves a pat on the back! Without you they would not have the training partners to prepare them properly!

With the great success we saw at the International Open and NAGA, we unfortunately could not say the same for Pan Ams. We brought 5 competitors out to California and the cards were simply not in our favors this time around. Everyone had great matches, great performances and should all be proud of the hard work they put into the training and for stepping out onto the largest stage of BJJ competition. Take the weekend as a learning experience, chalk it up, and know that there are plenty of tournaments to come and more opportunities.

With all local affiliates representing and bringing home a lot of hardware, below is the results from our past three tournaments! The main Jay Pages Jiu-Jitsu & MMA/CTA Academy; Affiliates Dave Farias BJJ, Universal Fitness & MMA, and AZ Tiger MMA! A huge should out goes to Wyatt Shepherd and his crew for Killing it at NAGA!

AZSBJJF 9th Arizona International Open, February 21 & 22 2015
Adult Gi, Rooster, […]

By |March 17th, 2015|Affiliate News, Affiliates, Events, News, Tournaments|0 Comments

QUICK UPDATE! New Schedule!

Just a quick heads up to all of our current and future students! We have a new schedule up! Check it out! We added a 10:30am class! I believe, we have, hands down, the largest class offering around with a majority of the classes taught and led by the head instructor! Not a student! The only classes I don’t teach are 2 of the fundamentals classes, 3 kids classes, and 2 judo classes! Come join us during our new time!

Click here for the new schedule!

By |March 1st, 2015|News, Resources, Students|0 Comments

Calendar of Events Summary!

As promised, here’s a calendar of important events up through the end of April!

February 28, 2015 – NAGA
March 1, 2015 – Wilson Reis Seminar at Undisputed! (10am to 1pm)
March 7, 2015 – Kids Belt & Stripes Promotion (11am – 12pm)
March 7, 2015 – Patrick Oskverek and Sam Nogales MMA RITC Fight!
March 11 to Maarch 15, 2015 – Pan Ams
March 21, 2015 – Michelle Nicollini Seminar in Tucson!
March 28 & March 29, 2015 – Caio Terra Seminar at Phoenix BJJ & MMA!
April 4, 2015 – Adult Belt & Stripes Promotion! (9am – 12pm)
April 11, 20125 – Grand Canyon State Open!
April 18, 2015 Roberto Traven Seminar!
April 25, 2015 – Pats Run, Kids Cup, and Copa Bela!

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the events.

By |February 24th, 2015|Events, MMA Fight, News, Promotions, Seminars, Students, Tournaments|0 Comments

Lesson Plan! Spider-X Guard Study!

So, I was given a suggestion I really liked. A student of mine suggested creating a lesson plan around a particular individuals game. For example, games that certain individuals are known for. Mendes brothers and the Berimbolo, Marcelo Garcia and the Single Leg X-Guard, and Romulo Barral and the Spirder Guard. So, our lesson plans from here on will be geared towards study of a highly successful individuals game. The game, theory, and technique that helped bring them to the successes that they have achieved. Our first study in our lesson plan for this week is on Robert Drysdale BJJ Black Belt Abmar Barbosa! Known for his open guard, he has found succuess around the world in competition and has defeated many big names such Kron Gracie. This lesson plan will help give us a better understanding of the open guard as well as provide us with more options to beat a good guard passer. If throughout the week you have any questions on anything we worked on, check out our YouTube channel (Click Here for the YouTube Channel), feel free to pull me aside to ask after class or during open mat. A lot of the moves over the next several weeks are going to have multiple steps, odd angles, and require you to step out of your comfort zones. Use these next several weeks to prepare you for the tournaments to come!

By |February 16th, 2015|Lesson Plans, News|0 Comments