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.

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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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With less than two years of total training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and no prior grappling or martial arts training, West Chester PA resident Abi Durrant traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the 2015 IBJJF Master World Championships. Traning out of Paramount BJJ in Downingtown, his was Abi’s first major tournament appearance- although she has won the IBJJF’s Boston Open, New York Open, and Atlanta Open.

Abi defeated her first round opponent 3-0, then submitted her opponent in the quarterfinals and won her semi-final match 10-0. She lost a close match in the final, but a Silver medal at the Worlds is nothing to be ashamed of!


Since she placed in her division (lightweight), Abi qualified for the Absolute (all weights combined) division. Another impressive performance in the Absolute earned her another Silver medal. She defeated two opponents before again losing a close match on points in the final.

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Abi with her two Silver medals at the World Championships




Eight competitors from Paramount BJJ along with head coach Brad Court traveled to Boston this past weekend to participate in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) 2015 Boston Summer Open. Check out the photos and results from the event below.

Brett on the podium

Brett Landrum earned a Gold medal in his division. This after reaching the top of the podium just 5 weeks ago at the IBJJF New York Summer Open.

Anthony on podium

Anthony Pacinelli took Silver, although most in attendance believed he deserved a Gold medal for his hair. Anthony will be heading to Atlanta this week for the next IBJJF event.

Abi on podium

Abi Durrant submitted both opponents for Gold in her weight class, then came away with Silver in the Open weight division. She’ll also be making the trip to Atlanta to claim more Gold.


Phil Mento submitted his first two opponents and finished with Bronze. This was Phil’s second IBJJF tournament as a purple belt and the second time he medaled.

Greg on the podium

Brand new purple belt Greg Hagner won Gold in his weight division, then defeated 3 opponents to take Gold in the Absolute division as well. An impressive debut for Greg at purple belt.

2015 IBJJF Boston Summer Open

Paramount BJJ head instructor, 2nd degree black belt Brad Court, defeated two opponents to win Gold in his division. He is now a 3X IBJJF Boston Open Champion.

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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.