Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at IBJJF Pan Ams Recap!!

IBJJF Pan Ams brings the best Jiu Jitsu competitors from all over the world to fight for one of the most prestigious titles known in the sport! Held at the UC Irvince Bren Center, 4 full days are spent with competitors from White to Black in the search of winning Pan American Gold!

Pacific Top Team Corona had 10 Fierce competitors all step foot on the Pan Am Mats this year. 

PTT Corona Team at Pan Ams!! Thank you everyone that spent 2 long days supporting!!

PTT Corona Team at Pan Ams!! Thank you everyone that spent 2 long days supporting!!

Official Results for the Events

Kimberly Bowser-Pan Am Champion in Division; Bronze Open Weight

Brianne Gomez-Pan Am Champion Division

Gina Zika-Silver Division

Steven Simms-Silver Division

Michele Klee-Silver Division

Felipe Hennings-Competed

Veasna Chiek-Competed

Bianca Apostol-Competed

Antonella Mereco-Competed

Maria Jesus Rojas-Competed

Big Congratulations to Everyone on the awesome work at Pan Ams!!! We are so proud for all your hard work and dedication!!

PTT Competitors at IBJJF Pan Ams. Bren Center, Irvine

PTT Competitors at IBJJF Pan Ams. Bren Center, Irvine

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Meet Pacific Top Teams IBJJF Pan Am Competitors

IBJJF Pan Ams is being held at the Bren Center in Irvine, CA this year from March 8-12. This is one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu Competitions in the World bringing the best Athletes from all over the world! 

This year, Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Corona has a competition team of 10 competitors that have set their sights on the Pan Am Podium. Meet our competitors below and learn about their journey to get where they are!

From Left to Right: Felipe Hennings, Kim Bowser, Michele Klee, Antonella Mareco, Maria Jesus Rojas, Brianne Gomez, Gina Zika, Bianca Apostol, Veasna Chiek, Steven Simms

From Left to Right: Felipe Hennings, Kim Bowser, Michele Klee, Antonella Mareco, Maria Jesus Rojas, Brianne Gomez, Gina Zika, Bianca Apostol, Veasna Chiek, Steven Simms

Meet Our Competitors!!!

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Name: Bianca Apostol.                                                                                                                      

Age: 35.                                                                                                                                    

Division: White, Master 1  Feather.                                                                                                 

Favorite thing about Competing? My favorite thing about competing is the camaraderie I get with my teammates.  I compete because it is good to get over certain fears and work outside your comfort zone.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I train when I can and I am still managing Jiu Jitsu with my work and life schedule.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?
I feel  that the grind of shark tanking has helped with my Jiu Jitsu cardio  and instincts in general.

Name: Steven Simms                                                                                                                            

Age: 38                                                                                                                                           

Division: White, Master 2, Ultra heavy                                                                                          

Favorite thing about Competing? My favorite thing about competing is being able to confront the fear of confrontation. I feel that I win by just showing up to compete.                                               

How you have worked training into your everyday life? I am still finding striking a balance between work and Jiu Jitsu. I hope one day to find that balance (haha).                                      

What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? The side conferences with my professor and coaches discussing an idea has definitely helps grab my attention with Jiu Jitsu during training camp.

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Name: Gina Zika
Age: 49
Spouse/kids
Robert Zika
Russel Zika 14
Sophia Zika 13
Occupation: stay-at-home Mom (maid, chauffeur, cook 🤣)
Division fighting at Pan Ams: women’s, blue belt, master’s 4, light
Favorite thing about Competing? Being able to go 100% to test my skills and find my weakness
How you have worked training into your everyday life? It’s my main form of exercise. I love to eat and if I didn’t have BJJ I’d be 1000lbs. Sure there are other forms of exercise but BJJ is fun so it keeps my interest. But my daughter keeps me honest to go in every day and Professor Talita has this saying that you are always able to give 1%.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?
It’s an all-inclusive thing. What I mean is that every part of the training camp has given me something that the other parts don’t. Like the drilling gives me the quick reaction time; the situational training gives me the ability to try out those tough spots and test what works for me and what doesn’t; the sparring/rolling puts it all together. They each work in conjunction to help build my confidence which is the mental game. Ultimately, you need every part to be at your best. Now if we’re talking which I “like” the best, that’s easy I would say the drilling.

Michele Klee BJJ

Name: Michele                                                                                                                                      

Age: 43yrs old                                                                                                                

Spouse/Kids:Erik (Husband); Milani 22, Austin soon to be 9, Chase 7 and Aj 3                                                  Division: White, Masters 2, medium                                                                                            

 Favorite thing about competing: Finding the courage to step out of my comfort zone and putting myself out there.                                                                                                                                 

How you have worked training into your everyday life?  I definitely would not be able to do this without the support of my husband. He steps up and takes care of our children and the house so I can be as prepared as I can. I try to train 3-4 days a week sometimes for 2 hrs. This is all after a long day at work. My days start at 430 and usually end around 11pm. No rest for the wicked!                     

What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?I adore and look up to my training partners. Each one brings a little something different to the table and I appreciate them all!

