Pride MMA at the AGF Nationals in Tulsa
I couldn't be more proud of how well our guys did at the American Grappling Federation Nationals in Tulsa this weekend!
It was definitely a bitter sweet day with lots of great moments but also missing the one who created this team. I had several chats with the kids, other coaches and the parents an how strange it felt not to have Coach Monkey with us. I missed him horribly all day. I know they did too.
In spite of this heavy weight, the entire team rose to the challenge. They could have very easily chosen to take a step back not having him here. But instead they banded together, and fought in honor of their mentor, coach and brother.
Saturday, our team brought home a total of 9 medals in GI (1 Gold, 3 Silver & 5 Bronze) and 6 in No GI (1Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze). Most of these medals contributed to the Lovato team winning the Kids No GI team title and 2nd in the Kids GI.
To honor Kannon , Professors Rafael Lovato Jr. and Justin Rader and the Lovato BJJ team sent the team trophy's home with us to keep at Pride MMA. (Thank you Lovato Jiu-Jitsu Association )
I am so very proud of you all - my team of coaches and those who competed. Your bravery and strength is an inspiration to us all. So much on the line, and an emotional day for sure. I know Kannon is smiling down on each of you- so proud of the warriors you are becoming. You honored him well.
Posted on Mon, December 5, 2016
by Jason Epps