The International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) held the 2016 New York Pro tournament yesterday, the final big east coast tournament of the year. 3rd degree black belt Brad Court, owner and head instructor at Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, earned a Gold medal at the event. He defeated his opponent by a score of 15-0.


In addition to becoming a NY Pro champion, Court is also a Charlotte, Atlanta, New York, and Boston Open Champion, as well as a Pan American bronze medalist- all at the black belt level. This summer he competed at the World Masters Championships, submitting his first opponent before losing to the eventual champion, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, by just 2 points.

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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!

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.