BJJ team brings home 9 medals and a belt home from 2018 NAGA World Championships

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Although the team sent a comparably small group to the 2018 NAGA World Championships in Morristown, the grapplers still came home with a great haul which included a belt and two gold medals as part of a ten-podium showing. The weekend was headlined by Big and Little Spartans head instructor Moe Johnson, who competed in the Brown Belt Gi and Expert No-Gi divisions, scoring a submission in the finals of both brackets. The win in No-Gi earned Moe a title belt, while the Gi match was incorrectly ruled a disqualification after a legal knee bar was judged to be an illegal reap. Although the call was protested by not only Professor Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella, but also Black Belts from other schools — with Pure MMA’s Andy Main taking the time to demonstrate why the submission was legal — the DQ ruling stood leaving Moe with a silver medal.

Moe was joined the on podium during the Sunday adult portion of the tournament by Curt Babcock, who won a pair of silver medals in his first ever tournament; Tyler Ferraro, who got a complete set of gold, silver and bronze after stepping up to take an additional bracket; and Brian Leahy who added a Bronze medal to the count. Dexter Liddle was the sole representative for the kids on Saturday, and medaled in both of his brackets, bouncing back from a bloody nose due to an accidental headbutt to come home with a silver and a bronze.

Congratulations to everyone who competed!

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