By: Jackie Campbell
Team Tri-Force took to the mats in Stratford, CT on April 29, 2017 to take part in the grappling fundraiser tournament, Tap Cancer Out. Taking home three medals within three separate divisions, Team Tri-Force continues to put their name on the map as a serious contender within all areas of mixed martial arts.
Tri-Force Head Coach, Pete Jeffrey, earned a 2nd place finish within the Men’s Gi Black Belt- Light Division. Andrew O’Reilly took home a 2nd place finish within the Men’s Masters Gi White Belt- Heavy Division. Dion Rubio finished in 3rd place within the Men’s Gi White Belt- Light Division.
Team Tri-Force competed with a total of eight participants, raising over $1200 in charitable donations for the event. Tap Cancer Out is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu nonprofit that will dedicate all funds raised from 2016-2017 tournaments to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Currently, Tap Cancer Out has raised over $210,000 for this charity, and will designate a new beneficiary annually.
Pete Jeffrey, Head Coach of Tri-Force MMA weighed in on the performance of his team: “I am really proud of the number of team members that came out to compete and support a great cause. For some, it was their first time competing. Everybody looked really comfortable and I think that’s the hardest thing to do when it comes to competing. Once you understand how to do that, it’s just like being in the gym.”
Coach Pete was pleased to see progress and skill put into action during the tournament, noting that the team’s strengths were in their ability to perform comfortably when starting from the feet and working for takedowns. While others from area schools played it safe from guard, Team Tri-Force demonstrated their hours of drilling in all aspects of grappling.
“We also seemed to have had positional advantage with emphasis on a strong top game. I am very happy with that,” Pete highlighted.
Like a true coach and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt, Pete came away from the tournament having identified areas to build upon. Pete’s agenda for the coming weeks will work with “starting matches from the feet and not just starting on the ground all of the time; Lots of drilling and takedowns.”
“There is one thing that we will be able to simulate in the coming months and that is the heat! You’ve got to love to sweat. It is very hard to use your brain and think when you’re so hot,” Pete stated. “Jiu-Jitsu is all about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
Looking ahead, Tap Cancer Out will be back to New England in November 2017 in Danvers, MA. Team Tri-Force will be assembling a team for the event with even greater goals in mind, not just for the podium, but for the fundraising objective as well.
“In November, we will set the fundraising goal a little higher, get more competitors on the team and donate to a good cause. It is a great learning experience. You have to force yourself to take the test sometimes,” said Pete. “It can be humbling but that is what makes you a martial artist. Train the mind, body and spirit. That is the Tri-Force!”
If you are interested in competing as a part of Team Tri-Force MMA, stay tuned to the Tri-Force Today news tab or the Tri-Force MMA Facebook page for upcoming articles, news highlights and schedules of local events in the near future.
For more information or to donate to Tap Cancer Out, the Brazilian Jujitsu nonprofit organization, visit www.TapCancerOut.org and check out all that has been accomplished in helping to fight to save lives through the community of BJJ.
By: Jackie Campbell