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Reflecting on these past 12 months here at Twisted fitness/Alliance Madison, has really shown us what our team is all about and how far we have yet to go. Starting last August, when Mark got a phone message from 10 time World Champion, Gabi Garcia. Gabi was in town for the CrossFit Games and was hoping to stop by and train. We were, of course, happy to have her strop in to train and we got some great rolls in and had a blast. It is truly an honor that one of our team mates, who is so highly respected, was able to pay us a visit and train. We had Chicago Open only a few weeks later, so Gabi was happy we had some competition training she could attend. We hope to have her again soon and are happy to announce she is opening an Alliance Academy full time in California very soon!
Only a few weeks After Gabi’s visit, we ventured to Chicago to test our skills in the Chicago Open. Unfortunately We came up just short as a team, Scoring 2nd place in the overall. Chicago open is the Largest and most prestigious tournament here in the Midwest, so reaching the podium is no easy task. We don’t take 2nd place for granted, as we understand many schools will never reach the podium at all. But, 1st place is always the goal and we love to compete and test ourselves. Thanks to all the competitors who made this possible!
Shortly After Chicago open, we left for Master World Championships in Las Vegas, NV. Master World championships is the highest level tournament and title you can win as a Master BJJ competitor. Our own Sonya Plavcan once again took Gold in her division, securing her 4th World title at Black belt. We are always so proud of Sonya and the example she sets for all our team mates and students.
Sonya was then recognized by the IBJJF as the 2nd Ranked Black belt in the world for her current division. The IBJJF ranks competitors every year in their divisions and ranking is based on competition results. Sonya was actually ranked in multiple divisions as she will often move down in age brackets to fight younger competitors because there is nobody in her divisions. Unfortunately this means that not all the points scored are in the same divisions, otherwise we have no doubt that she would have been Ranked 1st. Again, we are always so proud of the accomplishments of everyone on our team, be it the Professors or their students.
After the Tournament, Sonya and Mark, along with their team mate Mike, took some time with the Alliance Founders. These three individuals are responsible for more world champions than anyone else around as well as building the most successful team in Competition BJJ history. The day was spent running through many ideas of how classes should be structured, from Fundamentals all the way up to the competitors and what makes each class so different and unique. We all learned a lot and we brought back many changes that were easily implemented and provided us with some needed changes to our programs and teaching styles. The results were immediately obvious as our Fundamentals classes begin to grow at an unbelievable pace and we also instituted a new competitors program that immediately paid off!
Shortly after all the excitement in Vegas, we returned to test all of our Kid’s class students for their new belts. These Kid’s have been working so hard and have embraced the Sport of BJJ and the meaning of living the BJJ lifestyle. I have never seen a more dedicated group of students and their daily growth is apparent to anyone who witnesses them in action! Again, we cannot state enough how proud all of our students make us, no matter what age or rank they hold! From the newest white belt to the highest ranked black belt, every single member of the team is extremely important and we all help each other grow.
Only days later, Sonya was invited to attend a woman’s Black belt seminar. there would be for female black belts teaching that day from all over the US, and Sonya would headline the event and close the day with some amazing world Champion techniques! We are always thankful when one of our professors gets invited to teach a seminar and our happy to share our brand of BJJ with the world.
Only a few days after that, Mark would receive another phone call, this time from World Champion and UFC Fighter, Sergio Moraes. Sergio is also an Alliance Black belt and was calling because he would be attending a UFC in Milwaukee and was hoping to stop in and teach a class for us. OF COURSE! Again, being a part of Alliance has so many benefits, and we were happy to have Sergio stop by. Sergio showed some absolutely amazing De La Riva guard set ups and our students immediately began to work them into their game. We were all impressed at the level Sergio brought and were very thankful to have him stop by. He will definitely be back again soon!!!
