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Exciting Year for RBJJ

2013 is turning out to be one of the most exciting years for Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA. Many competition titles have been won, students are getting into shape, and a change in location is planned. The RBJJ competition team has been training hard and the results have shown that their hard work is paying off. In their most recent competitions the RBJJ competition team has taken home 3 overall titles, 12 individual 1st places, 9 individual 2nd places, and 5 individual 3rd places. In the Grappling X California State Gi Championships the RBJJ competition team took 1st overall in the adults division and 3rd overall in the kids and teens division. The competition included schools from all over southern California, including most Jiu Jitsu schools in San Diego. Although most of the school’s outnumbered the RBJJ team, the quality of training and perseverance led nearly all of the RBJJ competitors to place in their divisions. Taking first at the competition were; Berlin Kiddoo, Jay Friend Jr., Matthew Mendoza, Savannah Kiddoo, Nathan Kiddoo, Jesse Deaver, Isaac Rorholm, and Dani Taylor. Placing second were; Adon Yoder, Wyatt Jones, Jay Friend Sr., and Raul Leyva. Also, placing third in their divisions were; Ian Alexander, Maryann Perea, Chloe Forman, and Jovana McCreary 3rd. All of the competitors fought hard and gained the respect of their teammates and opponents. At the most recent Operation Grapple tournament the RBJJ team dominated all other visiting teams and took first place overall. Although it was a hot day at the Wildomar sports center, the team outperformed all of the other Jiu Jitsu schools competing. Logan Mahaffey, Gabriel Kiddoo, Berlin Kiddoo, and Matthew Duvalian all took first in the their divisions. Jay Friend Jr., Hunter Mahaffey, Savannah Kiddoo, Olivia Papps, and Jay Friend Sr. faced tough competition and were able to pull second places. Nathan Kiddoo fought in a mixed belt division, and after facing higher-ranking fighters, was able to finish in third place. new-art In addition to a dominant competition team, Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA’s Muay Thai class has seen an incredible growth. Muay Thai is not a typical cardio kickboxing class, but is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking and clinching techniques. The students learn striking with their fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet, which makes for a very efficient full-contact fight. Several students are now preparing for an upcoming exhibition tournament. On September 1st Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA will be moving to 2102 Main Street, Suite 3, which is one block down from Denny’s and is in the same building as San Vicente Realty. The new gym will nearly double the training area and will include a new and improved viewing area for families and visitors. The new mat space will also provide room for more striking bags for the stand-up/MMA classes. With the new space there will be an addition of more classes as well, giving members several opportunities to learn martial arts and to get in shape. With the new facility Ramona Jiu Jitsu will also be inviting other teams from around San Diego to participate in its own in-house tournaments. Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA is a locally owned family training center. They offer a family orientated gym that is positive and friendly, without overenthusiastic egos. All ranked classes are black belt instructed by owner Kevin Hosseini. In addition, all kids classes include trained assistant instructors to ensure small group and personal instruction. We provide the highest quality programs for both adults and children, which includes; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, Self-Defense, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Boxing. For more information about Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu please call 760-787-5855 or visit www.ramonajiujitsu.com.
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The picture is courtesy of Elizabeth Mahaffey. In the back, from left to right is; Nathan Kiddoo, Jay Friend Jr., Hunter Mahaffey, Matthew Mendoza, and Matthew Duvalian. In the middle row is; Savannah Kiddo, Haley Friend, Logan Mahaffey, Gabriel Kiddoo, and Berlin Kiddoo. In the from is; Coach Kevin Hosseini.
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Ramona Jiu Jitsu Kids Win 2013 World Titles!

On July 20th the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition team sent several athletes to the Kid’s World BJJ Champions in San Bernardino. Over 600 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners from as far as Australia and Germany competed for world titles. The RBJJ team brought home 5 world champion titles and all competitors placed at least in the top 3 of their divisions. Bringing home the gold, and the title of “World Champion”, were Nathan Kiddoo, Berlin Kiddoo, Gabriel Kiddoo, Jay Friend Jr., and Hunter Mahaffey. Each of the competitors were top in their divisions and impressed coaches and the audience. Savannah Kiddoo, Hayley Friend, Matthew Duvalian, and Matthew Mendoza each took second place in tough divisions. Logan Mahaffey and Wyatt Jones fought hard and took third in their divisions. In all, out of 11 competitors, the RBJJ competition brought home 11 medals. Coach Kevin Hosseini is proud of all the competitors. Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/MMA is a locally owned family training center and provides the highest quality programs for both adults and children, which includes; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Submission Wrestling, Self-Defense, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Boxing. For more information about Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu please call 760-787-5855 or visit www.ramonajiujitsu.com.

