Continuing to Grow Through the Fall Season

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We had a busy summer at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Springfield MA and powered right through an equally busy fall. Since our last update, we attended seminars, charity events, neighborhood events, had teammates compete, and head instructor Pat traveled to Los Angeles to train with Eddie Bravo and the top 10th Planet competitors from around the country.

Back in October one weekend the team split up with some going to compete at NAGA in Providence and others going to 10th Planet Fairfield for a seminar with Zach Maslany and JM Holland from 10th Planet Bethlehem. The seminar was well-attended with Zach and JM teaching quality technique as always. Below is Pat with Zach, JM, and teen phenom Grace Gundrum. Travis Passaro with the photobomb!

We had two first time competitors at NAGA the same day with Jarrett taking home gold and Ian getting some valuable experience his first time out. Luis took home silver after some nice submission victories.

Back in October one weekend the team split up with some going to compete at NAGA in Providence and others going to 10th Planet Fairfield for a seminar with Zach Maslany and JM Holland from 10th Planet Bethlehem. The seminar was well-attended with Zach and JM teaching quality technique as always. Below is Pat with Zach, JM, and teen phenom Grace Gundrum. Travis Passaro with the photobomb!

We had two first time competitors at NAGA the same day with Jarrett taking home gold and Ian getting some valuable experience his first time out. Luis took home silver after some nice submission victories.

Up next was the Black Belts For Butterflies autism charity event. The event was held at Manchester BJJ and featured a full line up of black belt seminars with all proceeds going to support autism. This event has the most positive environment with people from every team and affiliation coming together to support a common cause. Pat attended this event for the second time and spoke about his experiences raising a child with autism to help bring awareness to the community. So many great connections and relationships are made at these events that the incredible jiu jitsu is just an added bonus. We look forward to supporting and participating at future events with Black Belts For Butterflies. 

We had a busy summer at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Springfield MA and powered right through an equally busy fall. Since our last update, we attended seminars, charity events, neighborhood events, had teammates compete, and head instructor Pat traveled to Los Angeles to train with Eddie Bravo and the top 10th Planet competitors from around the country.

Back in October one weekend the team split up with some going to compete at NAGA in Providence and others going to 10th Planet Fairfield for a seminar with Zach Maslany and JM Holland from 10th Planet Bethlehem. The seminar was well-attended with Zach and JM teaching quality technique as always. Below is Pat with Zach, JM, and teen phenom Grace Gundrum. Travis Passaro with the photobomb!

We had two first time competitors at NAGA the same day with Jarrett taking home gold and Ian getting some valuable experience his first time out. Luis took home silver after some nice submission victories.

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Up next was the Black Belts For Butterflies autism charity event. The event was held at Manchester BJJ and featured a full line up of black belt seminars with all proceeds going to support autism. This event has the most positive environment with people from every team and affiliation coming together to support a common cause. Pat attended this event for the second time and spoke about his experiences raising a child with autism to help bring awareness to the community. So many great connections and relationships are made at these events that the incredible jiu jitsu is just an added bonus. We look forward to supporting and participating at future events with Black Belts For Butterflies. 

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The following day Pat attended a local vendor event at the Gasoline Alley Foundation, just down the street from our academy. This was a great event filled with small business owners working together to promote business in the neighborhood. Pat and some of the team conducted a self defense demonstration at the onsite yoga studio for a small but engaged audience. We were invited back for another self defense workshop with Amy Bourque Yoga on December 15th. Click HERE to register.

Three days later Pat was on a plane to Los Angeles for an annual training camp and business meetings at 10th Planet Headquarters. 10th Planet affiliate owners from around the country came together to share business knowledge and techniques. Pat was able to fly in early to get several training sessions in with Eddie Bravo before the weekend kicked off. 

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Friday night kicked off with an early end of the year party for all 10th planet members, where Pat ran into UFC lightweight champ and 10th Planet black belt Tony Ferguson. 

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Saturday was a full day of business strategy sessions lead by various panelists to help everybody across the associate build and grow their businesses. Pat also got to spend time with his 10th Planet Phoenix team over the weekend. It was awesome to see his instructor John Botello get his first degree black belt and Don Daubert compete at the EBI qualifier.

Pat squeezed in a training session Sunday morning with a small group of other affiliate owners with techniques being exchanged. Sunday night was the first ever Combat Jiu Jitsu Worlds. It was an exciting environment to spectate in and the addition of palm strikes on the ground certainly brings jiu jitsu back to its self defense roots. Look for this at 10th Planet Springfield MA in the future as we look to evolve and tighten our jiu jitsu. 

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You would think that it is time to stop and rest now during the holidays, but we are motivated and ready to keep pushing harder and harder to build the best team we can with the best versions of ourselves. We are still enrolling kids and adults so contact us through the links below and join us before it is too late!

Bill Kerstetter