Jessica Arabi and Melissa Romero Medal at IBJJF Pan Championship
Posted on March 26, 2019 in Academy News, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Competition
5 Star Martial Arts / Renzo Gracie Los Angeles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competition Team members Jessica Arabi and Melissa Romero both made the podium at The 2019 IBJJF Pan Championship. The IBJJF Pan Championship, which is held at The Bren Events Center in Irvine, California, is one of the largest and most prestigious grappling events in the world. Jessica placed second in her Purple Belt division while Melissa placed third in her Blue Belt division.Both Jessica and Melissa are two of the most active members of the competition team and have competed and placed top-three at numerous IBJJF, NABJJF and JJWL events over the past year.
Both Jessica and Melissa have demanding careers that require long hours on the job. Despite all of the challenges, both of them are two of the most common and familiar faces you will see on the mats at 5 Star Martial Arts with Jessica taking both BJJ and Muay Thai classes and serving as a Kids Program Coach and Melissa training both gi and nogi Jiu JItsu morning, noon, or night depending on her work schedule. Both are great training partners, teammates, and role models to the rest of the members at the academy.
The Competition Team is mainly comprised of martial artists from all walks of life, belt levels, ages, and backgrounds. The common thread is a desire to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, challenge themselves in competition, self-discipline and continued growth in the gentle art. For most students on the competition team, their original intent when they joined 5 Star Martial Arts / Renzo Gracie Los Angeles was to reduce stress, improve health and fitness, meet new people, or learn BJJ and self-defense. As these goals were met and they saw their training partners on the mat competing in both local and major tournaments, they also decided to take the leap into competition. If you are interested in competing at BJJ tournaments, please talk to your coaches so a pathway and plan can be developed for you to compete and you too can make the podium at a major international grappling event!