Boston Spring International Open IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship April 18th, 2015


Registration is open! All minors (age 17 and younger), brown and black belt athletes must be properly affiliated for the current year.
Athletes should be in the warm up area at least 15 minutes prior to the time assigned for his or her division on the schedule. It is mandatory to have an official government photo ID at all times.
Athletes will receive a complimentary event t-shirt which they should pick up at the event; All shirts should be picked up at the event's shirt booth Athletes who place in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in their division will receive a medal at the event. All the medals should be picked up at the event's podium Each team can only have two athletes in the same division bracket (of age/weight/belt). If the team has more than 2 athletes in the same division, the professor needs to email IBJJF.

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga 2 set as main event for Poland in April


Not only is Mirko Cro Cop back in the UFC, but now he's booked into a fight against his old nemesis, Gabriel Gonzaga. The UFC's senior vice president and general manager of Europe, David Allen, announced the fight during a press conference from Stockholm, Sweden on Friday. Cro Cop-Gonzaga II will headline the UFC's foray into Poland. That event will take place in Krakow on April 11. Cro Cop and Gonzaga previously met at UFC 70 in Manchester, England, in 2007, and to this day remains one of the more memorable fights in UFC history. After a storied career in Pride FC, Cro Cop was closing in on a title shot in the heavyweight division, but the Brazilian "Napao" downed the Croatian fighter with a spectacular head kick late in the first round. The 40-year old Cro Cop (30-11-2) is coming off of back-to-back wins over Satoshi Ishii in Japan. He also competed in the kickboxing promotion, Glory, where he defeated Jarrell Miller in June. Gonzaga (16-9) is riding a two-fight losing streak, the latest coming this past December against Matt Mitrione at UFC on FOX 13 in Phoenix. He lost via first-round TKO (strikes). The UFC also announced a light heavyweight co-main event between England-based fighter Jimi Manuwa against Poland's own Jan Blachowicz. Manuwa is coming off the first defeat of his professional MMA career, which came at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson back in March of 2014. Blachowicz had a successful UFC debut this past October, as he defeated Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 53 via first round TKO. UFC Fight Night Poland will take place on April 11 at the Krakow Arena.

Starting 2015 Strong with BJJ Training near Springfield Massachusetts


Let's start this year off on the right foot. Team Link is celebrating it's 10th year in business and we are still growing. Come see what Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is all about. Team Link offers training for all ages and for both male and female. Contact us and set up a time for you to come and check out first hand what it is like train with us. You will not be disappointed!

Saturday December 6th 2014 Team Link Christmas party


If you're a Team Link member, read this:
"This is a SHOUT OUT to ALL Team Link members, friends and family:
This Saturday Dec. 6 is the TENTH ANNUAL Team Link Christmas party! For those of us who have been with Link from the beginning ( some of us go even farther back to BEFORE LINK was formed) we know and understand how important this event is. This is so much more than another Christmas party. It is a celebration of the victories, the defeats, the growth and the strength of our team. It is a chance to look back at this past year and see how far we have all come (as individuals and as a team).
ANY belt promotion in Brazilian jiujitsu is a big deal. Those who train understand that it takes YEARS to get promoted to each belt. There is NO feeling like getting promoted in front of your team mates, friends and family. All of my promotions came at the Christmas parties including my black belt at last year's. The experience was even more memorable because I was able to share it with my friends and team mates.
Come support your team mates who might be getting promoted. Who might be YOU! If you are going to the party I will see you there.
If you were thinking about going then PLEASE stop thinking about it! Let your coaches know who is going so we can get a head count!
This is the TENTH anniversary of Team Link! Let's make it the best party yet! Share this with anyone who wants to go. Thanks, E"

Guys this Saturday, "Dress to Impress"!!!! We would like to invite you and your family to join us celebrate the 10th Team Link Christmas Party in Ludlow Mass, don't miss it!

