Posts Tagged ‘carlos catania’

Bowie MMA team congratulates Sebastian Davis on a powerful showing in his first fight, resulting in his winning the “Fight of the Night” award even though he lost the match.
If you were at the event, you saw a powerful debut.

Video and pictures on the way.

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A couple weeks before this competition, my 10-year-old son Jordan saw Sebastian puke after class.
There’s nothing overly unusual about vomiting from extreme exertion, although it’s not a goal… just a sign.
But the effort paid off.
Now, he’s walking away from the last NAGA DC competition with a gold and silver medal, along with Darnell and his silver.
It’s good to see how both of their efforts translate into solid performances under the coaching of the Bowie MMA instructors.

NAGA DC 2010 champions

Sebastian and Darnell pose after a job well done.

 

Bowie MMA head coach Carlos Catania, giving Sebastian some pre-match tips. Looks like he was paying attention!

Carlos Catania, BJJ Black Belt (Sergio Penha), is owner and resident instructor at Bowie MMA located in Bowie, Maryland. Carlos’ NAGA North American Championship Finals (1999).

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On June 22, 2010, Carlos Catania promoted longtime student of ten years, Anthony Argyros, to the rank of BJJ Black Belt at Cannonball Gym of Pompton Lakes, NJ.  Anthony is the first student to receive each BJJ belt promotion from Carlos, beginning in November 2001 (Blue Belt) and subsequently in March 2006 (Purple Belt), November 2009 (Brown Belt), and June 2010 (Black Belt).

Anthony was awarded “NAGA Grappler of the Decade 2000-2009” in March 2010 and will receive Gladiator Magazine’s “2010 Golden Gladiator” Award on August 7th at the Wildwood Convention Center at the annual NAGA “Battle at the Beach” tournament. Go to www.nagafighter.com and read “NAGA News” for more on this event.

“Carlos Catania changed my life by teaching
me the Martial Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
It is a true way of life and Carlos gave me a
cloth to live by. I owe so much of my life to
Carlos. It is an honor and priviledge
to be his student.”

~ Anthony Argyros

Master Sergio Penha demonstrates on Head BJJ Coach and BJJ Black Belt Carlos Catania at Bowie MMA in Bowie, MD. Here he teaches a unique wrist-lock finish from the mount position which is good for Gi work.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master Sergio Penha demonstrates on Head BJJ Coach and BJJ Black Belt Carlos Catania at Bowie MMA in Bowie, MD. Here he teaches a unique armlock finish from the turtle guard, a 4-point position which is good for Gi and No-gi work.

“When I met Carlos Catania on May 24, 2001 I was a 32-year old grappling competitor with a losing 15-17 record. I had won 3 advanced division tournaments but had been struggling the whole way. Carlos showed me a foot lock, put a gi on me the next class and he has been my Jiu-Jitsu sensei ever since. In the past 8-plus years I have managed to win over 80 more championships and competed at the highest level in the grappling circuit. Using Carlos’ intricate techniques and strategies, I have been able to win about 90 percent of my matches and have defeated multiple World Champions, many of them Brazilian fighters who have been grappling for over 20 years. I am often called a Cruiserweight Carlos Catania by my contemporaries on the circuit, and I take that with great pride. Carlos not only molded me as a fighter, but his philosophies have made me a better person, a better husband to my longtime wife and the best father to my children. I wouldn’t be the person I am without Carlos. I owe him so much. I am proud to call him my sensei, but more proud to call him my friend.”
 
Anthony Argyros
Carlos Catania/Sergio Penha BJJ Brown Belt
NAGA “Fighter of the Decade 2000-2009”

 



Carlos Catania Mentor & Honored Visiting Instructor
Sergio Penha –  (March 2010)

In 1977, when only 17 years old, Sergio Penha was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by his freind, Wagner Cardoso, a black belt in the sport, who invited him to see Professor OsWaldo Alves’ academy. Now, 30+ years later, during and after following a career as an airline pilot, Sergio never lost the affinity for the art, and continues to practice and teach Jiu-Jitsu. Currently living in Las Vegas, Sergio started his own business by opening the academy which carries his name, “Sérgio Penha & The Art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu”.
Carlos Catania – Resident Instructor at Bowie MMA in PG County, Maryland

Some of Carlos’ accomplishments include:BJJ Black Belt (Sergio Penha)
2003 Grapplers Edge Absolute Champion
2003 NAGA Expert Division Champion
2001 BJJ World Championships Competitor
2000 NAGA Absolute Division Champion
1999 NAGA Advanced Division Champion
1999 NY Grappling Challenge Champion
1st Place Gracie United Tournament
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Charles Cherry – Resident Instructor2nd Degree Black Belt (Nidan) Judo
Holds ranks in Brazilian and Japanese jiu-jitsu
Head Coach for Bowie Youth League Wrestling Team
2 time U.S. Judo Senior Nationals All American
Bronze medalist 2000 U.S. Judo Senior Nationals
Eastern Open Judo Champion (Brown Belt)
2nd Place, Am-Cam International Judo Challenge
Numerous Maryland Open Judo Championships
2x N.A.G.A. (N.American Grappling Assoc Champion)
COPA NOVA BJJ Champion (Intermediate)
Charles shows his dedication to Bowie and the surrounding Community by serving as the Head Wrestling Coach of the Bowie Boys and Girls Club.