April this year appears to be a great month for jiu jitsu, with quite a few big events coming up that the team plans to compete in. First up this weekend is the IBJJF DC Open on Saturday the 7th with Zach Maslany, Gabe Tejada and Dillon “D-Boy” Masington all signed up to compete. It appears that there is no one in Zach’s division at this time, so unfortunately he likely won’t be able to compete at this one. No need to fear though, as Zach had already planned to compete multiple times this month in what he jokingly called his “farewell tour.” Even with IBJJF this weekend falling through, he still has 2 other events right around the corner. Although FloGrappling streams some of IBJJF’s larger events, this one does not appear to be available through their streaming service, so you would have to attend in person to watch. With that said, the team often records their matches and uploads them so there is a chance you could catch their matches that way.
Only one week later is potentially the most epic jiu jitsu event this year, Kasai Pro 2 on Saturday, April 14 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. I would strongly recommend attending this one in person due to all of the high level jiu jitsu competitors on the card, although tickets through their website are sold out at this point. Luckily, this one will be streamed on FloGrappling so you can check it out there. Headlining the event is a match between Eddie Cummings and the winner of Kasai Pro’s inaugural 8 man lightweight tournament, Renato Canuto. One of our 10th Planet brothers Richie “Boogeyman” Martinez, who is the head of 10th Planet San Diego, is competing on the main card as well in the 8 man middleweight tournament, along with other big names such as Matheus Diniz, Dante Leon, DJ Jackson, and the extremely popular leg locker Craig Jones. Richie’s brother, Geo “Freakahzoid” Martinez, is the head of the 10th Planet Oceanside location and has a highly anticipated superfight on the main card right before the main event superfight against the 16 year old Danaher Death Squad prodigy Nicky Ryan, who is the younger brother of Gordon Ryan. Eddie Bravo himself will be in attendance at the event to corner Geo and recently weighed in on the matchup, mentioning Grace’s recent accomplishments at the Onnit Invitational as a comparison to Nicky and said that “just because someone is 15 or 16 doesn't mean that they're at a disadvantage at all.”
As if that isn’t enough, even the undercard is stacked with high level jiu jitsu competitors, with Zach taking on former foe and Danaher Death Squad member Frank Rosenthal. These two have met each other twice before in competition and are currently 1 and 1, with Zach winning by kneebar and then Frank winning by heel hook, so you won’t want to miss this rubber match. 10th Planet Long Island also has two competitors on the undercard, with James Hasemann taking on Rickson Pimentel and Steven Kasten taking on Chris Schlesinger. On April 15, the day after Kasai Pro 2, Richie Martinez will be dropping in for a seminar at 10th Planet Long Island from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Go here to register for the seminar for $60 or you can pay $75 at the door.
Moving another week forward we have Fight to Win Pro coming to Philadelphia on Friday, April 20, where Zach has a matchup against fellow brown belt Zach Green. This will be Zach’s third time appearing on the Fight to Win Pro stage and the event will be streamed on FloGrappling. The day after Fight to Win Pro, April 21, will be the IBJJF New York Open where Gabe Tejada, Rene Sousa, and Bryant Pabon will all be competing and representing the squad.
One last event that is also going to be streamed on FloGrappling this month is Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 7. SUG 7 will be held on Sunday, April 15, the day after Kasai Pro 2, and although our team doesn’t have any competitors on the card it should still prove to be an interesting event, featuring its first 8 man brown belt tournament as well as the introduction of tag-team grappling. With all of these events being streamed on FloGrappling in the span of one month it is a perfect time to sign up for a membership. If you aren’t looking to invest in a FloGrappling membership long term you can easily pay the $30 for this month then immediately cancel your subscription, as you will still have access for the remainder of the 30 days you paid for and can watch this month’s events plus any past events you may have missed before your 30 days runs out. Click here for a full list of events being streamed on FloGrappling this month so you can make sure you get your money’s worth if you sign up.