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!

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.

Team Link Win's NAGA Overall Team Championship for 18th Time


I just got an email from the boss with this great news. Team Link has done it again! We won NAGA’s OVERALL BEST TEAM adult gi, adult no gi, and kid's gi and no gi at this past weekend’s event in Hartford, CT. We scored a massive 6,500+ total points to take it all. Team Link has taken the Overall Best Team Championship at NAGA for the 18th time! We would not of been able to accomplish these types of feats without everyone of members. Thank you!

Gil Freitas Wins and Retains Welterweight Championship Belt at NEF XIII


Team Link fighter, Gil Freitas, went to battle against Ryan Sanders at NEF XIII at The Colisee in Lewistown Maine this past Saturday night on May 10, 2014. This was a rematch, the last time they met Gil won the welter weight title. Here is how it when down.

170 PRO *TITLE* Gil de Freitas (c) 15-5 (Link) vs Ryan Sanders 6-4 (Young's)

Ryan gets in a knee to the body. Ryan dives for a takedown and gets it briefly. Gil works his way back up. They break and Gil is bleeding from the eye a little bit. Ryan gets in another knee to the eye from the clinch. Ryan gets in a few more knees from the clinch. Gil is working a takedown but can't get it. Gil gets in a snapping kick to the body. Gil is looking for the takedown but can't get it. They break and Gil gets in another leg kick to the body. Gil gets in a right hand and drops Ryan. He is trying to finish with ground and pound but runs out of time. What a first round!!

Ryan 10-9

Rd 2: Gil gets in a jab. Gil gets the takedown and is in half guard. He gets in 5 punches to the body. He then gets in two elbows to the side. Ryan gets some space and they are back to their feet. Gil gets the takedown and is now in guard. He moves to half guard. Not much action until Ryan stands up and then Gil takes him down again as the round ends.

Gil 10-9

Rd 3: Gil misses with a right. Each fighter gets in a leg kick. Gil gets in a right hand that connects. Gil gets the sweeping takedown and is now in half guard. Gil gets in a few elbows and Ryan works his way back to his feet. Ryan gets in a combo. Gil gets in a combo of his own. Gil defends a takedown and is warned for grabbing on the cage. Gil gets a takedown and is in half guard. Ryan uses the cage and gets back to his feet. Gil is clinching Ryan up against the cage as the round ends.

Gil 10-9

Rd 4: Gil gets the takedown and is now in the guard. Ryan is getting in a few elbows from the bottom. Both fighters are tied up for a while. Gil gets in shots to the body. Eventually they get back to their feet and go at it! The crowd roars. Gil gets another takedown as the round ends.

Gil 10-9

Rd 5: Both fighters hug in the cage, literally. Then they start swinging. Gil gets the takedown and is now on the side. Gil moves to full mount and gets in an elbow. Ryan spins and tries to get up but Gil is right back in the guard. Ryan tries to grab a heel but Gil slips out and dives back in the guard. Ryan bucks him off and goes for a guillotine but can't get it. Gil takes him down and is on the side as the round ends.

Gil 10-9

Gil de Freitas defeats Ryan Sanders via unanimous decision. 49-46 unanimous and was also declared fight of the night!

How to learn BJJ White Belt 3 Month Course in Western Mass at Team Link BJJ with Coach Marco Alvan


If you are in the Springfield area and want to learn BJJ make sure to clear your schedule so you can attend every class in this 3 month BJJ course. We will train every Monday and Wednesday night starting at 6pm. I give you my word that after this 3 month BJJ course you will have a new view of BJJ, you will have learned some of the basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fundamentals and will be able to enjoy it more!

3 months guys!!!! Monday and Wednesday at 6pm!!!! I personally will run these classes and will be teaching this full 3 month course.

I will be sending out messages to the group, every week, with some tips in order to educate you more about our sport (BJJ).

If you are new to this and/or have some friends that could take advantage this program to start BJJ, this is the class! Just click on the picture or in the link below or call James and schedule to participate in the class 413 589-0080, See you next Monday on the mat!!!

Coach Marco

For more information log onto

Team Link Fighter Brent Kinberger Wins Main Event at Combat Zone 48


Team Link Hooksetts BJJ black belt and MMA fighter, Brent Kinberger made a triumphant comeback from an almost four-year layoff Friday night. He put on a great performance and won the main event of Combat Zone MMA's "All or Nothing" card by unanimous decision over Mervin Rodriguez at a packed Sports Club at Rockingham Park this past weekend on April 5th 2014.

The 41-year-old Kinberger, formerly the Northeast's top-ranked fighter in his weight class, also had to overcome an 11-year age disadvantage to his opponent in addition to shaking off some ring rust. Yet the electrical engineer won every round on the judges' scorecard, using superior take-downs and stellar mat work in the lightweight battle to prevail 30-27.

"I got that ring rust off real quick," Kinberger said. "(Rodriguez) had a weird strategy. He was trying to stay away from me, but in all of his other fights he had come forward blasting, so I was ready for that. I waited, and when he came at me, I got the take-downs I wanted and pretty much dominated the fight on the ground. I don't feel like I made any mistakes. He's a really tough guy, but I came out unscathed, and I feel great."

Kinberger, who had Bellator fighter Perry Filkins working his corner as part of the Team Link crew, upped his record to 6-3. Rodriguez, who hails from Newark N.J., dropped to 5-8.
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