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SUBVERSIV BJJ

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Since the rise of No Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu there has been an explosion of high quality grappling tournaments. Many high level athletes were once limited to the IBJJF and the ADCC competition formats, as nowadays many other prestigious tournaments have become extremely popular amongst BJJ competitors. There is a wide range of competitions with unique formats that offer superfight matchups, round robin schedules, elimination rounds, and team schedules. Popular competitions like Metamoris, Polaris, Fight 2 Win, Grapplers Quest, Submission Underground, Quintet, Eddie Bravo Invitational, Combat Jiu Jitsu, and Who's Number One are shining brightly on the world arena of grappling.

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With the popularity of team format BJJ, the organisation Fight 2 Win have engineered a brand new innovative competition format. Subversiv is one of the world's newest formats of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions, which utilises teams battling out for supremacy. This new innovative concept of grappling has showcased some of the worlds best no gi jiu jitsu fighters, as they pit themselves against other highly professional BJJ talent. This relatively new BJJ competition has become popular in the United States of America, as the innovation of this new format is leading the way into a new age of men's and women's competitive grappling.

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WHAT IS SUBVERSIV

Subversiv grappling is a team organised competition, where teams will battle out to see which is the best bjj teams. With the success of the EBI format, and the Quintet schedule, the Fight 2 Win promotion has combined elements of both forms to create a diversely different style of grappling competition. There is a unique set of rules that govern Subversiv, and this is what makes the new promotion popular across the board. All teams have three members each, one member under 180 lbs, one member over 180 lbs, and one openweight female member. The competition uses a best of three style of format, meaning if two out of the three competitors win, then so does the team. Subversiv uses an EBI style of rulings where competitors will be stood up if they spend too long on the ground without any action happening. This brand new exciting format has many high calibre teams lining up to compete, as they look to become number one in the world of Subversiv BJJ. 

HOW DOES TEAM JIU JITSU EFFECT THE DYNAMIC OF BJJ

For years Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions have been a singular affair, as practitioners from all different walks of life have competed in a one on one style of tournament environment. The bjj comp system has been set in stone, as the age, rank, and weight categories, coupled with the open weight categories have been the normal scheduling for BJJ competition. Due to the evolution of BJJ, tournaments like the Quintet have become extremely popular, as a new option of BJJ competition. Subversiv is the latest installment of team Jiu Jitsu, as this has an extremely diverse effect on how BJJ is seen internationally. The team dynamics of subversiv BJJ is excellent, as practitioners will band together, and battle other teams in this new style of format. Even though each match is still one on one, it takes at least two out of the three competitors to win, in order to win the match. This means each team could have the best BJJ competitor in the world win, but still lose the matchup. This is a great new development in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, especially with the culmination of adding female competitors into the mix.

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SUBVERSIV SEVEN THE MOST RECENT EDITION 

The latest installment of Subversiv was an action packed affair full of jiu jitsu legends like Nick Rodriguez, Lucas Barbosa, Kaynan Duarte, Oliver Taza, Vinicius Ferreira, Giancarlo Bodoni, Ryan Aitken, Ffion Davies, Jessica Flowers, and Rafaela Guedes. This event was an exciting representation of high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as all competitors gave their all. The winning team Red Bowie, which consisted of Lucas Barbosa, Kaynan Duarte, and Rafaela Guedes defeated team YM Original, which consisted of Giancarlo Bodoni, Vinicius Ferreira, and Ffion Davies. In the final Lucas Barbosa defeated Giancarlo Bodoni in a decision that went into an overtime period. Kaynan Duarte defeated Vinicius Ferreira in a split decision that also went into an overtime period. Ffion Davies was the only member of team YM Original to win, as she defeated Rafaela Guedes in a split decision in a third overtime period. This final team match up was an extremely close affair as Team Red Bowie won the $30,000 cash prize and the title of Subversiv Team Champions.

