Between the 31st March & 2nd April 2017, another edition of the IBJJF Rome & Europeans No-Gi Open was held in Rome, Italy. This time, this annual event was organised at the PalaPellicone in Ostia and not in the crowded city centre of the eternal city. This yeat, our team was represented by Matthew Camilleri (Blue), Jozua Curmi and Joseph Abela (Purple) and our Instructor Keith Darmanin (Black). In the Gi competition, Matthew Camilleri managed to win his first match but was stopped in his second round. Unfortunately, both Jozua Curmi and Joseph Abela didn't make it through their first match. Meanwhile, Keith Darmanin managed to win his semi-final match but lost his final.
In the No-Gi competition, Matthew Camilleri was stopped by one of the finalists of the category. Joseph Abela, had a tough match which he was also winning on points but he ended up making a small mistake which cost him the match. Keith Darmanin managed to pass both his quarter and semi final rounds and the final of the No-Gi was a repetition of the Gi final the day before, thus another Silver medal for Keith Darmanin.
During the weekend, Inst Keith Darmanin also attended the IBJJF Rules course. Since the game is always evolving and the rules are changing from time to time, it's very important for instructors to know the rules to be able to prepare better their students who are interested in competitive Jiu-Jitsu.
On Saturday 16th December 2017 we organised our annual End of Year Meeting. During this special session, Instructor Keith Darmanin showed various illegal techniques as per IBJJF regulations, some of them which are completely illegal, such as the Kani Basami (Scissors Takedown), various Heel Hook entries and other illegal techniques for the Whites/Blue/Purple like the Kote Gaeshi (Wrist Lock), Knee Bar, Arm/Leg Slicers, etc.
At the end of the session, some members were awarded another stripe to their belt, but the highlight was the promotion to Purple Belt of Matthew Azzopardi after more than 4 years as a Blue Belt.