Joe Thomas – Contributed Photo
Armstrong Academy of Martial Arts coach Joe Thomas competed in Next Generation Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Open in Niagara Falls, Ontario recently, taking home a gold. Initially Thomas was set to compete in masters class (age 30-40), however with no competitors he moved to open age 18+. After winning his matches by points he won Gold in under 181 lbs Brown Belt division. 10 years ago Joe was told by his doctors that he would never be able to train in the sport he loved, because of a blown knee. After 3 surgeries and countless hours of practice over the last 2.5 year,s Joe has competed in 4 events over the last 6 months. This is his first gold since getting back into routine. Joe and fellow teammates are competing at the IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation) World Master Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships Aug 21st to 24th this year.
Heading in the other direction Adam “The Gladiator” Gladue made his Pro MMA debut at BTC 5: Typhoon in Windsor March 9th against Kris Allard. Adam started the fight strong controlling the stand up (striking) and avoiding the first takedown attempt then got taken down the second try. Adam did well defending and scrambling until Kris landed in a quarter mount position then won the fight by TKO from elbows. The fight was stopped slightly early but Adam was not injured in the bout.