This event was an exciting contest that also included 6 other teams. Team insane was headed by Nick Rodriguez with fellow competitors Jacob Rodriguez, and Alex Enriquez. Team BioPro included Gabriel Machado, Joshua Dawson, Jessica Flowers, Team Kush Life consisted of Ryan Aitken, Elvira Karpinnen, and Alex Grandy. Team Revenant was led by Sloan Clymer, with his teammates Miha Perhavec, and Paige Ivette. Team Gamblers incorporated athletes like Oliver Taza, Britney Elkin, and Daniel Manasoiu. Team NYX was led by Dory Aoun, with teammates Michelle Nicole, and Javier Gonzalez. One of the surprising wins of the event was Sloan Clymer from team Revenant defeating Nick Rodriguez by a decision. This event also had a multitude of super fights, as 10 of them ended with submission victories. Some of the best were Silvio Duran submitting Gabriel Villalobos with a flying triangle, Xavier Silva defeating Josue Cuellar with a nice armbar, and Thiago Angelon defeating Tony Lopez with a heel hook.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE SUBVERSIV TITLE

The Subversiv team challenge has had seven editions of their brand new promotion. There has been an extreme amount of success in all of their previous grappling tournaments, as a multitude of exceptional grapplers have joined up to compete for the Subversiv crown. There is something special about high level grapplers coming together into a team orientated competition, as this is extremely pivotal in showing the broader community what being a part of a team is all about. 

The inaugural Subversiv event was a 5 on 5 team event that hosted 4 separate teams, 10th Planet, Carlson Gracie, CSW, and Team Lloyd Irvin. 10th Planet dominated in their semi final over team Carlson Gracie, as Geo Martinez landed a Gogoplata against Alex Seaver, PJ Barch devastated Jason Youseph with a Face Crank, and the Boogeyman Richie Martinez Heel Hooked Samir Adolakder. Team Lloyd Irvin defeated team CSW 4-0, as Nyiah Rollins, Angelo Claiborne, DJ Jackson, and Tim Spriggs all won matches. The final between 10th Planet and Team Lloyd Irvin ended with a close 3-2 result, as 10th Planet took out the title. Liz Carmouche defeated Nyjah Rollins, Geo Martinez won by a forfeit, PJ Barch defeated Angelo Claiborne with a Heel Hook, DJ Jackson defeated Richie Marintez with a Kimura, and Tim Spriggs defeated Kyle Boehm. The anticipated 1st edition of Subversiv definitely lived up to its expectations.

The 2nd installment of Subversiv continued the theme of 5 on 5 grappling, as the final was fought out between 10th Planet and Red Bowie. 10th Planet won their second consecutive Subversiv title, as the results went as follows; Geo Martinez defeated Joao Miyao with a Rear Naked Choke in overtime, DJ Jackson defeated Ruben Rivera, Kyle Chambers defeated Ronaldo Junior, Kyle Boehm defeated Gabriel Almeida with a Rear Naked Choke in overtime, and Elvira Karppinen defeated Pati Fontes with a Heel Hook. This edition of Subversiv had superfights in the black, brown, and purple belt divisions, and also had 5 judo fights. In the black belt super fights Kauan Barboza defeated Fabio Trindade with a Choke, Jose Gutierrez defeated Jordan Holy by a split decision, Cleber Luciano defeated Peter Khan with a Kimura, Michael John defeated Noah Tillis with a guillotine, Nathalie Ribeiro defeated Liz Exell with a Clock Choke, Stephen Martinez defeated Donald Bailey with an Armbar, Victor Silvério defeated Thiago Lemos with a decision, Kevin Casey defeated Gokor Ambaryan with a decision, Bruno Valdivino de Carvalho defeated Jimmy Tat with a decision, and Omar Sabha also defeated Marcelo Lucena with a decision. 