The picture is courtesy of Elizabeth Mahaffey. In the back, from left to right is; Nathan Kiddoo, Jay Friend Jr., Hunter Mahaffey, Matthew Mendoza, and Matthew Duvalian. In the middle row is; Savannah Kiddo, Haley Friend, Logan Mahaffey, Gabriel Kiddoo, and Berlin Kiddoo. In the from is; Coach Kevin Hosseini.

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Ramona Jiu Jitsu team wins 11 medals

 
By Brian Mendoza
    Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s competition team made another strong showing at the recent So-Cal Golden State Grappling X championship tournament in San Diego, bringing home 11 medals. All competitors fought hard and were great sportsman on the mats, making coach Kevin Hosseini proud of his team. Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s competition team made another strong showing at the recent So-Cal Golden State Grappling X championship tournament in San Diego, bringing home 11 medals. All competitors fought hard and were great sportsman on the mats, making coach Kevin Hosseini proud of his team. In the kid’s divisions, Savannah Kiddoo and Matthew Mendoza both took first place. Theron Puyot and Nathan Kiddo both took second place. Emily Leyva pulled out a third place victory. In the adult division, Dani Taylor, Raul Leyva, and Isaac Rorholm dominated their divisions and took first place. Jay Friend Sr. took second place in a tough division. David Werhanowicz moved up to the adult division and took a second place finish. In a highlight match of the day, Berlin Kiddoo pulled out a first place win in her division. After making her way to the finals, Berlin found herself in sudden death, which means the first point scored wins the match. With determination, Berlin reached deep down and pulled off a single leg takedown that led the entire crowd to “ooh” and “aah.” Jiu jitsu tournaments are full contact competitions. The fighters start from a standing position and use techniques to take their opponents to the ground where they use leverage and proper technique to control and submit with chokeholds and joint-locks.  
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Jiu Jitsu Team Brings Home Medals From 2012 World Championships

Twelve competitors from the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (RBJJ) team competed in the Kids World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, bringing home five world championship titles and 11 medals overall. Over 900 competitors, from as far away as New Zealand and Brazil, converged on the Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino to compete in the championships. Bringing home first places in their divisions were Tyler Sherman, Nathan Kiddoo, Jesse Deaver, Matt Mendoza, and Berlin Kiddoo. Also from the Ramona team were Adon Yoder and Ian Alexander, who fought in the same division and placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the RBJJ competition team with third places in their divisions were Alexis Sherman, Savannah Kiddoo, Matt Duvalian, and James Proctor. Gabriel Kiddoo, one of the youngest team members received a participation medal for facing tough opponents. Coach Kevin Hosseini said he is proud of the team’s work and added that the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team continues to make waves in the jiu jitsu community. “I am proud of each of my students. Whether they win or lose, that doesn’t matter. What matters is they are getting out there and competing,” said Hosseini. Jiu jitsu tournaments are full contact competitions. The fighters start from a standing position and use techniques to take their opponents to the ground where they use leverage and proper technique to control and submit with choke holds and joint-locks.
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Even though he's the youngest Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt to start an academy in San Diego County, Kevin Hosseini believes he has a lot to offer. “I love teaching kids, I love teaching adults,” Hosseini said. “I’m kind of a big kid myself. I make it a fun atmosphere here.” Hosseini runs the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy with pupils ages four to 63. His students have rolled up medals galore in the Grappling X competition circuit, but that's not really why he teaches. The 26-year-old wants to eliminate bullying in schools. “The main thing is when a kid has confidence in themselves, to be able to stand up for themselves, just that energy that you put out is what's going to stop people from bullying you,” Hosseini said. Alexis Sherman, 8, takes classes a couple nights a week. She recently finished third in the west coast in the tournament of champions and she, too, believes jiu jitsu helps her avoid confrontations. “I like it because other people get to defend themselves,” she said. “And it's kind of fun to be with other people and make new friends.” “The biggest effect I've seen, at least in my kids and my family, is that they're becoming mature a little bit quicker,” said Sherman’s father Justin. “They are understanding respect, that there is a right time and a right place to do the things that they want to do. There is a lot of discipline that they learn in this.” Contrary to what it looks like, Hosseini said jiu jitsu is called “The Gentle Art” and he focuses on technique so no one gets hurt. “The first thing I tell people is I say, ‘You're not here to try to prove a point to somebody. You're not here to fight somebody. Not here to say you’re the big man on campus,’” Hosseini said. “We're here to help each other out to progress with each other.”   Hosseini said jiu jitsu kept him from dropping out of high school (he graduated from Mira Mesa High School) and he recently earned a degree in civil engineering from San Diego State University. Instead of designing buildings, he's helping people build a foundation - from the mat up.
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Ramona Team Competes in Regional Tournament

