This past weekend Caio Terra Academy competitors Benji Silva, Mason Fowler and Kaniela Kahuanui traveled to Atlantic City for the 2021 ADCC East Coast Trials.
This was the largest trials in history with some divisions having over 200 competitors! Benji, who competed in the 88kg division, scrapped through the first day with 3 impressive wins. On the second day, he fell a little short in the round of 16 and will continue to work for a spot at the west coach trials in May 2022.
Mason, who secured his spot in the 88kg in 2019 by winning the west coast Trials, moved up to 99kg. After 5 matches in which no one scored a single point against him, he was crowned champion, earning his spot in the 2022 ADCC Championships.
Although we are used to seeing Kaniela on the mat competing, with the absence of Professor Caio who was in Brazil, Kaniela stepped up to fly out and coach the team. His help was invaluable!
As the team continues to evolve and improve there are truly no limits as to what they can achieve. Congrats to everyone for their continued support of CTA, we are excited for the future!