In the 3rd edition of Subversiv, 16 teams fronted up, as they showcased an outstanding display of submission excellence. There were some standout matches like Levi Jones securing a Triangle victory over Adam Cruz, Marcelo Nunes defeating Yuri Santos via Kneebar, Tex Johnson landing a Straight Ankle Lock on Michael Egley, Jena Bishop dominating Katelyn Nicdao with a Mounted Cross Choke, Kendall Reusing hitting a Paper Cutter Choke on Alison Linderer, and Felipe Trovo securing a Bow and Arrow Choke on Daniel Maguire. In the first fight of the semi final Gabriel Almeida won an extremely close split decision over Felipe Trovo giving Checkmat the head start. Gracie Barra would then secure a 2-1 victory after Kendall Reusing defeated Nathalie Ribeiro in a split decision, and Carlos Souza hit the Kneebar on Samuel Nagai. In the second semi final Unity took on Alliance Gold, as the first match went the way of Devhonte Johnson over Filipe Andrew by a decision win. Alliance Gold hit back to square up the ledger, after Jena Bishop Armbarred Chloe McNally. In the last match Levi Jones defeated Samuel Snow, as he secured a Baratoplata to clinch the finals berth for Unity. The final was an exciting spectacle to watch, as Levi Jones started off strong for Unity, defeating Carlos Souza by a decision. Gracie Barra would then take out the Subversiv title after Felipe Trovo landed a high flying Triangle against Devhonte Johnson, and Kendall Reusing defeated Chloe McNally with a Katagatame. 

The 4th edition of subversiv was another action packed installment, as high level athletes like Nick Ronan, Oliver Taza, John Combs, Lucas Barbosa, Kody Steele, Gabriel Almeida, Alex Meyers, Hugo Marquez, and William Tackett all fought for their respective teams. In the first semi final, team Level Black took on team Studio 84, as team Level Black progressed into the final after a 2-1 result. Elisabeth Clay defeated Brittney Elkin, after landing a Gogoplata submission, John Combs defeated Kody Steele via a decision, and William Tackett defeated Guitano Mione with a Rear Naked Choke. In the second semi final team Atos defeated team New York after securing 2 wins. Rafaela Guedes defeated Fatima Kline, Nick Ronan defeated Andy Murasaki, and Lucas Barbosa defeated Oliver Taza, all with decision wins. In the final, team Atos recorded a 2-0 result winning the Subversiv title, as Lucas Barbosa and Andy Murasaki defeated William Tackett and Kody Steele by decisions respectively. 

In the 5th edition of Subversiv, there were many star studded teams like 10 Planet, Atos, Danaher Death Squad, American Top Team, Gracie Barra, Fight Sports, Checkmat and Studio 84. There were some great fights including some of the best female bjj fighters showcase their grappling abilities. Elisabeth Clay won the Subversiv Women's Championship after securing a flashy knee bar on rival Andressa Cintra. In the team results third place went to team Fight Sports as they dominated 10th planet 2-0. The final match went just like the third place playoff, as team Atos clinched their second straight Subversiv crown, after defeating Checkmat in a 2-0 result. Lucas Barbosa defeated Gabriel Almeida in a decision win, and Rafaela Guedes defeated Nathalie Ribeiro in a decision win, leaving no need for Kaynan Duarte to fight in the final match. 

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Subversiv 6 was a high calibre event with new teams coming into the mix. The line up included Checkmat, 10th Planet, Trifuno, Legion,  CSW, F2W Carlito, Tillis BJJ, and Peerless Jiu Jitsu. Throughout this event there were multiple submission finishes, making this edition of Subversiv an extremely exciting one. The first semi final was fought out between Keenan Cornelius' Legion and Eddie Bravo's 10th Planet, as Legion went 2-0 after Sloan Clymer choked out Wes Levinevia with a Rear Naked Choke, and Paige Ivette won the decision against Bri Robertson. The second semi final was a closer affair, as F2W Carlito suffered a 2-1 loss to Checkmat. Elder Cruz defeated Seth Daniels with a Rear Naked Choke, while Brittney Elkin, and Jansen Gomes both won decision victories over Thamires Monteiro, and Nick Birgel respectively. In the final, Legion's Paige Ivette secured a Heel Hook victory over Thamires Monteiro, while her two teammates Miha Perhavec, and Sloan Clymer both suffered decision losses against Jansen Gomes, and Elder Cruz to give the Subversiv title to the Checkmat brand.

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