Members of the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (RBJJ) competition team made a strong showing at their first tournament, with five RBJJ competitors converging on La Jolla High School for the Tuf Love Gi/No-Gi Tournament. The Ramona competitors brought home six medals, with all placing in their weight class. Romeo De Los Reyes was first from RBJJ to compete for the day. Encouraged on by cheers from the RBJJ family, De Los Reyes took third in the 205-pound Master’s Gi white belt division after two hard fought matches with experienced competitors. The 175-pound Adult Gi white belt was stacked with tough experienced competitors that had been training and competing for some time, and, although the field was stacked, Harryson Franz came out on top with a first place in his division, said Kevin Hosseini, RBJJ coach. During his first match, Franz controlled his more experienced opponent and quickly took down the opposition to maintain a dominate position through the match. Eventually he secured a triangle choke and transitioned to an armbar, finishing his opponent. During his second match, Franz met another worthy opponent and again controlled the match. He was able to finish quickly with a rear-naked choke. Next to compete was Brandon Setterberg, who entered the Kid’s Gi white belt 12-year-old 100-pound division. Like his teammate, Setterberg dominated the opposition in his division, winning both of his matches in his division and taking a first place spot. Hosseini agreed with the officials that Setterberg could move up a division and compete with heavier opponents. Setterberg moved on to the upper division and was able to place third with opponents at least 15 pounds heavier. Hannah LaJaunie, who competed in the Teen’s Gi white belt 15-16-year-old 140-pound division, was next. She faced fierce competition in her division. Earlier in the day her opponent had dominated the no gi division. LaJaunie was unfazed by the competition and fought with a ferocity unseen in any other matches throughout the day, said her coach. Her two matches were the longest of the day as she took both into double overtime. As a result of her hard work, she won a second place in her division. The final RBJJ competitor for the day was Matt Roelle. Like his teammates before him, he faced a strong division. During the first match, Roelle came out strong, reversing his opponent several times, including with a highlight sweep that impressed coaches and spectators. Down by 2 points and with only seconds left, he reversed his opponent and took a dominate position, winning the match. Roelle continued on with two more matches and took second in his division. Hosseini said he was very happy with the team’s performance, stating that the hard training and practice put in by the team allowed them do so well. It is typical of teams to send 20 or so competitors and only take home three to four medals, he noted. The competition team is composed of a select few from the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy who choose to compete. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art that focuses mainly on fighting on the ground and maintaining a dominant position until eventually submitting the opponent. Through proper training and application, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows a smaller, weaker person to defend and even dominate significantly bigger and stronger opponents.
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Ramona BJJ Finishes 2nd With 10 Medals

The Ramona Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (RBJJ) competition team made an impressive showing at the Grappling X Gi Tournament in Long Beach, with 13 members competing and 10 medals earned. The kids division started the day. First to medal was Matthew Mendoza in the kids 7- to 8-year-old 70-pound division. Mendoza had a dominating performance in his first match, winning 16-0. In a tough bracket, Mendoza finished second place overall. Representing RBJJ in the 9- to 10-year-old 90-pound division was Theron Puyot, who also faced skilled opponents. Puyot, who finished strong with an armbar that impressed the crowd, came in second place to the delight of his coach and teammates. In another impressive performance, RBJJ competitor Brandon Setterberg took third place in the 10- to 12-year-old 100-pound division. Coach Kevin Hosseini encouraged Setterberg to compete in a higher division. Facing bigger opponents, Setterberg placed third in the 120-pound division bringing home two medals for the day. Also competing in the 10-12 120-pound division was Killian Brandon. With an easy win in his first match, Brandon fought for first place with an outstanding competitor. In a long fought match that went back and forth several times, Brandon outlasted and outscored his opponent taking home the team’s only first place finish of the day. James Proctor competed in the teens 13- to 14-year-old 115-pound division, which was tough and stacked with fierce opponents, Proctor pulled a second place finish. Coach Hosseini said he was pleased, but not shocked by the strong performance Proctor displayed. In the teen’s 15- to 17-year-old 165-pound division, Tyler Crouch faced skilled and seasoned opponents. He scored a 3rd place victory in the division, his performance showing his ability and determination that motivated his teammates. Placing third in the adult 175-pound division was RBJJ’s Harryson Franz. Also facing skilled and experienced opponents, Franz had only one loss out of five matches. The RBJJ family cheered as he had submission finishes for all but one of his opponents. Franz scored an impressive third place finish for the day. Rounding out the day, Lawrence Arroyo competed in the teens 15- 17-year-old 145-pound division. Arroyo had several hard fought matches, but one stood out to the crowd and to his coach. Down by several points and with only seconds left in the match, Arroyo pulled off a submission that his coach and his opponent were not expecting. While his opponent was in a dominant position Arroyo slipped in an Ezekiel choke that shocked everyone. Coach Hosseini said he was impressed by such heart and determination and the RBJJ family cheered Arroyo as he, too, placed second in his division. As in the team’s previous tournament, Hosseini said he was very happy with the team’s performance, stating that the hard training and practice put in by the team allowed them do so well in their second tournament. They are looking forward to the next opportunity to compete. The competition team is composed of a select few from the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy who choose to compete
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Ramona Jiu Jitsu earns 11 medals at Grappling X tournament