Team Link Receives NAGA Overall Team Championship for 19th time


2014 NAGA Northeast Overall Best Team Adult & Children! On Oct 18th our team was represented well by our warriors and the results speak for themselves. We could see on the mats,at NAGA, that our students were enjoying every minute of it. It was worth loosing our voices because of all the yelling and coaching for every match. It is very easy to smile and celebrate with a win, but it is hard to take when it ends with a loss. But when you are really a champion you understand the other side and accept it with dignity. We are so proud of what we have accomplished throughout our years as a team. This is our 19th NAGA Overall Championship Title and I true believe many more will be coming! Our kids team is unbelievable, scoring 3,000 points by themselves!!!! Congratulations many many times!!! None of this would be possible without the outstanding job from our coaches, spending the time daily with every single student and nurturing their progress. "Alone we are strong; together we are unbeatable!" "We are not only a martial arts school; here we build champions!!!

Naga New England this weekend


2014 NAGA NORTHEAST GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIP The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the world’s largest mixed grappling tournament circuit with over 240,000 competitors worldwide. On Saturday, October 18, 2014, NAGA returns to Providence, Rhode Island with its annual NAGA Northeast Grappling Championship No-Gi & Gi tournament.

2014 IBJJF Chicago Open Team Link Brings back 12 Medals


Congratulations to our guys for the outstanding performances that were delivered at the last week's 2014 IBJJF Chicago Open. These guys rented a car and drove over 15 hours for this competition. Team Link had five guys compete and they brought back a total of 12 medals! We are so proud of you guys! Tomorrow we are going to compete at NAGA in New York and also at Tap Cancer Out in Danvers Massachusetts. Next week we will be competing at IBJJF Boston Open.

Let's do it, Team Link!

Gil Freitas Wins By Knock Out


In the co-main event, powerful Brazilian Gil de Freitas (17-5) spent the better part of two rounds stalking George Sheppard. When he finally tracked his man down, the results were devastating.

De Freitas dropped his opponent with a big right hand late in round two, bringing an end to the lightweight clash at the 4:52 mark of the period. Referee Dan Miragliotta intervened almost as soon as Sheppard (15-9) hit the canvas.

While the Rio de Janeiro native walked his adversary down from the opening bell, Sheppard had his share of success landing straight punches and circling out of danger. Sheppard’s consistent offense succeeded in opening a cut under De Freitas’ left eye, but eventually the Brazilian’s brutal leg kicks made for a less mobile target.

As Sheppard slowed, De Freitas was able to trap him against the cage and load up on power shots, finally lining up the decisive blow just before time expired in round two.

BJJ Black Belt, Gil Freitas to Fight at CES XXV Tonight as Co-Main Event


Ludlow's own and New England's #1 ranked Welterweight, and current NEF Welterweight Champion, Gil de Freitas is now looking to dominate the Lightweight Division. Freitas (16-5-0) is on a 3 fight win streak, and has been undefeated since coming to the States. Sandwiched in between wins over Ryan Sanders, was a TKO finish of Chuck O’Neil for CES. Freitas has been a bit inactive, fighting only once last year, but will be taking his second fight in four months in 2014. His opponent, George Sheppard, is out of Virginia, and has also stepped up on short notice to replace Darrell Horcher. Sheppard (15-7-0) is on a two fight win streak, and last suffered defeat to the aforementioned Horcher in 2012.

Gustavo Kuhn Win's at Premier Fighting and Remains Undefeated


Gustavo Kuhn went to battle with a pro 185 pound match against Stephen Stengel at Premier Fighting Championship in Agawam MA. Here is how it went down:

Stengel rushes in for a takedown and gets it. Kuhn gets up fast and they clinch. Stengel goes for a takedown but can't get it. He gets in 3 good knees to the body. Kuhn gets in an outside leg kick. Kuhn just misses with a high leg kick. Stengel gets the takedown but Kuhn bounces back up. Kuhn connects with some big knees to the head that drops Stengel. He moves into full mount and finishes him off with ground and pound.

Gustavo Kuhn defeats Stephen Stengel via ref stoppage to strikes at 3:56 seconds in Rd and remains undefeated at 7-0.
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