January 26, 2022

Preparing To Win | Upcoming BJJ Tournaments | Capital MMA

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It was an exceptional weekend with the Capital MMA crew! A small contingent of Capital’s BJJ competitors traveled to Frederick, MD to compete at the Grappling Industries event. There were nearly one thousand competitors packing the mats! Congratulations to everyone who racked up medals AND experience. 

This year’s team captains—Jennifer Zanotti and BJ Ketchem—have been hard at work organizing the comp squad, including the creation of a list of 2022 in-house, regional and international tournament options for the Capital MMA clan to work towards (a special thank you to John Karavatas for this document). While there are other tournaments to choose from, our captains selected competitions that are well run, have good rule sets, and which give competitors more matches.

If you’d like to compete then please join our OFFICIAL 2022 Jiu-Jitsu Competitors Facebook Group. If you register for an event please list your “school” as “Capital MMA”, then add your info to the “Roster Tab” of our Capital BJJ Comp Schedule spreadsheet. 

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to one of the following points of contact:

  • Alexandria Location = Sean Carow & John Franklin
  • Loudon Location = Roland Barringer
  • Takoma Park Location = Jennifer Zanotti (Capital MMA’s 2022 BJJ Team Captain)
  • Lorton Location = Chad Malone & BJ Ketchem (Capital MMA’s 2022 BJJ Team Captain)
  • Fairfax Location = Kelsey Lepp
  • Burke Location = Jeremy Lafreniere & BJ Ketchem
  • DC Location = Alfredo Atencio
  • Capital MMA’s Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program has been on the map since 2001. Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu originated as a complete martial art emphasizing self-defense. The founders created the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to prove to the world that their strategies and techniques were second to none. Currently Capital MMA has the only black belt practitioners in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland under the original Ultimate Fighting Champion–and leading self-defense expert–Royce Gracie. 

    While Capital MMA has preserved the self-defense strategies and techniques of Gracie/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, many of our members enjoy one or more competition formats associated with the “gentle art”. In addition to the Gi and No Gi events listed above we also have members preparing to fight at several upcoming mixed martial arts “MMA” fights. Stay tuned for details!

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