While most students training at the Paramount Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy- located right outside of West Chester at the Trestle Bridge Business Park- are not competitors, those that do compete are among the best in their field. Check out a few of the most accomplished students:

KEVIN MACMULLEN – Black Belt
– Pan American No-Gi Champion
– Boston Open Champion
– New York Open Champion
– Houston Open Champion
– US Grappling Champion
– NAGA Champion

PHIL MENTO – Brown Belt
– American Nationals Champion
– Boston Open Champion
– Miami Open Champion
– US Grappling Champion
– NAGA Champion
– Tap Cancer Out Champion
– New Breed Champion

GREG HAGNER – Brown Belt
– World Masters Silver medalist
– Boston Open Champion
– New York Open Champion
– NAGA Champion
– Tap Cancer Out Champion

ABI PACINELLI – Purple Belt
– World Masters Champion
– Pan American No-Gi Champion
– Atlanta Open Champion
– Boston Open Champion
– New York Open Champion
– Tap Cancer Out Champion
– 2x Fight to Win Pro winner

ANTHONY PACINELLI – Purple Belt
– Pan American Silver medalist
– Pan American Bronze medalist
– Atlanta Open Champion
– Boston Open Champion
– NAGA Champion
– Tap Cancer Out Champion
– UGC All-Stars Winner

In addition to the competitors above, we have a many up & comers training hard day in & day out to reach their goals and get to the top of the podium at the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

Come see how to best train, visit us in Downingtown today!

530 Trestle Place
Downingtown, PA 19335
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Quickly becoming one of the toughest of the IBJJF regional tournaments, the New York Pro was held this weekend. Chester County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitors Abi Pacinelli and Phil Mento, who train in Downingtown at Paramount BJJ, both reached the podium.

For Abi, a disappointing match in the weight class was a minor set-back, that she put aside before putting on a great performance in the absolute. In the final she lost to this year’s World Silver medalist at adult purple belt super-heavy, who won last year at blue, by just 1 advantage (Abi fought at featherweight).

Phil stood upon the podium for the 3rd time in 3 tournaments at brown belt- he won US Grappling and Tap Cancer Out (going 6-0) before this, and he’s only been a brown belt for 5 months.

For more information about training at the most pretigious and decorated BJJ school in the West Chester and Exton area click HERE or call 610-269-1127.

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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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.

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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.