The 2015 IBJJF World Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (AKA “Mundial”) is over 9 months away, but to the athletes dreaming of a world title it’s right around the corner. It will take more effort and more sacrifice than most people will ever realize. One of the athletes preparing for a run at the 2015 Worlds is Paramount BJJ student Phil Mento.

Mento won the IBJJF Boston Summer Open just 10 days ago in impressive fashion. He finished 3 of his 4 opponents with chokes to win Gold at middleweight. He then beat 4 more opponents and took Silver in the open weight division. Check out his Gold medal match from the middleweight division:


For more info on training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Chester County (including West Chester, Exton, and Downingtown), PA click HERE or call Paramount BJJ at 610-269-1127.

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When it comes to takedowns, there is no grappling style that beats Wrestling. Even though Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) utilizes throws and takedowns, because the goal is submission there is less emphasis on the takedown. And Judo emphasizes the throw at all costs, which often times results in losing the top position immediately after the initial throw occurs.

So at Paramount BJJ, we’ve brought in wrestling coaches to help improve our takedowns and confidence on the feet. 90% of BJJ schools start their live training (AKA “sparring”) from the knees, which only ends up hurting the students.

Wrestling Class

Because most BJJ schools neglect to train their takedowns as much as Paramount, we are at a distinct advantage when it comes to grappling from our feet in competitions. Even though some of our students prefer to work from their guard and look for sweeps and submissions, they have the confidence to attack from the feet if they choose to.

If you train at a BJJ school and your instructor doesn’t emphasize throws and takedowns, as him or her if they would consider showing more standing techniques in class, or bringing in a wrestling or judo coach.

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Flying Triangle | BJJ in Chester County PA

Check out this nasty flying triangle from World Champion brown belt Erberth Santos:


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Phil Mento, blue belt competitor from Paramount BJJ, stepped onto the mats at the Grappler’s Quest U.S. Nationals this past Saturday to continue his preparation for the 2015 World Championships. Phil competed in the blue belt middleweight division, the blue belt open weight division, as well as the no-gi intermediate middleweight and open divisions.

Phil 2 at NY Summer 2014

Phil took Gold in both blue belt divisions and Gold in the no-gi middleweight division. He finished with Silver in the no-gi open weight.

Next up for Phil is the IBJJF Boston Open, which takes place on August 23rd. He will be joined by fellow Paramount BJJ competitors Kevin MacMullen, Ed Westermark, Greg Hagner, Anthony Pacinelli, Ian Murphy, and Abi Durrant.




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The Road to the Master Worlds

This weekend the IBJJF held the 2014 New York Summer Open, one of the toughest regional tournaments in the U.S. Among the competitors from Paramount BJJ was Scott Cook, who operates his own academy, Deep Water BJJ, along with Cameron Mitchell in Harrisburg PA.

Scott competed at purple belt in the master middle-heavy division. He submitted each of his 3 opponents to win GOLD. Not satisfied, Scott then entered the Absolute (all weight classes combined) division and submitted 3 more opponents for a second GOLD medal.

Brad and Scott

Scott is the third competitor from Paramount BJJ to win double GOLD at the NY Open. While this is a great accomplishment, in true champion form Scott has set his sights on a bigger goal: The 2014 IBJJF Masters World Championships.

The Master Worlds will be held on November 1st and 2nd at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach California. After submitting all 6 of his opponents in NY, Scott is a clear contender for the title of 2014 World Champion. For more info on training BJJ in Chester County PA click HERE or call 610-269-1127.





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Growing up in West Chester PA, Brad Court had nowhere to train when he discovered Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu via the UFC in 1995. Brad had to wait until 1997 when he could travel to Center City (Philadelphia) to learn the amazing self-defense system and sport known as BJJ.

Ten years later, after winning an IBJJF National Championship, Pan American Bronze, and Gold at countless regional tournaments, Brad opened his own academy in Chester County.

Since 2005 Brad has been teaching students of all ages, experience and fitness levels the Art of Jiu-Jitsu at Paramount, now located in Downingtown- less than 10 minutes from West Chester, where he grew up.

Podium 2008 Copa Atlantica

The students who enjoy competing have won many tournaments (European Championship, National Champions, as well as the NY, Boston, Miami, San Francisco Opens and more).

Most of the students at Paramount BJJ, however, start training to learn self-defense and stay thanks to the quality of teaching, the positive atmosphere and the great people who train alongside of you.

If you’re interested in learning more about training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, whether you’re from West Chester, Exton, Downingtown, or anywhere else in Chester County, you owe it to yourself to check out Paramount.

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Only Losers Complain About Sandbagging

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), the term “sandbagging” refers to a competitor who is held back in rank or skill division at a tournament in order to win. However, what constitutes sandbagging is very much up for debate.

Paramount BJJ students Mike Thomas and Phil Mento were accused of sandbagging after defeating their opponents to win a NAGA purple belt division. They were both blue belts at the time. The problem with this accusation is that those making it know nothing about Mike and Phil, only the result of those matches on that day.

The fact was Mike had been a blue belt for less than two years, and Phil was promoted to blue belt just 14 months prior to the match. But they- along with the many serious Paramount BJJ students- take their training very seriously, and spend time drilling and analyzing training sessions and matches.

Here are three important things to consider regarding sandbagging:

1. BJJ Competitors and students can be categorized into 4 levels:

  • Below Average
  • Average
  • Above Average
  • World Class

This applies to blue belt all the way through to black belt. Just because a competitor or student is a world class blue belt does not mean he should be a purple belt, despite the fact that he may beat or even submit some purple belts.

2. Standards vary from school to school as well as instructor to instructor.

What’s interesting about this is that standards also vary from student to student. In other words, a student who does not compete or competes casually and has reached the level of above average blue belt can, perhaps should, be promoted to purple belt.

On the other hand, an above average blue belt who competes and has the goal of winning an IBJJF world title should be kept at blue belt until he/she has reached the level of world class and had the opportunity to achieve that goal.

3. Sandbagging is an excuse made by losers.

Each person should worry only about themselves and improving their skills, rather than using sandbagging as an excuse for a loss. You will never hear a Paramount BJJ competitor complain about his or her opponent sandbagging. We look for top notch competition, because the goal is to improve in order to achieve your ultimate goal (which varies from person to person).

Ultimately, no one can stop sandbagging. So get used to it, stop complaining and train harder.




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Blue belt Wins Purple belt Division at NAGA

Watch Mike Thomas, as a blue belt, dominate and submit his purple belt opponent at the 2014 NAGA. Mike trains at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown PA, and was recently promoted to purple belt after collecting a dozen IBJJF gold medals as a blue belt. In this tournament he and fellow Paramount blue belt Phil Mento won their matches to close out the purple belt division.

Paramount BJJ is Chester County PA’s elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy with classes for beginner students and professional training for experienced students and fighters. Click HERE or call 610-269-1127 to find out more about training at Paramount.

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It’s one of the greatest rivalries in the history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) history. They’ve met in the finals over a half dozen times after cleaning out their division, and both have won numerous times. Watch their recent battle in the finals of the 2014 IBJJF World Championships:


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The Worm Guard | Keenan vs Leandro Lo

Keenan Cornelius is one of the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts in the world right now, already one of the best Americans ever, and the creator of a new series of techniques from the position he calls the “worm guard.” Watch him use it at the 2014 IBJJF World Championships (Mundial) against the multiple-time world champion Leandro Lo:


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