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11/9/08 10:52 PM
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Matt Thornton
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Gunnar Nelson from SBG Iceland just won the gold this last weekend at the NAGA championship. As well as getting a silver in the gi division as well. Gunnar holds the record for the fastest brown belt within SBGi. With just about three years of total training, he recieved his blue and purple from Matt Thornton in 2007, and his brown earlier this year from John Kavanagh. Make no mistake, at 20 years of age Gunnar is headed for a huge career in both grappling, as well as MMA where he remains undefeated.

Here is a note regarding the NAGA win

Victory at the NAGA Championship

November 9, 2008: Gunnar competed last night at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey and won the gold in noGi and silver in Gi! In noGi (middle weight) Gunnar defeated the Brazilian veteran Jorge "Macaco" Patino in the finals. Macaco is of course an illustrious Brazilian vale tudo fighter, with famous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, whose career began back in the 1990's (Macaco has 44 MMA fights according to his HL clip on YouTube). Gunnar then competed in Gi (cruiser weight) also and won silver after a battle against another veteran, Dan Simmler, in the finals. As seen on Dan's BJJ school website he is a highly decorated and an active competitor since 1999 and has been a top five nationally "ranked" competitor in the USA for seven years (including four years at #1).

Gunnar’s win over Macaco is a huge accomplishment for the 20 year old Icelander and even more impressive is the fact that Gunnar didn´t give up a single point in all his matches in the noGi competition. For our Icelandic readers here is an article about this in Icelandic.

At the same event SBGi New York made an impressive showing. Here are the results as posted by head coach Christian Montes:
SBGi NY - Team Ronin Athletics had another great showing at the local grappling tournament this time around it was the NAGC (North American Grappling Championship) @ Essex County College in Newark, NJ
November 8, 2008. here are some of the Quick Results:

Liz Milizio - 1st place
(women's beginner No-Gi flyweight)

Zak Koonce - 1st place
(Men's Master's Intermediate No-Gi Lightweight)

Justin Choi - 2nd place
(Men's Novice No-Gi Flyweight)

Adrian Czmielewski - 2nd place
(Men's Beginner No-Gi Middleweight)

Mike Letang - 2nd place
(Men's Intermediate No-Gi Featherweight)

Samir Mrabet - 3rd place
(Men's Blue Belt Gi Welterweight)

Liz Milizio - 3rd place
(women's white belt flyweight)
Congrats to all the athletes. We have a new website that will be dvoted solely to our fighters, and competition teams results coming soon.

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