Team Silva Jiu-Jitsu Representing CheckMat at the Prestigious Pan American Championships of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Team Silva BJJ Hayward January 2013: the manual focus on the SLR Magic 35mm 1.4 on the Micro Four Thirds system. It was pretty difficult but after a few more practice sessions, I'll be much more confident with this manual lens for both video and stills.My shots for the most part were smooth enough for my liking while shooting hand held with a thick Canon EOS strap. It stabilizes my video more than with the tiny Lumix strap around my neck.Eventually I'll get either the GH series Panasonic or an Olympus MFT for manual ISO capabilities on video to remove the light flickering and to control light sensitivity. I want the GH2 or GH3 but won't mind switching to Olympus for the IBIS since my lenses don't have IS. Making this vid was also a good chance for me to play with Premiere which I've only started using recently. Also I hope I get better at color correcting!Panny GF2SLR MAGIC 35mm 1.4Adobe Premiere CS6Flux Pavilion - I Can't Stop — by ApG on January 29, 2013 to Sports (147 seconds)

Alameda, California (EastBayDaily) — On March 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24, Team Silva/ Checkmat will be representing the academy under the flag of Team Checkmat USA at the Pan Jiujitsu Championships in Irvine CA.

This is the most prestigious BJJ event on the entire planet besides the World Championships.

In years previous the Pan BJJ tournament has reached over 3000 competitors, and this year will be no different, as BJJ competitors from all across the globe will be there competing to rep their respective academies.

Team Silva will be sending several of our top warriors to bring home the gold.

World Champion, and Team leader, Professor Sergio Silva in the black belt division World Champion, US Open champion, International Championships medalist, Chris (Pirate) Piedra in the brown belt division National Champion, Pan American Champion and also representing in the Brown belt division, John Williams Multiple time BJJ by the Bay, and Bay Area Championships champion Misha Groysman in the Purple belt division And don’t forget World Champion Bronze medalist, and Jiu-Jitsu by the Bay Champion, “Megatron” Billy Ray Chubbs also in the purple belt division

To compete in a tournament like the Pan American Championships is a feat in and of itself, especially under the flag of Team Checkmat, where other CHECKMAT teammates like Marcus Buchecha Alameida, one of the top black belt BJJ players on the planet, and multiple time World, Pan American, and National Champion, and Lucas Leite, who also is a multiple time World, National, and Pan American BJJ Champion will be competing on this very same day defending their respective titles and repping the Checkmat name, along with us…

With a team this stacked, nothing but amazing things will happen on the mats in Irvine on event day!!!


Sergio Silva
Team Silva Martial Arts Academy

Sergio Silva