World Clan Philly /// by: Jamil Wilson
Philadelphia is a proud fighting historic city. It's known for its gritty streets and tough sports mentality. Philadelphia is also an east coast hub for Jiu-Jitsu. There are Jiu-Jitsu schools in every corner of the city and spread out all over the surrounding suburbs.
On July 30th 2016 I was able to witness majority of the schools in the area come together and hit the mats at BJJ United, in Jenkintown PA for The Shoyoroll World Clan Open Mat. It was an incredible sight to take in. Teams didn't matter, rival professors training together, people sharing positions, everyone smiling, and tons of new friends were being made. There were 28 Black Belts, along with over 100 practitioners of all different ranks and affiliations.
The trickle down affect was in full blast, or you can say that majority of the black belts in the Philadelphia area are true leaders. No egos, no insecurities, just train, teach, and educate. The success of the Shoyoroll World Clan in Philly was no accident. We are lucky to have a city full of Black Belt professors who are leading by example and are not afraid to allow their students to cross train with students from different academies. Everyone trained hard... The Philly way. Shake hands, crack heads, pressure, then on to the next. This process went on for three hours straight. No bad vibes, no arguments, no injuries, just good old fashioned fun.
Shoyoroll had a vision to bring people together through Jiu-Jitsu with no barriers or politics. I must say that their vision is truly coming to fruition and is spreading like wild fire. If the World Clan comes to your town I would highly recommend jumping in head first with no hesitation.
Big thanks to Shoyoroll and everyone from the Philly Jiu-Jitsu scene who made this great event possible. Philadelphia Professors please keep leading by example. People are watching and we have a lot to offer. Great work and great event!
Here are some of the Black belts that were in attendance in no order Alex Bereshny, Cameron Mitchell, Chris Harding, Christian Montes, Damione Puopolo, Daniel Haney, Dave Sulking, Eric Johnson, Francisco Tavares, Harold lee, Jimmy Morrison, Jose Tapia, Mike DiPiero, Mitch Kerr, Ray Huxen, Ricardo Migliarese, Silvia Mondelli, Steven Calvanese, William Martinez, Steve Bowers, Tom Kubacki, Bobby Derritis and Anton Berzin, along with a write up on some of them.
Jared Weiner has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for close to 20 years and is currently a third degree black belt in BJJ. He remains an active competitor and is a certified black belt instructor under the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF). Jared holds such titles as 2 x IBJJF Asian Champion, 3 x IBJJF No-gi Pan-Am Champion, IBJJF Chicago Open Champion and many other IBJJF, local, regional and international titles that he has earned over the last ten years as an active black belt competitor.
William Wolk currently residing in Philadelphia PA, started training under Jared Weiner in 2008 and received his Black Belt in 2014.
Nick Calvanese aka Nicky the Goon. Nick started wrestling at the age of 6. The college he attended didn't have a wrestling program so it wasn't until a while after college that his brother introduced him to Jared Weiner at BJJ United. Hes been training under Jared for about 7 years and just recently received his Black Belt.
Derek Stevens started training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2007 after a roommate of his started fighting MMA. After training MMA for a few months he quickly was drawn mostly to the grappling aspect. Looking to further specify his training he sought out a more Jiu-Jitsu based academy and found Seacoast BJJ in Portsmouth NH, that’s run by Jim Deluca, a brown belt at the time who’s under Roberto Maia at Boston Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He fell in love with the Gi and the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. After a couple months he was introduced to Roberto Maia and formed a relationship with him and started splitting his time between Seacoast BJJ and Boston BJJ training 5 or 6 days a week. 8 months later he got his blue belt, and a short time after that he started helping out teaching at Seacoast. When he was a purple belt at Seacoast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu closed its doors, So with the help of Jim and many others, one of Roberto's black belts, Jay Mansfield and himself decided to open their own academy in Portsmouth NH. This was the birth of Port City BJJ. In 2013 he received his black belt from Roberto.
Luigi Mondelli is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under André “Dedeco” Almeida, being widely recognized as one of the top grappling instructors in the US. Mondelli has been praised for his work with mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes as well, from both American Top Team (ATT) and John Hackleman’s “The Pit”, with the mediatic Glover Teixeira being his most well known pupil. Adding to his long list of achievements, Luigi Mondelli is also the founder of Kore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, an association that works to reintegrate jiu jitsu with the techniques of judo and wrestling.
Shot by: Donald Saskwatch