Clarion MMA Holds In-House Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

(All images courtesy of Clarion MMA – Above: Isabella Atkins (left) smiles on as teammate Tenley Kiskadden (right) is declared winner of the match by ref Ian Carroll.)

(By Clarion MMA Organizer and Manager Leo LeFay) 

Saturday, March 19th was Clarion MMA’s In-House Jiu-Jitsu Tournament. There were a total of 12 divisions, ten of which were youth divisions. This gave everybody the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and to test themselves against a fully resisting opponent, in a safe and controlled setting.

(The tournament opened with a match between our youngest competitors Audrianna Jack – 4 (left) and Brenna Cozad – 5 (right). )

With Children ranging in age from 4 years to 12 years, there were plenty of good matches to learn and grow from.  The athletes were supported by a crowd of friends and family off the mat.  On the mat they were supported by our two referees, Clarion MMA instructors, Ian Carroll and Mike LeFay.

(Left to right. Joe Lambing, Caden Khale, Ethan McDonnell)

The event was in-house and only included participants that have been training together and growing as a team. This really showed as teammates cheered each other on and consoled one another whenever a match was lost.

(Here two of our adult competitors Andrea Hollis (left) and Devin Shellhammer (Right) going head-to-head.)

For some of the competitors this was a low pressure way to prepare for larger events coming up.  The next stop for some of these athletes is the North American Grappling Association tournament in Pittsburgh on April 2nd.  

(“One Art. One World. Tied Together through Jiu-Jitsu” – that’s the motto of our sponsor, Tied Together BJJ.)

The event was sponsored by Tied Together BJJ.  This family-owned business provides CBD products as well other products that relate to the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Their support made it possible to offer stuffed lions to all of the first-place finishers, in addition to their gold medals.

(Caden Khale (orange shirt) wraps around teammate Ethan McDonnell (gray shirt) from back control.)

Ready to join the fun? For a schedule of classes, please visit us at

We encourage everyone to stop in and try their first class for free!

Any questions can be submitted to or through our Facebook, at Clarion Mixed

Martial Arts.

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(Thanks to Leo LeFay for this article on this fine tournament.)