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Name: Felipe Hennings.                                                                                                                        

Age: 24                                                                                                                                           

Division: Blue, Adult, Light weight,                                                                                               

Favorite thing about Competing? I like to compete because it gives me many emotions, it is also a way to see my progress as an athlete and so I can correct my mistakes for the next tournament and reach my goals.                                                                                                                             

What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams?It has helped me train every day, focus on doing my game well and apply it in every fight I have. 

Jiu Jitsu Norco

Name: Antonella daiana Muñoz Mareco
Age 25
Occupation: social worker
Division: adult, white, light
Favorite thing about Competing? What I like the most about the competition is feeling that adrenaline and desires to give the best of myself and apply everything I have learned
 How you have worked training into your everyday life? The bjj has helped me to be a disciplined person, to have a record in everything I do and it has helped me to carry my life in a better way
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? These days here with Professor JP has helped me to plan my game, thanks to the techniques and tools that he has given us, today thanks to all these trainings I feel more confident in front of the competition

Jiu Jitsu Self Defense

Name: María Jesús Rojas Aravena
Age: 31
Occupation: Nutritionist
Division: Master 1, blue, light
Favorite thing about Competing?What I like the most about competing is to test myself and realize that I can do more than I imagined
How you have worked training into your everyday life? Training has helped me to improve my tolerance, my discipline and it has made me a better person every day
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? What has helped me improve for pan ams is the training with my colleagues and the constant support of our teacher JP and coach Kim, they worry every day to improve our shortcomings and give us the necessary tools to give the best each

Brianne Gomez BJJ Corona

Name: Brianne Gomez
Age: 30
Spouse: Bernie Gomez
Occupation: Undergraduate Business Advisor at the University of California, Riverside
Division: White, Masters I, Super Heavy
Favorite thing about Competing? Finding the wholes in my BJJ and learning how to perfect them.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I try to train at least 5 days a week, sometimes doing two classes a night.
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? The drills that we have been doing and the consistent sparring to simulate a real match. Professor JP saying "if you are training, you should stay for the next class" has been helpful. Also, having the Chileans here has been nice to work with other students. I have enjoyed sparring with them, and them teaching me some technique. I have enjoyed seeing my fellow trainees, who started training BJJ around the same time as me, going to compete at PAN AMS. There is this sense of shared humanity knowing that I am not alone and that I have my PTT Family supporting me.

Competition Jiu Jitsu

Name: Veasna Chiek
Age: 38
Spouse/kids: Tessa (wife), Luke (7), Michael (5), Zoey (2)
Occupation: Mathematics Professor
Division fighting at Pan Ams: White, Master 3, Middle
Favorite thing about Competing? I love comradely with my team mates
How you have worked training into your everyday life? I view mistakes as life's best teachers and take proactive steps to problem solving
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? I love being pushed to exhaustion and the fact that I have awesome training partners

Female jiu jitsu competitor kim bowser

Name: Kim Bowser
Age: 34
Kids: Adam (19), Andrew (13), Alex (11), Arie (9)
Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor and Academy Manager
Division fighting at Pan Ams: Purple, Master 1, Medium Heavy
Favorite thing about Competing? I love that it pushes me to keep focused with my training. It's a fun time to test my skills against other female competitors of my belt rank.
How you have worked training into your everyday life? Life is busy working full time and being a single mom to 4 kids. But training is important to be so I it has a priority in my life. Sometimes I have to duck out early to pick my kids up, but any training is better than skipping it all together. 
What about the training camp has helped you to feel the most prepared for Pan Ams? Professor JP always knows the perfect drills to get us comp ready. The drills, extra 6am Competition Classes and Sharks tanks have helped me to feel sharp and ready to have fun at Pan Ams!

A Big Thank you to our Leader and Head Instructor at Pacific Top Team Corona, Professor JP Garcia for sharing your knowledge and for all the tie and effort you have put into this Pan Ams camp and getting us all ready!!! Now its time to have fun and show our skills!!

Interested in competition Jiu Jitsu and joining our competition team? Contact us at

(951) 662-0162 today to set up your first class!!

 

How to Overcome your Competition Nerves

The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

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  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I’m capable of and not. It’s not like I’m going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn’t really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the “what ifs” that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner’s hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.

 

Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.

 

Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. 

 CONTACT US TODAY AT (951) 662-0162 AND ASK ABOUT OUR 30 DAY FREE TRIAL TO START YOUR JOURNEY TODAY!

 

IBJJF Long Beach Open

The Competitors of Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu finished a 3 weeks of competing this last weekend with the IBJJF Long Beach Open.  

The event was held at Cal State University Long Beach in the Walter Pyramid. We had 7 competitors at the events and everyone had exciting and tough fights. 

Coach Kim fought her way to Double Gold, Javiera won Bronze, Coach Pablo won Gold and Silver, Coach Benito-Silver and Coach Miguel brought home Bronze.

It was a fun 3 weeks of competing with everyone and lots of fun to have some of the team from Chile ( http://www.pttchile.com ) join us for a few weeks. Thanks to Stephen, Gina and Bianca and Professor Derek for coming out to support us on the day! 

