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Bouncing Back, Part 1 | BJJ in Downingtown PA

Successful people share many traits, one of which is the ability to bounce back from adversity. When it comes to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that means getting back up after a loss- whether it’s getting tapped out in training or losing a match in competition- not dwelling on it, but instead moving forward with a positive mindset.

A few weeks ago Paramount BJJ purple belt Phil Mento entered a local tournament to get some matches in before he leaves for the IBJJF World Championships. He was entered in 3 divisions: Gi absolute (open weight), middleweight, and No-Gi middleweight. Because he’s had a lot of success in regional competition, often winning every division he enters, there was no reason to think he wouldn’t cruise through this one too. But things don’t always go as planned, and he lost his first match of the day 3-2.

When you enter a competition fully expecting to win, losing right off the bat can really shake your confidence and lead to doubt. Am I off today? What if I lose the next match too? Am I not as good as I thought? Even a confident and successful person can have these thoughts. But what they do with those thoughts is what really matters. To be successful in any endeavor you must see defeat as a temporary setback- not a failure. Assess the situation, fix the mistakes, and get ready for the next challenge with a positive approach.

That’s what Phil did. He won his next 5 matches, and earned Gold in his weight class in both gi and no-gi.

It’s important to note that even if he didn’t win the next two divisions Phil would have left the arena that day, chalked it up to another valuable experience, and stepped onto the mat at the next tournament excited to meet the challenge. A temporary set-back could mean losing a match, or having a terrible day of training, or going through a slump in training that lasts weeks.

The most successful people in the world have struggled and battled through moments where most others quit. They persevered, and as a result they achieved greatness.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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Preparing for the 2017 World Championships

The road to the 2017 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships has already began, and 1 Chester County resident is training hard in Downingtown, PA to reach the top of the podium.

Phil Mento, who works and trains at Paramount BJJ, has won the Boston Open, NAGA, New Breed, PABJJF, and has medaled at the New York Open, Charlotte Open, and more in 2016. This past weekend he added 2 more Gold medals to his collection at the US Grappling Championships in Maryland.

Phil Mento wins the US Grappling purple belt Open division.

Phil is among the very best young up-and-coming purple belts in the US, and is looking to prove himself as one of the best in the world in June 2017. Follow his journey and train alongside him at Paramount BJJ, in Downingtown PA, just minutes from West Chester, Exton, Malvern and Coatesville.

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At last weekend’s IBJJF 2015 NY Summer Open, Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt Phil Mento did something that no one in Chester County, PA had done before. He took home FOUR medals in 1 weekend at an IBJJF event. He medaled in his Gi and No-Gi weight classes, which qualified him for the Open Weight divisions (AKA “Absolutes”). Then he proceeded to win medals in both of the Absolutes!

The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) is the biggest and most prestigious organization in the world, and the host of the World Championships, Pan American Championships, and many more.

2015 NY Open Mento

But perhaps most impressive is the fact that Mento has been a purple belt for only 1 month! Of his 8 victories, he submitted 6 opponents and defeated the other two by a combined 20-0.

Best of all, there are 10 months between now and the 2016 World Championships (AKA “Mundial”), which means Phil can continue to gain more and more experience in preparation for the ultimate goal: An IBJJF World Title. Stay tuned to this blog to follow Phil’s journey to the 2016 Mundial, as he competes at the NAGA, Boston Open, No-Gi Pan Am, NY Pro, and many more. Click HERE for more info on training BJJ in Chester County, PA.

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The first big tournament of 2015 is in the books, here is how the competitors from Paramount BJJ did:

  • Brad Court: Gold after two tough matches in his black belt masters division. Brad is the head instructor at Paramount BJJ and is a 2nd degree black belt.
  • Abi Durrant: Silver in blue belt open weight, Bronze in featherweight. This was Abi’s blue belt debut, and she’s only been training BJJ for 13 months total.
  • Phil Mento: Bronze in blue belt middleweight. Phil won 3 matches by submission before losing by points in the semi-final.
  • Anthony Pacinelli: Bronze in his blue belt division. Anthony won his quarterfinal match with a choke in under 30 seconds.

Next up for the competition team is the NAGA Philadelphia Championships, which will be held this weekend in Broomall, PA. Paramount will be sending around a dozen competitors, make sure to check back for results!

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:


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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.




Phil Mento at Boston Open *Video*

Watch Phil Mento, training out of Paramount BJJ in Downingtown PA, submit one of his opponent’s from this past weekend’s Boston Open:


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BJJ Competitor Profile: Phil Mento

22 year old Phil Mento was promoted to blue belt at Paramount BJJ just over a year ago, after winning the IBJJF Miami Open and IBJJF National Championships at white belt. He won the Grapplers Quest World Series just a few weeks after being promoted. In October of last year he competed at the US Grappling Diamond State Games, and brought home 4 Gold medals after winning every division he entered. At the NAGA earlier this month Phil competed against and defeated a purple belt 8-2.

SF Open Phil Wamr-up
Phil warms up before his matches at the 2014 San Francisco Open

Phil has set his sights on a 2014 World Championship, but first he’ll compete at the Pan Ams, Boston Open, and New York Open. Phil has set the bar high for all Paramount competitors who follow, by doing 2 to 3 two hour training sessions Monday through Friday and one session Saturday. Simply put, there is no one at Paramount who trains harder.

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NAGA Results: Blue belts vs Purple belts

This past Saturday, Mike Thomas and Phil Mento- two blue belts at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown PA- entered the NAGA purple belt division (NAGA allows blue belts to move up a division). There are a few reasons why we decided to test them at purple belt, but the main objective was to face the very best opponents possible in order to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses for the World Championships in June.

Unfortunately, there were only two other competitors in the division so Mike and Phil only had 1 match each. Check out the breakdown of their matches:

First up was Mike, who dove right into his guard and began off-balancing his opponent to set-up the sweep. Once he swept he immediately began passing, putting non-stop pressure on the opponent until he passed to sidemount. Mike attacked with a bread-cutter choke, and transitioned to knee-on-stomach to bring the score to 7-0. From knee-on-stomach he moved to mount, where he finished his adversary with a basic cross choke.

Phil was up next, who followed Mike’s format by going on the attack right away. He landed a takedown within 20 seconds but his opponent swept to get back on top to tie the score at 2-2. Phil swept back and started taking the back, but his opponent reversed and got on top. Phil swept again and was now up 6-2. He passed momentarily and began looking to set up a triangle from on top. He rolled to finish the triangle, but his opponent did a great job defending and got out. Phil swept once more before time ran out to win 8-2.

Video of the matches will be posted this weekend on our Members Site, available exclusively to students at Paramount BJJ. Mike and Phil are headed to San Francisco to compete at the IBJJF San Fran Open on Sunday, stay tuned for results!

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