HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Michael Calabrese and Ryan Ober both won Silver Medals and placed second in their respective age brackets in the Pride Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson on Sunday.
Both boys represent Notorious Martial Arts in East Rutherford and competed against other athletes in their skill and weight divisions. Ober is a fifth grader at Lincoln School. He is a gray belt and has been studying since he was four years old.
“It’s been a year since my last competition and winning today felt fabulous,” said Ober, who is looking forward to improving his skills and winning more tournaments.
Calabrese is a yellow belt and attends Hasbrouck Heights Middle School. Both he and Ober will be taking their black belt test for mixed martial arts in January.
The tournament was open to competitors from children, teens and adults, men and women. According to the organizer's website, "the event’s objective is to bring together those individuals and teams searching for a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship...This event follows the traditional rules utilized by the IBJJF, with the greatest objective being to preserve the integrity of the competitors and to give spectators a true show of the sport."