Here are a few Pictures to Enjoy!

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SJJIF Worlds Tournament

SJJIF Worlds Tournament

SJJIF Worlds Championship was over the past weekend and Pacific Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu had competitors from our home school here in Corona as well as Chile and Germany representing.

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How to Overcome your nerves when Competing in Jiu Jitsu

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The first time I competed, I seriously freaked out for a month beforehand. Overthinking everything, worry about all that could go wrong, most of which I could not control. Don’t get me wrong, I usually still have some nerves the day of right before my first fight but nothing like it used to be. So here are the things that help me to fight the nerves and have success on the comp mats.

 

  1. Getting over the pressure of letting others down. For me I hate to let others down and I think most of us feel that way. But one of the things I realized is my professor knows where I am at. He knows what I'm capable of and not. It's not like I'm going to show up at a competition and magically roll like a black belt. My skill level is the same the day of comp as it is the day before and the day after. So what happens that day doesn't really define me.
  2. Compete for yourself, not other people. In the end, no one will be there when its time to fight but you.
  3. Envision yourself on the Podium. Want it. Believe in yourself.
  4. Think less and just enjoy the moment of the present. All the "what ifs" that are swirling in your head will not change the outcome. So every time you even have a negative thought enter, scream it out. Seriously scream until the thought leaves and then just show up and do your thing.
  5. Be mentally prepared. Competing in Jiu Jitsu, you have to be mentally prepared, present in the moment, the desire to fight, to give it your all, to work hard even when you are exhausted. I’ve seen so many people lose, not from their lack of skill but from lack of mental focus. So get there. One of the things I started doing to help me feel confident that I can “turn on” my mental focus is pick one training session the week before competition to train hard. To imagine every roll that day is like I am competing. From stepping on the mat, to shaking my partner's hand. That is the day I am going to practice my game plan, that I’m going to keep fighting even when I just want to take a break. When I do this, I don’t tell anyone, I just go in and know that it is my day to be mentally focused. It’s a test for myself, much like competition day, and seeing the result of that I can do it in the week gives me more confidence I can do it on comp day as well.
  6. Train Hard! If you kill yourself training you will feel satisfied that you couldn’t have done anymore. Now this is going to look different for everyone. Remember that. If you are a full-time Jiu Jitsu athlete, training hard is going to be 6+ hours of day. For myself I work full time and have 4 kids to care for so I obviously don’t have 6+ hours to train. So for me training Hard is making the most of the time that I have to train. So while I’m there, I work hard and make the most out of the time I have available to train. You know what training hard looks like for you. Give it your all and don’t cheat yourself.

 

Competition Morning

  • Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to the venue. I like to shoot for approximately 2 hours before my fight time. That way you have plenty of time to get comfortable in the environment. You can check your weight and just get situated in the comp environment.
  • Don’t do anything “different” in terms of eating or drinking. One competition I thought it would be a great idea to drink a 5 hour energy and a double shot of espresso before. I had never drank one of those 5 hours before and my heart rate was so high, I thought I was going to die, literally.
  • Don’t talk about competition that day. Just enjoy being there. And don’t drill any of your “game” while warming up. People are watching.
  • Don’t underestimate your opponent EVER!
  • Go out, Do your Best, and Enjoy the moment.

 

Things to Remember

  • You learn much more losing than winning.
  • Life should be about growth and competition forces you into an experience that will make you grow.
  • Medals mean nothing and the glory of them really only last for the short moment we receive them.
  • Don’t compete for others, do it for yourself and your own personal reasons. I’ll talk about mine in a future post.

NABJJF 14th Annual Tournament

NABJJF 14th Annual Tournament

Congratulation to all our kids and Adults that Competed at the NABJJF Annual Tournament in Cerritos. Everyone fought hard and was looked sharp.  Results for the Tournament

Michele-Silver

Jason-Gold No Gi, Silver Gi

Sophia-Gold Gi

Victoria-Gold Gi

Kai-Gold No Gi, Silver Gi

Gavin- Elliott- Gabriel- Felipe

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We love to see our Students putting themselves out there and testing their skills. Competition is fun when you put in the work to prepare. 

 

Requirements to Compete: For anyone that wants to compete. Minimum 6 months training experience. It is mandatory to train minimum 4 times a week. For Kids they need to be a part ofthe Kids Advanced Program and be attending the Friday 6pm Kids Advanced class, and Saturday 11am Competition Class. For Adults, Mon/Wed/Friday at 7pm is dedicated to Sparring which is crucial for those wishing to compete.

Juan Garcia

Learn from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu II Degree Black Belt Professor Juan Pablo Garcia! This gentlemen have over 20 years of experience, He helped develop BJJ in Latin America, has traveled for many years teaching classes and seminars, competing, and training all over the world in countries like Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Germany and throughout the USA.! Whether you are looking to learn self defense, lose weight, or compete in Martial Arts, Professor Garcia have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals. Be part of the evolution of Martial Arts in Corona and Inland Empire as you train in our cutting edge systems of martial arts!