Article By Brian Mendoza Photo by: Christine Mendoza Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s competition team made a strong showing at the Grappling X tournament in La Jolla, bringing home 11 medals. In preparation for the tournament, the RBJJ competition team put in extra time in the academy and was pumped and ready to compete, said Coach Kevin Hosseini, adding that the crowd was pumped as well. “When looking in the stands, black RBJJ shirts could be seen everywhere and the crowd could feel our presence with every win,” he said. While Kallan McLaughlin represented the adult competitors with a third place finish, the shining light of the day was the kids/teens competition team. Brandon Setterberg placed second in the no-gi division and third in the gi division. Setterberg is ranked number one in the 10- to 11-year-old 91 to 100 pounds division. Kilian Brandon, Aidon Yoder, Alaina Austin, James Proctor and Matthew Mendoza placed third in their divisions. Eli Bennett and Matthew Roelle competed in the same division and tied for third place. In their competition debuts, Jesse Deaver and Noah Katcher both placed first in their divisions. Katcher had three fights against strong competitors. After a tough first fight, Katcher was able to out point his next two opponents by maintaining dominant positions on the ground, leading him to his first-place finish. Deaver made quick work of his three opponents, submitting two of them early in the matches and outpointing the other. Deaver used an Ezekiel choke in both matches to finish his competitors. Another highlight of the day was Lawrence Arroyo’s first-place domination of his division. After finishing second and third in previous tournaments, Arroyo had his mind set on a first-place finish. Facing a tough field of competitors, Arroyo made quick work of his opponents, submitting all of them. He finished his opponents with an inverted armbar and an Americana. Coach Hosseini stated that he was very proud of all the RBJJ team, win or lose. He thanked all of the Ramona Jiu Jitsu family members who came out in support of the team.
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Ramona Jiu Jitsu earns grand championship

The Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu team earned grand champion honors in the GX22 Jiu Jitsu tournament in Murrieta. All team members placed in the top three of their division. “I couldn’t be more proud of our team, said Coach Kevin Hossieni. “I am so happy with everyone’s performance.” James Proctor came to the competition with a mission to win and amazed the crowd with his performance, said Hossieni. Proctor not only took first in his division, winning all of his matches, but he moved up to an older division and took second place. Lawrence Arroyo also took first in his division. Hossieni placed Arroyo in the adult division after officials notified the team that Arroyo would need to be placed in a heavier weight division. Fully confident, Hossieni said he agreed and Arroyo, 17, faced heavier adults. Arroyo finished his two opponents with armbars and cleaned up the division. In the teen division, Jovana McCreary made her competition debut. McCreary faced an experienced division and finished both of her matches, one by a Kimura armlock and the other by a gi choke, to earn first. Also making his debut was Tony Zizzo, who executed a perfectly timed triangle in the last seconds of his first match. He placed second in what his coach called a tough division. Wyatt Jones earned a third place in another tough division, facing opponents older and bigger, said Hossieni, noting he was very happy with Jones’ performance. In an experienced division, Ian Alexander and Cody Crist both placed. With his strong take downs and defense, Alexander earned a third place. Also making his competition debut, Crist fought hard and finished second, the coach reported. Also in an tough division against experienced and accomplished competitors, Matt Mendoza finished second. In several crowd pleasing matches, Carson Crist took control of his opponents for first in his division. Crist finished his first opponent with a triangle choke in the last seconds of a tied match and finished his next opponent, vaulting him into the top spot. Jesse Deaver made his second tournament appearance and again cleaned house. Deaver dominated his first match, controlling his opponent on the ground with ease. He then finished the fight with an armbar that sent his team cheering.
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Anderson Honors Jiu Jitsu Team

District 36 State Sen. Joel Anderson honored members of the Ramona Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition team with certificates for their outstanding performance in a local tournament. Coach Kevin Hosseini says that he is proud of his team and of this high honor from the senator. From left are RBJJ team members Matt Mendoza, Noah Katcher, Law Arroyo, Adon Yoder, Coach Kevin Hosseini, Kilian Brandon, James Proctor, Eli Bennett and Matt Roelle. Not pictured are Brandon Setterberg, Alaina Austin, Jesse Deaver and Christian Tolentino.
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