I attended the 2015 IBJJF Spring Chicago Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship this weekend and simply had a blast making some new friends as well as having a chance to shoot pictures of the event. During the event I had the chance to watch two of my highly talented sponsored fighters brown belts Servando Almaraz and Pedro Araújo. This trip became even more of a treat because I had the chance to meet Raj Chittal, Gabriel Arges and Edwin "Flying Triangle" Najmi. What a cool bunch of guys and all of them brought home medals.
Servando Almaraz won his first two gi matches and ended up in the finals with Edwin Najmi, both are Gracie Barra but the guys decided to have a match and keep it playful. This was so fun to watch and big thanks to Pedro Araújo for catching some raw video footage. I decided to make it into a short video below. Servando escapes the triangle but loses by a choke.
Servando Almaraz of Gracie Barra Westchase in Houston, TX
Raj Chittal of Gracie Barra Northridge
Pedro Araújo of Gracie Barra Northridge
Gabriel Arges of Gracie Barra Northridge
Edwin Najmi of Gracie Barra Northridge
The clean up crew pose for a picture.
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