Tetsuji Kato first arrived on Guam for A SuperBrawl5 in 1998 where he won a lightweight NHB tournament
He easily defeated his opponents to win the tournament.
He was flown to Guam for months at a time by Enson Inoue to teach local grapplers for free at the Purebred Shoot Gym Guam.
He repeated this process in Saipan and has helped launch CNMI talents such as Frank “The Crank” Camacho, Cuki Alvarez & Shane “Pikaboo” Alvarez and has contributed deeply to the foundation of the Mariana Islands success in MMA over the years.
In his career he has competed in the ADCC, lost a 3rd round decision fight to Anderson Silva, and competed in headliner fight of the first ever MMA event in the Playboy Mansion against Gilbert Melendez.
After along break from competition He competes at Copa de Marianas on 10/08
Keenan Cornelius back to Guam with his first lesson in Guam’s native and trademark weapon, the sling.
Keenan Cornelius Slinging on Guam
HAFA ADAI,THE FORCE & THE MARIANAS OPEN!
Frank the Crank Camacho welcomes Keenan Cornelius back to Guam with his first lesson in Guam’s native and trademark weapon, the sling.
Good Vibrations and Culture Sharing with Keenan
2016 Marianas Open
Featuring Black Belt Absolute Athletes:
- Felipe Pena
- Guilherme Augusto
- Keenan Cornelius
- Jacob Guererro
- Joey Bouhey
- Terrence Aflague
- Bryant Pangelinan
- Igor Schneider
The Official 2016 Marianas Open Press Conference was hosted by the Verona Resort Guam.
The 2016 Marianas Open has a huge Black Belt Absolute lineup that will bring world wide attention to our island of Guam. With $10,000 for the black belt absolute winner, this is an enticing 1st prize to any Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete.
It is truly an honor and a pleasure to have these world class BJJ black belts visit our beautiful paradise island, enjoy the hospitality of our people, learn about our Hafa Adai spirit and do what they do best showcasing their skills in front of our island and the entire world. Budo Videos streaming the whole event live online.
It is amazing to see Guam martial arts grow in the past years of BJJ being on island. Like Keenan Cornelius mentioned at the press conference, “Guam is the melting pot of JiuJitsu in this region.” Guam has three local boys (Bryant, Terrence & Jake) competing in the black belt division. We are excited to have 3 of our very own Guam BJJ black belts competing at the world class level.
It is nice to see the growth of martial arts and BJJ on Guam with the Marianas Open throwing this monumental event that brings in world class talent to the islands. May we learn, grow and foster the positives of martial arts for a better Guam. Saina Maase Marianas Open!
We are looking forward to the 2016 Marianas Open going down at the FD Phoenix Center in Mangilao Guam. Aside from the world class BJJ black belt line up, fans will able to enjoy martial arts competition at its finest the whole day with the Marianas Open kids, women and other belt adult divisions.
BUDO VIDEOS PPV: Secure your virtual seat now at:http://www.budovideos.com/pages/2016-marianas-open-live-ppv
4.16.16 – Sat, 12PM GU // 10AM – Philippines // 10AM – Hong Kong // 2AM UK
4.15.16 – Fri, 7PM LAX // 10PM NYC // 11PM Brazil