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Jen Flannery Takes Silver at No-Gi World Championship

Saturday, November 5th, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

Head Women’s instructor Jen Flannery made her return to competition after a long layoff due to injury and put in a solid performance in taking home the silver.

Competing for the first time in over a year, Jen Flannery made the trip to Long Beach, CA to compete in the most important No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu event on the IBJJF calendar. Coming off of back-to-back shoulder and hip surgeries (and a partially torn knee ligament right after that…) is tough on its own, and jumping into competition straight definitely doesn’t make things any easier. Jen wouldn’t have it any other way, though, and decided to pressure test things to see where she would stand for next year’s early competition season.

In the semi-final, she faced off against Gracie Barra’s Kristin Sommer. After working on the feet to secure a takedown, Jen pulled guard and hunted for the submission, eventually securing the finish with an armlock from closed guard to move into the final round.

In the gold medal match, Jen met Alliance teammate Tammi Musumeci. Tammi pulled open guard right off the bat, setting Jen up to work her passsing game. Both fighters attacked aggressively, with Jen putting pressure and Tammi cooly working her de la Riva guard in counter. After some back and forth, Tammi was able to secure a couple advantages for her attacking efforts, forcing Jen to turn up her pace in an attempt to catch up. With short time remaining and behind on the score cards, Jen continued attempting to open and pass her opponent’s dangerous guard, but ended up caught in a guillotine choke and was forced to tap.

2nd Place wasn’t the result Jen was looking for, but she’ll be back in the gym on Monday working on her mistakes and pushing hard to get to where she needs to be to challenge for gold at the 2012 Mundial in June. Congraulations to Tammi for a great performance and thanks for pushing Jen to work harder and be as good as she can be.

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