One the heels of that amazing class, we set out to test our skills at the Fuji tournament here in Madison. This would be the first time our students would test themselves after the new competitors curriculum had been put into place. We could not believe how quickly we saw the results from this new training method and once again Alliance has shown us the way to help our competitors improve and have fun! We had a great turn out and as you can see from all of the pictures, our students had a blast! Smiles every where and of course, the 1st place trophy to remind our team we are the best BJJ team in the Madison area. And while 1st place trophies and gold medals are wonderful, the smiles and team spirit we saw from all our team mates that day, were a reminder that we are on the right track. Success means nothing if your team isn’t there to enjoy it with you. We had tons of spectators from the team to cheer everyone on and help coach and we really saw the best out of everyone. Running a team is a constant adjustment and while we know we don’t always get it right, we must be learning and making the right corrections. The highlight of the day was when the tournament director told Mark that he was so impressed by not only the skill level of our students, but the amount of respect they showed while competing. Thank you everyone for really doing your best to showcase what we are about!!
After The holidays we started the New Year off with a bang! A visit from one of the Alliance Founders, the General, Fabio Gurgel! Fabio is not only an Alliance Founder, he is a multiple time World Champion as well as a coach to numerous other World Champions. Fabio brings such a unique style when he comes to teach. He brought some of his infamous pressure passing techniques as well as his suggestions for training for longevity. Afterwards, Fabio spent the Day with Mark and Sonya and helped them with coaching Ideas, Academy operations, and just some over all valuable wisdom for growing and improving the academy. Thanks to everyone who supported this event and hopefully you have begun to see even more of the improvements we are implementing.
Only two short months later we were visited by another legend of BJJ, Ruebens “Cobrinha” Charles. Cobrinha recently completed the “Super Grand Slam” in 2017. This menas he won all 4 major Gi tournaments (European Championships, Pan Championships, Brazilian Nationals, and World Chmapionships) as well as the Biggest NOGI event ADCC. He is well respected in the BJJ community as one of the highest level competitors out there. Obviously his technique is crisp, precise and perfect- a great representation of Alliance BJJ. Cobrinha taught a great seminar on the kimura trap and all of the ins and outs of using the position to control your opponent. Everyone had a lot of fun, which is always most important, but also learned an amazing amount! We hope to have him back after we open the new facility!
And of course only one day after that, we had our ground breaking event on our new 14,00o sq. ft. facility. This has been years in the making and has definitely monopolized the past few years of Mark and Sonya’s lives as they have tried to run an academy full time as well as work towards this expansion. Many battles with the city, working with banks for financing, securing equipment and just making all the wheels turn, it was no easy task. But ground was broken and things are moving along!
A Heart Breaker in Chicago (May 18th and 19th) left us hungry for more. Lots of great battles over the two day event saw us falling just 9 points short of first place. One gold medal is worth 9 points, which just goes to show you that sometimes it might even come down to the last match of the day! Either way we were very proud of how everyone performed and it made us even hungrier for the Next Chicago Open, which due to scheduling issues, would be only a few short months away.
We did win another World Championship, only a few weeks later! We are very proud of all of our athletes who made the trip to support the team and try to add whatever points they could towards a team effort! We win and lose as a team andit was nice to be back on the podium again. This was Alliance’s 12th Adult World Title!
Class sizes grew and grew, even with all of the surrounding construction and Winnebago Street being repaved and redesigned, we grew in numbers! We are constantly getting new people through the door, even though it has been hard to find the door at times. We have such a great group of people, the happiness and fun is spreading!! Thanks to all our new members as well as our old ones, for making this the most successful year yet! We have grown in numbers, but also skill and with the positivity we have spreading through the academy, everyone is motivated to train!
And it shows!
We know now, that it willbe a battle with TAC Team BJJ at every Chicago Event. We worked really hard at this one and it was nice to bring the trophy back to Madison!
And of course we finally got around to announcing our grand opening. Make sure you stay tuned as there is much more news to come. The Grand Opening will be something nobody will want to miss an we couldn’t be more excited to start this new chapter for our team! Prepare to see the best BJJ team in Madison grow even more!